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.
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.
Newborn Photography Los Angeles
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!!
Check out more newborn photos here!
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.
One Year Baby Photos
A whole lot changes in a year. The last time I saw this little guy he was brand new to the world. Now he has teeth and eats everything. He is aiming to walk any day now and isn’t scare of anything. It must be time for one year baby photos.
Documenting your baby at one year shows their curiosity and wonder. The world is their oyster. I love this stage because they have a look in their eyes that says, ‘everybody loves me.’ Everyone they look at smiles back and they know it.
One year is also filled with discovery. Scroll down to see the baby looking for his belly button after his mom’s cue. Those big belly rolls over the jeans won’t last forever. It’s these sweet little moments that will be so different in one more year, so of course we document them.
Check out his newborn photos one whole year ago on my Facebook page.
One Year Baby Photos by Orange County Baby Photographer, Kristin Eldridge.
I had so many favorites from this session. First of all the hair. Newborn hair like this just makes you want to snuggle right up. Which is what his big brother did. Toddler siblings are unpredictable. This guy was all cuddles and careful hand-holding.
Everyone was so natural and relaxed, it was pretty much an A+ all the way around.