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Sean Arbabi
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Attended Brooks Institute of Photography
Lives in Danville, California
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New San Francisco Bay Area workshops will be posted on my site (and here) soon- one in July, another in September, and one in October (along with an Eastern Sierra 4-day workshop too)- all great events where you can learn how to capture better photographs. Stay tuned!
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Thanks for the invitation!  I'm an Iranian-American, living in California (spent part of my childhood in Tehran), a commercial photographer and author. I write books on photography, published worldwide, teach workshops, lecture, sell fine art prints, and more.  I'd love to return to Iran someday to photograph the beautiful country and people for a book.  Come to my Google+ site and add me to your circles!
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+Hossein Rabizadeh thank you Hossein!  I'd love to teach a workshop in Denmark, Iran, or the US to a group of Iranians- someday my friend, someday.
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Thanks everyone- we rescued her from a shelter almost 3 years ago- pit bull mixes are great.
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Can't wait to get back to the White mountains this October to lead an Eastern Sierra workshop: 

USA: California: Inyo County: White Mountains (a triangular fault block mountain range facing the Sierra Nevada across the upper Owens Valley): Bristlecone pine tree glowing orange in the last rays of sunset, on a clear blue sky day at roughly 10,000 feet © Sean Arbabi | (all rights reserved worldwide) #whitemountains   #california   #bristleconepine  +Nik Photography 
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Black and white perfection! 
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Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth... © Sean Arbabi | (all rights reserved worldwide) #dogheaven #iphone5s #snapseed
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Thank you- we rescued her- she's a sweetie.
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Having shot a few assignments in Hawaii, I've had the chance to see some unique sites, and meet some wonderful island folks....

USA: Hawaiian Islands: Maui: Haleakala Crater National Park: Above the cumulus clouds at sunrise atop the 10,023 foot volcano, as seen from the Summit lookout - © Sean Arbabi | (all rights reserved worldwide)  #maui   #hawaii   #hawaiianislands   #haleakala   #haleakalasunrise   #clouds  +Maui, Hawaii Travel Tips / Photography 
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awesome image.
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Nice angle.
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Happy Earth Day!  First proposed in 1969 (today celebrated in 192 countries), Earth Day has become the largest secular holiday in the world, sparking younger generations to invent cleaner ways of energy, manufacture new materials to recycle, and find ways to reverse the effects of the industrial age.  As our world population nears 7.3 billion, this cause will greatly affect us in positive ways for centuries to come.  (my photo of Yosemite National Park, Upper Yosemite Falls and Half Dome © Sean Arbabi | - all rights reserved worldwide)   #earthday   #earthday2014   #yosemite   #nationalparks   #yosemitefalls   #halfdome   #recycling   #anothergreatidea   #cleanenergy  +Yosemite Blog +Earth Day Network +National Park Foundation +National Parked +Americana Photo +Photography +Landscape Photography +Mountain Photos 
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Thank you Sean, your a gentleman and a true professional! Keep up the excellent work! 
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John Muir was the man. Today would have been his birthday, and he died 100 years ago this December.  I once visited his home town of Dunbar (East Lothian, Scotland) and have hiked (& photographed) many of the trails and domes he loved.  He helped to protect so many areas (although we lost Hetch Hetchy to a dam) and wrote with true conviction and passion. Thanks John! #johnmuir   #yosemite   #therangeoflight   #conversation   #sierraclub  © Sean Arbabi | seanarbabi (all rights reserved worldwide) +Sierra Club +Yosemite Blog +Mountain Photos +Landscape Photography +Photography +Nature Photography 
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God's country! ♥
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Commercial Travel Photographer, Author, Photo Expert, all around nice dude
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    Commercial Travel Photographer and Author/ Photo Expert, 1991 - present
    Commercial photography and author shooting assignments for ad, corporate and editorial clients, writing how-to articles for all the major photo magazines, workshop leader and instructor, and fine art print sales
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Danville, California
San Francisco Bay Area
Commercial Travel Photographer, Author, Photo Expert, all around nice dude

Sean has been a commercial travel photographer and author for over 23 years, specializing in adventure, lifestyle, nature, and travel; for ad, corporate, and editorial clients.

He’s had freelance and contracted assignments with hundreds of publications and companies worldwide including Amazon, American ExpressBackpacker, California Division of Tourism, Endless Vacation, Engadget, Fuji Film, GEO Germany, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, National Geographic's book, calendar, and online divisions as well as Adventure and TravelerThe New York Times, Nikon, The North Face, Outdoor PhotographerOutside, Peterson's Photographic, Photoshop UserRandom House, Rangefinder, REI, Timex, The Travel Channel,, and Woodbridge wines.

Sean has shot over 200 assignments for Sunset, over 150 for Via magazine, and authored many feature articles and books which he photographed including The BetterPhoto Guide to Exposure (Jan 2009), and The Complete Guide to Nature Photography (Dec 2011) both for Amphoto/ Random House.  He also teaches workshops, live (Calumet, Camera West, Future Light, Point Reyes), and online at Perfect Picture School of Photography.

As the Photoguru, he has appeared on numerous television segments, radio and web shows including ABC San Francisco's The View from the Bay, CBS San Francisco's Bay Area Focus, ABC Radio Southeast, Scott Sheppard's Inside Digital Radio and Nik Radio, and Ibarionex Perello's The Candid Frame discussing various aspects of the photo industry.

A native Californian, he received his Bachelor of Arts in commercial photography from Brooks Institute in ‘91, began his business thereafter combining outdoor, on-location, and studio photography. To date he’s shot over a million images, written numerous articles, and currently working on a tv show on photography.

Sean has traveled around much of the US, and international locations including Canada, Iran, Mexico, the UK, Southeast Asia, and; South America.  He has backpacked over mountain ranges, helicoptered above jungles, ridden horseback across plains, traversed across mountain ranges, rafted down rivers, mountain biked along forest trails, sailed on oceans, and hung over cliffs, all to capture images he and his clients were in search of.  Today, he lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, base camp for all his travels.

Turn-ons: all-expense-paid vacations, free front row tickets to sporting events, dinners I don't have to prepare.

Turnoffs: dance floors covered with box jellyfish, chain-smoking monkeys, barbecuing next to a hungry lion.

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    Commercial Photography, 1988 - 1991
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