13 Maternity Staples for a Classic, Modern Style & My Shoot with Guy Galstyan

13 Maternity Staples for a Classic, Modern Style & My Shoot with Guy Galstyan

A couple of weeks ago, I did my maternity photoshoot for this pregnancy with Guy Galstyan. You’ve all heard me talk about working with Guy before, like for our Holiday photos back in December. She is also one of our partners for Happy Mom Conference this year and will be there to capture all the magic, which I’m really excited about!

 

Black and white photo of El Abad, creator of Land of Mom. She is wearing the Rosario Long Sleeve dress by Reformation, sitting on her knees facing profile with hands on her third trimester pregnant belly and dark hair covering face.  Guy Galstyan Photography

The Story of My Maternity Shoot

I was actually going to skip this altogether this pregnancy. I did take photos when I was pregnant with Ryan and then again with Leo. But as I mentioned in the blog last week and in the recent newsletter, there’s a lot going on in my life right now. With conference planning, baby prep, the home remodel and everything else, the maternity shoot just felt like one more thing.

It was actually my husband who convinced me to do the shoot. He said, “You will probably regret not doing it. I know you would want to capture these memories.” He really pushed me to do it, and I was reluctant just because I’m so tired and wasn’t able to figure out how to schedule it in, but I’m so glad I listened to my hubby. I got myself there and did it, and Guy made it so easy and such a nice, seamless experience. We decided to do a studio shoot this time instead of shooting at my home or outdoors.

The theme for the shoot is something that I came up with. I wanted it to feel very raw and authentic and to really spotlight my pregnancy and how I feel. I didn’t want any sort of extravagant shoot or to be outdoors; I just wanted it to be private, just me and Guy taking photos, and to capture the pregnancy in a really raw way. I was barefoot in all of the shots and just in basic clothing with a very simple style. I wanted black and white to be another overarching theme in keeping with the raw-ness and just focused on what the subject is (in this case, pregnancy and it being a beautiful thing). I’m excited to share these photos with you!

I also want to share some staple maternity items with you guys. I'm actually not a fan of maternity fashion in general; I tend to pick things that are not actually maternity wear and then turn them into maternity wear for myself…so I just go a size or two up, or wear materials that are stretchy and loose. So some of what you see in my recommendations aren’t even going to be maternity wear at all. I hope this is helpful for any of you mamas who are expecting! And if anyone wants to book a maternity shoot in the LA area, definitely check out Guy Galstyan. I highly recommend her!

Black and white maternity photo of El Abad, creator of Land of Mom. She is wearing the Central Shirt in Pure White, Eliza Cutout Bralette, and Stripe Bikini, all by Madewell. She is sitting on the sill of a large window, one leg tucked underneath and looking away.  Guy Galstyan Photography
Black and white maternity photo of El Abad, creator of Land of Mom. She is wearing the Central Shirt in Pure White, Eliza Cutout Bralette, and Stripe Bikini, all by Madewell. She is sitting on the sill of a large window, one leg tucked underneath and looking away, running hand through dark hair.  Guy Galstyan Photography
Black and white maternity photo of El Abad, creator of Land of Mom. She is wearing the Central Shirt in Pure White, Eliza Cutout Bralette, and Stripe Bikini, all by Madewell. She is leaning on the sill of a large window, head resting on fist and looking downward.  Guy Galstyan Photography
Black and white marternity photo of El Abad, creator of Land of Mom. She is wearing the Central Shirt in Pure White, Eliza Cutout Bralette, and Stripe Bikini, all by Madewell. She is looking down at her pregnant belly, one hand on top and the other on her hip.  Guy Galstyan Photography
Black and white photo of El Abad, creator of Land of Mom. She is wearing the black Bodysuit with Straps by Zara, standing sideways with face turned forward, hand under pregnant belly.  Guy Galstyan Photography
Black and white photo of El Abad, creator of Land of Mom. She is wearing the black Bodysuit with Straps by Zara, standing sideways and running hands through dark hair.  Guy Galstyan Photography

Maternity Staples for 2nd & 3rd Trimester that I’m Lately Loving

  1. Central Shirt in Pure White by Madewell

  2. Texture & Thread Wrap-Tie Top by Madewell

    I like to layer this with a long nude tank from Zara underneath

  3. Basic Tank Top by Zara

    I have this in black and nude and just size it up. It hugs over my belly perfectly so I can wear the Wrap-Tie Top from Madewell or similar tops that don’t cover the belly.

  4. Bodysuit with Straps by Zara

    This bodysuit has been essential for layering!

  5. Ugg Classic Mini II by UGG

    I’ve been living in these on chillier days! They’re super cozy and hug my tired feet nicely.

  6. Rosan Stripe Pajamas by UGG

    I bought this comfy set for the hospital.

  7. Everyday Maternity Belly Support Leggings by BLANQI

  8. Maternity Support Bellyband by BLANQI

  9. Adidas Originals Adilette Slide by Adidas

  10. Wide Leg Lounge Pants by Madewell

  11. Rosario Long Sleeve Dress by Reformation

  12. Eliza Cutout Bralette by Madewell

  13. Stripe Bikini by Madewell

Black and white photo of El Abad, creator of Land of Mom. She is wearing the black Rosario Long Sleeve dress by Reformation, sitting on a blanket holding dress up to expose pregnant belly.  Guy Galstyan Photography
Black and white photo of El Abad, creator of Land of Mom. She is wearing the black Rosario Long Sleeve dress by Reformation, standing in profile and holding dress up to expose pregnant belly, smiling softly.  Guy Galstyan Photography

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