How to Dress Your Family for Your Holiday Card Photo by Kristin Eldridge

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I know it might seem early, but if you like to hire a professional photographer to take your holiday card photo, now is the time to book your session as they get booked up fast and the holidays will be here before we know it.  One of my absolute favorite OC family photographers, Kristin Eldridge (who is taking our family photo on Sunday!) wrote us a guest post on something I always struggle with – WHAT DO WE WEAR?! Planning the family ensemble for a photo can be confusing. Here are tips Kristin wrote on how to dress your family for your holiday photo card so that most importantly, you all look like YOU!

How to Dress Your Family for Your Holiday Card Photo
by Kristin Eldridge of Kristin Eldridge Photography

“So, you’ve secured a date with your favorite photographer. The location is set and all of a sudden you wonder WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR!?!

Before the panic settles in, break it down. You don’t have to go on a major shopping spree or dress everyone in white t-shirts and jeans.

Follow this simple formula to create a thoughtful look for your photos without looking too matchy-matchy.

First, choose two main colors.

In the example above, I chose red and blue. Each member of the family will wear something with either blue, red or a neutral. Black, gray, white, khaki, denim…those all qualify as neutrals.

Second, add accessories. Here’s where it breaks away from the matchy-matchy. Instead of buying every red and blue piece Gymboree sells, try to use pieces you already own and tie in the look with belts, hair accessories or trims.

Don’t be afraid of prints…they can help to liven up a photo!

Most importantly, wear things that look like YOU. A photo is documented forever, so you want to look back and remember the life you lived in 2011. Wearing something too formal or too casual will just make you feel like you weren’t your true self. And when you feel good, you look good!”

To look at Kristin’s amazing work and get more information, you can visit her website or blog. Kristin also has a few OC mini holiday sessions coming up (but they book fast!) You can call (562)980-6480 or email to book your session!

[Disclosure: Kristin Eldridge is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor]

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Hello moms!  How was the weekend?  I hope you are surviving the summer off with your kids!  If you are needing a little pick-me-up to inspire you this Monday morning, do yourself a favor, CLICK HERE and just look at these babies.  When I was writing this, I found myself so enthralled by the Studio Cee Photography & Design site and spent so much time admiring her work, I almost forgot I had a blog post to get back to!   Her work is amazing. ARTFUL. Delicate. Crisp. Just click and look. Seriously.

So the graphic designer turned Orange County children and newborn photographer extraordinare, Clarice, and I were talking about her main blog post and what we wanted to share about her company.  She had sent me this beautiful graphic above  and when I saw that precious  newborn, I thought, maybe we need to write something on WHY it is just SO meaningful to professionally photograph your itsy-bitsy newborn?  Most especially in those precious first few weeks when they literally will NEVER be that small again!

So I said, “Clarice! Can you write me up maybe 5 reasons why it is awesome to use a professional to photograph your newborn??”  And then those 5 reasons turned into 10 because she was so passionate about it she had a hard time stopping at 5!  I think she could have even gone to 20!   So, here they are….written by Clarice of Studio Cee…

10 Reasons to Use a Custom Portrait Photographer For Your Newborn Session

1 )  With an experienced newborn photographer you will receive very unique, artful images that will bring you a lifetime of wonderful memories.

2 )  Your photographer goes at your baby’s pace anticipating break times for feeding and your session is completely devoted to you and your little one.

3 )  Beautiful heirloom albums, custom brag books, canvases and storyboards can be created with your images.

4 )  There is no exposing your newborn to germs from a public place.

5 )  Each image will be individually processed to perfection.

6 )  Each image will be a piece of art and your baby’s unique self will show through.  You won’t be given cookie cutter images to select from.

7 )  Props such as blankets and hats have all been washed and cleaned after every session.

8 )  There is not a number of noisy children waiting impatiently in line causing distraction.

9 )  Your session can be done in the comfort of your own home.

10 )  You will receive individual attention throughout your entire experience.

There really is a difference in your experience and your final outcome. Think of your session as an investment because it is something that will last you a lifetime and will be treasured by future generations.

Thanks so much for the amazing tips!

And, for Tiny Oranges readers, Studio Cee is offering $25 off the session fee
when mentioning “Tiny Oranges!”

{Disclosure: Studio Cee is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor}

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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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I am thrilled to welcome a new sponsor, Laura Rauch Photography to the Tiny Oranges family!   Just check out her logo – it was love at first click for me!   She is having a fun contest kicking off today to find the CUTEST kid!  Here are the details…

Laura Rauch Photography is hosting a Cutest Kids Contest!  Email a picture of your kid/kids to with the LRP Contest in the subject line from Monday, May 31st – Monday June 7th.  Voting begins June 7th.  The winner will receive a $150 gift card to Chasing Fireflies and “The Complete Package” from Laura Rauch valued at $375.  The runner up with receive a $50 gift card to Chasing Fireflies and the “Mini Package” valued at $200.

For complete rules & details on this fun contest, visit!


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