Having professional photos taken can be quite stressful. For most people, being in front of the camera doesn’t feel natural! You’re feeling nervous and awkward, wondering what locations or outfits are best. What about timing for the best light? Oh, and don’t forget you’ve got to work around your kids’ nap schedules! Then you’ve got to figure out how to look gorgeous and natural without looking too posed. I mean, come on! Even a selfie pro has to take a bunch of snaps to get that one Instagram worthy shot – and she likes being photographed! All these questions and thoughts are running through your head before your session and all this anxiety is just building up more and more. But wait … it doesn’t have to be that way. Read on for some of my best tips for a stress-free portrait session!

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At Krista Mason Photography, we want you to have a fun, relaxing, stress-free session. You can do that by leaving all the details to us, the professional photographers. Our goal is to capture your family – whether it’s just the two of you or your growing family of 4. We do this in a fun and relaxing way that allows us to capture your genuine personalities with love and laughter.

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You can be sure we’ll do our part, but how do YOU make a great photo session happen? Read on for our tips:

Choose the right photographer

Not all photographers are the right photographer for you. The most important step in the process to finding a photographer is finding one that you connect with and feel comfortable around. A photographer that makes you feel relaxed and comfortable and confident.

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Pick the right timing

It’s a fine line between picking the perfect time for gorgeous natural light and that time when your little ones are going to be in their best mood. Communicate with your photographer if you have specific time frames you’d like to work with. But, keep in mind the best lighting is just before sunset. Of course, during the summertime, that’s the witching hour for the little ones and can prove a challenge to get kids to cooperate. The best photographer is willing to work with you and your family’s schedule while still striving for the best options for getting those amazing shots.

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Have a consultation with your photographer

Feeling confident about your location and what you are going to wear are crucial in capturing the best images. Be sure to communicate your expectations with your photographer and your family. This will make for a smooth session. An experienced photographer will be one that asks lots of clarifying questions either with a Skype call or an in-home visit. This will go a long way to getting images that will blow your mind; images that you’ll proudly display in your home – beautiful art that will remind you of that fleeting magical time!

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Keep it light hearted

Your kids or husband may be driving you up the wall while you’re getting ready and rushing out the door for your session. Stay focused and don’t let it get to you. Do your best to keep everyone calm, cool, and collected … including yourself. If you need a moment to relax – even just 30 seconds alone to regain your sanity – just take it. Nothing is worse than showing up to a session trying to capture the love between you and your family but you just got in an argument. Even worse? Trying to get the kids to listen but one of them goes into full-on meltdown. Today is supposed to be a peaceful day! Bonus tip: bring a little something to keep the kids entertained and focused … a favorite toy (or even a new one), music, snacks … candy is my go-to favorite! Of course, I don’t have to go home with them, though – lol!

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Prepare and be ahead of schedule

Nothing adds to the stress more than running out the door in a panic because you’re late for your session. Allow plenty of time to get ready and arrive on location for your session – maybe even add on a little extra time to deal with those unexpected hiccups that inevitably occur. We suggest at least 2-3 hours to get ready. Lay out all your outfits the night before – including shoes, socks and all the accessories – because there’s a good chance you’ll forgot the socks or won’t be able to find those shoes that make the outfit complete, lol. We also suggest to double your expected travel time, it is LA after all. It’s always better to arrive early enough to look around. It lets you and the kids unwind from the travel rather than being in a frantic high-strung state because you got stuck in traffic. Don’t make specific plans after your session, like dinner reservations, ball games or anywhere you have to be at a set time. Sometimes things can go a bit longer than anticipated.

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Trust your photographer

Trust your photographer to capture you and your loved ones. Let them guide you and direct you. That takes the pressure off of you. Trust they have your best interest in mind and want you to love your images just as much as you want to love them. Don’t worry about anyone but yourself, your photographer has your back and is looking at everyone to make sure you all look your best – even the kids and fur babies.

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Be well rested and have a snack (especially the kiddos)

Get a good nights sleep. Try to get everyone to take a nap if you’ve got a late afternoon or early evening session. Eat a light snack before your session. Yes, I know that you are trying to fit into that stunning dress, but hearing your tummy grumble during a session will for sure be a distraction. And we all know how testy a hangry toddler or husband can be!

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Hair and Make-up

Consider professional hair and make-up for your session. Pamper yourself a little and take the stress off of getting the perfect style and look. Don’t have time to go to the salon? No problem … many hair and make-up artists now come to you, like our friends at glam squad!

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Have fun

The most important tip we can offer you is this: have fun and let loose. Allow yourself to laugh, enjoy the silly moments, whatever it takes for your session to be fun. Let your inner child run free, and of course let the kids be kids. It’s about capturing the precious moments and a genuine reflection of your family. Look at your session as an adventure, a date night or an enjoyable excursion with the family. You’ll be happy when you see images that tell the truth about who you are as a family!

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What happens when you have to find a new ceremony location just two weeks before to your wedding day? Is your team of vendors going to help you with the process or add more stress? See how this couple handled their potential wedding day disaster!
Dara and Eugene were planning a very intimate ceremony and dinner reception with 25 of their closest friends and family!
When Dara first reached out to me, they were planning to have their first look at Mama Shelter and their ceremony and reception at Madera Kitchen. Both are very cool local spots that the couple loves and have significant meaning to them. These locations were the perfect place for them to celebrate this most important day.
About two weeks before their date, Dara and Eugene unfortunately found out their rabbi was unable to preform their ceremony at Madera Kitchen, due to religious restrictions. By this point, Dara and I had worked out all the details for the perfect elopement package and session locations for the two of them. In a panic, she called me and told me she had to not only find a new location for her ceremony, but it had to meet the specific restrictions. All this had to happen within the next two weeks! Dara and Eugene had fallen in love with Madera Kitchen and she had her heart set on saying “I do” there, so, needless to say, she was just a tad bit stressed.
Over the years, I’ve come to realize something. Being a professional photographer isn’t just about being able to capture the moments, but about being able to understand your clients needs and concerns and provide them with the experience that will make them look back on their photos with joy and happiness.
I could easily have made the situation worse by going into a panic mode myself. Most people would instinctually point out that she wasn’t going to find anything that compared to her first choice in just two weeks. But who needs that added stress?
I reassured her that everything would be fine and she would find the perfect ceremony location. I was especially careful to remind her we would make her photos work no matter what happened. Her biggest fear was losing the visual beauty of her ceremony location. It was also very important to stay local. I told her, “I promise that you will look back on your photos with absolute confidence and joy; you’re going to love them!” I was confident that no matter what venue she selected, she was going to have an amazing experience and I would rock her location. My personal confidence help her feel at ease about the whole situation and built her confidence in not only us as a photographer but in her search for a new location.
And you know what? After loads of research and lots of scouting, she was able to find a new venue that she felt was the right one. Just like I told her, I found some beautiful backdrops for all her photos! What a happy ending!
And we can discuss how cute her puppy is. I adore it when our couples include their furbabies!
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Your girl-friend just sent you information for a photographer she swears will change your life, your co-worker sent you another photographer that they loved and your cousin sent you another that she’s been raving about.

Has this happened to you? By now, you and your fiancé have browsed what feels like thousands of photography websites trying to define and select the style of photographer that you like. You’ve probably even narrowed it down to your top choices, probably around 3-5 photographers.

You’ve decided photography is important to you and you’ve probably set your budget set for hiring the perfect photographer. Your dilemma is this: you’re finding that wedding photographers fall into significantly different price categories and you have no idea why or how to move forward. Hey, they’re all great photographers. You would be happy to have any of them take your photo.

So how do you make a final selection? Especially when you’ve noticed that wedding photographer’s fees can range anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000 and even more.

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Of course, you don’t want to make a decision based solely on price, so how do you know you’re getting your money’s worth? Let’s be honest here … your budget is only part of the decision, right? You still have to make sure you hire the right photographer to capture your day just as you had imagined it. Someone to make you look amazing, guide you and capture all those moments you didn’t even know where happening, like your parents tearing up at your ceremony, your friends laughing during your speech and all the tiny little details you have worked so hard to pull together.

So why are similar photographers priced so differently?

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The truth is in the personal experience, the photographer’s skill and the experiences the photographer provides for you throughout the process and most importantly on the most important day of your life.

You’ve probably already received a few quotes … some way outside of your budget and some seem too good to be true. So how do you choose? How do you know if you are making the right decision for one of the most important investments on your wedding day? Yes, everything is important: from the flowers to the cake to the rentals and tableware. After all is said and done though, the photographs are what you will be left with to serve as a reminder of the best day ever.

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Just like any product or service, there will always be a cheap option and an expensive option and lots of options in between. It’s hard to say what to budget. Magazines will tell you $3,000 to $5,000. Your coordinator will tell you 10% of your overall budget. Your friends will definitely tell you what they spent if you ask. These are good rules to follow. Some other factors to consider are where you’re getting married, the time of year and how much you personally value photography.

I’ve put together a little insider information about why photographers range so much in price and how you can expect to get what you pay for:

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“Just Starting Out”

Usually under $2,000

These photographers are newbies. They’ve only photographed a few weddings or maybe it’s even their first one. They are looking to gain experience from your wedding. They’re prices are under cost because they’re working to build their professional portfolio. Most likely, the “just starting out” photographer has a full-time job and is photographing weddings just for fun or as a side job for a little extra cash.

“Finally Got Serious”

Usually between $2,000 and $4,000

These photographers are just starting out full time. They’re passionate and want to make a career out of wedding photography. They’ve photographed a few weddings, maybe even as many as 20. With about five years experience, they probably have a decent portfolio. They’re continuing to build and define their style. Unfortunately, they still lack the knowledge, experience and education to deal with the high pressure situation of photographing a wedding. Knowing how to anticipate precious moments to ensure they aren’t missed, dealing with camera gear that malfunctions on the spot and still getting the perfect shot, handling emotional situations with many different personalities all with ease and grace so you feel confident and comfortable … and at the end of the day, if you aren’t confident and comfortable, it will show in each and every image captured.

“Seasoned Photographers”

Usually ranging from $4,000 to $8,000

These seasoned photographers have years of experience: at least a minimum of 8 years and have most likely shot 100 plus weddings. Their body of work and portfolio are consistent and they have defined their personal style. Don’t get me wrong…they are working on their skills and will keep growing their style to produce more powerful imagery. But, as with any artist, it is definitely consistent. They know how to anticipate every moment and give you a personalized experience from the initial meeting and beyond to your day. Not only do they know how to capture the magic of your day, but actually take part in it, helping you create the perfect moments. Their work has been featured in various online and print publications. Most importantly, they have experienced almost every situation and can truly anticipate your needs. They inspire a sense of confidence and knowledge. They have invested a lot into their business – from equipment to education and more – and are running a full time business with all the expenses that come with it.

“Mentor Photographer”

Starting around $10,000+

These photographers have everything the seasoned photographer has and more. They are highly experienced. They have been published in high-end magazines and online publications. They may be shooting with actual film or a hybrid of film and digital. They offer high-end quality products and services that are heads and tails above the competition. You will definitely see a different in their work, if for no other reason than they have the most number of weddings under their belt. The biggest difference between mentor photographers and seasoned photographers is they are mentoring and educating other photographers – inspiring the next generation of professional wedding photographers.

Still wondering how much should you spend on your wedding photographer?

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As we mentioned before, it all depends on your budget and how much you value your photography. I can guarantee you this: the cheaper the photographer – the lesser amount of experience – the more risks you take, as with any service or product. So you have to ask yourself at the end of the day … and even try to imagine 20 years from now: “Will I regret trying to save $1,000 or even $3,000 and be unhappy with my choice and wish I could do it all over again?”  Are you willing to risk not be fully satisfied with your images or – heaven forbid – hiring a photographer that ruined your day.

Our couples continually comment about how much of a role we play in their big day: helping them stay calm, fixing minor issues such as a broken bustle, grabbing them that glass of champagne before they even ask, anticipating when their nerves are running high and being able to help them be in the present, basically enjoying every part of their day (even the moments when their cheeks hurt and their family is driving them crazy). We are more than just photographers that capture your day, we help make your day the best day ever. All that takes years of experience, knowledge and confidence in knowing we have the art handled, no matter what situation is thrown at us as photographers.

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Beautiful photos don’t just happen by pointing and shooting. Photography is an inspired art, a honed skill and an important service to you on your big day.

Together, evaluate what your budget is and how important quality photography means to you. Do you really want to take a chance on a photographer that may lack experienced and has the potential to make your day even more chaotic than it already is?

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Think about what you’re really getting when you hire a professional photographer. You’re not just paying for their time, but their expertise and professionalism as well. Anyone can show up and push a button. It takes experience, education and skills to not just capture the mood of the moment but deliver the images that will blow your mind and exceed your expectations … the images that you will show off to all your friends and family as you relive the story of your wedding day, flooding your heart with all the emotion you felt on the day with just a single image.

As you are receiving different quotes, and before you make that final decision, take into consideration everything I’m mentioned and ask yourself “How important are my wedding memories and experience?”

At the end of the day, you should go with what feels right for you. Remember: hiring a photographer is an investment, not just a purchase. And as with any big investment, you get what you pay for.

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Has this happened to you? You’re hanging out at your parents’ house and all of a sudden, you’re having bad flashbacks to the 90s. It’s not because the home decor or your parents’ fashion scene, but because … there it is … the huge 30×40 family portrait hanging above the fireplace. All of you matching in denim and black shirts lounging on the floor with those ridiculously fake smiles. Not to mention, you haven’t looked like that teenage girl for at least 15 years! You tell your mom, “I think it’s really time to update this portrait!” You and your sister may not be living at home any longer, but anytime you come over or … god forbid, other people come over … this is the latest representation of your family. That’s just not cool. Am I right? I mean come on, you’re a hip modern fashionable gal, but that portrait states otherwise! So what do you do? You convince your parents it’s time for a change.
In this case, Kayla gifted her family a portrait session for the holidays! What a perfect gift for the whole family! Now mom and dad can display a beautiful piece of photographic art that is current in style and in fashion sense. One that you won’t want to pull off the mantle and hide every time someone comes over. It doesn’t matter that all the kids are grown and starting their own life. You are still family and your parents still want to proudly show off their beautiful family. So, why not get that portrait updated with one that is true to who you all are now, not stuck in the 90s time warp. I mean the fashion scene was questionable back then, but now it’s just wrong … lol.
Together, Kayla and I found the perfect location. Being in the fashion industry, Kayla coordinated her family’s outfits. Don’t they look great! Now, their walls are decked out with the most stunning family portraits that reflect the current decade’s fashion and the modern style of their lovely home. And for you? No more cringing as you walk by and look at that photo. Now, you stop for a second and admire it and find you’re quite proud of it.
Has it been more than 5 years, maybe 10 or even 20? Do you cringe every time you go back home and wish they would just take that picture down? Is it time to update your family portraits? Just because you’re grown and have long moved out of your parents’ home, it doesn’t mean you can’t help keep their home decor current. You can be proud of the images of you displayed around your parents’ house! Make them proud with a new family portrait they can proudly display on their walls.
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Alina and Steve reached out to me before they even had a date or location. All Alina knew was she wanted a small intimate courthouse wedding and she wanted me capture it. After chatting with her to get to know her a bit, I suggested the most beautiful courthouse I know, Santa Barbra Courthouse.
After hearing what Alina had visioned for her day, I thought it would be the perfect fit for them. As it turns out, they were heading to Santa Barbara the very next week for a weekend trip. It was perfect timing to scout it out. When Alina called me back to confirm her date, she told me she booked it on the spot … she loved it so much. It was exactly what they wanted and was so beautiful.
While her guest list grew from 20 to 75, it was still the intimate outdoor setting she and Steve had dreamt of. It was such a special moment. With their closest friends and family circled around them, they were witnesses to their commitment to each other. Of course, those special moment were filled with droplets of laughter at all the inside jokes! Alina wrote her vows on the back of a cookie box, lol. I love when couples have fun and quirky little things included in their wedding! What a privilege that I get to capture them and their quirks.
While your wedding day may go beyond what you had initially envisioned, like Alina and Steve’s growing guest list, don’t lose sight of who you truly are. Alina and Steve made adjustments along the way, and at the end of the day it was perfect for them. Having a vendor team that understands you is important in making sure your perfect day happens. While things may go off track, your vendors can make sure things stay in line with your original vision.
That’s how you can have the perfect dream wedding, just like Alina and Steve. Between the phone calls and emails, I worked with them – step by step – to get to know them and what they desired. When it came time to capture their perfect day, it was a no brainer. Alina and Steve wanted an intimate ceremony with a small party and beautiful images that they could look at later and reflect back on their day with complete ease and joy.
No matter what your dream wedding is, big or small, ballroom or garden, cozy or formal, extravagant or simple … be true to you and make sure that you hire a team that understands you and your vision. Things will happen and you will need those people to help guide you through all the hiccups that will happen even before your big day. Because you have a crew that is by your side standing for you and knows exactly what you want, you’ll make your dream wedding come to life.
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You have booked your wedding photographer and made the smart decision of having an engagement session! But now you are staring at your closet full of cloths and have no idea what to wear. You’re thinking, “Do I want casual dressy neutral colorful?” and your head starts spinning with all the decisions to make for your outfits. How do you even decide?
Guess what….it doesn’t have to be stressful. Here at krista mason photography we help guide you: not just your locations, but your outfits too! We want to fit your personality and the design of your home, so you can proudly display your engagement art. We ask you a series of questions to find out where you shop, your favorite colors, your favorite outfits and what your home decor looks like. Then we create a mood board for you and your fiancé to help guide you in preparing for your session. This results in the perfect engagement outfit with the most stunning location! It’s our secret to creating beautiful art you can proudly hang on your walls!
I worked closely with Mia and Earl to make sure the clothing fit their style and was something that they would love to wear, but also feel amazing in. With the help of their mood board and texting back and forth about outfit options, they felt confident, comfortable, and looked stunning with their outfit choice! There was no second guessing no questions about do we coordinate does it fit the location. All the guesswork was taken out with an outfit guide based on their preferences. Mia and Earl loved this service and said it made shopping and outfit selection so easy! Which in turn made their session so smooth and allowed for the most stunning images.
This is just one of those bonus services that we offer at krista mason photography to help make your experience the best one possible. It’s all about getting you images that will blow your mind. Are you ready to take your photography experience to the next level? We are here to help you!
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You have your marketing and PR team working hard for you. Your website is killer and your social media game is strong. You have followers that engage and customers who adore you. Did you know that they want to know more about you and your story? After all, you are your brand. They want those behind the scenes shots. They want to know what a day in the life of you is all about. But, most of all? They want to see your stunning face!
You know what that means? You need a branding lifestyle session. You need images to show off you, the force behind the brand. The who and the what behind the brand has just as important a story as the service or product you represent.
I love working with our branding clients to capture these images that tell a story about them in both their personal life and professional life. Why not? The two worlds often collide anyway!
Timea was super nervous the first time she reached out to me. Her marketing manager told her she needed to represent herself in her marketing materials with some professional branding images. She reluctantly reached out to me and booked her session. I guided her along the whole process from outfits to location. We took inspiration from her furniture business. Together we created the perfect inspiration board that was the foundation for bringing her vision to life. I got to know her and connected with her during the process and assured her that the session would be fun. Of course, she didn’t believe me right away, but she trusted me, pulled everything together, and was soon ready for the session.
We met in person for the first time on the day of the shoot. I could sense she was a tad nervous. I reassured her that we would have fun and that she would absolutely love her images. Together, we had come up with several outfits and set-ups to best represent her and her brand. As we started shooting, the laughter started and Max (the dog) and I became best friends. Soon she started to relax and flow with the session as if she was a pro. She went from not believing that this would be fun to having a blast! Later she told me she actually had a good time.
That’s what hiring a professional is all about. Not just doing a good job, but making you’re the most comfortable. When you reflect back on your images, you’ll see the true you. A true smile, you natural look and, of course, a stunning you that represents your brand and your personality.
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It’s that time of year, Grads! I still remember my high school graduation and all the fun events leading up to it. Senior Day, Grad Night, Prom, and of course senior photos. I was actually working my first job in a wedding and portrait studio and had the privilege to have some amazing photographs taken.
I didn’t realize what a treasure I had. All my friends were having those cheesy studio sessions that have little, to no true character to them. You know the ones I am talking about, the ones that go in your year book? Of course, there is a time and a place for those photos and that’s it … the yearbook. Many of my friends were having that same stale experience for their whole senior portrait experience. Mine? My images were fun and creative and truly reflected me. I actually still have mine on my fridge, for reasons we won’t get into right now, but let’s just say it’s my goal picture, lol.
My good friend Susan, of Peony and Plum reached out to me. She told me Siena, her daughter, wanted to have her senior portraits taken, but that she didn’t want to do the ones through the school because they were stiff and cheesy. I said, “With today’s social media, bloggers and everyone posing for social images, I couldn’t believe that was still the standard.” She mentioned that all her friends had already had their sessions and she didn’t want to do one like that … it just wasn’t her style. I have know Siena for some years now, and have gotten to know her really well. Together, we came up with the perfect location and outfits for her session. Of course, with mom being a florist, we had to include some flowers. Who wouldn’t want a dreamy flower crown!
I love this session with Siena. Because I do know her personally, I know these are really true to her personality. That’s what I love about senior portrait sessions: they should reflect who you are, your character, quarks, likes, interests, and so on. So when you stick your photo on your fridge 20 years later, you remember what your personality and interests were. You can’t achieve that with a 30-60 minute studio session where they cattle you in. Who really wants to wear the same type of clothing with the same background as everyone else in your class?
It takes time and effort and guidance to get to know a person and their interests. But it’s so worth it to be able to bring those parts of the individual to life for the camera. And that’s exactly what I love to do … get to know the real you. So tell me … what do you prefer? A personal intimate session where you get to be you or the cattle session where you are just another senior?
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It’s your bridal shower! You have everything set. You have cleaned every inch of your house and rented the most stunning furniture. You’ve selected the most beautiful flowers and brought in the best catering and desserts. You even have some fun games planned for your ladies. Your closest gals are getting ready to celebrate YOU before you say “I do” to the man of your dreams.
Everything’s going to be perfect and you can’t wait to celebrate with your girl tribe!
It’s one of those extra special days before your biggest best day ever! Don’t you want to make sure that you have the special moment with your mom, your soon to be m-i-l and all your ladies captured? I’m not talking about all the mobile phone selfies…you KNOW those are showing up on Insta. This is a big celebration for you! And, after all, wouldn’t it would be nice if you and your guests didn’t have to worry about taking those instagram worthy pics? You can relax and be in the moment, knowing that your professional photographer – aka, me, lol – has you and your guests covered.
So sit back, relax and enjoy your tribe and all the beautiful work you have pulled together! As your ladies help celebrate you, know that we’ve got you covered from details to portraits to all those candids! That’s what bridal showers are for!
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Your little nugget is having her first birthday soon and you just realized you have no professional images of her, expect for those newborn pictures you captured in those precious early days. It’s just the three of you now. Your little family has grown and changed so much in the last year; you’re missing something though…beautiful images of this new family to proudly display in your home.
Of course, you probably have millions of cellphone pics of her and even some selfies of the three of you. Maybe you even put together that Shutterfly photobook for grandma for Christmas, but what you’re really missing are those precious natural moments professionally captured, beautifully printed and mounted and hanging on the walls of your home.
You’re probably wondering to yourself, “Where did a year go?” It’s OK … it happens to all of us. So many things happening, so many things changing in that short period, it just slips your mind or you tell yourself, “I’ll get to it next month.” Before you know it, the next month and the next month and the next have come and gone and now here you are planning her first birthday and you have no images to represent your beautiful family of three.
We understand and want you to know that’s ok. There is no better time than now to capture your little one in professional photos. Guess what? You get to be in the photos too! Make it a new family tradition to have professional family photos made each year! One day, you’ll be able to look back at how precious your little one was at each stage of her life. These will also be pictures that she will cherish as she grows up and heads out into the world to embark on her own life adventure. She’ll have all these beautiful nuggets of memories in her pocket to reflect back on and know that she will always have you by her side, just like when she was a little girl.
So it’s time … you’ve thought about it today. Don’t let the busyness of your daily “to-do list” or the “I’ll do it tomorrows” stop you this time. Just pick up the phone and reach out to us. We’d love to capture your family before time goes by and she is out the door and the memories start to fade from one year to the next. Keep them alive with the beautiful images that you will cherish for many years to come … just like this family did! And you know what? Baby Stella loves her images. A series of four are hung over her changing table and every night Stella likes counting and kissing all the Stellas before she goes to sleep. It doesn’t get any cuter than that! I’m sure she will cherish them just as much when she is ready to leave the nest.

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