About San Diego Photographer Andrew Abouna

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Andrew Abouna San Diego PhotographerI believe that professional photography is more than just creating lovely photos and capturing memories, it’s also about enhancing your entire photography experience by delivering first class photography products and services.

It’s also important that you thoroughly enjoy your photo session, so I make the experience as pleasantly memorable as your event, while ensuring that you receive the finest professional photography services and products from start to finish.

At Andrew Abouna Photography, I provide professional wedding photography, commercial photography, event photography, portraiture, and dynamic 360-degree virtual tour photography and wedding photography, locally and nationally.

Photography has been a part of my life for decades, even before age 12 when I built my own darkroom. I still have my old film camera but prefer digital technology more. In recent years I’ve become veryfocused on the essential blending of that technology with how I seeing and indeed feel the moments I capture for my clients and myself.

I started my full-time photography business six ago, and have been enjoying a wonderful mix of diverse opportunities with fantastic clients ever since. When we love something we tend to immerse ourselves in it, and that’s how photography is for me. Yet it’s important not to be swallowed up by it, and so I recognize and use diversity instead of specializing to create what inspires.
As in life, diversity brings greater creativity and opportunities for new experiences, as well as ideas on how to blend techniques from one area of photography into another.And just as no two clients are the same, so too are no shoots the same. But that make sense because photography, particularly of people, can be an a trusting and even somewhat intimate experience when sharing life events.
And so I make every shoot an enhanced personalized experience for my clients, one which is performed with true interest and care. To be honest, the role of creatively capturing and being a brief part of people’s lives are additional elements that compel me to photograph professionally. I invite you to read more about my photography in an article written by DiscoverSanDiego.com.

Meet Andrew Abouna San Diego Photographer

Creative Influences

I was raised in a creative, artistic and technical environment. My mother was a teacher and master of art. Her work included many spectacular, large scenic works of art with fabric and thread, some of which are on display in prominent public places. My father is an artist, too. As a surgeon he discovered, created, an applied pioneering ways to give life. He is well-published and worked in many different countries.

Add to this my step-father, who was an art professor and renowned watercolor and mixed-media artist, whose works reflect the beauty of many wonderful places from all over the world. These elements and more have given me a great appreciation for the many aspects of art.

After studying at the undergraduate and graduate level in the arts and sciences, I directed my creativity towards technology to help visualize the space around us. I became accomplished in computer mapping and the abstract use of space by I applying these skills with my affinity for computer programming.

Over the years I published a number of articles, graphic projects, and applications, and these earned me a number of local, state and international awards. Now I focus my time purely on creative works. When not photographing I like to build things for others with my hands, cycle, run and explore places local and far.

I can say that diversity in photography comes from experience. I was born in the United Kingdom and after for a few years lived several years in three states of the U.S. before spending a year in Scotland, followed by 15 years in Canada, and then over 25 more years in the U.S. I’ve also lived a brief time in Chile in South America. I’ve travelled several times across Europe, parts of the Middle-East, Canada, much of the U.S ., as well The Hawaiian Islands, tropical Mexico, and Chile. Every place has added richness to my view of the world and to photography.

Some of My Published Articles

Before focusing exclusively on photography – I spent two decades performing and designing computer mapping programs, traffic engineering, as an IT director, and three years teaching part-time at the University of San Diego. During that time I made a number presentations at conferences, to city councils, to and a board range of peers and experts, and I published several articles and received a variety of local, state and international awards. Here is a sample of some technical and aesthetic works, giving a little more information about me.

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Map The Yukon

When the San Diego Oceans Foundation (SDOF) sank a Canadian Destroyer in 2000, it wasn’t an act of war. Rather, it was a brilliant way to turn a wartime relic into an environmentally friendly artificial reef that could provide hours of pleasure for divers, increase San Diego tourism, and provide an economical alternative for decommissioning mothballed warships.

To select a sink site, ensure safety in the reef environment, generate revenue, and create maps that are readable 100 feet below the water’s surface, I developed for SDOF a mapping system that worked as well above as it did below the water. Pictured left is a magazine cover featuring an article I wrote for ‘Geospatial Technologies’ all about the mapping and Yukon project. Yes, that’s me on the cover of the journal, as I’m photographed underwater using the map I created.

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Wired in San Diego

I also created a custom-built mapping and internet application,, one of the first in the country, for  San Diego in order to provide a snapshot of the the city’s broadband infrastructure and to help downtown business development. The highly functional and interactive GIS-based web application provided valuable information to multiple agencies for helping boosting local economic development. Click on the article pictured to the left to read about the application’s development and use.

 

Thanks for reading and if you have any questions please contact me.

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