I can travel up and down the coast from Manhattan Beach to Laguna Beach and never tire of the the sunshine and deep blue water. It seems like most clients want to have a photo session at the beach at least once. This was my first time taking this family to the beach. We started with B’s newborn session in my studio, the next year was in the studio for his one year, then to a local park and now at three years old, we settled on Seal Beach.
This was the perfect place for an adventurous three year old. He started out a little timid, but by the end of the session, he was completely drenched. We had so much fun capturing all it is to be THREE!
Sometimes we look at a photo and feel like it all just fell into place. When in reality, as photographers, we are spinning quite a few plates. Here’s a little bit of what’s inside the mind of a photographer. During a photo session, I’m thinking about my camera settings and light angles first. But if that’s all I thought about, my photos would be boring. I’m also reading people (and kids!). I’m trying to get to know them…and eventually make them laugh. I want my angles to be flattering, so I’m thinking about that too. THEN, you throw in something like the wind. I have to trouble shoot the wind be placing my subjects in a way that won’t leave them with hair flying everywhere. And if I can manage to keep all the plates spinning, I can end up with beautiful, authentic photos.
Last week I spent the afternoon at the Seal Beach Pier with this family as they get ready to move out of state. I photographed their son as a newborn, so it was bittersweet. It’s always great to see those little newborns all grown up and running around. But, of course I’ll miss them as clients. I love being able to document the important parts of people’s lives. Being at the beach won’t be their day-to-day anymore, but they’ll have these pictures from Seal Beach to look back on.
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.
I just wrapped up a super cute set of spring mini-sessions. They filled up so fast! And I can understand why…after a winter of rain, the sun is now out. Everything is green and sunset lighting is everything! If you haven’t started thinking about Mother’s Day yet, doing a mini-session might be the perfect idea. Your husband can treat you to family photos or just photos of you and your kids. OR you can gift this to your own mom…photos with grandma!
I’ll be doing these photo sessions at the Huntington Beach Pier at sunset. These sample photos were taken on an overcast day (which can happen!)…so either way (sunset or overcast) this beach is beautiful.
Click on the links below to book your session. Directions will be mailed after you booking.
Details: $100 session fee + $300 (for all your digital images- Kids only) or + $350 (for all your digital images-up to 5 family members)
Orange County Spring Mini-Sessions will take place on April 1 at the Bolsa Chica Wetlands. This is such a beautiful sunset location. It’s close to the beach, so you’ll get the wispy type foliage that grows by the water. There’s also an inlet of water and paths with fencing. Lots of great options for photos!
This type of photo session is great for kids or families. You can even invite grandparents and make the most of the time!
Cost: $100 session fee + $300 session fee for kids only and $350 for families
Location: Bolsa Chica Wetlands
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II Family Photographer San Juan Capistrano II Are you ready to adventure? If your kids are old enough to travel in the car without getting cranky, you should consider doing a photo session with a WOW location. If you’re lucky enough to live in an area where these types of locations are in your backyard, well, lucky you. I grew up in Montana and this would be the type of location I’m talking about. Which is quite amazing, but has it’s drawbacks. My sister is a photographer in Montana and while she has an abundance of scenery, almost half the year she has to consider things like rain and snow. Have they plowed the roads yet? In California, we are stuck on permanently sunny. Well, at least until this year.
Maybe the beach is your WOW location, but for so many of us, we see the ocean every day. So, we want to be in an environment that’s different. This location was in San Juan Capistrano and it takes about an hour to get there from Long Beach. It’s a bit of a commitment. Families have to plan ahead, allow extra time, extra snacks, extra bathroom breaks…you know the drill.
But for this family, who I’ve photographed since Emma was a baby (!) making the drive to San Juan Capistrano was worth the effort. I absolutely love their color way, their natural interactions…the whole thing just works in this spot. So, if you’re on the fence, consider what your WOW location is and make a plan to go there and document it!
II Family Photographer San Juan Capistrano II Kristin Eldridge is a photographer servicing Long Beach, Orange County and Los Angeles.
Sometimes a good family photo session means capitalizing on what you’ve got. In this case, I had a very shy (and super cute) baby. Instead of focusing on the fact that I was having a little bit of a hard time getting smiles, I decided to recruit her big brother. I’ll always ask questions during the photo session. Is she normally shy? Did she skip a nap today? What do you do at home to make her laugh? Information is key. If I have a baby that is comfortable around her big brother, I’ll ask him to help me tickle her feet or give her kisses. (Huntington Beach Photographer)
Asking questions also helps with what strategies I’m going to use when everyone is in the photo. Sometimes a baby likes loud noises and silly dancing. Other babies aren’t quite sure about all that hoopla and would prefer a quite game of peek-a-boo. Again, getting the information I need and then recruiting help is my key to a great photo session.
If you have a toddler, you’ve made it through the toddler years, you know. YOU KNOW. It’s that transition from baby to kid. They are gaining all this independence, yet they are still working on things like fine motor skills and talking. It can all be very frustrating. Hence, melt downs. And since I’ve survived three toddlers, I know all about the melt downs. I also know about how cute toddlers are. How those chubby little dimpled hands eventually stretch out into adult hands. And the way they say new words makes you want to repeat them, even though they’re not correct. But, it’s just so stinkin’ cute.
So, when I plan out a toddler session, I’ll ask you, when is the best time for their schedule? I know that lighting is important, but more important than that is your toddler is in a good mood. I can work with lighting, but I can’t photoshop a smile. I also work fast. I don’t take similar shots over and over. Once I know I’ve got it, we’re movin’ on. And toddlers appreciate this. We keep the session fun and light-hearted and you get all the heart-melting shots like these…