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Pusser’s Rum

In a fast-paced, ever-changing world it is refreshing to find something that hasn’t changed in a long time. Pusser’s Rum is a company based on tradition. They blend and distribute from five stills in Guyana and Trinidad. It has been made the same way for hundreds of years. Andrew Spurgin LTD and Snake Oil Cocktail…

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Arriana, Jordan & the Twins

Just a few weeks ago I photographed Arriana and Jordan┬ábefore their twin daughters, Mia and Julia arrived. The twins are now a month old and were definitely ready for their first photoshoot. Here are a few selects from the session. My cuteness quota is used up for the year ­čÖé

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David & Felix

Few things are more beautiful than witnessing two people commit their lives to one another, especially when Bali is the setting. David, Felix and thirty friends and family made the journey, coming from three continents, to this small island at the center of the Indonesian archipelago. Bali oozes with its own unique charm. The smiles,…

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Elizabeth & Alfredo

Fifteen years is a long time to wait, but it’s worth it for your soulmate. Alfredo and Elizabeth knew this. They are truly destined for each other and their wedding expressed that perfectly. From the whimsical comic book details to the beautiful Catholic ceremony at the Immaculata Church the character of these two bright souls…

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Barrel Smoker Dinner III

On a sleepy Thursday morning I received a text from chef extraordinaire Andrew Spurgin, “can you shoot an event tonight?” I’ve learned that when Andrew invites me to an event it behooves me to make it happen, no matter how short the notice. The third instalment of the Barrel Smoker Dinner Series was no exception….

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Jaynes Gastropub

If you can’t afford a trip to the UK to try contemporary English foodie pub fare – Jaynes Gastropub is the next closest thing. Jon and Jayne, owners and proprietors. have put thought into every detail of their restaurant. Everything from the decor to the food oozes class and charm. If you haven’t been here…

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Scripps Gala

I recently had the pleasure of shooting the Scripps Gala for the opening of the new Prebys Cardiovascular Institute. This was an incredible event with amazing food for over 900 guests. I worked closely with Andrew Spurgin, who designed the menu and managed a few dozen chefs and many more servers to make it all…

Frank Ball and a restored 1915 Ford Model T
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Motor Transport Museum

About a month ago I stumbled upon the Motor Transport Museum┬áwhile in Campo, CA. It was love at first sight. A former mill tower rises to nearly 100′ and makes the museum a landmark. The mill is surrounded by wonderfully aged vehicles dating back to the 1800’s. Inside there are a dozen restoration projects underway….

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Willie Williford

About a year ago I purchased a Honda Insight. It is almost 15 years old but remains one of the most fuel efficient and low emission cars available today. Honda only sold about 17,000 1st generation Insights and an active community has formed around them. I posted some questions in an online forum shortly after…

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Mylaina Tighe

Besides being beautiful Mylaina Tighe is a successful claims specialist with The Doctors Company. “I need a headshot that doesn’t make me look like I’m twelve,” were her instructions, I wish now that I had seen her old headshots. Her dog Nico is her trusty companion and so of course the photo shoot was not…

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Summerfest Gala – Food

I recently photographed the La Jolla Music Society Summerfest Gala for event stylist┬áAndrew Spurgin. Design is something that I love in all things so I was like a kid in a candy store at this event. Andrew helped transform a beautiful home in Rancho Santa Fe into an opulent Chinese restaurant. The menu, which Andrew…

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Leah Zeger

Leah Zeger is a violinist virtuoso. She has been playing at a professional level since her early teens. If I could photograph the people┬áshe is gigging with, well, I’d be driving a much nicer car. In these photos Leah is confidently striding the ballroom of the Four Seasons hotel in Hollywood, embellishing her electric violin…

Photoshoot with Shane Rutherford
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Shane Rutherford

Shane Rutherford is a modern artist living in Cardiff, California. He uses bright colors and bold designs to make everything from canvas paintings to decorative beer openers. Shane contacted me to shoot some of his custom made belt buckles and other products. Though it wasn’t part of the assignment, ┬ájust had to shoot him creating…

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Justin Mans

I recently had the pleasure of meeting and shooting Justin Mans for Interiors California Magazine. He was a great subject and very interesting to speak with. He travels the world finding incredible antiques and hardwoods. He brings the menagerie of things he finds back to the David Allen Collection showroom in Solana Beach, California. Interior…

Quinoa Salad

Here is a delicious Quinoa Salad recipe I learned from my mother. 2 cups quinoa 1/3 cup vegetable oil 1 red onion, finely diced 1 bunch of cilantro chopped ┬╝ cup lime juice ┬╝ cup golden raisons ┬╝ cup toast almonds 1 jalepeno deseeded and finely chopped 1 tbsp ground cumin 2 tsp salt 4…

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