Jen Rinaldi Photography

Capturing Life's Fleeting Moments…

Christa + Mark = Engaged! September 26, 2008

Last Sunday I met with Christa & Mark for their engagement session on Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) campus. We spent the entire afternoon taking photos all around Hennessey Hall (The Mansion) on campus.  What an absolutely perfect location they found!

Christa & Mark met through a running club so periodically you’ll see a pair of running sneakers that “sneak” 😀 their way into some of the photos.

It was such a beautiful day with a beautiful couple!

I am really pleased with the results of the shoot and I cannot narrow down my top favorites…because of that…you’ll be seeing quite a few below so buckle up!

I’d love to hear your feedback on your favorite images as well as what REALLY struck you when you saw it and why.  Your feedback helps me to know what kind of post processing really works and what doesn’t. Thanks!!!


Ahhhh Silhouette!


That fountain was gorgeous!


Love the way Mark looks at Christa… *sigh*




The arches were fan-tas-ti-cal!


I always wanted to take a diagonal up the stairs shot!



I told Mark this was his “GQ Pose”


I love “stealing” moments like this one…


…and like this one!


Look at the sparkle in their eyes!


Could they be any cuter???  I think NOT!


I had a “thing” for these lanterns!

I switched to the wide angle lens just so I could get them in!


Love those across the wall shots.





I love the B&W “newspaper-y” look of this one



These columns ROCKED!


The Bling-Bling!


I just love this….


…and this


Yes, I laid in the grass and asked them to walk over me slowly for this and a few other shots…

What am I not willing to do? So, far I haven’t figured that out yet.


I called this my “paparazzi” moment

I wanted it to feel as if I took it hiding behind the pillar without them knowing


Ahhhhhh Texture…. love this


You couldn’t stage a moment like this…


Always bring a step stool (especially if your short! 😀 ) !


It’s raining love (corny…I know!  LOL)


I loved their expressions when I told them to kick like crazy


Sun Flare…mmmmmmm delicious!


I know you’ve seen this one but I couldn’t think of ending this post any other way

but with this… *long sigh*

If you have some extra time on your hands and you’d like to see the entire gallery from this session in a slide show click HERE.


Whatever Our Souls Are Made of, His and Mine Are the Same September 23, 2008


Action Packed Weekend! September 22, 2008

I hope you all had a great weekend!!  I did, but I must say I’m exhausted!  Whew!

Today’s blog title “action-packed” is probably an understatement!  I could also describe the weekend as “non-stop,”  “busy, busy, busy” or even “Jen’s Photo Frenzy!”

Saturday morning started for me with a drive to upstate New York (approximately 2 hours from me) to visit two of my college friends Stephanie & Craig.  Stephanie was in my sorority and Craig was in a fraternity where I spent a lot of time during my college years.

Stephanie & Craig recently had a baby boy and they asked if I would make the trip to their house in NY and photograph their baby “J.”  I said yes immediately!  Jo Ann and I made the trip and we had such a great time with Steph, Craig & Lil “J.”

They were truly fantastic to work with and lil “J” was amazing the whole session!  What a trooper!!  It was so great to connect with old friends and to be able to capture this very special time in their life for them!

To top off the great day – Stephanie recommended a great restaurant in Tarrytown, NY where Jo Ann and I had a great appetizer and dinner.  (Mmmmm Potato Skins!)

Here is a sneak peek from the session…

Then, today I met up with Christa & Mark for their engagement session on Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) campus. Christa & Mark took a ride the day before the session and found a great spot for photos by Hennessey Hall (The Mansion) on campus.  It was the perfect location!

I met Christa about 8 years ago through my childhood friend Nicole and when Christa & Mark got engaged recently, Nicole recommended me to do their engagement photos.  I was hoping they would ask me and they did!  YAY!

We had such a BEAUTIFUL day for the session…we kept saying over and over that we couldn’t believe how lucky we were! It was a wonderful 82 degrees out!  It did get a little HOT for us in the direct sun but then we just found the lovely shade to cool us down!

The trouble was that I couldn’t cool down this couple because they were sizzling hot the whole shoot (hey Christa & Mark, did you like being called “sizzling hot???”  LOL!) 😀

At the end of the session I was playing with the concept of “good sun flare” and I got this shot!  Now, this is what I call GOOD SUN FLARE!!  I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS PHOTO!!

Hmmm, did I mention that I love this photo??  😀

More to come from these two sessions in the coming days!

And there are a lot more jobs coming for the next couple months that I can’t wait to share with you all!


The P Family and “Lightning McQueen” September 16, 2008

Sunday I had a portrait session with the “P family.”  R, B, & little R were a pleasure to work with.

Little R preferred to go by “Lighting McQueen” for the duration of the session so that’s what we called her. 🙂

Who is Lighting McQueen you ask??

Well, if you’ve seen the move “Cars” you’ll recognize the character:

And for my session on Sunday – this was Lighting McQueen!

Lighting McQueen moved as fast as lighting!  Mom and Dad had to catch her running by to get her in the photo.  We made a game out of it.  She’d run in the other room and we’d call for Lighting McQueen to come in for a photo and she’d run in, I’d snap her in a shot and she’d run away.

I coined the phrase “One before you run” meaning she had to take one shot before she ran away!  🙂

Sometimes she got past Dad and he’d scoop her up into the photo!  We were laughing the whole time!

Look at how she landed for this photo!!  Isn’t she the CUTEST with her soccer ball and her one leg up?

Who isn’t smiling when you look at little “R” (ooops, I mean Lightning McQueen) in this photo below?

This one is just tooooo cute!  Look down by mom’s leg for the cute little peek-a-boo!

Look at those smiles!

🙂   🙂

And a couple photos of Mom & Dad:



Susan & Jeff Engagement Session- Spring Lake Beach August 27, 2008

Two weekends ago I met with Susan & Jeff for their Engagement photo session at Spring Lake Beach  here in New Jersey.  I work with Susan’s wonderful mother and I’m so excited that she was intertested in me doing their engagement portraits for them.

It was my first egagement session so I was thrilled at the opportunity – especially on the beach!  What a beautiful beach they chose!  Jo Ann and I went about an hour early and found the perfect spot with a beautiful Jetty.  We decided what photos I would take and we prepared my list of “must have” shots.

We met up with Susan and Jeff and got right into it.

 When we got there I spotted this cute little beach hut where they sell the beach badges and I knew I had to have some shots there.  I love the teal color…

At this point in the day Susan & Jeff had an audience of Susan’s sister and Susan’s brother in law sitting on the bench right across from the hut as well as every single passer-by being super curious about what we were doing.  

We heard lots of funny jokes and congratulations for the couple from those that made their way through our photoshoot.

If can imagine the little gal with the big camera either laying on the board walk in a contored pose, laying in the sand or standing up on a railing or a bench… and then you had Jo Ann holding a huge silver reflector… we’re quite the duo!


Susan’s ring was gorgeous. Little pink diamonds surrounding the large diamond.  Nice job Jeff!! 


I love moments like this…. Big Sigh

We decided to live dangerously!  There’s a big fat fine if you go on the dunes… so run, pose, snap, get off!

Yes, I certainly did lay down on the boardwalk to take this.  I’ll do almost anything to get a cool shot.

It took a little convicing to get Susan to do this shot.  Her brother in law did the jump shot with Jeff first and then Susan agreed to do it.  I think it’s so cute!


Another big sigh moment:


I stood up on the bench and loomed over them for this moment… 

 We were all packed up and ready to go when Susan’s brother in law pointed out the full moon over the ocean.  Of course I had to take the camera out and make them take one more shot with the moon in the distance.

I had a good time getting a workout running around in the sand with Susan & Jeff and Susan’s sister Heidi and brother in law Jim. 

Susan & Jeff were great to work with and patient with me and all of my poses and ideas.  Thanks to Jo Ann for being a great assistant…your arms get really tired when you have to hold that reflector up forever as I snap, snap, snap!  And thanks to Beth for asking me to do this session for your lovely daughter and future son in law!! 

Best Wishes Susan & Jeff! 


Coming Soon: Susan & Jeff @ Spring Lake Beach August 19, 2008

I will try not to make you all wait too long!


Texturizing…Love It June 18, 2008

Tonight I was in a texture mood…so I found a few of Erin & Noel’s wedding that I wanted to try them out on.

Later on I discovered that I have I have many photos of my own that are actually perfect textures (especially the macros I’ve done recently!) Once I discovered that I had a number of great textures right under my nose I went on a hunt for photos to texturize and work on the next 2 versions:

I think people will either LOVE or HATE this one:

2 nights ago Heather at One Shot Beyond Photography was having her texture challenge so I submitted this photo with her texture to be featured on her site. Hopefully others will participate in the challenge in the up coming weeks!

These are my submissions for next week’s texture challenge: