Growing up in Mexico, Llanes turned stray dogs and abandoned homes into a child’s dream playground. This ability to see beyond the surface of objects would carry into his later work as abandoned locations and the periphery surrounding them would become beautiful backdrops for classic portraiture. Llanes’ work ultimately seems to revolve around themes of discovery, exploration and an existential desire to create correlation through the lens of a camera. Llanes graduated with honors from Art Center College of Design with a BFA in Photography. His work has been published in Rolling Stone, Billboard, Spin, New York magazine and L.A. Weekly. He has worked with a wide range of people including Jeff Bridges, Lenny Kravitz, Rihanna, Gavin Rossdale, The Black Keys, Lisa Marie Presley, Anna Paquin, Matt Dillon, Katy Perry & Justin Bieber.