I met Sascha through his lovely wife and fellow officiant, Jackie Reinking. Together they make up #TeamReinking. In planning a gathering of NYC-based officiants, Jackie offered to host, and Sascha was there to lend a hand. I quickly found out that he not only makes a great hamburger, he also takes AMAZING photos. I love that he easily captures the love and excitement of his couples. He has a great eye for color and energy and that each and every photo is it’s own love letter to NYC. Without further ado, I am so happy to share more about Sascha Reinking of SASCHA REINKING PHOTOGRAPHY!
What was the path that led you to become a photographer?
I studied Architecture and Photography back in Germany. When I moved to New York in 2003, I worked as an Architect here in the city and did photography more as a hobby on the side. In 2011, a German couple found my photos online and asked me if I would take their photos during their honeymoon here in the Big Apple. That was my first paid job as a photographer and after that session, I was hooked. For a couple seasons, I photographed big traditional weddings as a 2nd photographer before I quit my day job as an Architect and made the jump to photographing elopements full-time. I now photograph about 200 elopements a year.
Wow, good for you! That’s incredible.
What excites YOU about weddings?
While I do love a traditional wedding, my heart is with elopements. Couples who elope to New York from all over the world are just so relaxed about their wedding day. I love that they have only eyes for each other, and do not have to think if their guests are happy, or if the food is good, or if the flowers arrived. It is only about the couple on that day. It is their day. Nothing else matters. And that is what I love. A big plus is that they are getting married and are having this experience in the best city in the world. So I photograph happy couples, in the city that I love so much. It doesn’t get any better than that.
What do you look for in a couple?
I am trying to attract couples that know what the day is really about. And also couples that I would hang out with in my private life. I love working cool and funny people, that bring no drama. And fortunately I am very lucky with the couples that contact me. I feel that the way I present myself online, on my website, Instagram, Facebook, etc. attracts the coolest couples. My Architecture job was very stressful. So when I quit that job, I wanted to make sure that my new job was relaxed and filled with laughter and fun people. I want to make sure that everyone has a blast on their wedding day. Me included. And I couldn’t be happier with the couples I meet, as they are exactly the people I want to hang out with. And I hope they feel the same about me.
What is the greatest compliment you’ve ever received?
I have no idea. I don’t handle compliments very well. It definitely makes me feel good when couples tell me that they trust me. Because trust is so important for what I do. I am with these lovely people on one of the most important days in their lives. So if I can earn their trust, that is definitely a great compliment.
What do you desire for your business?
I want to make sure that working with me is always a positive experience that people will never forget. Maya Angelou said: “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” That is in a nutshell, what I want my business to be. A place that people remember for how I made them feel before, on and after their wedding day.
What are you grateful for?
My family, my family, my family. I can’t say that enough. They are my everything. Nothing would matter without them.
Any recent cause for celebration?
Every day is a day for celebration in the life of Team Reinking. I have a smart, strong and wonderful daughter who loves me. My wife is not only beautiful, kind and honest, but also she loves me and is my business partner. I live in New York and have the opportunity to stare at the amazing Big Apple skyline daily. I have a job that fulfills me and clients that are out of this world amazing. We are healthy and alive. That is what I celebrate every day.
Indeed, a lot to celebrate! Let’s join Sascha in his amazing positivity!