Right from the start here is all you need to know about me. I love pure, cinematic, wild romance. I am your friend, collaborator, and advocate. Together, with my 8mm camera and some good music, we will celebrate your love story from start to finish and create something that is authentically you. It’s all about creating an experience and living fearlessly in every single moment that we are presented with. I want to capture every real, genuine, possible emotion that you have to offer, and in doing so, I promise that we’ll create visuals that you’ll love twenty years from now. Let’s tell your story well because it’s worthy of it.
Learn more about my directorial approach & background HERE.
TAMAR & AMIR
When I began planning our wedding, I knew that the only tangible portion of that day would be the pictures and videos. I decided right then and there that THE most important decision we could make was deciding who our photographer/videographer would be. I searched high and low for someone who was creative, yet knew how to tell a love story – our love story. Upon speaking to Andrew for the first time, I knew he was our guy. Not only is he genuine and very easy to get along with, but he listens to what your needs and wants are, rather than being wrapped up in selling himself. He understood our vibe and vision from the get-go, and the rest is history.
I can’t tell you how easy communication and planning with him was. I also can’t stress how comfortable we felt with him all day long. My husband is timid and he said one of his favorite parts of our wedding day was shooting pictures with Andrew because of how easy and effortless it was. He knew how to calm a nervous couple down and made us feel so comfortable. All this in addition to the spectacular work he creates. I am still in awe of the emotion and beauty of our wedding photos and video. Every time I re-watch our video, I find myself tearing up. His editing displays an effortless switch between an HD camera and a super 8 mm – and the effect is just so amazing! Every single person who watched our video shared the same sentiment – that it was the best wedding video they had ever seen. If you want someone who is going to capture your love and your story in a compelling manner (and the romance, the cool photography skills, the grainy vintage 8 mm vibes!)
I highly suggest working with Andrew. I can wholeheartedly recommend him for both photography and videography needs. I am most certainly glad I chose Andrew to carry out the most critical decision of that day for us.
LINDSAY & GARY
We hired Andrew immediately after reviewing his beautiful work on his website. He is a truly gifted filmmaker and I knew he could provide what I was looking for...an amazing piece of cinema instead of a standard wedding video. His combination of high definition footage and super 8 film is so artistic and creative, and his choice of music for each specific film is spot on. Aside from the quality and uniqueness of his product, he is, most importantly, a really quality human, and he was so wonderful to my husband and me throughout the process and on our wedding day. So caring, attentive, good-natured, and fun! In addition, he’s really nice to look at and has beautiful hair. That wasn’t a requirement of the filmmaker we chose, just a bonus! If you hire Andrew you will not be disappointed. His value as a cinematographer and a person are worth every penny.
FAIRMONT GRAND DEL MAR
San Diego, CA.
BRIANNA & JOSH
I can't tell you in words what our video means to us. In fact, I can't tell you what everything Andrew did and created and the time he took putting this all together means to us. Andrew is so fantastic at what he does, and I am literally unbelievably thankful I found him. However, I came across him; I thank god that I did. I can't thank Andrew enough for what he did for us, and I can't thank him enough for this beautiful, beautiful video he left us with. Watching it in high definition on a computer was weirdly even more emotional, I cried harder because it felt so real. That is probably the closest I will get to placing myself back there in time and genuinely feeling all the emotions and just the entire set of the day. Andrew somehow managed to put that into a video and make me feel like I was back there spiritually, to say that, and sincerely mean that is unreal.
I knew what I wanted in a videographer after I found Andrew but what I didn't realize I was going to get is a video like this. I could watch all his videos a million times because they are amazing, but I wish everyone who watched them got to experience what it was like to be watching their own video because it's like nothing else. We're blown away and ultimately grateful for Andrew.
BLACK BALSOM KNOB
IZZY & TONY
Andrew was simply incredible in helping craft the story of our wedding in a way that truly captured the magic and emotion of the day. He created the perfect blend of a moody cinematic piece with a narrative that told our love story.
He was great onsite during the day of the wedding – helping to keep us calm while simultaneously providing warm direction and feedback that ensured we caught all the most cherished moments of our journey.
I would recommend his creative services to anyone.
Santa Ynez, CA.
LAURA & ANDREW
Andrew is incredible! Not only is he talented, but he's lovely to work with. He shot our wedding and we are beyond happy with how the film turned out. It brings me to tears every time I watch it. It's better than I could have hoped for. I'm so glad that we chose Andrew because aside from being exceptionally talented, he has a calm, supportive presence about him. My husband and I aren't comfortable in front of cameras, and I was worried that we would have film cameras in our face all day, but it was the opposite experience. I didn't even know Andrew was there most of the time, which allowed me to feel more present and in the moment (that's key to your wedding). He made us feel at ease, comfortable, and gently directed us, knowing what looks best. I'm so, so happy that we had the chance to work with Andrew, I truly feel he is the best in the industry. His work is truly special and I highly recommend him to all brides!
Napa Valley, CA.
MOUGEH & SINA
Andrew was so amazing, he was always on time, professional listened to what I wanted, and made me the most beautiful wedding film that looked like it belonged in the big screen! He’s also compassionate and truly cares about his clients and what they want.
HUMMINGBIRD NEST RANCH
Los Angeles, CA.
ELAINE & JEFF
My first encounter with Andrew was at a photo workshop. We bonded over our love for film photography. I always wanted him to be my wedding photographer. When shopping for a wedding photographer the price range is fairly large from dirt cheap to crazy expensive. We felt his price point was fair and actually in terms of product and service a value as compared to other photographers. Andrew is excellent at his work and professionalism. I am still in awe of how he was able to capture the right moments my wife and I shared on our wedding. Anyone can use a camera, but capturing a photograph that tells a story, or feeling, or emotions is where Andrew excels. All the photos have a photojournalist feel. We are very happy with the product and service Andrew provided. Andrew will always be a friend and apart of our family. We look forward to using him again.
San Diego, CA.
PARICHEHR & MATT
Andrew is incredible! His professionalism, work ethic, and passion are unlike anyone else in the videography & cinematography industry.
Our story was different. It was beautiful. It was earth-shattering. It was heaven sent. Andrew made it happen. He met me over some Peet’s coffee and listened to everything I had to say about my journey with my fiancé (husband now), my family, and my heartbreak over losing my father so unexpectedly and tragically, all while planning our wedding. I didn’t think I would be able to hire a talented cinematographer like him but Andrew cared, he was empathetic, and truly wanted to make magic happen. And he did, Andrew brought our story to life. And I want to share it with the world.
Coto De Caza, CA.
ALLISON & BRENNAN
My experience with Andrew as our cinematographer by far exceeded all expectations. From the first Skype meeting I had with him, I fell in love with his vision of creating love stories with a raw and cinematic feel. We wanted something more unique than the typical wedding film, something that truly told our story as a couple on our magical day, and something that we were proud to share, and have friends and family watch over and over again. Andrew did just that. Aside from being blown away with our film in hand, I have to compliment Andrew and his team on their etiquette throughout our special day. They were able to capture so many moments with out appearing to be there unless requested. Andrew has a genuine calmness to him that helped me in a way he may not know on what some would call "hectic" moments for a bride on her wedding day. Andrew James Abajian is one talented cinematographer, and we could not have been more happy with the decision to have him create a moving piece of art that we will cherish forever.
BILTMORE FOUR SEASONS
Santa Barbara, CA.
DANA & KURT
I found Andrew James Abajian through Instagram one day, and I was immediately in awe of the creativity and depth that came through in his visuals. I had been searching for a wedding photographer for weeks, and right away I knew I had found someone very special! Andrew’s passion for creating beautiful art through love stories captured me. So needless to say, Andrew was hired soon after for our destination wedding to Maui, Hawaii!
Leading up to the wedding, Andrew was wonderful. I live in Canada and Andrew in California, so communication was always through email and Skype- and that was easy. He had gained my trust, and I knew we could count on him for our wedding photos. The wedding day was magical. My husband and I were so comfortable taking photos with Andrew. He was quick to get a shot and move on to the next. Andrew is a true artist and a true professional. He takes pride in his work, and I would recommend him to anyone!