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

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25Sep

Distressed Painted White Wood Wall DIY

Back in December we experienced a blessing and a curse.  It started with a funky smell in my cabinet and ended with my floors being torn up from a water leak.  The insurance paid for new floors, so I decided to go a totally different direction from the dark hardwood that we had and chose a very light gray toned wood.

With the big change, I started re-thinking the dark wood walls we had previously installed.  I blogged all about them here.

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We had to decide what we were going to do about these walls while we were moved out of the house.  I went back and forth and eventually decided to have them painted white.  Here’s what the end result looks like…and I’ll tell you about the road it took to get there!

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After living with the walls a solid white color, we decided it needed a little texture.  And, to be honest, we just missed the warmth of the previous wood wall.

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The first thing we did was add a rug.  My brother bought it in the Middle East and the colors and textures were perfect with the white.  After that, I found some kilim at the flea market and changed up the pillows to match.  Next we sanded the wall.  We just used a regular orbital sander with heavy duty sand paper.  It took a LONG time, like all day.  It ended up being too contrast-y, so I went over the top of it with liming wax.  It covered most of the dark wood and the end result was a very muted distressed white wall.

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After we got the wall how we wanted, I played around with an installation above the pillows.  I hung the felt hearts above last February, and it got me thinking about what else I could hang.  I settled on a rough fabric and yarn creation.  The fabrics were purchased in downtown LA and it’s just a combination of knots with denim, linen, yarn and rope.

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The last addition was the blanket at the end of the bed.  I bought a piece of wool and just added yarn pom-poms to the edge.  Perfect!

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24Sep

Orange County Beach Photo Session

Babies, donuts and my family.  Those are my ‘most liked’ photos on my business social networks.  Do you know what that tells me?  You guys are a great bunch of people.  You also have good taste.  Whenever I post a baby photo, people gush over tiny hands dimples and toothless grins.  I’m a fan too.  And donuts, well, what else can we say.  Sometimes one needs a donut to get through the day.  It’s all good, just balance it out with some vegetables.  And my family…awwww.  My loves.  They don’t appear too often on my feeds because it’s business, but it makes me smile to think that you love to see me as a wife and mom.  It’s the same way I love to see my client families doing what they do.

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15Sep

October Holiday Mini-Sessions in Orange County

Hey friends!  I’ve got all my October dates and locations picked, so wanted to share them with you here!

The sessions are 20 minutes long (unless otherwise noted) and they are $100 for the session fee.  There’s an additional flat rate of $400 for all your digital images for your own printing and sharing.  You’ll be set up for success with helpful tips for printing and resources.

October 13:  (This is Columbus Day, so you may have it off work.)  The photo sessions will be at Irvine Regional Park from 3:30-5:00pm.

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October 18:  The photo sessions will be on Balboa Island.  I’d like to do the sessions with families enjoying treats on Main Street.  To see an example of what it would look like, click to this blog post.  I may be able to add a few more sessions at the docks in Balboa too, so let me know if you’re more interested in that type of session.  The sessions will take place 9:00-10:30am.

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October 25:  If you like a more urban look, these photo sessions will take place near the Artist District of Santa Ana.  There are some really unique walls and architecture, all within walking distance.  These photo sessions will be 9:30-11:00am

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October 25:  Sunset at Seal Beach photo sessions will be from 4:30-6:00pm at the south end of the beach.

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October 26:  This sweet little private beach in Laguna Beach will host the photo sessions from 4:00-5:30pm.  The perfect sunset lighting!

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14Sep

Balboa Island Photo Session

Our memories are made of experiences.  Every time we partake in an activity together as a family, all the happenings are locked into our minds.  We re-live them through stories and of course, photos.  This is why I love the idea of families ‘doing things’ together.  Recently, I did a photo session where we brought ice cream, cones and a scoop to the beach.  For this session, we just walked up and down Main Street in Balboa and simply had fun eating.  Of course it’s not the perfectly posed family portrait, but it’s real life.  A little messy and perfectly imperfect.

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07Sep

Right at Home // Orange County Family Photographer

Before you were married, did you ever think about how many kids you wanted?  I came from a family of four, so I’ve always felt right at home with big families.  All the chaos, laughter and fun!  My own 3 kids are really close together.  The first two are 19 months apart and the second two are 21 months apart.  I remember having Jake and thinking, this is SO easy.  All he does is look at us and smile.  Let’s have another!  So, we did.  And our middle guy Cooper was slightly more active, but also pretty mellow.  Before we knew it, we had three kids.  Three years and younger.  When Brent had to go back to work after Jillian was born, I kinda wanted to beg him to stay.  This three to one ratio was kinda scary!  But, I somehow survived and now the boys share a lot of the same best friends and Jillian is keeping up doing exactly everything the boys are doing.  I love my big family.  And I love being around other people’s families.  I’m comfortable around the dynamics and can steer around sibling situations as they come up.  Who knew all those days being overwhelmed at home with babies and toddlers would be on-the-job training!?

(PS-mine are now 13, 12 and 10)

// photographs by Orange County family photographer, Kristin Eldridge.

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02Sep

Rascals to Rebels Back to School / Pre-Holiday Mini-Sessions

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Rascals to Rebels is hosting me for a Back to School event in September.  And I designed this backdrop to work not only for Back to School, but also Holiday if you want to get ahead of the game!  Look at how cute this scarlet bow tie is against the chalkboard.  I can envision red, gold…basically all the holiday colors!  But, if don’t like jumping to December in 100 degree weather, let’s just keep this about school.  :)

Here’s the details:  Spend $50 in the store to get a complimentary 15 minute session on September 20 or 21.  (You can also call the store.  562-598-3900)  A few days after the photo session, you’ll proof the photos online and can purchase from the gallery.  Here’s the price list. 

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02Sep

Laguna Beach Photographer // The Perfect Everything

I’ve talked before about that perfect in-between lighting.  Not quite overcast, not quite sunny.  This was another strike of luck in the beach photography business.  Not to mention the fact that I’ve been photographing these girls for the last 6 years and their mom happens to have impeccable taste.  I’m always excited to see what they are wearing.  It’s like that friend you have who seems to throw her outfits together, yet when you take a second look you notice all the details where thoroughly planned.

Another thing I love about shooting at the beach (especially with tide pools) is how it gives families something to do.  It’s hard to sit and smile over and over again.  It’s fun to explore the area and discover new things you’ve never seen before.

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29Aug

Holiday Mini-Sessions in Orange County and Los Angeles // September Dates

When I was pregnant with our oldest, Jake, I planned his nursery, his outfits and every little baby accessory.  All that planning and anticipation is what it feels like as I approach the holiday season being a family photographer!  Months ahead of time, I’m scouting and planning.  Looking up sunrise and sunset times.  Trying to guess what you all will like the best.  I bring back favorites from years’ past and come up with new and exciting stuff too.  I want you to look forward to sending out your family’s cards this year!

I’m starting with the month of September.  Around the middle of the month, I’ll put out the dates/locations for October and in mid-October I’ll announce the dates/locations for November.  As December approaches, it gets crazy busy.  So, as an incentive to book early, the price is the cheapest in September (just like last year).  Woo hoo!

The session fee of $100 holds your slot.  Check out the pricing on the left under the Details + Pricing button.

Here’s what I’ve got!

September 13th 9:30, 9:50, 10:10 and 10:30am

I love this graffiti wall in Santa Monica.  A favorite client introduced me to this hidden gem and I love the poppy colors.  There’s a variety of walls, so don’t worry…you won’t all have the exact same background.

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September 14th  5:20, 5:40, 6:00 and 6:20pm

This location is tucked away at a park in Long Beach.  It’s a beautiful rural area that has big trees and gorgeous sunset lighting.  If you want to incorporate your dog, this would be the perfect spot.

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September 30th  4:50, 5:10, 5:30 and 5:50pm

A new favorite spot in Laguna Beach has me thinking about Hawaii!  It’s so lush and green with big succulent plants.

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25Aug

Perfect Lighting // Orange County Maternity Photographer

There’s this perfect in-between lighting that happens at the beach.  It’s not quite overcast and it’s not quite sunny.  That’s my favorite type of lighting.  There’s no shadows and you still get some vibrant colors.  I wish every day could be this perfect in-between!

Photos by Orange County Maternity Photographer, Kristin Eldridge.

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18Aug

Newborn Photographer, Long Beach, CA

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. newborn photographer long beach ca

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