Jen Rinaldi Photography

Capturing Life's Fleeting Moments…

Coming Soon: T’s Maternity Shoot AND Baby due in June! May 29, 2009

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A Forest Hymn May 28, 2009

The groves were God’s first temples.
–  William Cullen Bryant, A Forest Hymn

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Standing Out in a Crowd May 27, 2009


Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.

~Rabindranath Tagore, Fireflies, 1928

In contrast to yesterday’s post regarding being alone in a crowd….

This is another in a series of photos that I took after the passing of my father during the 2 longest weeks of my life weeks in North Carolina. This photo was on the roadside in Pollocksville, NC close to where I photographed the horse pasture 2 posts back.

This area is known for the logging industry and this forest was a logging forest.  I love how perfectly the trees are planted in rows.  Sometimes I think that logging is sad but I know that it’s definitely necessary.  It just hurts to see the trees cut down…a forest cleared…but the positive is that they are replantedI guess that is the the cycle of life.

I wanted something positive to come from the lost of my father.  I tried with volunteering organ or tissue donation but unfortunately he wasn’t a good candidate we were told…which broke my heart.  I’m glad we tried metaphorically to “replant” even if it didn’t work out.

I’m a registered organ donor…I thought I’d include the link in case anyone else is interested in considering it:  http://organdonor.gov/donor/index.htm

On another note:  I noticed that sometimes, the way I process photos, depends on how I’m feeling at the time.  Rather then describe how I felt in my heart (in words) during the moment I took this photo – I processed it this way to convey a specific mood.  Do you feel it?

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Alone In A Crowd May 26, 2009

You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with.
Wayne Dyer

 

Greener Pastures May 25, 2009

“…He makes me down to lie In pastures green: he leadeth me the quiet waters by. My soul he doth restore again: and me to walk doth make Within the paths of righteousness, ev’n for his own name’s sake….” -Scottish Metrical Psalms

This was taken on the roadside in Pollocksville, NC, close to where my father lived.  I was driving home one night and pulled over on the side of the road to capture it.  I left the telephone wires in intentionally, which may not be to everyone’s taste, but I really wanted to keep them in.   I can’t explain why exactly…but maybe it’s because I wanted to remember it how it really was:  Quiet Rural life with luxuries that we all seem to need in the times that we live in?

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A Hero

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.  ~Joseph Campbell

Take time out of your day today to remember the U.S. military men and women who have died while fighting for our country and also remember those who continue to fight for our freedom today.

Collected here are a handful of photographs for remembrance, acknowledging some of the men and women who have passed in conflicts from the U.S. Civil War through Iraq and Afghanistan today: http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2009/05/memorial_day_2009.html

Happy Memorial Day

MY HERO

 

Yarn’in To Please! May 23, 2009

I’d like to introduce my mother’s new venture!

As of the end of May my mom will be retiring from Johnson & Johnson after 25 plus years.  Recently she took knitting up again after many, many years and she has been cranking out some amazing pieces!! She learned from my grandmother many ago. Grandma used to make the most beautiful sweaters – I still have some saved to this day.

I’ve already been graced with a beautiful blanket as well as multiple scarves from mom. If you know me – you’ll know I have tons of coats and I always try to have matching scarves and gloves for each coat. So, you know I’ve been thrilled with all of the cool/funky scarves she’s been knitting me in her spare time.

Now that retirement is upon her in one week she thought she might want to sell all of the beautiful scarves she’s been knitting.  She was going to do an ETSY site but reconsidered based on the amount of work it would take so she decided she wanted to start with craft shows, etc and see how the sales go.

Below are some of the photos I took of her scarves with things in my house as props.  I enjoyed doing this product photography for me mom.  We had fun. 🙂

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