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

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November 2012

30Nov

Photographing Dads [Orange County Family Photographer]

Dads have such a great bond with their kids.  It changes a guy when he becomes a dad.  And I love capturing that connection.  I used to be intimidated when photographing guys.  It’s weird, I know.  But, I just felt the sense that sometimes they weren’t pumped about being in front of the camera.  But, let’s face it, most people aren’t extremely comfortable in front of the camera.

Instead of letting the situation turn awkward, the first thing I do is acknowledge the feeling and move on.  I might say something like, I bet this isn’t on the top of your list of ‘things to do on a Saturday afternoon.’  It gets a laugh and then they know I don’t expect them to be a model.  Just relax and have fun.

I also constantly keep the focus on the kids.  Instead of trying to pose someone, I’ll help create a moment.  Asking what they do at home when they are just goofing around usually results in throwing the baby or kid up in the air!  Sometimes I’ll tell the kids that when I count to 3 their dad is going to tickle them.  And if it’s more of a serious child or an older child I will just tell the child to be sweet with their dad or to cuddle with their dad.

Thanks for letting me share how I photograph dads and hope it helps if you are sometimes intimidated like me!

 

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29Nov

Learning how to work hard [Long Beach Family Photographer]

Formula for success:  Rise early, work hard, strike oil.

-J. Paul Getty

There’s a million quotes about working hard in business.  But, I think parents provide the best example of working hard for their kids.  My grandpa was a horse shoer and made his own business.  On top of that he delivered papers in the early morning.  He had his boys on bikes slinging papers from the time they were in first grade.  My dad also went on to start his own business.  When the economy was terrible, he made it.  He kept working hard and didn’t quit when things weren’t easy.  Even if that meant working for a boss during the day and starting up his own business in the evenings.

I was raised to be a hard-worker.  It’s one the things I appreciate most about my heritage.  I’ve had tons of wonderful opportunities with photography and most of them came from rising early and working hard.  Sometimes, you have to be in the right place at the right time, but you have to put in the hard work to get there.

My kids are still young, but I hope that the subtle ways I learned about hard work are passed down to them.  How about you, do you love to work hard?  How do you teach your kids about work?

By the way, this is a photo of my grandpa.  One of my favorites.

 

And here’s the product of some of my hard work recently! (photos taken in Long Beach)

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28Nov

Laguna Mini-Sessions and a feature on iVillage [Orange County Family Photographer]

Oh, where to begin?  I’ve been a little neglectful of this space.  As per usual for this time of year.  I got overwhelmed when it came to what to share, so I decided to just close my eyes and pick a folder to share.  These were taken in Laguna on a beautiful summer, I mean fall day.  But, I think all my photo sessions this year were spent in warm weather.  Meaning, everyone that’s wearing a sweater in their photo is hot, uncomfortably hot. :)

In other news, I just got an email from an editor at The Bump.  My photographs of Erica’s nursery have been featured on iVillage.  So fun to see!

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18Nov

Oatmeal Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting [In the Kitchen]

This is the kind of cake that you make when company is coming and you have NOTHING fancy in your cupboard.  The simple ingredients create a rustic cake that is elevated with a rich, almost carmel-tasting brown sugar frosting.  This is a childhood recipe that my mom used to make.  She was always good at whipping stuff up.  And, confession:  we had dessert after dinner almost every night.  That explains two things- my sweet tooth and the fact that I’ll never be a size 0.  I love dessert!

If you really want to get crazy, serve this with ice cream.  Vanilla is best, of course.  Although I made this half-recipe on the fly.  For blogging purposes, of course, and it was a perfectly acceptable after school snack.

Oatmeal Cake

(recipe from my mom)

1 cup oats

1 1/2 cups boiling water

Soak oats in boiling water for 15 minutes.  Set aside.

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter (original recipe called for shortening and I changed it to butter)

Cream the sugars and butter.  Mix in 2 eggs.  Then add in oatmeal mixture.

1 1/2 cups flour

1/2 t. cinnamon

1 t. baking soda

1/2 t. salt

Sift dry ingredients and add them in.  Place in a greased 9×13 pan and bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out dry from the center.

Let the cake cool and then frost.

Brown Sugar Frosting

3/4 cup brown sugar

4 T. cream or milk

4 T. butter

Bring all 3 ingredients to a boil in a small sauce pan. Remove from heat and add 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar.  Whisk together and add in 1 t. vanilla.

(My photos show a half recipe, but if you follow this recipe, make it in the 9×13 pan and it will serve 12-15 depending on how much cake you like to eat in one serving!)

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14Nov

Halloween Mini-Sessions at Rascals to Rebels [Rossmoor Child/Baby Photographer]

Here are a few favorites from my recent photo shoot at Rascals to Rebels in Rossmoor for Halloween!

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07Nov

DIY Removable Wallpaper

I keep feeling like the holiday rush is over.  And then…it’s not!  So, thank you.  Thank you for calling me.  Again and again and again.  You are keeping me busy and I love it!  But, unfortunately, the blog gets a little neglected.  Because clients come before fun blog posts!

I have a spare moment before the weekend comes and my computer starts getting bogged down with RAW images.  So, I wanted to share a guest post I wrote over on Modern Parents Messy Kids.  I photographed my friend Allyson’s home.  She writes for Day to Day Wonderments and has some amazing DIY projects.  This time she made her own wallpaper.  You heard me right.  Renters rejoice!  You can make wallpaper and apparently it’s easy!

So, click here and read more!

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01Nov

Halloween Costumes, Decoration and Re-Cap!

Hey friends!  I hope you all had a Happy Halloween!  We had fun dressing up and going to parties, trick-or-treating and the rest.  I meant to post this yesterday, but I didn’t get around to taking pictures until the evening and by the time we got home, I was just too tired to do anything but sit on the couch!

Can we talk about carving pumpkins first?  It’s been so stinkin’ hot here lately that if you carve a pumpkin too early and it sits in 90 degree weather for a few days, the trick-or-treaters are greeted with rotten pumpkins.  So, Monday night we rushed through homework and dinner to fill our table with pumpkin guts.  It looked so easy, but really, do we want our kids hacking away with a knife?  Isn’t this really for the adults?  Brent and I high-fived each other for doing a great job carving up the kids’ favorite designs.

Also, I love these little Cinderella pumpkins you can buy at Trader Joe’s now.  I put them on top of the antique spools I just bought at the flea market.  Simple table decoration!

We hosted a Halloween party last weekend.  It was in the middle of a busy work schedule for both of us, so we whipped together a costume.  It was inspired by the awkwardly awesome school photo costume I saw on Cup of Jo.  We both raided Jake’s closet for my clothes, Brent’s tie and his head gear…ewww!  Also, thumbs up for posting stupid pictures of yourself and thumbs down for the bad quality of the iphone photo taken at night.

The kids on the other hand had awesome costumes!  Jillian was a peacock.  I made her costume from some of the cool stuff I bought at Michael Levine in downtown LA.  My mother in law, Kathy, came over to help with last minute costume assembly too!

Cooper’s costume was thrown together in about 30 minutes a few weeks ago when he told me the party he was going to that night was dress up.  A quick trip to Joann’s and a handful of sticks later, we were in business!

I ran out of steam by the time it came to Jake’s costume and our friend Marcus, who’s a way better seamstress than me, offered to make it.  Jake takes guitar lessons and is super into his electric guitar.  Most of the lyrics of popular songs he wants to play are questionable at best, so Brent introduced him to Stryper.  Marcus did a bang-up job with Jake’s costume and his was the hit of the night!

 

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