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

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18Sep

How to Prepare for a Newborn Photo Session

Life changes in an instant when you become a parent.  You go from birthing classes and prepping a nursery to going home from the hospital with a brand new baby.  And there’s no class or book that can entirely prep you for that.

If you’re like many of my clients, you’ve thought about a newborn session in the months before your baby arrived.  You looked at different photographer’s websites and decided on someone whose style you love.  You picked someone you’d trust to hold your tiny little son or daughter.  But, as much as you’ve prepared, you’re getting closer to the day of the photo session and want to make sure you get the most out of the investment.

Once a client arrives to my studio, I tell them the hard work is over.  Now it’s my turn to do what I’m best at.  I’ll soothe your baby.  All the wraps, hats and headbands are available and I’ll even direct you with how to hold and pose with the baby.

I’ve put together a few tips to get ready for the newborn photo session that will make everything go as smoothly as possible.

How to Prepare for a Newborn Photo Session

  1.  Plan some awake time for your baby before the photo session.  The easiest way to do this is give the baby a bath.  It’s nearly impossible for a baby to sleep through a bath, so it’s an easy way to keep them awake.  This will ensure, they’ll be ready for a nap when they arrive.
  2.  Feed the baby just before the session.  You can arrive a little early to breast feed the baby.  Or you could bring a bottle and feed the baby just before we start.  This also helps in making sure the baby is ready to sleep right through the photo session.
  3.  Dress the baby is a snap front outfit.  This will allow us to remove the clothing without disturbing the sleeping baby.  If we have to pull clothing over the head, a baby will usually start to wake up.
  4.  Bring a pacifier.  I know the doctor might tell you to hold off on giving your baby a pacifier.  Of course, you need to do what you feel comfortable doing.  But, there are times, when letting the baby soothe with a pacifier for a minute or two will make the difference in getting more photos.  (And you never have to use it again if you don’t want to!)
  5.  If the photo session is at your home, make sure it’s very warm.  I keep my studio very warm so that babies still feel like they are in the womb.  When we do bare skin photos with the baby, this is extra important.

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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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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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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

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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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Check out more newborn photos here!

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09Mar

Photographer Long Beach Baby Mini-Sessions

II Photographer Long Beach Baby Mini-Sessions II Twenty minutes doesn’t seem very long.  And it’s not.  But, when we’re talking about photographing a moving baby, it’s plenty.  When babies start being mobile, they are constantly changing body positions and have a huge variety of facial expressions.  Mini-sessions are perfect for this age because it’s all you need.  And right around the 20 minute mark, they’re getting a little tired of being photographed, so everybody wins.

If you haven’t considered a mini-session for your baby, check out the details here.  Mini-sessions are more affordable than a full-session, so it allows you to capture the milestones….think sitting up, crawling, standing and walking.  My studio provides the perfect neutral background for timeless photos.

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18Feb

Newborn Photography Long Beach [All the love for the new baby]

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When babies are born close together, sometimes it’s hard to realize you’re not the only baby in the family anymore.  It can be a little bit of a transition for young toddlers to add a new baby to the mix.  But, the flip side is that the transition tends to go quickly.  Days and weeks later, the routine becomes normal and the siblings can hardly remember a time without each other.  [ Newborn Photography Long Beach ]

I’ve been photographing newborns for 10 years and I notice this really unique bond formed between siblings that are close together.  The older sibling wants to give all their love to the new baby.  They shower the baby with kisses and hugs.  Toddlers can also become little helpers and wanting to feed the baby and quiet her when she cries.

I think this bond is so special and I love being able to capture these sweet little moments.

Check out more newborn sibling photos here!

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09Feb

Adored Times Four- Baby Photography Orange County

This sweet baby girl joins a family who loved her before she was even here on this earth.  Her older siblings anticipated her arrival and now that she’s finally here everyone wants to hold her.  It’s gotta be great to be the center of so much love.

She will have connections with each of her older sisters and her older brother in a unique way.  One might want to rough and tumble with her and another might teach her to read before she starts kindergarten.  I love seeing big families.  They dynamic is so loving.  That lucky baby will be adored times four..plus her parents.

Her newborn session went so smoothly as her older siblings doted over her and kissed her little head.  She woke for a bit and then went right back to sleep for her photos alone.  What a perfect baby model!

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24Jan

Los Angeles Newborn Photographer

I recently drove to Los Angeles, Santa Monica to be exact for a super sweet newborn session. This mama loves all the neutrals, just like me.  We had so much fun planning her newborn session with her two sweet girls.  Her older daughter has a teepee in her room, so of course we had to incorporate that as well.  I love how the newborn session turned out.  What they wore perfectly complimented all the grays and whites.  Such a beautiful set of girls!

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// Photos by Los Angeles Baby Photographer, Kristin Eldridge.  If you love this color scheme, check out this similar newborn photo session.

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