Jen Rinaldi Photography

Capturing Life's Fleeting Moments…

Love Is Just a Word Until Someone Comes Along and Gives it Meaning April 14, 2009

I met with Katy & Geoff back in March for a Couples Lifestyle Portrait Session.

Katy and I work for the same company and the portrait session was a surprise for Geoff for his birthday although he admitted that he figured out what Katy was up to on the way to park. 🙂

We met at Duke Island Park and although it was a chilly, overcast, March day you wouldn’t know it by looking at the photos of Katy & Geoff.  As cliché as it sounds they warmed up the park with their love for each other and it made me so happy for them.  I’m jealous…I want a session like this done for me!  They were so easy to direct for this session and I hardly had to tell them what to do!

I picked my top 20 photos from the session.  It’s a set of photos I’m really, really proud of (not that I’m not proud of all of my work!!).  The editing of this session really flowed for me and I love the processing I went with on some many of them.

I’d love to hear your thoughts!

*Please do me a favor and click on each photo to view the photos larger (especially on the textured/treated photos to see the detail work)*






















Sneak Peek – K & G March 22, 2009

I can’t wait to share more of K&G’s session!

Their love really shined in the 2 hours I spent with them last weekend…


The Seasons Come Full Turn and Pass November 16, 2008

“Leaves drift softly earthward toward the grass
Spring and summer blend from green to gold
And so the seasons come full turn and pass
Day follows day and each of us grows old.

Somewhere there is a bright new shining day
And as these seasons pace and turn
We will live in joy complete and never say
That for younger days our hearts still yearn.”
–   Corby Magnuson, The Measure of Leaves

I have such a fond appreciation for nature ever since I became very serious about my photography passion and I see things with such open eyes now.  I don’t know how I was viewing the world before but I know I wasn’t seeing it the way I do now.

During my lunch break on this beautiful day in October I laid on the grass under the trees and stared up at the most gorgeous colors against the bluest sky.

I stared up at the trees thinking about my life; soaking in all of the colors of fall in peace without a care in the world.

I kept the camera pointed towards the sky praying the wind would shake the leaves loose so that I could capture them floating down above me in mid flight…but my attempts were futile.  They’d blow the wrong way or they’d fall so fast that I wasn’t ready with the camera.

Despite not fully achieving the vision I had hoped for I still got to enjoy the beautiful view and lay there contemplating life for a while before heading back to work.

Taken with the Tokina 12-24 (wide angle is awesome):

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Autumn Mosaic With a Twist “ala Mike” November 14, 2008

First let me start this post by honoring my great friend Heather (from One Shot Beyond Photography)’s very special day.


I hope it’s a great day for you!!

You deserve it!


Mike ( and I were discussing my “Autumn Mosaic” post from yesterday and he gave me a suggestion on how I could have taken the photo differently.

I sent him the photo to see how he might have cropped it differently (to show me what he meant) and besides the suggestion he gave…he came up with this creation below.  I thought it looked awesome and I wanted to share it.

It’s our first “Jen & Mike” Collaboration and Mike even titled it! LOL!  🙂  I love how the shadows of the trees join together and that little bit of blue sky!

Thanks Mike!


Autumn Mosaic November 13, 2008

“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting
and autumn a mosaic of them all.”
–   Stanley Horowitz


In the Mood For Fall October 16, 2008

Everyone’s lovely fall photos really got me in the mood to capture some color so I want to the park today at lunch to find some!

I found some really great color and I’ll be editing a few shots here and there in between my portrait jobs to include on the blog.

Here are 2 from today that I particularly loved.

This shot was taken with the 18-200VR:

This shot was taken with the Tokina 12-24 Wide Angle