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

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January 2013

31Jan

Free Valentine Templates for Kids [DIY Valentines]

Hey friends!  I’m over on Modern Parents Messy Kids today posting about how to make candy bags with custom photo toppers.  This year, I wanted to make a few templates so those of you that have photoshop could join in on the fun!  I made 4 templates for boys and girls and the link to download is over on my Facebook Fan Page.  Kristin Eldridge Photography  Haven’t seen my fan page yet?  I’m finally jumping on the bandwagon and branching away from my regular facebook page.  I have already been sharing sneak peeks, new locations, promotions and plan to do giveaways like this one!  So, ‘like’ me and join the fun!

To read all about the details for how to make the candy bag, head over to the blog post!

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28Jan

Taking a leap of faith [photography in Huntington Beach]

Cortés told his men to ‘burn the ships.’  I’m sure you’ve heard the story…he was on the final leg of an ocean voyage that was to take him from Cuba to the shores of the Yucatan in search of treasure.  He was up against the impossible with the treasure being hoarded by the same Yucatan army for 600 years.  But, when they were ready to invade, he told his men to burn the ships.  There would be no going back.  They were all in.

I heard this story yesterday in a message at church as an illustration about being more bold in our faith…what we believe.  It was so inspiring.  I want to live without regret.  If you’re interested, you can listen to the message here.

It also made me think about other areas of my life where I live passionately.  In 2007, against better judgement I dropped a few thousand dollars I saved on camera and lens to become a photographer.  There was no back-up plan.  It was go big or go home!  So, thank you for helping my leap of faith become my job.  I’m really blessed to have clients, that I call friends, that hire me year after year.  Thank you!

//child photography taken in Huntington Beach, CA

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24Jan

Long Beach Newborn Photography…knitted hats, vintage luggage and more!

Devin is an aspiring photographer, so she came prepared with hats, suitcases and the like!  I told her it was like having an assistant on the shoot.  She knew the ins and outs of what I’d need and was right there to pitch in.  The result: amazing photos.  I’m just swooning over Devin’s third baby!  And what a fantastic big brother and sister she has!

//newborn photos took place at my studio in Long Beach

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18Jan

How to Organize Your Family’s Digital Photos [Style Findings]

I’m over on Modern Parents Messy Kids today talking about organizing photos.  Digital photography is a blessing and curse if you ask me.  I love how easy it was for me to learn photography.  Fear of failure was never an issue because if I didn’t like it, there were no lab fees to pay.  Delete was all that needed to happen…and back to the drawing board!

For me, the curse comes in the form of my own family’s photos.  I have to discipline myself to take the same care of my own family photos as I do with my paying clients.  On the guest post, I talk about my system, which is now second nature.  If I need to find a photo, it’s easy.  If I want to compare the kids at a certain age, it’s a cinch.

I didn’t get into what I do after organizing digital photos on the blog post, but I’ll share here my favorite way to enjoy family photos.

These albums were made through Apple. (There are many other companies that offer this same type of product, such as picture.com– and they offer calendars as well as photo books!)  The templates are drag and drop.  You can write underneath the photos, but you don’t have to.  As you can see, these books are well loved.  I make one for each year and the kids love to look through them.  It’s a clean and compact way to live with photography in your home.

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17Jan

Red Curry with Chicken and Vegetables [In the Kitchen]

I’m ready to get out of the winter rut.  Because…I seem to be making a lot of the same recipes these days.  I crave hearty food that is served piping hot.  Something to keep me warm on these chilly nights!  This recipe does that…it’s like a stew, but with tons and tons of flavor.  Something that will wake up your taste buds!  Have I sold you yet?

So, the dish was inspired by Panang Curry at True Food Kitchen.  I ordered it off the menu a few weeks ago (craving something warm and satisfying!) and I had to figure out how to make it at home.  Now, let me start by saying that panang curry is hard to find.  I started with this recipe and then had to tweak it because some of the items I wasn’t able to find at my local markets.  And I also had to add some things, so it would be a little more similar to the curry at True Food.  It turned out soooo good, I had to share it with you! (And the kids liked it too….score!)

Curry with Chicken and Vegetables

serves 6

3 Tablespoons red curry paste (you can put in less if you are sensitive to spice)

1 Tablespoon vegetable oil

4 cups coconut milk (or 2 cans…I used 1 regular and 1 light)

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into chunks

1 1/2 cups broccoli

1 cup carrots

1 cup peeled potato

1 Tablespoon fish sauce

1 Tablespoon sugar

3 Tablespoons cilantro

Fry the curry paste in the oil in a large skillet or wok over medium heat until fragrant. Stir the coconut milk into the curry paste and bring to a boil. Add the raw chicken and vegetables (I cut the vegetables into chunks, similar in size to the chicken); turn the heat down and simmer until the chicken is nearly cooked through, 20 minutes or so. Stir the sugar, fish sauce, and cilantro and simmer an additional few minutes.

Serve over jasmine rice.  We also loved to squeeze lime juice on top!

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14Jan

Valentine’s Day Mini-Session [Orange County Child Photographer]

Looks like we’re going to make it out of the 50 degree weather this week.  70’s here we come!  To celebrate, I want to take you to a new favorite location.  These abandoned tracks are so charming, you wouldn’t know it’s in the middle of the city.  There’s plenty of greenery, so you’ll get much more than just the railroad tracks.

To sweeten the deal, I’m including a free digital image with your order.  As always, the 20 minute mini-sessions are just $100 and the pricing for prints and digital images (as well as details) are found on my website under pricing.

I’ll be doing the mini-sessions on February 2 and will start with 4 openings… 4:00-4:20, 4:20-4:40, 4:40-5:00 and 5:00-5:20.

To reserve your spot, you can call me 562-980-6480 or email me info@kristineldridge.com and payment is required to book.  You’ll get all the details about location (Long Beach area) when you reserve your spot.

 

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11Jan

Newborn Baby Photos in Newport Beach

Photos are such an important part of life.  It’s a way to show we lived.  And a way to look back on the way we lived.  Because, as you know, things don’t stay the same for long.  Especially when babies are new and life isn’t the same today as it was yesterday.  This documentation is so meaningful.

//newborn baby photos taken at a private home in Newport Beach

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09Jan

Weeknight Dinner: Pizza with Corn, Chiles and Bacon [In the Kitchen]

There’s this thing called no-knead pizza dough and it’s pretty much the best thing ever.  If you can wield a wooden spoon, you can make this.  Seriously.

Also.  Pizza is a great weeknight supper.  And if you can incorporate vegetables and some protein on top, it’s an A+.  I saw this recipe on Joy the Baker and had to try it, despite the general public in my house questioning corn on pizza.  It was a hit…a salty sweet carb-y hit.

I made the no-knead dough…found here on Bon Apetit by Jim Lahey.  Actually, I made an adaptation of Joy the Baker’s adaptation of this recipe.  You can also sub in fresh pizza dough from Trader Joe’s.  It will be equally as delicious!

I didn’t have hatch chiles on hand, so I used one jalapeno instead of 3 hatch chiles.  I didn’t want it to be too spicy.  The one jalapeno was just about right for our taste.  Fresh corn and bacon round out the toppings and I also added some sauteed red onion for good measure.  After baking with a good amount of cheese, it’s topped with arugula.  Healthy pizza!

No Knead Pizza Dough with Corn, Chiles and Bacon  (very slightly adapted from the Joy the Baker recipe)

(makes 2 pizzas)

3 3/4 cups white flour

2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast

3/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 teaspoon granulated sugar

1 1/2 cup warm water

extra virgin olive oil for the pan

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, yeast, salt, and sugar.  Add warm water all at once.  Using a wooden spoon, work the mixture together until fully incorporated.  Or you can mix together with your hands (especially toward the end).  The dough will be slightly shaggy.

Cover the dough with plastic wrap and a clean kitchen towel.  Let rise at room temperature for 2 hours.

After resting, dump the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface.  Divide in half.  (one for each pizza)

Working with one dough at a time, liberally oil a baking sheet with olive oil.  Place the rounded dough on the pan and stretch and press the dough out into a flat rectangle.  If the dough springs bag as you’re pressing it out, simply wait five minutes to allow the dough to rest and then try again.  If the dough tears, don’t worry, just press it back together.

Top with:

3/4 cup pizza sauce  (I made my own from this recipe.  But Trader Joe’s also has a great pre-made one!)

1 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

3 slices cooked bacon, chopped

1 jalapeno (roasted, peeled and coarsely chopped– I didn’t include any seeds)

1/2 red onion (chopped and sauteed in olive oil)

1 ear of fresh corn (roasted)  I roasted the corn and jalapeno together in a 425 degree oven before hand and cut the corn off the cob afterward.

arugula and red pepper flakes for topping

Place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 500 degrees F.

Top pizza with sauce (all the way to the edges) cheese, and toppings.

Bake for 18 to 20 minutes until the edges are charred and bubbling.  Remove from the oven.  Allow to cool for a few moments then slice and top with crushed red pepper flakes and fresh arugula.  Serve immediately.

 

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02Jan

Children’s Photography at the Seal Beach Pier in Orange County

I’m a girl of substance.  And not just in the thigh area.  TMI?  Seriously, though.  I want to have character that runs deep.  Sometimes, we’re handed situations that require us to dig beyond the surface and other times we have to choose them.  So, this year, I’m going to take the path less traveled as often as I can.

//child photography at the seal beach pier in orange county

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