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

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12Mar

Present Over Perfect

My best photo sessions happen when I can focus on present over perfect Photographing kids can sometimes be like herding cats, so it’s better to go with the flow than against it.  If everyone is looking and smiling at the camera, GREAT.  If everyone is happy, but not looking at the camera, AT LEAST NO ONE’S CRYING.

But seriously, when we can relax into the rhythm of what a family is (ie: not perfect) things will be better than perfect.  I love working with this family because they appreciate the in-between moments.

It’s hard in the middle of a stressful situation (like a photo session!) but try to remember to stay calm.  Attitudes are contagious and when parents set the tone, the kids will follow.  I love to see families laughing, joking and just having all kinds of fun.  Even if they’re not looking at the camera, it’s perfect.

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19Feb

The Secret to Photographing Toddlers

The secret to photographing toddlers isn’t in a fast shutter speed.  It’s not about your ISO or what type of lens you have.  The secret to getting the best photos of a wiggly and FAST toddler is to work with them instead of against them.

I learned a long time ago that you cannot make a baby, toddler or child do something they don’t want to do during a photo session.  I learned that you must make your idea their idea and run with it.  Sometimes this shows up in the form of manipulating the situation.  If I see a little one that enjoys pushing the limits, I might tell them…you better not smile at me.  Or I’m going to come get you!

And if a toddler just want to move, we MOVE.  I will have parents swing them until I count down to a pause so I can take the photo.  I will have one parent chase them into the arms of another parent.

Whatever your method, just remember to make all the energy work to your advantage.  Making a wiggly toddler sit still is a fool’s errand.  Use all that energy to play hide and seek, so you get the biggest most authentic smile when you find them.

And for more fast and furious toddlers, check out this guy’s session at the beach.

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15Jan

Valentine Mini-Session 2018 Orange County / Los Angeles

Valentine Mini-Session 2018 Orange County / Los Angeles

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 2 at Huntington Beach Central Park.  The session fee is $100 and the digital image fee is an additional $300 for kids OR an additional $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.

February 2 2:30pm

February 2 3:00pm

February 2 3:30pm . BOOKED

February 2 4:00pm

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12Jan

Moms Getting in the Photo

We were all there for the moms getting in the photo movement.  It was the wake up call that we didn’t have as many photos of our moms that we wanted.  Moms realized their kids didn’t need them to be anything other than present. I’m so lucky to have client moms that are not only willing, but excited to get in the photo.  And when you’re happy and content, it shows.  Your kids will thank you now, in 10 years and when they are a mom themselves!

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Photos by Kristin Eldridge, Los Angeles Family Photographer

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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!

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05Jul

More than One or Two Photos

The worst call/email I can receive is someone asking if I can just meet them to take one or two photos.  “All I need is one good shot of the family.”  Makes sense.  No one NEEDS 30 great images…you just need one or two photos.  But, what people don’t understand until they’ve worked with a photographer is that the magic happens along the way.  See, we’ve never met before.  As we get to know each other, we find common ground.  We start laughing and relaxing and things all naturally fall into place.  So, I can’t meet you for one or two photos.  I wish it was that simple.

Instead, we meet like new friends, cautiously at first.  Guards are let down, reserved smiles turn into genuine ones and everyone walks away happy.  So, as you’re thinking about hiring a photographer, invest into the person.  You’ll feel and LOOK yourself and then, magic.

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14Jun

Seal Beach Photo Session

I can travel up and down the coast from Manhattan Beach to Laguna Beach and never tire of the the sunshine and deep blue water.  It seems like most clients want to have a photo session at the beach at least once.  This was my first time taking this family to the beach.  We started with B’s newborn session in my studio, the next year was in the studio for his one year, then to a local park and now at three years old, we settled on Seal Beach.

This was the perfect place for an adventurous three year old.  He started out a little timid, but by the end of the session, he was completely drenched.  We had so much fun capturing all it is to be THREE!

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17May

Inside the mind of a photographer

Sometimes we look at a photo and feel like it all just fell into place.  When in reality, as photographers, we are spinning quite a few plates.  Here’s a little bit of what’s inside the mind of a photographer.  During a photo session, I’m thinking about my camera settings and light angles first.  But if that’s all I thought about, my photos would be boring.  I’m also reading people (and kids!).  I’m trying to get to know them…and eventually make them laugh.  I want my angles to be flattering, so I’m thinking about that too.  THEN, you throw in something like the wind.  I have to trouble shoot the wind be placing my subjects in a way that won’t leave them with hair flying everywhere.  And if I can manage to keep all the plates spinning, I can end up with beautiful, authentic photos.

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08Apr

An Afternoon at the Seal Beach Pier

Last week I spent the afternoon at the Seal Beach Pier with this family as they get ready to move out of state.  I photographed their son as a newborn, so it was bittersweet.  It’s always great to see those little newborns all grown up  and running around.  But, of course I’ll miss them as clients.  I love being able to document the important parts of people’s lives.  Being at the beach won’t be their day-to-day anymore, but they’ll have these pictures from Seal Beach to look back on.

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