Jen Rinaldi Photography

Capturing Life's Fleeting Moments…

Cog in the Wheel July 18, 2009

Don’t reinvent the wheel, just realign it.
Anthony J. D’Angelo

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Hold Infinity in the Palm of Your Hand July 1, 2009

“To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,

Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour.”

~William Blake

 

The “G Family” Full of Smiles | NJ Family Portrait Photographer June 25, 2009

All the waiting has come to an end!

Below are the results of my family portrait session with one of the best families around!

Just to refresh your memory of the teaser I posted on 6/1 regarding the shoot:

“I must say that this is one of the best families around…and I’m not just saying that because Lee has been one of my greatest friends since High School.  :) Lee and his brother Scott decided to purchase a portrait session with me as an anniversary gift to their parents.  I was so excited to do it!  We met close to sunset at his parent’s house which is in a beautiful community that had a nice lake and gazebo as well as a great lake view from their backyard to work with.  We even included the doggies (you’ll see!).

Lee’s family was so wonderful to work with.  I laughed the entire time we were involved in the shoot (especially at his Dad’s jokes!!) and had a great evening as I joined them for the 2nd evening of their Passover celebration.  I tried Brisket for the first time and had 2nd a helping because it was sooo good!

Thanks to all of you for making me feel like part of the family!!”

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A little fun with sun-flare!

Love these two!!

The pups minus one back in Florida!

How could you NOT love this family??

So sweet! 🙂

 

The “P Family” at Thompson Park | Central NJ Family Portrait Photographer June 23, 2009

This family of 6 was a really fantastic session for me.  I’ve known Dad, Joey, since grammar school and I hadn’t seen him in ten years since our 10 year grammar school reunion.

Joey’s wife Erica and I connected over Facebook and when she saw I was a photographer she asked me to do a session with her and her family and I was thrilled to.  Getting to meet their wonderful family was a great and we had such a wonderful session!  With Chris assisting me on the shoot that day – I ended up with the most wonderful set of family photos that I think the family will treasure for all time.

If you remember I featured an HDR-inspired photo of Lil Man “D” on the blog a while back as a teaser:  https://jenrinaldiphotography.wordpress.com/2009/05/21/lil-man-d-and-the-p-family-sneak-peek/

I had a hard time narrowing down my favorites because with 6 family members I got such a variety of “mini sessions” within the session.  I hope you love them as much as I do and I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on what I’ve shared.

Each photo can be enlarged by clicking on them.  Please do so – so that you don’t miss the details!  🙂

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And a little fun – with the 3 cutest lil gals!

*SMILE!*

 

Thank You June 21, 2009

First, I just wanted to thank Chris for a great vacation week.  Although it wasn’t Mexico like it was supposed to be, thanks to the swine, it was still a fun-filled week.  We did so much together and I enjoyed every second of it.  From going out dancing, to relaxing at the beach in Point Pleasant, touring around Atlantic City, to a great lunch & riding the train in New Hope, we were on the move with the T-Tops off my Dad’s Firebird.  It was a perfect vacation!

I really am so thankful for all of the help dismantling my home in order to prepare for my big move.  I appreciate the help more than I can ever express in words.  🙂

And now for some photos!  I took these a while back and finally had the chance to post them.  I love the first one taken with natural light through a large window in my home.  I love his eyes and his smile in this photo.  So warm. 🙂

The next 8 were taken in my backyard in April.  Before he deploys I wanted to have some nice photos of him and some of us.  He was such a great model – never complained once!  🙂  This one looks like it’s straight out of an American Eagle advertisement, if I do say so myself!  🙂

See…I got a smile!

I couldn’t resist setting up the tripod for a few of the two us!

LOVE LOVE LOVE this one!

Okay, I LOVE LOVE LOVE this one too!

Lots of big smiles all around here!

The next one was taken with all natural light coming through a window in Chris’ home.  I love natural light and would like to do more portraits this way.

I love the serious look of this one.

These were taken in Chris’ front yard the last time I was in NC.  We finally had a break in the rainy weekend and I was itching to get some photos in that day so Chris was a willing model, again!  🙂  Love this smile!

The highlights are a little blown here and I’m thinking it was the 50mm.  It seems to let so much light in that sometimes it seems I can’t avoid this happening on a sunny day.  I love this photo of my two special guys!

 

Picnic’in Fun at The Red Mill in Clinton, NJ June 16, 2009

Yesterday we took a ride the Red Mill in Clinton, NJ armed with a cooler filled with yummy submarine sandwiches and snacks.  We arrived in Clinton and parked at the Red Mill and walked over the bridge to the side of the waterfall that faced the Mill and set down our cooler and got comfortable.

We ate our lunch enjoying the view of the Mill and the waterfall.

Luckily we were done with our lunch when Chris discovered that we had a lunch visitor sitting directly next to our cooler and US!!  Eeeeeewwwwww!

I did NOT take my time getting up and out of there…but I did go back for a photo!  Ha!

I have been wanting to visit the Mill for about a year and finally had the opportunity.

The ca. 1810 Red Mill was originally built as a woolen mill. Over the next 100 years, the Mill was used at different times to process grains, plaster, talc and graphite. The Mill was also used to produce peach baskets, as well as to generate electricity and pump water for the town.

After we ate I got some photography time in and was able to capture photos of the Mill (after waiting ten minutes for “MR JOHN” to get out of all of my shots! lol!).

It started out as a beautiful sunny day…perfect for a picnic but of course as soon as I was set up with the camera and tripod it started to rain a little. We devised a way to still be able to get my shots:  I carry a black trash bag in my camera bag and we placed it over me and the camera like a mini-tent.  Despite some shots with rain drops in them because the lens got a little wet I took some photos that I was pleased with.  🙂

After photos the drizzling rain stopped, we packed up my gear, and took a walk down the cute little main street of the town and Chris enjoyed an ice cream while I enjoyed an Italian ice.  🙂

The ice cream store was the most charming little place ever —> JJ Scoops!

We had such a wonderful day!!  🙂

 

H&M – NYC – Panoramic June 12, 2009

Hand-held panoramic photo done on a visit to New York City, January 2nd, merged in Photoshop CS3.

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I wish I was a little more centered in the composition but this was the only place I could stand  from across the way.