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

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15Feb

Huntington Beach Photographer

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.

Want to see another cute family?  Check out this recently family photo session in Orange County.

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30Jan

How to Photograph Toddlers

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…

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You can also check out this adorable family session taken in Orange County.

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12Jan

Orange County Valentine’s Day Mini-sessions

Celebrate Valentine’s with a mini-session for your kids or the whole family!  You can use my valentine’s day themed (simple) props or just use the scenery and take photos you’ll love forever.

The mini-sessions will be on February 4 at Huntington Beach Central Park.  The session fee is $100 and the digital image fee is $300 for kids and $350 for the whole family.

Click the link below to sign up and reserve your session.  Directions will be emailed once you book your session.

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10Jan

Costa Mesa Family Photographer

I love working with kids.  They don’t have any pretenses.  And they aren’t conformed by social norms.  If they want to do something, they just do it.  And I love it!  It’s what makes them kids.  And they grow out of it eventually.  So, it’s super sweet to have these little moments during the photo session when they just let their personality shine.

During this particular session with twins, he was reserved and she was silly and funny and moving all around.  Even the multi-colored nails were just HER.  Love it!

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01Nov

Newport Beach Family Photography

My favorite shots always tend to the be the ones where you don’t even know I’m there.  I love when families are in the moment and they forget this is a photo shoot.  The moment captured forever is a true glimpse into life.  Because kids only like to be tickled for so long.  And bear hugs that lead end up in belly laughs won’t last forever.  So, let’s make it happen and forget all about the camera.

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21Sep

Orange County Family Photographer

Orange County Family Photographer

I have 2 boys, so I’m pretty comfortable around them.  It didn’t always start that way.  I have 2 sisters, so there was a lot of pink going on when I was a kid.  But, raising my own boys has taught me to get my hands dirty.  I’m all about the rough and tumble.  Boys have so much energy, it’s my job to corral all that energy during a photo session.  I love the way this session turned out.  There was tree-climbing and stick-fighting and lots of hugs in between.

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14Jun

Family Photography Huntington Beach

Family Photography Huntington Beach

Sometimes we (meaning me, the photographer, and you the client) go into a photo session with an agenda.  There are certain shots we want to get, there’s a certain feel we want to convey in the photos.  We have expectations.  And that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  Expectations and ideals help us get where we’re going.  But, sometimes, we let those things get in the way of a really great moment.

As I’m working with you, if I feel like we’re just fighting against the current, I’ll stop.  I’ll tell you it’s not worth it and we should let the moments lead us and not the other way around.  Sure, I’m directing this photo shoot, but there are times where you need to stop and cuddle your toddler.  Or you need to let your little girl stop to pick up shells because that’s what she’s dying to do.  Most times, I’ll be able to come back around to that perfect family photo you were dreaming of.  But, I don’t want you to miss out on those little in between moments.  If it feels too difficult, it probably is.  And we should stick to the fun stuff.

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Check out more family photography at the beach here.

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13May

Mini-Sessions at the Beach I Orange County

Mini-Sessions at the beach I Orange County

This year I offered Mother’s Day sessions and it was one of my favorites.  Having a special day for parents to connect with their kids was so touching.  I seriously love the images.  If you want to check out just a snippet of what went on, head over to my Facebook page.

One of the families that was there asked if I’d be doing the same thing for dads, so I thought, why not!?  I know most dads aren’t probably going to be a huge fan of being photographed for 30 minutes, so feel free to mix in the family or just shots of the kids.  Or, bring the grandparents!  These sessions are light-hearted and fun.  It’s just about having fun with your kids!

June 18 at the bay in Long Beach (sand, water, sail boats)

The session fee is $100, click below to book your session.  The digital images will be an additional $175 (for a minimum of 25 re-touched images).  This is the same price as the Mother’s Day sessions and it’s such a great deal!

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June 18 in Laguna Beach (rocky cove, blue ocean)

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12May

Family Photographer Huntington Beach

I start the session by asking, is your baby serious?  One year olds can be all business.  They have a whole world to learn!  And if I try to get too silly, it will just back fire and scare them.  But, if I ease into things, the smiles will come at the end of the session.

This particular session started out with the baby just checking me out.  She was curious about me and the big black camera.  But, before long, she forgot she was at a photo session and her mom and dad were able to get her laughing and smiling.

That’s the beauty of reading people (and babies).  If you ask questions and be accommodating, everything goes your way!

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Photos by Family Photographer Huntington Beach, Kristin Eldridge.

Here’s another one year photo session to check out.

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13Apr

Mother’s Day Mini-Sessions

**EDITED TO ADD…

I have one session left:  April 30 at 9:30am.  Scroll below to book it!

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Moms are the besssssst.  Seriously, moms love so self-sacrificially.  Photographing moms with their kids ranges from sweet and snuggly to almost falling over with laughter.  If you’ve never been photographed with your kids, now’s the time to do it.  Tell your family, this is what you want for Mother’s Day!

Here’s the details…

30 minute mini-session $100

All your digital images are an additional $175, which is half-off.  Because I love you MOMS!

The photo sessions will take place in Long Beach at a green park…details will come when you book your session.  Click on the links below to pay for your session fee and confirm your time.

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Mother’s Day Mini-Sessions by Kristin Eldridge Photography.

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