Jen Rinaldi Photography

Capturing Life's Fleeting Moments…

The Sweetest Expressions | New Jersey Portrait Photographer July 2, 2009

Isn’t she the sweetest little gal with the cutest expressions??

I couldn’t get enough of her!

I didn’t direct her at all…she came up with all her own poses and expressions! 🙂

Blowing Kisses to you all!

 

Texture Gives It a Different Feel | New Jersey Landscape Photographer June 28, 2009

Most of you probably know how much I love texture…

With that being said I couldn’t resist trying texture on these two photos from the Red Mill series.  I think it adds a whole other dimension to the photos.

 

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!!”

*ALL PHOTOS CAN BE CLICKED ON TO VIEW LARGER*

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!*

 

Michelle & JR ~ Married! June 9, 2009

Michelle and I have known each other since we were in grammar school and after about 28 years we’re still great friends.  When she told me she was getting married and wanted me to be her photographer for the wedding I was truly honored!  We made the trip to Myrtle Beach early in the morning on the day of the wedding and I spent the entire day documenting her wedding day from hair & make up until everyone left with the exception of a few of her and JR’s close friends.

I love so many of the photos so it was very hard for me to narrow down what to post on the blog.  I decided to show snippets of the day starting with “getting ready” below:

All of the “details” Michelle chose were beautiful!

I have ALWAYS wanted to try the photo below and Michelle & JR’s wedding gave me the perfect venue to try it.  They had their ceremony and reception at a restaurant called “The Library” and it was filled with books for me to choose from to give this a whirl.  I love the result!

Before the ceremony I had the opportunity to photograph bridal portraits for Michelle and I’m so glad we had the opportunity!

I loved that I got to catch her heading to the reception up the busy Myrtle Beach street.  The series of photos is so fun.  As Michelle gets closer to the restaurant you see the guys working on the right stop and turn…I guess they never expected to see a bride walking down the street past them while they were working.

The ceremony was so special.  Michelle & JR wrote their own vows and JR’s father officiated the ceremony!!

I figured a texture with “writing” was appropriate for at least one photo since they wedding was at “The Library.” 🙂

Gorgeous!!

Their first dance was a-m-a-z-i-n-g! The went for dance lesssons prior to the wedding and didn’t tell anyone in their family so it would be a huge surprise.  The dance was such a hit!!

The spin on their wedding “cake” was so unique!  They decided on cupcakes matching the wedding theme color – pink!

Dangerous on the dance floor!

A tender moment as the night wound down…

…And here is the group that ended the night closing the place down after our own mini dance party!

We had such a great time!

And last but not least…the Photographer & her fantastic assistant!

🙂 Thank you so much Chris – you were amazing to work with!  🙂

 

A Forest Hymn May 28, 2009

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

*Click to view larger and catch a glimpse of all of the details*

 

Dina + Alex = Married! April 23, 2009

Spring Lake, New Jersey – The Mill:

You recently saw the SNEAK PEEK of Dina & Alex’s wedding and after working on the photos for the past few weeks I finished last night!

I was so excited to share the photos today and hear their thoughts.

I really enjoyed spending the day with Dina and Alex with the help of my lovely friend and assistant for the day – Guitree (Thanks G!!).

*PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE Click on the photos to view them larger*

We started the day at the salon:

Then we went back to the hotel so Dina could get her make-up done and get dressed.

I couldn’t decide which I loved most for the RING shots.

I think my favorite is the one featured below but I wanted to share the others too:

ALTERNATE RING SHOT 1

ALTERNATE RING SHOT 2

Alex was a great sport about posing for his “getting ready” shots.

I always love the “detail” shots so you can remember every special thing about the day!

Dina’s sister, Ilene, helping Dina get ready for the big moment!

Alex patiently waits for Dina to be ready…

A lil sun flare as we headed off to the Spring Lake Beach.

Dina and Alex’s dog Keena is an important part of their life and Alex’s and brother in law made it possible to include Keena in a few photos of their special day.

She was so well-behaved and had so many different expressions in the photos I took of her that it made me smile and think about my own buddy, Lucas, and how important he is to me.

I love this moment with “the family.”

I loved how the wind was blowing the veil.

HOT! HOT! HOT!

D-E-B-O-N-A-I-R!

I can’t get enough of this moment!

Look at how he’s looking at her!

We arrived at The Mill…

The ceremony…

I took a chance here getting a silhouette with the wide angle lens.  It turned out how I had hoped!

You can’t beat the sun flaring through the huge windows behind them making this photo possible!

A few quiet moments before we headed into the reception.

Check out the cake topper!  Keena!

First Dance goodness.

Sweeter than sugar!

And the lovely friend who put Dina and I together, Ilene, my sorority sister from my days at Rider University.

Thanks Ilene for connecting us!

A beautiful end to a beautiful night!