About Janelle

Hi there,

i'm janelle 

I live in Oceanside but I was born and raised in Kailua, Hawaii. Which means, regardless of how long I live on the "mainland", flip-flops will always be slippers, belly-buttons will always be pikos, and kim-chee raw crab will always be delicious. 

My husband and I love to surf but I would rather freeze to death than put on a wetsuit. We have the sweetest, sassiest, and everything in between 3-year-old named Scotland. She gives the best snuggles and the best stink eye. Basically, she makes everything better

I'm all about fun, relaxed photos of you and your loved ones. Yes, I'm going to give you a few classic portraits. But for the most part, I like to keep it as natural as possible. A breeze comes and blows a strand of hair in your face-It's staying. You're laughing so hard you get those tiny little smile lines around your eyes- I love them. I love images that looked lived in and like a real moment. 

Beyond your final images, I want the session itself to be enjoyable. Every time a client says they had fun at their session(ESPECIALLY the guys), I do a happy dance. It's not about fake smiles and rigid instructions. It's about not rushing, having fun with each other, dumb dad jokes, and letting your kids be themselves. 

Take a look around my portfolio and see what I do. Feel like we're a good fit? Let's connect. Fill in the contact form down below, give me a call, or send a quick text. Full disclosure, I am suuupppeerr awkward on the phone. Don't hold it against me. I promise I am WAY better in person! Can't wait to hear from you!

"Janelle is our go-to family photographer. We’ve used her 3 times over the last 3 years and every time, we are thrilled with the results. She is so sweet and kind, amazing with kids, and she captures some of the best moments. We love her work and will definitely be using her again!"

"Janelle has taken the most beautiful family photos for us for the past two years. She’s managed to capture amazing photos of my husband and me with a 2-month-old and 1-year-old, and clearly has fun doing it. Every picture she takes is frame-worthy. She’s the best of the best! I hope she never leaves southern CA."

“Janelle is simply flawless in her work , knows how to direct new positions and poses during a photoshoot and knows how to connect with you and your family. Once the images were released I was not surprised, you can definitely see quality and precision on how she takes and develops her images!”