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While most fans of Pretty Little Liars know Keegan Allen as Toby Canavaugh, who has spent much of his time on the fringe of A’s cohort, there’s a side of him they may not be familiar. And that’s his life behind the lens, as a photographer and author of his new book, life.love.beauty.
His new book -- available Feb. 3, 2015 (St. Martin’s Press) -- is actually a photo journal, which the actor has been working on since he was 10 years old. And like the title suggests, it’s an exploration of life, love, and beauty that permeates in so many different ways. “I wanted it to be an experience that everyone could kind of be a part of,” Allen tells ETonline. “Half the book is what it is right now and the other half is the interaction with everyone that's reading it.”
What he hopes readers will interact with are not only the photos that capture the candid moments of Hollywood and the glamor of Venice Beach denizens but also the prose chronicling his own experiences growing up -- and his journey to the set of ABC Family’s hit series. “[There are] musings, writing, poetry and photos of different parts of my life and things that everyone can relate to,” Allen says.
Fans of the show will be delighted by Allen’s rare, behind-the-scenes look at his cast. “There are lots of candid, on and off set, of various productions I've worked on,” Allen says. And he was kind enough to share some of those exclusively with ETonline.
Check out never-before-seen images of Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell, Troian Bellisario, and Tyler Blackburn. Just don’t ask Allen who’s his favorite to shoot. “Man, I love taking pictures of all of them,” he tells us with a smile.
Top: Drew Van Acker on set with Allen's friend, Janel. Bottom: Hanging out in between shoots for "Shadow Play."
Top: Hale memorizing her lines. Bottom: Benson, Mitchell, Hale, and Bellisario trying on the costumes for "Shadow Play."
Top: Writer and Director Joseph Dougherty working with Hale. Bottom: Benson and Blackburn "rehearsing" a kiss scene.
Top: The ladies gathered around for a table read before filming. Bottom: The cast comparing cup sizes at the season 3 wrap party.
All photos taken by Keegan Allen and courtesy of St. Martin's Press.