As much as I love photographing babies in my Long Beach studio, going to a client’s home is also wonderful. People are generally more comfortable in their own home and they get to put in little touches of their style into the photos. Not to mention the totally cozy feel the photos have. So, if you’re on the fence about where to do your photo session, consider doing it at your home. These photos show just how beautiful an at-home session can be.
The bay is such a great place to bring little ones. You get all the beauty of water and sand without crashing waves and the wind. So, I’m heading back for mini-sessions on June 13. Here’s the details:
Long Beach Peninsula, June 13 9:00am-11:00am
Here’s the link to pricing (or just click on the details/pricing tab.) This is an on-location session, so you choose either family or just the kids.
There’s only 4 spots 9:00, 9:30, 10:00 and 10:30. So, if you’d like to reserve a spot, click here to pay the $100 session fee and let me know what time you prefer (or if you’re flexible). You can also send me an email with any questions about the session.
Here are more images from the Orange County Summer Mini-Sessions // Long Beach Peninsula.
I had so many favorites from this session. First of all the hair. Newborn hair like this just makes you want to snuggle right up. Which is what his big brother did. Toddler siblings are unpredictable. This guy was all cuddles and careful hand-holding.
Everyone was so natural and relaxed, it was pretty much an A+ all the way around.
I just finished up all my sessions for Mother’s Day. Even though, this photo obviously doesn’t include a mother, I wanted to share it. I love those impromptu moments where you’re not planning on shooting something, but you just look over and BAM, perfect moment. I love hands-on dads too. They make a shoot fun!
Also, Budapest. Are you into this song? I’ve been listening to it while I edit. I actually had to look up the lyrics. You know those songs you sing along to and then realize you’re not singing actual words at certain points. If you haven’t heard it yet, listen here.
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!
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.
Family Photographer Orange County // Timing is everything
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.’
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
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
Kristin Eldridge holds Spring Mini-Sessions in Orange County and Los Angeles.