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

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15Feb

Huntington Beach Photographer

Sometimes a good family photo session means capitalizing on what you’ve got.  In this case, I had a very shy (and super cute) baby.  Instead of focusing on the fact that I was having a little bit of a hard time getting smiles, I decided to recruit her big brother.  I’ll always ask questions during the photo session.  Is she normally shy?  Did she skip a nap today?  What do you do at home to make her laugh?  Information is key.  If I have a baby that is comfortable around her big brother, I’ll ask him to help me tickle her feet or give her kisses.  (Huntington Beach Photographer)

Asking questions also helps with what strategies I’m going to use when everyone is in the photo.  Sometimes a baby likes loud noises and silly dancing.  Other babies aren’t quite sure about all that hoopla and would prefer a quite game of peek-a-boo.  Again, getting the information I need and then recruiting help is my key to a great photo session.

Want to see another cute family?  Check out this recently family photo session in Orange County.

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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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21Sep

Orange County Family Photographer

Orange County Family Photographer

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.

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13May

Mini-Sessions at the Beach I Orange County

Mini-Sessions at the beach I Orange County

This year I offered Mother’s Day sessions and it was one of my favorites.  Having a special day for parents to connect with their kids was so touching.  I seriously love the images.  If you want to check out just a snippet of what went on, head over to my Facebook page.

One of the families that was there asked if I’d be doing the same thing for dads, so I thought, why not!?  I know most dads aren’t probably going to be a huge fan of being photographed for 30 minutes, so feel free to mix in the family or just shots of the kids.  Or, bring the grandparents!  These sessions are light-hearted and fun.  It’s just about having fun with your kids!

June 18 at the bay in Long Beach (sand, water, sail boats)

The session fee is $100, click below to book your session.  The digital images will be an additional $175 (for a minimum of 25 re-touched images).  This is the same price as the Mother’s Day sessions and it’s such a great deal!

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June 18 in Laguna Beach (rocky cove, blue ocean)

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04Apr

Orange County Family Photographer

This is a little snippet from one of my favorite families.  I’ve worked with them over the years and always look forward to seeing their sweet girls.  Don’t let their sweet smiles fool you, they kill it on the soccer field too.  🙂

That’s the beauty of years of experience in the same field.  You get to know families and there’s no warm up or get to know you.  There’s only hugs and high fives!  I’m lucky enough to have many many families that I get to see year after year.  I love watching their kids grow up and see them flourish!

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Photos by Orange County Family Photographer, Kristin Eldridge.

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02Apr

Photographing Young Siblings // Orange County Baby Photographer

Photographing young siblings can be difficult.  Especially when you have certain expectations in mind.  My advice is to through your expectations out.  Not to sound harsh, but sometimes the best photos are when you let go of the idea of everyone smiling perfectly at the camera.  Photos that capture emotion are always best, so getting the siblings to interact is key.

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Asking the older sibling to kiss the baby is a super easy way to get them to interact.  Usually they are happy to do it and sometimes the great photo is the actual kiss and sometimes it’s the moment before or after.

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And of course I always love to photograph the siblings alone.  I think they know it’s their time in the spotlight and that’s when the huge smiles come out!

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Photos by Orange County Baby Photographer, Kristin Eldridge.

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03Feb

Orange County Family Photographer

Family is everything.  Right?  I mean when it comes down to it, those people that you live with, those are the ones that matter most at the end of the day.  We might struggle with getting everything finished at work and checked off on the to-do list.  But, making family number one is so key to a happy life.  I’m most fulfilled when I get to work with people that get this.  And to be honest, if you’re investing money into photography than you value your family.  Maybe that’s why I love my job so much!

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Photos were taken in Newport Beach, CA by Orange County Family Photographer, Kristin Eldridge

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02Dec

Newport Beach Family Photo Session

If you don’t go home sandy, then it wasn’t a good beach day.  And that applies to photo sessions too.  I loved this sweet family that came out to Newport Beach this summer.  We had fun getting sandy and little wet.  It was on a super hot day, so no one minded.

I love these types of natural sessions, where everyone is just happy and enjoying the California sun!

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21Apr

Orange County Family Photographer // When to Book a Beach Photo Session

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A good beach photo is easy to love.  But, when is a good time to do a beach photo?  And by time, I mean the age of your child.  The first bit of advice I have is that in order to take a good photo, you have to love the beach.  I know it sounds redundant, but if you don’t love spending time at the beach, you won’t love hanging out there for pictures.  Your hair will get wind-blown and you might walk away with the soggy jeans.

If you do love the beach, YAY!  I do too.  A successful beach shoot involves a walking child.  Yes, it’s possibly to take a baby to the beach and get good photos.  But, if we’re talking best case scenario, it’s a child that can walk.  Why?  Because sitting and crawling babies are so tiny that even if you set them on a blanket, I have to zoom so far out to capture the landscape that the baby is super tiny in the photo.  If I zoom in to crop appropriately, you lose the essence of where you are.

And there’s the sand.  Sand that gets everywhere.  Sand that’s shoveled by the handful into the mouths of babes.  Crawling babies are just curious.  They want to crawl right off that blanket and into the sand to taste it.

So, of course you can always book a beach session with a baby of any age, but my best advice is to wait just a little until they are walking to get the most out of your session!

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