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The one thing that always happens before a photo shoot – and ALWAYS catches my clients by surprise – is the pre-photo shoot emotional meltdown they experience.

Usually it comes in the form of a text or an email the day before we are scheduled to photograph. My client is asking to reschedule. “The dog ate my homework” laundry list of excuses ranges from “I didn’t get a chance to get my hair done” to “I can’t make it tomorrow because I need an emergency eye surgery”.

When we talk some more, the truth always comes out.

They are scared.

Of course they are scared. Standing in front of a camera is one of the most vulnerable things you could ever do. It also involves trust – trusting the person who is photographing you that they will make you look good.

Not an easy emotional task, that’s for sure. Did you know that the Native Americans did not agree to be photographed? They believed a photograph captured their soul. I can see why they believed that. It kind of does.

As we all know – the camera doesn’t lie. In fact, it pretty much is all about “In your face, truth!”. Facts we like to tell ourselves little white lies about – like “I didn’t gain any weight in the past year”. Or: “I have a full head of hair and there is no bold spot up there”. Or my personal favorite white lie I tell myself: “My teeth are pearly white” – all these stories come crashing into the great wall of reality check before a photo shoot, as our mind realizes that after the photo shoot tomorrow there will be nowhere to hide from the truth any longer.

And so, the logical decision to make is – cancel the photo shoot. Forget it ever happened. And keep living a lie.

Or…

How about we consider what is behind door #2? Yes, it is scary; we don’t know what’s behind it. Yes, it means we will have to face the truth. But – and stay with me here even though you are already so uncomfortable just reading this –

How about you be vulnerable and trust the professional you hired?

To me, being a professional photographer doesn’t just mean I have the best photography equipment. It doesn’t just mean I know how to technically get a perfectly exposed capture.

Being a professional photographer means to me that I know how to capture my clients best self. I know how to bring out the sleeping beauty inside a woman who tells me she is not photogenic or the handsome man under the insecure fellow who walks into my studio.

And if we are photographing on location – in your location – be it your home or office or spaceship – part of my job is to make the space look good for the shoot. Being a professional photographer means to me that I know how to set up your location in a way that compliments the shot – and hides the mess and the dust bunnies – or the spaceship’s peeling paint job.

If you are reading this article, chances are you are one of my clients. So before you pick up the phone to text me that the dog ate your makeup/ tore your tie up and you just can’t make it to the photo shoot – read this carefully.

And remember – part of being a professional photographer means to me that I am here to talk you off the ledge. So if you still need to hear my voice explaining to you why your upcoming photo shoot is going to be one of the best life experiences you have ever had – call me.

I am here for you.

And YES – YOU ARE photogenic!

 

 

 

 

 

I started photographing destination weddings 20 years ago – and I still enjoy capturing these fun, intimate wedding celebrations!

Hayley and Calum along with their family and close friends came all the way from Scotland to Orlando to make their love official. Here are some of my favorite shots from this wonderful wedding!

“I couldn’t have asked for a friendlier and more professional photographer for my wedding. We were delighted with our photographs! Thank you Rinat”

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Hayley and Calum destination wedding was in the beautiful Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando
Planner: Plan It Event Design & Management
Flowers: Cloud 9 Wedding Flowers
Officiant: Sensational Ceremonies, LLC
Harpist: Christine MacPhail
Hair & Makeup: Brie & Brie

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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If you are an amateur photographer who just wants to learn how to get better pictures CONTACT ME for more information about the photography classes I offer

 

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Marilyn Monroe said it best, we ladies do love our diamonds! Here are 8 tips on how to take better pics of your new and shiny engagement and wedding rings for the world to see:

 

 

Photo by Rinat Halon, All Rights Reserved

Photo by Rinat Halon, All Rights Reserved

 TIP #1: Let your fiance and his groomsmen have the rings as they are getting ready for the wedding ceremony. They will start goofing off I can  guarantee it, and you will get fun shots like this one!

 

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TIP #2: The classic “hands over flowers” pose always looks great thanks to the contrast the beautiful flowers add functioning as a backdrop to the rings, and the dress and tux pull it all together perfectly

 

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TIP #3: Have your man hold the ring, that way you get the intention and the action in one shot. Its one of those shots that make people tilt their heads to the side and go “OOOOOHHHHHHH!!!”…(and its a Facebook “Like” machine)

 

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TIP #4: Let a child hold the rings. Something about a child’s little hand holding a ring…well, it’s not for nothing we have a ring bearer in a wedding, right?

 

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TIP #5: Before you put on your bling shoes – use them from a different point of view

 

 

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TIP #6: Sometime you have to kiss a few frogs to find your prince. But when you are done kissing frogs, how about having the frog pose with your rings?

 

 

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TIP #7: Keep it simple. Have your sister or best friend hold the rings in her loving hands, that way you capture a great memory of the rings, held by the person you love so much, who held your hand through the good, the bad, and the ugly cry

 

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 TIP #8: Using the rings in a different way, something fun and unexpected, always creates a memorable shot!

 

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To see out wedding proposal photography packages CLICK HERE

For more information and to contact Kelley Thomas as Marylin Monroe CLICK HERE

 

 

It was a lovely intimate affair at the Magic Village  on Thanksgiving morning. Chloee and Ricky were married poolside surrounded by an intimate crowd of family and friends. The reception was beautifully organized inside the pool house, and the front entrance provided a great backdrop for this fun loving couple. Happy Ever After Chloee & Ricky!

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To see Rinat’s wedding photography package and prices CLICK HERE

Wedding Planner: Jessica Narduli Aloha Of America 

 

 

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

Please visit my WEBSITE to see the packages & pricing information for the different photography products and services I offer

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You’d think I’ve seen it all in the 17 years I’ve been photographing weddings. This moment in Heather & Mike’s wedding proved me wrong. So what do you do when the groom is going under the wedding dress looking for the garter and ends up doing this as the wedding guests jaw’s drop and you hear the MC yelling into the microphone: “Just the garter! Just the garter!” I’ll tell you what you do – YOU CLICK AWAY and pray you captured the best wedding moment EVER that just happened right in front of you.

That’s what you do.

To see my wedding photography packages & prices CLICK HERE  

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Photo by: Rinat Halon, All Rights Reserved

 

When I arrived on a beautiful October day to Paradise Cove, Britnia , the bride, looked at me a little worried and said: “You are going to kill me”. “Why?” I asked. “Because I am not ready for the pictures, because I have to finish writing my vows”. I looked at the nervous bride and smiled. Since it was not my first rodeo, I knew what to do. And a few minutes later Britania was tucked away in a side room, alone with her thoughts, as I watched the door and ensured no one was disturbing her. 10 minutes later we were back on schedule like nothing happened.

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A few quite moments for Britania to rewrite her vows

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Turns out that on the other side of Paradise Cove Mathew was also rewriting his vows

 

While Britania was busy writing, I captured some shots of her beautiful dress and bling shoes.

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We had lots of happy tears in the wedding, one of the most emotional moments was when Britania’s mother saw her daughter as a bride for the first time

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Mathew could not contain his tears of joy, and was laughing when I told him to cry like a man into my camera

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Britania was a beautiful glowing bride. She gave her mother a keepsake ring, and received a preciouse necklace from Mathew

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The moment of truth arrived; all the guests – including the dog – were being seated as the bridal party was getting ready to walk down the aisle.  
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And it was time for Britania & Mathew to say “I Do!”

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Happy Ever After Britania & Mathew! 

Britania & Mathew’s Wedding Day Vendors:

Location: The beautiful Paradise Cove 

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DJ & MC: M.A.D.D Vybez Entertainment 

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Catering and Florist:

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MakeUp:

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Video: Perfect Sky Productions

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Second Shooter: Tam Ho

Photography Assistant: Shelby Gavin

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Photography: Rinat Halon 

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To see our wedding day photography coverage prices and packages CLICK HERE

It was a nice day for a white wedding! Not a cloud in the sky, and decorated with beautifully elegant details.

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I  love photographing Heather and Mike because their personality just shines through each and every photo!

 

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My favorites, as always, are the “Before” shots

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Guess what the groom is busy doing 5 minutes before the ceremony? Rewriting his vows!

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Tell two brothers to stand and smile to the camera, nothing happens. Tell one brother to put the other in a headlock – and here is the shot!

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Lovely moment when Mike’s sister caught the bouquet – and her boyfriend caught the garter… 

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As the guests were dancing, Heather & Mike found time for a quick intimate moment

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Happy Ever After you two crazy kids!

Heather & mike’s wedding vendors:

Venue: Red Tail Golf Club

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Makeup: Amanda May 

Planning, coordinating and deserts: P.S. I Got This 

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DJ & MC: Exclusive Deejays 

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Every couple planning their wedding day dreams their beautiful vision will come to life perfectly – and dreads the possibility it will not.

How do you ensure your wedding day is perfect? Well, you really can’t. A wedding day is a very complex day, comprised of many moving parts and relay on many people’s involvement and efforts. If one thing doesn’t work in this chain – it can create the domino effect that may turn a beautiful wedding day vision into a frustrating mess.

The good news is, there are two things you can do to increase the odds of your wedding day success exponentially

The first one is PLAN. Plan as much as you can. Research, prepare, create vision boards. Ask recently married couples what they would have done differently on their wedding day if they could. As the saying goes – planning, really does – make perfect.

The second thing to do is HIRE PROFESSIONAL WEDDING VENDORS. Nothing – and I mean NOTHING will affect your day as much as your decision who you trust to execute this most important day of your life.

Professional wedding vendors understand it’s a team effort and will work together to carry your vision into reality. They are reliable, knowledgeable and accurate. Most importantly – they have seen it all, and they will know what to do when something doesn’t  go as planned – and if there is anything I can guarantee, it is that something will not go as planned on your wedding day.

These pictures are from behind the scenes of Noel & Cesar’s perfect wedding day at Paradise Cove. Yes, a couple of things did not go as planned. But the group of professional vendors were there to fix the issues and move on – without anyone noticing.

Because on your wedding day, after you did all the planning and hired the professional vendors – you want to relax, have fun – and your only job should be to say “I Do”.

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Professional make up team arrive on time, do beautiful work, and have the wedding party ready for their pictures on time. In this picture Kristy Alonzo and her team prepping Noel & Cesar for their close up. Kristy Alonzo Design Team

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My wonderful assistant Shelby Gavin allows me to be creative and not have to worry about the small stuff by ensuring we follow our timeline – and that I drink plenty of water.

 

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Kayli from Paradise Cove, phone on hand, coordinating all the moving pieces of this complex wedding day Paradise Cove

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Rich the wonderful seaplane pilot took the grooms special entrance to a whole new level – and with such a smooth landing! Florida Seaplanes

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And ensured no one’s feet got wet getting off the seaplane

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See the guy in the black shirt behind the grooms and the drag queen? (Yes, I will have a whole other blog post about the wedding itself) He is one of the Paradise Cove employees who was always around if help is needed – and at the same time he made sure to stay behind me so he is not “photo bumbling” any of my pics.

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Tam N Ho, one of my second shooters, did a great job capturing the day from another angle.

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The video team from Castaldo Studios ensuring they are capturing the moment and staying our of my photographs. Castaldo Studuis

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Kayli giving the grooms last minute directions as the guests are being prepped for the ceremony.

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Kristin Wilson from Our DJ Rocks working the fog machine so the grooms can dance on cloud 9 Our DJ Rocks

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While Gaby from Our DJ Rocks MC’s and teaches the guests some new dance moves

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End of the day I am going over my wedding day shot list ensuring I captured every treasured moment.