Jen Rinaldi Photography

Capturing Life's Fleeting Moments…

Christa + Mark = Engaged (Blurb Book) December 31, 2008

I’ve been waiting to share the preview of my 2nd Blurb book for engaged couple Christa & Mark.  You may remember their engagement sessions photos posted HERE.

Mark was wonderful to work with on the book.  He decided on what photos he wanted included, what order he’d like them in, and he wrote a beautiful dedication in the front of the book for Christa.  He was so super organized with the details that it allowed me to be more creative with the design.

The book was a Christmas gift from Mark to Christa (so I had to wait to post it) and from what Mark told me the book was a huge hit with her!

Click on the title of the book in the badge below and then “preview the book.”

By Jen Rinaldi Photog…

Or click here to go directly to the preview:  http://www.blurb.com/books/503414

 

Barnapalooza Indiana (and more) December 30, 2008

I’ve been dying to work on these since I got home from Indiana since I’m a proud lover of barns and rural scenes.  Below you will find more from the “drive by shootings” series with Julie Lawson in Parke County, Indiana.

The first photo is a new spin on an earlier Pano that I posted –  that I felt fit well with the series.  The rest are all new; processed with the same texture with about the same opacity.  I normally wouldn’t do an entire series textured but for these I felt it fit so well.

I hope you love them as much as I do!

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Wish You Were Here… December 29, 2008

NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA

After Heather & I did portraits at the beach we enjoyed the sunset by the pier…wish I was still there…

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Indy Ghost Riders December 28, 2008

During my visit to see Julie in Indiana we has some time to do some “drive by shoots.”  It was bitter cold but I can never pass up a good photo opportunity…that’s what coats, hats and gloves were made for!

Julie took some photos during the drive by as well but she decided to take them from the comfort and warmth of the car LOL!  Check them out here:  http://julielawsonphotography.wordpress.com/2008/12/28/parke-county-cars/

“Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.” ~Albert Einstein

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Saturday Funnies December 27, 2008

Due to the popularity of Emmy’s rendition of “Low” by Flo-rida…

The following performance was scheduled during my Indiana visit with Julie (photographed by Brianna):

 

Santa Rosa Plateau – Panoramic December 26, 2008

On the day that Heather & I did our Strobist shoot (mentioned in the previous post) in the Santa Rose Plateau, I had a minute in between so I shot a few photos (with the intention of doing a panoramic) before the sun set completely.

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39400 CLINTON KEITH RD. MURRIETA CA.

The Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve is located at the southern end of the Santa Ana Mountains in southwest Riverside County, near the city of Murrieta.

The Reserve consists of 8,300 acres and protects unique ecosystems like Engelmann oak woodlands, riparian wetlands, coastal sage scrub, chaparral, bunchgrass prairie and vernal pools.

Visitors to the Reserve can enjoy the oldest standing structures in Riverside County that once served as bunkhouses for cowboys dating back to 1846. These two adobe structures remain shaded by a 400 year old tree and separated by a relaxing, one-of-a-kind, picnic area.

 

So Sad to Leave Happy Heather December 24, 2008

Today was a bitter sweet day…I left Heather & California behind for cold & rainy New Jersey.  It was hard to leave such a great person and a beautiful place behind but Christmas was here and I must head home back to my family and my buddy Lucas the Lab (oh how I miss him!)

Tonight I’ll leave you with a few shots of our trek into the reserve where we did a shoot yesterday.  As soon as Heather and I have time to edit our photos from this shoot we’re going to post them at the same time (we hope).  So we’ll leave you with these fun “in action” shots…

On our way to the trail we met James who was also at the Plateau doing photography (he shoots wildlife and sports action photography…and that would be good reason for the 400mm lens and 40D he’s sporting!!).  Heather thought it’d be nice to take a photo with him so we could remember all of the photographers we met this week:

Of course I couldn’t leave with out something eventful happening…I realized this morning that I left my point & shoot Canon in the middle of the grassy plateau we did a photo shoot at yesterday.  The good (and bad) news was that my flight was delayed almost 2 hours so we had time to stop and I retraced our steps down into the canyon and found it right where I thought I must have left it.

You can imagine my happiness once I found the camera and it still worked (thank goodness for a dry night!!).  I took this test shot with it and to my delight it seemed perfectly okay!

The Jen Rinaldi Photography cross-country tour of 2008 had ended and it’s hard to leave friends like Heather and amazing mountainous views like this behind!

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