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

Hi there! 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 | 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.

Mark Liflander | Primary Photographer

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.

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 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.

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