After leaving the cake biz I decided I wanted to be a stay at home mama & use photography as my side job. I thought i'd shoot a few family sessions here & there to bring in some extra cash. What’s better than having a fun part time job & making your own hours!
Then I came across a successful wedding photographer’s blog (jasmine star) who talked about how she made it from nothing & 5 yrs later she's booking a million weddings for a million dollars (I’m totally over exaggerating much about the millions but you get the idea!) Her main way to connect to her future clients was by blogging about everything & anything EVERYDAY! There are many photographers who blogged consistently and had certain topics for the days of the week! I think that’s a cool idea.
So I thought to myself " Hey we have a lot of similarities… we both had just gotten married, we both started with no experience, & we both didn’t have much before we started this journey! Maybe I could make it from scratch too! Maybe I could be that Baller Famous photographer who can provide for my family & my husband will be my second shooter too & we can travel the world together shooting people in love! I could blog everyday too! I want to be THAT photographer who had a zillion LIKES, readers, & clients! So I was determined to hustle my butt off!”
Haha I laugh now at how naïve I was to thinking that I could follow in her exact footsteps to success! The reality is I was missing some big key differences… umm yeah I have a child! My time is not just mine, its split in three & soon itll be four when the new baby comes! Oh and Jack has no interest in being my second shooter. Haha it was hard enough to get him to cut my cake boards, let alone take photos of a bunch of strangers! And Blogging Everyday… yeah right! Im lucky if I get to blog once a week! I cant find the time in my days to blog everyday because I have to take care of a million things around the house including pay some attention to my family who have always been my number one. So I had to go back to where I started and check myself!
I remembered that my main priority is my family! Ive always wanted a tight family so I need to keep them on the top of my list. I finally found my niche in photography & I want to grow in that industry but I know it has to be on my own time & at my own terms. I cant possibly blog everyday, maybe once lil Jack has a set schedule I could have certain fun topics for certain days. Until then once a week will have to do. I don’t need to be famous & have a million LIKES & clients! I just want the right clients for me! I don’t need to charge a million dollars & shoot a million weddings per year! I actually would be happy to shoot around 2 weddings per month! I want to enjoy Life & enjoy my career! When you feel lost or stuck its always good to Check yo self & reevaluate your goals!
Im sure glad I did Or i would've missed out on this random special moment!
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.