Welcome to Motherly's Photography Class, brought to you ?FREE? for the month of May from the photo pros at Chatbooks, who print your Instagram, Facebook and camera roll pics automatically for only $8/ book. ?


Pregnancy can be one of the most amazing, and overwhelming, experiences of a woman's life. And many of us want to document our body's changes with photos we can treasure for ever.

In this mini-class, I'll show you exactly how to take incredible photos of your bump as you grow, and the exact techniques I use to make each mama that I photograph feel amazing.

Action step:

Apply the photography 101 basics you learned in the first 8 lessons to this specific maternity stage and share one photo of your amazing bump with our growing Instagram community using #MotherlyPhotos.

Your class lessons—

Lesson 1: Let there be light
Lesson 2: Background matters
Lesson 3: Styling your photos like a pro
Lesson 4: Get in the picture, mama!
Lesson 5: Action shots of baby, toddler + kids
Lesson 6: Edit those pics
Lesson 7: Backing up your photos
Lesson 8: Printing your photos
Lesson 9: Maternity photography mini-class
Lesson 10: Newborn photography mini-class
Lesson 11: Family photography mini-class









Raising a mentally strong kid doesn't mean he won't cry when he's sad or that he won't fail sometimes. Mental strength won't make your child immune to hardship—but it also won't cause him to suppress his emotions.

In fact, it's quite the opposite. Mental strength is what helps kids bounce back from setbacks. It gives them the strength to keep going, even when they're plagued with self-doubt. A strong mental muscle is the key to helping kids reach their greatest potential in life.

But raising a mentally strong kid requires parents to avoid the common yet unhealthy parenting practices that rob kids of mental strength. In my book, 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don't Do, I identify 13 things to avoid if you want to raise a mentally strong kid equipped to tackle life's toughest challenges:

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