There are many avenues you can choose when getting started in the exciting realm of videography! Today we're getting to know Andrew James Abajian, who makes beautiful Save the Date films for his clients.
Save the Date film….genius! Tell us about your process for creating these.
As a romantic creative, I have many avenues and styles for sharing a story. I take a traditional love story and translate it into something gorgeous and cinematic. That’s where the idea of “save the date” short films came about! Because I truly have a desire to get to know my clients and tell their unique story, my process has allowed me to become attached emotionally to them with an outcome of capturing something honest and heartfelt. In the end it allows the couple to feel represented well and allows the viewer to feel something more authentic when they view my film.
How do your couples send out their video Save the Dates to guests?
My clients receive an HD version of their film as well as a web ready compressed version. With that they have the option to upload to their wedding site, send out a mass email, or create custom DVD’s to share with friends and family. My favorite is a Free People “Save the Date” film that I made a few years back that got highlighted with Free People. My clients were so excited to see their love story on such a large platform.
What has the feedback been like?
The feedback has been absolutely amazing and encouraging! My clients are so joyful to have something different than a traditional photo, and new clients contact me to share their ideas for their own film. The conversation over wedding docufilms and new styles of storytelling is something that I’m very passionate about and blessed to be able to offer.
How do you promote this service? And, is it an add-on to wedding packages or a stand alone offering that lets couples try out your services before they book you for the wedding?
Through education and passion! I am a classically trained photographer and filmmaker. With a B.A. in Film, I’ve had a desire to tell honest stories in both editorial journalism and documentary styled film making. This has allowed me to offer both photography and cinematography packages and as a fine art wedding artist. When clients book me for their wedding, they are immediately met with a complimentary engagement session for photos or a “save the date” film. Some clients choose either or, and some pay extra to have both. It all depends on the client’s needs, wants, and vision for their story.
You obviously feel passionate about your work. Tell us more.
I truly believe that everyone, no matter who they are or where they are from, has a unique and beautiful story worth telling. Each storm they have weathered and path they have traveled has helped to transform them into who they are. I am blessed to be present for these moments, days, and times in their lives. This is what brings me the most joy.
Andrew James Abajian is a hybrid fine art wedding, humanitarian, fashion photographer, and film maker. He has a passion for mixing both digital and traditional film mediums in order to tell stories from all over the world. Andrew believes that photography, at it’s core, is a journalistic art form. He feels that he is capturing a single moment in time, and that his videography should always be shot like it’s a timeless piece of art. This is always in the forefront of his mind while he’s working, as he always aims to achieve this approach. Over the past 3 years, he has had the opportunity to create many inspiring, beautiful, and personal films. From commemorating weddings to filming high fashion brands and traveling overseas to document humanitarian work, each story inspires him to strive for a finished film that reflects his personal goals for quality and uniqueness.
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