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Meet Mar Vista Photographer: Elkhan Shahbazzade

Today we’d like to introduce you to Elkhan Shahbazzade.

Elkhan, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My passion for photography started around 7 years ago when I purchased my first semi-professional camera, a little before me and my wife celebrated the birth of our first child. I started taking pictures of my beautiful baby girl and slowly I developed a habit of making a lot of pictures everyday and posting them on family friendly websites in Russia where other people would post same as well. After that, I continued onto Facebook and Flickr and became noticed. I realized that this is what I want to do professionally and after some time did my first photoshoot. Because of the “word of mouth,full time” I started getting more and more requests and this full-time profession. And today I can proudly state that I achieved a lot and went a long way to be where I am now. I am now working with different entities and photographing families, sports events, private parties, weddings and etc.

Has it been a smooth road?
Getting noticed and definitely developing not only the skill but a feel for it which is very important. I believe every picture has a soul and a thought put into it. That is how you choose light and posture because you want to transmit what you want to say in your picture.

Is there some part of you work that is particularly difficult?
The hardest part of my job is to be able to find the right shot because I consider myself a perfectionist. I enjoy spending a lot of time carefully choosing the perfect picture and make sure me and my client loves it the most.

What are you striving for, what criteria or markers have you set as indicators of success?
Success is simply my returning customers and their satisfaction.

So, what should we be on the lookout for, what’s next in store for you?
My plans are to continue growing as a professional photographer and create a network of people with the same interests.

Contact Info:

  • Website: www.Elkhan.Photography
  • Phone: 310-309-1864
  • Email:
  • Instagram: @Elkhan_PITMAN @Elkhan.Photography
  • Facebook: elkhan Pitman Shahbazzade

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