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

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December 2009


Speaking of cake [Long Beach Children’s Photographer]

I’m at the point right now where I just need someone to take all the sweets out of my house.  You know it’s bad when you come over to visit and I’m pushing See’s candy on everyone and stuffing cookies in their pockets as they leave.

At the beginning of December I was a force to be reckoned with.  ‘No thank you’ easily rolled off my tongue in the face of any type of confection.  But, I (like the rest of the world) am ready for New Year’s resolutions that involve green vegetables and extra time on the treadmill.

Speaking of cake 🙂 …here’s a 2 year old birthday party that I photographed a few weeks back.  These two pictures of Mitchell with his mom are just adorable.

And oh my goodness…kids and sugar and bouncey houses.

I’ve had the pleasure of photographing Mitchell several times and being able to document his 2nd birthday was the icing on the cake!



A Re-Cap [Personal Musings]

I’m blessed with a pretty fantastic family.  Christmas just gives us an extra excuse to plan fun events, spend a little extra time cuddling on the couch and showering each other with lots of love and a gift or two!

We spent Christmas Eve in sunny southern California going to the Irvine Spectrum to do a few rides and treat the kids to ice cream.  My heart was just a tiny bit heavy thinking about all the snow I won’t be seeing…but only for a minute. 🙂

We went to church together in the evening…here’s the storytime for the kids.

Okay…buckle in there’s lots more documentation of Christmas day!

After the kids were fast asleep, I set out all the presents and gave everything a good sprinkle of fake snow. (In honor of all the snow my parents are enjoying in Montana right now!)  I even made a little trail from the door and created a few footprints.

We can always count on Cooper for a good reaction to gifts!

To finish the day, we sat around the fire pit with our desserts.

…and watch the kids swim!

What a perfect ending to the day!



Last few… [Long Beach Children’s Photographer]

As I’m finishing up editing my last few sessions before Christmas, I thought I’d share a few images with you…

I’m off to decorate some Christmas cookies and squeeze my kids before I tuck them in bed. 🙂

Merry  Christmas!!



White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookies [Personal Musings]

I’ve been doing a lot of baking this week.  It’s the only time of year we use obscene amounts of butter and sugar.  Not that I don’t love spending time in the kitchen…it’s just that I’m usually cooking or baking something healthy (or remotely healthy)!

These cookies are a favorite because of their spin on the traditional shortbread…which of course involves oodles of butter and sugar.

Maraschino cherries add a festive touch…

They are a little time consuming to make…but oh, so worth the effort!

My favorite part is the dip in white chocolate.  My kids just love the sprinkles involved in the process!

And what’s a handmade gift without cute packaging!?  Thank you, Martha Stewart.

White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookies:

  • 1/2 cup maraschino cherries, drained and finely chopped
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup cold butter
  • 12 ounces white chocolate baking squares with cocoa butter, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 drops red food coloring (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons shortening
  • White nonpareils and/or red edible glitter (optional)1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spread cherries on paper towels to drain well.2. In a large bowl, combine flour and sugar. Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir in drained cherries and 4 ounces (2/3 cup) of the chopped chocolate. Stir in almond extract and, if desired, food coloring. Knead mixture until it forms a smooth ball.

    3. Shape dough into 3/4-inch balls. Place balls 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Using the bottom of a drinking glass dipped in sugar, flatten balls to 1-1/2-inch rounds.

    4. Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until centers are set. Cool for 1 minute on cookie sheet. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and let cool.

    5. In a small saucepan, combine remaining 8 ounces white chocolate and the shortening. Cook and stir over low heat until melted. Dip half of each cookie into chocolate, allowing excess to drip off. If desired, roll dipped edge in nonpareils and/or edible glitter. Place cookies on waxed paper until chocolate is set. Makes about 60.

    6. To Store: Layer cookies between waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.




Christmas at Sweet & Saucy [Long Beach Photographer]

With just a few days until Christmas, I’m still playing catch-up on the blog.  Trying to share what I’ve been up to for the month of December.

A few weeks back, I went by Melody’s shop…Sweet & Saucy in Long Beach…to photograph her new Christmas decorations.

Doesn’t it feel like a winter wonderland!?

If you’re local, you have to go by and try these chocolate peppermint cupcakes.  Oh my goodness…they are beyond delicious!

Speaking of goodies…I’ve been doing some baking myself and have a few blog posts coming up on all the yummy things coming out of my kitchen!



December Babies [Long Beach Newborn Photographer]

This afternoon I delivered a print order for one of my previous maternity clients (click here to see their pictures) and got to meet their new baby, Manasi!  He was adorable and already had a full head of hair.  I’m looking forward to many more photo sessions with their family in the future.

Here’s another December newborn…

Sam was one of my Arkansas clients…he was the perfect little sleeper.  He even gave me a few smiles!

All these December babies are reminding me of 9 years ago, when my first baby Jake was born in December.  He was due right after Christmas but came just before, so we spent our first Christmas together as a family.  Such great memories…



More babies! [Orange County Baby Photographer]

Yet another black and white of a suuuuper cute little guy!

Black and white is perfect on babies because it’s just so timeless.  It accentuates the contrast of their creamy smooth skin and big bright eyes!  But, color can be pretty amazing too!

And I’m loving the color that his mom chose to go with the rich colored wall.  It just pops!!

More cute babies to come!!



Tummy Time [Long Beach Baby Photographer]

Babies under the age of sitting on their own are often subject to “tummy time.”  As parents, tummy time is our way of encouraging babies to lift that big ol’ heavy head on their own and build upper body strength.

In fact my friend, Jeff, was bragging to me tonight that his baby girl can do one armed push ups after extended tummy time. 🙂

Sometimes, during my photo sessions, tummy time is used to gets babies to lift up their heads and I get the cutest expressions!

Emryn was SO cute as she struggled to keep her head up and this series of photos has me oohing and ahhing, with each image being cuter than the last.

What an absolute doll!  Emryn…you’re just about edible!!



Wide Awake [Fayetteville, Arkansas Photographer]

Eliza is a cute little 6 week old from Arkansas.  She was wide awake…even though all her mommy wanted was a sleepy baby picture. 🙂

So, I took pictures of her itty bitty parts until she finally conked out!

We did it….a sleeping baby!!

More cute babies to come…



Terra Tots [Fayetteville, Arkansas Photographer]

One of my latest adventures was a slew of photo sessions in Fayetteville, Arkansas over Thanksgiving week.  When I found out we would be visiting the area, I immediately emailed some of the local children’s boutiques to see if they’d be interested in teaming up with me to do an event.

Bernice has a great web presence and emailed back right away!  Our style blends perfectly…a mix of modern and vintage.  Her store front, Terra Tots, sells everything from green baby furniture to cloth diapers and unique baby toys.

Here she is with her daughter, Bergen…

And with her right hand man…

Here are a few shots of the store.  The stained concrete floors were amazing with the open loft feel and vintage furniture.

A few gorgeous pieces of furniture…

Such a cute store and sweet girl…I can’t wait to go back next year!


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