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Jesse Rinka Photography



Hi, my name is Jesse Rinka and I am the Owner and Lead Photographer of Jesse Rinka Photography! We are a photography studio specializing in Weddings, Portraits & Events. Prior to Jesse Rinka Photography’s Grand opening in June of 2015, I spent nearly 10 years working as a Business Systems Analyst for an investment management firm based in New York City. While there, I discovered photography, almost by accident, and fell in love with the art. As time passed, my passion continued to grow until I could no longer ignore the signs that perhaps I was meant to do something else in life. After years of preparation, I decided to take the leap of faith and left the corporate world to be my own boss. My wife Maria and I believe so strongly in the phrase “One Life, Zero Regrets,” so much so in-fact that I have those very words tattooed on the inside of my forearm. They also represent the name of our most high-end wedding photography package. Needless to say, they are very important to us. Both of us were very well aware of the risks involved with such a drastic change, but we were willing to take them in search of true happiness. So, at the age of 32, I officially became a storefront business owner on Main Street in Tarrytown…cutting the ribbon that day with my family and friends supporting me, especially my wife and kids, was one of the greatest moments of my life. I still count my blessings each and every day that things worked out the way that they did.

Starting a business was no doubt a big challenge, but we have loved every minute of it. We have been fortunate that our business has continued to grow in the three years since our opening and enough so that Maria recently found it necessary to leave her own corporate job in order to properly support the studios workload. A huge secret to our success is that we are constantly taking risks; albeit calculated ones, but always with the mindset that we must push the limits in order to truly witness growth. One thing we have learned is that happiness is indeed priceless. Sure, we have given up security of a salaried corporate 9-5 job with paid vacations and health benefits but each of these things have a monetary value. Happiness does not.

Visitors love coming into our studio to see our wedding work that we have on display. They love discussing various locations, past photographic experiences or even on-site equipment. There are so many great stories to be told that were born out of photography. Whether you are a professional or hobbyist, it’s something that almost everyone can find common interest in.

Although we are mainly a wedding photography studio, a large piece of our business also comes from Corporate work, more specifically headshots. We travel on-site to take Corporate headshots and are able to turn them around in record time! We have worked with various local Real Estate and Marketing Agencies, as well as banks, not-for-profits, etc! We love making connections and changing opinions on what great photography should be. In the end, my wife and I thrive off making people happy. It’s rewarding knowing that photographs taken now will be appreciated by our clients and all of their future generations for years to come!

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