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Martin Aurelio

Martin Aurelio, center, along with friends, family, supporters (including Mayor Leon Garcia) and employees of Pixel Creations celebrate the photography studio’s grand opening June 10. The company, the official photographer of American Canyon High School, starts shooting senior portraits for the yearbook next week. Submitted photo.

“Our primary goal,” said Martin Aurelio, “is to capture life’s precious moments and record it one pixel at a time.” Aurelio is the owner of Pixel Creations, and many of the moments he and his associates capture take place at American Canyon High School. The family run business is the high school’s official photographer. Starting Monday Aurelio and his associates will be taking portraits for the high school’s first senior class.

The company just had a grand opening celebration of its portrait studio in America Canyon on June 10. Previously the company was based out of Aurelio’s American Canyon home.

The company boasts over three decades of photography assignments from the United States Air Force and Army. The 45-year old Aurelio is an Army reservist who, but for an injury might have been deployed recently with his unit to Afghanistan. His business associate, 34-year-old Benicia resident Joseph Lozada, was an Air Force photographer for eight years.

“Joe is the ultimate perfectionist,” said Aurelio.

Lozada said he met Aurelio while working as the manager of a camera store in 2008. The two discovered they had a lot in common.

“I love covering photojournalism,” Lozada said, “just capturing the story.” Lozada said he especially likes covering high school sports.

“When football season starts I’m there,” said Lozada. He is looking forward to photographing American Canyon’s first senior class.

Principal Mark Brewer said he interviewed a lot of photography studios for the job, but liked Pixel the best mainly because the company is American Canyon based.

“The thing I liked about them is they’re local,” said Brewer. “When I can stay local I like to do that. It makes a lot of sense for the school and the community.”

Brewer also said Pixel donates 10 percent of the high school business to the Alliance, the school’s umbrella booster group, and is starting a scholarship fund for the senior class.

In addition to giving back to the school and the community financially, Aurelio said he enjoys mentoring young people the way he was mentored as a young man. Born and raised in the Philippines, Aurelio got interested in photography through an older neighbor who worked for the press corps. Aurelio was a photojournalist in high school and later a freelance photographer.

One of the young people who works for Pixel, JB Norman Verances, is the 22-year-old nephew of one of Aurelio’s high school classmates.

Additionaly, several American Canyon High School are working interns this summer, including Aurelio’s daughter, Brittany.

The family company also creates TV show content for Pnoi TV, a Filipino channel that airs in San Jose, Oakland and San Francisco.

Because of the owners’ extensive military backgrounds, Pixel waves charges for service personnel and their families.

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