Hello Gloomy Monday! I love Mondays because they are like my Sundays! I now go by Jacks crazy work schedule & his "weekends" are usually Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, which threw me off at first but I've grown to like it! So being the "stage 9 clinger" wife that I am, I had to change around my schedule to fit his so we can enjoy some quality time together! Yes, he actually likes spending time with me too, or he's just a really good faker!
My goal was to start blogging every Mon, Wed, Fri, but that didn't start off too well with our new schedule so I changed it to tues & thurs. But I don't feel like that's enough interaction with my readers! The whole point of me even writing on this blog is connect on a personal/ professional level with my readers; so hopefully they like me enough to BE potential clients or BRING in potential clients or just be my FRIEND!! Hopefully some of you even get inspired to follow your own dreams! If you continue to read my blog then I take it that you either like photography, or enjoy reading about my lil crazy family, my struggles, & survival stories through this zig zagged journey of following my dreams! Its not like I enjoy talking to myself about my own life! This is why I get sooo excited when people actually leave feedback! Thank you to those feedbackers! I appreciate you!
So I wrote out a list of topics I'd like to write about before my Lil bambino is born, so I better get on it! Jack will just have to play Call of Duty while I'm blogging on his days off! I'm sure he'll survive :)
Where to begin... There's sooo many things to say and I don't know where to start! I think its a good time to cover "How to juggle business & pleasure"! Its Definitely something that I struggle with because I love my family & love spending time with them, but I also LOVE photography and I want to spend all my time improving my business! Its sooooo doggone ADDICTING! But I see my son & realize how fast time really does fly & I don’t want him to be 10 and me thinking that I wish I had spent more quality time with him!
Honest moment... My main priority is my family! I will do anything for them! Then comes my Career! I have strategically arranged my Package timelines to work around my family schedule. I let my couples know ahead of time when their images will be ready & I do my very best to finish BEFORE that time! "Under Promise -Over Deliver!" is the best advice I heard for my business! I give myself enough time to work in my family schedule because it's so important to be able to balance both work & pleasure! This is why you might notice that instead of constantly posting how I'm busy editing all day & night & being a prisoner to my computer. I am able to fit in some fun stuff like decorating the tree with my boy or enjoying a bonfire making bootleg smores (marshmallows in chips ahoy cookies- hey don't knock it till u try!) I would hate for my clients to think..."what the heck, why is she doing this when she needs to be working on my photos!" - my answer is... don't worry I PROMISE (unless I'm on my death bed) that your images will be ready in the timeline that I set to you!
I've been in that exact situation where I was waiting for my photos & the photos were pastdue and the photographer was just blowing me off... they Never honored the estimated time & I felt like I was constantly bothering them for my photos! Then I saw them post about leaving on vacation on their Facebook and I just wished that they had just communicated with me & took their job seriously! Um did i mention that the photos were PASTDUE!!!That's a big No No! Don't get caught in lies on Facebook! That goes for both business & personal life! I catch people all the time in their lies & it's rather sad! and trust me I'm not sitting at my computer trying to catch these lies... With technology today you don't need to, they literally just pop up on my newsfeed lol! Anywhoo back on topic I would never want to put my clients in that same uncomfortable situation! So if you see me leaving on vacation and I've still got photos to turn into you, rest assure that my OCD butt has arranged my schedule to get your photos to you on time!
My secret weapon to being able to have a life while getting work done is OUTSOURCING! (Ill Elaborate more one that in a separate blog post) But in a nutshell I work with a Professional Photo Editor who I outsource my post editing to. She knows exactly how I edit & understands my style. So while I'm off snowboarding (ha not really I just wanted to sound cool, its more like sliding down the mountain sitting on my board) she's editing away on my photos to have them to me before the deadline, so I'm able to proof them & make sure their up to my standards & ready to be posted on your online gallery! (wow that sentence had way too many &'s! Good thing I'm not getting graded on my blog posts!) I take my job very seriously! Nothing gets overlooked!
Hope that this blog was easy to understand, I tend to just ramble on & on! Feel free to Leave a comment or just press the LIKE button... I interpret those Like's as little high fives through the internet! It lets me know Im not all alone in this big world! :) Ta Ta Until Wednesday, hopefully!
I leave you with this family pic from our maternity/family session with the wonderful Abbey Lunt! Cant wait until she blogs our shoot so I can share them with ya'll!
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.