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Capturing Baby's Darling Personality| Houston Baby Photographer

Precious Baby Girl Alexa's In Studio, Milestone Session with Sarah Borchgrevink Photography

Rustic Wooden Floors, Sweet Smiles and the Cutest Baby in Houston!

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As a Houston portrait photographer, one of which specializes in newborn and baby portraiture, I delight in photographing your most precious little ones! Few things make my heart more happy. When coming into my studio, I cannot help but feel such joy in knowing all the fun we'll have that day. When I am not photographing the most squishy and stunning newborn babies in Houston, I make time for baby milestone sessions. These are a great option for parents seeking gorgeous portraits of their little one, who is always the light of your life.

Because I am also a mama, I can truly identify with connecting with young children, showing patience, and making sure everyone has a great experience.

Check out what baby girl A's mother wrote about her portraiture experience:

Amazing does not do justice in describing Sarah and her work. She is extremely talented, sweet and personable. She takes the stress and worry out of a photo session and is able to capture the perfect shots. She has taken both newborn and one year photos for me and it was the best investment ever! I appreciate her organization, effective and prompt communication and quick turn around time in delivering the final product. I have hired several other photographers in the past and although they take great photos they have fallen short in these areas with some taking months to just return digital files. I can't say it enough, I highly recommend Sarah!!!

I'm excited to present baby A's in studio, milestone session to you. This blog post is also intended to share a few tips on capturing baby's darling personality and how to create classic, timeless and beautiful baby portraiture. 

Keep Nap Times in Mind

When working with younger babies, I embrace the spirit of the little one and make sure to capture who they are. This age is full of laughs, giggles, clapping, sitting up, even crawling. Baby's personality is beginning to shine; sometimes she's mores soulful and thoughtful and other times she's carefree and inquisitive. No matter the characteristics, I enjoy working with little ones because many of the baby clients I have happened to be former newborn sessions, too. It's great to catch up with you and hear more about the first year of life. It's full of bright moments, and I truly treasure our time in the studio together.

When booking a baby milestone session, I keep your child's nap time in mind. We also allot for travel. For instance, my newborn and baby studio is located in Houston near 290/Barker Cypress, just 20 minutes outside the 610 loop and a short drive on the 99 from The Woodlands, Spring, Tomball and North Houston. If baby normally naps at 9 AM, I will bring you in a 1 PM, for instance, when baby is happy and well rested. She's also probably just eaten, so this is a great time to photograph her. I do make time for you to nurse/bottle feed, if needed, so don't feel any pressure. Sometimes mamas choose to exclusively nurse the first year of life, so don't feel worried about time or feeding baby in advance: I want her to be happy and full when we work together. I know when I'm not hungry, I have a better afternoon, lol! I am also pregnant with baby number 4, so maybe that's why food is on my mind, haha!  

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Playing their favorite music

This part truly makes me laugh. I have three little girls (Emma, Lucy and Amelia) and they're completely fun and make my day. However, their favorite music is a video on Youtube called "Daddy Finger" and this song makes me cringe, lol! I have talked to many other parents, however, who also feel the same way about the daddy finger genre. Kids simply love it. It's catchy and repetitive, they know what to expect, etc. When photographing this session, Mama and I played the daddy finger song (linked here for you, just so you don't miss out, ha!) Baby immediately started to smile and engage with the camera by simply having her favorite music on. Of course, it was stuck in my head all day, but I it was worth it! A is simply so charming, sweet, and infectious I cannot help but marvel at how fun it was having her in my studio. 

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Chat with baby

I know, I know - baby is not talking in full sentences just yet, but they do like when you talk with them. Engage baby by asking her questions; play peek-a-boo, and just compliment her. Babies are generally very sweet natured and like you to show them attention. It's a treat to hang out with a precious kiddo, so I don't mind sitting on the floor, (even in my third trimester, haha) and getting on their level. 

This will allow you to capture a ton of variety from sweet gazes, soulful expressions, open smiles, and those awesome grins that really show off the cute little teeth that are growing.

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Use props that are low to the ground for safety

Parents often ask, 'what kind of props do you use?' Well, it's simple: anything you see in my newborn gallery are the type of props you'll find in my baby sessions. This is because I like things to be classic, timeless and inspired by vintage pieces, such as this antique hat box little one is sitting on. It's also low to the ground, so she feels comfortable. Baby should never be suspended above the air or places onto an object that her feet cannot touch the ground. I know when I am nervous and feeling tentative, the last thing I want to do is take photos. So by us making sure baby is safe, secure and at ease, we can engage with her in many different angles, such as back lit photos in which the light is behind her and surrounds her in the most ethereal, fresh, and pure ways. I adore the halo of light. While the wood floors are super cool, I have to say that stunning light makes me swoon!

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Use Light to show their souls

Speaking of light, I cannot begin to express to you how important you lighting is during a session. Photography, after all, is capturing emotion through the use of dynamic lighting. My studio looks like it's full of gorgeous natural light, but I do not use any natural light sources, such as the sun. This is because the sun is different every day; sometimes clouds cover it or it's raining and this means you cannot shoot. However, by using giant soft boxes (I have 3 86" plms on at all times) you're able to be truly consistent, shoot anytime of the day, manipulate light, and also place the light so it fills baby's face and you can see those gorgeous, expressive eyes!

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Sarah Borchgrevink Photography is a Houston Newborn Photographer specializing in gorgeous posed newborn sessions. Her studio is located in Northwest Houston. 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 North Houston, Cypress, Tomball, Spring, Jersey Village, The Woodlands, Magnolia, Conroe, Willis, Montgomery, Humble, Kingwood, Porter, New Caney, Waller, Memorial & West Houston, Katy, Fulshear, Sugar Land, Pearland, Hempstead, Richmond, West University, Rice Village and Porter TX. Connect to chat with Sarah today! Please consider booking your session at your earliest convenience in order to secure your appointments on the calendar.

Rainbow Baby Girl Calista | Cutest Houston Newborn Photography

Sarah Borchgrevink Photography offers timeless, fresh and unique baby photography. Calista + her sweet parents visited the studio at 11 days new.

Hi, friends! Good morning to you! Happy Friday! Today is a great day here in Houston. The sun is shining, it's about 80 degrees out, and I have a full calendar of fun shoots geared up for this weekend. However, up first is an adorable studio session focusing on a precious baby girl. If this is your first time at my blog, welcome! I'm excited you're here. 

In case you're interested, C's parents booked both a natural light, outdoor maternity session that took place during sunset . This is a huge treat for me because it's fun to work together before we document your newborn baby's session. This is also a great idea for clients because it ensures the editing style is the same so all of your wall art is cohesive and matches, plus it means you've met the person who will be handling your new baby. As a mama, I completely understand who you choose to photograph your newborn is a huge deal! I am currently pregnant with baby number 4 and just booked me own newborn session for him; I did a TON of research! 

Also: before we dive into the session I have to brag a little bit. Mom is a super talented hair and make up artist serving the entire Houston area. I refer her to all of my clients so here's a little more information about her professional beauty services in case you're ever looking for someone to make some magic, ha! She also is extremely sweet, giving, kind and a joy to work with. I cannot recommend her highly enough. She's located close to my studio, too, so it's really convenient. 

Let's get started, shall we? :-) 

Family and Parent Images 

For family and parent images, I like to wrap baby in a soft neutral color so as not to detract from baby's elegance. For little boys, I generally leave them without a bonnet or hat, however, for little ladies, like Calista, I will adorn their sweet heads with a lovely flower crown, headband or tie back. In this particular instance, I used a pink and purple headband by one of my favorite newborn prop vendors since this reflects the colors in baby's nursery. This vendor is located in the UK, but makes amazing items! Check her out. :-) 

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Rainbow Baby Girl | Calista at 11 days fresh & new

You may be asking yourself, "What's a rainbow baby?" According to kick's count, a rainbow baby is:

A “rainbow baby” is a baby that is born following a miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death or infant loss.In the real world, a beautiful and bright rainbow follows a storm and gives hope of things getting better. The rainbow is more appreciated having just experienced the storm in comparison.

The mama natural blog also elaborates explaining that:

Like the miracle of a rainbow after a storm, many mamas refer to babies born after loss as their rainbow babies.  The rainbow doesn’t erase the storm, nor does the arrival of a new baby eclipse the tragedy of previous pregnancy loss.

Calista and her parents stopped by for a full newborn collection when she was 11 days fresh and new. Weighing over 9 pounds, her chubby cheeks and adorable features truly made my heart melt. I could not help but marvel at her beauty and tell her mama how lucky she is. 

This collection is about 2 hours long. This gives plenty of time for baby to be fed, soothed, etc., and also allows for diaper changes and a relaxed atmosphere. 

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There's something especially fresh and pure about using white during a newborn session. While I am a really big fan of all things vibrant, I do include neutrals here and there since it adds a timeless element to your gallery. All of my headbands, tie backs, bonnets and hats are custom designed by small business owners so there's a huge selection.

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This super cute floor prop is a dream! I wish it was mine, but Mom did bring it in. It looks perfect again the burgundy! 

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Followed by the vintage Dr. Pepper box, we used one of my favorite buckets. The sage green looks lovely on her. Green, you see, is one of those colors parents don't always consider. That's part of my job during session design: coming up with neat combinations for you. 

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The vintage cradle is one of my other favorite props. This is because the prop can be styled to reflect the gender of baby. In this case, we used a soft mauve that's muted. Pink is not my favorite color but I will use a mauve here and there. While there is nothing wrong with the color pink, it's a common color and my goal is to create interesting images that are dynamic, fresh and authentic through the use of texture, color, and vintage inspired props and items. :-) If you like pink, however, no worries! I always make sure it is showcased at some point in your collection. In case you are interested in some alternatives to pink, feel free to read away!

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After floor props, this is where we do the bean bag posing. All of these are done with care and usually take about 45 minutes from start to finish. Baby does call the shots here, so if she is not comfortable in a pose, we move on and try something else. If you would like to read more about my favorite newborn poses, too, you'll find tons of great information on newborn safety, posing and handling. 

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Sarah Borchgrevink Photography is a Houston Newborn Photographer specializing in gorgeous posed newborn sessions. Her studio is located in Northwest Houston. 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 North Houston, Cypress, Tomball, Spring, Jersey Village, The Woodlands, Magnolia, Conroe, Willis, Montgomery, Humble, Kingwood, Porter, New Caney, Waller, Memorial & West Houston, Katy, Fulshear, Sugar Land, Pearland, Hempstead, Richmond, West University, Rice Village and Porter TX. Sarah has also been ranked among the Best Houston TX Newborn Photographers on the criteria of reputation, credibility, experience, availability, professionalism and engagement. Connect to chat with Sarah today! Please consider booking your session at your earliest convenience in order to secure your appointments on the calendar.

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Fresh, Gorgeous Neutral Baby Boy Session | Meet Jakob

Baby Photographer, Sarah Borchgrevink, serves the Greater Houston Area including The Woodlands, Spring, Conroe and Magnolia Texas. Welcome Baby Boy Jakob - 7 days fresh and new.

Greetings, friends! Happy Tuesday to you! I hope you're having an awesome day and up to something fun with your family. Today I am at my desk working on business tasks, but I am also excited because a sweet baby girl is coming to my studio in a few hours. For now, however, I'm going to show off this absolutely precious little boy who visited recently. His name is Jakob. At 7 days old, he visited my all white, organic Houston Newborn Photography studio and slept wonderfully for me. He weighed around 7 pounds and loved the cozy wrapping. Here are some of my favorite images of his session.

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Jakob's parents were sweet as can be. They chose to not do family images and focus on baby. They selected me petite collection, which offers a wonderful array of images from super cute wrapped portraits, floor props, naked bean bag posing and of course the fantastic macro images that truly capture the unique aspects of your new baby.

Mom relayed she really is a fan of neutrals, however, is not opposed to perhaps a bit of color such as navy blue. They came from The Woodlands, which is just north of Houston, and I made sure their entire session was set up so we could begin on time. 

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During their baby session, the little ones love to be wrapped! Parents always marvel at how easily they fall asleep. Moreover, this keeps baby sleep so we can utilize many props and set ups. For example, this enables me to use two floors props. Examples of floor prop choices are buckets, bowls, baskets, crates, boxes, all of which are antique and vintage inspired to reflect my personal tastes. I must note: always research your newborn photographer's portfolio to ensure you're a good fit. :-) I do a lot of color but am not opposed to a neutral session here and there, such as this one. 

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Baby Boy has gorgeous skin! He is simply glowing and is the picture of health. His full head of hair, cup lips, button nose, chubby cheeks and sweet smile simply made my heart soar. He also was very curly and fun to pose; I truly like for baby to look as timeless and simple as possible. While newborn photography truly is a custom art, it should look effortless in the final images, despite it being anything but easy. I am formally trained and have taken many workshops on safety, lighting, posing, flow, wrapping and post processing of your images. This is why I take your investment very seriously.

Ahhhh! That sweet, sleepy yawn! These are always favorites of mine since images such as this truly show off the baby and their personality. 

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The rest of this handsome fellow's petite posed newborn collection featured naked posing. Here are my favorite images. :-) I hope you enjoy!

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Located in NW Houston, just 20 minutes outside the 610 loop, Sarah Borchgrevink’s all white, organic studio caters to custom newborn portrait photography. In addition to stylish, soulful and breathtaking newborn portraiture, Sarah offers a baby plan membership to newborn clients. Outdoor and stunning natural light sessions are available at limited times throughout the year for maternity and family. Sarah proudly serves the entire Houston area as well as North Houston, Cypress, Tomball, Spring, The Woodlands, Magnolia, Rice Village, Waller, Memorial & West Houston, Jersey Village, Hempstead, Katy, Richmond and Humble TX. Sarah Borchgrevink Photography is ranked among the Best of Houston TX Newborn Photographers on the criteria of reputation, credibility, experience, availability, professionalism and engagement. Connect to schedule a studio tour.