“Can you stay a few minutes after class, I want to talk to you about something?”
Oh no… my instructor looked pretty serious, did I do something wrong? Right away I start thinking of anything that I might have messed up on. I'm too doggone old to be getting in trouble!
“I wanted to ask if you and your husband want to be my models for a wedding video that I have to create for WPPI Conference?” (Side note: WPPI is a world known Wedding & Portrait Photographers International Conference in Las Vegas. Its kinda a BIG DEAL! The crème of the crop in the industry attend along with the lucky newbies that can afford it.)
I smiled very stiffly from ear to ear and got super nervous. Like sweaty palms, face twitching, almost pee your pants kinda nervous! (But -"You ain't cool unless you pee yo pants!" -totally luv anyone who knows what movie that's from! Yes, I am a movie junkie!)
Anyway gettin back to my story...
"Of course we will!"
# 1- This was the closest I was gettin to WPPI -even if it was just in a video! # 2- this is an awesome opportunity to get to see how he actually works with people and what he does to make us feel comfy. # 3- maybe I can get cool with him, then he’ll let me assist him with his weddings! I am also totally flattered that he wanted us to be in his video! Even if it is only because he knew that we just got married and had our wedding attire… Then my husband popped in my head. I told my instructor that I'd ask my husband if he was down. Keep in mind Jack hates taking photos... emphasize on the HATE!
Luckily I didn't have to beg him as much as I thought I was going to have to... I was ready to promise washing dishes for a week! (I'm really lucky that Jack came up with the Rule that the cook doesn’t wash dishes! So we always switch it up! –Yup, I know what you’re thinking… He’s pretty awesome! I must’ve done something right in my past life to have him in my world! )
He could hear in my voice how excited I was about the whole Shindig, so he agreed to participate! Woo hoo!
I'm thrilled to have the creative Ramiro Gaytan taking our wedding photos... not only is he an awesome photographer, but he's an extraordinary person! Wow big word! I don't throw that word around very often but he truly is! I'm also super excited to wear my wedding dress again, I wasn’t ready to say goodbye just yet! Ramiro said he might want to try some adventurous stuff with us... like underwater photos. oooooo! We’re gonna bust some Fear Factor stuff up in this biz!!! I'll let you know how it all goes down. Have a great night & sleep tight!
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.