Beyond good lighting and composition, what makes a good photo? Emotion. We all know that fake smile kids give. Yes, their eyes are open. They are looking at the camera. BUT, it’s dead. There’s no emotion to draw in the viewer.
This is where your photographer comes in. The photographer needs to know when to interact and when to be a silent observer. It’s different in every situation. sometimes a situation calls for words like ‘poopy diapers’ to be thrown around. Other times, photographers notice something that is happening and they don’t want to be noticed. This is where maybe a more serious emotion might be happening.
One thing I’ve learned is that it helps to have something to interact with. In the case of these photos, it’s their dog. They love Louie and he gave us something to laugh about and someone to cuddle with. So be creative, how can you draw out emotion?
Family Photographer Los Angeles // Drawing emotion out in a photo
When we are setting up the details for a newborn session, clients often ask what they should wear. My answer is usually- something soft and neutral so as not to compete with the softness of newborn skin. But, I want to answer GRAY all the time. I realize that not everyone loves gray. I just love the way it looks against a white wall. It’s not harsh like black or navy and you can vary up the shades, unlike white.
Of course, many clients wear colors other than gray for the newborn session, and they look amazing. But my personal favorite will always be gray.
Long Beach Newborn Photographer // My favorite color (is gray). Photos by Kristin Eldridge.
Like many of you newborn photographers, I have an overflowing supply of fabrics, wraps, knits, hats, etc. Keeping it organized in my small space can be a challenge. I saw a tutorial on Food52 (of all places!) and knew it would be the perfect DIY for my space.
I loved this project because it hangs so close to the wall. Now my supplies take up hardly any space!
Here’s what you’ll need…
Copper pipe, fittings (2 Ts, 2 90degree and 2 end caps), rope and cement glue
The original project on Food52 has different measurements than mine. I designed mine to fit the space that I had. Feel free to adjust the measurements as needed. I also changed the way it hangs, but we’ll get to that later.
Cut the pipe. I had to purchase a 10 foot piece at Lowe’s and then cut it. The helpful Lowe’s employee told me I could cut it with a hack saw, but Brent has a pipe cutter, so that’s what you’ll see here.
I cut two 28″ pieces (the width), two 12″ pieces (the bottom height) and two 24″ pieces (the top height).
Next you’ll want to assemble everything except for the end caps. You can see how it all goes together here:
Once you have it assembled, you’ll want to thread the rope through. It goes all the way down the right side, across the bottom portion and up the left side. (It doesn’t go through the middle piece.) I did take the joints apart as I threaded the rope through and then put them back together once the rope was through (as shown).
Next you’ll want to take the joints apart one more time, apply cement glue and push the joints back together. Let this part dry overnight.
While it’s drying you can drill a hole as big as your rope (mine was 1/8″ rope) into the end caps. This will prevent from moving around inside the pipe (and add stability) while it’s hanging.
Thread the rope through the end caps and secure it with more cement glue.
The original project called to hang eye hooks from the ceiling at tie the ropes to secure it. We decided to go for a cleaner look, so Brent drilled 1/8″ holes in the ceiling (from the attic). We threaded the rope up the ceiling and tied it into a knot at the top. We also added a board under the knot for a little more security.
Now that the rack is on basically a big loop, I can adjust as needed if it gets lopsided from the blankets I’ve layered on. Scroll up to the top to see how it goes into the ceiling.
The Terranea is one of those resorts that just takes your breathe away. It sits on top of a bluff with incredible views of the Pacific Ocean. The decor has a Mediterranean vibe with a soft color palette. So, basically it’s the perfect backdrop for family photos!
Kristin Eldridge photographed this Photo Session at the Terranea Resort, located in Palos Verdes, CA.
As much as I love photographing babies in the studio in Long Beach, going to clients’ homes is such a treat. Especially when they are decorated as cute as this one. Good natural light is always a plus too!
I tell my clients to plan their newborn session around 2 things…baby (or toddler)’s nap schedule and when the most light comes into your home. If you have an ample amount of light, the photos will be light and airy. Gorgeous!
// Kristin Eldridge is a Baby Photographer in Orange County, Long Beach and Los Angeles. This session took place at the client’s home.
One of my favorite spots to explore with kids is in Laguna Beach. With tide pools and a castle, there’s so much to see! It takes a little bit of effort to get there (walking over coral), but so worth it. I’m starting off with February 21 in the afternoon while the tide is low.
The sessions are $100 for a 30 minute session (an extra 10 minutes from the normal 20). Then, you purchase a package to receive all your digital images. Click here for the package options.
Laguna Beach // February 21 // 3:30, 4:00, 4:30 and 5:00
Click on the contact buttons on the left to book your spot!
**If these spots are gone immediately (which sometimes happens) I will try to open up another date.
Laguna Beach Photographer, Kristin Eldridge does beach mini-sessions.