I don't know how I got so lucky to have this little girl of mine! She has been an absolute dream come true! I always felt extremely blessed with my two sons, but this little lady is the cherry on top! She has filled every nook and cranny left in my heart. I was going through photos from this past year and it's crazy to see how much has happened in the last 12 months. Exactly one year ago today I was pregnant for the very last time (that's right, the baby-making shop is closed for good --tied, snipped, burned down!). I remember anxiously waiting to meet my baby girl in the hospital bed, not knowing that this would be my quickest delivery yet. I wasn't even admitted into the hospital for an hour and then... there she came --right before the epidural had time to kick in! I can't remember all of the pain, I just remember holding her in my arms for the very first time and breaking down into tears! I finally met my lifelong best friend!
Life is good my friends and I make sure to count my blessings each and everyday.
I promise to love, protect, and raise you exactly like your big brothers. To make sure you know your strength and worth! Help you find your voice and passion for life! You have such a sweet and spunky personality, I look forward to seeing who you become! I just know you are going to do great things! But until then my love, stay my baby for a little while longer. I'm not ready for you to grow up just yet!
I've never been good at taking monthly photos of my babies, but I'm so glad that I stuck with it this time around. Third times a charm, right!?! -even if it was only with my crappy camera phone. It's so cool to see how much she's changed! Her eyes were so small at 1 month, then they sprouted at 5 months! She started losing her hair at 5 months so we buzzed it all off, remember!?! People thought we were totally crazy, but look how fast it grew back --in only 3 months! I love how you can see her different moods in each photo. She wasn't always a happy camper, thats for sure!
The photo below is her first photo on the growth chart, at only 2 weeks old, and the bottom photo is on her first birthday :(
Jessica was one of the first people to book me when I returned from maternity leave and I couldn't wait to get her beautiful family in front of my camera!! Let's take a minute to talk about how handsome her 3 little boys are!!! They have so much love and respect for each other and their parents, its adorable! Jessica and Eric, yall are doing a great job raising these littles gentlemen! I had so much fun during your session! Thank you for choosing me to capture these sweet moments! Here are some of my favorites...
You booked your wedding venue and found all of your dream vendors - now what!?!
Its time to start drafting your wedding day! I love helping my clients create their perfect timeline!
Here are some questions you want to answer before we get started:
1. Do you plan to do a first look? If yes, do you want to document all the wedding party portraits and family formals prior to the ceremony so you can enjoy cocktail hour with your guests?
2. Where will you be getting ready?
3. If you’re not getting ready at the ceremony location, how far are you from the ceremony location?
4. How far is the grooms prep location from the ceremony site?
5. What time is your ceremony and how long will it last?
6. Is your ceremony and reception at the same location? If not, how far apart are they from each other?
7. What time is cocktail hour and reception?
8. Do you want to sneak off after dinner to capture some romantic sunset photos?
Now that you have an idea of what you want captured for your big day, it helps to know how much time is needed document each event:
60 minutes for bride/groom prep photos
30 minutes for bride and groom portraits
30 minutes for wedding party shots
30 minutes for family shots (includes bride & groom's immediate families)
20 minutes - Reception Decor Photos
15 minutes - Ceremony Decor Photos
Don't forget to add in the sweet moments:
10 minutes Grand Entrance
10 minutes First Dance
10 minutes Welcome Toast
50-60 minutes Dinner
15 minutes Toasts
10 minutes Parent dances
5 minutes Cake cutting
10 minutes Bouquet/garter toss
20-30 minutes Photographing Open dancing
Once I have all of the answers, I send my clients a outline of their dream wedding timeline. I strive to make this timeline process as easy and enjoyable as possible. I hope this helps as you plan your big day!
I absolutely loved photographing Brooke + Matt’s beautiful Homestead Oak Glen wedding, as a second shooter for Heather Smith Photography. The color palette, floral arrangements, and lush venue went together perfectly. We were surrounded by sweet little cottages and towering oak trees. The ceremony and reception were celebrated outside in the fresh mountain air. We even saw some deer browsing in the hills. Brooke and Matt were very much in love and they had so much support from their family and friends. It was amazing to witness. These are some of my favorites moments from the day.
Lexington and Jared celebrated their 2nd anniversary with a fun couples session in Laguna Beach, California. These beaches are usually full of people and photographers, especially on the weekends. But we had to plan an early morning session since they had to catch their flight back home to Utah -which ended up working out perfectly with no crowds!
I loved hanging out with Lexington and Jared, and getting to know all about their story. They have been together for 6 years, but had met over 10 years ago. Jared was actually Lexington's Prom date her sophomore year in high school! How cute is that!?! They were married on a beach in Oahu, Hawaii and have two fur babies -Lola and Nikki. It's pretty awesome that Lexington came across my Instagram while searching for #losangelesphotographers. I'm super thankful that she trusted me to be apart of this special celebration!
I asked Lexington what she loves most about marriage and here are her words:
"All the little things! The little things are in reality the big things. We love holding hands, having breakfast and dinner together, talking about work each day, taking trips together, binge watching the newest Netflix series together, going on new adventures and trying new things. Our relationship is constantly growing and we love each other more and more everyday!"
I am absolutely in love with Anniversary sessions! What a special way to celebrate your love! I know its common to book a yearly family session, but getting photos taken of just the two of you is equally as important! I will definitely be offering more of these types of sessions for the upcoming year! I'm currently booking for 2019!
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.