High School Sweethearts Justin & Ashley | Love Story + a Miracle Baby Boy

Featured Natural Light, Outdoor Maternity Session for the Month of June.

Howdy, friends! Today's blog post is all about my favorite pregnancy portraits from the month of June. Ashley and Justin's photo shoot took place in northwest Houston during sunset. It also happened to be Ashley's birthday so it was a fun way to celebrate her that day! Cozy up and get comfy to see highlights from their session + for a little q&a. 

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How did you two meet?

We went to rival high schools, but we met in church when we were 15 on the Fourth of July. Later that summer, on Labor Day, we went bowling and started "going out". We've pretty much been together ever since. By the time the baby arrives, we will have been together 19 years (10 years of dating; 9 years of marriage)!

What is a favorite color in Baby's nursery?

The nursery is a monochromatic safari theme, but we did an accent wall in Sherwin Williams Outerspace. It's this dark, dark grayish blue. It's nice because it's a masculine color but it's also very soothing. 
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What was the first thing Dad did when you two found out you're expecting?

It's hard to remember! It was a shock. Long story short, prior to getting pregnant, we were told I was in premature ovarian failure, and the chances of us conceiving with my eggs was around 5%. We were actually gearing up to start an IVF cycle at the time I found out I was pregnant. It was a BIG but HAPPY surprise. Hopefully Baby Boy won't be our last, but he is definitely our little miracle!

What is Baby's due date?

August 16th
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Any pregnancy cravings? Favorite meal?

I like to have vegetarian sushi or the Airstream Salad from Torchy's for lunch. Those are my GOOD cravings. But my most consistent, longest running craving is ice cream. We go to a lot of Astros games, and if you can't have a cold IPA, Bluebell in a cone is the next best thing :) I seriously eat ice cream almost every day. I think it's how I'm surviving the summer heat. 

What are you most excited about in terms of being a mom?

To see different traits from my husband, Justin, and myself in our baby. I remember thinking I was nothing like my parents growing up, and now I see parts of my mom and dad's personalities reflected in me ALL the time. And to see his unique personality, what he likes, how he thinks. 

Any fur siblings?

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We have 2 Toy Australian Shepherds; Rookie, our male that's 2, and Pip, our female that's almost 1. Her birthday is 3 days before the baby's due date, so hopefully she doesn't have to share her special day :)

 What's the first thing you bought for baby?

 It's kind of a strange purchase, but I bought these animal prints that I knew I wanted for the nursery. They are gender-neutral, so whether it was a boy or girl, I knew they would work. It was kind of a celebratory purchase once we made it to the 11 week mark and felt we could breathe a little easier. 

Do you have any nicknames for your baby bump?

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 Since we haven't decided on baby's name just yet, we have quite a few, but probably the funniest nickname came from our niece. She just turned 7, and is really into martial arts / karate, so she watches lots of that stuff on YouTube. From pretty early on, she has called the baby "John Cena". She says if we name him that, he will be the strongest baby in the world. It's kind of hard to argue with that logic! But it's stuck, it's a joke in our family now. 

See more highlights from their session:

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.

 

Now Booking Sept. 2018 – Feb. 2019 Due Dates | Stay in the Know

Scheduling Your Baby Bump or Newborn's Session with Sarah Borchgrevink Photography. September 2018 - February 2019 Due Dates are Currently Being Accepted.

Hey gang! Good morning! Today (7-12) I woke up to about 15 inquiries for posed newborn photography, maternity sessions, family photos, and even membership plans such as belly and baby, or baby's first year. My hands are actually cramping from typing so much, ha! This in mind: the September 2018 - February 2019 calendar is open and booming! 

I am stoked to have such loyal clients and so much interest in my professional portrait services. Thank you so much! Complete transparency here: I am a full-time small business owner in Houston, Texas. I specialize in the custom art of posed newborn photography, but also take a handful of other sessions, such as pregnancy portraits for expecting couples, and outdoor, natural light updated family photos for my returning clients. Photography is my career and has been a huge blessing to my family! Thank you, thank you, thank you for keeping me so busy!

Stay in the know! Check out when to book, pricing, what's included, session turnaround time, and nifty details such as your print release!

When to Book:

The ideal time to book a session with Sarah Borchgrevink Photography is when you're in the second trimester and have seen baby's anatomy scan. The calendar does fill weeks (and often months!) in advance. If you're interested in a maternity session, please consider booking when you're around 20 weeks along. Maternity photos are outdoors in a natural light setting during sunrise/sunset. These take places specifically between 31 and 36 weeks. Booking in advance ensures you have a spot on the calendar, particularly if the weekend is your preference. I feel so sad when I have to turn away someone, but there is only so much of me that can go around, even when taking clients 7 days/week, year around. For family photos, the fall/winter dates are super packed already, so if you are interested in an updated family session, there are 3-weekend slots left for the rest of 2018.

Pricing: Completely Transparent 

There are several packages for you to consider on the fully transparent pricing guide. If you visit www.sarahborchgrevinkphotography.com and click the 'pricing' tab this is available to you. I believe in offering upfront and clear pricing so you immediately know if we're a good fit for one another! This helps alleviate any confusion and ensures you have a clear understanding of what I offer and what's included. There are several affordable options for all session types, too, such as newborn minis. You'll find four packages specifically catering to new arrivals such as:

There are also options, too, such as a baby plan or baby + belly portrait memberships!

These offerings are great because they feature different price points, all of which are classic, dreamy, timeless newborn baby images. Part of being one of the Best Houston Newborn Photographers (2016, 2017, 2018) is proving options, amazing images, and a great experience. It is my goal to have variety so you receive the perfect package with the right look. 

What's included in the session fee?

Sessions at Sarah Borchgrevink Photography are fully inclusive meaning clients select a portrait package based on the number of digital files they would like. Final images are full resolution and may be printed as large as you would like. You're given a list of reputable labs to consider. There are no hidden fees, minimum print orders, or in person sales appointments. These images are yours to treasure forever. A $100 non-refundable retainer + portraiture contract reserves your appointment. The retainer is applied to any session of your choice.

Your session fee covers the following:

  • Time, talent, and session design
  • Full access to huge array of props, accessories, custom items
  • Retouching of your gallery
  • Full-resolution digital gallery you may immediately download, print, share, etc.
  • List of amazing and reputable consumer grade labs you can utilize along with a list of ideas on how to print and display your images
  • Professional grade prints & products are available via your private gallery if you would like a luxury grade heirloom. This means the prints are meant to be passed down to your children and displayed for generations. There is no minimum print order or requirement to purchase these, however, and they are just a perk to clients.

Session Turnaround time

Sessions at Sarah Borchgrevink are completed in 2 weeks from when your appointment takes place. You receive a private, password protected digital gallery you may immediately download and share with your loved ones. For instance, grandparents who do not live in Houston may enjoy seeing the images, too!

How to book your appointment:

All bookings are simple: just send me an inquiry below, through the contact form, and let me know what session type you're interested in. I'll send over availability, a contract, and a retainer invoice. Then your session is designed with your color preferences in mind. It's easy, simple, and straight forward. 

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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.

 

FAQ From Clients: What to Wear to Baby's Newborn Photo Session

In Studio Family Photos during Newborn Session: What Should Parents Wear?

Booking your baby's first professional portraits is truly exciting! You've waited months to meet the baby and have dreamed of holding them in your arms! Now that you've selected your photographer and are gearing up for a great session, you may be a little unsure what to wear to your newborn session. Have no fear! As a professional newborn photographer plus mom (I mean, I DO have four kiddos!) I know how important these images are to you. You'll treasure them forever. You would like to look and feel your best. I'm here to guide you.

 what to wear to baby's newborn photo shoot 

Creams, Beige, and White + Top Colors that Photograph Best

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When your baby arrives, you'll receive a newborn prep guide from me. This is a detailed guide that tells you everything to expect, such as how to prepare your new arrival for the spotlight, but also covers when your family images will take place and how to dress for those. In my studio, I use a large wood wall for the photos. Because it's rustic, I prefer neutrals and lighter tones against the dark wood. My least favorite options are black and prints; my favorite is always beige, cream, taupe, ecru, white, etc. These tones are natural, classic, and will not detract for your little one during the session.

The V-Neck for Dad | Simple, Clean,  Timeless

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One of my favorite poses of Dad and Newborn Baby is when Dad is holding the baby against his chest; I love how Dad is the protector here. Baby is so small and new they literally fit in the palm of Dad's hand. During this portion, a v-neck that's fitted is a great outfit choice because it will forever be classic. There are no distracting prints or colors; Dad's arms are also showcased in comparison to the tiny newborn so it makes for a beautiful image! Any brand of these v-neck t-shirts is totally fine. Some parents buy them at Target or you can also find them at stores such as JCrew. Most men already have these in their closet, so it's one less thing to worry about on the morning of baby's photography session. For all of my family and parent posing, the baby is wrapped in a simple style so they're the perfect little bundle of joy you can hold. I always pull a wrap that looks nice against the cream or lighter tones I prefer you wear.

Simple Top or Maxi Dress for Mom

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Moms are usually most nervous about the family photos because they worry about how they'll look. All photos, however, at my studio are hip up so baby is the star. I pose baby so you they act as a prop. I typically don't do a lot of images in which Mom is staring into the camera and smiling; it's more about connecting with your baby. A great idea for Mom to wear is a maxi dress or even the maternity gown from the baby shower, or, if you had pregnancy portraits with me, you probably purchased a dress for those images. You can definitely wear the same dress again. Not only will this makes thing easier for you, the dresses are usually jersey knit, which is a breathable textile. It's stretchy, soft, and you'll be able to move easily.

 

Sibling: Dark Jeans and Light Cotton Top

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The sibling portion always makes mom's heart soar! This is a very popular request for sessions and we set aside an additional 30 minutes for these setups. I like to pose the older sibling on their back while the eldest child holds the new baby. This is a safe way for them to interact without worrying if the baby will be dropped. A neutral colored flokati, such as cream or white, is a really pretty option here. Little ones look super precious in classic, natural attire such as dark wash blue jeans, perhaps even khaki pants, and then a simple top in a lighter color, such as beige, cream, white, or tan. 

Thanks for stopping by to see my favorite colors in studio, plus some tips on what to wear for our time together in studio! 

Let's recap this post:

  • Avoid bright colors, such as neon or even dark tones, such as black
  • Maxi dresses or light, airy tops are great for Mom
  • V-neck t-shirts are fabulous for Dad
  • Sibling looks adorable in simple top and dark wash jeans
  • Target, Kohls, J-Crew, or even Amazon are great resources for shipping. Your own closet is full of inspiration I bet, too! 

If you are pregnant and are thinking about booking a professional newborn portrait artist in the Houston area, I would love to be considered for your photo needs! Let's chat! I look forward to hearing more about your family.

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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.