Ian Spanier began taking photographs at six years old when his parents gave him his first point and shoot camera. After majoring in photography in college, Spanier worked in publishing as an editor, but making pictures never left him. Having only known 35mm, he taught himself medium and large format as well as lighting. Ian's first full book of published work, "Playboy, a Guide to Cigars" arrived in cigar shops November 2009 and the public version hit retail stores Spring 2010. The book is a collection of his photographs made in six countries spanning two and a half years. His latest book project, Local Heroes: America's Volunteer Fire Fighters, came out to critical acclaim in the Fall of 2012. Speaking and sharing his experiences and work has become a recent addition to Spanier's regular schedule with appearances at camera stores across the country, PPA, NY Photo Expo, Canon and B&H Photo. Ian is a Westcott Top Pro and a brand ambassador for Westcott, Hoodman USA, SpiderHolster and Imagenomic. The original masters of photography have always inspired Spanier as they shot what they saw. For him, there is no subject that he photographs; he also chooses to shoot what he sees. Although he works anywhere and everywhere, Spanier left NY in 2014 for the sunny coast, and now lives in Los Angeles, Ca.