I’m Kristin Eldridge, a portrait photographer in Long Beach, CA. On the site you’ll find details, pricing, my portfolio and the contact buttons on the left. If you’re interested in booking a session, call or email and we can discuss dates and locations.
I have a studio located in Long Beach, but I also travel for portrait sessions (newborn, baby, children and family) to Orange County and Los Angeles.
Besides being a wife, mom and a photographer, I also love to cook and craft. So, if you’re interested, (beyond scrolling through photo sessions), you can also check out my favorite cookie recipe or how to sew yourself a kimono!
Babies can sense our energy. Have you noticed that calm people tend to have calm kids, in the same way high-energy people tend to have high-energy kids? When I’m doing a newborn session, I try to make sure that I create a soothing environment. Sometimes, babies are still settling in to this world. Most are under 14 days old when they see me in the studio. Isn’t that amazing! They’ve only been in this world, breathing the air, listening to the sounds and feeling the texture for a handful of days.
Here are a few things that I do to help create the right environment for a newborn photo session.
1. My studio is heated. The studio is a small guest house with central air/heating, so I’ll turn on the heat a moderate amount to create a comfortably warm space. If it’s a summer afternoon, I won’t need to turn on the heat, it’ll naturally be warm enough. If it’s a chilly day, I’ll use a space heater to direct more heat toward the baby. Why does it need to be so warm? Babies have been living in the womb for the last 9 months where the temperature was a cozy 98.7 degrees.
2. I use a white noise machine. This $20 device from Target is a life-saver. Sometimes older siblings with loud voices will be in the studio with the baby. Other times newborns are so sensitive that the sound of my shutter will startle them. The white noise machine is set on a soft heart beat sounds and it muffles all the noises to create an environment like they were used to in the womb.
3. The decor of my studio is very soft in color and pattern. I want parents to walk in and immediately feel comfortable. While I love color and pattern in my other photo sessions, a newborn session should be soft and sweet. Colors and patterns will compete with the sweet newborn baby instead of complimenting their skin tones and soft features.
4. Before the session, I make sure that I’m not running around trying to get things done. I like to come in with a calm demeanor. I’ll light a candle with a very soft scent. I like Voluspa candles in the studio. Just make sure to select a scent that’s not too over-powering. I want to make sure that I am personally in a space where I won’t get frazzled if a baby is fussy or a toddler sibling doesn’t want to cooperate. If I come from a calm place, I’ll be able to think clearly and problem solve to make sure to get the most out of every newborn photo session.
The following photos were taken by newborn photographer (long beach, ca), Kristin Eldridge.
Here’s a little something to perk up your Tuesday morning! This family brought the fun to their photo session. I love collaborating with clients, but this mom had it nailed on her own. Starting with a big bunch of red balloons, she styled pops of red into their wardrobe. I love how it’s pulled together while looking effortless.
We met up at Old Towne Irvine. The structure was an old grain and bean store house in the 1800′s. Over the years it was a blacksmith’s shop, a hotel and a general store. Each generation preserved the original building. Now businesses operate here and it’s a fun place to explore!
photos taken by Irvine Photographer, Kristin Eldridge
Collaborating with this family from Arizona was so phenomenal. They challenged me and I pushed my creative limits. Baby Zax slept like a champ and was really up for anything! We started out at the beach, where the weather was perfect. After a quick feeding for Zax, we headed over to my studio and finished out the session with a few more props for the little adventure lover.
These will be the last mini-sessions of the summer. And the last time to take advantage of the summer pricing for mini-sessions before prices go up September 1. Let’s enjoy sunset lighting at a beautiful park in Long Beach.
Here’s the details: August 16th and 17th 6:00, 6:30, 7:00
*Yes, it’s later in the day, but trust me, the lighting is worth it. Hopefully later summer bedtimes will work for us here!
**This type of session is for babies, kids or families.
$100 for a 30 minute session, special summer pricing for your digital images. Click on the details + pricing link on the left to see pricing.
To book a session call 562-980-6480 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
By the time July hits, I’m just about done with the kitchen. No one feels like cooking in 90 degree heat! So, to the grill we go. Most days of the week, we are eating some type of grilled meat with an easy salad or fresh fruit. Today I want to share one of my go-to summer side dishes. Most of the work is done on the grill and the rest is finished in about 2 minutes.
Start with 6 ears of corn. Soak them in cold water for about 10 minutes in the sink. Put them straight on the grill with your meat and barbeque for 10 minutes. They’ll be piping hot when you take them off, so be careful.
After they are cool enough to handle, you can easily slide off the husks. Brush them with a little olive oil and put them back on the grill for a minute or two on each side to get them toasted and increase the depth of flavor.
While you are grilling the corn, you can whip up the crema sauce.
1/2 cup sour cream
2 Tablespoons milk
1/2 tsp finely grated lime zest
2 tsp lime juice
Whisk the ingredients thoroughly and drizzle over the hot corn. Top with more lime zest and a sprinkle of chili powder.
In Southern CA we sort of skipped ‘June Gloom’ this year and it went straight to July Gloom. June was bright and sunny and wonderful. July is full of overcast days. Who knew!? To be honest, I don’t really mind overcast at the beach. It makes the photos take on a water color feel. I do love bright beach photos as well.
The mini-sessions I had near Laguna Beach this year were one of those overcast days. It was beautiful, but chilly to say the least. I had brought a few blankets for sitting on and they ended up taking on a life of their own as super hero capes and blankets for snuggling. I love the way they add to this photo session in a way I would never have anticipated.
This is a perfect example of letting the situations guide the photo sessions. Ultimately as the photographer, I’m in control, but sometimes what I plan doesn’t work out how I was thinking it would. Not being ‘stuck’ to my ideas lets me take advantage of a chilly day and some extra blankets.
Here’s a little sneak peek from a recent photo session at the peninsula in Long Beach. It’s the perfect place for a baby or toddler photo session…the water is calm enough to dip your toes and it tends not to be very windy.
Have you seen the whole food eating trend? If you look at social media it’s everrrrrywhere. For months I kind of peeked around, thinking certain dishes looked good. I dipped my toes in by trying a few meals with no bread or dairy and the next thing I knew I had jumped in head first and you couldn’t find a carb in my whole house! The benefits of eating real (whole) foods are endless, but I gotta say, I do miss a cupcake from time to time. So, while we eat clean at home, we do like to indulge in treats from time to time too. I love this balance and also the new recipes I’ve found through this experience.
Homemade mayonnaise is something I had never tried before. In fact, I didn’t even really like mayo all that much. But, like so many food items, the difference between homemade and store-bought is significant. The best thing is that it’s made in 2 minutes and has only 5 ingredients.
You’ll need one egg, one cup light olive oil, 1 teaspoon dry mustard, 1 teaspoon salt and the juice of a half a lemon.
A note about the olive oil. The first time I made this, I only had extra-virgin olive oil on hand. While, this heart-healthy oil is fantastic, it is just too strong to be used in mayo. Try looking for ‘light’ olive oil, or if you live by a Trader Joe’s, this brand is very light in taste.
If you have a wide mouth mason jar, you can dump everything in and blend it. High five for less dishes!
Use an immersion blender for about one minute to combine the ingredients in the jar. You’ll notice it go from liquids to a fluffy solid.
If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can use a hand mixer or a kitchen aid. Make sure you use a room temp egg if that’s the case. And add all the ingredients besides the oil. You’ll slowly stream that in as you blend.
What do I do with homemade mayo!? Well, I hardly even eat it straight on a sandwich. I’ll use it as a base for ranch dressing or dip. I’ll also use it as aioli by adding in sundried tomatoes, wasabi or different herbs and spices.
Taking mayonnaise to ranch dressing is much easier than you think. This recipe is for ‘clean ranch,’ which means it doesn’t have any unhealthy oils or MSG. You keep that creamy blend of herbs without all the bad stuff.
Start with one cup of mayo, half cup of coconut milk, one teaspoon each of garlic powder and fresh dill, half teaspoon each of onion powder and salt. I also added a teaspoon of fresh chives after I took the photo.
Carefully whisk together and chill for one hour. The coconut milk sounds like a very odd thing to put in ranch, but none of the coconut flavor comes through. It’s all tangy and crisp as ranch dressing should be. Give it a try!
These brothers were scene stealers. I came to their house to photograph baby Savannah, but these two gave her a run for her money in the cute department. My 3 kids are close in age, so when I photograph a family that is similarly spaced, I feel like kindred spirits. There’s just something about little boys and the way they interact as brothers. It can be gentle and sweet with hugs and snuggles. It can also be a little rambunctious. And the mix of those things it’s what’s so endearing. Add in a baby sister for them to cuddle and protect and it’s magic.
// These photos were taken by Kristin Eldridge, a Los Angeles Family Photographer.