Sarah Borchgrevink - Houston Family Photographer

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

In Studio Family Photos during Newborn Session: What Should Parents or Siblings 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 and provide an amazing, laid back experience for you new parents.

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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 | Classic, 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: Jean or khakis +A 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 the studio, plus some tips on what to wear for our time together in the 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 shopping. 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.

FAQ & Safety | Flexible Scheduling For NICU Babies

Houston Baby Photographer, Sarah Borchgrevink, shares details on flexible scheduling for newborn appointments when little one has spent time in the NICU.

Commonly Asked Question | What if Baby Misses the 14-day Window

Howdy, gang, and good morning to you! Today's blog post covers a frequently asked question I receive from potential clients: what happens if the baby spends time in the NICU and misses the traditional two weeks preferred window for baby's first session.

Sometimes little ones are born before their estimated due date; because of this, they may spend time in the hospital recovering as the parents eagerly await to bring their newborn baby home. Often times, these parents have booked well in advance, as many of my clients contact me when they're in the second trimester. However, I happily offer very flexible scheduling.

For example, the baby girl's session I am previewing is of a client who booked months in advance. She selected her session, signed the contract, sent in her retainer invoice, and was good to go! Life is not always perfectly smooth, however, and as a professional newborn photographer, it is my job to be flexible and understanding of your circumstances. 

You see, newborn girl Isabella was born at 34 weeks. Mom contacted me and let me know she would not be able to come home for at least a few more weeks, meaning she would be outside of the preferred time period I take newborns. 

No worries! While 14 days or newer is my preference (especially 6-9 days) I offer many flexible session setups to reflect a gorgeous newborn session. The 14-day window is a general rule for full-term babies. 

How We Schedule Your Appointment with Sarah

When scheduling your baby's first professional baby photos with Sarah Borchgrevink Photography (aka me, ha!), let me know when baby will be arriving home. This will allow me to block off a minimum of 4 dates. I take newborn sessions 7 days per week between the hours of 9 AM and 4 PM. You're sent the dates and once you relay your preference, I design your session. It's that simple! I always give at least 4 dates and pride myself on being flexible and easy going with new parents. 

Even if your baby is early, you can still have a gorgeous session! Babies safety and comfort is of the utmost importance during our time together and I read baby's cues so that she is never uncomfortable or in danger.

Moreover, you receive a detailed prep guide so you know exactly what will happen, well in advance. I understand bringing your baby to a new place can be daunting and parents sometimes feel a little nervous since your baby is brand new. Nevertheless, your session is very laid back and easy going, completely transparent, etc.  

Isabella born at 34 weeks | 5 pounds fresh

Sweet Isabella entered the world nearly 6 weeks early. When she visited my Houston Newborn Portrait Studio, she was barely 5 pounds, though slept perfectly and ate like a champ! Her mom's styling questionnaire, which is given to all clients, reflected requests for pink, mauve, peach, purple, lavender, lilacs, etc. Essentially, all things girly for this brand new, tiny cherub girl. She was such a dream to have in the studio. Her sweet mama was also extremely laid back; she handed the baby to me, sat down and read a book, and told me, "have fun!"

With mom's permission, I went through my normal session flow, even though little baby was outside of the typical time frame. There are many options even if your baby is a month old, like this little one.

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Thank you for taking the time to view more information about Isabella's session! If you enjoyed reading this post, you may like reading about options for babies who are *full term* and missed the 14 day period, too!

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.

Darling Little Boy Attire | Sharing Best Baby Clothing Vendor

Houston Baby Photographer, Sarah Borchgrevink, shares the cutest clothing options from an incredible small business shop specializing in photography props for newborn artists.

Studio Wardrobe or Shop on your own

When booking your baby's milestone session at Sarah Borchgrevink Photography, there are a few awesome options! I have a popular baby plan membership for clients to consider, but there are also three collections of single sessions such as my mini, petite or full. All collections are a spectacular hybrid model: both heirloom prints and full resolution digital files are included. This in mind, since I streamline my pricing and keep it very transparent, I also would love to showcase a favorite vendor of mine for baby clothing. After all, my job is to make the booking process simple and not cause any stress for new parents.

As a professional newborn baby photographer, I have many adorable props on hand! Part of being one of the most reputable photographers in Houston is showcasing many options for parents to consider. For instance, I joyfully offer outfits for your baby 6-month sitter sessions. I have items on hand, but I also have a great vendor I would love to refer to you, too! George&Annie is spectacular! All of their items are handmade, with love, and the customer service is just wonderful. These are also very affordable clothing choices, too, for parents who would like to remain in budget. You're also welcome to use these outfits, too, for your time in my Houston Newborn Studio, located at Barker Cypress/290.

Amber, the shop owner of the vendor listed above, also offers these gorgeous items, too:

  • bonnets

  • rompers

  • pants

  • mini blankets

  • sets

With over 1300 sales, she is a great choice because she is reliable, professional, keeps great communication, sews with love, and is very responsive. She also makes high quality outfits for little ones in the softest textiles! I simply adore her items and am a happy customer!

While this vendor does offer baby girl & newborn outfits, I am showcasing two of the boy options I have on hand. Jack, my little guy, is 4 months old but already is wearing 12-month clothing, oh my goodness! He is even starting to sit up unassisted, father time please slow down! He is 20 pounds and just the sweetest little man alive!

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My favorite part of these outfits is how classic, timeless and simple they are. These pieces allow your baby to shine without detracting from their features. To further elaborate, when I look at photos of my precious baby boy, Jack, I just swoon over his smile, sparkling eyes, chubby fingers, and little belly! I am not distracted by a loud, boisterous print or cartoon characters. The dainty buttons are the perfect vintage-inspired element reflecting all things timeless so these images will transcend all trends and forever be classic. 

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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.