Nicole & James met at happy hour 3 ½ years ago! James & his buddy approached Nicole and her friends and started chatting it up. James let his friend do most of the talking until Nicole mentioned how she was sore from running earlier that day, this sparked their very first conversation. At the end of the night they made a running date and have been together ever since! James surprised Nicole by purposing to her on HIS birthday, of course she said Yes!
We were close to rescheduling the photoshoot because they had heard it was going to rain that day. It’s a good thing we didn’t cancel because it turned out to be a beautiful day! Nicole & James arrived early already laughing, so I knew this was going to be an awesome session. They complimented each other perfectly! Every time I’d have them look at each other, they would laugh all on their own -which made for some awesome natural photos! When I’d ask them to kiss, he would softly touch her face and ever so passionately lay one on her, Gosh even I felt the butterflies in my belly! They were such an easygoing and awesome couple! I had a very good weekend of engagement sessions, I hope that all my future clients are as awesome as the ones that I’ve been getting!
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.