Three New Background in Studio for Parent, Sibling, and Family Setups

Additional options in Sarah’s Houston Newborn Baby Studio | Grey, Mocha, & White

Good morning, friends! Each week I blog a new topic, one of which generally stems from either business or recent work; today’s post is all about the new updates I’ve made! While I will forever be obsessed with the rustic, custom wood wall that’s 8’x10’, an anniversary gift from my husband, as well as the back-lit ethereal lighting I offer, these options give you more variety and choices for your clothing.

Now you’ll find gorgeous, dreamy seamless paper in the following colors:

  • Grey

  • Mocha

  • Off White

One reason I added three new colors to my timeless & rustic brand is to encompass more skin tones. Newborn photography should be inclusive, not exclusive. I reside in Houston which is an absolute melting pot of cultures and races. Forbes mentions Houston is a city many people are transferring to. This in mind, more options means more flattering skin tones, which results in the perfect accompaniment to all skin types and races.


newborn girl and mother on mocha seamless paper

I love the warmth of mocha seamless paper; this is a wonderful backdrop for new parents as the contrast looks fantastic and makes for creamy skin, sparkling eyes, and is not detracting from the perfect bundle of joy, your precious new arrival!

If you like the look of mocha, I recommend wearing black, white, or perhaps richer tones like navy, burgundy, or even perhaps ivory.

mom and newborn girl posed on mocha paper


thunder grey savage seamless paper

Ah, classic and neutral grey makes my heart sing! Grey is one of those colors that can be cooler or warmer in temperature; I prefer the thunder grey savage brand, which I light with studio lighting.

Grey paper looks stunning with any neutral color palette or even softer tones such as ivory, cream, blush, mauve, white, grey, or even black. This is a very forgiving color and also looks fantastic in most homes since grey is in fashion.

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Off White

off white seamless paper background posed baby

Off white paper is very versatile because you can wear any color with this tone, however, most of the time I do recommend neutral outfits and wardrobe during our consultation so you’re sure to have images that stand the test of time. 30 years from now, when you display these images at your child’s wedding, or perhaps showcase them at a college graduation, they will never feel dated. Preserving your baby’s newborn stage is of the utmost importance to me; doing so authentically makes my day! For the off white paper, I like to see colors such as thistle, sand, taupe, grey, ivory, cream, white, however, you could also dress in blues, greens, or another color, such as blush, pink, mauve, too!

newborn baby with parents on off white background
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Don’t forget about the back-lit, all white classic option

back-lit sibling and newborn photography setup

Backlit makes for beautifully posed newborn, family, or sibling images that will forever evoke a sense of peace and serenity; I include these in all of my newborn sessions, so if these make you heart burst than we are a great fit for one another!

The all white, ethereal tones are classic, timeless, and breathtaking, the perfect way to showcase you new addition as you welcome them into your family.

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backlit newborn posing in studio

As always, friends, thank you for visiting my blog to see what’s new in studio! I hope you stop by again soon!



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Located in Harris County, Sarah Borchgrevink Photography is a Houston Newborn Photographer specializing in unique and timeless posed sessions! Sarah also offers breathtaking studio milestone infant sessions, and is honored to be named Best Newborn Photographers Houston 2016, 2017, 2018, & 2019! Sarah serves the entire Harris and Montgomery County areas including Houston, Cypress, Spring, Tomball, The Woodlands, Sugar Land, Katy, Memorial & Galleria, West University, Kingwood and Rice Village.

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3 Best Ways to Safely Pose a Newborn Baby with their Proud Big Brother or Sister!

There are few things things more important to a new mother as a precious images showcasing the love and connection between her children. As a mom to four little ones, I identify with how special these images are! For instance, when I announced I was expecting Baby Number 4 (who turned out to be a boy!!) I instantly began looking for the perfect photographer to capture a sibling portrait of all my little ones. In fact, this image is hung in my house as 40x50” gallery wrapped canvas, so it’s a great way to wake up and see my spirited tribe of kiddos all snuggled together!

However, this blog post also shares transparency! In the world of posed infant portraiture, safety is key! I cannot stress this enough! Sometimes a new Mom will send me a Pinterest image of a child holding a younger sibling and relays that she would love to have that particular image! While I am happy to take client inspiration it is always important to keep these facts in mind:

  • Is the pose age appropriate? For instance, a 13 month old cannot stand and hold a new sibling even if you did see it on Pinterest, ha!

  • How comfortable is Big Brother or Sibling interacting with the new addition?

This in mind, I have compiled a list of 3 ways to safely photograph your precious newborn baby along with your other child(ren).

1 ) Flokati Rug

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Of all the sibling photo ideas with a newborn, this one is my absolute favorite! There is something extremely timeless, classic, and stunning about the texture of the flokati rug. I also adore this pose because everyone is properly supported. For instance, with the elder sibling laying on their back, I always have posing pillows behind their head so their neck is properly supported. Once I have wrapped the younger sibling, who is a newborn, they are gently placed in the crook of Big Brother (or sister’s!) neck with posing beans placed underneath them. Mom and Dad can easily sit on either side of the flokati rug and they’re not in the frame. That way, if the sibling did decide to get up, no big deal, hands can be on Baby at all time. I do recommend this pose for kiddos who are about 3 years or older simply because they often can take direction easier.

sibling photo ideas with newborn

Also, during this pose we are always sure to give lots of praise to the sibling! I include them in the process by letting the Big Sister select things like the color of the wrap, headband or bonnet, and also we will sing songs during this portion. I also recommend doing the sibling photo first so that your toddler or preschool aged child is refreshed and excited to help! Often they’re very proud and ready to show how sweetly they can hug and hold their sibling. This pose is very safe. I have a variety of flokati rug colors, too, and a huge stash of wraps, headbands, bonnets, etc., so we can style everyone to match the colors in your home.

flokati rug during sibling photos

2) Baby inside of prop

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Placing your newborn baby inside of a floor prop, such as a bucket or bowl, is a great way to have adorable sibling photos! This is because your newborn is safely tucked away into a floor prop and the sibling hugs the prop or even sits next to it. This is my “go to” for younger siblings, such as toddlers, because even if the toddler is not interested in holding sibling, we can often have them in the same frame. This is why it’s important to consider the age of the sibling and what is appropriate for their development.

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toddler sibling and newborn sister photo ideas

For example, Benjamin, who is not even two years old, was such a rock-star during his little sister’s wrapped session with me! He was a little unsure of actually holding sister in his lap. The baby is safely posed inside of this basket. With Benjamin, we simply asked him to give sister a kiss and we praised him!

The good thing is that I have tons of amazing floor props and interesting items so the options are endless! However, if you do book a posed newborn session with a sibling portion, feel free to let me know if there is a certain prop you truly adore and would love to have in your session.

3) Baby in child’s lap

Baby in child’s lap is the top requested idea for sibling photos. Moms cannot help but tear up and swoon when they see their eldest taking on a protective, sweet role for the new arrival. This pose is often great with children who are three or older. However, if you have more than one child, often we can do a few variations of this pose, too.

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big brothers holding little brother
big sister photo ideas with newborn brother

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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.


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See why Sarah’s clients are the happiest in Houston! Check out October reviews from clients sharing what set their session apart!

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“Sarah was an amazing newborn photographer for our little one! She was prompt and thoughtful from start to finish. During the session, she made sure everyone was relaxed and happy which led to a pleasurable experience for the whole family. He professionalism and photography are unmatched and we look forward to using her photography services in the future!” - Jessica & Matt

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“Having Sarah take newborn pictures of our newborn was a TERRIFIC decision!
I have used other newborn and family photographers in the past and Sarah is the most prepared, patient, and fluid of all of them. She has a vision of the shots she wants to take and the studio is set up and ready to go prior to your session. The excitement and passion Sarah has for photographing newborns is unmatched! She looooves babies and looooves what she does. Her exuberance and professionalism made the session go so quickly and smoothly. The final products are AMAZING! I worked for Disney and they always taught us, “Communication is key”. Sarah GETS IT! She was by far the best at communicating and touching base before and after our session. “ - Emily

“fI am so glad that we found Sarah. She was amazing. Her work is wonderful at an amazing price. Sarah is extremely professional and prompt. But more importantly she cares about the families she portraits. We couldn't have been happier. “ - Chris & Kristin

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“Had an amazing experience with Sarah from the beginning. Sarah was very professional in all of her communications and very fast to respond to any questions we had. When it came to the week of our shoot, the weather was looking a little shaky and Sarah kept us very up to date on the plan should weather cause any issues. The night before we decided due to the rain that we would reschedule to the following weekend. When we showed up for our shoot Sarah was prepared with props and very good at giving direction. We are very happy with our photos and already have our 2nd shoot booked!!! “ - Brandon & Erin

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“Sarah was so amazing for our son's newborn photos that we used her again for our daughter's photos! She is so sweet and gentle with newborns! Her studio is gorgeous and she provides a lot of options for colors, props and poses. She is so easy to work with and captured beautiful photos of our family.” -Jodi & Brad

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“We had a great time working with Sarah for our family session. She made the session very fun and comfortable for our daughter. She captured the perfect moments while working not only with a toddler, but parents and grandparents. We would love to work with her again in the future!” - Timothy

“Sarah was amazing with our 12 month-old, busy-walking girl! We love the shots she was able to capture of our girl and family, and would highly recommend Sarah” - Elizabeth

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“Sarah is an amazing photographer. We have used her for all our daughter's big events in her short 1 year life (maternity, newborn, family, photos and 1 year photos). Sarah has always been such a pleasure to work with, always answers her phone and makes me feel like I am talking to an old friend. The picture quality is AMAZING! We have the best photos of our little girl. All the photos are timeless works of art. I still marvel at all the photos we received. I recommend Sarah to all my friends and will continue to use her every year to capture the love and unique characters of our little family. if you are looking for a friendly, talented, patient, responsive photographer, look no further you have found her! “ - Ana & Scott

newborn photos with mom and dad

“Let me start of by saying that Sarah was absolutely AMAZING! She was so patient, calm, and took all the time she needed. Our baby was in the NICU so her pictures were done at 14 days old instead of the usual 5-9 days, & she did every thing she could to get me a froggie pose picture since it was one of my request. All the pictures came out so perfect, our family loved them, we received so many compliments from family & friends. My husband and I have been recommending to her to everyone! It was so worth the investment. “ - Eunice

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“Sarah takes our family pictures every year. She takes beautiful photos and offers packages for a reasonable price that include a variety of poses. We have a two year old son and he is pretty wild, and she was still able to get a number of great shots for us to choose from. The whole process with Sarah is very easy and she outlines all the steps for you from picking a location, clothing, choosing from proofs, lab selection for printing, and more. I really can't say enough good things about her as she is truly talented and professional. We will continue to use her for our photos and I will recommend her to everyone! “ - Rita & HL

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“I absolutely love the work that Sarah has done for our family photo shoot! The pictures all came out beautiful. She is also very nice and very approachable with any questions that you have. “

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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.

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