Photos by Long Beach Newborn Photographer, Kristin Eldridge.
Hello, nice to meet you. Newborn sessions are so sweet because really, this new little being has only been on this side of the womb for a week or so. They’ve heard your voice and felt your warmth, but they’re still getting accustomed to the sites and sounds of the world. And you’re still learning their coos and cries.
This sweet little newborn session took place in my studio in Long Beach. Just the soft, simple white wall, parents and their brand new baby girl.
I see lots of one year photo session ideas…but the most recent one I photographed was just too cute. I had to share it with you! Instead of doing a cake smash, this mom put together a variety of edible finger paints. I love that moms are more conscious when it comes to what they are giving their children to eat. Not that I’m against a cake smash. If there’s a time to give your baby sugar, I think that’s the time!
This one year old’s favorite food is Fage yogurt. So, her mom used the yogurt to create finger paints. She put them in cute containers and dyed them with natural dye. We used a white piece backdrop paper for the floor. Hello, easy clean up! I got set to go and mom put her down. It was non-stop fun for a good 10 minutes! And I love the way the photos turned out.
Sometimes we (meaning me, the photographer, and you the client) go into a photo session with an agenda. There are certain shots we want to get, there’s a certain feel we want to convey in the photos. We have expectations. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Expectations and ideals help us get where we’re going. But, sometimes, we let those things get in the way of a really great moment.
As I’m working with you, if I feel like we’re just fighting against the current, I’ll stop. I’ll tell you it’s not worth it and we should let the moments lead us and not the other way around. Sure, I’m directing this photo shoot, but there are times where you need to stop and cuddle your toddler. Or you need to let your little girl stop to pick up shells because that’s what she’s dying to do. Most times, I’ll be able to come back around to that perfect family photo you were dreaming of. But, I don’t want you to miss out on those little in between moments. If it feels too difficult, it probably is. And we should stick to the fun stuff.
A whole lot changes in a year. The last time I saw this little guy he was brand new to the world. Now he has teeth and eats everything. He is aiming to walk any day now and isn’t scare of anything. It must be time for one year baby photos.
Documenting your baby at one year shows their curiosity and wonder. The world is their oyster. I love this stage because they have a look in their eyes that says, ‘everybody loves me.’ Everyone they look at smiles back and they know it.
One year is also filled with discovery. Scroll down to see the baby looking for his belly button after his mom’s cue. Those big belly rolls over the jeans won’t last forever. It’s these sweet little moments that will be so different in one more year, so of course we document them.
Check out his newborn photos one whole year ago on my Facebook page.
One Year Baby Photos by Orange County Baby Photographer, Kristin Eldridge.
This year I offered Mother’s Day sessions and it was one of my favorites. Having a special day for parents to connect with their kids was so touching. I seriously love the images. If you want to check out just a snippet of what went on, head over to my Facebook page.
One of the families that was there asked if I’d be doing the same thing for dads, so I thought, why not!? I know most dads aren’t probably going to be a huge fan of being photographed for 30 minutes, so feel free to mix in the family or just shots of the kids. Or, bring the grandparents! These sessions are light-hearted and fun. It’s just about having fun with your kids!
June 18 at the bay in Long Beach (sand, water, sail boats)
The session fee is $100, click below to book your session. The digital images will be an additional $175 (for a minimum of 25 re-touched images). This is the same price as the Mother’s Day sessions and it’s such a great deal!
I start the session by asking, is your baby serious? One year olds can be all business. They have a whole world to learn! And if I try to get too silly, it will just back fire and scare them. But, if I ease into things, the smiles will come at the end of the session.
This particular session started out with the baby just checking me out. She was curious about me and the big black camera. But, before long, she forgot she was at a photo session and her mom and dad were able to get her laughing and smiling.
That’s the beauty of reading people (and babies). If you ask questions and be accommodating, everything goes your way!
Photos by Family Photographer Huntington Beach, Kristin Eldridge.
Moms are the besssssst. Seriously, moms love so self-sacrificially. Photographing moms with their kids ranges from sweet and snuggly to almost falling over with laughter. If you’ve never been photographed with your kids, now’s the time to do it. Tell your family, this is what you want for Mother’s Day!
Here’s the details…
30 minute mini-session $100
All your digital images are an additional $175, which is half-off. Because I love you MOMS!
The photo sessions will take place in Long Beach at a green park…details will come when you book your session. Click on the links below to pay for your session fee and confirm your time.
I don’t think I need to tell you about how sweet it is when older siblings immediately fall in love with their brand new brother. The photos tell the story. It makes my job so easy when the love is just oozing out of your every pore. Whether it’s a brand new baby or a family that’s been a family for years, it doesn’t matter. You can’t fake love. And you can’t deny it either.
When I’m photographing families, I’ll ask them to do things like snuggle or get close or just hang out like you do at home. It’s so much fun to see them show love in their own unique way. And to see older siblings (and parents!) welcome a brand new life into the family, it’s like heart warming and tear-jerking and all the heart eye emojis.
All my friends know I’m organized to a fault. I like everything to have a place. And the littlest things are no exception! I don’t wear a lot of jewelry, but Jillian has her ears pierced and has many many many sets of earrings. Prior to this DIY, we tried an earring stand and a little box with compartments. Both were good efforts, but ended with lots of single earrings. So, my friend suggested we try a strip of leather. Urban Outfitters sells their earrings on a small piece of leather, so we decided to try it on a larger scale.
I put together a little step-by-step DIY over on the Little Skye Blog (just simple drilling or nailing through the leather), but I’ll show you how it turned out!
This is a little snippet from one of my favorite families. I’ve worked with them over the years and always look forward to seeing their sweet girls. Don’t let their sweet smiles fool you, they kill it on the soccer field too.
That’s the beauty of years of experience in the same field. You get to know families and there’s no warm up or get to know you. There’s only hugs and high fives! I’m lucky enough to have many many families that I get to see year after year. I love watching their kids grow up and see them flourish!
Photos by Orange County Family Photographer, Kristin Eldridge.