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On the Run to Monterrey

After spending some time in Texas we headed south of the border for a few days of shooting for Brixton in Monterrey, Mexico. The U.S. State Department website had quite a few warnings detering Americans from traveling there but what we experienced was the complete opposite. Everywhere we went the locals went out of their way to answer questions and point us in the right direction.

The whole genesis of this trip came a few months back when I decided to attend a workshop in Monterrey with Sean Flanigan. Sean’s work has been a constant inspiration throughout my journey as a photographer. My goal for the workshop wasn’t to learn to shoot like Sean, figure out his camera settings, or see how he edits his work. I wanted to see someone who work who is constantly pushing boundaries and taking risks. Someone who is always digging in deep to create work that is evolving. Moving forward. That’s what it’s all about. Can’t think Sean and his wife Melanie enough for sharing their hearts and vision. Also huge thanks to Fer Juaristi for hosting the workshop in your home and being just an all around rad dude. It was a pleasure to meet you amigo.

If I had any closing thoughts for this whole trip it would be this. Carve out a life for yourself that you take pride in. Focus on making moments over money. All four of us worked hard on this trip. Real hard. There were 4 a.m. bus rides. Three hour border crossings. Living out of backpacks most of the time. Eating late night peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (Heno you’re the best pb&j chef on the planet). In life doors don’t open for you - you have to kick them in.

Much love to you Monterrey, I’ll be back asap.

To see more work from the trip check out Kristen, Heno, and Allison on Instagram.

Jill Templeton - April 15, 2015 - 4:14 pm

Again - oh my gosh!!! I need a book with all of these photos! I can’t even say enough how I love these or which is my fave. Very, very good Christian Gideon :)

Denise Keefer - April 15, 2015 - 5:03 pm

Awesome adventure, your pictures made me want to be there, be young again & be there ;))
Life is for the living~ keep breaking those doors down!