Eight years ago I got married and if I am being completely honest, I did not love being engaged. It was stressful, and there were so many unknowns about how I should even go about planning my wedding day. Going through all of this shaped me into who I am today as a photographer. I am not a wedding planner, but I have a heart that loves to serve and wants to help my couples in whatever way possible. My goal is to always take one thing off your plate, be someone you can brainstorm with and literally help you re-plan your wedding if you find yourself planning a wedding in a worldwide pandemic.
I of course, also want to serve you in the way of documenting your day as it unfolds. I love to take a step back in each part of your wedding day, to read the room and see how your story can be told through my lens. Yes, I totally help on wedding days give natural directions for the family pictures, bridal party pictures and sunset pictures. However, the rest of the day I am documenting the day as it unfolds in real time so that you get to see parts of the story for the first time when you see the wedding gallery in your inbox.
Little about me:
I am Jana Contreras, a 30 year old with an old soul. I am located in Sonoma County, California but love travel all over to document stories. I am married to my other half, Eli Contreras. Eli is one crazy talented musician, a self taught cook and now my go to videographer. We have a beautiful baby boy named James Wilder. He is now 3 years old and we are more in love than ever! He is now wanting to do everything on his own, learning dance moves and attempting to play every instrument he sees. He keeps me on my toes literally and tries to copy me every time I laugh. Pretty sure this toddler stage is never going to be boring.
I am passionate about local good food like the nectary's funky monkey smoothie and Sol Food (the Puerto Rican restaurant based out of San Rafael & Petaluma). I am also in love with the Hu's kitchen vegan chocolate line. In my free time you can find me at home trying to make a healthier version of a vegan/gluten free cookie that I can justify for breakfast or going on a walk with my family. I usually love to explore different national parks and go on road trips, but right now as a mama in the pandemic I have very much enjoyed gardening, making sourdough bread and cooking things off my recipe bucket list.
My heart is to serve the community for Jesus. My favorite place in the world to serve is South Africa and locally in Sonoma County. I go to South Africa every couple years and put on large christian summer camps for kids from squatter villages. These children, I truly believe, give me more love than I ever could ever give them.
P.S. Weddings are my jam! If you want a photographer & videographer who will be there to dance with you, cry with you and get you anything you need (even chocolate), then stop what you are doing, email me via the contact page and lets set up a time to Face-time before I send you customized packages for your wedding day.
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Throughout 2020/2021 I have prayed and sought after Jesus more passionately than ever before. I realized we are called to love others no matter what, serve others whole heartedly and live a simple life. In a world where we have to be so much and nothing is enough, I encourage you to take a step back and simplify your life. Slow down, pray, love others, serve those who have less or who are struggling in life & take time to rest each week.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”- Matthew 11: 28-30