I’m taking a Children’s Photography class and they have workshops were the whole class gets to photograph children in different age groups and the proud parents get tons of FREE photos!!! We need Models!! If you want to update your collection of photos of your cute munchkins, email me firstname.lastname@example.org. Take advantage of this awesome opportunity while spaces are still open! I’m signing Jack Jordan up too!
Here is the calendar of events so check the age group of your child and shooting date to see if you’re available:
Thursday, October 6
Babies: Newborn-1yr. **Parents of newborns; if you are uncomfortable have the whole class photograph your baby the instructor (who is also a professional photographer) would be happy to be the only one shooting, while everyone else takes notes of how to interact with a newborn
Thursday, October 13
Thursday, October 20
Thursday, October 27
Siblings: any Amount & any Age
Thursday, November 3
Teens: Perfect for Graduations
***All Parents or Legal Guardians must accompany their child during the whole photo shoot, including the Teenagers. Parents must provide their Drivers license for identification and sign a liability form.
So it’s been a while since my last post but lots has happened…
First, I turned in my first homework assignment and here are the photos that I submitted for a good and bad photo of a child (of course I used my child). My lovely aunt Diane took this cute photo of my baby boy for his 1st Birthday. The second is still a favorite of my goofy son, even though the quality of the photo sucks.
Last Friday I went under the knife (or I should say the "Laser beam") for my lasik eye procedure. The experience was a little different from what I expected and heard. Everyone raves about how fast it is and how fast they heel, but my experience was different. The procedure was pain free just uncomfortable because the clamps that they put on my eyes to keep them open were pinching my skin. It felt as if my eyes were going to pop out of my head from the amount of pressure being pressed on my poor little eyeballs. They laid me on one chair to peel back my cornea with a laser beam, by the way smelled horrible and totally freaked me out! Then they sat me down without telling me whether I was done, so I thought ok that was quick. Little did I know they were not done… they laid me on a second chair while the doc was scolding me to stair at the light without moving my eyes.
Pain Free, Very Uncomfortable, and Sorta Quick. I was dizzy when I left, but when I got home my eyes burned as if they had a million paper cuts! I wanted to rub them but couldn’t. I had to deal with that pain for about an hour or so, oh and by the way they tell me to keep my eyes shut for 5 hours and NOT fall asleep!! How the heck am I supposed to do that! Thankfully my husband is awesome and put on some stand up comedy shows so I could listen and feel included. It felt so weird to be blind for a day and it makes me so grateful that I have my vision. Also thanks to my wonderful sister n law Chels who gave me my eye drops every hour on the hour, and led me to the bathroom without killing myself!
Day 2 was better, doc said my vision is 20/20!! It’s weird even though I can see clear, it’s still cloudy! Can’t touch my eyes for 2 weeks, they are freakishly Red, no water in them, no makeup, no nothing! So that sucks but I have my next checkup on wed. So we’ll see what they say.
My doggon batteries died to my new camera already and I didn’t get to practice much, so now I have to wait a few weeks until I get my charger from Germany. Ugh…Great!
I saw her bringing out tons of equipment and my mind was going
crazy wondering which items were going home with me? She excitedly told me about
the tripod, the big reflectors, the external flash, the light meter, and last
but not least a professional (or what I like to call a “fancy”)Camera! When she
said “I am giving all this to you since I don’t use it anymore”, I almost peed
my pants. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU Aunt April, you just HOOKED ME UP! I have no clue how to use the camera and I’m not going to lie it’s pretty
intimidating. The camera is big, heavy, & bulky, so I named him Monstro! (it
reminds me of the whale from Pinochio, don’t ask me why, it just came to me
lol). Now that I know that I have all the equipment to get this party started
I’m ready to finish my classes and Go Pro!!
When I woke up this morning the only thing on my mind
was to get to the camera store to buy batteries so I can play with my new toy. But I had to
slow my roll because I had a class first. Today was my first day in my wedding
photography class. I think that I’m in love with all of my instructor’s lol.
Not really but I’m just in awe of their work and how passionate they are about
it! It’s awesome to know that most of the instructors started out as students at
this school and they all have full blown photography businesses and teaching
their techniques is their second job. It’s so cool to see how they so openly
share all of their shooting secrets.
I feel like I have learned so much already. I have 2 homework
assignments already. First is for my children photography class to bring in 2
photos of a child; good & bad quality. I will post up with ones I submitted
and let you know the feedback from the teacher. The second assignment is for my
wedding class; take a photo of someone standing, walking, and running towards me
in the middle of the street. So now I have to start begging for one of my Jackz
to be my model…
“Raise your hands if you don’t know who Antwon Adams or Peter Lik is?” My hand slowly goes up, hoping that I’m not the only one. Yup, I was 1 of the 3 people that didn’t know of these famous photographers, out of 50 classmates. “I don’t know who they are but I will go home and look them up”. I was also one of the few people who didn’t own a “fancy” camera. She asked everyone in the class what type of camera they all have and it was split between Nikon and Canon. This doesn’t help me decide which one I want to buy, but I’m still leaning towards Canon. The instructor seems like a really funny down to earth lady. She went over the syllabus and I’m so excited for the assignments we have in store. One of our assignments is to go outside and find the alphabet and take a photo for each letter (for ex. If you find a crack in the cement that looks like a letter, take a photo). She hasn’t even assigned it yet and I feel like such a nerd because I’ve already started looking for things in the streets. I took my lil man to the park this evening and my eyes were wondering the whole time searching for letters. When I got home I looked up Peter Lik and he’s an awesome landscape photographer. I was totally captivated by his work, which is weird because I never had an interest in landscape photography. I haven’t been able to find Antwon Adams online so I probably have the spelling wrong. My next classes will be Photoshop, Wedding, & Children Photography.
Tomorrow Jack & I have an eye consultation at Laser Eye Center. I’ve been waiting to get this procedure done since I was 15 years old, I hope they have mastered it by now and nothing goes wrong when it’s my turn...
Last night I went to orientation with my Madre (for moral support lol! Jk, she attended the school last semester so she showed me around campus). I was super excited to hear about all the neat things the school offers. They offer tons of classes that touch on all types of photography (ex. Wedding, Children, Dark Room) & video editing. They also teach the business side; how to price & market yourself. There are tons of field trips and seminars and you have full access to the lab and printing area. I was surprised to see so many people in orientation and the wide range of ages and mixed ethnicities, I felt like a little ant in an ant farm. Hearing people talk about the types of cameras they had, how long they've been photographing, & the schools they attended before; left me feeling pretty intimidated. What was I going to say when they asked me, "I don't have a "fancy" camera yet, I have no idea what I am doing, lol I’m starting from scratch." The Director made me feel better when he said that it doesn’t matter how experienced you are, we are all here for the same reason- to Learn. He said that people come from all over the world to attend this school; the furthest someone came was from New Orleans.
Today is my first day of school! I woke up bright and early feeling well rested. I took a nice hot shower, had a bowl of cereal, and tried to get my son out of bed. He didn’t want to wake up, he said "I wanna take a nap" while laying back down in bed. He stumbled to the bathtub and the moment his little body hit the warm water he came back to life. He looked at me all bright eyed & bushy tailed saying in his cheerful voice, "Good morning Mommy!" This kid cracks me up.
He is only 2 1/2 yrs. old and he already learned how to play Uno with us. He is growing too fast!
After dropping my lil man off at daycare, there was tons of traffic that made me late to my first classL. I still needed to go to the office first to get my id card and that wasn’t ready yet. When I finally made it to my first class, they were going through orientation (the same hour and a half orientation I went to last night). Ugh! So I rushed for nothing and now I’m spending the first part of my class in the Lab where luckily I can use the computer. I’m sitting in this dark room full of fancy computers, looking around at other people editing their photos. I just want to be at their level already. I want to Edit! (Crazy voice) or at least know how to. I feel like a dry sponge ready to soak up all this information. Here I go off to class…
I'M JANELLE MARINA
Wife, Mama Shark, + Photographer.
Most days, you'll find me in mismatched socks and a top knot, working behind my computer with a smile on my face, listening to Zac Brown Band and R&B
--or, dancing in the kitchen with my 3 littles and hunka husband, seeing who could come up with the coolest dance moves. I'm a wedding photographer, West Elm lover, aspiring advocate for our buddies with special needs, and a Certified Dreamer since 1986. We live in a cozy city in Southern California and are always up for a good adventure. I enjoy telling stories with my camera, grubbing on spicy food, and solving the latest Dateline case.