I’m Kristin Eldridge, a portrait photographer in Long Beach, CA. On the site you’ll find details, pricing, my portfolio and the contact buttons on the left. If you’re interested in booking a session, call or email and we can discuss dates and locations.
I have a studio located in Long Beach, but I also travel for portrait sessions (newborn, baby, children and family) to Orange County and Los Angeles.
Besides being a wife, mom and a photographer, I love to cook and craft. So, if you’re interested, (beyond scrolling through photo sessions), you can check out my favorite cookie recipe or how to sew yourself a kimono!
Our love of shiplap knows no end. Thanks Joanna Gaines. I’m no stranger to trends. If you look closely, you’ll see a wall of wallpaper that I HAD TO HAVE. So, when I was researching shiplap wall DIYs, I came across people that were doing the shiplap with plywood underlayment. This is awesome for several reasons. First, it’s so lightweight and easy to handle that anyone can assemble it. It’s way cheaper than traditional shiplap AND it’s not permanent. Which means when the shiplap trend is over I can easily pry these off the wall and move on to the next big thing. And I know they’re easy to rip off because we accidentally installed on the wrong way and it was easy to use a screw dry and pry it up.
Shiplap Wall Supplies
Circular saw or jigsaw
Shiplap Wall Instructions
We took a trip to Home Depot and purchased two plywood underlayment boards and paid to have them cut into 8″ strips. The width of the boards is 8 feet, which happened to be the length of our wall. #winning But, if you have a smaller wall, have them cut to the width of your wall as well.
You’ll need to sand them down just a little. They are already pretty smooth, but you don’t want splinters. Then, you’ll need a way to adhere them to the wall. If you have access to a nail gun, that will make your life a whole lot easier. Simple mark the studs and use brad nails to attach the board to the wall.
In order to create the look of shiplap, you’ll want spaces. We glued 2 pennies together and used that to space out each board. (See the photo.)
If you have to work around light sockets and switches like we did, it’s helpful to use a circular saw or a jig saw to measure those out and cut them before nailing them to the wall. You’ll also need to cut the last board to fit evenly on the wall.
Once the boards are installed, use wood putty to fill in the nail holes and go over it one more time with a piece of sand paper. We had to go around a corner, so the corners were also filled with putty and sanded smooth.
Painting underlayment is a bit of a pain, I’m not gonna lie. The wood is porous, so it soaks up paint. I used Swiss Coffee by Valspar and paid extra to have paint with primer mixed in. I did two coats with the brush (so it would have a more natural look) and after a few days it was looking yellow. I applied one more coat with a mini-roller (because I was over it!) and that did the trick. It still looked naturally and stayed white.
Last week I photographed this glowing mama in my studio in Long Beach. I absolutely love everything from top to bottom about this session. She wore a beautiful dress with delicate details. Her jewelry complimented the dress perfectly. I collaborated with her to make this floral crown. The soft light of the studio is so gorgeous for maternity sessions. If you’re considering a maternity session, the studio is a great place to keep it simple and just highlight your growing belly and the new life that’s about ready to enter the world.
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…
I recently drove to Los Angeles, Santa Monica to be exact for a super sweet newborn session. This mama loves all the neutrals, just like me. We had so much fun planning her newborn session with her two sweet girls. Her older daughter has a teepee in her room, so of course we had to incorporate that as well. I love how the newborn session turned out. What they wore perfectly complimented all the grays and whites. Such a beautiful set of girls!
At the end of this at home Newport Beach newborn photography session, we headed out to the beach for a few additional shots. It was a little chilly, but I’m so glad we did. The baby was all snuggled and warm, so she was happy and content for this part of the shoot. She’ll most likely grow up by the beach, so I love that her first days of life are documented there.
**Photos taken by Kristin Eldridge, Newport Beach newborn 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!
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.
If you’re a detail-oriented person like me, you want the colors of your birth announcement just perfect. And sometimes, websites only have a limited amount of colors. What I love about Basic Invite is that they are one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it, down to the littlest detail.
I just created this birth announcement and was looking for the perfect peachy-pink to compliment the baby’s skin tone. I was able to customize the back of the card and add the same peach-pink in the text and graphic design. Each element on the card has it’s own color options, which make the process so customized.
Not only does Basic Invite have a lot of colors to choose from, they also have so many design templates. I had fun putting together a few different announcements and had the samples sent to me. Days later, I was checking them out to see which I liked best. With color and layout, it’s nice to see the design in person….especially before ordering multiples. If I wanted to make any adjustments, it was an easy process. They even sent me an email to see how I liked the design samples I received.
First Birthday Invitations were another product that I had fun creating on the site. I was able to customize the envelope color and get this…all of envelope styles are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed without licking a single one.
Using Basic Invite was a breeze. From choosing designs and colors to the follow-up by their customer service team, I knew I was going to love the end result. And with their sample system, if I didn’t love my first choice, I could try another sample. By the time I am ready to order boxes of announcements or invitiations, I’m in love with every detail of the card.
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.