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

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THIS YEAR…I’ve put together a list of my favorite past locations and some brand new ones with morning, afternoon and evening times. It’s SO EASY to click on the link above and view thumbnails of all the images with their dates. Click on the thumbnail to see more photos and details.

Each location will have links to sign up for the time and check out with a credit card. BOOM. DONE. *stress free* Directions will be emailed to you once the payment confirmation is received.

Call/Text 562-980-6480 or email if you have any questions about the locations.

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09Feb

Adored Times Four- Baby Photography Orange County

This sweet baby girl joins a family who loved her before she was even here on this earth.  Her older siblings anticipated her arrival and now that she’s finally here everyone wants to hold her.  It’s gotta be great to be the center of so much love.

She will have connections with each of her older sisters and her older brother in a unique way.  One might want to rough and tumble with her and another might teach her to read before she starts kindergarten.  I love seeing big families.  They dynamic is so loving.  That lucky baby will be adored times four..plus her parents.

Her newborn session went so smoothly as her older siblings doted over her and kissed her little head.  She woke for a bit and then went right back to sleep for her photos alone.  What a perfect baby model!

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**Baby Photography Orange County

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08Feb

Easy Shiplap Wall DIY

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Easy Shiplap Wall DIY

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

  • Plywood Underlayment
  • Sand paper
  • Stud finder
  • Nail Gun
  • Pennies
  • Wood Putty
  • Circular saw or jigsaw
  • Paint

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.

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06Feb

Long Beach Maternity Photographer

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.

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You can also check out this Orange County on-location maternity session with the same soft colors.

Long Beach Maternity Session by Kristin Eldridge.

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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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24Jan

Los Angeles Newborn Photographer

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!

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// Photos by Los Angeles Baby Photographer, Kristin Eldridge.  If you love this color scheme, check out this similar newborn photo session.

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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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11Jan

Newport Beach Newborn Photography

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.

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**Photos taken by Kristin Eldridge, Newport Beach newborn photographer

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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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01Oct

Basic Invite Baby Announcements and First Birthday Invitations

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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