Jen Rinaldi Photography

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NYCityscapes July 29, 2009

Mike Palmer was in NYC this week so I made the trip to meet up with him for our very own photo walk around the city.  We intended to take a class at B&H Photo but when we got there we decided to “ditch class” (Shssssh!  Don’t tell Mom I skipped school!) and instead we shop around B&H.  I had to control myself from walking out with a new lens and instead settled for a very small purchase of an SD card holder.  🙂

We did a lot of sightseeing, stopped in Times Square and had lunch at Hard Rock, then headed over to the International Center for Photography for the Avedon Fashion Photography exhibit (amazing work!).  We ended the day wandering around Central Park.  Despite the sweltering heat I had a great time!!  Thanks Mike!

I edited all of the photos from today but I’m going to break up the posts throughout the week while I’m busy moving out, moving in and unpacking.  After tomorrow I won’t have internet until Saturday (if I even have my computer set up by then!)  Then Monday I’m off to NC so I’ll be pre-setting up some blog posts of our visit to NYC so stop back for more!

And a good ‘ol cell phone pic!  (Just ignore my sweaty red face…it felt like it was 110 degrees!!)


New Seamless Paper Tests January 16, 2009

I had a session for head shots for a friend from grammar school (more to come on that) and I purchased seamless paper to use for the session from BH PHOTO (my favorite camera shop around!)

I had never used seamless paper before so I called my bud Mike Palmer and he walked me through tips and tricks for lighting the set up.  I’m always very grateful for Mike’s advice and expertise…He’s like my Photography Yoda…like the Jedi Master of Photography! and I  I feel that without my friends in the virtual photography I would be left lost sometimes and I appreciate the guidance.

Below is a photo of me talking to Julie Lawson on the phone and she was telling me about her experiences with her new seamless paper while I did a test shot.  We also were discussing some of the D90’s new features that I wanted to go over.  Having people with similar kits really helps as well because you can help each other learn.  And as Julie knows…I don’t like reading the manual..I’m more of a “learn by trying girl!” LOL!  I know it’s not always right but that’s just me.  Maybe I’ll grow out of that if I can more time in the day to read the manuals.  For now Julie reading and then passing the good stuff on to me!

This photo on the phone is the truest representation to what the new gray seamless paper looks like.  It’s Savage Background Paper 53″x12YD #12 (Studio Gray) if you’re interested.  Mike suggested to go with something basic for the head shots such as a blue or gray so this is what I chose.

This is the next technique that Mike schooled me on.  The gray background can turn almost white with just a simple SB800 pointed at the background at shoulder height.  I stood it on a mini step stool connected to the flash stand right behind the stool to get it too look like this. There is a big of gray still showing in the corners but I learned that can easily be fixed with doing a curves adjustment and setting my black and white points. THANKS AGAIN MIKE!

Besides needing to touch up my gray hair I think these test shots turned out pretty darn good if I do say so myself!  Soon I will share the head shot session with you all once I do some basic editing.

Thank you to all of my photography friends and mentors who helped make my shoot a success (and help to make me feel confident everyday with the work I do)!


It’s a Boy! Meet “Nik9” January 7, 2009

The “brown stork” (aka the UPS man) delivered “Nik 9” approximately12:00 pm Tuesday at my office.  I purchased it from my one and only favorite camera super store B&H Photo in NYC.

I have been contemplating getting a 2nd camera body for months so that I can take on more jobs in 2009 that I was afraid to tackle without a back up camera.  After thinking and thinking I finally went for it this Sunday!  Not only did a I go for it…the Nikon D90 purchase was the VERY FIRST purchase with the money I’ve made from all of my jobs in 2008!!  I couldn’t spend a cent until I really wanted something and this was it!

I went for the Nikon D90 because of the upgrade to the features of my Nikon D80 aka “The Gun.”  I thought about a D200 or D300 but with the added weight of those larger camera bodies I felt my wrist wouldn’t be able to handle the added stress.  I knew this from experience after using my sister’s D300 for a wedding I did last year.

*While your at it (after you check out the pics below) why don’t you stop over and congratulate Julie on her new arrival “Nak 9.”

As soon as “Nik9” arrived I took his photo with my cell phone as soon as I got it out of the box:

Lucas was my very first model…isn’t he the handsomest model around?

He got a little tired of posing at the end and let me know it… 🙂

Before I was done playing with the new toy I tried the video feature on the D90 which I think will come in handy to make quick videos of set-ups or fun moments at video shoots! 🙂

If you’re looking for great camera goods, accessories and every electronic you can think of – order from B&H Photo by using either of the links in my right side bar- you won’t be sorry you with them!  Their service is better than no other!


15 Favorites of the “G Family” October 15, 2008

Last night I was able to finish the “G Family” session at the Wrigthstown Farm in Morristown, NJ.

Mom “J” and I went to college together and were in the same pledge class for our sorority.  I had some great times with “J” back in my college days including a scary drive to a not-so-nice part of Pennsylvania to see Tori Amos in concert.  Despite the scariness I always remember the trip as a good time…along with a million other parties, late nights, and many great memories we had.

I’m so happy she has such a wonderful family — lil “T” is adorable!  You just melt when you see his big blue eyes.

Even though our session started off with lots of rain, a farm that wasn’t the best locale for the shoot, and baby “T’ not feeling well – we managed to be blessed with the sky opening up to a beautiful blue, finding a 2nd farm with an amazing pumpkin patch perfect for the shoot and lil “T” was a real tropper through it all!  We got some really great fun shots.

J & J – I hope you had a great time and love the photos!

I’m looking forward to photographing lil “T’s” 1st birthday party in January!

1. This has to make you smile!  🙂

2. Tired some texture to change it up a bit

3.  This one makes me smile from ear to ear…


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9. Precious *sigh*



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Now… Then..


Coming Soon…The G Family October 5, 2008

Just a little teaser from my day with the “G Family” today…

Details to come about our day…along with more photos!


We Interrupt This Photographer’s Life… October 1, 2008

My right forearm has been in a bit pain the past couple weeks. I can only imagine it being due to too much time on the computer at work, home, and holding my lovely camera for too many hours in row. 

Last night, instead of finishing the session I’m almost done with, I decided to take a break, bandage my arm, and park myself on the couch in front of the TV to give my arm a rest.  The editing frenzy I’ve been in for the past 2 weeks really needs a short hiatus.  Lots more jobs coming soon so I need to get better!

I have it bandanged tightly and I’m trying to teach myself how to use the mouse with my left hand (this is the time in my life that I wish I was ambidextrous!) and I’m trying to type with one hand when I can.  Anything to lay off the arm moving. 

I guess rather than calling it ‘Tennis Elbow’ you can call it ‘Photographer’s Forearm.’ 😀


For now I will leave you with these cute close ups…hopefully to make you all smile!!



The Golden Hour September 24, 2008

The golden hour

The pink hue warms the sky

The golden sun slowly makes it’s way to the horizon

It falls so quickly

I’m left saddened about it’s disappearance before my eyes…leaving me in darkness

But I smile…reminding myself that this is not the end of the light

Tomorrow brings a new day and another sunrise