San Mateo – Bay Area | Custom Maternity Photographer | Sunny Beach Session & Sunscreen

Hi everyone!

It is rare to get a clear sky bright sunny day at the beach. BUT we were delightfully surprised to show up to the beach with sun for this fun maternity session with these expecting moms-to-be! While I can capture gorgeous images with almost any type of beach weather a sunny day is such a nice surprise because it’s so rare.

These moms-to-be opted not to use maternity gowns (which is about 50% of my maternity sessions) and coordinated their own outfits. I loved the colors and they did great with their clothing choices. As always I do offer to help you with ideas for clothing, sharing my Pinterest idea board, and even having you send me text pictures of your clothing for my input if you desire to do so and find it helpful.

I also welcome an outfit change and keep a pop up changing tent in my car that I can carry out to the beach or park for easy changing for you moms-to-be. I’m a mom myself and even tough it was a while ago, lol, I still remember what it’s like being pregnant during that last 3rd trimester. I know that it can be exhausting to walk back and forth to the bathroom or car to change, which is why I have the pop up changing tent. My goal is to make your session fun for you and as EASY for you as possible.

Without further ado here are the lovely photos of these beautiful moms-to-be…



Since we’re on the beach, let’s also talk about sunscreen and skin health. It’s pretty common knowledge the importance of sunscreen for protecting your skin in the sun, but you can get sunburns on gray overcast days. What was so misleading for me was which companies to trust protecting my skin and which companies genuinely have the best healthy non-toxic product.

There is an article from about the best and worst brands. What’s toxic and what’s not…

Below I’ll list what they recommended, but you’ll have to read the article your:

“Environmental Working Group’s list of the best sunscreens (in alphabetical order):

Products from the following brands meet EWG criteria:

  • 100% Pure
  • Adorable Baby
  • Alba Botanica
  • All Terrain
  • Allure
  • Arbonne
  • Aubrey Organics
  • Ava Anderson NonToxic
  • Babo Botanicals
  • Baby Pibu
  • Babyganics
  • Babyhampton
  • Babytime! by Episencial
  • Badger
  • Bare Belly Organics
  • Beautycounter
  • Belli
  • Belly Buttons & Babies
  • Beyond Coastal
  • Biosolis
  • Block Island Organics
  • Blue Lizard
  • Bull Frog
  • BurnOut
  • Burt’s Bees
  • Butterbean
  • California Baby
  • California Naturel
  • Celadon Road
  • Consonant Skincare
  • Coral Safe
  • CoTZ
  • CyberDERM
  • derma e
  • DHC
  • Dr. Mercola
  • Earth’s Best
  • Elemental Herbs
  • EltaMD
  • Goddess Garden
  • Grahams Natural Alternatives
  • HeadHunter
  • Jan Marini
  • Jason Natural Cosmetics
  • Jersey Shore Sun
  • Juice Beauty
  • Just Skin Food
  • La Roche-Posay
  • Lavanila
  • Lemongrass Spa
  • Loving Naturals
  • Luzern Laboratories
  • MD Moms
  • MD Skincare
  • MDSolarSciences
  • Melvita
  • Mustela
  • MyChelle
  • Naked Turtle
  • Nature’s Gate
  • NIA24
  • Nine Naturals
  • Nurture My Body
  • Poofy Organics
  • Radical Skincare
  • Raw Elements USA
  • RevaleSkin
  • Rocky Mountain Sunscreen
  • Safe Harbor
  • Sensitive Skin Clinic
  • Seventh Generation
  • SkinCeuticals
  • Solar Protection Formula
  • Solbar
  • Star Naturals
  • Substance
  • Sun Bum
  • Sunology
  • Suntegrity Skincare
  • sunumbra
  • Sweetsation Therapy
  • The Honest Company
  • thinkbaby
  • thinksport
  • Tropical Sands
  • TruBaby
  • True Natural
  • TruKid
  • UV Natural
  • Vanicream
  • Yes To Cucumbers”

Jerri Westphal - We did really get lucky with the weather! I’m still in love with our maternity session. Hands down the best couple photos we’ve ever had! Thanks Kristin!

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