"Don't be nervous"...
Jack said as he gently squeezes my hand while we walk up to the front door of the ever so talented and famous --in the photog world Troy and Aimee of Troy Grover Photography's home!
Easy for him to say he has no idea how big of a deal these people are! How intimidating it is to be in a room with so much talent! Even Promise Tangemanwas there, the awesome web designer that created Jasmine Star's site!!!
We walked in and everyone had already formed their little groups --thank God that my husband Jack was able to come with me at the last minute! Im super grateful because I know how dead tired he was from his long 12 hr shift & it was probably the last thing he wanted to do. But he knew how important it was for me to go so he sucked it and did a great job pretending that he cared about photography lol. He's amazing and I'm so blessed to have him in my life!
So I'm not sure how Troy Grover found me, but when he sent me a facebook friend request I was in total shock! Then when they invited me to their house for a KISS Books event I was even more surprised! I'm just a little fish in this huge ocean of talented photogs that are like the mermaids of the industry! Oh how I wish to be a talented successful mermaid one day! Haha!
When I met Troy he was super nice and he welcomed us with a nice hug! His wife Aimee is adorable and so sweet! I got to network with other amazing photographers Alyssa, Alfreda, Shauntelle, Emma & her husband Josh. They were all so kind! Promise Tangeman is just as cute as she is online and her hair was large & in charge as always! luv it! I was surprised to see how tall everyone was! Troy was towering over everyone! I always thought my husband and I were tall but not in this group of people :)
After mingling and breaking my insanity challenge of "no sweets" by indulging in freshly fried donuts and Sprinkles mini cupcakes I was ready to call it a successful night of networking! Oh and the Kiss books are pretty cool! I'm definitely considering switching over to then for my clients wedding albums! Check em out! Overall I'm so glad I went! It was nerve wrecking but once I threw myself out there and got sweet feedback it was great! I love nice people! I was embarrassed to ask Troy and Aimee to take a photo with me but I'm glad I did because I want memories of these sweet experiences.
So the lesson of today is to take chances! You won't ever move forward in life if you stay in your comfort zone!
Have an awesome weekend! Toodles!!!
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.