Jen Rinaldi Photography

Capturing Life's Fleeting Moments…

Free 16×24 Canvas Print! July 17, 2008

I’m so excited!  I got my free canvas print from Canvas On Demand of my favorite photo that I have ever taken. It’s my very first canvas that I bought for myself.

The photo was from my very first day bracketing my shots for 3 exposures to try HDR processing.  After my day of testing the process I raced home and  this photo was my 2nd take on processing in Photo Matrix.

You can see the the original by clicking HERE.

I took regular photos of the canvas hanging in my office and I tried to do some detailed close-up shots in case any of you are interested.

Heather was kind enough to share this offer with me a while ago and I finally put the order in.

To get your free canvas go to this link: and register.

When your account is created, we will email you a confirmation and a code for $84 (the cost of a 16×20 Museum Gallery Wrap). You can apply the $84 to any order, any size.

I was going to get the gallery wrap but I realized after I placed the order that the dock was too close to the edge and I didn’t want it wrapping to the side of the canvas so I went with black edges.  All I had to do was pay 15.00 shipping!

I love how it came out and I’ve been staring at it in my office all day!

Let me know if you go for the free canvas!! 🙂


Notable Photographer: JESH DE ROX and Some Great Tunes June 13, 2008

This photographer’s link was shared at the beginning of the year on Jason Moore’s blog and I took a look at this week. I LOVE LOVE LOVE his work with textures! His portraits are fantastic and very moving.

*Most of you know I’m a very big fan of textures and Jesh’s caught my eye.*

The other thing that captivated me was his website. As much as you usally want to get right to the photos I found the beginning piece very charming.

I chose:

Today I feel like…dancing

Today I am most like a….ladybug

Show me something….with passion

My reply was:

Hello dancing ladybug who do you love (thanks for being here)

The other thing I adored was the music he had on the site. I actually ended up writing him an email and telling him how much I liked his work and who were the musical artists? Before I heard back from him with the information I was impatient and googled the lyrics from the 2 female singers and found out who they were. He kindly replied to me and sent me to his blog which had a post about the musical talent.

The one that I loved most was an artist named Amy Seeley who’s song Gravel Lines was featured on his site. Click HERE to check out her Myspace site and listen to her her music. I’ve already downloaded 5 songs from itunes from her!

The 2nd female artist is Dawn Landes who’s song Kissing Song was featured on his site. Click HERE to check out her Myspace site and listen to her music. I also downloaded a few of her songs from itunes as well.

If I love someone’s work I think you should always try to leave them a comment or drop them and email. I think it’s important for other artists to know they are appreciated by their peers. 🙂


Photoshop is Magic for the Skin and the Nikon 50mm 1.4 is Magic for the Eyes June 12, 2008

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…when you’re itching to take portraits but you have no one to pose for you – go ahead take some self portraits! It’s strange but fun at the same time….at least for me! *LOL*

After I took my friend’s baby with the big blues eyes (that came out so sharp and neat looking) I was really dying to take additinoal photos with the Nikon 50mm 1.4 (it’s still a very new lens for me and hasn’t gotten a lot of use yet). So, I went outside in my backyard after work and took some photos of myself (since I’m all I had)! *LOL*

Now, onto my skin…I can tell you that’s how my skin really looks….but if I tell you that…would you believe me? Probably not! But, I wouldn’t believe me either! 🙂 I will say that Photoshop and Noise Ninja are magical for skin!

As for the way my eyes look…I love the results with this lens! The lens is also a magical item! I suggest you all run right out and get yourself one of these tiny little lenses if you are crazy about sharp eyes and crazy depth of field like I am!

I had the tripod above me pointing down for this one

Similar set up here

with a smile 🙂

without a smile 😐

The hazards of self-portraits with a 50mm…you can’t hold your arm far enough away to get your whole head in landscape orientation! LOL

Ok…big smile here

I love half-face shots like this and this was on accident! Lo-o-o-o-o-ve that sparkly depth of field!





10,000 Hits!

Well, it finally happened. The blog hit 10,000 hits!!

The fun part about it is that I actually know who the 10,000 hit was! It was my friend Jo Ann!

I saw that the blog was on the verge of hitting 10,000 and I asked her if she’d seen the new page…she hadn’t seen it so it was perfect!


Hello Again! June 11, 2008

Welcome to This is my first post using this new URL and my revised business name.

My new photography website URL is:

My blog used to be found at but since I changed my business name I got a new custom blog URL.

The look of my blog has changed as I switched to WORDPRESS as my blogging host. All of my content was imported over so you will still be able to view the history of all of my previous blog posts.

Please update your bookmarks, and links to my blog and website on your sites.


Ummmm…Yeah…I Have Too Much Stuff! June 6, 2008

I got my new rolling suitcase for all of my photography equipment today. And shortly after filling the bag to it’s capacity…I realized….I have too much STUFF!

LOOK AT THIS SUITCASE! It’s full! If I buy anything else I will have to start hauling my equipment on a donkey cart (as my pal George from the UK said).

And that’s not the end of the equipment…yes, there is more! It’s taken over the corner of this room. How many backpacks, cases, or bags does one girl need (apparently many!). The backpacks shown are not full but they do serve various purposes (depending up where & what I’m doing) so I have deemed them all necessary.

The tall bags in the back hold my backdrop “stuff” and my lighting/tripod “stuff” (all necessary as well).

Honestly, what you see here is very organized (organized being my middle name and all). I’ve actually helped myself tremendously to bring my traveling circus down to the rolling suitcase and 2 long bags (and a step stool sometimes) so this should make “on-location” photography a bit easier to handle all of the equipment. Thank goodness for “crossover” vehicles!!

I guess I can’t buy anymore equipment unless I find more room for it…“hey wait! didn’t that one bag have a little room left??” *giggles*


Tonight’s 2nd annual The W Girls NYC “LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT” Bachelor/ette Auction June 5, 2008

Tonight (June 5th) I photographed the 2nd annual WGirls NYC “LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT Bachelor/ette Auction previously discussed here.

I worked from home yesterday so I could get more work time in and then I picked Jo Ann at her job. We quickly ate a healthy dinner at Wendy’s *giggle* and made our trek into New York City at rush hour. I don’t recommend this to anyone but it was a necessary evil last night.

The NJ Turnpike wasn’t bad but once we got on Route 287 over by where Jo Ann works is a total nightmare (as usual) but the Route 495 that was a total jam-packed nightmare but we “rode it out” with good conversation and some good “tunes” until we got ourselves into the Lincoln Tunnel.

Once we got out of the tunnel and into NYC we noticed crowds of people standing on the sidewalk pointing up at a skyscraper behind us…we looked around but we had no idea what they were looking. I counted 6 news helicopters circling above us so we decided we needed to find out what was going on. Jo Ann rolled down her window to ask what everyone was looking & pointing at and a woman told us a guy was climbing a skyscraper. Our light turned green and we had to go, go, go. *sad face*

It turns out there was (as my friend Lee told me) a Spiderman was scaling the side of a skyscraper. Spiderman? What was he thinking??? The funny part about this tale is that Lee told me there were actually 2 people to do this in one day on the same building! 2 people??? Again, what are people thinking??

I’ll tell you what I was thinking!!! I was thinking how late we were after we had so carefully timed our trip into the city and this crazy Spiderman better not make any more traffic jams pop up for me!! But photographer in me had the devil on her shoulder thinking…. “hmmm, wouldn’t it be cool for you to pull over and photograph this crazy guy scaling the building??” but then angel on the other shoulder told me “Okay, photo journalist…you best be moving along, sister, and get to the nightclub to do what I promised!” So I did. I drove away from an interesting photo op…yup, I did (not easy for me).

The traffic made us late enough, Nancy (my GPS, mentioned here) had us going a little out of our way down the one way city streets to get to the club, and we still had to find parking in New York City! We let “Nancy” guide us to the door of the club (although she was a bit off in where she told us “we had reached our destination” … darn you Nancy). We figured we’d pass by the club and then find parking.

We were lucky….we found it one block over although it required me to do the tightest parallel park job I ever had to do on the left side of th street. I actually ended up getting a tiny knick on the back bumper of my new “ride” when I backed up just a smidgen too much (I had to take deep breaths and let it go…I had no time to panic about a small knick).

I squeezed my Rogue into the spot between a Mini Cooper and a big truck, got my gear together, locked the car, and just as we were on our way when I noticed that a giant wide-open parking spot opened right ahead of us…. hmmmm…isn’t that always my luck!

We walked one block over and our assignment for the evening started. It took me a few minutes to get my bearings straight. I hadn’t done anything like this before and I needed that 5-10 minutes to get my thoughts together, survey the land (so to speak) and make my plan of action of how I would handle the photography. Of course I hurt my finger on my own speedlight during this 5-10 minutes (don’t ask me how) but since it wasn’t cut or bleeding I was able to avoid a fainting tragedy (uuugh, don’t ask!!) in a dark nightclub filled with tons of people that that I didn’t know. We went to the restrooms and I composed myself (thank god!) and then got to work!

Outside the club some of the W Girls NYC posed for photos:

This is Tara who I know from college (Rider University ). Tara is part of the WGirls and is the person that asked me if I was interested in photographing the event so I took her up on the offer because I thought it sounded like a good experience for me:

I think it went really well considering I never shot in a dark nightclub before. Focusing was the biggest issue since it was so hard to see but I only had to throw out a handful of photos (apologies to those that don’t see their photos but know that I took one of you).

Jo Ann was kind enough to come with me into NYC to lend me a hand (thanks Jo!!).

Jo Ann and I — Yes, I actually handed my camera off to someone else…shocker!

All event photos can be viewed on my website by going to: and clicking on GALLERIES—–>Events or you can CLICK HERE.