Jen Rinaldi Photography

Capturing Life's Fleeting Moments…

Relaxin! February 28, 2009

When I came upon this sculpture I did a double take.  It was so life-like!

I thought someone was reading in the grass at the sculpture park.

The details of the stature were fantastic…the texture of the sweater, the fallen shoe in the grass…who wouldn’t do a double take?

Have a relaxing weekend, friends!

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J. Seward Johnson, Jr.

“Summer Thinking”  1991

Cast Bronze


A Lil Bit O Sunshine February 27, 2009

I met Little “D” through my friend Jaime from college.  Jaime and I linked up though Facebook where she saw some of my work and asked me if I’d be willing to do portraits for her friends beautiful daughter.

For this session the clients came to my home studio for the session.  As soon as “D” arrived she filled my home room with sunshine.  She was the sweetest, smiliest little girl with big beautiful blue eyes!

Here are some of my favorite moments and smiles with”D.”

She loves dogs and got a kick out of my dog Lucas but seemed more enamored with my labrador welcome statue.  Since she loved it so much we let her play with it which made for some cute photos as she pet each of their heads. :)

I love how large the chair looks in comparison to her…and this really is a small arm chair!

I love the chair idea so much I brought in on of my kitchen chairs.  They’re really heavy wood chairs and I can’t get over how cute and tiny she looks in it!  Adorable!

She loved my wire shopping bag (we’re starting her love of shopping out in the early years!)

I had to include her love of going behind the back drop and popping out with a peek-a-boo .  So cute & so pleasant to work with!


Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair February 25, 2009

Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair…  ~Susan Polis Shutz


Today’s blog post was inspired by Mike Palmer’s recent sculpture post.  When I saw it I realized that I had 2 folders full of photos from a couple of trips I took to the Grounds for Sulpture in Hamilton, NJ in 2007 & 2008.  I have so many photos I haven’t processed…all I can do is get to them a little at a time. :)

Julie mentioned she’d like to see a full shot of the sculpture so I’m adding it into the post for reference although the face is a bit bright. :)


No Trespassing

I loved this abandoned house the first time I saw it and I was excited to be able to stop at it on Saturday and walk around to get some photos.  It took me a little while to look around the house and get warmed up as to what I wanted to take. We walked around 3/4 of the property checking things out and looking in windows that I could reach safely.  There was still really cool old furniture inside and some great details.  I’m took chicken to go inside a place this old for fear of falling through the floor boards but I would have liked to have snapped some shots through the windows.

By the time I finally had a picture in my head of what I wanted the series to look like and started snapping away my happiness was broken by the words “Can I help you?” being shouted from an open window of a huge SUV on the roadside.

We knew that was the end and we skulked back towards our car.  We decided to approach the woman and tell her why were there so she wasn’t super suspicious of us.  It was simply explained that I love photography and I love old homes like this.  I guess our charm didn’t work on her because we were told that it was “someone’s property”…which was curtly followed up by the words “MINE.”

I was praying by some luck that she’d say that we could walk around and take more photos but that didn’t happen.  We were told to “move along” by the owner.   I was disappointed but I guess that’s what happens when you *ahem* trespass *cough, cough.*

Luckily it was the first time this had ever happened to me because it’s not the most pleasant experience.  We had no choice but to get our butts out of there right away because you never know what can happen…

Before we were told to “move along” I was actually able to get a few shots that I like the results of…

*Please click on them to view them larger…It really helps to give the details justice.*

My favorite find of the day was this creepy, deformed, face-down doll laying in the grass at the back of the house.  It looked like it had been there for a very long time.  A minute after I found this was when were were busted so I’m so happy I got this shot in.

Additional structures behind the home:


The “Two-Fifty-Eight” February 24, 2009

Saturday’s agenda included a car ride up the 258 North, approximately an hour outside of Jacksonville, NC, to look for photo ops.

I was determined to find all of the abandoned “gems” that I had been scoping out on my previous road trips in and out of North Carolina.

I was able to get most of what I wanted to capture (which I’m sharing with you below) as well as an additional property I photographed (before being chased away) that I will share sometime this week (when I have time to go through & edit them).

It’s been wonderful to have someone interested in riding along with me on these photo journeys, who may not be a photographer, but appreciates my enthusiasm and love for it.  It certainly makes these photo hunts all the more pleasant!

Since I’ve tapped out my surrounding areas in NJ I love having another state to explore!!!

I used a number of editing software and actions on each of these to get the desired look I was going for.

*Promise me that you’ll click on each version to view them larger.  The smaller versions just don’t do them justice!*

A personal favorite (below)!

Another favorite

I processed this one two ways…I think I like the one above best because of the golden tones and the creepier sky but I’m getting various opinions…what do you think?


More of Topsail February 20, 2009

Another photo in the tree series from Topsail Beach, North Carolina.

I’ll be in NC this weekend hoping to come home with some more great photos!!

Talk to you all soon!


Bridgeton Covered Bridge / Bridgeton, Indiana

When I visited Julie in November of last year we took a trip to snowy Bridgeton.

Bridgeton, Indiana is home to the oldest continuously operating mill west of the Allegheny Mountains.  The mill overlooks Indiana’s most famous covered bridge and waterfall.

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The Bridgeton Covered Bridge was burned on April 28, 2005. The local community immediately came together and decided to rebuild the bridge. Fund raising began and on January 12, 2006 a bridge raising ceremony was held. On August 28, 2006 the spans of the bridge were lifted onto the abutments. The completed bridge was dedicated on October 1, 2006.

We toured around the rest of this charming town and saw some neat sights like the Country Store…

The Country Store was built sometime between 1884-1886.  Today the building functions as both a gift shop and a restaurant.  The Bridgeton Country Store is open for most festivals.

…and the 1878 Barn.


New York City Skyline February 18, 2009

I visited Weehawken, NJ to photograph the New York City skyline over the Hudson River this past Sunday from Hamilton Park.

I took 12 images in total and used 11 images to create this panorama (but cropped the ends some).

I wish the sky held more interest for the photo…but I’m sure I will be back there sometime soon to retry again. I really want to go back at night and do a night panorama shoot.



Canvas on Demand February 17, 2009

Below are 2 recent canvases of my work that were printed up as gifts and ordered through Canvas on Demand.

I loved the results and wanted to share them with all of you in case you were interested in canvas prints and wanted to see more examples.

I think that printing your work on canvas gives extra life to the photo.

This is the San Diego Skyline from my recent trip to California. It’s an “gallery wrap” so the photo wraps around the edges of the canvas.

This is “I Heart NY” from December 2007.  It was named because of the heart that was formed by the sun & shadows on the skyscraper on the left of the photo.  That detail was something I didn’t discover until I open the photo on my computer when I got home.

This was not an image wrap.  The edges were done in black.


Happy Valentines Day! February 13, 2009

Filed under: Adults,Candids,Friends & Family,Personal,Portraits,Travel — Jen @ 8:00 am

“Love is a symbol of eternity.  It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end.”

~Author Unknown

*** May your heart be filled with love today and everyday ***


Special thanks to Julie’s daughter Brianna who took these fun photos for us. :)


OSBP @ Newport Beach February 12, 2009

During my trip to California to visit Heather of One Shot Beyond Photography we had the pleasure of spending a couple hours at Newport Beach for a portrait shoot of one another.  We stayed there until sunset enjoying the most beautiful weather along with lots of laughter as each tried our best to pose for the camera.

Obviously photographers are used to being BEHIND the camera so when we get in front of the lens it’s always laughter and giggles as we try to feel comfortable as “models.”  Modeling isn’t as easy as it looks but Heather made it look easy!  Don’t you just love her beautiful brown eyes?   :)

*All of the photos below can be clicked on to view larger*


A Dream of Possibilities February 10, 2009

A new baby is like the beginning of all things-wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.
– Eda J. Le Shan

This past Saturday I had the privilege of photographing 2 week old “E.”   He is the youngest newborn I ever photographed and I was so excited to have the opportunity to take his photos.  As soon as I found out Tara was pregnant I mentioned that I wanted to do the newborn session with her when the baby was born and I was so happy she wanted me to be her photographer. :)

Here is one sneak peek photo of the little guy being held in the sunlight in Dad’s hands.  This is one of the few photos I captured of him where he had his eyes closed.  He was so alert, all day, for the session!  I loved working with him.  He was so tiny, so sweet, had such a great disposition, and has such a great head of hair!

*Special thanks to Chris for helping me with the session!  I REALLY appreciate it!!


Breath Of Fresh Air! February 9, 2009

This lil sweetheart walked into my home for her photo session and lit the room up with her sparkling eyes, smile, and personality!

Wait until you see the rest of this little angel!

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More To Come Soon!


Blue Skies at the Kitty Hawk Dunes February 8, 2009

This week I needed a little distraction from the work I was doing so I dove into some unedited photos from my trip to Outer Banks back in Aug/Sept of this year.
The photos below were taken in the Kitty Hawk Dunes. The sky was AMAZING that day.  So blue…and a polarizer doesn’t hurt either! If you don’t have one for shooting the sky…get one!
I can’t even describe what it’s like to climb dunes this tall and then walk around inside of them.   The silence you experience while you’re in the dunes is amazing.
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The dunes are famous for hang gliding:

Honestly, I could have stayed there for hours but I dragged my poor mom around enough so I took the photos I wanted and we headed to our next destination that day.

Mom in the Dunes
Mom in the Dunes…
This is me doing my own impersination of Titanic on top of the Dunes (taken by my mom)
If you’ve never seen or heard about these dunes do a search for “Kitty Hawk Dunes” on and take a look at some of the videos people have posted.


Pano @ Topsail February 7, 2009

I did this panoramic of Topsail beach but for some reason if you look closely at it – it didn’t line up properly.

From far away it looks good but the ocean has some skips in it. I’m not sure why it happened but I tried it a few times and it still happened.

Does anyone have any advice as on what I could have done differently?


Turn Your Face To The Sun February 5, 2009

Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.  ~Maori Proverb

Topsail Beach, North Carolina

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