Belly of the Month: February's Graceful Outside Pregnancy Photos

Houston Newborn Baby Photographer, Sarah Borchgrevink Photography, shares details about February's featured baby bump. In addition to posed studio sessions, Sarah also offers pregnancy portraits in an outdoor, natural light atmosphere. 

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Hi, gang! Thanks for visiting! There are few parts of your life that are as special as expecting a new baby: you're growing a new life, preparing your home for a new life, but also taking the time to celebrate your baby bump milestone with a stunning outdoor maternity session! While I do specialize in posed newborn photography, I do offer a few awesome options for expecting mothers and couples to consider:

  • A single a la carte outdoor & natural light maternity session taking place in a curated client location list created for you
  • The option to add a maternity session to a Baby Plan Membership at Sarah Borchgrevink Photography. Baby Plans include a custom posed newborn studio session, 7 month sitter milestone session, and finished with a 12 month cake smash & splash for little one.

Maternity sessions are also time sensitive. The best time to book your maternity session is once you've had your 20 week scan for baby. Most of my clients also schedule their newborn session in the second trimester, too. 

Moreover, because maternity sessions are time sensitive, sometimes the sessions take place on days when the weather is a little dark in cloudy. For example, I have plenty of experience documenting family milestones on cloudy or dark days, but for the month of February, it's been constant rain in Houston! There have been so many outdoor reschedules that I am booking into June now since we have to keep moving dates further out. 

Nevertheless, despite having dark weather, we had a wonderful session in Cypress, which is a suburb in Harris County, located just Northwest of the Greater Houston area. This location is natural and timeless, perfect for a mother to be.

When we photographed this session, Mom and Dad did not yet know the gender of baby, so it was fun to guess what we thought baby might be: a girl or a boy, who knows? Of course, all babies are wonderful and sweet so the gender is just a fun part of having a newborn! When they're that little, they're just so snugly and precious.

One of my favorite parts of featuring their baby bump for the month of February is Mom's gown. It's perfect! When selecting your location and designing your session, outfits play an important role. After all, what you wear to the session sets the tone. Your outfit should also pop against the background, too.

Here are some of my favorite images from my time with this sweet expecting couple! Before you scroll, here are some additional topics that may pique your interest:

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Connect with Sarah: Currently booking sessions for May - September 2018 for posed newborn collections.

Right now, I am booking newborn collections into September of 2018. If you're currently pregnant with your own little one, I would love to chat with you! I am also booking outdoor family photography into December of 2018 right now. I take 5 outdoor family sessions/month so these fill up quickly. :-) 

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Sarah Borchgrevink Photography is a Houston Newborn Photographer specializing in gorgeous posed newborn sessions. Her studio is located in Northwest Harris County. In addition to breathtaking baby portraiture, Sarah also offers stylish natural light family photography as well as dynamic outdoor maternity sessions for expecting mothers and couples. Sarah joyfully serves the entire Harris and Montgomery county areas including Houston, Cypress, Tomball, Spring, The Woodlands, Kingwood, Memorial & West Houston, Katy, Sugar Land, Pearland, Richmond, West University and Rice Village.

Cake Smash Smack Down | Must Have Photos for Baby's First Year

Baby's First Cake Smash Photography in Houston Texas. Chandler's Baby Plan Membership features a newborn session, 7 month sitter session, as well as a sweet cake smash session.

First Year of Life: Baby Plan Membership to Sarah Borchgrevink Photography

Good morning, friends! Thanks for visiting the blog! Today's blog post is a year in review for Chandler's baby plan membership. You may be wondering what exactly this is. As a professional newborn baby photographer, I offer a curated membership to my photography services. These cater to the first year of baby's life and encompass the sweetest new milestones for your little one! You will cherish these images forever. 

Many of my newborn clients move forward with the membership because they have already developed a relationship with the photographer. Moreover, the photos will match on the walls because they're the same style. It's also nice because there is a discount to clients who book multiple sessions at once.

Before I preview Chandler's cake smash session, let's take a quick peek at a few of his other sessions. 

The baby plan membership to Sarah Borchgrevink Photography includes the following:

  • Custom newborn portraiture session taking place in my Houston Newborn Photography Studio
  • 7 month sitter milestone session
  • 12 month cake smash session with option to add bubble bath for a "smash and splash"
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Sweet Chandler has been such a dream to photograph, so of course when it came time for his cake smash session, I was really excited to see him! Working with baby's over their first year is bittersweet: on one hand, you remember how small and little they were as newborns, just so sweet and cuddly, but then when you see them at the cake smash session they're walking and saying a few words, soon to be a toddler on the move! His parents also booked an outdoor, natural light family session so they're my featured family of the month, too!

Cake Smash Smack Down Details

Little known fact: sometimes a 12 month kiddo does not like cake. I know, I know. It *seems* like what could could NOT want cake, but think of it like this: for the first year of baby's life, they've either had formula, breast milk (or some type of combination) and maybe some baby food. A lot of parents are not introducing solids until a little later, too, so baby has never even seen or had cake. It also can be overwhelming to little one. 

Cake smash tip from an experienced baby photographer: put the cake in the car the afternoon of your shoot. It'll be warm and easy to get into. Also avoid fondant so baby likes the taste of the icing. If the cake is cold, baby dislike the temperature and texture. 

But sometimes the baby LOVES the cake! You never know what's going to happen during these session. The anticipation is, admittedly, really fun as photographer, ha! 

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For Chandler's cake smash, we used an outdoor, natural light location in Houston, Texas for his session. My baby plan membership currently includes studio, but parents can upgrade to an outdoor session (sunrise or sunset) for an additional fee. 

We used one of my favorite vintage props for a timeless feel: the cream distressed antique high char, yes! I love to remove distracting items, such as tons of props, and only use a few pieces so baby is showcased. Simple make me happy, so I urge parents  to make sure they like the same style as me. :-) 

Chandler did not dissapoint! Here are some of my favorite images from his cake smash smack down! 

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Sarah Borchgrevink Photography is a Houston Newborn Photographer specializing in gorgeous posed newborn sessions. Her studio is located in Northwest Harris County. In addition to breathtaking baby portraiture, Sarah also offers stylish natural light family photography as well as dynamic outdoor maternity sessions for expecting mothers and couples. Sarah joyfully serves the entire Harris and Montgomery county areas including Houston, Cypress, Tomball, Spring, The Woodlands, Kingwood, Memorial & West Houston, Katy, Sugar Land, Pearland, Richmond, West University and Rice Village.

8 Wall Art Designs to Get You Started | How to Display your Session

As a Houston photographer specializing in newborn photography, Sarah Borchgrevink offers fully digital collections featuring full resolution digital files you may print as small (or large!) as you wish. Check out memorable yet classic ways to display your images as fine art.

Your Images Deserve to grace your home

Hi, friends! Today's blog post is all about printing your images and also eight awesome wall art grouping ideas to get you started! If this is your first time here, welcome! If you're a returning reader I am stoked you've taken the time to visit again!

As you may know, I'm a professional photographer specializing in custom baby portraiture in the greater Houston area; I've been in business since 2013. However, I'm also a busy mom to 4 kiddos and despite working full time, I do make displaying their photos in our home a priority. 

The point of having photos taken is to display them in your home as either prints, canvas, metal, acrylic, or also as albums. They're not meant to sit on a computer. They look much better on the walls than on a hard drive, I promise! I must also note, nonetheless, that many parents have relayed they prefer fully digital collections in which they purchase the rights to print their images. I do enjoy catering to you and offering modern galleries and a print release, though I also would like to guide you in displaying your photos. 

What can easily happen is that you receive your gallery from me. The images are retouched and perfected; they're full size meaning you can print as small as 4x6" or as large as 50x60" if needed. Parents instantly download their images from the private gallery. Then, 6 months later, the parents tell me they never actually printed any of their photos. Parents are busy, but also parents may not be sure how to design a wall art grouping or how to display their photos.

Have no worries. :-) 

This blog post is intended to share stunning ways to show off your images you invested in; it's also my way of educating you on *why* images should be on the walls. My home is covered in fine art of my little ones and family and clients often oooh and ahhhh over the heirloom pieces.

The lab recommendations you receive from me are not professional grade since professional labs only work with professional photographers (see the trend there: professional, ha!). But in all seriousness it's true: the labs that work with professional photographers sell the highest quality items and require a tax ID number to register with their lab. They are here to serve photographers and not mass consumers. I do sell many lovely options such as the ones you see in my studio or in my home, but this brings us back to what I noted early: parents are often seeking digital files and sometimes decline wall art design and professional products from me.

I do offer many heirloom pieces, as you will pass these down to your children, but I acknowledge you've purchased the rights to print these images on your own. This in mind, I would like to share some really awesome ideas on how to display your session so you're not stuck, unsure of what looks nice.

Remember: wall art groupings are super cohesive and make a huge statement in your home. 

Lab recommendation for canvas or prints: www.mpix.com though my favorite lab for other products is Artifact Uprising. You may like reading this post on authentic ways to showcase your baby's first session.

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Sarah Borchgrevink Photography is a Houston Newborn Photographer specializing in gorgeous posed newborn sessions. Her studio is located in Northwest Harris County. In addition to breathtaking baby portraiture, Sarah also offers stylish natural light family photography as well as dynamic outdoor maternity sessions for expecting mothers and couples. Sarah joyfully serves the entire Harris and Montgomery county areas including Houston, Cypress, Tomball, Spring, The Woodlands, Kingwood, Memorial & West Houston, Katy, Sugar Land, Pearland, Richmond, West University and Rice Village.