The one year photo session. It gets a little tricky because maybe the last time you saw them, they were a chubby little sitting baby. Maybe they were just trying out their crawling moves. At one year (or a bit older), they are GO. GO. GO. And there’s a reason I put those in all caps. Those new to walking, want to WALK.
So, I enlist the help of mom or dad. I love this series because his dad was threatening to tickle. We would time it out so he would run in for the tickle, laughs would ensue and we’d start all over again. I got real smiles, authentic expressions and he was still, while waiting to be tickled. Win-Win.
Long Beach Baby Photographer // One Year Old Photo Session
Did you know it’s only 22 more days until Spring? Maybe I’m a little excited for flowers and warm weather, although in California, we can’t complain much!
I’m going to be bringing this backdrop to Rascals to Rebels on March 21 and 22 for mini-sessions. Here’s the details!
- Spend a minimum of $50 in the store (or call and purchase a gift card) to receive a complimentary 15 minute photo session.
- Sign up for a time slot on March 21 or 22.
- You’ll proof the photos on March 23. You can purchase digital images or prints from your gallery. (photos will be delivered before Easter)
(This event is for kids age 12 and under.)
It’s as easy as that! I styled a more casual look for these sample photos, but feel free to dress the kids in their Easter best from the store.
Orange County Spring Mini-Sessions at Rascals to Rebels
Beyond good lighting and composition, what makes a good photo? Emotion. We all know that fake smile kids give. Yes, their eyes are open. They are looking at the camera. BUT, it’s dead. There’s no emotion to draw in the viewer.
This is where your photographer comes in. The photographer needs to know when to interact and when to be a silent observer. It’s different in every situation. sometimes a situation calls for words like ‘poopy diapers’ to be thrown around. Other times, photographers notice something that is happening and they don’t want to be noticed. This is where maybe a more serious emotion might be happening.
One thing I’ve learned is that it helps to have something to interact with. In the case of these photos, it’s their dog. They love Louie and he gave us something to laugh about and someone to cuddle with. So be creative, how can you draw out emotion?
Family Photographer Los Angeles // Drawing emotion out in a photo
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.
Laguna Beach Photographer, Kristin Eldridge does beach mini-sessions.
Photographing older toddler siblings and their new baby sister or brother can be a little tricky. I always try to get them close on the bed or sofa. If that doesn’t work, I use this stump (or any chair/bench) to get the baby all nice and comfy (and still!). Then I add in the toddler. We play games and point out the baby’s feature. Sometimes a kiss will happen. But, it allows the toddler to move around and not be required to hold or even touch the baby. It still creates a feeling of intimacy even though there may be no physical touch.
Of course adding parents in always helps, but if you’re trying to get those adorable sibling shots, this is a little trick I use!
Photos by Orange County Newborn Photographer, Kristin Eldridge.
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