co-founder & principal photographer
As far back as Gina can remember she has been taking pictures – even before she had a camera.
As she recalls “I can distinctly recall riding in the car with my mother and picturing a photograph beyond the frame of the car window. Whether it was the old woman on our street who mowed her lawn constantly wearing only her kimono bathrobe and sneakers or my brother’s friends skateboarding down the block into direct traffic – I was fascinated with capturing all the images that passed by my window as I stretched my neck to peek out.
This same fascination has stayed with Gina throughout her life. Originally studying as a painter and illustrator, Gina earned her art degrees from both Syracuse University and Skidmore College. While studying art in NYC after college, Gina’s work was selected for The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Student Art Exhibit. Incorporating her love for photography, Gina worked as a Special Events photography assistant for both – CBS and NBC as well as shooting for Saturday Night Live, New York’s Annual Fashion week and The Metropolitan Opera. Combining her strong background in classical art and painting – Gina continued her natural progression into photography, co-founding Renzi & Hawkens Studio where she has photographed numerous notable NYC and destination weddings.
Gina’s calming and intensely creative nature immediately puts her clients at ease all the while quietly and unobtrusively capturing very real and beautifully artistic moments with stunning results. Her love for art translates through her lens to create intuitive and sensitively unique images that sets her work apart.
“I always like to approach each wedding and photography project as if I’m shooting a documentary. All the essential elements are there. It’s a matter of searching for the right moments. It’s in the details and paying attention to things most people might miss. These are the little gems and the images that resonate with my clients. One of the best compliments – I can hear is… “Oh I love this shot! Where were you when you took that? I didn’t even know you were there!”
Gina’s work has appeared in New York Magazine, Modern Bride, PDN, Hamptons magazine and Vermont Vows - to name a few. Clients and associates include, Vanity Fair, Forbes, Maybelline, Combe Inc, Ariella Chezar, Grammy winner David Frost, classical pianist, Antoine Zemor, WET Productions, The Kitchen, David Tutera and The Metropolitan Opera.
When Gina is not shooting, she can regularly be seen at Caffe Palermo eating too many cannolis with her husband!