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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The clear glassware and candles just really make it glow.

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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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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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Are you ready for some gorgeous holiday inspiration? I love working with the ladies of Details Details and the amazing Shawna Yamamoto! Together, they are a rock star dream team! I love photographing the magic they make. I’ve been wanting to show you this holiday party from last year. We’re so happy to finally getting a chance to share with you! (Yes…it has been that kind of year, but it a good way – lol!) Now that the holidays are upon us, I thought now would be the perfect time to show you! Maybe you’ll get a little inspiration for your very own holiday party!

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I love all the details from the Design a Headband table to the Fortune teller … the gorgeous tables and, of course, the champagne station! YUM! The black, white and gold with the winter greens is the perfect holiday ensemble and these ladies sure know how to make it classy! Despite the fact that it started to rain on us, the ladies from Details Details were hard at work making sure everyone had a wonderful time and enjoyed all the fun activities and amazing food!

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What is your holiday party theme this year? Leave a comment and let us know!! Looking to have your event or party captured forever? Contact us today … we still have some openings for 2016!

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For many people I know, this has been a year full of important events: engagements, weddings, pregnancies, births, new jobs, new homes…the list can go on. These joyous events are not without their own stress, but holiday stress can be a whole other monstrous beast!

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holiday stress {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]It seems like we all push ourselves to the limit during this time of the year! We bounce between parties, shopping, baking, cleaning, entertaining, traveling, and then even more parties! The phrase “burning the candle at both ends” totally applies to my life during the holidays! But, I’ve come to realize that just a few tweaks to my routine can help get rid of some of the stress and lets me enjoy this wondrous time of year even more!

Here are a few things that I’m going to try this year to help me keep from going overboard and burning out.

 


Make a list

Make a list of what needs to be done. Keep it somewhere handy so you’ll be able to refer to it whenever you need to…a small notebook you can tuck in your purse, a note on your smart phone, or even one of those organizational apps. Where you keep your list isn’t as important as actually keeping one. Making a list help you to think through the details and allows you to prioritize what needs to get done first. Your list will help keep you on track so you don’t forget anything at the last minute.

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You are just one person. You only have two hands and 24 hours in each day. Don’t feel bad about asking someone to run an errand for you. There’s a good chance they need something from the store too! Talk to your friends and find out what common things you are all doing and work out a plan to help each other out. Coop things like babysitting, grocery shopping, gift wrapping, and runs to Starbucks!

 

Outsource the work

Hire a maid for a thorough cleaning right before the in-laws arrive. Ask your lawn company if they do outdoor decoration installations. Have your gifts wrapped by the store before you bring them home, or find a local club raising funds by wrapping your presents for you. Hire the neighbor kids to walk the dogs. Anything that doesn’t require your personal touch could easily be hired out.

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Take care of you

Plan some “me time” into your holiday schedule. If you find yourself coming to tears over something small and insignificant, then it’s time for a break. Take a hot bath, get a massage, or a mani-pedi! Make sure you’re getting plenty of rest, too. Having a consistent bedtime routine is often times helpful. Try getting to bed an hour or so earlier a few times a week.holiday stress {Krista Mason Photography} [post_title]

Reach out for support

If the holidays are an emotional time for you, don’t try to do it all by yourself. Don’t be afraid to say no to friends and family if you’ve reached the end of your rope. If the holidays make up uncomfortable, find time to sit down with a licensed professional for that much needed support. Don’t put it off until the last minute.

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Be purposeful with your activities

It’s too easy to get caught up in all the tasks that you forget how important it is to do things that bring you joy. Play with your kids or grandkids, make a gingerbread house, watch silly movies, or anything else that reminds you why you celebrate. Start a new tradition if an old one is taxing and stressful.

Laugh (a lot) and be thankful

We’re all human and sometimes things are just going to go wrong. If things don’t quite go as you planned, put on a smile, have a laugh, and reflect on the wonderful things in your life. We have a roof over our heads, family and friends who love us, and so much more to celebrate in our daily lives.

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Do you know how many days until Christmas is here?

Remember those tips about outsourcing and sharing the load? Well, we’ve got all kinds of wonderful ideas for the perfect gift for that special someone on your list! Let us know how we can help relieve some of your holiday stress today!online-store


What about your family portraits … have you had them taken yet this year? Having annual holiday portraits is a great family tradition that will give you beautiful memories to be treasured for years to come. We’ve only got a few sessions left before the end of the year!

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You guys know I love my destination weddings and Key West is one on the top of my list.

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I was so happy for Christina Cruz of Events Boutique when she told me she was eloping to Key West with 20 of her closest friends and family. Then … she told me she wanted me to photograph it! Well, I was all about that!!

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I’ve always wanted to go to south Florida and I was super excited at the opportunity to shoot a wedding in Key West. It did not disappoint! The beautiful palms, the turquoise water, those white sand beaches … such a quaint little community! And the weather? Absolutely perfect!

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I love the gorgeous little houses and eclectic shops!!

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I even loved the “wild life” that roamed the island…I’m sure there’s a joke in there somewhere!

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The character and charm of Key West really spoke to me. And the coffee … OMG, the coffee! I could have bathed in the coffee – it was sooo good! I loved walking around the island with the wedding party. The true essence of the island made the day just perfect. A laid back town, a laid back group of friends, and a couple up for almost anything!

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But, most of all I fell in love with the light. The combination of overcast cloudy days with the warm weather made it the perfect soft box! Oh, and the 2 minute bursts of rain were fun too! It was the best of both worlds! The water was so incredibly warm, which turned out to be a good thing! Due to offshore tropical storms and the high tide, half of the wedding guests were standing in the ocean!

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A boat ride out to a private island is just the perfect backdrop for a gorgeous ceremony.

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It suited Christina and Keith and all their guests just fine! Oh, I cannot wait to go back!!

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They wanted low key elopement with a fantastic dinner party after. Their goal was to relax and enjoy the day and that they did. Christina wanted so much to relax that she didn’t even want to talk to me about the schedule of her day, hah! (I did mention she is an event planner, right?) She didn’t want to work or lift a finger that day, so you know she worked hard ahead of time to make it all happen. I mean, who else put together this amazing backyard dinner party?

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Christina went with a nautical theme with teals, navy and white. She worked with the local vendors for the rentals and catering. She brought it all together with her special design touch to make it totally hers!

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And how fun is this cocktail bar? She’s so awesome!!

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How cute is this ship’s wheel for all the guests to sign?

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And what about these bouquets? I never would have thought to use a simple air plant as a bouquet! But, it totally works!

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Christine made sure it was a wonderful time for everyone. She thought of everything to make her guests comfortable!

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It was so much fun to see their precious fur baby participating! You know me, I go soft anytime someone with four legs comes into the room! This tutu was just adorable!

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A wedding always a joyous occasion, but sometimes the most special people are missing.

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This was one fun destination wedding! I can’t wait to go back! Thank you so much, Christine and Keith, for letting me be a part of your big day! Congratulations!

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This is Clarice and Mike. Aren’t they just adorable? My favorite thing about this engagement session was how excited Clarice was when I told her we were including ice cream in their session!

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Well, we had very different ideas about the ice cream! I thought we’d use it as a prop. Clarice thought it would be a great treat! She was so excited, it was like being around a little kid. I have to admit, going into the store to get the ice cream made me feel a little giddy.

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I get it! I remember getting this special treat as a child. There was a local Thrifty’s at the end of the block by my grandma’s house.  Plus, Clarice loves her ice cream (her favorite flavor is Thrifty’s cherry chocolate chip) and it was her birthday, so of course we had to include it! It worked as both: a prop and a treat!

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We started their session along Belmont Shores. This is just the cutest little place!

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After we hung out there for a little while, we headed on to Seal Beach. These spots are some of Clarice and Mike’s favorite places to hang out. They were perfect for their engagement shoot!

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Look how cute and snuggly they are! I just love capturing moments like this!

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We found the ice cream, a few hidden street gems, the docks and the beach. The best thing was ending the day with sunset on the beach! Aren’t these beach shots just stunning?

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These shots in black and white have such a great vintage look. I love the pier in the background!

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OK, now I need to go get some ice cream!

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Thanksgiving is Natalie’s Favorite Holiday. What’s Yours?

Don’t you just want to eat and gather with family now?! I love the closeness of Natalie and her family! Plus, who doesn’t love Thanksgiving? What’s your favorite holiday?

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Today, I am sharing a holiday story from Natalie, one of my good friends and soon to be, a repeat portrait client!
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Thanksgiving is Natalie’s favorite holiday because she loves gathering around a large table with all her family and friends – sharing laughs, jokes, heart felt moments and, of course, food. We know, it’s all about the food! I mean family is great and all, but there’s only a few times each year you indulge like that guilt free. And, Natalie does enjoy the guilt free indulging. She told me all about her favorite dish – Mac and cheese with crispy potatoes – um, yes sign me up for that carb overload! I love it! Natalie, set a place for me, ‘cause I‘m coming over.

I’ve actually had the opportunity to share in a few of Natalie’s family gatherings and while the food does play a huge role – I mean huge, these people go all-out-crazy! The warm, welcoming feeling from everyone is so touching, it’s overwhelming. Oh, and don’t forget that after all the yummy food is eaten, they all gather around the TV to root for their favorite football team – the Dallas Cowboys!

I completely understand why this is Natalie’s favorite holiday. Sharing these moments with parents, grandparents, in-laws, aunts, uncles, and friends is very special to their family. You can feel all the love as every single family member tries to get you to eat more and more and more. Love you guys!

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In celebration of the holiday season coming up, we are doing our annual Pop-Up Sessions offering special rates and dates. Be sure to read the details in this email to schedule your holiday photo session! They always book up quick, so don’t think about it for too long!

 

$350 Mini Session

If reserved by 11/18/16
$400 after 11/18/16

 

  • EXCLUSIVE FOR YOU UP TO 30 MINUTES OF PHOTOGRAPHY TALENT WITH KRISTA
  • 25 COMPREHENSIVE DIGITAL PORTRAIT FILES
  • SPECIAL HOLIDAY SAVINGS PRINT PACKAGES
  • SPECIAL BONUS: GUIDED OUTFIT CONSULTATION
  • OCTOBER EARLY BIRD BONUS: A $50 PRINT CREDIT TO USE ON ANY PRINT PACKAGE OF YOUR CHOICE!

 

OCTOBER 22ND, SATURDAY
LOCATION: LOS ANGELES

OCTOBER 29TH, SATURDAY
LOCATION: ORANGE COUNTY

NOVEMBER 13TH, SUNDAY
LOCATION: SOUTH BAY

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$550 Full Session

If reserved by 11/18/16
$850 after 11/18/16

 

  • EXCLUSIVE FOR YOU UP TO 1 HOUR OF PHOTOGRAPHY TALENT WITH KRISTA
  • PICK YOUR OWN DATE AND LOCATION
  • 75 COMPREHENSIVE DIGITAL PORTRAIT FILES
  • SPECIAL HOLIDAY SAVINGS PRINT PACKAGES
  • $50 TO USE ON ANY PRINT PACKAGE OF YOUR CHOICE
  • SPECIAL BONUS: GUIDED OUTFIT CONSULTATION
  • OCTOBER EARLY BIRD BONUS: AN ADDITIONAL $50 PRINT CREDIT TO USE ON ANY PRINT PACKAGE OF YOUR CHOICE!

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Can you hear my squealing over here!!! That’s because we are in the latest print issue of Inside Weddings! It’s always been a dream of mine to be published in Inside Weddings magazine and now it is true! YIPPPPPPPPPPIIIIIEEEEEEEEEE!!!

It was so fun shooting this tablescape as part of the Luxe Linens Launch 2016 and I am so thrilled to have worked with such an amazing team.

Go grab your copy today!

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Photographer: Krista Mason Photography // Designer: Charis Events  // Florist: Avant Gardens // Linens: Luxe Linens // Rentals: 204 Events & Revelry Event Designers // Table Rentals: Dish Wish Events  // Lighting: High Voltage Lighting  // Venue: Vibiana  // Calligraphy: Calligraphy Katrina

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