It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for the golden light that happens at the end of the day. So, every year, we try to schedule their photo session at the end of the day. It’s cousins and aunts and uncles, everyone’s there! During my sessions that include more than one family, I switch it up, bouncing back and forth between kids and family. That way everyone gets a break. No one has to be ‘on’ the whole time. Scheduling a session with extended family is such a great idea. I love the dynamic that happens between all the relatives.
photos taken in Huntington Beach // Huntington Beach Family Photographer, Kristin Eldridge
I’ve always wanted to do mini-sessions with kids and their pets. And what a better time than Valentine’s Day! I know some will ask, so I’ll start off by answering the question…can you book this mini-session if you don’t have a pet? YES. But, it’s a great excuse to get some photos with your pet!
Here’s the details:
January 24 (HB Central Park) 2:30-4:00pm
January 25 (Long Beach Studio location) 11:00am-12:00pm
January 25 (Palos Verdes Area) 2:30-4:00pm
Sessions will be 30 minutes long and include all your digital images (cost: $300 just the kids, $400 include the parents)
Did you want to through in a few Valentine props? Sure, just let me know and I’ll bring some along.
It’s been so long since I’ve blogged, I’ve almost forgotten how to do it. Thankfully I made it through the holiday rush, which went right up to a few days ago. Babies were born, families loved on each other and I was there to document every moment. This year, I was at the lemon groves, the beach, urban walls and more. How I love all my sweet sweet families! I’ll be taking the next few quiet days and hugging my own sweet family.
Okay friends…this is it! Here are my last mini-session dates for 2014. If you missed the October dates, I still have one or two openings left…so feel free to inquire about those.
Here’s how it works…The sessions are 20 minutes long and they are $100 (for the session fee). There’s an additional flat rate of $425 for all your digital images for your own printing and sharing. You’ll be set up for success with helpful tips for printing and resources.
How do you book a session? You can either email or call me. OR you can click here to pay for your session fee and in the notes section, let me know which date and time you prefer.
Sunday November 2
2:30, 2:50, 3:10, 3:30pm
Everyone’s heard of Huntington Beach Central Park, but I have my own favorite secrets spots at this park!
Tuesday November 11 (this is Veteran’s Day, so you may have it off work/school)
3:30, 3:50, 4:10 and 4:30pm
I love this beach for it’s simple background and there’s also little bits of greenery to mix into your photos.
Saturday November 15
3:10, 3:30, 3:50 and 4:00pm
The lemon groves are just the right height for kids. Sometimes there’s lemons and sometimes they’re already picked, but the rows and rows of small trees are so pretty in pictures.
Sunday November 16
3:30, 3:50, 4:10 and 4:30pm
I’m going to include this location in November as well as October because it’s been such a hit. You can’t beat Laguna Beach!
Hey friends! I’ve got all my October dates and locations picked, so wanted to share them with you here!
The sessions are 20 minutes long (unless otherwise noted) and they are $100 for the session fee. There’s an additional flat rate of $400 for all your digital images for your own printing and sharing. You’ll be set up for success with helpful tips for printing and resources.
October 13: (This is Columbus Day, so you may have it off work.) The photo sessions will be at Irvine Regional Park from 3:30-5:00pm.
October 18: The photo sessions will be on Balboa Island. I’d like to do the sessions with families enjoying treats on Main Street. To see an example of what it would look like, click to this blog post. I may be able to add a few more sessions at the docks in Balboa too, so let me know if you’re more interested in that type of session. The sessions will take place 9:00-10:30am.
October 25: If you like a more urban look, these photo sessions will take place near the Artist District of Santa Ana. There are some really unique walls and architecture, all within walking distance. These photo sessions will be 9:30-11:00am
October 25: Sunset at Seal Beach photo sessions will be from 4:30-6:00pm at the south end of the beach.
October 26: This sweet little private beach in Laguna Beach will host the photo sessions from 4:00-5:30pm. The perfect sunset lighting!
Rascals to Rebels is hosting me for a Back to School event in September. And I designed this backdrop to work not only for Back to School, but also Holiday if you want to get ahead of the game! Look at how cute this scarlet bow tie is against the chalkboard. I can envision red, gold…basically all the holiday colors! But, if don’t like jumping to December in 100 degree weather, let’s just keep this about school.
Here’s the details: Spend $50 in the store to get a complimentary 15 minute session on September 20 or 21. (You can also call the store. 562-598-3900) A few days after the photo session, you’ll proof the photos online and can purchase from the gallery. Here’s the price list.
I’ve talked before about that perfect in-between lighting. Not quite overcast, not quite sunny. This was another strike of luck in the beach photography business. Not to mention the fact that I’ve been photographing these girls for the last 6 years and their mom happens to have impeccable taste. I’m always excited to see what they are wearing. It’s like that friend you have who seems to throw her outfits together, yet when you take a second look you notice all the details where thoroughly planned.
Another thing I love about shooting at the beach (especially with tide pools) is how it gives families something to do. It’s hard to sit and smile over and over again. It’s fun to explore the area and discover new things you’ve never seen before.
When I was pregnant with our oldest, Jake, I planned his nursery, his outfits and every little baby accessory. All that planning and anticipation is what it feels like as I approach the holiday season being a family photographer! Months ahead of time, I’m scouting and planning. Looking up sunrise and sunset times. Trying to guess what you all will like the best. I bring back favorites from years’ past and come up with new and exciting stuff too. I want you to look forward to sending out your family’s cards this year!
I’m starting with the month of September. Around the middle of the month, I’ll put out the dates/locations for October and in mid-October I’ll announce the dates/locations for November. As December approaches, it gets crazy busy. So, as an incentive to book early, the price is the cheapest in September (just like last year). Woo hoo!
The session fee of $100 holds your slot. Check out the pricing on the left under the Details + Pricing button.
Here’s what I’ve got!
September 13th 9:30, 9:50, 10:10 and 10:30am
I love this graffiti wall in Santa Monica. A favorite client introduced me to this hidden gem and I love the poppy colors. There’s a variety of walls, so don’t worry…you won’t all have the exact same background.
September 14th 5:20, 5:40, 6:00 and 6:20pm
This location is tucked away at a park in Long Beach. It’s a beautiful rural area that has big trees and gorgeous sunset lighting. If you want to incorporate your dog, this would be the perfect spot.
September 30th 4:50, 5:10, 5:30 and 5:50pm
A new favorite spot in Laguna Beach has me thinking about Hawaii! It’s so lush and green with big succulent plants.
Here’s a little something to perk up your Tuesday morning! This family brought the fun to their photo session. I love collaborating with clients, but this mom had it nailed on her own. Starting with a big bunch of red balloons, she styled pops of red into their wardrobe. I love how it’s pulled together while looking effortless.
We met up at Old Towne Irvine. The structure was an old grain and bean store house in the 1800′s. Over the years it was a blacksmith’s shop, a hotel and a general store. Each generation preserved the original building. Now businesses operate here and it’s a fun place to explore!
photos taken by Irvine Photographer, Kristin Eldridge