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

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13Sep

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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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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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28Feb

March 24 Spring Mini-Sessions

The grass is growing nice and high, so it’s time for spring mini-sessions!  These will take place the morning of March 24 in Seal Beach…check out the details below.

Location: Seal Beach // greenery and trees

Details: $100 session fee to book your session, additional $300 for just kids or $350 for the family

**Images are edited for color and fully re-touched. You’ll receive printing tips and resources so you can make beautiful prints and products.

Book your session // Pay your $100 session fee and you will be contacted with details and directions.

Click here to book 9:00am BOOKED

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IF THE ITEM SAYS ‘OUT OF STOCK’ SOMEONE ELSE HAS BOOKED THAT SESSION.

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05Apr

Mother’s Day Mini-Sessions

Mother’s Day Mini-Sessions

I just wrapped up a super cute set of spring mini-sessions.  They filled up so fast!  And I can understand why…after a winter of rain, the sun is now out.  Everything is green and sunset lighting is everything!  If you haven’t started thinking about Mother’s Day yet, doing a mini-session might be the perfect idea.  Your husband can treat you to family photos or just photos of you and your kids.  OR you can gift this to your own mom…photos with grandma!

I’ll be doing these photo sessions at the Huntington Beach Pier at sunset.  These sample photos were taken on an overcast day (which can happen!)…so either way (sunset or overcast) this beach is beautiful.

Click on the links below to book your session.  Directions will be mailed after you booking.

Details:  $100 session fee + $300 (for all your digital images- Kids only) or + $350 (for all your digital images-up to 5 family members)

MOTHER’S DAY MINI-SESSIONS

April 29 at 5:00pm BOOKED

April 29 at 5:30pm

April 29 at 6:00pm BOOKED

April 29 at 6:30pm BOOKED

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15Mar

Orange County Spring Mini-Sessions

Orange County Spring Mini-Sessions will take place on April 1 at the Bolsa Chica Wetlands.  This is such a beautiful sunset location.  It’s close to the beach, so you’ll get the wispy type foliage that grows by the water.  There’s also an inlet of water and paths with fencing.  Lots of great options for photos!

This type of photo session is great for kids or families.  You can even invite grandparents and make the most of the time!

Cost: $100 session fee + $300 session fee for kids only and $350 for families

Location: Bolsa Chica Wetlands

Sign up:  To reserve your time and receive directions to the location, click the time links below to check out with Square.

5:15pm on April 1 BOOKED

5:45pm on April 1 BOOKED

6:15pm on April 1 BOOKED

6:45pm on April 1 BOOKED

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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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12Jan

Orange County Valentine’s Day Mini-sessions

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 4 at Huntington Beach Central Park.  The session fee is $100 and the digital image fee is $300 for kids and $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 4 2:30pm

February 4 3:00pm BOOKED

February 4 3:30pm

February 4 4:00pm BOOKED

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10Jan

Costa Mesa Family Photographer

I love working with kids.  They don’t have any pretenses.  And they aren’t conformed by social norms.  If they want to do something, they just do it.  And I love it!  It’s what makes them kids.  And they grow out of it eventually.  So, it’s super sweet to have these little moments during the photo session when they just let their personality shine.

During this particular session with twins, he was reserved and she was silly and funny and moving all around.  Even the multi-colored nails were just HER.  Love it!

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01Oct

Basic Invite Baby Announcements and First Birthday Invitations

If you’re a detail-oriented person like me, you want the colors of your birth announcement just perfect. And sometimes, websites only have a limited amount of colors. What I love about Basic Invite is that they are one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it, down to the littlest detail.

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I just created this birth announcement and was looking for the perfect peachy-pink to compliment the baby’s skin tone. I was able to customize the back of the card and add the same peach-pink in the text and graphic design. Each element on the card has it’s own color options, which make the process so customized.

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Not only does Basic Invite have a lot of colors to choose from, they also have so many design templates. I had fun putting together a few different announcements and had the samples sent to me. Days later, I was checking them out to see which I liked best. With color and layout, it’s nice to see the design in person….especially before ordering multiples. If I wanted to make any adjustments, it was an easy process. They even sent me an email to see how I liked the design samples I received.

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First Birthday Invitations were another product that I had fun creating on the site. I was able to customize the envelope color and get this…all of envelope styles are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed without licking a single one.

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Using Basic Invite was a breeze. From choosing designs and colors to the follow-up by their customer service team, I knew I was going to love the end result. And with their sample system, if I didn’t love my first choice, I could try another sample. By the time I am ready to order boxes of announcements or invitiations, I’m in love with every detail of the card.

 

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