"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."

Thank you for your interest in our work! We are looking forward to connecting with you, but until then we'd love to share a bit more about us. We are, above all else, a family of brother-sister-husband who share a passion we chose to call Shotlife. We approach each wedding, each project as our best one yet and embrace the profound impact of photography and film on people, communities, and culture. We crave that elated feeling of getting the shot; capturing something beautiful, emotional, meaningful, striking. 

JACOB, LUSINE & martin

Meet the Team

- Liana & Graeme -

An avid enthusiast by nature, Lusine is drawn to creative work that has a deeper meaning and is endearing for the viewer.  She loves to capture special moments with a delicate, editorial flare while depicting perfectly genuine scenes. Her approach is built upon thoughtful planning, intentional use of light and creative direction that emphasizes fleeting moments, nuanced details and the subtleties of human connections. Having documented over a hundred weddings and published in dozens of leading magazines with several cover features, Lusine pursues an exciting endeavor to express the beauty of life through the lens.

Principal Photographer & Co-Founder

lUSINE HAKOBYAN

ABOUT LUSINE

"Shooting weddings is an elevated experience of artistic portraiture, photojournalism, exemplary eye for styling, working in fascinating locations, meeting hundreds of lovely people, and, most importantly, being a best friend. Getting to be the one to tell this story of a heartfelt day through my lens is a pleasure, a privilege, and my creative dream." 

ADMIRING INTIMIATE MOMENTS IN GRAND SETTINGS
MARRIED TO MARTIN AND MOMMY TO ALEX & AELIA
UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO ALUMNA
LOVES IMPROMPTU DATE NIGHTS, LONG WALKS IN THE CITY, HISTORICAL ARCHITECTURE, RED WINE & FRENCH COMEDIES

“Lusine was excellent at providing direction, and has an amazing eye for composition. Our engagement & wedding photos turned out incredible.”

- LIANA & GRAEME -
With love, Lusine

What started as a venture in photography quickly turned into an irrevocable interest in motion, sound, narrative, and other complexities of cinematography for Jacob. He is driven by the indefinite artistic opportunities that cinematography lays upon him, crafting each wedding film into a visual heirloom as unique as the couples, settings and relationships he captures. Working with Jacob means forgoing the standard ways and instead pursuing an authentic, harmonious narrative through his expert use of storytelling, composition, sound mixing, lighting and, most importantly, his ability to form a genuine bond with each couple.

Principal Cinematographer & Co-Founder

JACOB HAKOBYAN

ABOUT JACOB

"I believe in the impact of a personalized approach for each film. I love getting to know our couples beyond the obvious and establishing a strong bond with them. A narrative that is genuine to who you are; music, sound, motion that bring back the sensations of your day; an artistic interpretation of your most precious moments... I don't spare efforts to breathe in life and emotion into our wedding films. Seeing their appeal to our couples at the end makes it all so worthwhile."

SEEKING MUSIC IN EVERY CORNER
LUSINE'S BROTHER AND A FAVORITE UNCLE TO ALEX & AELIA
UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO ALUMNUS
GEAR HEAD, FITNESS ENTHUSIAST, LOVES EVERYTHING ASTRONOMY AND ALWAYS UP FOR A ROAD BIKE ADVENTURE

“Jacob's video highlights were masterfully edited and really captured the essence of our special day. Truly a fantastic team and company!

- MERELLA & MARK -
Cheers, Jacob

Associate Cinematographer & Photographer

mARTIN MELKOUMIAN

While Martin dedicated a large piece of his heart to history studies, learning Latin, and writing an occasional poem, Shotlife has long become his inherent outlet for creative aspirations. Working alongside his wife Lusine and brother-in-law Jacob for over five years, he brings expert skills to the team in cinematography and photography, while his friendly presence is sure to be a pleasure for everyone. He acts as the missing puzzle, filling in the integral role of an associate shooter for effective, smooth, and consistent teamwork, and always brings out the best in the collective efforts of the team.

named top wedding photographer & cinematographer by
luxlife magazine and 2020 Consumer choice award

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