About Us

San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Photographers

Hagop and Ano Istanboulian

candid portraits of Hagop and Ano during wedding shoots

As you might imagine, it all started with a photograph.

We met through a mutual friend, at my parent’s house. If you ask Hagop, there was something there that impressed him, and well, the same for me.

The first time he asked me out was at a picnic with friends. It was his birthday. I knew he was a photographer but I had never seen his work and he was taking a lot photos that day.

Months later when things got a bit more serious, he showed me a photograph that he took of me that day. I was amazed. He had captured who I was like no one else had. I remember thinking, “this guy knows what he is doing”. It’s not the end of the story though. We got married, have two children together and now, together we are wedding photographers. And to this day Hagop still carries that photograph in his wallet everywhere he goes and if you want to see it just ask. A picture is worth a thousand words the saying goes. For me that picture is worth the world. That picture is part of our love story.

Your WeddingWe believe that your photographs and wedding album should reflect who you are and portray the story of your wedding. We approach each wedding and couple individually. Everyone has a different story and we want to know yours. Our clients call us unobtrusive yet are surprised that their most precious memories have been captured.
Hagop is an award-winning photographer who started photographing wedding at the age of 17. His style at first was photojournalism, but as he matured, he learned how to pose portraits but at the same time have them look natural. The contemporary portraits he creates are timeless.

Ano attended USC and received her degree in business administration. Though she has worked in her field, her interest has always been in art and creativity. While working, she took photography and art classes and worked at art galleries in San Francisco. 10 years ago she began documenting weddings. Along side of Hagop, her natural photojournalistic talent blossomed.

PhotojournalismHagop and Ano tell the story your wedding day through a combination of portraits, candid photojournalism. The images on the web site are a combination of both Hagop and Ano’s creations.

Hagop and Ano established Hagop’s Photography in Palo Alto, CA in 1993 and have since photographed hundreds of weddings. You may browse on our Wedding Gallery pages to view weddings we have photographed in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The following is a recent letter we received from Mercy and Donny whose wedding we photographed in January 2009.

Candid photo b&g“When we first started looking online for wedding photographers, we weren’t sure what we should or would want. We came across Hagop’s  Photography because of his very well organized website and the fact that he has shot many beautiful weddings all over the bay area, so based on his pictures, we were able to see not only what types of pictures they were capable of taking but also, what a wedding at different venues would look like. When we met Hagop and then Ano, we felt immediately comfortable with their personalities… very warm and friendly, yet undeniably experienced and confident in their work. We didn’t have to look far to see that this pair had something very special to offer in this field. From the first meeting to the last, they talked us through what was expected and how to proceed, we didn’t have any question they couldn’t answer to our satisfaction. Hagop and Ano maneuvered spectacularly through the wedding day and the results exceeded our greatest expectations. If you want a beautiful album of the most significant and beautiful moments on your wedding day at an affordable price, this is hands-down the company to go with. Thank you Hagop and Ano for your hard work in taking beautiful photographs as well as helping us design a wedding album we will cherish for the rest of our lives… not that you need it, as your work stands for itself, but we would definitely recommend your services again and again!”