Who am I?
Los Angeles Based + Romanian Born + British Educated + Ex-Professional Tennis Player + 12 Years in Investment Banking + 83 Countries Travelled
Andrei is an award winning commercial and fine art photographer from Los Angeles. Romanian born and raised, Andrei moved to the United Kingdom as a teenager where he completed his undergraduate and Masters in Finance and Investment from the University of York. His love of travel, adventure and thus photography started from his professional tennis playing days, where he would frequently compete in international tournaments. Even during his 12 years in the investment banking industry in New York City, he continued to develop his style, while exploring some of the most remote places on Earth.
Detesting the concept of creatively standing still, Andrei is always on the lookout for his next challenge, be it a new technique, a new way of capturing a subject or using new technology to produce a different look and style. He finds it imperative for those at all levels of photography to always be looking to improve, to learn new skills and keep up with market trends as long as it does not compete with your core characteristics of who you are and what your vision is. He thrives when working under pressure and when the projects are complex in nature, with multiple moving parts. He is fanatical when it comes to the quality of his work, his dedication to achieving the client’s vision and ensuring that he provides a professional and mutually creative environment for all that work with him. He can often be found experimenting in his studio trying to create customized creative solutions that will be useful on future projects and shoots. He is obsessed with the concept of producing unique visions that capture the true essence of the subject in front of him. His clients include Nike, Aston Martin, McLaren Automotive, Richard Mille, Sandisk and National Geographic to name a few.
With 83 countries under his belt, he is well versed in the planning of complex international schedules, as well as the multitude of cultures and customs that he has encountered over the years. He has been fortunate enough to have swam in Jellyfish Lake in Palau, hiked amongst the Moai statues on Easter Island, explored the local fish markets of Zanzibar, took a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the Masai Mara, captured the aurora borealis in Greenland and went hunting with the remote San tribesmen of Namibia, all with his camera in tow.
His passion for photography is not limited to just commercial work and travel. He has also accumulated over 150 hours of flight time in small planes and helicopters, across multiple countries and continents. With sometimes months of planning the locations and flight paths, it is in the air where he feels most comfortable, with the conditions and subjects constantly changing in form and texture. His extensive experience in this challenging environment allows him to be really creative with his subjects, angles and abstract perspectives.
He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Susan and their 2 cats - Foo and Smash.
He is a proud Ambassador and Field Instructor to Phase One Cameras, shooting on the world's largest camera sensor - IQ4 (151 Mega Pixels) as well as a Global Brand Ambassador to Eizo Monitors, G-Technology and f-Stop. Andrei is the host for f-stop Gear Webinars (Knowledge Labs) webinars.
Seeing that we may be spending some time on set together, here are some fun facts about me:
Favorite Country to Visit: Iceland
Favorite Music Band: The Smashing Pumpkins
Ultimate Dinner Guest: Sir David Attenborough
Most Unique Place I Have Ever Been To: CERN Particle Collider
Boyhood Fantasy Car: McLaren F1
Favorite Childhood Cartoon: He-Man
Secret Crush: Kate Bekinsale
Guilty Food Pleasure: In-n-Out Burger
Best City In The World: New York City
Biggest Pet Peeve: Dishonesty
Favorite Football Team: Arsenal FC