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In fact I was asked if I could post some photos of my engagement session, to be more relatable to my readers/ future clients (hopefully). Before I picked up a camera I was a bride lookin for someone to take our photos. So I know the nervousness of being in front of a camera and worrying about looking silly. Lucky for you I feel that the sillier you act, the better photos we get at the end. I will never include a photo that made you look silly (unless you want me to), I just love the natural reactions that people make after the silly pose.
During my engagement I had a coworker who was practicing photography and offered to take our photos. We chose the spots and because I had already known her, I was comfortable. It seems that when I’m comfortable, then that helps Jack get comfy. Side note: Jack’s an easygoing guy that can get along with anyone, but he
hates taking pictures! So for him to get comfortable was a big deal. The photoshoot was really fun because she knew the photos that she wanted to take and openly communicated with us!
Then I was referred to a fellow schoolmate who was becoming a photographer. She wanted to take our wedding photos to build up her
portfolio and I was on a tight budget so I was all about it! We had a family/
engagement session before the wedding. Since we really didn’t know the
photographer, I felt that our stiffness showed in the photos. She was kind of
quiet and didn’t direct us much so we felt kind of lost. I made sure to get to
know the photographer more before the wedding, in hopes of us getting more
The photo below was considered a blooper and it was one of my favorites!!!
Our wedding photos came out nice. I was very pleased with them, and I had
appreciated all her hard work. But it took me a really long time to get my
photos. I learned in school that no matter how beautiful your photos are, if you don’t keep good communication with your clients and deliver them in the time frame promised, you may be leaving a bad impression on the client. I'm very thankful for both of my engagement sessions.
If I could leave you with some advice; definitely invest in a professional
photographer and videographer. These are moments that you’ll never get back, or be able to do over, so make sure you choose the right person to capture these moments.
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.