My favorite time of the year is fall, it’s a time of changes. From swimsuits to sweaters, beach days to cozy raining days snuggled up on the couch, summer camp to first days of school, scorching 106 degrees to a nice crisp chill in the air, and of course the start of all of our holiday family sessions.
Each year brings a new beginning and a new moment in your lives to capture. Maybe you just got engaged, or your last baby started pre-school, you found out you were expecting, you sent your oldest off to collage, bought your first home, got married, adopted a furbaby, or just watched as you documented how your little humans have grown so much in one year.
Do you have those moments? The ones that are a beautiful memory, but you just wish you had a photo of it to preserve it forever. Things fade, changes happen, we forget, memories pass, but your photos will remind you of that time. Your hobbies, your passions, your favorite things that make you giddy, the moments you would love to remember about this time in your life that make you happy, your perfect day.
Whatever 2018 brought into your lives, now is the perfect time to document it before it passes you by and becomes a fleeting memory.
Why not take advantage of our holiday sessions and capture those things that make you smile as a reminder of what 2018 was for you. Because 2019 will be a whole new story with all new changes.
Saturday, October 27 – Malibu
Saturday, November 3rd – Los Angeles
Sunday, November 4th – Manhattan Beach
– 30 MINUTES SESSION
– 25 DIGITAL HI-RES PORTRAIT FILES TO DOWNLOAD
– SPECIAL HOLIDAY PRINT PACKAGES
– SPECIAL BONUS: GUIDED OUTFIT CONSULTATION
Can’t make the dates or locations? Upgrade to a private 1 hour session. Pick your date, time and location that fits your family’s schedule.
With 2018 coming to a close before we know it, let’s revisit some of our favorite 2017 holiday sessions. What’s new about your family this year? What do you want to remember most?
Does your little one surprise you with a monster face one minute and then a princess face the next?
Do your boys just wanna run around and play, especially when you need them to sit still?
Are you anticipating the arrival of a new tiny human?
Is this the last Christmas your only child will be living at home?
Is daddy play time her favorite time?
What about just a good old celebration?
Are you little guys always butting heads?
Are you wondering what your third baby will bring?
Is there a special bond between your tiny human and your fur baby?
Those unforced snuggles and hugs won’t always be available. One day they will say UGH! Really mom?
Is your baby boy all about playing in the dirt and your little girl a little modeling ham?
There’s nothing like the bond between siblings.
Is your kid’s favorite pastime climbing trees? What will it be next year?
Does your little ones favorite bunny make her smile?
Does she like to sit in front of the window and people watch?
What funny faces are your kids making these days?
What about just a good old celebration?
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!
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.
You can be sure we’ll do our part, but how do YOU make a great photo session happen? Read on for our tips:
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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?
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.