What a warm welcome.

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I’m currently in San Miguel  to introduce the book and was very honored to have been given a launch party by the hottest new boutique hotel in town, Casa Blanca 7. It was the first time anyone had seen the finished book, and it was warmly received by all in attendance. What a great night!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coming up next is a book signing at Dôce-18 Concept House, on Mexican Independence Day, Sept. 15. The entire town will be celebrating, and I’m sure it will be an extremely festive weekend. Can hardly wait! If you’re in town, please come by. There will be margaritas and mariachi following at 7:30PM in The Kitchen.

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Drum roll. Please.

Just received word from our wonderful printer in Leon, Imprenta Davalos, that the first copy of the book is on its way to me here in Laguna Beach, CA. Too bad I’ll be in Ireland when it arrives 😦

Seeing press sheets is one thing, but the excitement of receiving the completed bound book is… well… indescribable.

I’ll be back in Laguna for a week and a half (to photograph two weddings) before I head to SMA on August 26, for a three-week stay. Two wonderfully generous and supportive businesses are giving me launch parties. If you visit, you must check them both out: the exceptional Casa Blanca 7 Hotel, and Doce 18, which includes a top notch hotel, restaurants and beautiful boutiques.

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Roll the presses!

Maybe you’ve dreamed about going into a pressroom and saying “Stop the presses!” Well, I’ve been dreaming for the last few months about saying “Roll the presses!” … So that happened this week.

Finished art for the book was transferred digitally to my wonderful printer in Leon, Mexico. Then separations were made, metal plates completed, and we were ready to, literally, roll.

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Inspecting and trimming the metal plates.

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A Heidelberg press is a beautiful machine indeed.

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Each sheet was inspected and adjusted for color. They actually have a device to measure and match the levels of CMYK.

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After the printing and drying is complete, the “real work” begins. Sheets are trimmed, folded, sewn, glued and bound. Then the covers are made, with the outside cover graphics and interior end sheets glued to hard cardboard by hand.

We will be in San Miguel at the end of August to launch the book and make it available to the public via some of the city’s finest hotels and boutiques.

A beautiful dream come true.

Design. Done!

 

final spreadMy amazing book designer, Jan Simonelli, has taken my photographs to the next level by choosing the perfect pairings and…well, actually “designing” the book. Just a little fine tuning and we’ll be ready to go to print.

Also making a HUGE difference are images by aerial photographer Paola Lopez, who has contributed a number of her beautiful shots. The last spread of the book will be her photo shown here. Seeing San Miguel from the ground is one thing, but from a higher angle and another perspective, her beauty shows in a different way.

Still planning on hitting the mark by end of summer. Stay tuned!

Almost to the finish line

DSC05968We are currently seeking a few select patrons to help take this across the finish line. The cost to design and print the book is $22,500. If you would like to help bring this independent creative project to life, and in the hands of fellow lovers of San Miguel, please contact our Sales and Marketing Director, Rick Jorgenson at rick@thecunninghampress.com. You will receive acknowledgement for your generosity on the first text page in the book, as well as some other gifts of appreciation.