Jen Rinaldi Photography

Capturing Life's Fleeting Moments…

Saturday Funnies December 27, 2008

Due to the popularity of Emmy’s rendition of “Low” by Flo-rida…

The following performance was scheduled during my Indiana visit with Julie (photographed by Brianna):


Happy 12th Birthday Dominick September 27, 2008

Tonight was my friend Tiffany’s son, Dominick’s, 12th birthday party.

I honestly can’t believe he is 12 years old.  I remember when he was born and it feels like yesterday.  I guess that happens the older I get…sometimes I just can’t believe how much time has passed.

It’s hard to comprehend the fact that one of my friends has a 12 year old son that I held in my arms as a baby!

I think I’ve been to all of his birthday parties throughout his life…

Dominick stealing a taste of the icing on the cake on (approx) his 4th birthday

Ready to blow out the candles with Mom

His Pirate Treasure Hunt Party on his (approx) 5th birthday

(that’s me in the orange sweater in the back and Dominick with the sword and eye patch on the left)

And tonight’s 12th birthday celebration

(Angel Food Cake with strawberries and homemade icing)

You know I made him do this…haha!

I have a hard time believing he was ever this little (Dominick and I back in 2000)…

…and is now 12 years old (he and I today!)

I made a quick collage to highlight everyone who celebrated Dominick’s birthday with us tonight.

I’ve know Tiffany’s family so long – they’re like a 2nd family to me. 🙂

Click on the collage below to view larger:

Here’s to another great year Dominick!

You’re the best kid around!


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