I love photographing my fellow business owners for their portfolio! It’s so important for your brand to have professional images showing who you are as a person and for your business. Working with our business clients is something I love! It is so awesome to come up with some fun ideas that not only show what they do and why they love it but what makes them who they are! Like Taryn here … I remember our conversation … She told me all about her event business specializing in private parties. She wanted images to represent how fun she is, but also that she is a business owner. As our conversation continues, she told me that balloons are a big thing for her – she includes them in every event. Another important fact is that most of her clients are Beverly Hills based.
So together, we came up with a location and theme that showcased these elements for her clients. I didn’t realize how big a part of her business balloons were until she rolled out this giant helium tank from the back seat of her car. I was dying laughing, I mean that is commitment, guys! I couldn’t believe she not only owned this tank, but brought it with her! The lighting and setting were perfect and her outfits not only compliment her and her personality, but her business as well. I had such a fun time getting to know Taryn during the shoot as we walked around the park with giant balloons and captured her fun energetic and sweet personality.
Well, here we are again with one of my favorite people, Lina, and her baby Cruz. I always love to kick off the year with a newborn session. Reminds me of a new start and a fresh beginning. I mean, come on…aren’t they just the cutest to look at? Gives you all the snuggles and cuddle feels, right?!
We know that sometimes deciding to do a newborn session can be tough. You hear that we photograph in the first 3-10 days and you’re wondering, “How in the world am I going to incorporate a newborn session into your already chaotic schedule that this precious little baby has just turned upside down?” We get it. As a matter of fact, Lina was in the exact situation. She kept going back and forth, trying to decide if she should do a session. But she made the decision and just decided to do it – and it was probably her best decision ever!
She called me and we got her scheduled asap, because before you know it, those first 10 days will have come and gone, and the window to photograph a newborn is gone. This is why we highly recommend scheduling the session before baby even arrives. That way, it’s on the calendar and you won’t forget or let the time pass you by. Because, as any new mom will tell you, you won’t remember what day it is, maybe even what your husband looks like, much less have the brain power to call and schedule a newborn session.
Lina told me she is so glad that she did it. Even though it was a struggle during those first 2 weeks and maybe not in the budget for that month, she cherishes those images to this day and reflects back on how tiny he was. All the emotions of having this little man come into her and her husbands world and changing their meaning of love and life come flooding right back. It doesn’t get any better than that!
Host + Linen: LUXE Linen // Design + Planning: A Good Affair // Floral Design: Little Hill Floral Design // Rentals: Revelry Event Design + Dish Wish Events // Venue: Vibiana // Bridal Gown: JINZA Couture Bridal // Lighting: High Voltage Lighting // PR + Marketing: Rayce PR // Photography: Krista Mason Photography
Host + Linen: LUXE Linen + Rayce PR / Planning + Design: Charis Events & Design / Floral Design: Avant Garden Events / Rentals: Revelry Event Design + 204 Events // China: Dish Wish Events / Lighting: High Voltage Lighting / Paper Goods: Calligraphy Katrina / Bridal Gown: JINZA Couture Bridal / Cake: The Butter End / Venue: Vibiana / Photography: Krista Mason Photography
Host + Linen: LUXE Linen // Design + Planning: Eddie Zaratsian // Floral Design: Tic-Tock Couture Florals // Rentals: Revelry Event Design + Dish Wish Events // Venue: Vibiana // Bridal Gown: Jinza Bridal // Lighting: High Voltage Lighting // PR + Marketing: Rayce PR // Photography: Krista Mason Photography
This time of year gets everybody talking about the coming trends for the New Year. What are the hottest colors for 2018? What fashion styles will be in? What will the florals look like? What will guests see when they walk into the venue?
If you know anything about us here at Krista Mason Photography, you’ll know that we are ALL ABOUT THE DETAILS!! Let’s talk about what all of the gorgeous brides-to-be will be pinning to their wedding Pinterest boards this year!
From tuxes to invitation to bridesmaid dresses, navy is the new black. Think of it as your new favorite neutral!
Vendors: photography: Krista Mason Photography // Event Design by The Lynden Lane Company // Venue: Montage Laguna Beach //Florals Keith J Laverty // Linens La Tavola Fine Linen // Furniture Found Rentals // Tableware casa de perrin
Every girl needs a little bling in her life..metallics are shifting from gold and rose gold to silver and chrome this wedding season!
I’ll admit I am super excited about this one. Black tie is back! From outdoors to indoors, couples are opting to have a more formal event, even requesting a black tie attire. With lots of elegance and classic touches in design and attire, this year is sure to be all about the formal.
Vendors: photography: Krista Mason Photography // Event Design: Aliana Events // Venue: The London West Hollywood
Hanging flower installments are here to stay and we couldn’t be happier. Playing with heights, textures and various viewpoints, flower installments will continue to be on trend for 2018.
Vendors: photography: Krista Mason Photography // Venue: Howl // Event Coordination: Nicole George Event Planning & Design // Floral Design & Calligraphy: Peony & Plum // Rentals: Signature Party Rentals
Texture everywhere! Expect to see lots of texture and layers in the details – from the linens to flowers and even the dresses!
Vendors: photography: Krista Mason Photography // Linen: LUXE Linen // Planning + Design: Charis Events & Design // Floral Design: Avant Garden Events // Rentals: Revelry Event Design + 204 Events // China: Dish Wish Events // Lighting: High Voltage Lighting //Paper Goods: Calligraphy Katrina // Cake: The Butter End // Venue: Vibiana
Couples are looking for new and creative ways to entertain their guests. Couples want their guests to have an incredible experience and are incorporating unique ways to keep them entertained. Such as photobooths, food entertainment, and live performances like these amazing synchronized swimmers.
Gone are the days of rustic and burlap; 2018 will bring a outdoorsy, woodsy look. Think wood accents and lots of greenery as florals. Greenery will be everywhere, bringing in that natural woodsy element.
The color trend of the year will be dark and moody. With darker textured flowers, and color pallets that are darker, richer, more dramatic.
Vendors (left): photography: Krista Mason Photography //Linen: LUXE Linen // Design + Planning: Kelsey Events // Floral Design: Ixora Floral Studio // Rentals: Revelry Event Design + 204 Events // China: Dish Wish Events // Paper Goods: Design and Prints by Arianna Nicole // Venue: Vibiana
Food is becoming a top priority for our couples. Gone are the days of bland chicken cooked a million different ways. Please your inner foodies with unique food stations or food that is personalized and has special meaning to the couple.
More and more couples are cutting back on their guests list these days and only inviting those that are near and dear to them. Who will be in your inner circle?
If you’re planning your 2018 wedding right now, we certainly hope you’ll keep us in mind for your wedding photography needs. With our 15+ years of experience, we are confident that we can make you feel gorgeous and your images will surpass your expectations! Contact us today to schedule your engagement session … let us help you feel beautiful for your fairy tale wedding!
Renata and Alec’s wedding at the Millwick was one of my favorites last year! I loved Renata immediately from our very first conversation all the way through to the wedding day and beyond. Psst, don’t tell anyone this was a DIY wedding, because you would never guess it by looking at these images! This bride had vision and she made her dream wedding happen. That’s a rare gem to find!
Renata and Alec had relocated from Southern California to North Carolina last year. Even though they were still trying to settle into their new life, they decided to go ahead and have their wedding in Southern California where all their friends and families still live. Renata chose the unique Millwick as the perfect setting for their earthy boho vibe wedding
The most important thing Renata wanted for her wedding day was to be present in the moment and we made sure that happened. As it so happened, on the day of her wedding, Renata was running about 15 minutes late and was very stressed out about this. As she frantically ran through the doors, she kept telling us that she so sorry for being late. We all told her that everything was fine and to just take a deep breath, relax, be in the moment and enjoy the process. We assured her that everything would be just perfect. All she had to do was relax and get dressed and just take it all in … we knew we would catch up later.
Renata later told me that was the turning point of her day. My being able to assure her that everything was going to be perfect relaxed her and she settled in. She was able to relax and get dressed with her mom with ease and joy. I’m so happy that we were able to do that for the couple.
Our ability to connect with a couple on that personal level will always result in not only amazing images, but also go a long way to making their big day perfect! We’re able to reassure our couples that we understand what they’re going through and what they’re feeling. We know exactly how to get them what they want – not just amazing images, but also help their vision for their perfect day come alive.
From those first stressful moments, everything for the rest of the day went just perfect: their first look, the beautiful ceremony, Renata and Alec walking down the aisle together for the first time as husband and wife, their first dance (which was the most beautifully choreographed dance, BTW), all the way through to their kicking party!
Renata and Alec were present and enjoyed the time with friends and family. I’m so happy they were able to have the beautiful intimate ceremony and reception and the funnest of parties!
Their wedding might not have gone according to the plan, and it was hard for Renata’s Type A personality to let that go, but she did and she had the best time with her husband and all their friends and family.
Renata did an excellent job sourcing all of her vendors from the florist, to her coordinator and the DJ, and of course, myself, her photographer. She knew what she wanted and she went for it! She was looking for a boho rustic organic natural vibe for her wedding and she nailed it!
Event Planner: Ro & Co Events // Venue: Millwick // Florals & Signage: Shindig Chic // Catering: Little Nelly // Service Ware: Borrowed Blu // DJ: The FlashDance // Cocktails & Bartending: The Whaling Club // Desserts: Coolhaus // Photography: Krista Mason Photography
Let me know what some of your accomplishments were this year! Leave a comment or tag me in your Instagram post! I can’t wait to hear some of your success stories!
It’s been another wonderful year filled with amazing weddings, engagement, portraits and some of the best clients! We have pulled together the Best of 2017 … some of your favorites and ours, too! Everything from your favorite Instagram post to your favorite tips. Stick it out to the end for a festive holiday cocktail recipe from Tal, one of my favorite mixologists from Pharmacie!
Your favorite tip of the year is a big one for many of our engaged couples, 5 Things to do to get started planning your wedding. Visit the post to get a recap on 5 things to do before you start planning.
We love your engagement with us on Instagram!! Here are the top 3 posts from this year according to YOU!! Looks like 2018 is going to be beautiful and classic!
Scotland and the Cairngorms were on our top list as well! But you guys were the sweetest, loving the pictures of Aldo and I at Arthur’s Seat! Those rolling green hills are to die for, I’ll admit, and it was so fun walking around being photographed by our good friends.
Oh yeah, this was a good one! This gorgeous maternity session has opened up a new love for in-home maternity portraits for me.
This was a close one, but in the end you all loved this beautiful Palos Verdes wedding at Wayfarers Chapel. I mean, with this adorable couple and beautiful glass chapel with stunning views, it’s hard not to love!
This was such an amazing shoot! So much color, so many bridal styles, so much beautiful awesomeness! All rolled into one killer shoot with my favorite dream team, Chic Celebrations and Lauryl Lane! I have a surprise for you next year involving this awesome dream team!
Those Santa Ynez views and sunsets are my favorite too! This beautiful engagement session was filled with as many surprises as it was stunning images!
Well, if you’ve made it this far, you deserve a cocktail!! So, as promised, here’s one of my favorite holiday cocktails! As a bonus, Tal has graciously given us his secret recipe! If you try it out this holiday season, we’d love to see your version of it! Post your pics up on Instagram and tag us: @kristamasonphotography and @pharmacie__ (that’s 2 dashes at the end )
And there it is!! All of your favorites from 2017!! We love all of you and appreciate your support and always look forward to the next event or portrait! Thank you to each and every one of you – you know who you are! You know you want to join in on the fun and be part of the KMP family! Give us a shoutout! Happy Holidays!!
Remember our last post with Sterling Engagements for the Herbalife party? Well, I’ve got another grand event to share with you for your holiday inspiration!
This time, I got to shoot the Google holiday party! And let me tell you…Google knows how to go all out! This was an absolutely beautiful event! The party was so much fun to photograph, basically because it was Christmas themed AND there was some super fun entertainment!
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel lobby was decked out with grand Christmas trees and elegant evergreens everywhere. As guests arrived, they were treated to a red-carpet experience lined with trumpeters that lead to the lobby filled with all types of festive performers.
In the grand room, guests were treated to a fabulous seated dinner. Throughout the evening, they were entertained with acts ranging from sword fights to mime performances, ballet performances, dancers and acrobatic performers. Yes, they were well entertained throughout the entire night.
Of course, one thing I loved was all the different rooms with all the different themes and foods for everyone to enjoy. So many details…you know I love the details. Probably my most favorite room was the one where we got to make our own flower crowns!!