I’ve got a gorgeous destination engagement shoot for you!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
We started their session along Belmont Shores. This is just the cutest little place!
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!
Look how cute and snuggly they are! I just love capturing moments like this!
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?
These shots in black and white have such a great vintage look. I love the pier in the background!
OK, now I need to go get some ice cream!
For years, Aldo and I have had couples photo sessions for our holiday cards – and I am super excited for this years! Yup, we did it while we were in Italy!!! I’m sure many of you are familiar with them since you’ve probably received them in your inbox or regular old mailbox. It’s a special treat, something we do as much for our clients as for ourselves. It’s a way for us to share our love story with you, just as many of you have shared your story with us when you allowed us to capture your romance.
Don’t be fooled, just because we are photographing couples day in and day out with engagement sessions and weddings and directing and guiding, we still feel awkward on the other side. So your not alone!
You’ve seen the pictures…Aldo and I snuggling closer than normal, standing in positions we don’t stand in normally, all dressed up walking in the woods or around abandoned buildings – all to make the images look amazing and natural. Sounds complicated, right? Not really, it just takes practice.
This is why we encourage all of our couples to have an engagement session prior to the wedding day. You want to focus on your wedding and make sure that you are at your best. Having an engagement session let’s you kick those nerves and awkward feelings to the side. I mean, think about all the prep work you’ve been doing for your wedding. You’ve been on the wedding diet for God only knows how long, spent months hunting for the perfect bridesmaids dresses, not to mention your own perfect dress. Why shouldn’t you make sure you’re at your best for your wedding photos, too?
How does one do that you ask? With an engagement session, of course!Engagement sessions are one of my favorite things to photograph. I love capturing the romance…the excitement…the joy of two people who are about to devote their love to each other.
Sure, you’re nervous about having your photos taken, but an engagement session is the perfect time to work them out. It’s a special time for the couple to be alone and get acquainted with the camera and photographer as a couple.So much is happening on your wedding day – so many emotions, people and activities. An engagement session will give you some quiet time as a couple to just be together and be you and learn your favorite looks together, as well as build a deeper relationship with your photographer.
Some photographers include the engagement session in packages, while others opt to have it as an add-on. Here at Krista Mason Photography we feel it is a must. While we have packages with and without the engagement session to fit your needs, we highly encourage all of our couples to take advantage of the benefits by including one with your wedding package.
Check out our top reasons why an engagement session is a must have bonus.
This is key! At this point you have probably built a basic relationship with your photographer, you get along and are becoming fast friends. But, it is time to take the relationship to the next level by actually working with your photographer by having an engagement session. This time together will help you understand your photographer better and help build your confidence in your photographer, making you more comfortable with them being in the middle of your intimate moments.When they give you guidance for your wedding photos, you’ll know exactly what they are asking without having to think twice about it. You’ll be comfortable knowing what’s coming next – this is key on your wedding day, because you already have so much to think about you don’t need to add anything else to it.The engagement session helps your photographer understand you and what you’re comfortable with and how to better communicate with you on your big day. It allows your photographer to determine if you like more snuggles, if your serious or like lots of laughs, or a good mixture of both. Not all couples are good with the serious, and vice versa, so this time together helps your photographer learn your vibes and what works best for you as a couple…just like dating, the engagement session is a trial run!
Ok, this is key…lol. Who doesn’t want to feel more comfortable and confident in their photos? I know I do! By having an engagement session you will feel more prepared and know what you like and don’t like. This means you can be confident that you and your photographer will get the best photos possible on your wedding day. When you spend this extra time with your photographer, you’re building a relationship that will result in you being more comfortable with him or her. This will go a long way in making your photos much more amazing and natural! You’ll get those awkward nerves out of the way, well, at least the ones about being photographed. Unless you’re a supermodel, you probably aren’t used to being the center of all that attention and having to smile for such a long period of time. Having an engagement session will help you be a pro in front of the camera for your wedding.
The good stuff…that’s what you want! An engagement session lets your photographer learn your best angles, your best poses that let you relax and have fun. Even better, you lean what angles you like, what side you like, what poses are most comfortable, all the way down to the details of holding hands. This also builds up your confidence, since you’ll know what to do to look radiant on your big day.Make sure you share with your photographer what your likes and dislikes are. Remember they aren’t mind readers, so be open with them. We want to make sure your photos are your best, so don’t be afraid to tell them if something makes you feel uncomfortable. Don’t forget to tell them what you love, too, so they can focus on that! As an added bonus, you could do a trial hair and make-up session, so you can see how you like it on camera.
Your engagement session is your time to shine – a chance to be unique – from your hair and make-up, your outfits, even your location. Go ALL out! Have fun. Choose a fun and sexy outfit, get your hair and make-up done and coordinate with your photographer on a unique location that fits your personality as a couple. Choose your own adventure!!
We find that couples often use their engagement photos for wall portraits in their home, sometimes instead of their wedding photos, since your wedding photos will often be very different – more formal – than your engagement photos. Your engagement session is a chance for you to be just be you and wear what is most like you. Whether that’s a fancy dress and suit or jeans and a t-shirt or maybe both, why not? Your photos are usually taken in a natural setting and, ideally, an everyday moment – just jazzed up a bit. So, it will fit in perfectly in your home, because it’s the story of the two of you! Get crazy and have fun, rent a vintage car, throw confetti or holi powder at each other, take a stroll downtown or ride a bike, go retro, bake a cake, play in the snow or rain…your options are limited only by your imagination!
Besides being a source for great home décor, your engagement photos will make for great additions to your wedding design. Use your engagement photos as a sign-in book or display some of the images at your reception; those same portraits will look beautiful displayed in your home. Use your photos as table numbers or in some unique way as a fun display – maybe a wall mural – escort cards, postage stamps or anything you want! They make great holiday cards too! You don’t have to limit using them just at your wedding, use them for your bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, part of your invitations or on your website.We’ve given you some great reasons for scheduling an engagement session, so what are you waiting for?
OK, you are going to love this San Diego engagement shoot. As you all know I have a special bond with puppies – OK, you’re right…it’s a borderline obsession! Anyway, I just love it when couples include their fur babies in their engagement session. Just like Aldo and I, Shannon and Trevor have a special bond with their little fur baby, Kayia.Isn’t she just the cutest? She posed so perfectly and was so classy. I mean look at her and that adorable little sign! You can see she is super excited for her humans…who are amazing, by the way! I love shooting engagement sessions, and while I have my favorite locations, I always enjoy finding new locations. Shannon and Trevor live in downtown San Diego and we thought it would be a perfect fit for them to walk around their favorite areas and capture them in action. Look how adorable they are in this beautiful unique area they call home!It was a beautiful day…chilly but sunny and super windy, but no rain, so it was perfect for their engagement shoot. Shannon embraced the wind, even gave us her best Marilyn Monroe impression, but I love the movement that it created with her hair and skirt. I love that she wasn’t worried about it!As we walked around the neighborhood looking for some cool and unique spots, we got to know them and their loving personalities. We could see how much they love that little fur baby and, of course, each other. Their sweet snuggles turning into giggles and even turned playful…how about that dance in the middle of the road? Perfection! We started on this lovely tree lined street and then headed to a park (with more amazing tree lined walkways) – all the time trying to avoid the crazy people. (I mean it is downtown San Diego after all.) We found so many unique spots, like this wall with some intriguing graffiti. I loved how we could barely see it as if someone had attempted to remove it. It made for a very interesting backdrop for this couple to walk along and have a romantic hug and kiss. Shooting in places that have a special significance to the couple allows us to capture the specialness of their relationship. We love capturing the snuggles, the kisses and laughter and just everyday moments. Thank you Shannon and Trevor for sharing you story with us and allowing us to capture you and of course Kayia!
Engagement sessions are so fun! It is the perfect time for the couple to hang out with each other while having someone with a camera constantly capturing their every movement and detail. The perfect preparation for the wedding day!
Karen and Eric were awesome. First of all it was like a 100 degrees in October in Palos Verdes. Totally unheard of! It is usually nice and cool along the coast and even a little chilly in October, but the weather had other plans for the day. And this couple rocked it!
Especially Eric, who isn’t a huge fan of being photographed and dislikes the heat even more. I had the deck stacked against me, but they were troopers and Eric might even have enjoyed his session after all – one of the benefits of hiring the right photographer who’s a professional through and through. We can make it fun, enjoyable and, no matter the conditions, make you shine (not the sweaty kind but the beauty kind).
Despite the heat, Karen and Eric were fantastic. I got all the snuggles, giggles, and love out of them and they were pros by the end of the session. I love that they included their pups, you know me I am totally obsessed with puppies and love including them in weddings and engagements. They are our fur babies after all.
These poor guys couldn’t handle the heat and Auntie had to take them back to the air conditioned car. Luckily they recovered and it cooled off a tad as the sun was setting and we got their perfect family christmas card, lol.
I love the casual look Karen and Eric rocked. The plaid shirt and sexy jeans paired with some bling is always a great combo.Eric’s plain t and jeans matched with a jacket gave his outfit more dimension. Taking an everyday outfit like jeans and a t-shirt and adding a big statement piece like jewelry, shoes, jackets, etc always take the photos to the next level. And Karen and Eric pulled this off like a pro.
Thinking of having engagement photos taken? Give me a shout…I’d love to tell your story!
Caroline originally contacted me to do her boudoir photography, but when she mentioned she wanted to include her boyfriend Phil, the shoot turned into a beautiful and fun love shoot at the beach!
I think most guys can relate to NOT wanting to be photographed! But when your girl flutters those eye lashes, it’s hard to say no. And Phil was no exception. But he totally stole the show and we had a blast! I love connecting with couples and watching them actually enjoy their photo session as Caroline and Phil certainly did! Lots of laughs, giggles, snuggles and even a few beers! That’s how we roll! Whatever it takes to make it be a memorable and fun day, right?! Caroline wanted to shoot a few around the Viceroy hotel, which is an amazing spot to photograph. From the pool to the plate wall and everything in-between. Then we headed to the beach as the sun was setting for a beautiful backdrop for this stunning couple. Aren’t they such a cute couple!?!? : ) And their personalities are amazing! We had a wonderful time shooting and can’t wait to do it again!
We have been seeing some beautiful engagement stories being shared on instagram for our #kmplovestory giveaway! Have you guys seen them?! Have you shared your own?!? Here at Krista Mason Photography, we love a good engagement story, and we want to hear yours!
It is the last week to enter our giveaway and share your story! And we want to hear yours, so will you tell us your engagement story?
We have an awesome update to share…surprise!
We have opened up the contest on Facebook as well. Yay! Now you can enter on both instagram and facebook. Double your chances…yes! Don’t have Instagram? No problem. Share your #kmplovestory on Facebook OR Instagram. OR even better…share on both!
Share your love story via instagram or facebook for a chance to win one of three prizes. We’d love to see a picture of you and your love – it could be your favorite selfie or maybe show us THE RING! Then, in 2-3 sentences tell us YOUR love story.
Oh…let me tell you about the prizes! We’ve got a couple of our favorite wedding vendors to bring you some great stuff! We will choose three lucky winners to receive one of these great prizes:
an engagement session in Los Angeles/Orange County with Krista Mason Photography!
There’s always got to be a few rules, so here’s what you do to Enter:
Check out a few of our past couples and their love stories! Someday, maybe we’ll be telling your story here too!
Chris surprised Ivette with not only a vacation but an engagement!
Paul + David met on a Los Angeles Subway!
Mirna made a wish at Disneyland and Brain made it came true!
We can’t wait to hear about all the love stories brewing!!! What are you waiting for? Get on over to instagram and facebook and add a photo of you and your love and don’t forget the hashtag!! #kmplovestory
Wow! Another #kmplovestory for you! Ivette was in nursing school and was working her butt off to try and finish in one year! And to her own amazement and exhaustion…she did!
Chris wanted to treat her to a well deserved vacation after all her hard work. Her long hours meant they hadn’t been able to spend much time together. So this was a win-win situation!
Chris told Ivette he wanted to surprise her with a vacation and he would take care of all the planning.
The only information that Chris shared with Ivette was the date and that it would be some where tropical – and that she needed a passport!
Chris surprised her with a trip to Playa Mujeres in Cancun. It was just what she needed to relax and relish in her accomplishments! Margaritas, waves and sunshine were just what the doctor ordered.
On their last night there, they decided to have some photos taken by the resort photographer, capturing their memorable vacation.
Ivette had no idea Chris was planning to propose, but Chris made sure to let the photographer in on the secret.
So there they were, Ivette thinking they are just taking some casual pictures to document their vacation and to her surprise,Chris went down on one knee with a ring! Every moment was captured by the resort photographer.
Needless to say it was a magical moment and a total surprise to Ivette. They also have some amazing pictures to cherish the moment!
Well done Chris!
I would love to tell your love story! We can start today! I’ve got a contest going on over on Instagram! Here’s what you need to do to be included:
What are you waiting for? Go on! Post away!! Watch the blog for another love story!