I am a photographer and real estate investor living in Newport Beach, California and Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Please feel free to contact me at [email protected] or 612.741.6469 

An Abbreviated History:

1940’s. Born Albert Alan Esther in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.

1950’s. Lived in Rockford, Illinois, Green Bay, Wisconsin and Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Played football, basketball and tennis. Started taking photographs. Had some fun.

1960’s. Graduated from high school in Fond du Lac Wisconsin. Named All State Football and Basketball. Attended the University of Wisconsin on a football scholarship. Got injured and stopped playing in the sophomore year. Was the photography editor of the daily paper. Dropped out of college in my senior year and enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps. Got Married. Became a Marine Corps officer and served in Vietnam. Awarded the American Spirit Honor Medal and was decorated in combat. 

1970’s. Returned to the University of Wisconsin. Got Divorced. Graduated with a BS degree in Business. Attended Law School at the University of Wisconsin and received a Doctor of Law degree (Cum Laude). Joined Cargill Law Department in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Left Cargill and joined Fred Wall at the Wall Companies doing real estate development and acquisition. Got Married. 

1980’s. Moved to Florida to do real estate development and acquisition with the Wall Companies. Fathered a daughter, Lindsay, and a son, Blake. Made some money, lost some money.

1990’s. Joined the Resolution Trust Corporation as head of real estate for Florida, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. Got divorced. Returned to Minneapolis and rejoined Fred Wall to develop and acquire real estate. Bought and sold some real estate and boats. 

2000’s. Made some money. Bought a boat in Florida and commuted between Minneapolis and South Beach. Sold the boat. Bought a condo in Buenos Aires, Argentina to spend winters.


2010's - After twelve years, sold the Buenos Aires condo. Spent winters in Newport Beach, California. Inducted into the Fond du Lac High School Hall of Fame. Single - successfully avoiding marriage for over two decades. Working some, traveling some, and taking photographs. 


2020's - Married Lori Paulsen after 46 years of friendship and we got a dog named Ted. Still spending winters in Newport Beach, California and summers in Minneapolis, Minnesota. So far, very lucky and leading the good life.