Jen Rinaldi Photography

Capturing Life's Fleeting Moments…

Fun with Bri & Brittany and the ORBS November 30, 2008

Tonight we had fun with light!

Julie’s daughter Bri and her cousin Brittany were up for a little experiment that I first tried with Brianna last night.

Take a look at the result of our experiments:


All Things Julie Lawson! November 29, 2008

Time is flying by so quickly on my trip to Indiana to see Julie of Julie Lawson Photography.  I’m going to be so sad to head back to NJ on Wednesday and leave her and her truly wonderful family!  I’ve been enjoying my time here and it will be so hard to go home!
Today we did Senior Portraits of her niece Kayla at the old High School/Middle School in her town.  We had such a fun time taking photos as a team (and catching candids of each other)!
We wish we could join together and form J&J Studios…if only we lived closer!!!
Check out Julie in action!

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Brianna (Julie’s Daughter) captured this one of Julie taking a photo of me taking a photo of Kayla which I got a kick out of:

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I’ve only edited a handful of Kayla’s Senior portraits but this one is her favorite out of the few that I shared with her so far:

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Later this evening we did some portraits in Julie’s home studio.  Julie took my portraits and I took hers.  I also took some of her and Brianna as well as her daughter Emmalie in her Christmas dress (but I haven’t edited those yet).

I’ve been tiring Julie out since I got here with late nights sine I arrived (I’m a night owl and Julie is an early bird but we work well together even so).  Since it was getting late when we started Julie’s portraits I didn’t get as many of Julie as I wanted to.

I want to take more of her before I go home so she has a variety of photos to choose from.  Hopefully I can convince her to let me (hint hint Julie!)

I’ve been working on laptop to edit photos and things seem to look a lot different than they do on my home computer so I hope these photos of Julie look as great as I think they do to all of you!

I went with a soft effect for these.  I haven’t done many like this but I was in the mood for something ethereal tonight and Julie is a perfect subject for the effect.

If you’ve been over to Julie’s blog and the pink shirt & necklace look familiar to you…that’s because Julie and I both wore the ensemble for some of our portraits!  We couldn’t help it!  We both look good in pink! LOL!  😀

Look at Julie’s beautiful eyes in this one!!

I’m going to call this one “Sassy Julie” even if she laughs at me for doing so! 🙂

I promise there will be more to come throughout the trip so stay tuned!  I’m off to bed since we have an early day tomorrow of touring around Mansfield and Bridgeton to see the Christmas displays.  Looking forward to it and of course we’ll share the photos with you!!


Jen Takes on Indy! Day 1 November 28, 2008

Filed under: Friends & Family,Personal,Travel — Jen @ 11:58 pm

Arriving at Newark airport…so excited!

Terminal 92 to Indy!

Waiting to board the plane!

Waiting for take off!

Finally after almost 2 years we meet in person!!

Me and Emmalie waiting for my suitcase!

Bri and her funny face (as usual)

And a little entertainment by Emmalie when we got home:

Tomorrow we’re doing a Senior shoot and Julie’s family portraits!  Looking forward to sharing more of our adventures in indy!


Jen’s Big Adventure Part I

Filed under: Friends & Family,Personal,Travel — Jen @ 1:56 am

It’s finally here!

Part I of Jen’s Big Adventure across the US!

Tomorrow I will be boarding my flight headed for Indiana to see Julie!

Julie and I have been friends for almost 2 years through a forum we’re both a member of and it’s amazing how close we got over the last year.  I’m so excited to finally meet her in person and spend time in her neck of the woods with her and her family!

I will be updating my blog with our adventures while I’m there (along with my Twitter and Facebook status).

I head back to Jersey on Wednesday! I’ll catch up on your blogs then!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.  We all have so much to be thankful for in this world.



Sneak Peek: Newborn Baby “C” November 26, 2008

Baby “C” arrived on October 5th at 6:13pm and was 7lbs., 19 in.

She’s the beautiful baby born to H & K and is the baby sister to little K.  H & I were in the same sorority together in college and when baby C was born I asked if I could do her newborn photo shoot.

I had the pleasure of meeting her on Sunday, November 3rd and formally take her portraits. We had a wonderful day of photos which I can’t wait to share with you all!

More to come!!


Halloween in the Emerald City November 24, 2008

I was finally able to catch up on the Halloween festivities of my friend Ryan and his wife Mandy that I previewed on Nov 3rd HERE.  I’ve known Ryan and Mandy since high school and Ryan reached out to me via Facebook to see if I’d be interested in photographing some formal photos as well as candid photos of the night’s festivities.

My “alternate” assistant Guitree came with me for this event and was a tremendous help for her first time assisting me!  We’ll definitely be working together again soon because I’m going to be taking on a wedding in March and she is going to be my assistant for that!

The majority below are the posed portraits taken in the amazing Victorian home belonging to Ryan & Mandy’s friends.  The house is where the Emerald City was set up outside.  Neighborhood children flocked to the event and were filled with delight to see all of the decorations and the amazing costumes everyone had (and Mandy made her own costume which came out fantastic…see the first photo below!)

This has to be my favorite photo of the night!  I love everyone’s expressions!

The crowd was never ending!  The kids were loving it!

The whole group together!

Hoped you enjoyed all of the costumes as much as I did!


The H Family at My Hometown Park

Today’s job was canceled due to the high winds and cold so I had plenty of time to edit the remainder of the photos of the “H. Family.” I’m so happy I was able to get them done and share them with my old friend “S.” just in time for holiday ordering!

I am going to have a very hard time narrowing down favorites for the blog because I like so many of them!

He has great eyes!

Texture!  YAY!

I love S. Jr’s pose here.  He did this all on his own!

And sometimes you can help but take the sad faces…because even they are adorable!

S. and I go way back to Grammar school (Kindergarten through eight grade).  I thought I’d throw in a few pics to embarrass us both:

5th grade

8th grade:

9th grade:

(That’s S and I in the front on the floor…notice I’m holding a video camera…always with some kind of camera! LOL):