I’m Kristin Eldridge, a portrait photographer in Long Beach, CA. On the site you’ll find details, pricing, my portfolio and the contact buttons on the left. If you’re interested in booking a session, call or email and we can discuss dates and locations.
I have a studio located in Long Beach, but I also travel for portrait sessions (newborn, baby, children and family) to Orange County and Los Angeles.
Besides being a wife, mom and a photographer, I love to cook and craft. So, if you’re interested, (beyond scrolling through photo sessions), you can check out my favorite cookie recipe or how to sew yourself a kimono!
Bringing a new baby home when you are the current baby is hard. And what I mean by that is, it’s hard to be a toddler! Adding number four to this family was perfection…but it’s all a balancing act. All hands are on deck. And you have to juggle nap times and snacks and entertainment.
One of my little tricks of the trade is finding a fun way to ditch the pacifier for the photo. The older kids come ready to follow directions, but that youngest guy is still adjusting to this new family dynamic. So, instead of ripping away his comfort so he can ‘take pictures,’ I like to make a little game out of it.
I get everyone on the bed and then I start playing around and pretending to take the pacifier. Then, I turn it into…I’m gonna get you! I playfully yank it out and quickly snap a photo. Usually they’re laughing and I pop it back in the mouth, and repeat. This silly little game pretty much works every time and makes the whole picture taking process a little less traumatizing for toddlers who have recently become big brothers and sisters.
All the yeses to bringing your own style to the photo shoot! When clients ask me what colors to wear I always respond with soft neutrals. If you’re not sure, it’s a safe bet. Newborn skin is so delicate that I can count on these colors looking great. But, as you can see, these darker bold colors also totally work. The reason I love it is that the ensemble really reflects their personal style. Which ultimately is the goal of photography. You want the photos to be an accurate depiction of the you. So, I’m also happy to guide if a client is unsure, but at the end of the day, be YOU.
When siblings are close in age, it makes the newborn session so extremely sweet. The interactions are incredibly authentic. This recent newborn session was fun of all the things I love…hugs and snuggles and kisses. Plus Baby M’s rosebud lips and fresh curls slayed me. She’s just so stinkin’ cute!!
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)
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
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II Photographer Long Beach Baby Mini-Sessions II Twenty minutes doesn’t seem very long. And it’s not. But, when we’re talking about photographing a moving baby, it’s plenty. When babies start being mobile, they are constantly changing body positions and have a huge variety of facial expressions. Mini-sessions are perfect for this age because it’s all you need. And right around the 20 minute mark, they’re getting a little tired of being photographed, so everybody wins.
If you haven’t considered a mini-session for your baby, check out the details here. Mini-sessions are more affordable than a full-session, so it allows you to capture the milestones….think sitting up, crawling, standing and walking. My studio provides the perfect neutral background for timeless photos.
II Family Photographer San Juan Capistrano II Are you ready to adventure? If your kids are old enough to travel in the car without getting cranky, you should consider doing a photo session with a WOW location. If you’re lucky enough to live in an area where these types of locations are in your backyard, well, lucky you. I grew up in Montana and this would be the type of location I’m talking about. Which is quite amazing, but has it’s drawbacks. My sister is a photographer in Montana and while she has an abundance of scenery, almost half the year she has to consider things like rain and snow. Have they plowed the roads yet? In California, we are stuck on permanently sunny. Well, at least until this year.
Maybe the beach is your WOW location, but for so many of us, we see the ocean every day. So, we want to be in an environment that’s different. This location was in San Juan Capistrano and it takes about an hour to get there from Long Beach. It’s a bit of a commitment. Families have to plan ahead, allow extra time, extra snacks, extra bathroom breaks…you know the drill.
But for this family, who I’ve photographed since Emma was a baby (!) making the drive to San Juan Capistrano was worth the effort. I absolutely love their color way, their natural interactions…the whole thing just works in this spot. So, if you’re on the fence, consider what your WOW location is and make a plan to go there and document it!
II Family Photographer San Juan Capistrano II Kristin Eldridge is a photographer servicing Long Beach, Orange County and Los Angeles.