4 tips for unforgettable maternity photos

Not only will you treasure them, but chances are good your little one will on day, too. 

4 tips for unforgettable maternity photos

Between an ever-shrinking wardrobe, swollen feet and general fatigue, you may not feel your best throughout pregnancy. Still, there is something undeniably beautiful about a blossoming baby bump — especially when you think about the precious child growing inside.

We suggest documenting the special time with maternity pictures.

Not only will you treasure them, but chances are good your little one will on day, too.

Whether you just have a tripod to shoot your own, a friend who volunteers to play photographer or a professional, Joy Walz of A Touch of Joy Lifestyle Photography in Colorado said there are a few things to keep in mind that will help you get dreamy maternity pictures.


1. Start searching early for a pro

If you decide to invest in a photographer, Walz suggested starting your hunt midway through your second trimester. That way you can compare prices and styles before getting in touch with a few to get a feel for who is a good match. When discussing what you have in mind before making a final decision, Walz said, “Make sure to talk about things like what to wear, hair and makeup, if the photos will be done outdoors or indoors, whether it be in a studio or in your home.” You should book the shoot for when you are around 34 weeks pregnant. That way you have a good bump to show off, but aren’t as uncomfortable as you may be in the final weeks.

2. Be true to yourself

Walz said there are no hard rules for what to wear or where to shoot. “I love to capture pictures of people having fun and being themselves,” she said. She said some clients prefer more glamorous shoots while others feel more comfortable in jeans and a t-shirt. She said the most important thing is just picking something that will make you feel beautiful... But it does help to have something that “fits tight around the bump to show it off.” Again, plan in advance in case you want to order a special outfit.

3. Have fun with your photographer

Walz said she always gives clients a couple of hours per session not only so there is enough time for pictures, but also because she likes to “get to know each and every client, which helps them feel more at ease.” Playing model may not feel entirely natural, but try to laugh and enjoy yourself. It may help to put on your own music and to remember your partner is in the same boat as you. Because the photo shoots can take some time, Walz advised eating right beforehand or bringing a snack... Hangry isn’t the best look!

4. Have a vision for your shoot

Photographers can usually suggest locations and may even have their own props, but Walz recommended doing some homework ahead of time. “I like to tell me clients to make a vision board on Pinterest to give me an idea of what type of poses and ideas they want to incorporate into the session,” she said. Outside or inside, dressy or relaxed, formal or casual — do whatever will make you feel best!

These are only the vitamins I give my children and here's why

It's hard to say who loves these more—my kids or me.

When I became a mama five years ago, I didn't put too much thought into whether my son was getting the right vitamins and minerals. From breastfeeding to steaming and pureeing his first bites of solid food, I was confident I was giving him everything to support his growth and development.

But then the toddler years—and the suddenly picky palate that accompanied them—came along. Between that challenge and two additional children in the mix… well, I knew my oldest son's eating plan was falling short in some vitamin and mineral categories.

I also knew how quickly he was growing, so I wanted to make sure he was getting the nutrients he needed (even on those days when he said "no, thank you" to any veggie I offered).

So when I discovered the new line of children's supplements from Nature's Way®, it felt like a serious weight off my chest. Thanks to supplements that support my children's musculoskeletal growth, their brain function, their immune systems, their eyes and more, I'm taken back to that simpler time when I was so confident my kids' vitamin needs were met.*

It wasn't just the variety of supplements offered by Nature's Way that won me over: As a vegetarian mama, I'm the picky one in the family when it comes to scanning labels and making sure they meet our standards. The trick is that most gummy vitamins are made with gelatin, which is not vegetarian friendly.

But just like the other offerings from Nature's Way that I've already come to know and love, the children's supplement line is held to a high standard. That means there's no high-fructose corn syrup, gelatin or common allergens to be found in the supplements. The best part? My two oldest kids ensure we never miss their daily vitamins—they are so in love with the gummy flavors, which include tropical fruit punch, lemonade and wild berry.

Nature's Way Kids Mulitvitamin

Meanwhile, my pharmacist husband has different criteria when evaluating supplements, especially when it comes to those for our kids. He appreciates the variety of options from Nature's Way, which gives us the ability to rotate the vitamins based on our kids' daily needs. By keeping various children's supplements from Nature's Way on hand, I can customize a regimen to suit my kids' individual requirements.

Of course, high-quality products often come at a higher price point. But (to my immense gratitude!) that isn't the case with Nature's Way, which retails for a competitive value when compared to the other items on the shelf.

Like all mamas, my chief concern is supporting my children's health in any way I can. While I see evidence of their growth every time I pack away clothes they've outgrown, I know there is much more growth that doesn't meet the eye. That's why, for my oldest son, I like stacking the Brain Builder gummy with the Growing Bones & Muscles gummy and the Happy & Healthy Multi. My 3-year-old also enjoys getting her own mix to include the Healthy Eyes gummy. And both of my older kids are quick to request the Tummy Soothe tablet when something isn't sitting right in their stomachs.* And I'll admit it: I've tried it myself and the berry blast flavor really is tasty!

Although my current phase of motherhood may not be as "simple" as it once was, there is so much to appreciate about it—like watching my kids play and sing and create with their incredible imaginations. Along the way, I've eased up on some of my need for control, but it does help to have this range of supplements in my motherhood tool kit. So while I may not be able to convince my son to try kale, having the Nature's Way supplements on hand means I do know he's right on track.*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

This article was sponsored by Nature's Way. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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