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I have some big news to share with you.  News that’s hard to share; both happy and sad at the same time.  In a few short weeks, my family and my business will be moving to Monsey, and although I’m excited and happy about a new beginning for my family, (yay for grass and no alternate side parking!) I’m also really sad to be leaving all my amazing clients in Brooklyn and the surrounding areas. I started my business here about four and a half years ago, and I owe all my success and growth to you guys- the clients who used me way back in the beginning, the clients who sent their friends my way, the clients who supported me through every step of the way, and the clients who have turned into friends. Without you I wouldn’t be where I was today. Thank you.

I don’t want to say goodbye, because hey, Monsey is only an hour and change from Brooklyn, and I’m hoping that most of you will make the trip so we can continue our relationship. I do realize that for some people, putting very small kids and babies in the car for a long drive before a photo session may not be feasible, so I want to tell you that I do plan to come into to Brooklyn every so often and schedule sessions there. I may also have some special offers for those of you who come in to Monsey from Brooklyn for a portrait session.


To those of you reading this who currently live in or near Monsey, HI! I literally can’t wait to start scouting for some awesome new locations and to get to know you and your families.


Can I ask one thing from you? If you know someone who lives in Monsey or the surrounding areas (Teaneck, Passaic) that appreciates my style of high quality photography, would you kindly share this post with them? (use the buttons below this post to share via email, facebook, etc.)  A few seconds of your time is all it would take and it would mean a lot to me if you did. Thank you!


Enjoy the rest of your summer! I am currently booking sessions for October in Monsey (with possibly some openings in September in between yomim tovim).  If you have any questions feel free to email me at rinaschiffman@yahoo.com.


Yours amid piles and piles of boxes,




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Most newborn babies make me melt a little inside, but then I saw this one and oh my gosh… I was ready to run away with her. (not for real. You can stop dialing the police now). She’s such a tiny little thing but with these humongous eyes and such an adorable face! (ok Rina, breath. Remember, you like sleeping through the night…) Here are some of my favorite portraits from this doll’s photo session.

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Apparently, I’m either very scary looking or this baby simply didn’t like me. She cried hysterically for most of the shoot, until at the end, with moms help, we were able to get a few non-crying shots. It’s a good things she’s so adorable! Her older sister and brother had a blast hamming it up in front of the camera. They’re the most loveable kids- I’ve photographed them twice in the past and they literally  keep getting cuter!

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One of the things I love about shooting outdoors is that I get to see families interact- for real, not just the things I make them do for pictures. The sessions are more spontaneous than studio sessions and I get to watch my clients play with their kids, calm down the anxious or overly energetic ones, and act silly to get everyone in a good mood. I get to see everyone’s true natures. When I met the B. family at the park recently, of course I noticed how adorable they all were, but I also noticed what great parents mom and dad are. Mom was so calm and happy – which in turn made the kids totally at ease, and the love between every member of the family was so apparent. When you put great looking people in a pretty setting and all you have to do is capture love- you just know the portraits will be special. And they are. Thank you B. family for a really great session! family portrait family portraitfamily portraitlittle girl portrait black and white family portrait  little girl portrait  little girl portrait little boy portrait little boy portrait little girl portrait little girl portrait family portrait family portrait family portrait

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I photographed this gorgeous family exactly two years ago. They recently came back for some portraits with a new baby – isn’t it amazing how much a family can change in just two years? It just proves how important it is to make the time in your hectic life to get some professional portraits done- because before you know it, your family is completely different, and how else will you remember this time in your life?

Here they are two years ago:

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And here they are today:

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…is when my clients keep coming back. This beautiful family is one of my earliest clients. I’ve photographed them a couple of times and its always a pleasure to work with them. I’m truly grateful that I’m able to make my clients happy and to be able to see their family grow!

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