Last night I had my godson over for a lil slumber party! We try to have him over as much as we can because I don’t want my son to get the Only Child Syndrome (in other words becomes a Stingy Brat). I was watching the boys make they’re very own pizza & it took me back to my childhood years when I made my first pizza (wow I feel really old saying “Back in my day…”). Smearing the tomato sauce. Sprinkling the cheese. Loading up on the pepperonis! It’s a big deal, or at least it was to me. I think I’m just a sentimental person, because once the boys were done they jammed to play in the bedroom.
They say there’s less pressure when your second shooting for someone, but I definitely am feeling the fire! I don’t know if it’s because it’s my first time second shooting for a wedding, or because I haven’t met any of the people I’m working for, or all of the above! I just joined a facebook group for inland empire photographers and a sweet lady asked if anyone was interested in second shooting a wedding with her. I wanted to jump in the computer, grab her by the shirt & beg… PICK ME! PICK ME! Of course there were already other girls who had left their info… so I added my name onto the list, feeling kinda bummed cuz my chances were slim to none. I sent her an email explaining how badly I wanted and needed to second shoot for her! (Yes some people would call it begging, but o well I have set my pride aside to achieve my goals!)This year’s goal was to second shoot as much as I can, to build my portfolio so I can start booking weddings. I never ever thought that I would book my first solo wedding before I got to second shoot with someone. I was desperate to get my feet wet before I go on my own (even if it’s just the tip of my toes).
Something I said struck a chord because I was one of the chosen ones lol! Did she choose me because she liked my work, or maybe she felt bad for how desperate I was!? Oh well either way I GOT the GIG! I’m on my way to pick up my lenses that I rented and off I go to make my dreams a reality! Wedding Photography here I come!!
Of course Jack & I had to make our own pizzas too!
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.