Quality is the utmost focus in our photography services.
About Hagop’s Photography
We established Hagop’s Photography in 1993 in Palo Alto. Photography although, started for Hagop when his father bought him his first camera. In addition, a professional photographer, friend of the family mentored Hagop and started him on his path.
In the beginning, he learned about lighting, posing, composition, film development, retouching and many other necessary skills. Eventually in high school, he was the “official” school photographer. Later, he had a studio and photographed portraits but weddings were more fun. In time, he learned and became an expert in print and negative retouching.
When our clients start working with Hagop, they realize, he not only knows what he’s doing, but he does it well. Often, the question that comes into the conversation is, “So, how long have you been doing this?” The answer for the most part is, “Since I had hair.”
When we started Hagop’s Photography, cameras were still film and you had to understand how to use them. For the most part photographers primarily were commercial photographers or wedding and family photographers. Our main focus at that time, was portraits (which included family and business portraits) and weddings. As the Internet became stronger and people started needing photographs for their websites, LinkedIn and profile photos… For this reason, we shifted to photographing more headshots and corporate work which has become our main focus for photography.
Digital Retouching Experience
Hagop started using Photoshop with version 2.5. At that time, when you opened a large file it could take an hour or two to open. Also, there was no cost efficient way to print. So, we would send the file to a lab that would make us a negative. Then we would print from the negative, this sounds totally crazy now. Learning to use Photoshop and becoming proficient in it was one of the best things he did for his craft. Presently, he personally retouches all our work. During a headshot session he will retouch your photos with you present so that he has your input. For the most part, this is a new experience for our new clients. But it is one of the reasons why they call us when they need to update their headshot. Overall, it’s amazing to watch him work.
Travel photography, gardening and digital artwork are among Hagop’s hobbies. Presently, Hagop digitally creates artwork, which we have reproduced onto acrylic and brushed metal. View some samples in the gallery below.