I cant believe summer is officially over! :( Its crazy to think that this time next year my baby bambino will be walking around! And my big boy will be entering kinder! A change gon come! :) lets close out this summer with a little bubbly! Not the kind u were thinking of! Lol!
Maxx makes the funniest facial expressions like...
"What the heck is goin on!"
"What do we have here..."
"Look mom its a Duck!!!"
"Hello little Ducky!"
Its a bubble party!!!!
Summer time fun in the sun!
"Alone at last! Mmmmmm!"
"Uh-OH she caught me!"
My little cutie!
Baby Maxx 7 months old
Little Jack 4 years old
I never thought that I would have two little scoundrels! These boys are my greatest creation and sometimes I look at them and wonder what did I do to deserve these gifts! (These thoughts run through my mind usually when they're sleeping like little angels!) When they're awake its a different story... Im going crazy running around trying to keep up with Jack while bouncing Maxx on my hip! But I wouldn't change it for anything!!!
Jack's 4 years old
Maxx's 6 months old
Maxx and his infamous tongue!!! haha! he cracks me up!
I know Im a little late... but I just took his 7 month pics and I don't want to post them without showing these first! He was having his tummy time and learning to hold himself up for a longer period of time :) still not sitting yet...
I believe this was a month after his buzz cut :)
Ok so Im gonna try to get through this blog post without crying! Which is hard cuz I've been told that I'm a crybaby!!! Whatever... I own it! I've got a big heart -so what! lol!
Anyway You might recognize this family because I've been their family photographer for the past few years. I don't usually shoot family portraits BUT how could I say no to my best friends! This wasn't just your normal family portrait session it was more of "going away portraits" -they wanted to make sure to get photos of them with both sets of grandparents before they leave to Florida! (That's it here come the tears!)
They announced a couple months back that David got a great job opportunity out there and they were thinking about leaving! Of course we were happy for David but I didn't want to believe that they were leaving again! Right when we had rekindled our friendships! Monique had been one of my best friends since highschool and after she graduated she moved to Texas where David was stationed in the Army. We both realized that we're not so good at long distance friendships haha! We're both not phone people... we'd rather spend time in person! David just got released 3 years ago and now they're leaving us again!!!! :( Wahhhhh!!!!
David and Monique are very rare people... in a good way... they have the warmest personalities and are so kind & generous to all! They are the type of people that would give you their shirts off of their backs! They both have a spark about them that totally lights up the room! Everyone that meets them just loves them! It totally sucks because we've been growing our families together for the past few years... camping trips, train rides, bbq's, charades, date nights, random starbucks drop off on sunday mornings! (yup that did it I'm fully ballin now!) You will be missed sooooooo doggone much! We love you and you guys are our Florida FAMILY now! We'll just have to settle for facetime & once a year visits until you come back to cali! I gotta start planning a road trip! :)
So anyway haha here are the pics!
Check out this little stud!
Such a beautiful loving family!
She saw a new face at her friend's going away party and just had to go introduce herself to this cutie. George was blown away by her beauty and outgoing personality. He got her number from their mutual friend and gained the courage to ask her out! Five joyous years later during a family vacation in Greece George surprised Marisa by popping the question on their private patio overlooking the gorgeous sunset in Santorini. How Romantic!!!
I was so honored to join this amazing couple in Los Angeles for their sweet engagement photos and I'm super excited for their Winter Wonderland wedding this December!
They're too stinkin cute!
Marisa your so gorgeous!!!!
Talk about nice bling blinggg!!!
It was exciting to watch their love unfold in front of my camera...
After shooting at the Light posts we moved over to a cool little spot that just so happened to match her red high heels :) Perfect!
His eyes adore her!
Love when my clients act silly :)
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.