Kristin Eldridge Photography specializes in maternity, newborn, baby, children, and family photography servicing Long Beach, Orange County, and Los Angeles.

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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 love to cook and craft. So, if you’re interested, (beyond scrolling through photo sessions), you can check out my favorite cookie recipe or how to sew yourself a kimono!

05Jul

More than One or Two Photos

The worst call/email I can receive is someone asking if I can just meet them to take one or two photos.  “All I need is one good shot of the family.”  Makes sense.  No one NEEDS 30 great images…you just need one or two photos.  But, what people don’t understand until they’ve worked with a photographer is that the magic happens along the way.  See, we’ve never met before.  As we get to know each other, we find common ground.  We start laughing and relaxing and things all naturally fall into place.  So, I can’t meet you for one or two photos.  I wish it was that simple.

Instead, we meet like new friends, cautiously at first.  Guards are let down, reserved smiles turn into genuine ones and everyone walks away happy.  So, as you’re thinking about hiring a photographer, invest into the person.  You’ll feel and LOOK yourself and then, magic.

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14Jun

Seal Beach Photo Session

I can travel up and down the coast from Manhattan Beach to Laguna Beach and never tire of the the sunshine and deep blue water.  It seems like most clients want to have a photo session at the beach at least once.  This was my first time taking this family to the beach.  We started with B’s newborn session in my studio, the next year was in the studio for his one year, then to a local park and now at three years old, we settled on Seal Beach.

This was the perfect place for an adventurous three year old.  He started out a little timid, but by the end of the session, he was completely drenched.  We had so much fun capturing all it is to be THREE!

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17May

Inside the mind of a photographer

Sometimes we look at a photo and feel like it all just fell into place.  When in reality, as photographers, we are spinning quite a few plates.  Here’s a little bit of what’s inside the mind of a photographer.  During a photo session, I’m thinking about my camera settings and light angles first.  But if that’s all I thought about, my photos would be boring.  I’m also reading people (and kids!).  I’m trying to get to know them…and eventually make them laugh.  I want my angles to be flattering, so I’m thinking about that too.  THEN, you throw in something like the wind.  I have to trouble shoot the wind be placing my subjects in a way that won’t leave them with hair flying everywhere.  And if I can manage to keep all the plates spinning, I can end up with beautiful, authentic photos.

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08Apr

An Afternoon at the Seal Beach Pier

Last week I spent the afternoon at the Seal Beach Pier with this family as they get ready to move out of state.  I photographed their son as a newborn, so it was bittersweet.  It’s always great to see those little newborns all grown up  and running around.  But, of course I’ll miss them as clients.  I love being able to document the important parts of people’s lives.  Being at the beach won’t be their day-to-day anymore, but they’ll have these pictures from Seal Beach to look back on.

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15Mar

Bringing Home a New Baby

Bringing a new baby home when you are the current baby is hard.  And what I mean by that is, it’s hard to be a toddler!  Adding number four to this family was perfection…but it’s all a balancing act.  All hands are on deck.  And you have to juggle nap times and snacks and entertainment.

One of my little tricks of the trade is finding a fun way to ditch the pacifier for the photo.  The older kids come ready to follow directions, but that youngest guy is still adjusting to this new family dynamic.  So, instead of ripping away his comfort so he can ‘take pictures,’ I like to make a little game out of it.

I get everyone on the bed and then I start playing around and pretending to take the pacifier.  Then, I turn it into…I’m gonna get you!  I playfully yank it out and quickly snap a photo.  Usually they’re laughing and I pop it back in the mouth, and repeat.  This silly little game pretty much works every time and makes the whole picture taking process a little less traumatizing for toddlers who have recently become big brothers and sisters.

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28Feb

March 24 Spring Mini-Sessions

The grass is growing nice and high, so it’s time for spring mini-sessions!  These will take place the morning of March 24 in Seal Beach…check out the details below.

Location: Seal Beach // greenery and trees

Details: $100 session fee to book your session, additional $300 for just kids or $350 for the family

**Images are edited for color and fully re-touched. You’ll receive printing tips and resources so you can make beautiful prints and products.

Book your session // Pay your $100 session fee and you will be contacted with details and directions.

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IF THE ITEM SAYS ‘OUT OF STOCK’ SOMEONE ELSE HAS BOOKED THAT SESSION.

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24Jan

Personal Style and Photography

All the yeses to bringing your own style to the photo shoot!  When clients ask me what colors to wear I always respond with soft neutrals.  If you’re not sure, it’s a safe bet.  Newborn skin is so delicate that I can count on these colors looking great.  But, as you can see, these darker bold colors also totally work.  The reason I love it is that the ensemble really reflects their personal style.  Which ultimately is the goal of photography.  You want the photos to be an accurate depiction of the you.  So, I’m also happy to guide if a client is unsure, but at the end of the day, be YOU.

Want to see more examples of personal style infused into a newborn session?  Check out this example of a Los Angeles Newborn Photography Session or this Newport Beach Newborn Photography Session.

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14Sep

One Year Studio Photos – Long Beach

Let’s turn one, don a bowtie and throw a party!

That’s what this little guy did, with a little help.  I love this stage because their expressions are so varied.  From scrunchy nose smiles to serious stares of curiosity, one year olds do it all.

If you’re looking to do a mini-session for this fall, check out all the sessions I have available in Long Beach, Orange County and Los Angeles here.

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11Apr

Newborn Photography Los Angeles

Newborn Photography Los Angeles

When siblings are close in age, it makes the newborn session so extremely sweet.  The interactions are incredibly authentic.  This recent newborn session was fun of all the things I love…hugs and snuggles and kisses.  Plus Baby M’s rosebud lips and fresh curls slayed me.  She’s just so stinkin’ cute!!

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05Apr

Mother’s Day Mini-Sessions

Mother’s Day Mini-Sessions

I just wrapped up a super cute set of spring mini-sessions.  They filled up so fast!  And I can understand why…after a winter of rain, the sun is now out.  Everything is green and sunset lighting is everything!  If you haven’t started thinking about Mother’s Day yet, doing a mini-session might be the perfect idea.  Your husband can treat you to family photos or just photos of you and your kids.  OR you can gift this to your own mom…photos with grandma!

I’ll be doing these photo sessions at the Huntington Beach Pier at sunset.  These sample photos were taken on an overcast day (which can happen!)…so either way (sunset or overcast) this beach is beautiful.

Click on the links below to book your session.  Directions will be mailed after you booking.

Details:  $100 session fee + $300 (for all your digital images- Kids only) or + $350 (for all your digital images-up to 5 family members)

MOTHER’S DAY MINI-SESSIONS

April 29 at 5:00pm BOOKED

April 29 at 5:30pm

April 29 at 6:00pm BOOKED

April 29 at 6:30pm BOOKED

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