Rinat Halon

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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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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.

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I finished the Mcwilliams family portrait in 5 minutes. Really, I was done. That’s what happens when sweet 20 months old Declan could not stop smiling and laughing. We got THE shot in the first 5 minutes of the shoot. After that we were just playing. 

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All Declan wanted to do was laugh – and walk. So we let him do his thing. I like to pose my clients around the situation unfolding, so I asked Anna & Brendan to walk behind Declan as he was racing towards my assistant Courtney who functioned as the safety gate

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Then we came across the pink bunny. And sweet Declan did what was natural for him to do – he stopped and hugged the bunny.

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To finish this shoot off, I asked Anna & Brendan to swing Declan towards me. As I suspected Declan loved it, and we got this fun family shots. I captured Anna & Brendan’s wedding 10 years ago, but these were the first family photos they got with Declan, and it was important to me that these shots would be memorable ones, and was so glad to know we nailed this shoot. I absolutely LOVE that my clients come to me to capture all their life events, and so humbled to be their Forever Photographer. Enjoy your beautiful family Anna & Brendan, so happy to be on the other side of the camera for yet another happy moment in your life!

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One of the questions I get asked a lot is what do you do when a child doesn’t want to have their picture taken? As you can imagine that happened to me more than once or twice in the past 17 years. It happened again this past weekend when two and a half year old Adair was not feeling well on the day of her family portrait session. I assured the family we will get the photos, and got to clicking away. I always say the child’s attention span lasts as long as their height, but when a child is not feeling well the window of opportunity is even smaller. So we started with the most important photo – in this case, the family portrait.

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As soon as I saw we were losing Adair’s attention I asked her older sister, four and a half-year-old Marlow to give her baby sister a hug. That worked, we got some great shots, and the added benefit was that everyone ended up receiving a hug from these two sweeties, including grandma Maureen.

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In a situation like this, I find that the best thing to do is capture fun, interactive moments of the family, to distract the child from the fact they are, indeed, in the midst of a photo session

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The results are fun filled lifestyle family portraits of a happy loving family – and even Lizzie the dog gave us a smile!

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October 31, 2016 in Athletes, High School Senior

What I enjoy the most about being hired to shoot a job for a magazine is when the editor trusts me enough to give me creative freedom. As it was on this photo shoot for the Orlando Family Magazine, Nate, the editor’s hiring instructions were: I trust you, do your thing.

So I did. 11 portraits of up and coming high school athletes. All are top in their field. All are dedicated to their demanding training routine. All are passionate about their sport.

And that’s what I wanted to show in the portrait. This was not about “a kid holding a ball” – I wanted to show what their sport meant to them, and where their personality met their passion.

It was interesting to see how shy these successful young adults were. Getting them out of their shell, creating trust, and seeing them allowing their personality to shine – all in an hour – mission accomplished! Here are some of my personal favorites from this photo session:

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And here is the Orlando Family Magazine finished article as published

 

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To view the Orlando Family Magazine digital version of this article CLICK HERE

 

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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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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As soon as Maty contacted me I knew I was dealing with a uniquely wonderful young woman. She found me online, knowing that she was coming to visit Disney all the way from Tennessee; Maty came up with the original and fun idea of having her senior portraits done – at the Magic Kingdom. Maty saw I was previously Walt Disney Imagineer’s in house photographer, so she realized I knew the Disney parks inside and out.  She also loved how colorful my photos are on my web site. She put two and two together and reached out to me to see if I can help make her dream come true.

At the same time here in Orlando myself and the rest of the state of Florida were going through Hurricane Mathew. You got to believe me when I say that getting a text from someone who claims they are in school and will call me when they get out to discuss senior portraits – I thought someone was pulling my leg as, well, Florida was closed at the time and everyone was sitting put under careful waiting for this massive storm to pass.

But as it turns out Tennessee, of course, had school that day, and Maty and I planned her senior portrait session over the phone and met in front of the Magic Kingdom gates one very early morning.

Our concept was a Disney fashion shoot. Maty loves bright colors – a girl after my own heart – so she wore a couple of very bright colored outfits for this session.

And there we were, on the Magic Kingdom’s crowded Main Street – snapping away as waves of people, kids and strollers pass us. At the beginning I realized Maty was feeling uncomfortable in front of all these people. I walked up to her and said “just look at me, pretend none of these people are here. It’s just you and me, and we are turning your dream into reality. Just think about that, realize how happy you are, and ignore everything else” Maty smiled her beautiful smile at me, and from there on she was enjoying every moment of the experience.

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As I was photographing I was wondering to myself what will happen first – will I get run over by the mob rushing to see the show at the castle, or Disney police will walk up to me and escort me out of the park. But neither of these happened. And I realized no one cared. It is, after all, the happiest place on earth. And in that spirit everyone was busy – being happy.

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We ended our session on the Dumbo the flying elephant ride. Turns out it’s a favorite ride for both Maty and I, and proving you are always a kid at heart no matter what your chronological age you actually are – we both jumped on the ride. I asked Maty to sit behind me, and as the ride started, and Dumbo was airborne, I turned around and saw Maty stretched her arms out in pure glee, I snapped a few frames and I knew it was a wrap. We succeeded in this pursuit of happiness. What an incredible high school senior session!

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On a personal note, after the session, on the way out of the park I passed Walt’s portrait. It is hanging by the entrance, just a black and white standard 8×10, most people pass it and not even notice it. When I was WDI I had to photograph in the parks before and after opening hours. Whenever I was photographing at the Magic Kingdom I would stop in front of Walt’s portrait and say hello. After the senior session with Maty, on my way out, I stopped in front of Walt’s portrait again. I smiled at him and thanked him for this incredible place he created. And I swear he smiled back at me. Hey, it’s possible. it is the Magic Kingdom after all.

For more information about high school senior portrait packages available and to book a session CLICK HERE

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When is the last time you got something in the mail except bills and ads? I mean, something that really got you excited and made you happy?

I realized that on my last birthday when unexpected greeting cards came in the mail. It made me so happy to open the envelope, and glee with excitement to read these love notes. A couple of cards even made me tear up. And I hung all the cards I received on my pantry door in my kitchen, where they hung for months and months after my actual birthday, reminding me that I am loved.

Honestly, one hand written greeting card made me happier than 300 people posting Happy Birthday on my Facebook wall. Why is that, I wondered.

In this virtual world we live in it seems we all live online, and the hand written word is disappearing quickly. But the value of putting pencil to paper, of someone’s familiar handwriting, the feel and smell of the paper it is written on – that is so valuable. Because that is what makes us human, separates us from a machine, and connects us on a personal level. And all this is lost when using a virtual greeting instead.

Another thing that is lost in a virtual greeting is – the greeting. I mean, how many of you scroll back to see your birthday wishes after your birthday has passed? I am going to venture to guess none of you do that. But if you had a hand written card? Would you throw it out the day after your birthday? Or would it be sitting proudly on your desk for months after you received it?

As a professional photographer I am now preparing for the holiday season coming up sooner than we realize. Starting October I will be busy with capturing family sessions, to ensure I have their portraits ready to be put on holiday cards and mailed out to their loved ones to be received in time for the holidays.  

Because no email or Facebook post will ever replace the feeling you get when you walk to your mailbox and between the bills and junk mail find a hand written envelope addressed to you – and inside it is a card that not only has a beautiful photograph on it of this family you love so much – but also a hand written note, to you, telling you they are thinking about you during this holidays season, and that you are loved.

I am going to bet that you would wallpaper your fridge with these holiday cards! Because they are tangible, and therefore have the ability to make you feel connected with your loved ones no matter how far away they are physically from you. They just send you their essence in this holiday card – and you can feel it.

Happy holiday season everyone!

NOW BOOKING 2016 HOLIDAY PORTRAITS, Contact Rinat to book your holiday portrait session available in the greater Orlando Florida area at 407.607.3297 or http://rinathalon.com/family/

 

 

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Here are a few things I’ve learned over the years about how to maximize the opportunity to get great shots during a newborn portrait session

Tip#1 – DO NOT forget the pacifier!  If the baby takes a pacifier, we want it there during the session!

Tip#2 – If you are nursing, be careful with what you eat 24 hours before the session. Avoid spicy foods, or any foods the baby may have allergies to. Remember that any food that has the potential of making a baby’s stomach uncomfortable equals more tears and less pictures.

Tip #3 – Make sure your baby has a nice full tummy before you leave to come to the portrait session. That way your baby will fall asleep on the car ride over, and will arrive sleeping, which means I can start clicking away as soon as you arrive, and have a nice long stretch of 30 minutes to an hour to get great shots before your baby needs a feeding break.

Tip #4 – Keep your baby awake a couple of hours before the session. We want your baby sleeping during the newborn portrait session because that is how we get all these great newborn shots. And if your baby arrives awake and alert we lose all these sleepy cuddly precious moments. So do what you can a couple of hours before the session to keep your baby awake – talk to your baby, play with your baby – whatever it takes to have them arriving at my the studio ready for a long nap.

Tip #5 – Bring your baby to the portrait session in a onesie only! A budysuit is simple to remove and there is less of a chance for the newborn to wake up. Also ensure the onesie is loose fitting for easy removal.   

Keep these tips in mind as you prepare for your newborn session, and you are guaranteed a much better chance to get wonderful newborn portraits of your personal bundle of joy!

 

 

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