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03Mar

Newborn Photographers Orange County // Planning Out a Shot

newborn photographers orange county When photographing newborns with their older siblings, sometimes you have to try a few different things before you hit on what will work.  In this session, I had tried a few different positions and wasn’t getting anything fantastic.  It’s hard with a 2 year old.  Their life has just been turned upside-down.  Then I come in and I’m asking them to do things that aren’t their favorite.  They’d rather be off and running around!

So, we took a break and I just photographed the baby by herself.  I came up with a game plan that involved the baby being stationary on this chair (with a parent off to one side as a spotter).  Then, we would bring in big brother and see if he could interact with her a bit.

Here’s what it looked like first.  I asked him where the flower was…

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Found the flower, check.  Next we started being silly and saying funny things.  He eventually looked up and smiled at us.  Ka-ching.

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Then, I asked him to give her a kiss.  Or if he could kiss the flower on her head.  This whole progression of images lasted about 30 seconds.  It involved lots of enthusiasm and silly voices.  The moral of the story is that these types of images don’t just happen.  They are planned out and they happen QUICK.  Two year olds move fast!

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Newborn Photographers Orange County // Planning Out a Shot

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24Feb

Long Beach Newborn Photographer // My favorite color

When we are setting up the details for a newborn session, clients often ask what they should wear.  My answer is usually- something soft and neutral so as not to compete with the softness of newborn skin.  But, I want to answer GRAY all the time.  I realize that not everyone loves gray.  I just love the way it looks against a white wall.  It’s not harsh like black or navy and you can vary up the shades, unlike white.

Of course, many clients wear colors other than gray for the newborn session, and they look amazing.  But my personal favorite will always be gray. 🙂

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Long Beach Newborn Photographer // My favorite color (is gray).  Photos by Kristin Eldridge.

 

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18Aug

Newborn Photographer, Long Beach, CA

Babies can sense our energy.  Have you noticed that calm people tend to have calm kids, in the same way high-energy people tend to have high-energy kids?  When I’m doing a newborn session, I try to make sure that I create a soothing environment.  Sometimes, babies are still settling in to this world.  Most are under 14 days old when they see me in the studio.  Isn’t that amazing!  They’ve only been in this world, breathing the air, listening to the sounds and feeling the texture for a handful of days.

Here are a few things that I do to help create the right environment for a newborn photo session.

1.  My studio is heated.  The studio is a small guest house with central air/heating, so I’ll turn on the heat a moderate amount to create a comfortably warm space.  If it’s a summer afternoon, I won’t need to turn on the heat, it’ll naturally be warm enough.  If it’s a chilly day, I’ll use a space heater to direct more heat toward the baby.  Why does it need to be so warm?  Babies have been living in the womb for the last 9 months where the temperature was a cozy 98.7 degrees.

2.  I use a white noise machine.  This $20 device from Target is a life-saver.  Sometimes older siblings with loud voices will be in the studio with the baby.  Other times newborns are so sensitive that the sound of my shutter will startle them.  The white noise machine is set on a soft heart beat sounds and it muffles all the noises to create an environment like they were used to in the womb.

3.  The decor of my studio is very soft in color and pattern.  I want parents to walk in and immediately feel comfortable.  While I love color and pattern in my other photo sessions, a newborn session should be soft and sweet.  Colors and patterns will compete with the sweet newborn baby instead of complimenting their skin tones and soft features.

4.  Before the session, I make sure that I’m not running around trying to get things done.  I like to come in with a calm demeanor.  I’ll light a candle with a very soft scent.  I like Voluspa candles in the studio.  Just make sure to select a scent that’s not too over-powering.  I want to make sure that I am personally in a space where I won’t get frazzled if a baby is fussy or a toddler sibling doesn’t want to cooperate.  If I come from a calm place, I’ll be able to think clearly and problem solve to make sure to get the most out of every newborn photo session.

The following photos were taken by newborn photographer (long beach, ca), Kristin Eldridge. newborn photographer long beach ca

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09Apr

Photographing Newborns // Orange County Newborn Photographer

Photographing newborns is such an intimate session.  I love having a slow two hours to spend with each family.  I’m not running around like I do at outdoor sessions with families.  The pace is slow and patience is key.  Especially when it comes to involving older siblings.  I’ve written about how to photograph newborns with their siblings here and more newborn tricks of the trade here.  But, sometimes, they just make it totally easy on me and do everything I nicely ask.  🙂  Either way, getting photographs of a new family is so rewarding and one of my favorite parts of my job.

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06Jun

Number Five //Long Beach Newborn Photographer

This sweet little girl was in my Long Beach studio for her newborn photo session a few weeks ago.  She is number five (if you can believe that!) in a family of incredibly gorgeous children.  Her big sister was photographed in the same studio in 2011.  Click here (and scroll down) to see her newborn photo session.

She will be loved by so many.  Blessed girl.

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05Mar

Ladera Ranch Spring Sessions [Orange County Children’s Photographer]

I can’t believe tomorrow is Friday!!  I knew this week would fly by and it has.  It’s been a blur of shopping, building, painting and photo-editing.  In fact, my hands are covered with green paint and I just got done shopping for moss today…how’s that for a teaser!

OK, enough about what I’ve been up to.  Here are the details for the Ladera Ranch Spring Sessions…March 28 (Saturday) from 8:30 to 10:30am I’ll be in a secluded field absolutely covered with lush greenery and pops of orange wild flowers.

I feel like I absolutely scored by finding this location!!  I can’t wait to see the images we come up with.  The photo sessions will be 20 minutes long and will include an online gallery of 10+ images to choose from as well as (2) 5×7 prints.  Additional prints/cards/etc. can be purchased a la carte.

The cost is $110 and if you are a socal resident (you don’t have to live in Ladera Ranch to participate) email me at info@kristineldridge.com to reserve your spot.  Of course I’ll be bringing some gorgeous antique furniture out to the field.  My wonderful Ladera host, Arlene, is emailing this info to all her friends, so I have a feeling the spots will go fast!  This is such an awesome way to get Easter pictures of your kiddos that will out-do everything you’ve done before!!

-Kristin

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04Mar

Orange is the New Black [Orange County Children’s Photographer]

Last week I got to meet up with Jennifer…the mastermind behind Tiny Oranges blog.  It’s a blog dedicated to Orange County moms and their little ones.  I can’t remember exactly how I found Jennifer’s blog.  It’s one of those rabbit trail things…you know you sit down to look up movie times and the next thing you know you’ve found the latest and greatest new site!

I emailed Jennifer, we hit it off and ended up meeting for coffee.  Or tea in Jennifer’s case. 🙂  Starbucks was kind enough to coordinate their cup cozies with my whole theme for the day.

As a mom and entrepeneur I wanted to ask Jennifer how she started her blog, how she comes up with WHAT to blog about and basically how she got to be so dang talented!  Turns out she was inspired by The Wedding Chicks…a blog I also frequent!  She thought there should be something equally as cool for moms.  Specifically moms in Orange County.  And even though starting a blog was unfamiliar territory, she wrapped her experience in the dot com industry, her years as an event coordinator and of course her experience as a new mom into Tiny Oranges.

The blog has great tips, giveaways and fun things to do in Orange County.  I love how easy it is to navigate and she has something new just about every day!  Next week, I’ll be doing a spot on her blog about practical things you can do to improve your pictures.

Because Jennifer has her finger on the pulse of all that is new and cool for moms, I wanted her to share with us what she couldn’t live without and what’s she’s dying to have!  Soooo, her must have is this shopping cart cover and she can’t wait to get her hands on a new UPPA Vista Baby Stroller.  Go check it out…it looks awesome!  And make sure you frequent her blog for tons more eye candy!

She was kind enough to pose for a photo, so you can put a face to all the fun stuff that’s coming out of Tiny Oranges.  Oh and if you’re in the know about a cool new place for kids or the product that all your friends are buying, send her an email.  She loves to include contributions from local moms!

Last but not least!  I promised to share info about the Spring Mini-Sessions that are coming up at Rascals to Rebels.  Here’s the 411.  The Huntington Beach Store is now taking sign ups for March 13 and 14 from noon to 2pm.  The store is hosting complimentary 15 minute mini-sessions and prints can be purchased a la carte.  You need to go by the store to sign up, so go quick…last time it filled up in 2 days!

-Kristin

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03Mar

Oahu [Beach Photography]

All this warm weather has me excited about an upcoming trip to Oahu!  I’ll be staying on the North Shore March 18-23.  There really isn’t a more beautiful place to do beach photos, so if you happen to be lucky enough to be reading this from your home in Oahu or if you know someone who’d be interested shoot me an email.  info@kristineldridge.com

I’ll be spending many hours watching Brent surf, so I thought it might be fun to break it up with a photo session!  There will be special pricing, so email me for details.

Also, for all of you who asked about the photo tips I mentioned, those will be showing up next week on a friends blog.  You’ll get to meet her tomorrow!

-Kristin

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