Expectful Moments Photo Contest

Meditation is the art of mastering the moment.

And parenthood is a collection of moments— the sweet and bittersweet ones, the hard-won and heartfelt ones.

That’s why we created Expectful. We empower you to live in the moment, whether it’s overcoming your challenges or savoring your euphoria. Expectful’s meditations encourage you to be present for all of it, and for the tapestry you weave with your child.

Which brings us to this moment.

We let participants know that we were looking for authentic photos of special moments-joyous, vulnerable, silly, difficult, tender, inspiring, honest.

We said we wanted real humans on both sides of the camera and photos that told us who people are, not just what they look like.

We received over 1,000 submissions with so many incredible stories.

With the help of our judges, we are happy to announce the top 10 winners!

2019 Judges From A-Z


Rebekah Borucki

Rebekah “Bex” Borucki is a mother of five, TV host, meditation and yoga guide, birth doula, and author of You Have 4 Minutes to Change Your Life and the upcoming Managing the Motherload. Her mission is to make mental health support tools easily accessible and affordable to all, especially BIPOC (Black and Indigenous People of Color), LGBTQ+ folks, and other marginalized communities.


Anna Gannon

Anna is the community guide at Expectful and the host of The Expectful Podcast. She is a mother, writer, and a yoga and meditation teacher. Her work has been featured on The Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen and Yoga Today.


Kimberly Ann Johnson

Kimberly Ann Johnson was a yoga teacher and bodyworker whose body, and life, was permanently altered when she sustained an injury during childbirth. Determined not to get a full pelvic floor reconstructive surgery, she traveled the world learning about postpartum practices. After healing herself, she became a doula, Sexological Bodyworker, and Somatic Experiencing practitioner so that she could help women through this important and overlooked phase of development that is the postpartum period.


Michelle Muller

Raised in Texas, Michelle enjoyed a down home Southern up-bringing, discovering a passion for food and cooking early on while spending time with her grandmother in the kitchen. After moving to New York City and finding inspiration in the health and wellness world, she deepened her culinary interest, learning as much as she could about nutrition. When her first of three boys was born, there was no question that he would have the best baby food available and that happened to be straight from mom’s kitchen. Two children and thousands of hours of cooking and pureeing later, Michelle left her corporate job to launch the country’s premier baby food nutrition plan and delivery service, Little Spoon.


Genevieve Slonim

I am a therapist with an M.A. in Psychology and recently earned certification in Narrative Family Therapy. I am also a certified Birth and Postpartum Doula and Childbirth Educator. I have been deeply active in peace activism and social justice work for over 20 years. Most importantly to me I am a married mother of 3.


Anna Gambuto

Brooklyn lifestyle photographer Ana Gambuto makes portraits of people with love and curiosity, for brands, magazines, families and entrepreneurs.


January Harshe

The mother of six children, January Harshe knows firsthand how much birth experiences can range. In 2010 she founded the Birth Without Fear Facebook page and Birth WithoutFear blog in order to spread her message of empowerment and give women their voices back in the face of a powerful medical industrial complex and widespread culture ignorance about birth. Soon, the Birth Without Fear community had grown so big that January expanded her platform so she could speak directly to areas of specific need. Under the Birth Without Fear tent, she also created TakeBack Postpartum, Don’t Forget Dads, and Mothering Without Fear… all of which today collectively represent a social media following of more than 1 million and counting.


Lindsey Matthews

Lindsey Mathews is a doctor of chiropractic, birth doula, NLP practitioner, and strength and conditioning coach. Born and raised in Texas, she currently calls Venice, CA, home. Lindsey started BIRTHFIT in 2011 as a blog with a deep desire to support and educate women throughout the motherhood transition. BIRTHFIT started expanding in 2014 and since then has doubled in size each year. BIRTHFIT is a movement!

Lindsey is a passionate believer in magic and love, views every obstacle as an opportunity to learn, and is a woman in pursuit of truth through food, travel, and relationships.

Lindsey’s core values are respect, growth, freedom, connection, and love.


Neram Nimindé

Neram is a mother of three little kiddos and a complete birth nerd who followed her heart and traded a career in Public Relations to enter the world of birthkeepers and become a doula. Originally from Germany with German-Chadish roots, she lived in France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Panama before she is now studying with traditional midwives all things womb and beyond. On her page and blog, she shares her motherhood journey and all the wisdom she's learning, hoping to inspire women around the world to claim their right and space to choose the pregnancy, birth, postpartum and overall women’s health experience they wish for!

The Meditation and Sleep App for
Fertility, Pregnancy and Parenthood