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

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13Sep

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What to Wear for Family Pictures

I love helping clients with all the small details for their photo session.  Sometimes they already have a vision for what they want.  And that’s awesome…more power to you!  But other times, people feel stuck.  They don’t know what will look good and how to organize clothing for the whole family.

Try to stick several main colors.  If you’re not sure what colors you should choose, I’m happy to help.  In my last post I talked about how I love soft colors and neutrals for the beach or photos at sunset.  It’s so beautiful to have tone on tone.  The end result is a watercolor-esque look.

But, some locations are great for a POP of color or dark tones.  Today, I’ll suggest some dark tones for park that has a bit more color in the greenery.  The sample photos I’m showing were taken mid-day, so they have a bit more contrast.  And that’s really nice with dark to medium tones.

This particular location is located close to Long Beach, and you can click here to sign up for a photo session this fall!

  1.  Mens Shirt 2.  Women’s Shirt 3.  Women’s Jeans 4.  Polkadot Dress 5.  Navy Shirt 6.  Patterned Skirt

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04Sep

What to Wear for a Family Photo Session

What to Wear for a Family Photo Session

You thought choosing a date and location would be the hard part.  Then it hits you, what will I wear?  What will we all wear?  It’s difficult to put together a flattering outfit for yourself, but putting together outfits for the whole family that look good together seems insurmountable.  Here’s the good news.  I got you.

I personally like outfits that seamless blend into the surroundings.  What I mean by that is the color tones are the same as the surrounding tones.  If you’re in a glowing field at sunset, the colors will be soft.  So, you can wear medium to softer colors.  The beach is another example of a soft color tone.

There are so many different directions you can go with soft color tones, but today I want to highlight dessert rose colors.  This means muted pink and purple in combination with cool blues will be perfect.  You can highlight with a soft mustard yellow or just khaki.

Scroll down to see examples of other options that would look great at this location!

1-dusty mauve top 2-light wash denim jeans 3-pale blue mens top 4-boys tee  5-girls dress

And if you love this location as much as I do, you can click here to sign up for a photo session this fall!

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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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14Jun

Seal Beach Photo Session

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!

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17May

Inside the mind of a photographer

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.

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08Apr

An Afternoon at the Seal Beach Pier

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.

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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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05Apr

Mother’s Day Mini-Sessions

Mother’s Day Mini-Sessions

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)

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April 29 at 5:00pm BOOKED

April 29 at 5:30pm

April 29 at 6:00pm BOOKED

April 29 at 6:30pm BOOKED

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15Mar

Orange County Spring Mini-Sessions

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

Sign up:  To reserve your time and receive directions to the location, click the time links below to check out with Square.

5:15pm on April 1 BOOKED

5:45pm on April 1 BOOKED

6:15pm on April 1 BOOKED

6:45pm on April 1 BOOKED

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