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

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How to Use Pinterest for Photo Session Inspiration

How to Use Pinterest for Photo Session Inspiration

I love Pinterest.  I joined when the only way you could join was to be invited by someone cool.  Who doesn’t love a one-stop-shop for fashion tips, recipes, DIYs and the top 100 baby names for 2018?  Pinterest has grown and pretty much everyone uses the site as inspiration for their every day life.  It’s now common for clients to send me their boards before photo sessions.  I love that we can communicate as photographer and client in this very visual way.

I also think Pinterest has clouded our realistic minds.  We believe we can create the gallery from our photo session in the form of a Pinterest board.  And here’s the bottom line I tell me clients about using Pinterest to plan your photo session.  Use it as INSPIRATION.  These photos are not something we can copy.  A photographer had a ‘magic moment‘ with their client and shared it online.  It was so magical that you want that.  But, here’s the thing…you are not them and I am not that photographer.

Let’s create our own magic moments.  We can relax into the moment and before you know it all the stars have aligned.

Using Pinterest for inspiration is so helpful for your photographer.

Here are some ways you can do that:

  1.  Use Pinterest to plan your outfits.  Seeing outfits (the colors, patterns and textures) laid out together can be very helpful with how something can come across visually.
  2. Use Pinterest to communicate the style you like.  If you show me a board of photos that are close, intimate and cozy.  I get that vibe.  If you show me a board of people with perfect hair and posed in a very traditional way, I get that too.
  3. Use Pinterest to choose your location.  I think this also goes hand in hand with communicating style.  If you are worried about perfect hair, you should not be choosing the beach.  If you want very REAL photos, I’ll help you narrow down the place you feel at home so we can get those real emotions.

How to Use Pinterest for Photo Session Inspiration



Long Beach Maternity Photographer

Last week I photographed this glowing mama in my studio in Long Beach.  I absolutely love everything from top to bottom about this session.  She wore a beautiful dress with delicate details.  Her jewelry complimented the dress perfectly.  I collaborated with her to make this floral crown.  The soft light of the studio is so gorgeous for maternity sessions.  If you’re considering a maternity session, the studio is a great place to keep it simple and just highlight your growing belly and the new life that’s about ready to enter the world.

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You can also check out this Orange County on-location maternity session with the same soft colors.

Long Beach Maternity Session by Kristin Eldridge.


Overcast // Orange County Maternity Photographer

Sometimes clients get sad when the sun goes away.  I get it…there’s a lot of beauty in the sun peaking out from the trees.  But, there’s also a lot of beauty in the subtle way that clouds mute all the colors and make them into a watercolor painting.

My job, as a photographer, is to take the situation (whatever it might be) and make it work.  So, if it’s bright and sunny, I’m making the light work for me.  If it’s cool-toned and overcast, I’m gonna make that work for me too!

This maternity session is the perfect example of a beautiful overcast day.

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Photos by Kristin Eldridge, Maternity Photographer in Orange County.

Overcast // Orange County Maternity Photographer


Perfect Lighting // Orange County Maternity Photographer

There’s this perfect in-between lighting that happens at the beach.  It’s not quite overcast and it’s not quite sunny.  That’s my favorite type of lighting.  There’s no shadows and you still get some vibrant colors.  I wish every day could be this perfect in-between!

Photos by Orange County Maternity Photographer, Kristin Eldridge.

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Orange County Maternity Photographer

Being under the hand of a professional is comforting.  There’s just a difference between Super Cuts and that fancy salon you trust your highlights to.  And, yes, your pocket book feels the difference too.  But, being able to trust the professional that’s in charge of your hair, your car and your taxes is worth the extra change.

I feel the same way about being a photographer.  Yes, you can find a photographer for $100, but if you want to hire a professional photographer, you might have to save a bit more.  What’s the difference?  The difference is trusting your image to someone that has photographed babies, photographed families and has experience with maternity photography.  It’s someone who knows how to soothe your cranky toddler and find the most flattering angles for your belly.

So, look at your photographer as your professional image-taker.  Someone you trust and someone that has experience in your stage of life.  And lucky for you, there are so many amazing photographers in Orange County!

// Photos taken at the beach by orange county maternity photographer, Kristin Eldridge.










Ladera Ranch Spring Sessions [Orange County Children’s Photographer]

I can’t believe tomorrow is Friday!!  I knew this week would fly by and it has.  It’s been a blur of shopping, building, painting and photo-editing.  In fact, my hands are covered with green paint and I just got done shopping for moss today…how’s that for a teaser!

OK, enough about what I’ve been up to.  Here are the details for the Ladera Ranch Spring Sessions…March 28 (Saturday) from 8:30 to 10:30am I’ll be in a secluded field absolutely covered with lush greenery and pops of orange wild flowers.

I feel like I absolutely scored by finding this location!!  I can’t wait to see the images we come up with.  The photo sessions will be 20 minutes long and will include an online gallery of 10+ images to choose from as well as (2) 5×7 prints.  Additional prints/cards/etc. can be purchased a la carte.

The cost is $110 and if you are a socal resident (you don’t have to live in Ladera Ranch to participate) email me at to reserve your spot.  Of course I’ll be bringing some gorgeous antique furniture out to the field.  My wonderful Ladera host, Arlene, is emailing this info to all her friends, so I have a feeling the spots will go fast!  This is such an awesome way to get Easter pictures of your kiddos that will out-do everything you’ve done before!!



Oahu [Beach Photography]

All this warm weather has me excited about an upcoming trip to Oahu!  I’ll be staying on the North Shore March 18-23.  There really isn’t a more beautiful place to do beach photos, so if you happen to be lucky enough to be reading this from your home in Oahu or if you know someone who’d be interested shoot me an email.

I’ll be spending many hours watching Brent surf, so I thought it might be fun to break it up with a photo session!  There will be special pricing, so email me for details.

Also, for all of you who asked about the photo tips I mentioned, those will be showing up next week on a friends blog.  You’ll get to meet her tomorrow!



Blue Eyes [Long Beach Senior Photographer]

Can you plan an entire photo session around some one’s eyes?  If you are Kristin Eldridge, the answer is yes.  Emily brought along an entire basket of clothes, along with her sense of adventure, to her photo session this afternoon.  I helped her choose what she would wear, based on- you guessed it- her amazing blue eyes.

You’ll see what I mean…

I’ll share more tomorrow, but I know a few people who’d be super excited to see a little sneak as soon as possible.  More on this up and coming tomorrow…



Fresh Foods Cafe [Long Beach Photographer]

I finally made it to the Fresh Foods Cafe to enjoy a lunch on the water and see my wall art!  Way back in October, I photographed different fruits and vegetables for the restaurant.  The grand opening was last week and I had a job, so I wasn’t able to go.  Brent told me all about it, so I was so excited when Cindy invited me to go to lunch today.

I highly recommend the chopped salad!  There’s a huge selection of fresh vegetables and once you choose your favorites, they chop the whole thing and add your choice of dressing.  I had cilantro vinagrette and it was delicious!

The restaurant also roasts its own coffee beans, so I had to try a coffee while I was there.  Ben suggested the latte with chocolate syrup and it was soooo good!  I’m thinking about going back this afternoon for another. 🙂

Oh and the flatware is so cool!  I loved my demitasse spoon.  Cindy and I kept joking about sneaking a few pieces out the door every time we go.

Speaking of…Ben took this picture of us when he was checking in on our table.

Cindy got the tea and we were in love with her little steeping pot.  Not sure what its real name is, but it makes having tea that much more enjoyable.

My friends and family only slightly roll their eyes when I take pictures of my food and people pouring tea and things like that.  What can I say, I have to take a picture so I can share it with my invisible internet friends!


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