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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Greater Bay Area – San Carlos | Baby & Child Portrait Photographer | Valentine’s Day!

Happy almost Valentine’s Day! Wishing you all a great week. 🙂 Hopefully you all have fun plans for Saturday!? My husband and I will go iceskating together (our usual weekly date) and then head home for a quiet movie. Not super exciting to most, but it’s our idea of fun and I’m very much looking forward to it!

Here at Kristin Troyer Photography our mini Valentine sessions went great and we had a FULL day. We are now almost ready for our Easter Mini Sessions (something we don’t usually offer every year) and we will have a sneak peak with samples images soon! Valentine Minis were super fun though and I’m already brain storming ideas for next year.

As a mom of a middle schooler I’m FINALLY (lol) past the stage of making valentine’s and trying to come up with some creative or fun teacher gifts. Don’t get me wrong… it was a fun 7 year run, lol. But I must admit I did burn out. I will also admit I’m one of those Pinterest Mom’s always wanting a fun and special gift or project to make. Totally over that now! However for those of you still looking for a fun a cute teacher gift idea I have an easy one that is a favorite of mine from 2 years ago. It was actually for Teacher Appreciation week gift, but will work great for Valentine’s Day gifts too! The note reads, “Thanks for making us a bunch of SMARTIES you’re a LIFESAVER”.

I cannot take credit for the idea. Some awesome lady shared it online and included a fun printable. Here is where to find her post and printable…

These are pictures of the ones we created…
Items needed:

cellophane bags (can be found at any Michael’s Craft Store, any party supplies store and usually Joann’s Fabrics or your local Target)

twist ties or ribbon (note: twist ties usually come with the cellophane bags), but ribbon can be colorful and fun!

candy: both smarties and the individually wrapped lifesavers that come in a bag

thick card stock to print your own notes/message or any small card to attach with a handwritten note (or artwork from your child).

side note: When our Daughter just had one teacher (and funds allowed) I sometimes liked to slip a $5-$10 Starbucks gift card in there too. Not really necessary and not recommend if you have several teachers unless your budget allows for it and you are so inclined, but always really appreciated by teachers, lol.

The main idea of the gift though is suppose to be easy and fun (and cute!).

Whatever you do both for Valentine’s Day and possibly even with school/teacher Valentine’s cards/gifts, I hope you have an awesome time.

Best wishes to all!


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Oh how fun it is to be ONE! I loved this cake smash session with this Sweet heart Miss M. that I photographed way back when she was just a little newborn! She had the cutest newborn session with special bumble bee and loin outfits. And now look where we are? A year later with a one year old Miss M. and yummy cake, lol.

Mom bought this petti skirt and headband set online just for this session and man did it turn out cute! Miss M. played a little with the cake and obviously dug into that blue frosting. Almost every single cake smash session ends with painting frosting on the floor, lol. Always so much fun.

If your little one is getting close to that one year mark and your planning to book your session, book early. My calendar books up fast and especially my Saturdays. I work 3 Saturdays a month (we are closed Sundays) so if you need a weekend slot, plan ahead! Most parents tend to have their session between 11 and 13 months old, so not always exactly at 12 months.


Things to remember when planning your session:

1) We will have time for a one year old portrait session before the cake smash. You may bring 1-2 outfits for this. And the cake smash is saved for last!

2) While you are always welcome to bring special outfits I do have different colored and patterned diaper covers for the cake smash part of the session.

3) The cake smash setup is decorated with some type of pom poms (as shown) or balloons provided by me. So, make sure you share with me which colors your one year old will be wearing so I can plan props accordingly.

4) Most Important… Due to allergies and health reasons, if you are wanting a cake smash you are to provide your own cake.

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