Meet

the team

The difference is in the experience

Behind every great client experience is a team of professionals working hard together to make it all happen. Although each team member might contribute in different ways and at different stages throughout the process, each of their roles are equally as important. Learn a bit more about who we are below and we hope that you will allow us an opportunity to get to know you as well.

Jesse Rinka
Owner & Lead Photographer

My name is Jesse Rinka, owner of Jesse Rinka Photography and one of the luckiest men you will ever meet. Why? Because unlike so many others, I am blessed with the opportunity to wake up each and every day and do what I truly love for a living. It's an amazing blessing made possible by those closest to me...especially my wife & Studio Manager Maria who is my rock and number one supporter along with my two sons. I've got a huge responsibility to set a great example for my kids and that's my motivation to be the best that I can be. Second only to my family, photography is my life. 

Although I have been working as a photographer in the industry since late 2010, the studio, located on Main Street in Tarrytown, was officially opened in June of 2015. Our focus is always on the experience that we provide to our prospects and clients. In addition to providing you with beautiful photographs, customer service is of the greatest importance and we want you to not only feel comfortable working with us but we also want to ensure that you feel the value of the service we provide to you far exceeds your investment. Give us the opportunity to do what we do best and we won't let you down!  

Maria Rinka
Owner & Studio Manager

Since the very beginning, Maria has been a key contributor to the success of the studio, for the most part operating behind the scenes. As my wife and mom to our two boys, it is a blessing to be able to work so closely with her on a daily basis. Her past experiences working in high-pressure business environments has prepared and enabled her to handle anything that comes her way with a calm and collected attitude.

As Studio Manager, she will most likely be your main point of contact as you build your relationship with the studio and we couldn't feel any more confident that you are in great hands. Her passion for success is unmatched and her desire to continue to push the studio to higher levels will be the reason why you will find yourself coming back time and time again.

Ryan Moynihan
Lead Cinematographer

Ryan found a passion for filmmaking through photography at a young age and has been hooked ever since. Finding his voice as a visual storyteller at SUNY Oneonta, Ryan, a young 21-year-old wedding cinematographer brings fresh energy and vision to the wedding industry. Don’t let his age fool you though; Ryan is a very passionate and driven filmmaker who loves working with couples that are just as excited as he is! While creating beautiful cinematic visuals is a staple of Ryan’s work for every wedding, story is always his number one focus while capturing your most important day.

Ryan's style can be described as naturalistic, harnessing and shaping natural light, capturing beautifully genuine moments as they happen throughout the day. While Ryan does take time to direct couples when a unique opportunity presents itself, he most often follows a documentary approach and allows the events of the day to unfold naturally. It is a perfect mix of organic beauty mixed with cinematic sequences that take your film to the next level. We are excited to have Ryan back with us for yet another wedding season that will be sure to be filled with satisfied clients.

Mark Liflander
Primary Wedding Photographer
Bar/Bat-Mitzvah Specialist

The first time Mark created a fantastic photographic image he was ten years old, taking pictures of his cat, Santana. The moment he watched the image emerge on a piece of paper sitting in a wet tray (yes, film processing!), he was hooked. He went on to study at one of the premiere photography schools in the world, the Rochester Institute of Technology where he built a strong foundation as a photographic artist. 

"When I am photographing, my MO is to be 'everywhere and nowhere'; A friendly, calm, and effective presence. I truly love photographing people. I am focused not only on capturing beautiful and meaningful images, but also on ensuring that our clients trust that they are in good hands." 

When Mark is not photographing professionally, he is focused on his muses: his joyful wife, two beautiful and funny daughters, and their puppy Star.

Jeremy Rios
Second Photographer

Jeremy has been a member of the JRP team since day one. When working together we often refer to our tag team as JR Squared.  His strong work ethic, upbeat and outgoing personality and dedication to ensuring our clients have an enjoyable experience is only a small part of what makes him such a valuable asset to the studio. As an assistant, his forward thinking and ability to read situations before they happen allows for a seamless team effort which ensures top notch results for our clients. As a photographer, Jeremy continues to develop his skillset in preparation for bigger and better things ahead here at the studio. We look forward to what the future holds for him as a valued member of the team.

Our

Portfolio

As the studio is well versed in many different types of photography, we have decided to separate our content to make it easier to find examples of the exact type that you are looking for.  If you are interested in a genre that perhaps we do not have posted here on our website, please feel free to reach out through our contact page and we will be more than happy to discuss your needs in further detail.

Cinematography

Natural, Modern, Pure

In addition to Wedding Photography, we also offer professional Wedding Cinematography services to our clients. Our lead Cinematographer Ryan Moynihan pours his heart and soul into creating beautiful wedding films that you will want to watch over and over again. Below, you will find some samples of Ryan's work. Some are simply short teasers, while others are what we classify as Highlight Films. Either way, give them a watch (or two!) and if you have any questions regarding our Cinematography services, please do not hesitate to reach out by visiting our Contact page or by clicking Get in Touch at the bottom of this page.

The Info

We want you to know

I am often asked what makes me different from the next photographer? Aside from my style in general, in my opinion, it has a lot to do with the fact that I genuinely care about so much more than just the photographs themselves.  This is not about me...it's about you.  I care about your overall experience well before, during and after the time you or your loved ones spend even one second in front of my camera.  I care about your interests, your passions, what gets you excited when you wake up in the morning.  It all matters to me, because I am not the photographer that never wants to see you again.  I want to become a permanent part of your life.  I want to be the guy who you can trust to deliver whenever you have a photographic need.  I want to be the guy you can't wait to tell your closest friends and family about when they are looking for a great photography experience.  I love what I do and being able to share that joy through the experience that I strive to provide is everything to me.

I specialize in Weddings, Portraits and Events but will never limit myself to just these genres.  I love to engage in projects outside of the norm so please reach out if you have an awesome idea to consider.  For interested bridal clients, my shooting style can be best described as traditional/romantic with some contemporary flair mixed in. For more information on how I may be able to assist you with your photographic needs, send a detailed message via the contact page and I will be sure to respond as soon as possible. I can't wait to meet and work with you.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have taken the time to put together a full write-up featuring a long list of frequently asked questions over on our Info page.  Please be sure to visit by clicking here.

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We appreciate your support!

Whether it's a wedding, headshot or maternity session, our ultimate goal is your total satisfaction with our services and your experience. We are fortunate to have so many of our clients leave such amazing reviews as a result. If you are looking for real client testimonials, you may view several down below. You may also see many more by viewing our Facebook page, Wedding Wire profile or The Knot profile.

Best of the Best

We just got back from our honeymoon and were fortunate to view our recap on the last day we were on vacation. The moments that Jesse and his team captured were absolutely amazing. I was in tears viewing them. I cant believe how beautiful the pictures came out. Jesse and his team are the best of the best. 

~ Melissa & Andrew
Venue: The Grandview

Highly Recommend

Jesse was by far the most amazing person to work with. He was very sweet and just so welcoming. His team is awesome. They made us laugh, and just very friendly THROUGH out the whole process.  I sure will recommend Jesse and his team!! I love his work. His pictures are beyond amazing and his albums are gorgeous!

~ Kathie & Christian
Venue: St. Brigid Church

Couldn’t be happier!

Jesse was professional, thoughtful and payed attention to every last detail. I could not be more excited to show our wedding album to our friends and family. I am so glad we have these beautiful photos to keep for a lifetime of memories. Jesse went above and beyond my expectations of a photographer. I will refer him time and time again!

~ Daniela & Anthony
Venue: Glen Island Harbour Club

Perfect

Hands down jesse is amazing at what he does. If you know my husband, you know it takes 30 shots to get one he doesn't look frozen, stiff, or has his eyes closed in, he Hates pictures. Jesse guided us both in the right direction, he had an eye for some amazing shots and thats an understatement. Pictures were the most important thing to me for my wedding. It rained on my wedding day, but I didn't notice. You see most photographers would have shown limitations at the sight of rain, but I kid you not Jesse and his team were flawless in their transitions for photos, they came out amazing and better than i could ever imagine. They not only were so skilled to have gotten amazing shots in the rain while my husband and I were strategically placed in dry spots, but they legit got wet and not fpr a second complained or even made me feel nervous for a second that my photos were ruined, they literally took control of the day and made it happen and itshowed in my photos. I love them. I love Jesse's work and because of him my perfect day was captured perfectly moment for moment and I will forever have that. Jesse Rinka Photography will forever be a staple in milestone moments I want captured "as is" ... perfect.

~ Gina & Andison
Venue: Tarrytown House Estate on the Hudson

Unimaginable

We couldn't imagine choosing any other photographer then Jesse Rinka for our engagement and wedding photos. He is so professional, creative and kind! Our photos capture so many moments and memories and are so much more than we could have envisioned. We can't stop looking at them! Thank you for being such an important part of the start of our lives together. We love him! And will definitely be using him again!

~ Jessica & Milton
Venue: Marina del Rey Caterers

5 Star Rating!

Choosing Jesse as our photographer for our engagement and wedding photos was an easy decision. He made the whole process enjoyable, natural, and fun!! Jesse is creative, easy to work with, passionate, and is extremely precise with every detail he puts into his work. He captured so many beautiful moments from our wedding; he captured the details, the emotions, and the stories the photos from our wedding told. He worked diligently throughout the night to edit and put together a preview of some of the photos for our guests to see; we have received so many compliments on our photos! I will most definitely recommend Jesse and his team!

~ Sabrina & Steve
Venue: Villa Barone Hilltop Manor

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