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

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October 2012

29Oct

Holiday Photo Sessions at Rascals to Rebels [Rossmoor Childrens Photographer]

It’s that time again!  Holiday photo sessions at Rascals.  This year the backdrop is grey/taupe velvet damask.  It’s so very classic and neutral…it will go with everything!  Drop by the store to spend a minimum of $50 to get your free photo session.  The prints and digitals are sold separately and can be viewed on my website.

The fine details are…this is for kids 12 and under, with a maximum of 3 kids per photo session.

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24Oct

Chalkboard Glass [Fall DIY Ideas]

I recently did a little 30 minute project and loved the way it turned out.  I’ve seen chalkboard paint on vessels of all kinds, so I thought I’d give a spare pair of glasses a try.  It makes serving wine even fancier and I thought it would be so cute to do for Thanksgiving and write the kids names on the glasses.  Thrift stores are a wonderful place to pick up glasses of any kind if you don’t want to ruin your nice stuff.

Head over to Little Skye blog to get the template and the rest of the directions for how to make chalkboard glass, a wonderful fall DIY!

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23Oct

Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies [In the Kitchen]

Can there be too much of a good thing?  When it comes to cookies the answer is always no.  Never too much of a good thing.  Ask Jenny.  Have you heard of Picky Palate?  She’s one of those food bloggers with a new cook book and her she introduces you to things that you didn’t know were possible.  An oreo inside a chocolate chip cookie?  That’s amateur hour.  She stuffs cookies in brownies, peanut butter cups in cookies, donuts in brownies and any other blow-your-mind combination.

Here’s Jenny’s original link to the recipe.  I used my own chocolate chip cookie recipe, because I love it.  But, I have a hunch any cookie recipe will do.

Let me introduce you to the Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie.  You’re welcome and I’m sorry.

This isn’t rocket science either.  It’s too easy.  Just scoop dough on the top and bottom of your double stuff oreo.

Then squish those parts together to cover the oreo.

I baked mine for about 10 minutes and oh man.  These are best fresh out of the oven.  For sure.

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22Oct

Playing to your strengths [Orange County Holiday Mini-Sessions]

TGIFriday’s was my first real job.  And I had to talk my way into it.  I was working as a hostess trying to get into waiting tables, because anyone knows that’s where the real money is.  I went to my interview and said I would prove what a great server I could be.  I know I didn’t have any experience, but give me a chance.  Nine months later I was realizing what a great server I wasn’t.  But, you know what got me by?  Being nice.  I was never given the best shifts.  Those are reserved for the bulldogs.  Servers that bark orders in the kitchen and don’t take NO for an answer.  And if you don’t tip them well, um.  Look out.  I was given the parties 12 or more.  I was given the tables with the messiest kids.  The shifts that were a bit on the slow side and known for difficult customers.  Because I was nice.

My managers could count on me to give the best customers service.  But over the years, I turned those crappy shifts waiting tables into a strength.  Not everyone finds it easy to be nice.  But, nice is my specialty.  I may not be ferocious and I may not always end up on top, but a lot can be said for nice.

Figure out what your strengths are.  Maybe you are ferocious and strong.  Maybe you know how to take the bull by the horns and get things done.  Or maybe your a mouse like me and you have oodles of patience.  Things don’t bother you and it’s just easy to be kind.  Whatever it is, play to it.  Make it your trademark and figure out how to make it work for you.

Here’s a bit of what I’ve been up to lately with my mini-sessions around Long Beach and Orange County.  And a big thanks to Stephanie who assisted me.  Hope you enjoy seeing the finished product!

 

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15Oct

Untangling your hair accessories! [Project Organize Your Entire Life]

I’m not embarrassed, actually slightly embarrassed, to show you the inside of a messy drawer in my house.  This type-A loves to organize, yet somehow my daughter’s hair accessories have slipped through the cracks.  There’s a lot.  Getting out the door to school in the morning is hard, so having our hair accessories easily accessible is just one more thing that will make my life easier.

Here’s the after picture.  YAY!  But let’s back track and figure out how I got here.  I promise it’s easy. As in, 15 minute project easy.  I’m guest blogging over on Modern Parents Messy Kids.  Head over to see the whole project!

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13Oct

Show me the love! [To Sum it Up]

I just got back from another group of photo sessions by the bay.  One of the moms commented on how her kids love each other the most when they’re with me.  They are lovey and hugging and being sweet.  Now, I’ve got to say I’m right with her on that one.  My kids aren’t hugging and cuddling on the couch while we watch TV.  But, they do love each other.

Part of my job is to get you to open up.  Not in an unauthentic, cheesy way, but truly show me how much you love each other.  Families respond to that.  Especially if they’ve seen me a time or two before.  They relax, have fun and show the love!

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12Oct

Rascals to Rebels Halloween Mini-Sessions [Rossmoor Photographer]

 

Guess what’s just around the corner!?  Oh, just some of the cutest photos you’ll take all year.  I mean, who can’t resist a baby dressed up in a fuzzy costume or a kid so proud to show off their face paint or their cape!?

The last two years, I’ve been at Rascals to Rebels offering this amazing deal to get photos of your kids in their Halloween costumes.  It’s just $20 (cash or check only) for 3 digital images that will be emailed to you.  They are big enough to print and cute enough to share!  There are no appointments, so come by the Rossmoor store (12185 Seal Beach Blvd., Seal Beach, CA 90740) any time between 3 and 5pm on October 27.  It’s going to be a blast, so don’t miss out!

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10Oct

Pumpkin Banana Muffins [In the Kitchen]

 

The banana and the pumpkin are unlikely friends.  Bananas belong in smoothies and dipped in chocolate.  Pumpkins hang out in pies and Starbucks scones.  But sometimes, you have bananas turning black and some leftover pumpkin from a facial mask you made (more on that soon).  The next thing you know, you’re googling Pumpkin Banana Muffins.  And it turns out it’s a thing.  Like, a really good thing.

Here’s the recipe I slightly adapted from the Dole Banana website:  Pumpkin Banana Muffins

 

  • 2 ripe, large DOLE® Bananas
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • brown sugar for sprinkling on top
  1. Slightly mash bananas with a fork.  Mix bananas, pumpkin, granulated sugar, milk, oil and egg in medium bowl until well blended.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and salt in large bowl. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture just until moistened. Spoon batter into muffin tins.  (I suggest a light spray of cooking oil so they don’t stick.)
  3. Sprinkle brown sugar over the top of each muffin.
  4. Bake at 375º F 20 to 22 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Serve warm.  Makes one dozen.
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08Oct

Finding your medium as an artist [Personal Musings]

 

My camera is an extension of me.  If I’m nervous before a photo session, everything disappears once I get the camera in my hand.  It’s what I was made to do.  And I didn’t start my life knowing that.  But once I discovered it, I knew I’d never walk away.  This may not always be my job, but I will always love photography.

What’s your medium?  I think we all have a bit of artist in us.  It’s that creative expression that makes all the stress go away for a bit.  It mutes the noise of life.  Do you remember that season of American Idol where the guy had Tourette’s syndrome and when he sang the stuttering stopped?  All the symptoms went away.  Singing was his medium.

But, I’ve seen people that crunch numbers like an artist.  My accountant explains things to me that normally makes my mind spin.  My web guy makes something beautiful out of all my scribbled notes.  I’m inspired by people that do their job like an artist.  And they live their life like an artist.

So, what’s your medium?  Go inspire someone today.  Be an artist!

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