Jen Rinaldi Photography

Capturing Life's Fleeting Moments…

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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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?   🙂

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Author Nancy Marino: “Neil Armstrong Is My Uncle & Other Lies Muscle Man Mcginty Told Me” January 29, 2009

I shared the sneak peek of the lifestyle portrait session of Author, Nancy Marino, back in this post from November and tonight I’m doing the long overdue follow up.

Nancy’s first children’s book is being released this May and is available online at,, (amongst other places).

In my sneak peek for Nan’s shoot I mentioned that I’m so happy that I could be her photographer and happy to have her as a friend.  I’m looking forward to following her progress and I hope you will too!  If you have little on in your life that loves to read you can pre-order her book now!

You can access Nancy’s website HERE and her blog HERE.

Below is and overview of Nan’s book along with 4 of her top photo picks from the portrait session we did back in November.  I hope you love the photos!

Neil Armstrong Is My Uncle & Other Lies Muscle Man Mcginty Told Me

Product Description

  • Reading level: Ages 9-12
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (May 12, 2009)

Editorial Reviews

“Muscle Man McGinty is a squirrelly runt, a lying snake, and a pitiful excuse for a ten-year old……the problem is that no one knows it but me. In the entire town of Massapequa Park, only I can see him for what he really is. A phony. It’s the summer of 1969, and things are not only changing in Tamara’s little Long Island town, but in the world. Perhaps Tamara could stand to take one small step toward a bit of compassion and understanding? A terrific debut novel with truly vivid characters and a wonderful voice.”
About the Author

NAN MARINO grew up in Massapequa, New York and now lives on the Jersey shore with her husband and hyperactive dog, where she works as a librarian. This is her first book.


In Memoriam January 12, 2009

Robert Lawrence Jordan


Michael Palmer 2008
Photo Credit: ©Michael Palmer 2008 – taken at the Gettysburg Photo Walk

It’s interesting how someone you never met can really touch your heart. I never met Bob in person but I consider him a great virtual friend.  I met Bob through our blogging circle and we became friendly.  I loved looking at his nature work which was clearly his passion.  We would often get into conversations offline about our similar interests. I had hoped to be able to meet up with him to tour around his beautiful neck of the woods but I never got a chance…

Hippy Bob This is my first post! Just wanted to post a pic of me taken in 1976. I changed a little bit now that Im 61! Im sitting in my 1953 Ford 3/4 ton pickup with my transistor radio hanging from the rear view mirror. To the right you can see my bicentenial bouquet.

Taken from Bob's first Blog post back in June titled: Hippy Bob "This is my first post! Just wanted to post a pic of me taken in 1976. I changed a little bit now that I'm 61! I'm sitting in my 1953 Ford 3/4 ton pickup with my transistor radio hanging from the rear view mirror. To the right you can see my bicentennial bouquet." Click on the photo to view his first blog post.

When Bob heard I was heading to the Outer Banks (North Carolina) this past summer Bob emailed me with a number of places to stop by and check out.  I really appreciated all of his advice on where to visit while there.

“An Outer Banks Sunset for Bob”

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Bob shared his gallery of late 60’s photos with me that he had been working on scanning and I adored looking through them…I wished I had been around to capture what he had the opportunity to experience and capture.  Below is an excerpt from the 60’s gallery on his website:

“From 1967 to 1970 I attended many peace demonstrations in Washington, DC. I shot around 3000 images using a Nikon F100 camera. These are just a few of those shots. At present I’m still going through the rest of my negatives and will be posting more as they come. It was a great time to be alive!”

Photo Credit: ©Bob Jordan

For everything there is a season,
And a time for every matter under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to throw away;
A time to tear, and a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate,
A time for war, and a time for peace.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Bob’s Website:

Bob’s Blog – Canyon Rim Photography:

Winchester Star Obituary

Bob, you will be missed by many.


Autumn Mosaic With a Twist “ala Mike” November 14, 2008

First let me start this post by honoring my great friend Heather (from One Shot Beyond Photography)’s very special day.


I hope it’s a great day for you!!

You deserve it!


Mike ( and I were discussing my “Autumn Mosaic” post from yesterday and he gave me a suggestion on how I could have taken the photo differently.

I sent him the photo to see how he might have cropped it differently (to show me what he meant) and besides the suggestion he gave…he came up with this creation below.  I thought it looked awesome and I wanted to share it.

It’s our first “Jen & Mike” Collaboration and Mike even titled it! LOL!  🙂  I love how the shadows of the trees join together and that little bit of blue sky!

Thanks Mike!


Blog Award :) September 30, 2008

I received a wonderful little surprise in one of my blog comments today from a fairly new reader of my blog, Heather of Heather Lynn’s Photography. If you haven’t checked out her blog yet, please do by clicking on the name of her blog above.  Heather has some really great portraits of her beautiful daughter on her blog so stop by and visit and leave her a comment or two!

Today was a rough Monday at work so it was really nice to come home and read that Heather presented me with a very thoughtful blogger award.  To learn more about the award I made my way over to her personal blog to read what she wrote.

Thank you Heather for finding inspiration in my work!  That was very kind of you.  I’ll be sure to continue to stop by your photography blog to see your latest work.

I made a screen capture of her blog to show you the kind words she wrote about her 5 blog nominations.

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Jen’s Big Adventure – Coming Soon! September 17, 2008

It’s official!

Yesterday I booked my flights to visit my good friend Julie of Julie Lawson Photography of Indiana (in November) and my good friend Heather of One Shot Beyond of California (in December)!

I’m so excited!!

I’ve been wanting to visit Julie & Heather for quite some time so I decided to go for it!  I’m sure there will be lots of photo adventures during my “big adventure” and I’ll be sure to share them here on my blog!

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Don’t you just love the “flying Jens?” I was going to use little airplanes but thought this would be a heck of a lot funnier! LOL! 🙂