Jen Rinaldi Photography

Capturing Life's Fleeting Moments…

Summer Has Arrived! | New Jersey Landscape Photographer July 3, 2009

Summer Has Arrived!


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.


Picnic’in Fun at The Red Mill in Clinton, NJ June 16, 2009

Yesterday we took a ride the Red Mill in Clinton, NJ armed with a cooler filled with yummy submarine sandwiches and snacks.  We arrived in Clinton and parked at the Red Mill and walked over the bridge to the side of the waterfall that faced the Mill and set down our cooler and got comfortable.

We ate our lunch enjoying the view of the Mill and the waterfall.

Luckily we were done with our lunch when Chris discovered that we had a lunch visitor sitting directly next to our cooler and US!!  Eeeeeewwwwww!

I did NOT take my time getting up and out of there…but I did go back for a photo!  Ha!

I have been wanting to visit the Mill for about a year and finally had the opportunity.

The ca. 1810 Red Mill was originally built as a woolen mill. Over the next 100 years, the Mill was used at different times to process grains, plaster, talc and graphite. The Mill was also used to produce peach baskets, as well as to generate electricity and pump water for the town.

After we ate I got some photography time in and was able to capture photos of the Mill (after waiting ten minutes for “MR JOHN” to get out of all of my shots! lol!).

It started out as a beautiful sunny day…perfect for a picnic but of course as soon as I was set up with the camera and tripod it started to rain a little. We devised a way to still be able to get my shots:  I carry a black trash bag in my camera bag and we placed it over me and the camera like a mini-tent.  Despite some shots with rain drops in them because the lens got a little wet I took some photos that I was pleased with.  🙂

After photos the drizzling rain stopped, we packed up my gear, and took a walk down the cute little main street of the town and Chris enjoyed an ice cream while I enjoyed an Italian ice.  🙂

The ice cream store was the most charming little place ever —> JJ Scoops!

We had such a wonderful day!!  🙂


New Bern, North Carolina January 13, 2009

North Carolina was beauti-ous this past Saturday.  You can’t beat enjoying temperatures in the mid 60’s while the rest of your friends and family are home in New Jersey shoveling snow!

I had a chance to visit the town of New Bern where half of my family moved away to over the last couple years.  The town is so quaint and charming.  The store fronts are so sweet and there are so many cute cafes, coffee shops and restaurants.

New Bern from afar:

It seemed as if everyone was out enjoying the weather, walking their dogs along the pathway that runs next to the water, or out enjoying their boats.  I spent a lot of time, in good company, at the waterfront near the edge of town and might I say what a perfect cloud day it was (if you know me – you know I love a good “cloud day”)!  It was a great to be outdoors on a beautiful day while trying to get acquainted with my new D90.  Feels the same as the D80 but I have to really get used to the new features (and if you know me you’ll also know that I don’t like to read the manual!)

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New Bern is very proud of his history.  They have markers all over the town educating you on it’s past which was interesting to see.

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I’m trying so hard to be better about enjoying the moments I experience with my eyes first and then with my camera in front of my eye.  I am trying to slow down and not take so many photos and trying to look at a scene and really see what would make a great photo (in my opinion) rather than take many shots to see what I have come up with later.  It’s a hard habit to break but I’m trying!

Oh my goodness…just look at those clouds!  What a sky!

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Wish You Were Here… December 29, 2008


After Heather & I did portraits at the beach we enjoyed the sunset by the pier…wish I was still there…

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Our Wanderings To Guide September 9, 2008

All in the golden afternoon
Full leisurely we glide;
For both our oars, with little skill,
By little arms are plied,
While little hands make vain pretense
Our wanderings to guide.
–Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson]”

“Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need – a homely home and simple pleasures, one or two friends, worth the name, someone to love and someone to love you, a cat, a dog, and a pipe or two, enough to eat and enough to wear, and a little more than enough to drink; for thirst is a dangerous thing.” — Jerome K. Jerome

“I keep sailing on in this middle passage. I am sailing into the wind and the dark. But I am doing my best to keep my boat steady and my sails full.— Arthur Ashe

“The sea, the great unifier, is man’s only hope. Now, as never before, the old phrase has a literal meaning: we are all in the same boat.Jacques Yves Cousteau


More fun at A * DOCK May 26, 2008

Saturday night I headed back down to “A Dock” to hang out with Tara & Adam, Adam’s brother & fiancé and a handful of the their friends.

They bought me special pink wine coolers – LOL! I felt so special *giggle.*

It was a beautiful day weather-wise and when it gets cold at night on the water we break out the blankets and this time Adam broke out a mini heather for me & Tara’s feet….. *Awwww so sweet!*

I love how Tara’s eyes look in this photo – shot with the Nikon 50mm

Adam entertained us by playing some songs on the guitar.

I swear I only had 1 wine cooler! LOL!

We got pizza delivered right to us at the dock. Adam said it makes him feel special that they bring it right to you there! LOL

I had a great time and will hopefully be back here again very soon!