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NEW POLAROIDS//BAY AREA'S BEST DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

Sometimes I think I can't cram anything else into my schedule- between a full calendar of Fine Art Dog photography clients, teaching more photography seminars than I've ever taught before, and travelling back and forth between SF/LA/NY, my Summer is pretty busy. But I love being busy. I thrive off of it. I think it has something to do with my genes, coming from a family of very hard working people who have made careers for themselves through a whole lot of dedication and long hours. Ok, so none of them are kooky artists who wear jeans to work and have tattoos and play with dogs all day. But still. As exciting as it is to be busy and have new clients coming through the studio door, I still need to find time to be creative and inspired. This weekend's work trip to LA was a great opportunity to get a little personal creative time in. I love driving. I love long road trips through the middle of nowhere. A 10-day road trip is what brought me to California, and along the way I probably shot through 25 packs of instant film because I was so inspired by everything I saw through the windshield. Driving to LA for work is just as inspiring, heading down the 5 for half a day. This time I brought along one of my favorite Land Cameras (the Super Shooter), and some old expired Polaroid 690 film. Nothing in this world brings me a greater sense of immense joy than holding a Polaroid camera up to my face and creating instant images. When the inspiration in your head becomes a tangible photograph- that is pure magic. And that inspiration keeps me fueled through all the work I do with my clients.

Here's what I created this weekend somewhere between SF and LA, on I5:

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Polaroid 690 expired

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WELCOME TO HOLLYWOOD//FINE ART DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

Well, we've arrived. Again. It's my third trip to Los Angeles this year, and so far things are going swimmingly. In preparation for the long, busy week ahead, my assistant and I took a trip up to the Hollywood sign. I've always wanted to hike up there, touch the sign, photograph the sign, get close to that mysterious, historic icon. Up close and personal it's just like any other sign. Kind of big, kind of dirty, kind of hard to photograph. But, it was a great way to get the creative juices flowing.

Tomorrow we get all cleaned up and head to BuddhaBark's Wonderpark, in celebration of the MTV Movie Awards. It's going to be an amazing weekend of meeting some big names in Hollywood, introducing them to my photography, and just getting a chance to chat a bit, one on one. I've got some great marketing materials, great big prints, and a great team behind me for this event, and I can't wait to knock the socks off of LA.

And who's that funny little fellow riding shotgun in my car? He's flat, he's cute..... must be Flat Brutus! Much more on Flat Brutus coming up, but if you're curious - check out his website.

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LA LOVE STORY//FINE ART DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

Los Angeles, you overwhelm me. You are overstimulating and beautiful at the same time, a tiny vacation from the blander Bay Area. Your dog stores are amazing, your hills are amazing, your old signs and art-deco buildings are amazing, and your peeling paint and quirky stores, too. Unfortunately, I've been so busy photographing some incredible clients these past few days that I hardly have had time to stop and document the madness! But, here are some silly images of the most crucial part of this LA Excursion 2010: my team. Welcome to my team. They make me look good. Tonight, we celebrated our successful take-over of Los Angeles by dining on my favorite meal of all time: Pho.

And then we ran into the Los Angeles Lomography Headquarters. I was in plastic camera heaven. I drooled on the tables and tables of Holgas and Dianas and splitzer filters and fish eye lenses and instant backs and one-of-a-kind, hard-to-find plastic fantastic colors. I left empty-handed, but that happens a lot to me when I go to camera shops. I just get so overwhelmed that I can buy anything.

The real Los Angeles photos will be posted shortly. I've got almost 100 rolls of film to process when I get back. So, give me a few days in the dark room to catch up. You won't be sorry, I can say that much...

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