KEELEY + RYAN
It's always such an honor when you get to work alongside friends! I had so much photographing Keeley and Ryan's wedding at the beautiful San Diego Botanic Gardens, as a second for Pauline Conway Photography. If you love the lush greens and colorful flowers, this might just be your dream venue! It's definitely worth checking out! Here are some of my favorites from this super sweet and gorgeous couple!!!
Main Photographer | Pauline Conway Photography
Second Photographer | Janelle Marina Photography
I met Maggie and her beautiful family 5 years ago, when our boys were in preschool together! Her son's name is Max too! Funny thing is we had finally picked our Maxx's name about a month before Jack had started preschool. So he was super excited that his baby brother was going to have the same name as his new best friend! He actually wanted me to name him Maxx Luke, after his second best friend, of course! Haha!
It was so nice catching up with Maggie and her sweet family the other weekend! They are always so welcoming! The sun was hiding when we arrived to Laguna Beach, but it was still soft and gorgeous! The beach just gives me such a peaceful feeling! Get ready for some cuteness overload between Max and his little sister Chloe.
Instagram brings so many cool people into your lives! Jennifer is definitely one of them! I'm not even sure how she stumbled across my page, but I know it's been a 5 year insta-friendship!
I was so excited when she booked her session with me, I would finally get to put a voice to the face!!! She was just as sweet in person as she is online! And oh my goodness, that little daughter of hers is the perfect little princess! You'll see what I mean below!
Jennifer and Sergio have such a beautiful bond together; the love, adoration, and respect are strong. I am so honored that I was able to capture the joy of your family! Thank you sooo much for letting me be apart of it! You guys are awesome! And thank you Jennifer for the continued luv and support! xo!
Here are some of my favorites...
That's right, I said SMILE! Sounds easy, but you'd be surprised how difficult it is when hundreds of eyes are staring up at you on the altar! People tend to get tense and try holding in all emotions so they don't burst! But when we hold in a smile, laugh, or even happy tears we tend to make toad faces! Yes. A Toad that looks like he's holding in a burp or fart. Either way, its bad! And are those really the photos that you want to frame on your wall, show off to your friends and family, or hand down to your future kids. Didn't think so.
So instead of trying to hold in your emotions, let them run free! Be in the moment! This is your doggone wedding day, you're about to marry the most amazing person that you've ever met! Let your excitement show! If you feel the urge to smile, laugh, or cry - DO IT! The only way you can ugly cry is when we're trying to hold it in! We make this tight frown and it turns into a stank face with tears. Not cute!
So stare into your grooms eyes... and just SMILE. It can be as big or as soft and sweet as you feel. And just know that if you happen to shed a few tears, you definitely wont be alone. Tears are contagious.
This doesn't just go for when you're up at the altar, it pretty much goes for the whole day! Hey you hired a photographer to follow you around all day, you better like the way you look in those photos, am I right! So remember to feel the moments. When you're getting your gown on and your mama is zipping you up. Your dad walking you down the aisle and hands you off to the new leading man in your life. When you are staring into each others eyes, exchanging vows at the altar. After they pronounce you as husband and wife for the first time and you guys head back down the aisle hand in hand! For your grand entrance and the first dance. During the toasts and the cake cutting. Simply smile.
Ps. If you're a cryer, like me, then load your maid of honor or best man with plenty of tissue.
If you found this helpful then come back next Tuesday for more Tips and Tricks to make the most out of your wedding experience :)
Do you know what this week is!?! It's our 7 year Anniversary! No... not my wedding anniversary (that's old news), but my PHOTOGRAPHY ANNIVERSARY! Can you believe it's been a whopping seven years since I've started this journey!!! Holy Cow, Right! I definitely have that 7 YEAR ITCH to CELEBRATE... and I mean in a BIG WAY!!! With a...
WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY GIVEAWAY!!!
Yes Ma'am! You read that right! I want to give one awesome couple the gift of having their wedding day captured by me at NO CHARGE! This giveaway is open to everyone -from local weddings to even destination weddings (however travel fees do apply for weddings beyond 60 miles from 91710).
So let's get to the nitty gritty of what you win...
WEDDING DAY COVERAGE INCLUDES:
8 hours of Coverage
Online Gallery of digital images
High Resolution Files
BUT WAIT THERES MORE... (Total Oxi Clean commercial moment!)
… There will be TWO ADDITIONAL WINNERS!!!
SECOND PLACE WINNER receives:
$1000 OFF of the JM Wedding Collection of your choice!
THIRD PLACE WINNER receives:
$500 OFF of the JM Wedding Collection of your choice!
You get a car... you get a car... EVERYONE gets a car!!! -Oprah
Not really, but man I wish I had it like that!
------------------------------------------ GUIDELINES ----------------------------------------------------
1- You must be getting married in 2019!
2- You are madly in love with your fiancé and ain't afraid to show it!
You're just as excited to plan your beautiful marriage as you are to plan your wedding day!
Your family is EVERTHING!
You appreciate the beautiful details but value the meaningful moments more!
You're down to sneak away for some Romantic sunset photos!
You can't wait to shake a leg on that dance floor!
If this all sounds like you, then your my kinda gal!
3- Unfortunately this contest is not open if you have already booked me to photograph your wedding next year.
I'm sorry, I still luv you, and you'll get some goodies too!
4- You cannot already be contracted with another photographer, homie don't play that!
5- You must fill out the required fields below, as detailed as possible. Don't be afraid to shine!
6- You and your fiancé must follow me on Instagram @Janelle_Marina
(and tag me to your favorite photo of you two!)
7- You understand that travel fees do apply for weddings beyond 60 miles from 91710
8- Good Luck my friends! I'm so excited to meet you and get this party started!!!
Submissions end this Friday September 21st!
The winners will be announced on Monday Sept. 24th :)
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.