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Andrew K Ito Photography
Q: How do you describe your style?
A: My photographic style can be characterized as a unique combination of traditional portraiture technique and photojournalism. I love to capture what Henri Cartier-Bresson described as "the decisive moment". These are pivotal moments that depict the emotions you experienced on your special day; images of tender beauty and timeless romance. I prefer to let moments happen and then capture those slivers of time rather than trying to force them. While that is my preference, I'm often required to help along the process in a way that doesn't impede your special day. Whether the moments are directed or serendipitous, you can be confident that the imagery will look natural and spontaneous.
Q: What degrees or qualifications do you have?
A: First off, let me say that you don't NEED a degree to be a good photographer. There are hundreds of thousands of wedding photographers out there that have a half decent eye. That said, knowledge is invaluable. Whether that knowledge is gained through formal education, workshops, the internet or by an apprenticeship, it's all extremely valuable. I've used all the above to learn, grow and expand my skills and vision. I have a BFA in Fine Art Photography from Cal State Long Beach, have attended many workshops, am constantly learning through the wonders of the WWW and have spent 7 years learning under the tutelage of another fine photographer.
Q: Can you shoot film?
A: Yes. When I started photography I shot film exclusively for almost 20 years before purchasing my first Canon digital SLR in 2003. Before buying that Canon 10D I shot primarily with two Hasselblad medium format cameras with Zeiss lenses, a Fuji 645zi medium format rangefinder and an Ebony wooden field camera for my fine art landscape photography. I currently shoot with Mamiya 645 film cameras in addition to my digital bodies. I'm quite comfortable in shooting color or black and white film if you're looking for that "film look" in your photographs. Please ask for a quote if you're interested in having your wedding or portraits shot on film.
Q: Can I keep the digital files?
A: Yes. Digital negatives and/or post processed files are available should you choose to include them in your wedding package. Many packages include the digital negatives.
Q: What kind of equipment do you use?
A: I currently use Canon and Sony cameras and lenses. My wedding rig is comprised of a Canon 5DmkIII, Sony A7rII, Sony A7s at least 4-6 strobes, and lenses from a 15mm fisheye to a 400mm telephoto zoom. Most of my work is shot with my favorite lenses, the Canon "trinity". It's comprised of the Canon 35mm f/1.4L, Canon 85mm f/1.2L and the Canon 135mm f/2L. If you're a camera buff you can probably relate, if not then I could very well be writing swahili at this point.
Q: What types of albums do you offer and are they included in the price of the packages?
A: I offer albums from several different vendors with styles that range from modern metal covers to more traditional leather covers as well as some nice handcrafted albums made with traditional Japanese bookbinding skills. Most of my packages include an album as well.
Q: What are your terms?
A: On our fine art portraits, the full sitting fee is required on the day of the shoot. Additional prints will be billed upon receipt of order. Weddings require a 50% non-refundable retainer within one week of booking. The balance is due a week prior to the day of the event. Additional prints will be billed upon receipt of order.