Of course, I must share one of the most gorgeous maternity sessions ever! One of my favorite couples and best friends, Natalie and Peyman, are expecting their first baby!

Ekkkk! I am so excited for them and can’t wait to meet my little baby noodlette.

These two are just the cutest and most photogenic, even if they think otherwise. (Check out their engagement shoot, too!) I’m telling you, not many people are actually comfortable in front of the camera, myself included. But, once we get to know you, no one will ever think you’re camera shy again! Am I right?!? I mean look at these stunning images!

gorgeous maternity session

gorgeous maternity session

I am obsessed with a clean soft white look with some blow out windows! There is just something so majestic about a mommy to be with the glow behind her and in neutrals for that gorgeous look of purity.

gorgeous maternity session

gorgeous maternity session

There is something so beautiful and special about capturing a mommy and her baby bump. The excitement, the anticipation, the love that just keeps growing.

Many women debate whether or not they should have a maternity session. Once they finally give in, they rarely regret it. I say go for it, I know it can be scary with your body changing and feeling like a little alien is growing inside of you, but trust me … you will not be disappointed with a beautiful maternity session like this! It’s such a short and memorable time that you will cherish for a lifetime. Oh, aren’t these guys just adorable?

gorgeous maternity session

gorgeous maternity session

gorgeous maternity session

gorgeous maternity session

I loved everything about this session and can’t wait to photograph more … almost as much as I can’t wait to meet my newest baby friend!

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I’ve got a gorgeous destination engagement shoot for you!

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Love is in the air and these two can feel it, too. This wonderful couple from New York picked the most beautiful setting for their engagement session … Santa Ynez. It also happened to be just a week before their destination wedding!

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destination engagement {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

They rented an amazing home for the week. We spent the afternoon wandering around some of the most stunning settings including a barn and gorgeous vineyard. Some of my favorite images came out of the time they spent running through the vineyards together!

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destination engagement {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

destination engagement {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

We would have gotten even more awesome images, but we missed out on some epic locations. Many of our pre-determined photo spots ended up being closed for our protection. Of all things, the one and only weekend was declared hunting season! Of course, we didn’t want to be confused for a deer, so I guess we should be thankful for some of those spots being closed.

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destination engagement {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

destination engagement {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

destination engagement {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

destination engagement {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

destination engagement {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

How about these breathtaking sunsets? The majestic hills of Northern California are so very different from our Southern California beach sunsets. I had the most fun photographing our couple as they enjoyed the magnificent views. Those colors, especially the magenta in the sunset just blew me away! I can’t wait to shoot there again!

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destination engagement {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

destination engagement {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

destination engagement {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

destination engagement {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

 

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I am so excited to finally start catching up with all our wonderful shoots from this past year. Kicking off with sharing this editorial shoot with you! I thought it would be some fun inspiration for Valentine’s Day week with the bold mauves, purples and copper! The teams from Harmony Creative Studio and Shindig Chic totally rocked it with this one!
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Geometric shapes were paired with a soft, romantic palette of mauve, copper and natural wood tones. They provide the perfect design inspiration for your early fall wedding or party. I absolutely adore the way the designers matched a fresh palette with some really fun ideas. It’s the perfect inspiration for those brides and grooms who are planning a stylish and unique day that tells their story.

OK, let’s take a look at some of my favorite images!

Margaux from Harmony Creative Studio had a great comment about our venue: “The ranch-like setting and open meadow of new venue Oak Canyon Ranch in Agoura Hills, California was the perfect ‘tranquil’ setting. With several different ceremony and reception locations to choose from, it allowed us so much creative freedom! We choose to have our ceremony under a fantastic natural arch in one of the many majestic oak trees on the property, draping ivory silk contrasted with a gorgeous purple vintage rug from Pretty Vintage Rentals (who also supplied our fabulous lounge set-up, how great is that lilac sofa!), for a dramatic yet romantic backdrop.”geo styled shoot {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

Tulaloo Stationery Studio got things started off on the right foot with a pretty watercolor style stationery suite. The colors were absolutely perfect!

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And I adore this pink, mauve and lilac bouquet Shindig Chic designed for the shoot. Ask your florist for peonies, ranunculus, anemones, lilac, roses, veronica + olive branch!

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How gorgeous is this modern braided ponytail by Lauren Cory from KBGLAM? Love it!

geo styled shoot {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

You know I love my cocktails, so I was especially delighted with the signature drinks crafted for the shoot! His: ‘Raspberry Moscow Mule’ with Vodka, Fresh Lime Juice, Raspberries + Ginger Beer. Hers: ‘Blackberry Harmony’ with Blackberries, Lemon Gin + Tonic.

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I am so in love the entire look of this shoot. I think the color story and a lot of the table top ideas would translate beautifully to home design or any kind of event.

geo styled shoot {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

geo styled shoot {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

The soft linen napkins and delicate silk hung behind the table were the perfect soft touch to the geometric terrariums, copper chargers and beautiful florals.

geo styled shoot {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

geo styled shoot {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

The floral team also played off the succulents in the floral design and used potted succulents as escort cards. This was a super easy DIY project using wood pots from the Target craft section, and painting patterns with copper paint.

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I hope you’re inspired to design your day with a fun palette and some unique, geometric design elements! Here’s some more fun images from the shoot!

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geo styled shoot {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

geo styled shoot {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

geo styled shoot {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

geo styled shoot {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

geo styled shoot {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

geo styled shoot {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

geo styled shoot {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

 

 

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I’m so excited to show you this all white birthday party for Yoleine, owner of Yellow Bird Events.

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She put together an amazing all white birthday party! She even got all of her guests to wear all white – no way could I have pulled that off. But she’s an awesome wedding planner, so I guess people are used to her telling them what to do – haha! I loved everything about this party. I could tell every one had so much fun! Here they all are, all dressed in white! They were ready to get buck wild!

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all white {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

From the invitations to the food to the beautiful, yet simple decor, this party was just fabulous! She even had white cocktails – it took me forever to get the song “If you like pina coladas…” out of my head! (Did you click the link? Ha, now it’s stuck in your head too!)

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all white {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

all white {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

Love the bleach pens – she though of everything!all white {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

all white {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

all white {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

all white {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

all white {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

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This time of year gets everybody talking about the coming trends for the New Year. What are the hottest colors for weddings? What will the bridesmaids be wearing? 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!

1. Greenery

So many wedding planning decisions are on hold until the bride-to-be decides on her color scheme. Top of the list for color choices? Why, the color of the year – Pantone 15-0343 – Greenery, of course!

trends {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]Vendors: photography: Krista Mason Photography // event planning – Chic Celebrations // florals: Lauryl Lane  // venue: Hummingbird Nest Ranch

2. Bold and Bright

Wedding planners are also forecasting bright and bolder colors, like these featured in this colorful centerpiece!

trends {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]Vendors: photography: Krista Mason Photography // venue: The Fig House // event design: Chic Celebrations // florals: Lauryl Lane

3. Neutral tones with bright accents

Looking for something a little more subtle? How about dreamy palettes of greys, creams, and gold? How awesome are these pops of mustard yellow and rich plum as accent colors?

trends {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]Vendors: photography: Krista Mason Photography // event planning: Elegant Ninja // floral design: Poppy Design Co

4. Black is chic

And one of the most chic of accent colors? Black – bet you didn’t see that one coming! Subtle black accents help round out the romantic florals and softer linens, adding the perfect balance between masculine and feminine.

trends {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]Vendors: photography: Krista Mason Photography // event planning: Elegant Ninja // floral design: Poppy Design Co

5. Garden theme

Since Greenery was chosen as this year’s color of the year, it only seems logical to incorporate more greenery into your wedding design. This garden inspired wedding is so elegant and goes a long way toward adding a touch of nature to your big day.

trends {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]Vendors: photography: Krista Mason Photography // event planning – Chic Celebrations // florals: Lauryl Lane  // venue: Hummingbird Nest Ranch

6. Lush florals

While we’re talking about floral inspiration, you’ll want to ask your floral designer to come up with something more dramatic and artistic this season – something like this lush bouquet! So many gorgeous colors and textures!!

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Vendors: photography: Krista Mason Photography // venue: The Fig House // event design: Chic Celebrations // florals: Lauryl Lane

7. Unique Escort Cards

As a modern bride, you might be looking to stepping away from some of the more traditional wedding ideas. How about getting a little more creative with your escort cards? Like this travel inspired wedding reception!

trends {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]Vendors: photography: Krista Mason Photography // event planning – Chic Celebrations // florals: Lauryl Lane  // venue: Hummingbird Nest Ranch

8. Lounge areas

And while your guests are waiting to be seated, why not treat them to a cozy space that encourages your guests to mix and mingle, all the while creating a comfortable overall flow of your space.

trends {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]Vendors: photography: Krista Mason Photography // event planning – Chic Celebrations // florals: Lauryl Lane  // venue: Hummingbird Nest Ranch

9. Dessert displays

Dinner has been served, plates are being cleared, and now everyone’s sweet tooth is waking up. Guests can make their way over to your cleverly designed dessert stations and choose for themselves from any number of choices you may have waiting for them.

trends {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]Vendors: photography: Krista Mason Photography // venue name: Catalina View Gardens // event design: Nicole Alexandra Designs // florals: The Bloemist // paper goods: Jasmin Michelle Designs // cake: The Sugar Philosophers // desserts: The Sugar Philosophers

10. Art-inspired cakes

Considered to be the focal point of any wedding reception, the wedding cake is usually the pièces de ré·sis·tance. This year’s cakes promise to be almost too pretty to eat – well, almost! Like this geo inspired cake, just about anything can inspire your wedding cake design.

trends {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]Vendors: photography: Krista Mason Photography // venue: The Fig House // event design: Chic Celebrations // florals: Lauryl Lane // cake: Hey There Cupcake

11. White bridesmaids dresses

Probably one of the harder decisions for the bride-to-be is finding a bridesmaid dress that matches your color scheme AND looks gorgeous and flatters all of her bridesmaids. Stress no more! The trend of the bride being the only one in white is out! Elegant and eye-catching, you’ll find beautiful bridesmaid dresses in many different shades and tones of white and cream.

trends {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]Vendors: photography: Krista Mason Photography // event planner: Tara Bassi // venue: Sunstone Winery

12. Off-the-shoulder bridesmaid dresses

And the bride doesn’t have to be the only one with bare shoulders. Off-the-shoulder bridesmaid dresses add an element of elegance to everyone in the bridal party.

trends {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]Vendors: photography: Krista Mason Photography // Dress: Joanna August

13. Boudoir sessions

Speaking of everyone in the bridal party, why not schedule a day of pampering for you and your girls and then end it with a boudoir shoot? It’s a super fun bonding experience with the bridesmaids and you have the added bonus of having beautiful, artistic, sexy photos to give your groom on your wedding day!

Vendors: Photography: Krista Mason Photography // Location: Colony House- Anaheim, CA // Makeup Artist: Kacee Geoffroy hair and makeup // Personal Stylist: Styled by Two’s Company // Female Model: Whitney Hoy

If you’re planning your 2017 wedding right now, we certainly hope you’ll keep us in mind for your wedding photography needs.  With our twelve plus years of experience, we are confident that we can help you tell your wedding story with beautiful, artistic images that you will cherish for years to come! Contact us today to schedule your engagement session so you can tell the whole world your wonderful news!

Already married and now basking in the glow of your love? Let us capture that glow in a private boudoir session. Feel beautiful, sexy, and alive when your significant other opens your gift of a custom album made just for them! Let’s get your scheduled soon before our calendar fills up!

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Don’t you just love an adorable newborn! All that fresh little squishiness and their tiny little cuteness?!?! Meet Nathan …

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This tiny little cute thing is especially special. He’s part of a family that is near and dear to my heart. I’ve enjoyed being a part of their lives and so many of their milestones. It all started with mom and dad’s engagement and wedding and most recently this little guy. I’ve had the honor of photographing three out of the four kids newborn sessions. So as you can imagine I adore this family!

 

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I love watching their family grow! Especially the very special relationship the kids have with each other – both the good and the bad! Haha! Each of these kids has their own very different personality!

Honestly, watching them all grow and develop such amazing bonds … that’s something I cherish as a photographer! I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to be a big part of this family’s cherished moments.

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Aren’t you just dying to get some great shots of your family? Give us a shout! We’re booking for late winter and early spring now!

 

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Wow! Can you believe that we are less than two weeks away from 2017? I guess we were pretty busy this year and didn’t notice how quick it flew by until it’s almost gone! We thought we’d pull together the Best of 2016 … some of your favorites and ours, too! Everything from your favorite Instagram post to your favorite event.  Stick it out to the end for a festive holiday cocktail recipe from Tal, one of my favorite mixologists from Pharmacie!

Your Favorite Tip

Your favorite tip of the year focuses on my favorite thing…the details. You’re going to work so hard to get everything just so for your big day. Visit the blog to get a recap of three tips how to get better details photos from your photographer.

Your Favorite Instagram Posts

We love your engagement with us on Instagram!! Here are the top 3 posts from this year according to YOU!! Looks like 2017 is going to be full of color!

 

Your Favorite Facebook Album

A stunning wedding at Sunstone Villa was your favorite wedding album posted on Facebook this year! And I completely agree! So breathtaking!

 

Your Favorite Krista and Aldo Adventure

The Amalfi Coast and Florence were my favorite parts of Italy! You all really enjoyed the Amalfi Coast! It’s so picturesque and so of course that inspired me to take tons of photos! It would be a dream to shoot a wedding or engagement session here. The beautiful turquoise water with the assortment of pastel buildings nestled on top of the cliff…there are just no words to the beauty.

 

Favorite Portrait Session

This little dude was just super adorable and his mommy, Gianna of Chic Celebrations, had some of the cutest styling ideas!

Favorite Wedding

I love all of my brides – all of their weddings are all just so amazing. But for some reason, this Old Hollywood Glam wedding just left me giddy! It obviously left you giddy too, it’s the most visited wedding on the blog!

Favorite Styled Shoot

This was such an amazing shoot! So much color, so many styles, so much beautiful awesomeness we had to write, not one, not two, but THREE blog posts about it!!

Favorite Engagement Session

Engagement sessions are one of my favorite things to photograph! In spite of the outrageous temps in OCTOBER, we were able to get some amazing shots with Karen and Eric! And you seemed to think so too! Aren’t they adorable!

Favorite Cocktail

Well, if you’ve made it this far, you deserve a cocktail!! So, as promised, here’s one of my favorite cocktails from the year! 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 smile.png )

(Hint: Right-click the image to save the recipe for yourself!)


Well, there you have it!! All of your favorites from 2016!! We could not have had such an amazing year without all of our amazing clients! Thank you to each and every one of you – you know who you are! Interested in being a part of of our fabulous 2017? Then let us be a part of your life! Give us a shoutout! Happy Holidays!!

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Looking for some more Holiday Inspiration? We’ve got it here! Check out this amazing Oscar-themed wedding at the gorgeous Terrenea Resort. Natalie, of A Good Affair, designed this fabulous wedding.

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I love the rich red and burgundy colors mixed with the classic black and gold. And these colors just pop in front of the elegant white draping!

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more holiday inspiration {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

The clear glassware and candles just really make it glow.

more holiday inspiration {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

This look is perfect for the holidays or your next Oscar party! You can never go wrong with sparkles!  I feel like I just want to wrap myself up in this and get my holiday party on! How about you?

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more holiday inspiration {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

more holiday inspiration {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

more holiday inspiration {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

more holiday inspiration {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

Do you have an awesome party planned soon? Why not capture the memories? Give us a shout!!

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It’s another Merry day in December! This time we’re being featured over on Ruffled Blog! This shoot features an unconventional color combination that is to die for if you’re looking for something different for your wedding! It’s always so exciting when we get to show off! Be sure to go and congratulate the other vendors!

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Vendor Credits:

event planning: The Elegant Ninja //  floral design: Poppy Design Co. // wedding dress: Alexandra Grecco // jewelry: Courtney Bensik // hair: Hair by Nikki and Katherine Barber // makeup: Lexi Kleyla // wedding cake: M Cakes Sweets // Ribbon: Silk and  Willow // Calligraphy: Bohemian Ink // furniture: Justin Michael Patterson

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OK…I am so pumped! Krista Mason Photography has been featured on Green Wedding Shoes!! This gorgeous editorial shoot was a fresh take on the traditional autumn wedding. It’s brimming with color, clean lines, and a few exciting twists!

This is such a tremendous honor that I get to share with some of my very good friends and favorite wedding vendors!! Check out the article to get some inspiration for your own beautiful wedding! And then visit the other vendors and give them a huge shoutout!!

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Vendor Credits:

photography: Krista Mason Photography // venue name: Catalina View Gardens, Rancho Palos Verdes, California, USA // event design: Nicole Alexandra Designs // planning: Nicole Alexandra Designs // florals: The Bloemist // wedding dress: Madeleine Fig // hair stylist: Face It Sugar // paper goods: Jasmin Michelle Designs // cake: The Sugar Philosophers // desserts: The Sugar Philosophers //  Tabletop, Pillows: Anthropologie // furniture rentals: Classic Party Rentals // specialty rentals: Tabletop: Crate & Barrel // models: Stephanie Turek and Chaz Ahern

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