It’s been another wonderful year filled with amazing weddings, engagement, portraits and some of the best clients! We have pulled together the Best of 2017 … some of your favorites and ours, too! Everything from your favorite Instagram post to your favorite tips.  Stick it out to the end for a festive holiday cocktail recipe from Tal, one of my favorite mixologists from Pharmacie!

Your Favorite Tip

Your favorite tip of the year is a big one for many of our engaged couples, 5 Things to do to get started planning your wedding. Visit the post to get a recap on 5 things to do before you start planning.

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 2018 is going to be beautiful and classic!

Your Favorite Facebook Post

It was a tie between these two posted on Facebook this year! The excitement of just being wed and the beauty of this stunning table by Nicole George Events and Peony and Plum.

 

Your Favorite Krista and Aldo Adventure

Scotland and the Cairngorms were on our top list as well! But you guys were the sweetest, loving the pictures of Aldo and I at Arthur’s Seat! Those rolling green hills are to die for, I’ll admit, and it was so fun walking around being photographed by our good friends.

Favorite Portrait Session

Oh yeah, this was a good one! This gorgeous maternity session has opened up a new love for in-home maternity portraits for me.

Favorite Wedding

This was a close one, but in the end you all loved this beautiful Palos Verdes wedding at Wayfarers Chapel. I mean, with this adorable couple and beautiful glass chapel with stunning views, it’s hard not to love!

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Favorite Styled Shoot

This was such an amazing shoot! So much color, so many bridal styles, so much beautiful awesomeness! All rolled into one killer shoot with my favorite dream team, Chic Celebrations and Lauryl Lane! I have a surprise for you next year involving this awesome dream team!

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Favorite Engagement Session

Those Santa Ynez views and sunsets are my favorite too! This beautiful engagement session was filled with as many surprises as it was stunning images!

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Favorite Cocktail

Well, if you’ve made it this far, you deserve a cocktail!! So, as promised, here’s one of my favorite holiday cocktails! As a bonus, Tal has graciously given us his secret recipe! If you try it out this holiday season, we’d love to see your version of it! Post your pics up on Instagram and tag us: @kristamasonphotography and @pharmacie__ (that’s 2 dashes at the end smile.png )

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


And there it is!! All of your favorites from 2017!! We love all of you and appreciate your support and always look forward to the next event or portrait! Thank you to each and every one of you – you know who you are! You know you want to join in on the fun and be part of the KMP family! Give us a shoutout! Happy Holidays!!

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Not every person who contacts me to photography their wedding ends up becoming a wedding client. For what ever the reasons may be, the stars don’t always align perfect for us to capture everyone’s big day, and that’s OK. But I do love it when I’m still able to make a connection and they end up contacting me later for portraits! That’s exactly what happened with Gillian!
Gillian is originally from California and had her beautiful wedding here. But soon after her wedding, she and her husband relocated to Arizona for his job. As you can see, their family is growing! Gillian wanted to have a maternity photo session here in SoCal since she was having her baby shower here too (which we also had the honor of photographing – yay!) She wanted her baby girl to have some Southern California vibes since that is where all of her extended family reside.
Maternity photographs can be so intimate. You have this growing creature inside you that has taken over your body, mind, and heart. The little bean hasn’t even been born, yet you feel this unbelievable love and connection already. And those feelings are only about to get stronger! I know often times mothers-to-be are hesitant about maternity sessions because they aren’t feeling their normal selves or maybe they’re feeling like a large beach ball about to bust, but trust me … no one has ever regretted having captured these moments. The only regrets I hear about are about not doing them! Believe me, more often than not I hear, “I wish I had taken pregnancy photos … I didn’t realize how much I would want to cherish those 9 months before baby came into the world.”
If you are on the fence just go for it. Ignore those disapproving thoughts because your heart will always cherish those 9 months you and your little bean had together, so why not remember it with photos as well.

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How in the world is Thanksgiving holiday just over a week away?! Living in Southern California, it’s really hard to get into the holiday spirit. When it’s still sunny and warm outside, it makes all the holidays feel like it’s so far away when it’s actually just around the corner. And before you know it, Christmas has come and gone, we’ve rung in the New Year and we’re already halfway through the next year!
From September to December, my days are filled with birthday celebrations and anniversaries and all the different holidays. But some how, among all the craziness of this time of year, I still manage to squeeze in our annual holiday portrait, which is a whole event in itself – as it should be!
No matter how far in advance I plan, or how much I’ve prepped, or how much I’ve thought about gifts from the beginning of the year, I always feel like I’m playing catch up during this time of year. Anyone else feeling that too?
With all the prepping and planning for the upcoming holidays, I am also taking time to plan our annual holiday pop up sessions. Documenting your daily moments is great – can you say selfie? – but having a professional capture you and your family in the most beautiful, natural way is priceless … AND you get gorgeous art to hang in your home! That’s why we have our annual pop-up sessions … so that each and every one of you can have that opportunity to capture your most valued treasure (your family) in the most stunning way.
Here are some of our favorites from last year’s pop up session. While we mostly photograph families with children of all ages during this time of year, as you can see, we do love to include those fur babies! We also love including couples and expecting parents. As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I recently found how important it is to capture your portraits each and every year. So don’t let this year sneak by without capturing your loved ones.
Don’t let this year pass without updating your family portraits, contact us to schedule your session. We have tons of various holiday sessions available to fit your needs.

 

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Here’s another favorite family popup session to share with you as we are booking up our holiday popups. This was one of the fastest mini sessions we have ever had. Two kids can be a challenge sometimes, am I right mom and dad? But even with all the chaos and melt downs during the session, we captured some of the best portraits this family now proudly displays in their home.
Do you ever look at an image and have all sorts of memories come flooding back, no matter where or how that image may be displayed. Isn’t that the best feeling? This family has outgrown their previous home. Even though they’re in a temporary home at the moment, these images still grace their walls. Time will pass, day after day, and life will bring more hiccups, but your family images can make any house feel like home. I’m so thrilled to say that Gianna has not 1, but 3 of these beautiful images printed at poster size.
Maybe you hear yourself saying, “I love the images! I’d love to frame and hang them once we have our permanent home!” Or maybe you have your home, but the thought of trying to figure out where to put your beautiful images overwhelms you, so you just keep delaying it. Whatever excuse you may be telling yourself, it’s time to stop and just print those beauties. There is no perfect time to wait to put your images up, there is only now. I promise you won’t regret it! You’ll only regret letting time pass and wishing you put the images up sooner!
Gianna may not have had the perfect family session, but I’m here to tell you no one does. When one kid was smiling, the other was melting down and then both. But with a little love, maybe some bribery, and the removal of some shoes … bam, they were happy again! You’re kids will probably have meltdowns just like Gianna’s, but if you wipe away the tears and keep going, you’ll have beautiful images just like this family. You won’t admit it now, but aren’t their cries a little funny? The images you get can definitely be some blackmail material when they get older, lol. You don’t have to strive for perfection, go for real and they will be perfection.
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I look back and feel like I’m that fresh kid just starting her business … ready to take on the world. Honestly, that’s how I feel every single day. But then I look back and see how far I’ve come and how much I’ve grown. I’m sure you do the same thing in your life and with your loved ones!
That’s why I love this family! They understand the importance of capturing moments in time each and every year. It all started with their engagement photos where we captured the beginning of new love while Mike and Vanessa embraced each other with those googly eyes, full of excitement and joy for what was about to come. Then we captured their wedding, which was just pure magic. You could not only feel the blissful love that the couple was in, but wanted to hold onto it with them for years to come. I remember Vanessa and Mike telling me, “Whatever we have to do for the photos is fine; that’s the most important memory we will have.” OK, it was Vanessa that said this, but Mike was definitely along for the ride. I couldn’t have said it better myself. For Vanessa and Mike’s wedding, that meant that they missed their cocktail hour, but it was totally worth it for those precious memories they now have hanging on the wall in their home. Plus we had some good laughs and of course cocktails of our own, or at least the couple did, lol.
Vanessa holds true to her conviction of capturing memories … each year she has captured her baby boy as he grows. The first year with his smash the cake session. (OMG, that was the best – In the middle of the woods in his high chair with his cake – but of course we captured the family first.
Baby V was a bit of a crab monster that day, but we still made it happen. Some of my favorite family photos came out of that session. Capturing the bond between mother and son as Vanessa tried to soothe him … the three of them playing and laughing as little V rides on dad’s shoulders … V looking on as mom and dad embrace in a kiss, and of course the little tike’s solo shots.
Now let’s get to the latest session with this adorable family where I played with and chased little V, capturing those candid smiles as he laughed at whatever goofy face or gesture I was making – maybe it was the crazy dance mom was doing behind me. Either way, I love nothing more than capturing those genuine smiles, especially from the little ones. They just make you wanna bust up laughing with them. I mean look at all those different facial expressions! 2 years old is absolutely one of my favorite years. They have the biggest personalities and fully express how they feel, from grumpy, to laughter, to funny faces.
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People always talk about how important it is to capture your children each year as they grow. And while I know it’s true, it’s also just plain obvious. You love seeing your kids grow each year and how much they change. We all know how important it is to look back and see their growth. From that first day of school photo at your front door to the last day of school. But what about just the two of you whether you have kids or not?

Recently, I personally experienced the importance reflecting back through the years in my photos. It was super fun, but I really wish I had a photo to represent each of our early years. I’ve learned it’s never too late to start. I have vowed to have a professional photo taken of Aldo and I every year, so that in 20 years or 50 years, I have images that we can look back on, laugh at and talk about what babies we were.

It occurred to me while celebrating our 14th Anniversary, how important capturing each year is. I don’t know if you saw it on my social media channels, but I posted a photo of each year Aldo and I have been together – all the way back to 2007 and even one from what I call the early years because I wasn’t sure of the date. We were such babies!  But I couldn’t find very many photos of us earlier than 2007, and you know why? It’s because we didn’t start taking our Holiday Portraits until 2007. Yes, I’m sure that we have photos during that time, but where are they? Who knows and they sure as heck are not as cute as the ones we had professionally done.

I share this with you because I don’t want you looking back in 14 years wishing you had taken professional photos. There’s nothing better than proudly sharing your life with your friends and family, no matter the style or look that you were rocking at the time. When I was looking back at our photos, I was like, “Wow, I just dated myself, lol.” But I am still so very happy to have them so I can reflect back on the wonderful years I’ve shared with the love of my life. I’m even more excited that I have current ones that represent us as a couple, showing our relationship and style.

Every time I see your updates on Facebook or Instagram or you send me an email, I get super excited to see what adventures you have been up to lately. Was it a new job, a new house, are you expecting, your first, second, or maybe even your third child? Did you get a new puppy? Take any fun travel adventures? Did your kids start their first year of school? That’s been a fun one for me since it’s that time of year. Watching you all post your minis with their first day of school signs…just the cutest! This got me thinking … obviously, in addition to wanting professional photos you want to be able to take great photos on your day-to-day adventures. So, I wanted to share a few fun tips with you on how to best capture these precious daily moments with your mobile phone. Whether it’s travels, your kids first day of school, or a special moment between the two of you, you’ll want to capture them all!

Make sure you have a subject

The same composition rules apply even if you aren’t photographing people. Be sure that you have a focal point or main point of interest to grab the viewer’s attention. Remember the rule of thirds and put that focal point in one of those sweet spots.
One interesting subject is all you need to create a stunning photo, but we understand that sometimes you want multiple people in the image and that works just as perfect.

Eliminate Distractions

Don’t be afraid if your photo has a lot of empty space. This is what us photographers call “negative space” and it’s helpful in making your subject stand out.

Be sure to look at all details. Is there a trash can or water bottle in the shot? Move it. Can’t move it? Change the angle of your shot to avoid it.

A subtle muted background keeps the photo from becoming too distracting. Make sure the background complements the color of what the subject is wearing so they don’t blend in.

Find the best light

Lighting is the most important thing in any photo. The best kind of lighting is soft, natural, diffused light, such as window lighting. The same rules apply for outdoor photos … soft natural diffused light. The best time of day to shoot is what professional photographers call the golden hour. Either early morning just as the sun is coming out or just before sunset. In my line of work with weddings, we understand these situations aren’t always achievable on the go. So, look for soft evenly shaded areas. Again, be aware of your background. If it’s too light or too dark, your subject will get lost. Avoid harsh shadows and shooting the subject facing the sun. This will produce squinting eyes and unwanted shadows. Also beware of too dark of areas. All too often we see subjects being photographed in dark dingy corners where they tend to get lost.

Our eyes can determine both dark and light exposures at the same time, but the camera cannot. Ever have a subject with the beach as the background and either the beach is properly exposed but your subject is too dark or the subject is correct and the beach is blown out? This is because the camera can’t capture what we see with the naked eye. Most mobile phone cameras will capture everything overall and guess at what the best mix will be. This means if you aren’t paying attention, you’ll won’t get the photo you’re aiming for. Try tapping on the main subject to achieve the best exposure. Sometimes, though, even that won’t work. In that case, you’ll need to rethink your background and lighting situation. Look for that open soft shade or window lighting.

 

Focus on the eyes

It’s been said that the eyes are the window to the soul. They are also a great part of your subject to focus on when you’re trying to capture them at their best. It’s because the eyes are the most expressive part of the face. Ready take it one step further? Focus on the eye closest to the camera.

Composition

Experiment with different perspectives and cropping. A common mistake is always putting the subject directly in the center of the frame.

You don’t have to always center your subject. Learn the rule of thirds. Try an angle from above or below. Set your subject off centered.

Photographing Children

Photographing children is always a challenge, sometimes even more so when mom and dad are doing it. We recommend getting down on their level. Get low, talk to them, engage with them. Make them laugh and wait for that perfect expression that best expresses their personalities. This is where you have an advantage, because you know them best. You know that expression right before it happens, so be ready to click. If you try to force smiles or make them stand stiff and still that’s the look you’ll get. Put them in the right lighting with the right background and let them be them. You’ll know when to capture that perfect moment.

Stay positive

The #1 rule when photographing anyone is to stay positive and give lots of affirmation that the subject looks amazing. If your kids are making funny faces, make them back. I promise it will make them laugh and if you’re ready, you’ll capture the perfect smile. With couples, the same thing applies – OK, maybe not the funny faces, but you never know … that might work, lol. Just keep it upbeat and positive and you’ll get that emotion you desire. I have to make Aldo sincerely laugh anytime we take a photo, otherwise he looks like a grumpy old man! I do this by any means necessary – being a goof ball, tickles, stupid jokes, whatever – but it works, we manage to get some awesome smiles out of him. Also remember you don’t always have to smile for portraits!

You don’t have to be a professional photographer to get great photos…and remember, the best camera you can have is the camera you have with you! Don’t be afraid to experiment. You’re mobile camera is digital, so if you don’t like the image you can delete it and try again!

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You know that having amazing images for today’s social media is a must for your personal and professional branding! Think about it, what’s the first page you go to on someones website? The about page right? So, you know how important it is to show your ideal clients the best side of you.

Wouldn’t it be amazing to know you have amazing professional photos bringing your branding alive, not only on your About page, but throughout all your social media platforms. People want to know you, like you, and most of all, trust you.

We can help you achieve that with our branding photography services. One of my unique qualities as a photographer is helping my clients feel comfortable and at ease, allowing me to capture your true essence and your personality, all while showing off your business and skills.

This is exactly what we accomplished with Jenni, of Little Hill Floral Designs. Isn’t she the cutest? I love these sessions; between capturing your profile image, and capturing the visual details of what you do, we happen to get some fun pictures that let your personality shine.

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I worked closely with Jenni and her business coach to determine locations, outfits, props and set-ups to really let Jenni’s personality come through. I asked her personal questions and questions about her business so I could get to know here. Nothing speaks louder than great images. We captured some amazing images to show her ideal clients why she is the perfect match for them.

Jenni loves to hang out on the beach with her family. While she chose to keep her session focused on her business, shooting at the beach shows her fun loving and outdoorsy personality. Of course, shooting in her floral studio was a given. She had her studio styled beautifully; yes, it’s styled! This isn’t what it really looks like when she is working, haha! I made her cut the flowers in awkward ways to make it look good for photos, lol. But, we tried to stay as realistic as possible, while still obtaining beautiful images. Hopefully the images speak for themselves, showing Jenni as the free spirit she is on the beach and in her studio.

Let me help you show your ideal clients why they should get to know you. Call us about our branding session. We have all sorts of packages available.

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You will treasure these memories of just how little your baby was when you first brought her home! The peach fuzz. The squishy folds. The sleepy face. And yes, the first cries, too. These are just a few of the reasons I love doing newborn photography!

There is the tiniest little window to capture these little squishy bundles. For newborns, I like to photograph in the first one to two weeks of life.

Before you know it, time will pass by and you’ll have missed the opportunity to capture your little bundle of joy as a newborn and you will be kicking yourself. A month or two will pass and your baby will change so much. It won’t be possible to capture how they were when they were brand new ever again!

Now you’re wondering why you didn’t schedule your session while you were pregnant, before being sleep deprived, overwhelmed, trying to figure out how to best care for the love of your life that makes your heart swell up with more love than you ever thought possible.

So … don’t wait a minute longer, get your newborn session scheduled before you even deliver. You’ll thank me – and yourself.

Newborn sessions are just the cutest. Little baby Sophie and all her little bows and outfits will make you ohh and aw all day long!

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I am loving this intimate maternity session! There is something that makes my heart flutter. Capturing the connection you already have with your little peanut, the way your husband makes you laugh or how he looks into your eyes with excitement for what’s to come … I am excited to get those shots. I don’t just want to make pretty pictures. I want to create an experience that you feel is the best investment you’ve ever made.
I am so honored to have captured Sandy and Jullian’s maternity session. You can see the love they have not only for each other, but their soon to be little boy. And that’s what makes my job all worth it! I love the chance to not only capture what my clients are feeling but also help them see themselves in the best possible light – all while making them feel at ease, beautiful and amazing.
The bottom line is that excellence starts and ends with your experience, and we want to offer you the best experience. Contact us today to discuss your perfect maternity session and capture the love for your little peanut. Even though it doesn’t feel like it now, it will be gone in a flash and you will cherish these once in a lifetime moments for the rest of his life!
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It’s summertime and we thought we would finally share this 1 year old beach session with you! It’s pretty dang cute! I love the beach attire and the vibe of just a day at the beach with these guys! How adorable is this little guy in his hat! Too cute!

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