Houston Maternity Photography | Pregnancy Portraiture for Expecting Mothers
Celebrate Your Radiant Baby Bump
Your pregnancy is an exciting time; your heart is filled with joy as you prepare to meet the greatest love of your life: your child. The unconditional bond, the soft kicking of their feet - you feel it all. Preserving this memory is a wonderful way to celebrate your baby bump. There will be a time where the pitter pattering of small feet has ceased to echo and you will long to feel your belly swell. It's bittersweet though a timeless maternity session will always preserve this beautiful time before your little love enters the world.
When is the ideal time to book ?
The best time to book your outdoor, natural light maternity session is when you're in the second trimester, typically around 20 weeks or so. This gives us plenty of time to plan outfits, select location, and to even book hair and make up with the great recommendations I have on hand! This will ensure you look and feel your best. Maternity sessions take place between the weeks of 31-36 weeks along. This is the perfect time for pregnancy portraits because you have a super cute baby bump, though you're still comfortable. This will also give you time to display the images in your home, such as the nursery or even at your baby shower! These appointments are typically held in natural light during the early morning or later evening when the light is most favorable. If you're interested in reading further details, you will find more information about what you can expect during our time together.
hOW MUCH? | Photography Packages& RATES
.All sessions are fully inclusive, meaning you select a package that includes a set number of digital files + a print release. These are one flat rate including time, talent, session design, editing of your images, and the preparation, as well as rendering of your full resolution digital gallery available for instant download. The images are yours to share with your special loved ones, but also print as many times as you would like. A reputable list of printing labs is provided so you're sure to have great options and ideas when displaying your session!
Clients may select from the following options that include full resolution digital files at one flat rate:
SIMPLE | $600 + TAX
30 minutes of photographer's time and talent
Your choice of 15 non-watermarked, retouched, full resolution images available for instant download
Private online proofing gallery featuring top edited images from your session, released printing rights, and lab recommendations. This session type typically yields around 20 images.
CLASSIC | $750 + TAX
45 minutes of photographer's time and talent
Your choice of 25 non-watermarked retouched, full resolution images available for instant download
Private online proofing gallery featuring top edited images from your session, released printing rights, and lab recommendations. This session type typically yields around 40 images.
FULL | $999 + TAX
60 minutes of photographer’s time and talent
Entire gallery of 40 retouched, full resolution images available for instant download
Private online gallery to share with family and friends; released printing rights, and lab recommendations.
Please see a full package & offering guide for more details about the portrait bundles seen below. Maternity sessions take place when your baby bump is about 29-34 weeks along. Membership clients have priority on the calendar.
There is the option to consider the following combinations:
Maternity + Baby Plan Membership (maternity, newborn, 7 month sitter, and 12 month milestone).
Baby Plan Membership (newborn, 7 month sitter, and 12 month milestone).
Belly & Baby (maternity and newborn).
Your spousE/PARTNER and children are welcome
At Sarah Borchgrevink Photography, immediate family members are included in all maternity sessions. For example, this includes your spouse, partner, or significant other, as well as your precious little ones. Maternity sessions can be treated as a couples session, if this is your first pregnancy, or even as more of a family session vibe if you already have other kiddos. If you would like the session to showcase baby bump only, that's an option, too! Several setups are included, too, for a well rounded, gorgeous gallery! Fur babies, of course, are also welcome, too!
Let there be snuggles | little ones add joy
Fur Friends are a welcome addition
Where to take PREGNANCY pictures in Houston?
A curated location list is available to clients in which several locations are showcased. You'll find several different aesthetics from Downtown Houston Skyline, to Overhanging Oak Trees, and even a stunning waterfall location, all of which make for a dynamic gallery. Check out a few favorite locations below:
The overhanging oak tree location is truly sublime! At this location, you’ll find both stunning morning light and lovely evening light, too! Sunrise and sunset are the perfect times for your maternity session. This location lends an elegant, timeless vibe as we capture your baby bump and authentically preserve this milestone in your life.
This open field is a fantastic location because there are not any competing factors. Here your baby bump is showcased along with the love between your significant other and yourself. Here I will guide and pose you to create meaningful and authentic connections as you await the arrival of your precious little one!
The fir tree field is currently my favorite location to bring expecting mothers! This is quietly tucked away in Cypress, though you would never expect it could have such amazing light unless you’re a photographer! This location looks wonderful year around, too, especially because Houston is such a green city (fall colors just are not autumnal hues here, unfortunately). This fir tree field is timeless and is wonderful for first time parents or even a family with little ones!
This particular location looks best in the evening as the sun dips below the horizon. If offers a variety of greenery from lush grass, evergreen trees and oaks. The client featured here is one of my long time and favorite families! They’re expecting their third baby boy in just a few months so I looked for someone especially beautiful just for them!
The fir tree grove is quiet and unassuming, so there’s little traffic and it makes for a fun experience for little ones since there are zero distractions. We cozy up on a vintage quilt and just enjoy being with one another. The light is absolutely breathtaking and ethereal!
This location is a must have and I hope you enjoy this one just as much as me!
what to expect: golden hour family/maternity session
Update: as of August 2018, this location is available to Townelakes Residents only. The neighborhood no longer allows photography sessions to those who do not reside in the neighborhood. Here you'll find stunning light, a natural vibe, as well as beautiful foliage year around. This location is available Monday - Friday and ideally looks best in the evening light. Moreover, at the 'waterfall', you'll find unique stone entry, as well as a field, which offers variety to your gallery.
For example, the 'creek' location also feels small and intimate. Having professional portraits taken may seem daunting, however, by selecting natural locations to utilize, you'll find yourself at ease and truly excited to have your belly documented! Because Houston is green most of the year, this is a wonderful option for parents to be.
The 'Coles Crossing' location is also a favorite of mine because it's located in NW Houston, specifically near 290/Telge by Cypress. This location features golden, ethereal light and looks best in the evening, which works out perfectly since many mothers to be do consider professional hair and make up services. This location is also timeless as never is distracting from the main subject: your growing belly!
WHAT TO WEAR TO YOUR MATERNITY PHOTOS
A common question asked by clients is, "What should I wear?" I've created a list of Top 10 Maternity Gowns that are a splendid option for mothers to be. This list has everything you can imagine and all of these are available on Amazon. I am happy to advise you on which colors and gowns look best at each location. For example, Michelle, seen in this sample photo, is wearing the second option listed in the blog post above. It's an off the shoulder slim fix maxi gown which showcases her baby bump perfectly! Fun fact: you may often be able to use your gown as an option for your baby shower or even the newborn appointment!
Hair and Make Up Recommendations
A wonderful option I recommend to clients seeking professional hair and make up services so they feel polished and refreshed for their time in front of the camera is Angela Karr, based in Cypress.
Client Testimonials ~ raves for days
“We cannot recommend Sarah enough! Not only is she phenomenally talented as a photographer and captured both our maternity and newborn beautifully—she was a consummate professional throughout the process. She was so responsive that I knew that an email had been lost in cyber space when I didn’t hear from her within 12 hours. I often wonder how small business owners can succeed with such poor customer service; Sarah, by contrast, could teach a class on how to communicate and serve clients.
Sarah guided us through our maternity shoot—everything from how we were going to deal with torrential rain on the day of our outdoor shoot, to how to best pose to look our best. Her energy is amazing and we could not have been happier with the photos.
She was also a dream to work with for our newborn shoot. She accommodated our requests for specific props and was ridiculously generous with her time to work on trying to get poses that mattered to us (and that our sweet girl wasn’t terribly interested in staying asleep for!) Sarah put our daughter’s safety first and stayed patient rather than rush her. The pictures turned out amazing (we couldn’t choose from the proofs and bought them all!)
We loved our experience so much we upgraded our package to get the 7 month and 1 year sessions too! If you’re looking for a fantastic studio photographer for your newborn who can also make you look great before they are born—Sarah is your girl!” - Colleen & Ryan