Los Angeles City Guide - Forbes Travel Guide

Los Angeles City Guide - Forbes Travel Guide - The Light Record

Los Angeles possesses a magical quality. Its just-right mix of sun, sand, culture, shopping, laid-back vibe, glamour and celebrities casts a spell on people — L.A. attracts 45.5 million visitors and year and is the most-populated region in California (it also made our list of the 12 top destinations to visit in 2017).

To capture all of these fascinating facets, we turned to L.A. photographer L Lawson, also known by his Instagram handle, @thelightrecord, to show us his city through his lens.

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Miami City Guide - Forbes Travel Guide

Miami City Guide - Forbes Travel Guide - The Light Record

Foamy waves, miles of sand and the ubiquitous sun make Miami an eminently Instagrammable city, but for photographer L Lawson, its beauty isn’t merely skin-deep. “For me, Miami is the cultural capital of the Americas. There is no other city in the Western Hemisphere where North American, South American and Caribbean heritages are simultaneously celebrated on this scale,” says Lawson, who also goes by @thelightrecord on Instagram. (You may have seen his brilliant aerial shots on @ForbesTravelGuide or from our Vancouver Instagram guide.)

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Vancouver City Guide - Forbes Travel Guide

Vancouver City Guide - Forbes Travel Guide - The Light Record

In our first Instagram contest, Los Angeles-based photographer L Lawson (@thelightrecord) earned the top honor and won a trip to Vancouver. We asked Lawson to document his trip and share his unique point of view.

While exploring the Canadian city, Lawson shot photos from the sky, ground and water. “I feel that Vancouver presents itself well from all three perspectives,” said Lawson, who has a penchant for aerial photography.

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