Jen Rinaldi Photography

Capturing Life's Fleeting Moments…

Happy Halloween! October 30, 2008

Wishing you all a happy, safe and FUN Halloween!

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Cover Girl!

Do you ever just have a photo that makes you just say WOW and let out a huge sigh?

I don’t know what it is about this one below…

I’m not sure if it’s the hair perfectly situated while blowing in the wind, the magical blue eyes, or the intense look into my camera lens but this one made me say WOW.

Is this a future Cover Girl or what?

I’ve said it many times before…this is why I do what I do.  If I no longer got the WOW or the huge sigh of contentment with my work when I edit a photo I love then I know it’s time to pack up the gear & call it quits.

So far I love every minute of it.  I don’t mind the late nights, the lack of sleep, nor the pain in my arm because I love what I’m doing every night and weekend.  The lack of sleep is worth it when you capture moments like these “on film” (well…digitally 🙂 ).

Carrie, your 3 girls (and entire family) are beautiful!  I’m working on your set from now until it’s done and I’m looking forward to sharing them with you as soon as I can!


Sneak Peek: The H Family At My Hometown Park October 29, 2008

Sunday I met with my old grammar school friend “S,” his wife “N” and their adorable son “S Jr.” for my first session of 2 that day.

We lucked out with a beautiful day despite the wet grass from the rain the day before (that caused me to have my Saturday session indoors).

Little “S Jr.” wasn’t himself that day and we think he may have been a little under the weather.  We tried to make him comfortable during the 2 hour session in the park and I tried my best to capture some “keepers” of this cute little man!

I can’t believe I’ve known “S Jr’s” dad since kindergarten and now he has a son of his own!  It’s amazing to be friends with people so long that you see their whole lives evolve from 5 years old to having their own family.  I may have a unique experience compared to most but my grammar school friends and I have reunions every 5 years. In between we try to keep in touch as much as we can through sites like Facebook, My Space, etc. and when we get together it’s like we’re back in our K-8 days at good old Immaculate Conception School (ICS).  I think we’ll be telling the same stories about our days there until we’re 75 and I hope keep having reunions for that many years to come!

*Maybe when I’m done editing the session and I post my top favorites from the day – I will embarrass Dad and post a picture of him when he was little. 🙂

S & N – Here’s your sneak peek! Enjoy!

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I love the tops of little kids heads…so cute!

He looks so deep in thought. 🙂

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This one just makes me smile. 🙂

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Look at this cute little expression!


Yes, Believe It or Not…It’s Snowing in October in New Jersey! October 28, 2008

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It snowed today in New Jersey!  Yes!  Actual snow fell in October.

I don’t think I can remember that ever happening here in New Jersey before in October.  All I can say is that I’m not liking it!  It better go away and not come back until January!

So far I have a branch down, I’ve heard sirens going by on the main road countless times, and my power blinked on and off.  FUN!

Front yard:

Back Yard:

Branch down in the yard:

And Lucas is having a ball (literally) with the snow!

Of course all of the photos taken above were taken from the comfort of the open doorway.

I will not be stepping foot outside this evening if I can help it!!


The Top 20 of the I Family’s Day At The Park October 27, 2008

You saw the sneak peek of the “I Family” and now here is my top 20 from the session:

Love the parents in the depth of field!

I had a little fun with this one!

I love that open mouth laugh/smile!

Three generations!

I love this one!

This one is up there as a top favorite!


Yay, a little bit of sun flare!

I shared this on in the sneak peek but I had to share it again…It’s my favorite of the shoot!

Isn’t she adorable with this pose and those eyes??


Sneak Peek: The M Family’s Rainy Day Turned All Smiles October 25, 2008

Early this morning Jo Ann and I made our way to Northern New Jersey to photograph the “M Family” with the intention of beating the rain that was heading that way.  We made it just in time for the drizzling rain to start!

Our intention was to head to a local lake with a man-made beach and take outdoor fall portraits. We gave it the ‘ol college try but as soon as we arrived at the lake we realized the rain wasn’t going to let up on us.  We took it in stride and headed back to the house and decided on indoor portraits.  I think the M. Family Jo Ann, and I did a great job improvising and “making it work” indoors as we all did the “shake shake skake, shake shake skake, shake your booty” dance to make “S” giggle.

As I looked through the photos from the session when I got home I became more and more pleased with the results.  The disappointment of not shooting at the lake faded.  I’m thrilled with the results of the session and really enjoyed my time with this beautiful family.

S’s blue eyes are captivating and you can’t help but love her to pieces!!

Special Thanks to Jo Ann for waking up extra early on a Saturday for me! Love you my friend!  🙂


ANGELICA! Make-up Shoot for Wisper Salon – Manalapan NJ October 24, 2008

Tonight I did a make-up shoot for my great friend Tiffany who manages Wisper Salon in Manalapan, NJ.

Tiffany is going to enlarge one of the shots to poster size and display it in the window of the salon to attract customers for professional make-up services.

Our Model was Angelica.  She was the perfect model for the shoot!  Her eyes are GORGEOUS!! I’ve never done a photo session like this and I’m soooo pleased with the results!!

Here are a few preliminary shots.  I loooooooove #1.  Are you kidding me with those eyes???!!!

PS….she’s only 15 years old!  Can you believe it?

A quick shot of Angelica and her sister at the end of the shoot: