There were only 2 concerts on my bucket list... I know thats pretty sad right! I grew up listening to Journey & The Eagles (from my parentals) so I thought I would know most of their songs! I hate going to concerts & only knowing like 3 doggone songs! Last summer my mom, sis, tia, & I went to Journey concert and it was awesome!! Especially since Foreigner was their opening act!
Early this year I almost peed my pants when I found out that the Eagles were performing in Vegas! We jumped on those tickets as fast as we could! A few months later I came down with the pregnacy flu lol & i hoped that id be better by the concert! When I was prego with my first son I had to miss out on the Phantom of the Opera cuz I was so sick! I only made it to the parking lot :( total bummer! Thank God im not sick anymore so I was able to go. It turned out to be another girl trip cuz my poor boo boo had to work :( it wouldve been even more perfect if he was there!
Let me just say that their voices havent aged a bit! The concert was seriously so AMAZINGGGG!!! And there were only a few songs that I didnt know! Which was good enough for me! For all you Eagles fans out there... theyre performing again in December you should def go see them!!! Its definitely worth the mula!
These next few weeks are going to be crazy... Or should I say cray cray lol I feel so out of the cool lingo loop!
-Weve got our maternity photo shoot with my friend Abbey who is an amazing photographer! We started shooting at the same time & clicked instantly! I luv her & Im so excited to get shot by her!
-Thanksgiving dinner! Its usually an all day pig out feast in our pjs with my immediate family but this year my in laws are joining us, which will be fun. But now we actually have to get dressed for the day! :(
-Ive got my last wedding of the season with the awesome Jennifer & Steve -click Here to see their engagement session! They booked me a long time ago & Im so happy to be wrapping up my wedding season with their wedding! Theyre not only clients but also our friends, so I know this wedding is going to be a blast!
-And before i go on maternity leave Ive got a family session with my contest winners "the Barkers"! They may look familiar to you because I shot their gorgeous wedding back in September! They are such sweet people so I know we are gonna have a great session!
- cant forget about my Lil mans 4th birthday!! I cant believe my baby boy is already gonna be the big 4!!! He is so ready to pass his baby throne down to his new lil bro coming in feb. Hes already reminding me that he's not a baby anymore! He doesnt realize that he will forever be my baby! Not having a party for him this year, just gonna make him his favorite meal & dessert (which happens to be the only dish Im good at) SPAGHETTI & BROWNIES with our immediate families!
-Then finally our baby shower! I decided to try to save some money by making all the decorations & see how creative i can get but i think i bit off more than I can chew! I didnt realize how much time it takes to make these tiny Lil details! I shouldve started months ago but im a procrastinator & i thought i work well under pressure... Ill let you know how that all goes down! Ive been taking before & after photos along the way so I can share them with you :)
So Holy moly! Hold on to my belly cuz these months are gonna be a bumpy ride! And I didnt even include my dad, mine, & jacks bday! Oh yeah n Christmas!
But before all this madness begins Im going to "take it easy" at the EAGLES concert! (pun totally intended!) I get to check this off of my bucket list! Im super stoked!!!! Im just hoping they have seats cuz my prego butt cant stand for too long... I feel like my inside are gonna fall out! Gross maybe a Lil too much info for the readers lol owell! Im a gross gal! :) Anyway I hope you all have a wonderful safe weekend!
Ill leave you with a few snapshots of this weeks cravings! PICKLES!!!! And BOMB Cupcakes from My Delight Cupcakery in Ontario! They are seriously the BEST Ive ever had!!! If you want fresh, real ingredients, moist cupcakes this is your place! Trust me... BOMBDEEZY!!!!
On my way to a photo-shoot I always feel the butterflies… well more like EAGLES are soaring through my stomach! Its every emotion… scared, excited, weary, confident, insecure, hungry -well that’s all the time! I’m just a hot mess! I can’t wait until these feelings turn into confidence!
To say that I had fun on this photo shoot would be an understatement! I had a BLAST!!!! Sometimes in life you get those moments where you feel so proud & you’re on this natural HIGH! Well I was definitely floating on clouds after shooting this lovely couple!
I usually find it hard to choose the photos that I’m going to post on my blog because they're all like my little babies & I don't want to leave any of them out. Ooo I sound like a creepy lady with a million cats! Anyway this was definitely the situation when choosing these photos!
Getting back to these hot tamales... Kim & Ha met in High school through a mutual friend, who just so happened to be Kim's boyfriend at the time! Things didn't work out between them & fate brought these two love birds together!
On their 7th year anniversary they went on a camping trip with the family in Yosemite. Ha wanted to take a hike up to the waterfalls so he could propose there... After a long scary hike he had found the perfect spot & built up the courage... But there was no ring in that pocket of his! He had a silent minor heart attack wondering if the ring fell out or did he leave it back at camp! Needless to say the hike back to camp was terrifying for him! When he got to the tent IT WAS THERE! So he popped the question later that night on their anniversary dinner! Good backup plan! Thank you Kim & Ha soooo much for allowing me to be apart of this special moment in your lives & capture your love!
This gorgeous bouquet was created by http://www.inflowerdesign.com/flash/index.htm
Can you say Hot tamales!!!!
Im in love with her dress!!!!
I wonder what Ha was telling her because he was easily making her giggle through this whole shoot! Which was perfect for me because it made my job easier to get these awesome real laughs!
Have I mentioned how much I love dressing up! Well I do! I don’t mind being the only adult at a kids party who dresses in the theme of the party! Lucky for me my friend Darlene is the same & was also in costume at her daughter Bella’s 5th birthday party.
Bella is my precious baby girl! We were there for her birth & intend to be there throughout her life! She's such a special little lady and has brought so much joy to so many lives! There was so much love that was put into planning her party! Darlene & Alex put their creative juices together to throw the perfect cowgirl soiree! Thank God there was no rain!
This clothing line is the cutest idea! Darlene pinned up Bella’s Laundry throughout her 5 years of life, starting with her hospital newborn shirt! Love it!
Can you see Bella?
Bella was having such a good time at her party that it was so hard to get her to stop for a picture…
Howdy Cowboy! Love My lil Godson!
These lil kiddos were so into playing “tug of war”! It was so cute!
My favorite Cowboy!!!
A precious moment between a grandmother & her granddaughter!
My mom brought in a stack of mail this morning & I always get all gitty when I see a personalized envelope… anything but a bill! One day I got a personalized piece of mail but it was addressed to the previous tenants & I so badly wished it was for me! It had scribbled hearts & smiley face stickers all over it! It took me back to the good old days when I was 12 yrs old and had a penpal… now all I get are BILLS & JUNK MAIL! BORING! But today was a special day… I got a personalized piece of MAIL!!!!! Woo hoo! It was an invite from one of my clients to her daughter’s bday party & to my surprise it had photos from our photo session on it! My stomach was filled with butterflies! (and no it wasn’t the baby moving!)
When my clients choose to use one of my photos for their birthday invites, birth announcements, or anything… I feel so dogonne HONORED!!! It makes me feel all the happy tingles inside, especially when they send me one! Its always a cherry on top when they add photographers credit on the back! Ugh! I just Love & appreciate it! It makes me feel like you’ve gone from my client to a friend… a friend who’s face is displayed on my fridge! And we can always use more friends in this world! So thank you from the bottom of my heart for using my photos & making me feel extra special!! Have a great Tuesday!
Here are the ones that I've gotten so far...
Click HERE to see more photos from baby Ava's session
Click HERE to see more photos from Sasha's Family session
Click HERE to see more photos from little Samira's session
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.