About Gina Cinardo

Gina Cinardo is an enthusiastic photographer that specializes in lifestyle, beauty,  personal branding, and editorial photography.

She can capture a real and unique perspective of an individual or family dynamic in a real moment. This is the essence of humanity that we all relate to and empathize with. Gina Cinardo has a knack for making people smile and laugh. In turn this makes them feel very comfortable when being photographed. Her clients always tell her that they have so much fun during the sessions.

What Gina is most passionate about, is making people smile while capturing their authenticity. She is most in the zone when she can express what she sees in her own imagination. Then translate it into photographic media that encapsulates that precise moment.

Gina got her degree in Fine Art Photography and has been doing photography professionally for over 30 years. She is not only a portrait photographer, but also a brand strategist and marketing specialist. One of her other specialties and passions is taking clients from having no brand to an effective visual personal brand.  Converting a target audience into fans and paying customers. See developapersonalbrand.com

Gina Cinardo playing A Day at the Derby!

“My fondest memories are being photographed by my father in a ball gown or some random costume we rented from NBC.”

Would you like to work with me?

Give me a call:  805-440-3655
Or email:  gina@ginicistudios.com

Or, I’d love to meet you for coffee or tea.

"My Mission is to capture brilliant high-end portraits that encapsulates one's true essence. In the process, I make the experience exciting, fun and comfortable for everyone."

“Gina Cinardo can capture a real and unique perspective of an individual person in a real moment. This is the essence of humanity that we all relate to and empathize with. Gina has a knack for drawing out ones spirit.  She just makes people feel very comfortable when being photographed.”

Gina CinardoI was inspired by my mother, Jinny Cinardo, the artist, and my father, Nick Cinardo, the photographer. My fondest memories growing up consisted of playing dress-up and modeling for a family photoshoot. The entire family, even my brother on some occasions would dress up for the photoshoot. They were always themed and in my pre-teen modeling “career” I was a bar-maid, cowgirl, southern belle, clown, and victorian beauty. The purpose of each photoshoot was so that my Dad could capture pictures that my Mom could paint. Growing up in Los Angeles made this even more fun because Dad was well connected. Which means we could utilize the wardrobe department at NBC.

When my parents “split-up” in the early ’80s, my mother moved my brother and me to Arizona. From that point on family bonding with Dad was pretty much over. I’m not sure if I became a photographer because I wanted to follow in his footsteps or just have a reason to connect with him.

After I graduated from college I was commissioned to photograph a men’s aftershave called Quarterdek. For several months my father and I collaborated on how I should photograph it. The weekend came and though my Dad was on a camping trip he still managed to check in and see how all the tests were going. This was not so easy in pre-cellphone days. I don’t want to elaborate on this tragic story, so to make it brief here is what happened that changed my life forever. Our last conversation the night before the photoshoot was “I’ll talk to you on Monday and let you know how it went”. That night he died in a car accident coming back from his camping trip. I was in utter shock and yet the next day, under a cloud of tears, I still managed to photograph the project.

I am not even sure why I feel it’s important to tell this story but what I do is a huge part of my life and I love it. I guess in some weird way being a working photographer brings me closer to my father. When I focus on the project and what needs to be done to tell the story I hear him and me in a deep discussion trying to decipher the best way to capture it.

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