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

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September 2018

25Sep

How to Use Pinterest for Photo Session Inspiration

How to Use Pinterest for Photo Session Inspiration

I love Pinterest.  I joined when the only way you could join was to be invited by someone cool.  Who doesn’t love a one-stop-shop for fashion tips, recipes, DIYs and the top 100 baby names for 2018?  Pinterest has grown and pretty much everyone uses the site as inspiration for their every day life.  It’s now common for clients to send me their boards before photo sessions.  I love that we can communicate as photographer and client in this very visual way.

I also think Pinterest has clouded our realistic minds.  We believe we can create the gallery from our photo session in the form of a Pinterest board.  And here’s the bottom line I tell me clients about using Pinterest to plan your photo session.  Use it as INSPIRATION.  These photos are not something we can copy.  A photographer had a ‘magic moment‘ with their client and shared it online.  It was so magical that you want that.  But, here’s the thing…you are not them and I am not that photographer.

Let’s create our own magic moments.  We can relax into the moment and before you know it all the stars have aligned.

Using Pinterest for inspiration is so helpful for your photographer.

Here are some ways you can do that:

  1.  Use Pinterest to plan your outfits.  Seeing outfits (the colors, patterns and textures) laid out together can be very helpful with how something can come across visually.
  2. Use Pinterest to communicate the style you like.  If you show me a board of photos that are close, intimate and cozy.  I get that vibe.  If you show me a board of people with perfect hair and posed in a very traditional way, I get that too.
  3. Use Pinterest to choose your location.  I think this also goes hand in hand with communicating style.  If you are worried about perfect hair, you should not be choosing the beach.  If you want very REAL photos, I’ll help you narrow down the place you feel at home so we can get those real emotions.

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18Sep

How to Prepare for a Newborn Photo Session

Life changes in an instant when you become a parent.  You go from birthing classes and prepping a nursery to going home from the hospital with a brand new baby.  And there’s no class or book that can entirely prep you for that.

If you’re like many of my clients, you’ve thought about a newborn session in the months before your baby arrived.  You looked at different photographer’s websites and decided on someone whose style you love.  You picked someone you’d trust to hold your tiny little son or daughter.  But, as much as you’ve prepared, you’re getting closer to the day of the photo session and want to make sure you get the most out of the investment.

Once a client arrives to my studio, I tell them the hard work is over.  Now it’s my turn to do what I’m best at.  I’ll soothe your baby.  All the wraps, hats and headbands are available and I’ll even direct you with how to hold and pose with the baby.

I’ve put together a few tips to get ready for the newborn photo session that will make everything go as smoothly as possible.

How to Prepare for a Newborn Photo Session

  1.  Plan some awake time for your baby before the photo session.  The easiest way to do this is give the baby a bath.  It’s nearly impossible for a baby to sleep through a bath, so it’s an easy way to keep them awake.  This will ensure, they’ll be ready for a nap when they arrive.
  2.  Feed the baby just before the session.  You can arrive a little early to breast feed the baby.  Or you could bring a bottle and feed the baby just before we start.  This also helps in making sure the baby is ready to sleep right through the photo session.
  3.  Dress the baby is a snap front outfit.  This will allow us to remove the clothing without disturbing the sleeping baby.  If we have to pull clothing over the head, a baby will usually start to wake up.
  4.  Bring a pacifier.  I know the doctor might tell you to hold off on giving your baby a pacifier.  Of course, you need to do what you feel comfortable doing.  But, there are times, when letting the baby soothe with a pacifier for a minute or two will make the difference in getting more photos.  (And you never have to use it again if you don’t want to!)
  5.  If the photo session is at your home, make sure it’s very warm.  I keep my studio very warm so that babies still feel like they are in the womb.  When we do bare skin photos with the baby, this is extra important.

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13Sep

what to wear for family pictures

What to Wear for Family Pictures

I love helping clients with all the small details for their photo session.  Sometimes they already have a vision for what they want.  And that’s awesome…more power to you!  But other times, people feel stuck.  They don’t know what will look good and how to organize clothing for the whole family.

Try to stick several main colors.  If you’re not sure what colors you should choose, I’m happy to help.  In my last post I talked about how I love soft colors and neutrals for the beach or photos at sunset.  It’s so beautiful to have tone on tone.  The end result is a watercolor-esque look.

But, some locations are great for a POP of color or dark tones.  Today, I’ll suggest some dark tones for park that has a bit more color in the greenery.  The sample photos I’m showing were taken mid-day, so they have a bit more contrast.  And that’s really nice with dark to medium tones.

This particular location is located close to Long Beach, and you can click here to sign up for a photo session this fall!

  1.  Mens Shirt 2.  Women’s Shirt 3.  Women’s Jeans 4.  Polkadot Dress 5.  Navy Shirt 6.  Patterned Skirt

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04Sep

What to Wear for a Family Photo Session

What to Wear for a Family Photo Session

You thought choosing a date and location would be the hard part.  Then it hits you, what will I wear?  What will we all wear?  It’s difficult to put together a flattering outfit for yourself, but putting together outfits for the whole family that look good together seems insurmountable.  Here’s the good news.  I got you.

I personally like outfits that seamless blend into the surroundings.  What I mean by that is the color tones are the same as the surrounding tones.  If you’re in a glowing field at sunset, the colors will be soft.  So, you can wear medium to softer colors.  The beach is another example of a soft color tone.

There are so many different directions you can go with soft color tones, but today I want to highlight dessert rose colors.  This means muted pink and purple in combination with cool blues will be perfect.  You can highlight with a soft mustard yellow or just khaki.

Scroll down to see examples of other options that would look great at this location!

1-dusty mauve top 2-light wash denim jeans 3-pale blue mens top 4-boys tee  5-girls dress

And if you love this location as much as I do, you can click here to sign up for a photo session this fall!

What to Wear for a Family Photo Session

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