Jen Rinaldi Photography

Capturing Life's Fleeting Moments…

Cold Nose…Warm Heart June 25, 2009

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.

~Josh Billings

 

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!

 

Air! June 12, 2009

On May 30th I attended my sister’s agility competition in Freehold, NJ to photograph JoJo & her compete on the course!

My main goal was capturing photos for my sister so she can choose one to blow up on canvas as well as practice my “stop action” technique.

JoJo’s got skillzzzz!  For a lil-legged dog she can really get some air on those jumps!

JoJo & Darlene are a great team!  You can read all about JoJo’s & Darlene’s Agility Journey on their blog: http://ouragilityjourney.wordpress.com/

Click to view the photos LARGE.

 

* Sisters * June 10, 2009

Mother’s Day recently passed and this year we wanted something special for Mom.

I asked my sister to come over my house so we could do a portrait shoot of the two of us so that I could get one blown up into an 11×14 canvas from Canvas on Demand.  I set up the tripod with the 50mm lens on the camera, grabbed the remote shutter release, and we headed out to the backyard for our shoot.

This was the final choice for the canvas and I just adore it!

While we were out there snapping away we decided to do some individual portraits for mom as well.

I printed as 8×10’s and she hung them with the canvas in her house.

Our pups were with us in the yard so we had them join us for individual portraits and a group portrait of the 4 of us!

You can’t get any cuter that these pups!!

 

The City That Never Sleeps & The Girl That Never Sleeps June 2, 2009

From time to time in between the mayhem I’ve been experiencing in my life at the present time – I get 5 minutes to spare to work on photos I haven’t had time to process.  I hate when it takes this long because sometimes I forget about them…and then it gets so far away from when I took them that I just let them go. I’m trying not to do that anymore.

My goal is to leave them in my “unprocessed” drive until I get a chance to work on them even of that takes me 6 months (as these did below).  These photos were taken on 1/2/09 in New York City.  I have a few handfuls of others from that day that I really like but I will have to process a few here and there when I have 5 minutes (or MAKE MYSELF TAKE 5 minutes).

I LOVE LOVE LOVE lifestyle portraiture and you’ve see A LOT of that subject on my blog in the 08 & 09 posts but I equally love work like nature, landscape, architecture, wildlife, and too many other subjects to name.  I wish I had more time for both but to be honest right now I barely have time to sleep let alone process work I haven’t gotten to OR get out and take new photos like these.

I have about 6 portrait/wedding jobs to begin working on or finish working on so time is limited for me right now.  Unfortunately my time is torn at the present for the next few weeks until I close on both homes.  Many of you know the horror of moving…pricing inspectors for the home inspection, fire safety certifications, appraisals, lawyers, realtors, meeting with movers for price estimates, downsizing a larger home to fit into a condo, packing, etc…well….couple that with my photography work, my full time job, dealing with the things that come along with the loss of a loved one (estate, etc), I have little time for me.

I make time where I can but that is usually late at night when I should be sleeping in bed for work the next morning…I guess I’ve learned to do without sleep when necessary and make up for it where I can.  That’s all part of life so you gotta just “keep on trucking.”

I digress from the photos below…but I thought it might be a good idea to explain what I’ve been up to (not as an excuse for not getting the jobs processed as quickly as I promise my customers), but to at least explain where I’m coming from and that I’m doing my best!  🙂

Also, to my fellow bloggers…if I don’t make it to your blog to comment, I always try to get there and catch up!  Thanks for coming by and commenting even when I haven’t been by in a bit!

After all that…here are today’s images:

Sites from the top of the Empire State Building…

You can find pigeons anywhere in NYC…even on top of the Empire State Building.  This lil guy wasn’t phased by me & my lens in his face one bit.

I love how you can just make out the city below in the bokeh.

Hand-held shots with no flash in St. Patrick’s Cathedral…how MAGNIFICENT is his site!

 

Greener Pastures May 25, 2009

“…He makes me down to lie In pastures green: he leadeth me the quiet waters by. My soul he doth restore again: and me to walk doth make Within the paths of righteousness, ev’n for his own name’s sake….” -Scottish Metrical Psalms

This was taken on the roadside in Pollocksville, NC, close to where my father lived.  I was driving home one night and pulled over on the side of the road to capture it.  I left the telephone wires in intentionally, which may not be to everyone’s taste, but I really wanted to keep them in.   I can’t explain why exactly…but maybe it’s because I wanted to remember it how it really was:  Quiet Rural life with luxuries that we all seem to need in the times that we live in?

*Please click to view larger or you won’t see all of the wonderful little 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!