BEHIND THE LENS

WE ARE A TEAM OF THREE - LUSINE, JACOB, AND MARTIN - WHO WHOLEHEARTEDLY DEVOTED OURSELVES TO THE ART OF PHOTOGRAPHY AND CINEMATOGRAPHY THAT HAS BEAUTY, DEPTH, AND STORY.

- MEET THE FAMILY -

Lusine Hakobyan

LEAD PHOTOGRAPHER & CO-FOUNDER

I have always had an inexplicable passion for arts. Be it silly kindergarten drawings of rainbows and dogs, or enthusiastic first-tries at painting, or just doing my business studies while daydreaming of living and breathing arts. I knew I would not feel at ease with myself until I express and exploit my creativity. Once I explored the field of photography, there was no way back. I love it for seemingly infinite reasons.

I AM DRIVEN BY SUBTLE AND SOPHISTICATED BEAUTY; BY IMAGES THAT ARE NOT STILL BUT SEEM TO BE ALIVE AND MOVE THE VIEWER.

 

I have devoted my work to weddings because I got married and found it to be the best day in my life. and can now relive those many beautiful moments with other exceptional couples. I get to capture your excitement, anticipation, joy, love, and every other heartfelt emotion in one day. Shooting weddings is not just taking pictures - it is an elevated experience of creative portraiture, photojournalism, exemplary eye for styling, working with literally every lighting scenario possible, meeting hundreds of lovely people, knowing a thing or two about bustling the dress and putting on a boutonniere, and, most importantly, being a best friend. Getting to be the one to tell this story of a heartfelt day through the lens of my eyes is a pleasure, a privilege, and my creative dream.

MARRIED TO MARTIN

SISTER TO JACOB

MOMMY TO ALEX & AELIA

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO ALUMNI

ENJOYING FRENCH COMEDIES & FRIENDS

LOVE PROSCIUTTO, COFFEE, & MEMES

A TENACIOUS VISIONARY WITH ENTHUSIASTIC IDEAS

We are, above all else, a family of husband-wife-brother that happen to share a passion. 

We crave that feeling of getting the shot.  Capturing something beautiful, emotional, meaningful, STRIKING.

For over 5 years we are all having an amazing time embracing our creative potential in the field of wedding photography and cinematography. Along the way we have worked with extraordinarily lovely people, built trusting relationships in the industry, and been featured in leading publications such as Wedluxe, Elegant Wedding, Wedding Chicks, Vineyard Brides and others. We are also honored to win the Consumer Choice Award, thanks to the love and support of our clients. Our passion is always driving us to seek the next experience in photography and film, and we can't wait to make more exceptional stories with you!

Jacob Hakobyan

LEAD CINEMATOGRAPHER & CO-FOUNDER

I started my wedding venture with photography till one day we thought, "hey, wouldn't it be cool if we also did cinematography for weddings?". Everything good starts with an idea, hard work, quite extensive investment of time (and equipment, in this case), and continuous passion for it. This passion of mine greatly stimulates my right side of the brain, while the left side is still occupied with accounting. I spend a significant part of my day daydreaming and running each wedding day through my mind to put together the perfect wedding film.

 

I BELIEVE IN THE IMPACT OF A PERSONALIZED APPROACH FOR EACH FILM, BECAUSE I FEEL A STRONG BOND WITH OUR COUPLES, GETTING TO KNOW THEM BEYOND THE OBVIOUS.

 

This is probably why each wedding film has had such an appeal to every couple. My other obsession is music - I absolutely love it and can spend a day or two selecting the  perfect soundtrack to convey the wedding day emotions. Last but not least, as a Libra, we are said to succeed in two fields, politics and arts. As I am not quite involved in politics, it is no surprise that I got fully sucked into Arts, and I cannot imagine it any other way.

BROTHER TO LUSINE

PROUD UNCLE TO ALEX & AELIA

MARRIED TO THE GYM

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO ALUMNI

LOVE EVERYTHING JOHN WICK

REAL GEAR HEAD, 24/7

A FOREVER-DREAMER 

Martin Melkoumian

I have always been carried away with whatever lets me dream bigger. While I have given a large piece of my heart to history studies, learning Latin, and writing an occasion poem now and then, Shotlife has long become my inherent outlet for creative satisfaction.

I LOVE THE LONG-LASTING CONNECTIONS WE ARE ABLE TO BUILD THROUGH OUR WORK, AND HOW WE BRING A SMILE TO SO MANY PEOPLE WHEN THEY SEE THEIR PICTURES AND FILM.

Working with my wife Lusine and brother-in-law Jacob is yet another rewarding part of this venture. We enjoy spending time together, and our wedding adventures bring us even closer. We actually tried to use walkie talkies to continously communicate throughout the wedding days but soon realized it was useless - we know each other so well that one glance is enough for us to know what we are trying to say to one another.

In this ever changing society it is so nice to see that some things stay constant - the strive to share our love, compassion, experiences, emotions, and life with a partner. This becomes an official promise on a wedding day, and it is an honor to be the one to capture this promise and witness the anticipation of a lifetime to future together. 

PHOTOGRAPHER / CINEMATOGRAPHER & CO-FOUNDER

MARRIED TO LUSINE

FATHER TO ALEX & AELIA

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO / MCMASTER UNIVERSITY / BROCK UNIVERSITY ALUMNI

CAR ENTHUSIAST

LOVE LANGUAGES AND HISTORY

ALEX, creative director

Alex has been an integral member of our team since its beginnings. His passionate personality and extraordinary love of life keeps us all motivated to bring out the best in our creativity and see the world through the lens of kindness and love. 

AELIA, client relations

Aelia is our newest team member. She demonstrates an outstanding talent for entertaining clients and providing exceptional customer service with her positivism and love for what she does. Her smile can make our day, and yours too, hopefully.

"WE KNEW RIGHT AWAY FROM THE MOMENT WE HAD OUR CONSULTATION THAT WE WANTED TO WORK WITH THEM. SHOTLIFE STUDIO WAS AN ABSOLUTE PLEASURE TO WORK WITH."

- Graeme & Liana -

"EXTREMELY PROFESSIONAL & PERSONABLE"

- Shanelle & Jevon -

THE EQUIPMENT

we love & trust

CAMERAS

Canon C100 Mark II (x2)

Canon 5D Mark IV

Canon 5D Mark III (x2)

SOUND RECORDING

Sennheiser AVX MKE2 Digital Wireless Lavalier Microphones (x2)

Rode Stereo VideoMic X

Rode NTG2 Shotgun Microphone

Rode VideoMic Pro Plus Shotgun Mic

Tascam DR-60D Field Recorder

LENSES

Canon 24mm f/1.4L II 

Canon 35mm f/1.4L II

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 ART

Canon 85mm f/1.2L II

Canon 85mm f/1.4L IS

Canon 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro

Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II

Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS II

VIDEO STABILIZATION

DJI Ronin Gimbal Stabilizer

Zhiyun Crane 2 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer

Ready Rig Vest System

Duzi Slider

Manfrotto 535 Carbon Fibre Video Tripod

Manfrotto 504HD Tripod

Manfrotto XPRO Monopod

LIGHTING

Profoto B1X

Canon Speedlite 600-EX-RT Flashes (x3)

Kinotehnik Practilite 602 LED Light (x2)

Profoto Softbox RFi 3' Octa

Westcott 43'' Apollo Soft Box

Cheetah QBox Soft Box

LED Go LG-V58C 2K1 Versatile LED Light

OTHER

Drone - DJI Mavic 2 Pro

Atomos Shogun Inferno Field Monitor/Recorder

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EXCEPTIONAL STORIES

REFINED STYLE & VISION

AND ALWAYS PASSIONATE

WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO CONNECTING WITH YOU AND CREATING BEAUTIFUL WORK TOGETHER!

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Toronto, Canada

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