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Andrei Stoica

Andrei Stoica

Chandler, Arizona

Andrei Stoica is an Arizona-based landscape photographer. He is published in national and international magazines such as National Geographic, Popular Photo Magazine, PHOENIX Magazine, The Times (UK) as well as the popular German magazine Hoerzu.

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I have a degree in geophysics and a career in software engineering, but I discovered my passion for photography during a trip to the American Southwest in the early 2000's. It was great to discover all the natural wonders one can find in the national parks, but it was just as great being able to share my best images with friends and family! There was no "social media" back then, but emails worked just fine. From that moment on, photography became my passion and took over most of my free time.

Trips to all corners of the American Southwest followed, as well as annual trips to Europe that continue today. Discovering new places, people and customs is my main focus on these trips.

Some of my photos have been published in magazines such as National Geographic, Popular Photo Magazine, PHOENIX Magazine, The Times (UK) as well as the popular German magazines Hoerzu and Gong. I frequently find my photos shared by National Geographic and many of the Phoenix social media channels.
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Success! Golden Arizona has already sold 15 pre-orders , was pitched to 2 publishers , and will be published by Independently Published .

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Golden Arizona

Discover Arizona's landscape at its best during the golden hour

Golden Arizona is a coffee table photo book showcasing Arizona's spectacular landscape captured during the "golden hour", the best time for photography.

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There are a few good landscape photography books on the market showcasing Arizona's nature, but not many focused on the "golden hour" (sunrises and sunsets) in particular.

This book, Golden Arizona, aims to fill that gap! This is a great opportunity because humans are naturally drawn to the warm light of sunsets which, combined with the colorful and otherworldly rocks of Arizona, makes for very unique photography. Most people rarely have a chance to witness such scenes so introducing them to Arizona and its renowned sunsets is likely to be very successful.

Why Andrei? For the past 12 years he visited all corners of Arizona as a landscape photographer, capturing a lot of this incredible land. As a result, he has a large collection of spectacular photos to share with a larger audience. Andrei has a keen eye for off the beaten track locations such as rarely-seen natural arches or even unique angles of well-known photo spots. Did you know there are a lot of wild horses in Arizona and they thrive even in the harshest desert conditions? That's one the unique photos included in the book that you've seen nowhere else.

While most of the world thinks of Arizona as an arid desert, Andrei's photos show the really wonderful diversity one can find in this land. Andrei's frequent travels to all corners of Arizona during all seasons allow him to capture the landscape at its best during the hottest summers and the coldest winters.

His social media followers, and in particular Instagram, are always excited with his sunset photos so he can easily extrapolate that to the printed media for two main reasons:
a) the larger the print, the more impressive it is! An 8x12" book (or larger) is much better than a small phone screen that never does justice to a landscape photo.
b) landscape photography is best shown in... landscape mode, not portrait, which is how social media is mostly viewed today.

Check out Andrei's IG @ArizonaPhotoAdventures for his latest work!

Sales arguments

  • The "golden hour" theme is unique among photography books about Arizona.
  • Arizona coffee table books are very few -- relatively little competition.
  • Andrei's most successful photos on social media include sunsets over the colorful rocks of Arizona.
  • Sunset scenes are naturally appealing to humans due to their warm and vibrant colors, but combined with the colorful and otherworldly rocks of Arizona they are even more impressive.
  • Andrei has over 6500 followers on Instagram and over 500 on Facebook.

Similar titles

  • "Arizona: The Beauty of It All" | Arizona Highways | December 2018 | This book presents great photos in a large landscape format, however it's not focused on a particular subject, but rather "all things Arizona".
  • "Arizona: A Photographic Tribute" | John Annerino | January 2012 | A small format book that includes Arizona landscape photos, but no particular focus and rather poor print quality.
  • "Magic Light: Photographs by Jack Dykinga" | Kelly Vaughn & Jack Dykinga | October 2017 | A photography book by one of the greatest Arizona photographers, however it's printed in a small format (8x8") and the selection is not exactly his best work.


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  • Update #7 - Ebook ready Aug. 1, 2021


    I hope that by now you have received the book that I shipped about 2 weeks ago. If not, please let me know and I'll track …

  • Update #6 - It's here! July 27, 2021

    Dear friends,

    The wait is finally over! This morning I received my first batch of prints for Golden Arizona. I know it's been a long time …

  • Update #5 - The book is (almost) here! May 22, 2021


    Thanks so much for your patience! I know it's been a while, but now I'm really close to delivering the finished project. I have received the …

  • Update #4 - Publishing process update Jan. 31, 2021


    I just wanted to update you on the publishing process. Since I've decided to self-publish the book, I recently tested one of the more …

  • Update #3 - Publishing decision Dec. 11, 2020


    I've decided to self-publish in order to fulfill the pre-orders for my book, so I'm now working on the book design, which should be …

  • Update #2 - Negotiations underway Nov. 18, 2020


    I'm still negotiating a publishing deal, but it looks more likely that I'm going to self-print a small first edition myself. 

    Thanks again for …

  • Update #1 - Campaign is complete, talking to publishers Nov. 6, 2020

    The campaign has just ended! Thank you so much for pre-ordering my book!

    I am currently evaluating different options for printing the book, including talks to …

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  • Tina Schuler
    on Oct. 17, 2020, 2:19 p.m.

    Congratulations on putting this book together! Can’t wait to get my copy!!!

  • Doug Halkett
    on Oct. 18, 2020, 4:49 p.m.

    Looking forward to seeing the book.


    • Andrei Stoica
      on Oct. 19, 2020, 5:25 a.m.

      Hey Doug, thanks so much for your help, every vote counts :)

  • Luise Clemens
    on Oct. 18, 2020, 7:12 p.m.

    Felicitări și baftă Andrei!!

    • Andrei Stoica
      on Oct. 19, 2020, 5:22 a.m.

      Multumesc Luise, sper sa-ti placa! Asta pana ajungi sa ne faci o vizita, sa vezi Arizona in direct :)

  • Craig Merrill
    on Oct. 19, 2020, 9:25 p.m.

    Andrei, you saved us when we were stuck in the sand. I cannot think you enough. I look forward to enjoying your artistry!

    Thank you!

    • Andrei Stoica
      on Oct. 20, 2020, 4:06 a.m.

      Hi Craig, so glad I could help! I'm looking forward to get this book out and I'm sure you'll enjoy it, too -- it'll be something to help remember our little sandy adventure that ended up well :) All the best to you and family.

  • Carolyn Gattis
    on Oct. 25, 2020, 10:15 p.m.

    Can’t wait to see your collection of masterpiece. Congratulations Carolyn Gattis.

  • Anonymous
    on May 1, 2021, 3:33 p.m.

    Any update on the book?

    • Anonymous
      on May 1, 2021, 4:27 p.m.

      I got a first proof printed and working on some color correction issues. I'll send an update next week that includes a short video of the book. I expect to ship all orders in about a month.