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Recently I went on a beach getaway. I was walking on the beach, enjoying the beautiful view,  breathing in the smells of the fresh, clean Florida air, and enjoying the moment.

I was listening to the sound of the waves and the sea goals circling over my head when I realized I was hearing different languages spoken around me. I snapped out of my bubble and smiled as I recognized I was walking passed families speaking Russian, Japanese, Spanish and a few other languages I did not recognize. And then it hit me: everyone had a camera in their hands. They were all either taking pictures, or talking about the camera. I could tell some were frustrated; their photos were not turning out the way they envisioned. One couple I walked passed was speaking in English, and I heard the woman complain to the man “the camera is just not good enough”, she said as she sighed in sorrow. I looked the other way, wondering what they were all photographing. There was nothing there except the big blue ocean. The beautiful, living, breathing big blue ocean. The  ocean all these people came to enjoy, and relax, and re-charge by. But they were not doing that. They were all keeping very busy clicking away, and were getting frustrated when they could not seem to be able to capture the essence of the moment.

One of the things I talk about when I teach is when NOT to photograph. In this day and age with the camera equipment is accessible to anyone and everyone, it seems no one is living in the moment any longer. We are either capturing photos to be able to see them in the FUTURE, or looking through photos we captured as we reflect on the PAST. And then we wonder why the NOW, this moment in time, just seems to flee us so quickly.

That morning on the beach, me – the professional photographer – was the only person without a camera in her hands. Of course I brought a camera with me to the beach. But with years of experience and technical knowledge I know when it’s worth it to actually pull out the camera. The camera does not control my life, it’s a tool I control to capture a few special moments that are worthy of my time, energy and thought put into capturing them for prosperity sake.

The rest of the time, I choose to live NOW. And this seems to become a fleeting concept in the past few years since the photography equipment has become affordable and available to all. When we don’t realize is how much this affordable, available, easy to use equipment is costing us in time and energy. Because it’s only a piece of equipment. Think about how an airplane can safely take off and land when it’s in the hands of an experienced pilot in what seems to be a smooth, effortless motion (but we all know very well it is not). A camera follows the same concept. You can whiteness a professional photographer capture a beautiful photograph in what seems to be an effortless motion. But the same camera can become a time and energy sucker, frustrating experience when it’s in your hands if you do not know how to use this tool.

My suggestion? Get busy living life, and not capturing it. When you get somewhere decide to capture only a couple of shots, and then put the camera away. As the pilot says when the airplane takes off: “Sit back – and enjoy the ride!”.

Because that’s what life is about. Here is to a 2017 filled with beautiful, happy, relaxing and energizing NOW moments!

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Year round, photography is my profession. I am always thankful for that fact, and that this is how I have been making a living for the past 17 years.
But this time of year is when I reflect on what a miracle this is. Considering the fact that I never wanted to be a photographer. The only reason I took photography in college in the first place was because no other “real” classes were available my first semester in OSU. Who would have guessed that I would fall in love with this craft? That I would be lucky enough to capture life joys for clients in a way that would make them smile from the heart every time they look at these photos? That I would be able to reflect to people through my camera lens how beautiful they truly are, the beauty they just don’t see in themselves. Who would have guessed that I would have a box of tissues ready in my meeting room because every single one of my clients would shed happy tears looking through their wedding album for the first time?
Not me. I would have never guessed. And what I learned so far is that if I have to choose between money and love – I would choose love every single time. Because money can’t manifest love, but love sure can manifest money, and so much more. I am living proof of that, serving clients whom I love, and they love me. Clients who come back year after year allowing me to document for them their life’s milestones. From calming down a nervous young man before he pops the question, as I am there to capture that moment, to the joy of capturing engagement photos, to looking into the eyes of a stressed bride right before she walks down the aisle, holding her hand, and reminding her that her best friend is waiting for her at the end of this walk. And seeing a smile of relief on her face as she realizes I am right.
To sharing the joy of my client’s getting pregnant, and capturing all the wonderful memories of their baby’s first year. To fun holiday family portraits as their family expands.
To creating a photo marketing strategy for clients as they decide to take the plunge and start their small business. To sharing the joy of photography by teaching my clients how to take better pictures as we go on a group photo tour.
To chasing my client’s beloved pets around the studio to capture their pet portrait, to be invited to photograph wedding anniversaries. And birthdays. And high school senior pictures.
And this is just a partial list.

This time of year I feel that I am the luckiest woman in the world. Not having a family of my own at this point in my life, not being able to show off pictures of my children – I am SO proud to show off pictures of YOUR children that I photogrpahed!
I am grateful that I’m invited to witness, be part of, and capture all these incredible life moments you live. Thank you for trusting me with capturing your precious moments.
Becuase, to me – being your photographer, is nothing but a small miracle.
Happy Everything!
With love,
Rinat

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1999, Ohio State University, me in the photography Department women’s bathrooms, first selfi ever!

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I lead photo tours around Orlando teaching anyone ages 8-80 how to take batter photos. It doesn’t matter if participants bring a camera or a Smartphone – they have fun learning through exercises that combine photography techniques and the history of the location how to take better photos.

I love seeing the participant’s faces at the beginning of the tour – “deer in the headlight look”, and half an hour later I can’t get their attention because they are so excited about taking photos now that they learned how to.

One of my favorite students is Jesse. Jesse is a bright, curious, open minded 8 year old. Often he is the only child in a group of adults, and yet he shines. Thinking out of the box, photographing from a different perspective, daring to be wrong – he does all the things that we used to do as children until we were told we shouldn’t. And thanks to that he gets great photos every single time.

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As my students find out, I believe photography is a form of sport. We talk about how to get away from photographing like tourists, and soon enough I see Krista, who is a quite sweet woman, lying on the ground capturing photos from a great angle.  Scott who has been the unofficial photographer for years at all his Toast Masters events is now holding the camera in the eye level of a dog walking by, getting a great point of view. Understanding and being able to control the camera technically frees them to start enjoying themselves – which leads to great photos.

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photo tour

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It warms my heart when my past and present clients come to a photo tour. Iva, who I photographed her wedding many years ago, caught the photography bug recently, and is now completing all 3 photo tours I offer – since  I designed the tours to complete each other, and taking all three gives a basic set of photography skills.

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photo tour

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photo tour

But my favorite thing of all is when my students start “talking the lingo” it’s like we have our own secret language: “Hey, that was a tourist shot”, or:”There is cheetos in your frame”, and technical talk like: “so 3.5 is a shallow depth of field, I get it!”

Pam, who publishes a newspaper, told me last time she saw me that her readers are commenting her paper looks better, and they cannot figure out why. “It’s the pictures” says Pam “my pictures look so much better since I took your photo tours!”

I have been leading photo tours worldwide for the past 5 years, and it is always a joy to receive years later photos from my past students, sharing with me with pride their great photos, and thanking me for helping them see the light – literally.

Since I love photography so much – it is such a pleasure to share it with the world.

The next photo tour is Saturday February 7th 9 to noon at the beautiful Park Ave. for more info and to sign up click here

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photo tour

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photo tour

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photo tour