Linda Hewell Maternity and Newborn Photography FAQs
Q. When should I book my newborn session?
A. I do suggest booking in at least 2 months before your due date to secure a session in my calendar. I do try to limit sessions to a manageable number per week. However I also get plenty of last minute enquiries and bookings and depending how my schedule looks in the following week or two ahead, can most likely fit in last minute bookings, however editing time may take longer than usual for later bookings
Q. How long does a newborn session take?
A. As my style of photography leans more towards the natural poses, my sessions do not need to take quite as long to complete and tend to be shorter than other newborn photographers. Most babies can be photographed in a Simple session in about 2 hours and Classic sessions, 3 hours. However I want to make sure you get the full variety of poses and set ups for each package, so time may run over if baby is particularly unsettled.
Q. What if my baby won’t sleep?
A. Most babies do end up falling asleep for a few sleepy shots, however some babies just will not sleep but I can still get a great variety of awake images for your gallery if baby happens to be just that little bit too excited for their session. If sleeping shots are important to you, I highly recommend bring them in when they are around 2 weeks old or less. This age gives the best chance of a more sleepy baby.
Q. What if my baby is very unsettled and won’t stop crying?
A. Occasionally I do have a baby that is highly unsettled during their time with me and I may not be able to get a full gallery of images. If that should be the case with your baby, I am more than happy to invite you back for a short make up session. This is very rare. To ensure you get the maximum amount of time out of your session, please try to arrive on time.
Q. Are you up to date with all vaccinations?
A. Yes, I am a firm believer in vaccinations and I am fully up to date with all shots, including the yearly flu shot, Covid-19 and the whooping cough booster.
Q. One of my family members is feeling unwell. Should I postpone?
A. Yes. If any of your family members attending the studio are feeling unwell for any reason, please do contact me to postpone your session to another date.
I also postpone any sessions should I feel ill. The majority of my clients are brand new newborns. You can never be too careful around the little ones.
Q. What if I need to cancel my session?
A. I have a no penalty cancellation policy, you may cancel your session and move it to another day with no penalty if you or your family member wakes up sick on the session day.
Q. How long does it take for me to receive my gallery?
A. Please allow up to 7 days for your gallery to be processed and edited. All gallery images are naturally edited in Lightroom. I leave spots and flakes in the initial gallery edit but tone down baby’s redness and blotchy patches on baby’s face. White balance, exposure and density are also checked and corrected if needed.
Q. What is “advanced retouching”?
A. Each package allows up to a set amount of images you choose should you wish to have additional editing done. Usually this involves removal of flakes and spots, evening out skin tone even further and airbrushing of skin including parent edits. The look has an overall polished appearance. Some clients choose to have it, while others prefer the more natural edit of their gallery. We can discuss the level of advanced retouching during your session.
Q. How many photos will I get in my gallery?
A. The images noted in each package is generally the minimum amount of images you would receive. Depending on baby’s mood and modeling skills, you may end up with more. I shoot for the required amount of poses/setups. If siblings or multiples are involved, there’s a high chance you would receive more photos in your gallery
Q. What should we wear?
A. Whites, creams, ivories, earthy tones and blacks all photograph well in my simple studio setting. Most clients choose to wear lighter colours for the white background and black/darker tones for the black background but it’s best you wear whatever colours you feel the most comfortable in.
Do keep all clothing as plain as possible i.e. no heavy patterns and definitely no T-shirt’s with printed pictures on them. Small patterned clothing is fine but generally the plainer the better.
Q. Do we need to bring anything for baby?
A. I have everything needed here for baby but you are welcome to bring any special gifts you would like included in a few shots. I do suggest a top up feed before leaving the house if baby needs it and definitely bring a dummy if bub uses one or a spare bottle if bottle feeding. Both these items can really help a session go much smoother.