Allen Carrasco is the founder of Carrasco Creative Services, a photography and design studio operating in Carlsbad and Los Angeles, CA. He began his photography career in the 1980s, when he was hired by Breakout California Surf Magazine after attending college classes for photography from age fifteen. His films “Endless Summer” and “Five Summer Stories” helped to introduce Allen to the professional world of film and photography. He became one of the youngest photo editors in surfing publication photography and received international recognition for his skills. Allen provided his insider expertise to new brands such as Quicksilver, Body Glove, Ocean Pacific, and a host of other nascent surf wear companies.
Allen eventually expanded his services and branched out to the golf and fashion industries. He also worked in Hollywood, photographing celebrity personalities. He began touring with and photographing rock legends such as Rod Stewart, Carlos Santana, Tom Petty and the Rolling Stones. He was invited to be the personal photographer of world renowned motivational speakers Tony Robbins, Stephen Covey, and Deepak Chopra. Understanding the huge potential of the booming home and garden industry in Southern California, Allen began photographing beautiful estates, landscapes and designs for high-end architects and builders. Shortly thereafter, his photos began gracing the covers of Home & Garden and lifestyle publications.
Allen earned a variety of awards and was further recognized for artistic excellence by the Master Pool Builders Guild of America. In 2009, Allen was recruited by Enjoy Professional Hair Care Inc., where he became the creative force in charge of innovative and exciting marketing and branding. As the Director of Photography and Video, he led a team which created a hundred-page celebrity, lifestyle, and travel publication, including an online edition. His photography was featured on numerous magazine covers and in countless articles. In addition to his print work, Allen also produced and directed a nationally televised travel and lifestyle program, featuring America's top restaurants, resorts, gourmet chefs and celebrity personalities.
His love of surfing and his photographic skills have taken him around the world, including the legendary North Shore of Oahu. There, he challenged himself as a water photographer, capturing surfers at the intensely beautiful and dangerous Hawaiian Pipeline. Allen has explored the golden state from Santa Cruz to San Diego, from the Mojave Desert to the Sierra Mountains. Whether surfing, snowboarding or mountain-biking, his action photography has made him a sought-after professional. Known as an extremely versatile, innovative and reputable photographer, Allen has built a stellar career.
Allen continues to excel in his work after thirty-five years of professional experience. Now a family man, still surfing and immersed in the local surf culture, he remains inspired by the beauty of Southern California.