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

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21Apr

Orange County Family Photographer // When to Book a Beach Photo Session

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A good beach photo is easy to love.  But, when is a good time to do a beach photo?  And by time, I mean the age of your child.  The first bit of advice I have is that in order to take a good photo, you have to love the beach.  I know it sounds redundant, but if you don’t love spending time at the beach, you won’t love hanging out there for pictures.  Your hair will get wind-blown and you might walk away with the soggy jeans.

If you do love the beach, YAY!  I do too.  A successful beach shoot involves a walking child.  Yes, it’s possibly to take a baby to the beach and get good photos.  But, if we’re talking best case scenario, it’s a child that can walk.  Why?  Because sitting and crawling babies are so tiny that even if you set them on a blanket, I have to zoom so far out to capture the landscape that the baby is super tiny in the photo.  If I zoom in to crop appropriately, you lose the essence of where you are.

And there’s the sand.  Sand that gets everywhere.  Sand that’s shoveled by the handful into the mouths of babes.  Crawling babies are just curious.  They want to crawl right off that blanket and into the sand to taste it.

So, of course you can always book a beach session with a baby of any age, but my best advice is to wait just a little until they are walking to get the most out of your session!

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15Apr

Mother’s Day Mini-Sessions

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Moms!  It’s your special day.  And I know you’re always the one behind the camera.  Take this opportunity to document this stage with a mini-session.

*If you want some photos with just the kids or you want a family photo too…that’s okay!

Here are the details:

April 26 11:00-1:00 at a park in Long Beach (pretty light filtered in through lots of greenery)

May 2 10:30-12:00 and 2:30-4:00 at my studio in Long Beach (white walls, light floors, very clean and neutral)

Sessions are $100 for the 20 minute session fee and an additional $250 for all your digital images.  This is a huge discount from my normal pricing!

To sign up, you can either email me to see what’s available OR click here to pay for the session fee with a credit card and write the time you’d like in the notes.

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Mother’s Day Mini-Sessions

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14Apr

Los Angeles Baby Photographer // Good-bye for Now

I recently photographed a family just before they moved back to NYC.  It was extra special because I was able to photograph their baby as a newborn last summer.  We got the most perfect overcast lighting that makes everything bright and vibrant.  It was chilly, but maybe it was the sky’s way of getting them ready to move back to the cold.  Either way, it was a great morning and I’m so thankful I was able to document their time in Los Angeles.

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Los Angeles Baby Photographer // Good-bye for Now

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17Mar

Family Photographer Orange County // Timing is everything

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I love when we can add things into a photo session that make it exciting!  This time, it was these amazing vintage bikes.  The twins had received them as a gift, so their mom so kindly lugged them out to the park so we could play around with them.  I love how they bring such brilliant smiles to the children’s faces.

Of course, with a session like this we start with the family portraits and all the necessary things.  Then at the very end we bring out the bikes.  It’s funny how you don’t think of things like this until you’re a mom or until you’ve had it happen to you as a photographer.  If you bring out the ‘fun thing’ and let them play, then say, now we’re going to sit down for some photos, you’ll be greeted with a hearty, ‘no thank you.’

Timing is everything!

 

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11Mar

Orange County Family Photographer // How I Scout for Locations

orange county family photographer I love having unique locations for my photo sessions.  There are so many photographers in Southern California, that it’s nice to be set apart and have locations that not everyone is going to.  Although, once I find a great location, I use it until I don’t feel inspired by it and then move along!  So, what goes into finding a great location?  Here’s a few tips that I’ve learned along the way.

1.  Drive around.  This may sound basic, but it’s important to keep your eyes open as you’re driving around the city.  Sometimes I’m able to set apart a chunk of time for the sole purpose of location scouting, but other times I find spots as I’m doing my daily routine or maybe on the way to a client’s home.

2.  See all the parts and the whole.  There are times when I’m looking for a location with a sweeping landscape.  I also use spots that are tiny little nooks of gorgeousness.  I’ll often have clients tell me, “I never would have SEEN what you saw in this location.”  So, determine what you’re needs are (big views or a little areas when you don’t need to move around and are mainly doing close-ups.)

3.  Which leads me to my next tip- Ask your clients to trust you.  It helps when you have a few years under your belt.  But, you want your clients to feel comfortable at the location.  So, if you’re leading them to an area they are unsure about and they don’t know you enough to trust your vision, it will come across in their expressions.

4.  Go to the location at the time of day you are planning to photograph there.  Lighting is key, so you want to make sure you’ll know what to expect.  There are certain locations that I know I can only use the morning or afternoon.  Some locations will work any time of day.

5.  Be prepared for anything.  One time I went to a location and they were renovating it (unexpectedly).  I had to quickly come up with a plan B because I had back to back clients planning to arrive.  I try to have a back-up location and client’s numbers programmed into my phone, so I can think quickly and be ready for changes.

I hope that helps!  And if you’re wondering where this fabulous location is…these abandoned railroad tracks run throughout the city of Cerritos, CA.  Another one of those times where I was driving around and noticed this out my window.

Orange County Family Photographer // How I Scout for Locations

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06Mar

Spring Mini-Sessions in Orange County and Los Angeles

Have you looked around lately?  Have you noticed how green everything is!?  The fact that we finally got some rain in Southern California is making it even more beautiful than normal.  It’s the perfect time to do Spring mini-sessions.

I’m setting up 2 different locations…one in Orange County (Trabuco Canyon to be exact) and one in Los Angeles (Temescal Canyon specifically).  Both are green and gorgeous right now.

Here’s the details…it’s $100 session fee to hold your spot.  The sessions are about 20 minutes with a little buffer time in between clients.  Then you’ll pay an additional flat rate for all your digital images, depending if it’s just the kids or the whole family.  Click here for all the details.

March 28 4:30, 5:00, 5:30 6:00 Trabuco Canyon

March 29 3:00, 3:30, 4:00, 4:30 Temescal Canyon

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Kristin Eldridge holds Spring Mini-Sessions in Orange County and Los Angeles.

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19Feb

Photo Session at the Terranea Resort

The Terranea is one of those resorts that just takes your breathe away.  It sits on top of a bluff with incredible views of the Pacific Ocean.  The decor has a Mediterranean vibe with a soft color palette.  So, basically it’s the perfect backdrop for family photos!

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Kristin Eldridge photographed this Photo Session at the Terranea Resort, located in Palos Verdes, CA.

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18Feb

Baby Photographer Orange County // At Home Newborn Session

As much as I love photographing babies in the studio in Long Beach, going to clients’ homes is such a treat.  Especially when they are decorated as cute as this one.  Good natural light is always a plus too!

I tell my clients to plan their newborn session around 2 things…baby (or toddler)’s nap schedule and when the most light comes into your home.  If you have an ample amount of light, the photos will be light and airy.  Gorgeous!

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// Kristin Eldridge is a Baby Photographer in Orange County, Long Beach and Los Angeles.  This session took place at the client’s home.

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06Feb

Laguna Beach Photographer // Beach Mini-Sessions

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One of my favorite spots to explore with kids is in Laguna Beach.  With tide pools and a castle, there’s so much to see!  It takes a little bit of effort to get there (walking over coral), but so worth it.  I’m starting off with February 21 in the afternoon while the tide is low.

The sessions are $100 for a 30 minute session (an extra 10 minutes from the normal 20).  Then, you purchase a package to receive all your digital images.  Click here for the package options.

Laguna Beach // February 21 // 3:30, 4:00, 4:30 and 5:00

Click on the contact buttons on the left to book your spot!

**If these spots are gone immediately (which sometimes happens) I will try to open up another date.

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Laguna Beach Photographer, Kristin Eldridge does beach mini-sessions.

 

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