I luv people who share their secrets to success, it has helped me out on my journey thus far… No, I’m nowhere near as successful as the photographers that I follow, but I get one step closer to where I want to be with every session I shoot. So I decided to start posting any questions that I get... in hopes that it will help more than one person out.
Hey Janelle, I am curious as to how you got into photography? Have you ever taken any classes or is it all first time stuff for you?
Both! It’s all new to me. Camera lingo is a whole other language; you can research it all online & teach yourself or go to class for FREE. But I learn better in a classroom (I never did well on those Online College courses) so I signed up for Tri Community Photo Program in Covina. This place is seriously too good to be true! It’s not like taking college courses where you have to pay per unit, it’s a Quarter fee of only $185; and you’re able to take as many classes as your little heart desires! They offer classes on EVERYTHING from landscape to weddings; even how to use Photoshop & light room. The teachers there are awesome; they each have their own photography business & work their part time, so they know the ropes. My first semester I took Eva Delgado’s Photo 1 class to learn the basics, and jumped into a wedding & children’s shooting class. The first few weeks I was overwhelmed, but I’m glad I did it this way; because even though I wasnt familiar with my camera, these shooting classes forced me to learn it & practice faster. There are pros in the class that are so willing to help you if you’re lost too.
Aside from school I did my own research... I googled the style of photography that I was interested in and checked out other peoples work. When I’d find photos that I liked, I'd visit the photographers blog. For the most part photographers will include post about how they grew their business or FAQ’s. Sometimes the stuff that I learned online, my teachers would also cover, so it was pretty cool to see we were all on the same page. Remember everyone has their own style & journey, make yours your own! Hope this helps :)
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.