I loved my time with Baby Charlotte and her mom and dad a few weeks ago. There was lots of snuggling and just enjoying this sweet little girl. She was easy as can be and slept through her whole session. She even gifted us with a few sleepy smiles!
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If you have a toddler, you’ve made it through the toddler years, you know. YOU KNOW. It’s that transition from baby to kid. They are gaining all this independence, yet they are still working on things like fine motor skills and talking. It can all be very frustrating. Hence, melt downs. And since I’ve survived three toddlers, I know all about the melt downs. I also know about how cute toddlers are. How those chubby little dimpled hands eventually stretch out into adult hands. And the way they say new words makes you want to repeat them, even though they’re not correct. But, it’s just so stinkin’ cute.
So, when I plan out a toddler session, I’ll ask you, when is the best time for their schedule? I know that lighting is important, but more important than that is your toddler is in a good mood. I can work with lighting, but I can’t photoshop a smile. I also work fast. I don’t take similar shots over and over. Once I know I’ve got it, we’re movin’ on. And toddlers appreciate this. We keep the session fun and light-hearted and you get all the heart-melting shots like these…
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.
Photographing young siblings can be difficult. Especially when you have certain expectations in mind. My advice is to through your expectations out. Not to sound harsh, but sometimes the best photos are when you let go of the idea of everyone smiling perfectly at the camera. Photos that capture emotion are always best, so getting the siblings to interact is key.
Asking the older sibling to kiss the baby is a super easy way to get them to interact. Usually they are happy to do it and sometimes the great photo is the actual kiss and sometimes it’s the moment before or after.
And of course I always love to photograph the siblings alone. I think they know it’s their time in the spotlight and that’s when the huge smiles come out!
Photos by Orange County Baby Photographer, Kristin Eldridge.
I’ve kind of always been a simple girl. In the 90’s my favorite color was black. That turned to brown in the early 2000’s, then white and now grey. What can I say, I love neutrals. 🙂 I’m so happy that neutral and SIMPLE is totally having a moment. Graphic design is pared down and color palettes are just basic. And I love it.
This also translates well to newborn sessions. I love a simple color palette for newborn sessions and I especially love neutral colors. It puts the focus on creamy skin tones and all the affection you have for your brand new baby.
This recent newborn photo session in Los Angeles is the perfect example of all the things I love best. Soft, simple and neutral.
Photos by Los Angeles Newborn Photographer, Kristin Eldridge
All the high-fives and heart eyes go to sweet toddlers that are willing to cuddle their newborn sibling. Did you know that transitioning a toddler from being an only child to being a big brother or sister is tough? I was reading a study that likened the transition to a husband bringing a mistress home to his wife. It’s a little dramatic, but the thought of going from the only star to having to share the spotlight must feel that way to a 2 or 3 year old.
Thank goodness for easy going siblings that slide into their role as big sister or brother with the greatest of ease.
Being a Older Sibling // Orange County Baby Photographer, Photos taken by Kristin Eldridge.
As much as I love photographing babies in the studio in Long Beach, going to clients’ homes is such a treat. Especially when they are decorated as cute as this one. Good natural light is always a plus too!
I tell my clients to plan their newborn session around 2 things…baby (or toddler)’s nap schedule and when the most light comes into your home. If you have an ample amount of light, the photos will be light and airy. Gorgeous!
// Kristin Eldridge is a Baby Photographer in Orange County, Long Beach and Los Angeles. This session took place at the client’s home.
It’s been so long since I’ve blogged, I’ve almost forgotten how to do it. Thankfully I made it through the holiday rush, which went right up to a few days ago. Babies were born, families loved on each other and I was there to document every moment. This year, I was at the lemon groves, the beach, urban walls and more. How I love all my sweet sweet families! I’ll be taking the next few quiet days and hugging my own sweet family.
Being an orange county newborn photographer, you get to photograph twins every once in awhile. I always anticipate these sessions…bringing double of everything AND an assistant! It’s so helpful have an extra set of hands to soothe babies, tuck in blankets, hold the pacifiers, etc. But, all the effort is so worth it!
Seeing newborn twins cuddle and hug shows you what a connect they already have. It’s the sweetest thing ever!
This is a blog post about a gorgeous mama and a cute little boy and all the sweetness that happens between them. I love being able break from the family photos and get babies or kids with each parent. I feel like these are the special ones that they’ll have in a frame away at college. This is me and my mama.