DIY Valentine Ideas from Kristin Eldridge

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If anyone is looking for fun DIY Valentine Ideas, here is a cute how to from Kristin Eldridge of Kristin Eldridge Photography

Nothing says love like handmade. 

When Valentine’s Day rolls around, I get excited about making little tokens of affection.

Sometimes, it’s baking for friends and or sweet written notes, but when it comes to the children, I love using their photos for handmade valentines.

This year, pixie sticks were the sweet treat, adorned with a photo and a little flag.  It’s a no-fuss project they are thrilled to hand out to all their friends!

Step one:  If you own photoshop, take a photo of your child and use the elliptical marquee tool to draw a circle around their face.  Then right click and choose ‘select inverse.’  Delete the outside of the circle and use the move tool to move to a blank page.  Move as many of these circles to your blank page as you need, then print the page.  I printed on regular old card stock.

Step two:  Cut out the circles.  I chose to leave a white space around the circle because it was easier to cut in a nice rounded line.  If you do not own photoshop, print out 4x6s of your child and use a circle template (found at craft stores) to trace around the child’s face.  Then simply cut around the line.

Step three:  Using a glue stick, attach the circle to the top of the pixie stick.

Step four:  Attach a little flag to the pixie stick.  I chose to print out strips that said the child’s name, but you could achieve an equally cute result by gluing a little strip of ribbon around.  Or tie a bow!  The possibilities are endless!

If you’re inspired to get crafty, check out another Valentine’s Day DIY from last year which resulted in this sweet treat…

SO cute! Thank you Kristin!  Happy crafting mamas!

Kristin Eldridge is a mommy of 3 and the talent behind the lens of Kristin Eldridge Photography and a Tiny Oranges friend and partner for many years ! Love you AND your ideas Kristin! xo  

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Photographing Fido

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The lovely and talented Kristin Eldridge recently photographed our family for our holiday card in Long Beach.  When I asked her about business and the latest and greatest, she mentioned she was having fun recently photographing family dogs in her family photo shoots and I thought this was hilarious!

I don’t have a dog, but I have friends that do, and I have seen firsthand how their dogs are not really pets, they are actually family members.

I thought what a cute concept! And then I thought a lot of my readers would be interested in learning tips on how to include your family dog in your family photo. So I asked her to send me some thoughts on “photographing Fido!”   Here is what she writes…

“I was talking with a client over the phone, planning out the details for her family photo session.  We were just wrapping things up when she chuckled and added, “OH and we need a photo of us with Elvis…he was the experiment.

She went on to tell me how Elvis, the family dog, really was part of the family.  He was their first child, hence the whole experiment comment!  Apparently the experiment worked, because now the family includes Elvis AND two beautiful little girls.

Now that Elvis was in the picture, we talked about the kind of pictures she wanted.  Maria wanted a very natural feel and so this went perfectly with the idea of including Elvis in the photo shoot.

So Maria and I discussed several locations and ended up deciding on ‘Dog Beach,’ a strip of sand in Huntington Beach that is dog friendly. Elvis was used to going there and knows the drill.  We got some great photos with the girls and Elvis throwing the ball and playing in the water….something he’s used to doing.

So my first piece of advice would be to choose a location your dog is familiar with. If we would have chosen a location that Elvis hadn’t been before, he might not have been so cooperative!

Another important reminder is to be realistic about your type of dog and the type of photos you hope to get! It’s hard to have a very formal photo with everyone smiling at the camera when the dog is only concerned with someone throwing a frisbee on the other side of the park! Because sometimes dogs are like kids…THEY DON’T LISTEN!

Another great idea would be to start the photo shoot at your house, then drive to a second location for the second half of your photo shoot without the dog.

These are just a few tips for great family photos, including the family pet! “

If you are interested in being blessed by Kristin’s talent photographing YOUR family this year for your holiday photo (with your dog or without!) visit her at or call her at 562.980.6480.

{Disclosure: Kristin Eldridge Photography is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor}

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Kristin Eldridge Summer Series

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With Summer just around the corner, take advantage of the Summer Series by Kristin Eldridge Photography.  Each location is specifically scouted for a timeless look that will document this summer in your child’s life.

Summer [by the bay] takes place on the Long Beach peninsula and is a nice alternative to the traditional beach photos.  The colorful sailboats, calm water, sea grass and textured wood boardwalk are the perfect backdrop for those that love the beach.  A 20 minute photo session by the bay includes personal styling, an online gallery of re-touched images and one complimentary digital image.  (All other items can be purchased a la carte. Click on the “Pricing” tab on the Home Page for a la carte prices.)

The Summer [by the bay] offer expires June 30, 2010 so call or email to book your session!  If you mention Tiny Oranges, you’ll get 20% off your print order! (valid until June 30, 2010)

This week, she will also be starting the next installation in the series, Summer [in the wildflowers].  Soon after will be Summer [by the lake] and Summer [in the orchard].

Stay tuned to Kristin’s blog to find more details…or email her to be added to the mailing list!


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Expert Advice – Taking Your Best Holiday Picture

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This expert advice comes right in time for the holidays…

Taking Your Best  Holiday Picture!
By Kristin Eldridge

This is the time of year that we start thinking about scheduling a portrait session with the kids or the entire family.  It can be stressful to decide on the location and clothing, not to mention getting everyone looking happy!

The process doesn’t have to make you feel like pulling your hair out!  With a few easy tips, you’ll be well on your way to a gorgeous Holiday picture!

1.     Location:  You should choose your location based on where you love to hang out with your family.  That may be the beach, a favorite park, a cute ice cream shop or even as simple as your big fluffy bed at home.  The key is to relax, have fun and be comfortable in your environment.

2.    Clothing:  Once you’ve chosen your location,  you can start thinking about what to wear.  Make sure your clothes have the same vibe as your location.   For example, if you’re at home, you might want jeans, a tee and bare feet…not your holiday best.   I tell my clients to choose two main colors- then mix and match subtle patterns and solids to create a casual, yet pulled together overall look.  I even create inspiration boards with clothes for the family as part of my pre-consultation.

3.    Be realistic, and make it fun:  During the photo session is not the time to discipline your children, or expect them to do things you don’t normally expect of them at home.  Also, a little positive reinforcement (like a special toy or a treat when we are finished) goes a long way.  A good photographer will be able to control the situation and get the best out of your kids.

Kristin Eldridge Photography

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