Scott Rinaldi


Scott Rinaldi
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Scott. Tell us ABOUT yourself. 
I was born in beautiful Huntington Beach California to wear colourful sunrises and sunsets are as common as good surf. When I begin my journey into photography, my main focus was capturing those few moments each day where the world is beautiful and peaceful and nothing but the colour of the sky matters. 

At the time that my scenic photography begin getting the recognition, I was working as a manager for Macy's in Newport Beach. This gave me the unique opportunity to be immersed in the fashion world and also created the chance for me to shoot one of Macy's red carpet events. The moment I clicked the shutter on that first red carpet event I was hooked, fashion and event photography became my passion. 

Shortly after I quit my job at Macy's to go work for a reputable photographer local to Huntington Beach immersing myself in everything I could that had to do with photography, from weddings to birthdays and everything in between. 

After a year with Brad, I left his company to launch my own, specializing in event, fashion and blog photography. 

Since the launch of my company, I have been brought on as an official photographer for Orange County Fashion Week. I have shot for designers such as
• Gigi Hunter collection
• Barbara Wang Masaki Matsuka
• Jackie Ty Fashions
• Glitzy Bella
I also shoot with an extensive network of fashion models and Blogger's on a regular basis most notably
• Alison Hansen @allthingsalison
• Debbie Savage @tothineownstylebetrue
• Jackie Rose @jackierosestyle
• Heidi Nicolle @heidi_nicolle_ 

Recently featured In allure magazine as well as Orange County Luxury Magazine and Asian World Media. 

My work in fashion photography has taught me an extreme attention to detail and continuity creating spectacular imagery that is not only visually spectacular but speaks to the uniqueness of product/ event or personality of the model. 

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Our readers would love to get to know you more Scott. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?

What makes my work truly unique is that I have had a very detailed look into the fashion world from the front of the house to the back. Working as a manager for Macy's and organizing two runway shows and hosted several red carpet events. These experiences helped me understand the importance of product placement and setting. On the other side working as a photographer for orange county fashion week has taught me how to think quick act quicker and adapt to any situation. Knowing what designers want out of their shots as well as knowing what an organization wants out of the photographers has given me a very special blend of storytelling and classical photography that I blend to create a one of a kind image. 

Scott, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?

My passion is simple to create unique and spectacular imagery that will be remembered long after I'm gone. As a photographer that is one of my most sought after accomplishments. To capture that one perfect image. One that stands alone that stands above the rest as well as withstands the test of time. My aspirations are simple to continue to better myself and progress my work while continuing to push the envelope and boundaries of traditional photography. 

Who is your inspiration in life Scott? How do you keep inspired?

Who is my inspiration in life.... well unlike a lot of other artists who may credit Ansel Adams or Peter Lindbergh, I get my inspiration from my wife, she inspires me to be a better person in the push harder to try to be more and to try and always create something new and different. Of course, I look at other photographers work and get inspirations. Nick Knight is an amazing fashion photographer and is always pushing the envelope so is Ellen Von Unwerth and David Bailey. As far as staying inspired, how do you not stay inspired? There is always something new to be created, a new angle to be found, a new image to be captured. 

We all make mistakes Scott; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Photographer, you like you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
I think for a lot of us photographers the relationship we have with our mentor can be a difficult one. On one side you have somebody teaching you their methods and their style of shooting, and then on the other side, you have your ideas and thoughts pouring out of your brain. At the end of our time together I definitely could have left his company more amicably. He taught me a lot and was very patient and knowledgeable, and for that, I will always be internally grateful. I truly regret not telling him that in person because he deserved it, so if you're reading this Brad, thank you 1000 times over for everything you taught me. 

Scott , when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?

When it comes to working with a large number of clients and prioritizing who and what to shoot as well as delivering excellent service I follow a couple of simple rules. 
1. Always listen to the person that is paying you for the job. 
2. Have a strategy before you get to the job, make sure you set some realistic expectations and ideas with your client. 3. Be prepared for any situation. 
4. Don't be afraid to tell the client if their ideas are unrealistic. 
A lot of photographers shy away from telling a client if their idea is not going to work I believe being honest and true is the best way to go. If a client wants you to do a photo that you know is not going to work and is not going to come out being truthful and letting them know why it will not work is always the best course of action. There's nothing worse than telling somebody you can do something getting home uploading the image and finding out you didn't deliver

Please tell us Scott, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?

The last wedding I worked was particularly difficult because the bride and groom we're not only getting ready at separate locations, but the locations were over 20 miles apart from one another and about the same distance to the venue itself. Knowing that I would need a secondary photographer for this job I made sure to have an assistant on hand with me. With weddings, the top priority is always the bride I made sure that I stayed with the bride to capture all the getting ready and bridal shots while my secondary photographer went and shot the groom and his friends. Since the bride was running behind I knew my secondary photographer would arrive on location before myself and we would be cutting it close time wise before the ceremony. I had to make sure she took photos of all the details before the guests arrived and began to move things. In the end, the wedding turned out perfectly as did the images. The Brid and groom Where so please they have referred me to several of their friends. 

Scott, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
I do a lot of work with designers and models all of which have very specific ideas of how things are supposed to look. However, not all of the ideas are possible or even good. With my last model shoot, The model had a very particular idea of how she wanted to have an image taken a very specific angle in a very specific location. When we were there, and I was set up, I noticed not only was the light too harsh but the angle was unflattering. However instead of simply telling her that I took several shots and then showed her what I was referring to. Once she saw the images, I suggested changing the angle slightly as well as The background entirely. She eventually agreed, and we moved on to shoot the image in a different location. In the end, she was happier with the image that I took then the one she had envisioned. 

Scott, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
My proudest moment as a photographer had to be when I was brought on as an official photographer for Orange County Fashion Week. Working in the fashion world for several years now and shooting for the same amount of time, it is always a dream of mine to not only shoot runway shows but to be part of the organization that puts them on. When I receive the invitation to be an official photographer for them with my name as an official hashtag for their event I was truly honoured. 

Scott, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
One of the most creative shoots I've ever done was with a surfer from Huntington Beach who wanted to get some new shots for his professional portfolio. With this, I found a challenge of not only capturing him in action shots in deep water but also creating visually stunning images that stood apart from other surfers. After a little while of tinkering around with angles and where to stand, I found myself straps to the pier with my belt and some cordage I had in the car. It's allowed me to lean out further over the rail than anyone else could and get different angles. Needless to say, the lifeguards were not happy about that but I got the shots! 

What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?

Being a successful photographer is about taking risks, calculated risks but risks. If you want to be successful in this business you have to be confident in your abilities, never agree to do something you don't think you can accomplish. And always set realistic expectations with your clients. Also, I can't stress this enough prepare prepare prepare to make sure you have a piece of gear for every situation because you never know what's gonna happen when you're out on a job. 

Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Of course, I am always looking for new brands, designers and models that want to collaborate! Shoot me a message lets do it!

Now for the best part Scott! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
Photo Credits:
Photographer Scott Rinaldi @scottrinaldiphotography

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