What an honor to continue photographing our beloved clients as their families grow! And there’s nothing like savoring precious newborn moments.
Our work actually has a dedicated wall called the “Mason” wall in the hallway of this family’s house. Melt my heart! It all started with their engagement session back in 2010. Then came a wedding, and well, three kids later, their home is full of love and beautiful memories. With each newborn session and holiday portrait, the wall continues to grow with love and memories.
With Calvin being the last baby, this was a special session for mom and dad. Taking in those last tiny toes, snuggles and embracing the dynamic of 3 boys, phew! Kuddos to these parent, am I right?!?!
Savoring these last newborn moments is just as special and important as the first one. It’s an all new experience knowing that you won’t be snuggling with another tiny little creature that’s just yours. Now, you’re set for all new adventures as your family grows up. Of course, you’ll capture all the fun stages of boyhood, but this is the last newborn. Those last coos and swaddles and tiny little human that melt your heart.
It has been fun watching this family grow and I look forward to watching the tiny little humans grow and change and capture all the wonderful adventures this complete family will experience in the years to come.

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What do you do now? You’ve started a new business or maybe you just made some significant changes, like adding a partner or changing your branding.
All the legal stuff is in place and your new website is up and running. The preview announcement about all the changes is ready to send. But you are missing one thing … updated photos. You know you need them, you know it is important for your brand. Your clients need to see who you are and what you are all about. But you are dreading your session. You’re like most people who hate being in front of the camera having your photo taken. I feel your pain, because I’m the same way!
Here’s some good news! It doesn’t have to be a dreadful experience. It can actually be a fun time. I can already hear you saying you don’t believe me. But it’s true! Especially with Krista Mason Photography! We love branding sessions! Working with other entrepreneurs, helping them have fun and getting those images that they will love. Images that work well on social media; images that let the world know what you and your brand are all about!
Barbi and Trish reached out to me for their first partnership branding session. They were both very nervous and told me they were actually dreading their session. As I do with all my clients, I worked closely with them to brainstorm locations, props and clothing options. This went a long way towards helping them feel more calm and confident. Their nerves and fears melted away once we started working together. All their fears faded away as we laughed together, made jokes, and even had a drink or two together! We were just like old friends hanging out by the end of their session.
Making you feel gorgeous and confident is just part of your photographer’s job. It just happens to be my favorite part! Building relationships, helping you relax and see the beauty in the chaos…that really is the best part of my job. I want you to look at your finished images and say, “Wow, that’s me, I look amazing!” and then turn to me and say that was fun!
It’s more than just clicking a button. As you probably know, it’s about helping you feel gorgeous and comfortable so you can enjoy your session. That is where the real talent comes in, and that, my friends is my favorite part of my job.
Sure enough, Barbi and Trish were timid and nervous at the beginning of their session. But by the end of the session, while we were hugging and saying our goodbyes, Trish turned to me and said, “Hey, that was actually pretty fun!” That’s the best compliment I could get. She’d never had that experience with another photographer. She truly enjoyed her session and absolutely loved her photos!!

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It’s a wonderful feeling to have … I’m sure you have felt it … that “my heart just might burst” feeling or the “how did I get this lucky?”
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Those magical days, with your soon-to-be husband, your adventurous one-year old or that little human growing inside of you … they will soon be just a magical memory. Before you know it, you’ll glide into the next phase of your family without even realizing it has happened. You don’t want to forget these moments, do you? Of course not!! Don’t let these moments become another happy memory floating around in your brain along with tomorrow’s to-do list and what’s for dinner. Hire a photographer to capture these moments so you can commemorate them! But just how do you make the perfect session happen in-between your long list of to-do’s? Some days you can barely handle getting up and out of the house, much less coordinate a Pinterest worthy photoshoot!
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Well, as a professional wedding and portrait photographer, it’s my job to make this experience happen for you. I can make your next photography experience one that’s a fun, relaxing, stress-free adventure. I’m happy to say that my experiences over the years have helped me build a client experience that will deliver beautiful images of your family that matches your home perfectly!
Just so you know, this doesn’t happen by coincidence. It takes prepping and planning together to create the experience and images you have dreamed up.
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Every family is different: from fashion, to decor, to style, to colors, to personality … so it’s crucial to communicate well with you to ensure that your photographic art coordinates not with just your style and personality, but your home as well.
At Krista Mason Photography, we have found the best way to make sure you get images that will blow your mind is to schedule either an in-home visit or a Skype call where we can cover a series of important questions. My goal is to create beautiful art to display in your home AND to remind you of those fleeting magical moments. This all happens in your planning consultation.
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This is what sets us apart from the photographer down the street. You know the one that just shows up to take your photograph? Without some careful preparation, you could end up with images that are busy and distracting because there wasn’t enough attention given to details like your outfits or location selections or you may miss an important wedding moment because the timeline wasn’t scheduled properly. You might even end up with images that are wonderful, but just don’t match your home. I think that would be the worst of all! All that time and effort, not to mention the financial investment you’ve made in your session, and then to not be able to display your images in your home because they don’t really match.
That is why we spend the time and energy to communicate with you prior to your session about your likes, your personal style, family dynamics and the timing of your event. Then we guide you with mood boards and other elements of inspiration, so that when you show up for your session, there is no doubt in your choice. When you review the images, you are already visualizing the perfect place in your home for your new art.
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Whether you’re an engaged couple, a family with 2 kids under the age of 4, or a new expectant mother, you are all going to have very different characteristics. It’s these unique differences that really deserve to be treated as individual as you are. As your photographer, learning about you and your family and how you spend your time is a very important part of our process in capturing your images. That’s what the planning consultation is all about.
You should feel natural and comfortable with your decisions, from your location, clothing options and how you plan on displaying your beautiful memories. We hope you’ll allow us to partner with you to make some beautiful images and some new memories along the way.
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We will help preserve your memories of this special moment in time, capturing what makes you unique – whether it’s your activities, your personalities, or the fashion at the moment – and delivering them to you in a way that you can cherish for years to come.
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You have booked your photography session with a highly recommended photographer. The big plus? You absolutely love their style! You probably have all sorts of emotions going on right now. You’re excited, nervous and maybe even a little stressed about your session and all the details, like your locations and outfits.
You know you’re going to love your photographer, but you still want to make sure your session is unique to you and your family. You’re going to have to put a lot of trust in your photographer.
That’s why we work closely with our couples and families to build that trust. We want to ensure they’re provided with the session and experience that’s a fit for them.
I regularly communicated with Samantha and paid close attention to her desires and needs. As part of our process, we do an in-home consultation to ensure that your photographs will become part of your home art that you will be proud to display.
Samantha’s modern styled home is filled with amazing pop art. The moment I walked into her home, I immediately had a vision for where we were going to shoot and the perfect styling for their session. I explain my vision for their session and Samantha and her husband started to get excited, because it was a true match for their style and personalities.
Using their answers to our questionnaire and ideas from their in-home visit, I created a mood board for Samantha and her family. She used this as an inspiration for our session and a guide for her outfits. We actually do this for all of our clients. We find it takes the guessing game out of locations, clothing options and lessens the stress and awkwardness. This process allows us to treat each client on an individual basis.
Samantha and Cory now proudly display their family images as part of their art around their home and office. We found the perfect locations and outfits for each person. We’re so happy to have made them feel comfortable and confident for their session. By getting to know them and investing the time to learn about their family personality, home decor and personal style, I was able to create an amazing experience for them.
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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

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Holiday Mini Sessions $350

– 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.

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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?

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Does your little one surprise you with a monster face one minute and then a princess face the next? holiday sessions

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Are you anticipating the arrival of a new tiny human?

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Is this the last Christmas your only child will be living at home?
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Is daddy play time her favorite time?
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What about just a good old celebration?

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Are you little guys always butting heads?
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Are you wondering what your third baby will bring?
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Is there a special bond between your tiny human and your fur baby?
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Those unforced snuggles and hugs won’t always be available. One day they will say UGH! Really mom? holiday sessions

Is your baby boy all about playing in the dirt and your little girl a little modeling ham?
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There’s nothing like the bond between siblings.
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Is your kid’s favorite pastime climbing trees? What will it be next year?
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Does your little ones favorite bunny make her smile?
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Does she like to sit in front of the window and people watch?
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What funny faces are your kids making these days?
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What about just a good old celebration?

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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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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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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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siena senior photos
siena senior photos
siena senior photos
siena senior photos
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siena senior photos
siena senior photos
siena senior photos
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siena senior photos
siena senior photos
siena senior photos
siena senior photos
siena senior photos
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