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Viento Y Agua: Wind, Water, and Wicked Free Photos

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While there's certainly more than a few funky little coffeeshops in the Southland where you can get your java on, how many of them can offer cool services like free headshot-worthy portraits from an up-and-coming photographer?

At Viento Y Agua in Long Beach, that's exactly what you'll be getting this weekend.

Local photographer and lecturer Mitchell Maher will be taking free photos of the Viento’s patrons all day on Sunday, May 6th. His style borrows heavily from legends such as Irving Penn, but his recent work has paid homage to 30’s Hollywood photographers George Hurrell and Horst P. Horst.

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His only request is that you “dress interestingly” - check out his website for a better idea of what "interesting" might mean.

The Viento Y Agua coffeehouse is located near the Belmont Shore area in Long Beach, and offers an oasis of independent cool in the corporate coffeehouse desert. They have an eclectic menu of sandwiches and snacks, along with unique drinks like Mexican moka, yerba mate, horchata smoothies, and specialty sodas.

The shop also doubles as an art gallery and performance space, with colorful paintings by local artists adorning the walls, and laid-back open mic nights on Thursdays.