The internet is a big place. It’s big and it’s full of very talented people. Sometimes one can get lost admiring all that talent. Every once in awhile it’s good to just take a tiny internet break and focus on what’s right in front of us. And try not to feel so tiny in this big ocean of talent.
Hopefully this doesn’t read as a pity-party, because it’s not. Just a gentle reminder to myself and anyone else who feels just a bit intimidated every once in awhile. I’m so blessed to get to work with awesome people…and hopefully I’m doing my part to contribute beautiful things to the big ol’ internet!
//child and family photography taken in Los Angeles County parks
Halloween and Valentine’s Day are just a clever excuse to eat more sugar! But, that’s okay with me and my sweet tooth. I put a little spin on homemade marshmallows, by rolling them in colored sugar. Valentine peeps! To see all the specifics on how to make these, head over to the Little Skye Blog, where I’m guest posting today!
PLAY DATES are back! Here’s how it works: invite 3-4 friends to meet at the park with their kids. I show up with my camera and capture priceless moments of each of the children. No posing, no ‘cheeeese,’ just kids being kids. Each family will be presented with an online gallery of images of their child/children from our time at the park. The approach will be photojournalistic…truly showing who they are at this stage of life. This isn’t a time to get all gussied up and take them kicking and screaming to a ‘photo shoot.’ This is a time to play with friends and be a kid!
**If you prefer to be inside, I will happily come to a home instead of a park. Also, I love to incorporate the play structures into the photos, but we can keep it simply green if you like that better.
You choose the park that your children love to go to…I will stay for approximately one hour photographing the children. This is for weekdays only…during the day or after school for children that are school aged.
Your friends each pay $25 for the session. Your session is free.
Your will receive access to special digital packages if orders are placed within a week of proofing. Please email me to receive all the specific details.
Offer is valid until March 11. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 562-980-6480 to reserve a date.
Hey friends! I’m over on Modern Parents Messy Kids today posting about how to make candy bags with custom photo toppers. This year, I wanted to make a few templates so those of you that have photoshop could join in on the fun! I made 4 templates for boys and girls and the link to download is over on my Facebook Fan Page. Kristin Eldridge Photography Haven’t seen my fan page yet? I’m finally jumping on the bandwagon and branching away from my regular facebook page. I have already been sharing sneak peeks, new locations, promotions and plan to do giveaways like this one! So, ‘like’ me and join the fun!
To read all about the details for how to make the candy bag, head over to the blog post!
Cortés told his men to ‘burn the ships.’ I’m sure you’ve heard the story…he was on the final leg of an ocean voyage that was to take him from Cuba to the shores of the Yucatan in search of treasure. He was up against the impossible with the treasure being hoarded by the same Yucatan army for 600 years. But, when they were ready to invade, he told his men to burn the ships. There would be no going back. They were all in.
I heard this story yesterday in a message at church as an illustration about being more bold in our faith…what we believe. It was so inspiring. I want to live without regret. If you’re interested, you can listen to the message here.
It also made me think about other areas of my life where I live passionately. In 2007, against better judgement I dropped a few thousand dollars I saved on camera and lens to become a photographer. There was no back-up plan. It was go big or go home! So, thank you for helping my leap of faith become my job. I’m really blessed to have clients, that I call friends, that hire me year after year. Thank you!
Devin is an aspiring photographer, so she came prepared with hats, suitcases and the like! I told her it was like having an assistant on the shoot. She knew the ins and outs of what I’d need and was right there to pitch in. The result: amazing photos. I’m just swooning over Devin’s third baby! And what a fantastic big brother and sister she has!
//newborn photos took place at my studio in Long Beach
Looks like we’re going to make it out of the 50 degree weather this week. 70′s here we come! To celebrate, I want to take you to a new favorite location. These abandoned tracks are so charming, you wouldn’t know it’s in the middle of the city. There’s plenty of greenery, so you’ll get much more than just the railroad tracks.
To sweeten the deal, I’m including a free digital image with your order. As always, the 20 minute mini-sessions are just $100 and the pricing for prints and digital images (as well as details) are found on my website under pricing.
I’ll be doing the mini-sessions on February 2 and will start with 4 openings… 4:00-4:20, 4:20-4:40, 4:40-5:00 and 5:00-5:20.
To reserve your spot, you can call me 562-980-6480 or email me email@example.com and payment is required to book. You’ll get all the details about location (Long Beach area) when you reserve your spot.
I’m a girl of substance. And not just in the thigh area. TMI? Seriously, though. I want to have character that runs deep. Sometimes, we’re handed situations that require us to dig beyond the surface and other times we have to choose them. So, this year, I’m going to take the path less traveled as often as I can.
//child photography at the seal beach pier in orange county
Are you ready for New Years? I’ve already started stocking my fridge with tons of fruits and vegetables. There are a few new recipes I want to introduce to the rotation too. Outside personal health, I also want to focus more on what matters most and let the silly little things slide. That’s definitely harder said than done. But, thankfully new beginnings don’t have to happen in the calendar year, they can happen every morning.
(Now that things have slowed down I have the time to show you some sessions that happened over the past few months!)
This is the first year I’ve tried an activity advent with the kids. I think we did a chocolate one at some point during the toddler years, and there’s this amazing interactive one on the computer by Jacquie Lawson that my mother-in-law buys the kids every year. But, we decided to try something different this year. There are no chocolates and no gifts in our advent. It’s about family time and making memories together. We are on day 17 and I’m so excited about the things we’ve been able to do and the last week we have before Christmas.
Some of the activities are very simple, like stringing popcorn or making a sweet treat. Other have naturally happened and are a bit more exciting. Like going to Disneyland for a Brad Paisley concert! (Friends invited us, so I planned it into the advent.) We’ve also done some service projects together, like working a food booth at church and making cards for shut-ins and shopping for gifts for others. Along with the sock project I’ll tell you about soon.
The Christmas season is exciting. And I want my kids to know it’s not just a count-down to opening presents. It’s a time to really focus on others and remember what we are celebrating. This amazing moment when God gave us the most important gift, Jesus. Heaven coming to earth.
I hope you and yours are enjoying the month of December. And, in light of the recent tragic events, I hope you are focused on family and the things in life that really matter.