Lancashire cake smash and splash session - Aria

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
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I first met Aria when she was just a few days old. Her Mummy had been in contact with me whilst pregnant and booked a newborn session with me. Since then, I have seen her a couple of times; once for a Christmas photo session and then more recently, she came for a cake smash and splash session. This was to celebrate her first birthday.

I ordered a beautiful giant cupcake from Ebella, near Clitheroe, Lancashire and collected it the day before. I also used pink helium balloons, vintage bunting, pearls and a tutu. Who doesn’t love a tutu?

When Aria arrived, she was keen to get to the balloons! She didn’t need any settling in. She is a pro at this. She preferred to smash the cake with a wooden spatula rather than use her hands. That’s fine, anything goes.

 
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She found it so amusing when she knocked the cake completely off its stand! At this point, she thought it would also be funny to come and climb on both me and her Mummy. Don’t forget, she was now covered in buttercream! This happens in most cake smash sessions in fairness. I often go to collect my own daughters from school covered in mess. Oh well, I am not bothered.

Aria was now done with eating icing and cake.So it was now time for the splash part of the session. The children tend to love this bit. But again, who doesn’t love a splash in the tub? She decided that the cake hadn’t satisfied her and tried to eat the rubber ducks!

 
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I can’t wait to see Aria and her lovely Mummy again in the near future. We always have so much fun!

If your little one is about to have a special birthday and you fancy celebrating with a cake smash and splash session, drop me a message. I’d love to speak to you.

I am based in Langho, just outside Clitheroe.

Jane x

Daisy Chain Photography - Why pick me as your wedding photographer?

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
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So, you are finally engaged and planning the day you have been dreaming of for what seems like forever. Everyone is recommending wedding suppliers to you and it feels like a minefield. Who should you go with?

If you are reading this blog, chances are, I have been recommended to you, possibly by a friend or family member. Maybe I have come up on a google search or on your Facebook or Instagram feed. I thought I’d write some notes about myself, so that you can get to know me and get a feel of if I am the right wedding photographer for you.

 
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If you have read my ‘about me’ page, you will already know this. But….. I was born in Ulverston, Cumbria where I spent all of my childhood. I was pretty much always outside; out on my bike, going for walks, doing something with animals etc. I was always interested in photography and my bedroom wall was covered in a sea of photos that I had taken of my adventures. This started off as pictures of animals etc and progressed to drunken nights out with my mates!

I moved to Lancashire shortly after I turned 21 and have been here ever since. I have lived in various areas of East Lancashire before settling in Langho, near Clitheroe. I haven’t always been a professional photographer. I wanted to be, but couldn’t take the risk of not having a guaranteed wage coming in. After having our 2 lovely daughters, I decided something had to change. I wanted to do something that fits more around them and spend more quality time with my family. This is when Daisy Chain Photography was born! I started off shooting newborns and families before quickly progressing on to wedding photography. Some of you might not have been interested in that. But I often get asked how I got in to photography during wedding consultations.

 
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Talking about wedding consultations, I love getting together with new clients to discuss their wedding plans so far. It’s also a good excuse to get a coffee out. Usually a latte or a hot chocolate in fairness. If it’s a hot chocolate, I have to have cream and marshmallow on top! Anyway, moving on from me and my obsession with coffee and unhealthy treats….. I love to hear about what has been bought so far, the wedding dress (if the groom isn’t there), the flowers, little details etc. I also like to know how the couple got together and how the engagement went. It helps me to get a feel of how the couple work together. I show the couple my wedding portfolio and go through any questions they have. I let them know that having me as their wedding photographer is like having an extra friend there. I am very friendly and will chat to everyone, whilst working, obviously! But I also know when not to get involved and take a step back. I make sure they know that I am not a traditional wedding photographer and WON’T be lining them and their guests up for hours on end for endless group shots. Obviously, I do take the group shots that are requested. But I prefer to get natural images of guests interacting with each other and having a giggle.

On the wedding day, I like to have someone from the wedding party point out important guests to me. I know how important it is to capture an image of the bride with her beloved Grandma.

 
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My husband and I were lucky enough to have Jane for both our engagement shoot and for our wedding day. We absolutely love the photos from both shoots. On both days, Jane made us feel at ease in front of the camera and created some beautiful memories that we will treasure. Many of our guests commented on how nice Jane was on our wedding day too. We would highly recommend Jane.
— Samantha & Liam

So, If all this sounds good to you (and looks good to you - portfolio video attached below), please send me an email or give me a call to discuss further.

I look forward to hearing from you and about your adventure so far!

Jane x

Turning one and celebrating with a cake smash and splash session - Erin

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
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I am based in the beautiful Ribble Valley, close to Clitheroe, Lancashire. I am not only a wedding photographer, I am also a newborn and family photographer.

I first met Erin when she was only a few days old. She had a newborn session with me and also brought her big brother along for good measure. Since then, I also saw her for a autumn family shoot at Clitheroe Castle.

 
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I was thrilled to bits that she came back to see me to celebrate turning one with a cake smash and splash session! Jansje (aka Mummy) said she wanted a girly, ombre cake. So I got the lovely ladies at Ebella to make one. It was perfect. Just what we were after. It looked great with my helium balloons and other accessories.

Erin arrived. She greeted me with a big, gummy grin. Still no teeth for this little lady. I even got a big cuddle straight away. I LOVE cuddles! She then spotted the cake and balloons and was keen to get started. Some babies need some encouragement to get started on the cake. Erin did not! She dug straight in; both hands, both feet. I was pretty sure she was going to face plant it at one point. She refrained! However, she did do something that no child has done at my sessions before….. She started to twerk on the cake. Laughing about it as she did. Hilarious! Her Mummy claims that she hasn’t picked that up off her.

 
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After she had got herself absolutely covered in pink buttercream, it was time for a clean up in the splash part of the session. I have a lovely little cream trug that I use for this part. It is the perfect size. I often use this in my newborn sessions too (with blankets instead of water!). Erin loved it. She was so happy to be splashing around in the bubbles and playing with the family of rubber ducks. She even tried to eat them too!

I do love it when a family return for more sessions. It’s fabulous to watch them grow!

I can’t wait to see this family again in the near future.

Much love,

Jane x

Daisy Chain Photography, Lancashire based wedding photographer - Best of 2018

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
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Wow. Is 2018 really over already? What an incredible year it has been. It has been the first full year of wedding photography and I have loved every minute of it! I have met some amazing couples, worked with incredible suppliers and visited some great venues all over the North West! I shot in venues in Lancashire, Manchester, Cheshire and Yorkshire. I live just outside Clitheroe, Lancashire, so it is quite central to all the places.

I have loved meeting all of my couples. I love to hear about how they got together, their engagement, plans for their wedding and finally, their plans for their future together. It’s a great feeling when a couple put their trust in you to shoot their wedding.

I am not a traditional wedding photographer. I really don’t like staged photographs where everyone is stood round for hours on end. I prefer the more natural approach and tend to capture guests laughing together. That being said, I do love my couples portrait sessions, but that only takes about 20 minutes and is nice for the bride and groom to have a breather!

I have put together a small selection of my favourite images from this year’s weddings. It was pretty hard selecting them as like I said, I have had some fabulous ones.

I have already hit 50% of my target for 2019 weddings and I can’t wait to get started on them. If you are getting married in 2019 or 2020 and still looking for a wedding photographer, get in touch to secure your date.

Our experience of working with Jane as our wedding photographer has been fantastic from the moment I met her. She had been in constant communication leading up to the wedding and on the day she was just perfect. Jane worked so hard to get the perfect pictures of our special day. She was very friendly and it was a pleasure having her as a part of our wedding. Thank you so much for our amazing photographs x
— Cheryl & Alan

Jane x

A Summers Wedding At Cliviger And Holmes Mill, Clitheroe - Sherry & Simon

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
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Wow, June seems like such a long time ago now! Where does time go? What a beautiful summer we had. I shot so many weddings of my own, along with second shooting for other amazing wedding photographers.

I second shot for Laura from Laura Duggleby Photography at the wedding of Sherry and Simon. It was quite funny as the week before, Laura had second shot for me at Simon’s cousins wedding, so we already knew a lot of the guests!

 
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I briefly met up with Simon and his groomsmen at his house. We then went to meet some of the wedding guests at The Ram Inn, Cliviger. Great little pub! Simon was really relaxed and having a great time catching up with friends and family. I stole away the groom and his groomsmen (woman) briefly to capture some lovely images before we wandered over the road to St. John’s Church. Simon was eager to get in and get started!

 
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The bridesmaids arrived, closely followed by the beautiful bride. Sherry’s wedding dress was absolutely amazing; blush pink and backless! She has family in America and chose it when she was over there visiting.

Once the bride and groom had become Mr & Mrs, we went outside for a few photographs before heading across to Holmes Mill, Clitheroe. I personally LOVE Holmes Mill. I think it’s not only an amazingly quirky wedding venue, but it’s also great for a family meal or a few drinks out.

 
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The room looked fab. Sherry and Simon are fans of Star Wars. They had little Lego Star Wars figures throughout, including on the cake, in vases with fairy lights and even in the buttonholes. This impressed me. Not as much as if it was Marvel Lego figures, but you can’t have everything…. Massive Marvel fan over here! Anyway…. They also had a wheelbarrow full of beer, all with personalised labels.

 
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Holmes Mill has some amazing backdrops for wedding photography, both inside and outside the venue. What I also love about it is, it is only a stones throw away from Clitheroe Castle. So in the evening, we made the most of being right by it and nipped over for some extra couples portraits.

We headed back in time for the cake cutting and the first dance before leaving the newlyweds to party with their friends and family.

 
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Jane x

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An Engagement Shoot in the Lake District, Cumbria - Lou & Becky

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
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At the end of 2017, Lou got in contact with me. She had seen on Facebook that I was a Lancashire wedding photographer and she was keen to tell me about her engagement to Becky. She told me how she had been planning to ask Becky to marry her, but at the same time, Becky was planning on asking her! We arranged to meet up and discuss over a coffee. We all know how much I love a coffee and a natter! The ladies had got engaged at Skelwith Bridge, Ambleside and had booked their wedding for 2019 at Salmesbury Hall, Preston. Without giving too many details away, their plans sound awesome!

I just love meeting up with couples, especially when they are as cute as this pair. We had pretty much sealed the deal when we said our goodbyes on the car park. As I was walking to my car, I glanced round at them and caught them having a cheeky little kiss. Awwwwww!

 
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Lou and Becky had an engagement shoot included in their wedding package. So a couple of weeks ago, I met them at Chester’s By The River, Skelwith Bridge, Ambleside. This is where they were when the big question was popped! It was the perfect place for them and it was great for me as I meant I got to visit some family whilst I was up there (I am originally from Ulverston, Cumbria and most of my family are still up there). Becky started off a little nervous around the camera, but with good banter, she soon got into it.

 
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It was a cold day and very damp under foot. But we didn’t care, we just cracked on with it. We all walked, talked and giggled whilst I shot some beautiful images of the couple. It was great to watch them interacting. You can clearly see how much they love each other.

I loved hearing about further plans they had made for their up coming wedding day and I really can’t wait to join them as their wedding photographer. 1 year to go!

Jane x

Celebrating Turning 1 In Style - Ribble Valley Smash & Splash Session

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
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Let me start by saying, I totally love being a Lancashire based newborn, family and wedding photographer. Especially when I come across families like this!

Last year, I met Isabelle and her family when they came for a newborn session. They returned last weekend for a cake smash and splash session. I love having children return for another shoot. It’s amazing to see how much they have grown and see their personality develop.

Isabelle brought along her Mummy, Daddy and big sister. Isabelle was one of the rare children that didn’t dive straight into the cake! She was looking at us as if we were all mental (maybe we are)! Anyway, Melissa and Paul (Mummy & Daddy) hid some crisps in the back of the cake. I have used this method before and it always works. Whilst Isabelle was tucking into the crisps, her big sister, Olivia was nibbling on the icing. In fairness, I don’t blame her. I’d have done the same if I could have got away with it!

 
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Isabelle kept playing peekaboo with us all throughout the shoot. She had me in stitches. Such a cutie!

 
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It was now time for the splash part of the cake smash session. I’d been saying all the way through the shoot how this is always the bit that children enjoyed the most. Isabelle had clearly been listening in and wanted to prove me wrong. She didn’t want to get in the tub. Even rubber ducks and bubbles couldn’t persuade her. It didn’t matter. Having children of my own and working with them for a few years has taught me that all children are different. So, we put a different tutu on her and gave her a pearl necklace to play with. She loved being a big girl and taking it on and off.

 
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This family is truly awesome and I can’t wait to see them again in the future.

Much love,

Jane x

Cake by Ebella

A Winter Wonderland Styled Shoot At Bashall Barn, Clitheroe.

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
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After our last styled shoot, Jo (from A Cake Occasion) and I were keen to organise another! We wanted to do something totally different from the last one at Shireburn Arms, Hurst Green. We decided that a ‘Winter Wonderlandstyled shoot would be loads of fun.

Back in June, my husband and I went for lunch at Bashall Barn, near Clitheroe with our kids. I’ve always loved going there; especially for a hot chocolate and a cake! Whilst there, I spoke to Robyn who is a wedding coordinater there and got us booked in. I couldn’t wait to let Jo know that I had yet again, sorted us another awesome Ribble Valley wedding venue. She was just as excited as me.

 
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Jo organised us a board on Pinterest (she is far better with Pinterest than me). She uploaded an image of an incredible wedding cake. Our styling went from there.

Whilst speaking to one of my Mummy friends (Danielle), she mentioned she was building her business in doing bridal hair. She was keen to get involved and set up her Facebook page - Oh So Pretty.

Orchid Designs, Nikki Webb MUA & Rachael from The Wedding Workshop were involved in our last styled shoot. They were also excited about our plans for the shoot and wanted to get involved again. Our plans were coming together quickly.

It was suggested to me to speak to Laura from The Flower Girls, Whalley about making us a wedding bouquet. (I am so glad I did. Everything we suggested floral wise, she was all over. We were looking at getting a real Christmas tree, but decided it would be awkward to transport, just for one day. So she made a feature arch out of winter greenery instead!).

Jo spoke to Jenny from Jen’s Rustic Wood about supplying us with a cake stand. Just wait until you see the final result. It looked amazing!

I then spoke to Paul from Cosgrove’s about supplying a suit. They were in too! Yippee!

We had now found our models too. I knew they were going to look fantastic.

 
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Anyway, that’s enough about how we all came together and behind the scenes.

The day of the shoot came. I had high expectations of this day as we had all put so much effort in. We met at Bashall Barn at 9:30. Nikki and Danielle got started on hair and makeup. I took some action shots of that, as if it was real bridal preparation and also got some lovely images of the details as they were being put together by Jo, Rachel and Laura. The Bashall Barn team were straight out to look after us. Tea and coffee was just what we needed!

Everyone was now ready. We had Hayley as a lone bride and Amelia and Brad as a bride and groom. They all looked incredible!

 
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It was the perfect day for this kind of shoot; dry with a dull sky. It was freezing out though. Amelia pointed this out once or twice. She was a good sport though.

I made use of all the beautiful backdrops and I even got them to go in the cow shed. How could I not?

The staff brought us more tea and coffee to warm up. They even gave us all our lunch! How good is that?

 
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Here is what some of the team had to say……..

I am a wedding and event florist. I work from home at my family farm in the centre of Whalley. I loved being part of the winter wonderland styled shoot. I provided the bridal bouquet, dressed the archway, cake stand and cake wreath. I also brought along some other decorative bits and bobs.
— Laura from The Flower Girls, Whalley
I design and create luxury and bespoke wedding cakes, including cup cakes and macarons. Each cake is hand crafted with great attention to detail. Their fabulous and flawless clean finish ensure that not only do they look amazing, they taste amazing too!
For the styled shoot, I provided the cake and the macaron wedding favours.
— Jo from A Cake Occasion
Hi. For this shoot, I provided the stationery, table plan and venue dressing. I like to create bespoke stationery for each bride and groom so that it is personal to them and complements throughout. I have a wide range of table plans and personalised plans available, as well as various centre pieces to suit your theme.
I love working on new ideas and styles with my couples!
— Rachael from The Wedding Workshop
I specialise in bridal and occasional hair styling. I love my job and believe that bridal hair shouldn’t have to break the bank to get a quality service. It is such a privilege to be involved in someone’s special day. I just love to make people feel extra special.
— Danielle from Oh So Pretty
I am really big on local community. The fact we had so many local suppliers in one shoot is amazing! I was over the moon to provide the wood for the cake stand. Along with Jo’s amazing cake and the wreath by The Flower Girls, it really came to life.
Anything to do with wood and rustic, I am here for. We already own all of the wood as we have a tree surgeon business too. So there’s no third party high prices to sting your wedding budget. Please get in touch if you’d like your rustic ideas brought to life.
— Jenny from Jen's Rustic Wood
 
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This day was totally amazing! I loved it from start to finish. A massive thank you to everyone involved and a special mention to our gorgeous models; Hayley, Amelia and Brad. Top job, guys!

Jane x

P.S. We are already planning our spring styled shoot. Watch this space!

Venue - Bashall Barn

Cake - A Cake Occasion

Flowers - The Flower Girls, Whalley

Hair - Oh So Pretty

Makeup - Nikki Webb MUA

Stationery - The Wedding Workshop

Cake stand and logs - Jen’s Rustic Wood

Dresses - Orchid Designs

Suit - Cosgroves

Autumnal wedding at Artisan Ribble Valley - Gill & Darren

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
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Earlier this year, I met Gill & Darren at Artisan Ribble Valley for their wedding consultation. It was the perfect place to meet up. Not only is it in between my house in Langho and theirs in Clitheroe, it is also the place they had booked to get married. They told me how they had known each other for many years, but had only recently got together. They bumped into each other at the MOD weekender in Clitheroe back in 2017. They hit it off and the rest is history! We discussed their plans so far. They only wanted a small wedding, so they were only inviting 20 guests. Gill was having her wedding dress hand made by Liz at Orchid Designs in Clitheroe.

Like them, we got on well from the word go and I was booked.

 
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Flash forward to October. It was the day of the wedding and it wasn’t raining - yay!

I met Darren at Artisan Ribble Valley and got some shots of the venue and details before the wedding guests arrived. Darren was nervous, but very excited.

Guests were now arriving and it was almost time to get going.

 
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Gill had now arrived. Eeeeek! I went out greet her. She looked absolutely amazing! She was also very nervous, but eager to get going.

Her nephew had been given the honour of giving the beautiful bride away. Darren’s face lit up when he saw enter the room. They were both grinning from ear to ear.

The ceremony was lovely. Gill and Darren couldn’t take their eyes off each other. Both of their Mums had tears in their eyes (as did I at one point).

 
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The bride and groom were now husband and wife!

They were greeted with a drink by the hotel staff. Their friends and family were keen to congratulate the happy couple. Oh, there were now 40 guests instead of the original 20 as planned. These things happen….

I whisked them outside for couples portraits. My favourite time of the day! They get to have a breather and I get to be creative. Win, win! There are some great areas at Artisan Ribble Valley for portraits. One being the wooden gazebo/band stand in the wooded area. I made a bee line for it.

 
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Gill and Darren then enjoyed having a drink and chatting with their friends and family before their wedding breakfast. I left them shortly after speeches and the cake cutting.

Here is what Gill and Darren had to say about their experience of me working as their wedding photographer;

Hi Jane. Received our photos today. They’re absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much, we’re thrilled with them. We couldn’t have asked for anything better.... We had a lovely day and we’re so glad you were a big part of it. Thanks again 😘 Love Gill and Darren xx
— Gill Harris

Below is a list of the other suppliers involved in making Gill and Darren’s day extra special.

Jane x

Venue - Artisan Ribble Valley

Venue Dresser - Classique Wedding & Venue Styling

Wedding dress - Orchid Designs

Grooms suit - Paul Costello

Cake - eBella

Flowers - The Flower Shop Clitheroe

Hair - Kellie Hughes Hair & Beauty

End of summer wedding, Hurlston Hall - Rowan and Alex

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
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If you remember, earlier this year, I did an engagement shoot at Clitheroe Castle for Rowan and Alex. It was a freezing cold day and the ground was covered in snow. Their gorgeous boxer dog, Simon joined them for the photo shoot. It was a great morning and Simon was up to mischief. I love boxer dogs. They are one of my favourite breeds.

Anyway, flash forward to the end of summer. Rowan and Alex got married in Zante. They took their close friends and family to witness the wedding. Unfortunately, I couldn’t go with them. But I did get to be their wedding photographer for their UK party!

 
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I joined Rowan with her 8 bridesmaids at her parents house in Burscough for bridal preparation. The house was full of makeup, straighteners and laughter!

 
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The bridal party were collected by 3 lovely wedding cars and driven to Hurlston Hall Golf Club to meet the rest of the wedding party. I left about 15 mins ahead of them in order to catch up with the groom and his groomsmen. I took a walk round with Alex and the groomsmen and we took some photos on the way.

 
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By now, Rowan and the bridal party had arrived. I whisked the newlyweds off for their couples portraits. The sun was setting and it was so beautiful! Rowan and Alex are childhood sweethearts and totally in love. They made my job of getting some natural images easy!

 
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After their portraits, the bride and groom went for a drive in the wedding car before the guests arrived. That way, they could make a grand entrance. By the time they returned, all the guests were outside waiting; armed with confetti! The guests were in for a treat. Karen (Rowan’s Mum) had made a fantastic wedding cake for them. It even had fairy lights in it! They also had a magic mirror, candy floss machines, a sweetie table and Greek dancers!

Rowan and Alex make such a wonderful couple and I wish them all the best for their future.

Jane x

Venue - Hurlston Hall Golf Club

Dress - Wed2B Liverpool

Bridesmaid dresses - Chi Chi London

DJ - Andy B Events

Wedding cars - Churchtown Wedding Cars

Mirror and candy floss - Make It Stand Out

Riley's smash & splash session - Ribble Valley family photographer

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
Riley Hammond
 

I have been lucky enough to follow Riley’s first year of life. Her parents booked my ‘watch me grow’ package before Riley was born. That meant they had a newborn session, a sitter session when she was around 6 months and a smash & splash session for her first birthday. Their car must know its way from Clitheroe to my place by now.

 
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Anyway, earlier this week, the big day arrived. It was Riley’s first birthday! Her first year has gone so quickly. It feels like only a couple of months ago I was doing her newborn shoot! I had bought a new tutu and I couldn’t wait to test it out on her. Her parents had brought along a unicorn cake. It matched my theme perfectly.

 
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For the first time, Riley was a bit dubious about her photo shoot. She was looking at us like we were bonkers when we were telling her to bash the cake! Her Mummy got involved and showed her what need to be done. Seconds later, she was loving it. That cake went everywhere! Once I knew I had got the shots I needed, I went to take the cake away. Riley looked gutted that I was taking it from her. Her smile soon came back when she spotted my little tub full of bubble bath. She was especially pleased to see my family of rubber ducks.

 
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Riley has been amazing to work with each of her sessions. She is such a lovely little girl. I hope to see you again in the future.

Jane x

A summer wedding at Burnley, Lancashire - Samantha and James

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
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At the back end of last year, I was contacted by Samantha. She had heard I was a Lancashire wedding photographer through a mutual friend. She told me all about her plans for her summer wedding in Burnley, Lancashire. We got on straight away and that was that, I was booked.

Flash forward to this September and the big day was here. I met Samantha and the rest of the bridal squad at Rosehill House, Burnley. The ladies had been up early and their hair was already done. Makeup was now well on the way. They were all super excited. Samantha’s Dad was there, making sure everything was in order. James has sent his bride to be a beautiful bouquet and a lovely card to go with it. The bride was now ready to go and she looked amazing!

 
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The bridal party were now on their way to the St. Matthew’s Church. I rushed ahead to get some shots of James and his best man. As Samantha walked down the aisle with her Dad, James stood there grinning like the Cheshire Cat! He just knew he had hit the jackpot!

The exchanging of rings had now taken place - Samantha and James were husband and wife! The bride and groom walked through a confetti aisle before we headed around the corner to Scott Park for couples portraits. This is the best time of the day; the newlyweds get to have a breather and some time to just themselves, well I am obviously there too, but you know what I mean. Samantha and James love Scott Park as it is just round the corner from their house. They often go their with their children. I spotted a lovely stone bridge straight away, so we made our way over to that first.

 
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From here, we headed back to the hotel to meet the wedding guests. Wedding breakfast was served, followed by the speeches. What made the speeches extra special was Samantha and James’ son gave one, including a picture he had drawn. That little boy was awesome. He had me in stitches throughout the day.

Now the formalities were over with, it was party time! Wow, that crew knew how to party, hard!

Special mention to Samantha’s friend Laura who made the couples wedding cake.

Jane x

Brides dress - Dreamaker

Grooms suit - Dreamaker

Venue - Rosehill House

DJ- DJ Buck

Meeting Ted on his 1st birthday - Cake Smash & Splash Session

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
Ted Barnes
 

What a morning; what a lovely morning! Ted came to see me on his 1st birthday for a cake smash and splash session. His family had come from Lytham St Annes to my studio setup in Langho, Lancashire.

Ted arrived with a bit of a frown on his face. I thought he was going to make me work hard for smiles. I was wrong! Literally a minute or so in to his session, his smile came out.

I started by taking some photographs of him whilst he was clean. I used a little bed with a faux fur rug on it for him to sit on. I often use this bed in newborn sessions too. It is nice for parents to be able to compare the size of their baby on it as a newborn and as a 1 year old.

 
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It was now time to get messy! Ted’s parents had brought their own cake. It was a bit too big to go on my lovely little cake stand. Ted wasn’t bothered about that though. He was keen to get stuck in. A little too keen. He was trying to get at the cake before I’d even got it out of the box properly! I do love an eager child. I dressed him in a blue nappy cover that has little police cars on. It was held up by red braces. I didn’t use the matching hat today, but I did use matching bunting. Ted loved my yellow novelty glasses.

 
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Cake was now everywhere, including all over my feet. I hadn’t stood in any of it, Ted had massaged some into them. I wasn’t bothered, it was lovely to see him enjoying himself so much. It was now time for a clean down in my little tub. This is another prop that I often use in my newborn sessions. Again, great to compare your little newborn to your massive 1 year old. At first, Ted wasn’t convinced. So I gave him some rubber ducks. His eyes lit up and he was well away. This is where the his biggest smiles came out. He was loving splashing around in the tub.

Ted really nailed his smash and splash session. He settled in to it straight away and knew exactly what to do.

Below are some of my favourite images from this session, enjoy!

Jane x

If you’d like to book a smash and splash session, or any of my other sessions, please drop me a message or give me a call.

A very wet family photo shoot at Towneley Hall, Burnley, Lancashire

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

A couple of months ago, I ran an offer on Facebook. It was when the World Cup was on. England were doing well and were in the quarter final. So I offered all families that booked that month 25% off their photo shoot. I also said I would pick one lucky family to win a free shoot.

That promotion went really well. I got various bookings from it and met lots of fantastic new people. It went really well for Adele who was my chosen winner for the free photo shoot!

Adele and I made 3 bookings before we actually met. The weather was so bad, considering we were in August at the time. Anyway, on the morning of the third booking, guess what? It was raining, again! We decided to go for it anyway and hope that the rain would pass.

So I met Adele and her beautiful family at Towneley Hall in Burnley. It is such a fantastic place with loads of paths to explore with kiddies. We were wrong about the rain passing, but it was only drizzling. We went for it. I had literally taken about 3 photographs before the heavens opened. Again, we kidded ourselves and said it wouldn't last. It did! We ducked in and out of various shelters to avoid the worst of it, but it wasn't for stopping. We carried on regardless. Do you know what, I am so glad we did.

 
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Here is what Adele had to say about her experience.

I won a competition for a free family shoot with Daisy Chain Photography. We had a lovely outdoor shoot in Lancashire and we were so pleased with the relaxed atmosphere and how quickly we received the images! The quality of the images are amazing! My partner and I are currently deciding which ones are our favourite to get printed on to canvases! We could choose them all! Highly recommended!
— Adele

Jane x

Lancashire Newborn Photographer - Meeting 9 day old, Rose and her big sister,Emily

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Newborn Photographer.

 
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Earlier this year, I did a newborn shoot with a gorgeous baby boy called Coby. After I had shared some images from that session, Coby's Auntie messaged me to say she was pregnant and would love to book in a newborn session.

Flash forwards to the end of August. I got a message to say that baby Rose had arrived! We were able to go ahead with the newborn session that we had already booked in. Quite often, these have to be changed due to baby arriving earlier or later than expected.

So, Rose attended my studio style setting in Langho, near Clitheroe. She also brought her big sister, Mummy and Daddy too. She was just 9 days new at the time.

 
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Rose arrived sleeping. She stayed asleep practically the whole session - a newborn photographers dream! I used various props, including a mini bed, trug and my newborn beanbag. She looked totally adorable in my hand knitted pink romper suit and matching hat. She also seemed to love my faux fur rugs. Mind, they are super cosy!

Rose's big sister, Emily was keen to get in on the action. She showed me some of her most amazing smiles and also showed me what a fantastic big sister she was. She was really helping her parents care for her new baby sister. It was so lovely to see.

If you are pregnant and would like to book a newborn session / newborn and sibling session, please get in touch. They can be booked after your 20 week scan and just require a £30 deposit.

Here are some of my favourite images from the session.

Jane x

Cheryl & Alan's Summer Wedding - The Glass House, Staining Lodge.

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
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Last November, Cheryl made contact with me about being her wedding photographer. She had seen some of my work on Facebook. We arranged to meet up at Starbucks on the A59, Barrow for a coffee and a chat. We hit it off straight away and I just knew that we were well suited.

Speaking of well suited, Cheryl and Alan were set up by a mutual friend of theirs. They both said they knew they were the perfect match for each other from the moment they met. Their first date was 3 years ago and Alan proposed 2 years later. He popped the big question on a jetty on Lytham sea front, not too far from where they first met.

Cheryl and her 3 bridesmaids got ready at Cheryl's parents house in Fulwood, Preston. I love shooting bridal preparation; it gives me chance to become one of the girls for the day. I get to know the bride better, which means they tend to be even more relaxed during the day.

 
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The bride and groom got married just round the corner from Cheryl's parents home - St. Anthony's R C Church in Fulwood. Cheryl was dropped off for the ceremony in a 1975 Royale Drophead. She looked absolutely incredible! Cheryl is a primary school teacher. Whilst the signing of the register was taking place, pupil from her school entertained the wedding guests by singing a couple of songs. It really was heart warming.

After the wedding ceremony was finished, the new Mr & Mrs Elstone were driven across to The Glass House, Staining for their wedding reception. What a fantastic venue it is. The staff were all super friendly and helpful too! Cheryl's friends had helped out with details there, making it even more special. One of them had hand painted table names (flowers) and one of her bridesmaids had made the wedding cake! It really made me giggle when she threw a pinny on over her bridesmaid dress.

If you follow my work, you will already know that couples portraits are my favourite time of the day. This wedding made no exception to that! I spotted some old barn doors and a red brick wall. They both made great backdrops. I'd also spotted a great field, right across the golf course. It was far too far away for the bride to walk to in heels. I had a word with a member of staff who was able to source us some golf buggies. I am so glad they did as that made one of my favourite images from the day. I think Alan particularly enjoyed that part too.

 
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Big shout out to all the incredible suppliers who helped make this day even more amazing!

Venue - The Glass House

Venue Dresser - Sophisticated Events

Caterers - Campbell & Rowley

Florist - Sugar Stealers Florist - Blackburn

Bride's dress - Especially for you - Longridge

Bridesmaid dresses - Especially for you - Longridge

Groom's suit - Youngs formal hire, Debenhams

Rings - Peter Jackson

Entertainment - StereoFever

Hair - Lucy Biddlecombe

Makeup - Beccie Kelly

Transport - Malvern Wedding Cars

Videographer - Jorvik Wedding Videography

Second photographer - Lottie Elizabeth Photography

 

Jane x

Meeting Linda and Gracie - Ribble Valley & Lancashire Equine Photographer

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Equine Photographer.

 
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As some of you are aware, I also cover equestrian photography as well as newborn, family and wedding photography. I love all areas that I cover for different reasons.

Anyway, earlier this week, I met up with Linda and her lovely horse, Gracie at their home in Altham. I say their home as Linda is lucky enough to be able to keep her horse at home. In fact, Linda's bedroom overlooks Gracie's stable! Every little girls dream!

Gracie is a beautiful mare. She stands at approx 17hh and loves hacking, jumping and dressage. She truly is a wonderful girl that just wants to please. You'll be surprised to hear that I wanted to keep her. This is getting a bit of a habit now....

 
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Getting Gracie to pose for the photo shoot was easy. Linda had her favorite treat in her pocket - polo mints. I also had a bag of treats in my pocket to get her attention. The only issue was, Tom, the coloured cob decided he wanted in on the action. You can see him photo bombing one of the photographs. He got bored after a while and went to graze. The same can't be said for Linda's spaniels. 2 out of the 3 of them wanted to sit on my feet or my knee the whole time. They were so adorable that I had to take some shots of them too!

 
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I loved this shoot so much. What wasn't to like? I was outside with a beautiful horse and fabulous dogs - perfect!

Thank you so much Linda. You guys were amazing!

*I am currently running a Facebook offer - book in August to get your shoot and images in an online gallery for just £95!*

Laura & Anthony do marriage - St John’s Church, Burnley and Best Western - Higher Trapp, Simonstone.

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
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Back in June, I have the privilege of being Laura and Anthony's wedding photographer.  Anthony's Mum, Sandra had found me on Facebook.  I had met up with the three of them in January. We discussed the bride and grooms plans over a Starbucks coffee at Blackburn. We instantly hit it off and they booked me there and then - happy days!

Laura and Anthony got ready for their big day just doors apart in Worsthorne, Burnley. Laura got ready at their address and Anthony nipped next door but one to his parents. I was able to cover both bridal and groom preparation this way. It was a busy morning; bridesmaids and groomsmen everywhere. That being said, everything ran calmly and smoothly.

Laura and Anthony got married at St John's Church in Burnley. It was a lovely ceremony, full of big smiles and lots of love!

From there, the newlyweds made their way to Best Western - Higher Trapp Hotel. They were followed by friends and family. I rushed on ahead to get there before them. It was time for everyone to grab a refreshing drink from the drinks reception. It was a boiling hot summers day, so they all needed it.

Whilst the guests were busy, I whisked the new Mr & Mrs McGowan away for couples' portraits, my favourite time of the day. The grounds at the Higher Trapp are beautiful, so I made sure that we made best use of them.

In the evening, Anthony surprised his new wife. He had been having secret Irish dancing lessons. He had arranged three dancers to come along and join him to impress Laura. Her face was a picture! Well done Anthony!

Jane x

Second Photographer - Laura Duggleby Photography

Venue - Best Western, Higher Trapp

Dress - Dreamaker

Flowers - Sweet William Florist

Hair - Rebecca Hoyle Mobile Hairdressing

Makeup - Nicola Davies

Videographer - Colpic Wedding Videos

 

 

 

Meeting Sally, Jack and Ghost - Lancashire Equine Photographer

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Equine Photographer.

 
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Not only am I a Ribble Valley and Lancashire wedding and family photographer, I also love equine photography. I don't just stick to Lancashire either. I cover Manchester, Cumbria, Cheshire and Yorkshire!

Earlier this week, I met Sally and her gorgeous boys, Jack and Ghost. We met at Sally's lovely yard in Grindleton, Ribble Valley. It was the most beautiful setting for our photo shoot. The yard looks over Pendle Hill and surrounding areas. The rain had stopped and it wasn't too hot - perfect!

Like me, Sally has been around horses forever. Her boys are her life. She is a keen eventer (unlike me)....

 
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Jack (above) - Sally has had Jack for the last 10 years, since he was just 4 years old.  He is a 16.3hh German Warmblood. He is a gentle beast that just wants some love. He introduced himself to me by putting his rump in my face for a scratch. I'm pretty confident that he would have sat on my knee for a cuddle if he could have done! I wanted Jack to come home with me. Oddly enough, Sally didn't seem up for that.....

 
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Ghost (above) - Sally has had him for just shy of 2 years. He is a 7 years old Dutch Warmblood. He stands at 17.1hh. He is cheeky boy that likes to give you a little nibble. Sally says you've not met Ghost properly until he has given you a playful bite! We took him in the arena to have a look in the mirrors. Lets just say that this boy is gorgeous and he knows it. He couldn't pull himself away from posing. Hilarious!

 
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Both boys are totally amazing. The bond between them and Sally is so lovely to see. I'm not going to lie to you, being around them both really made me want to get another horse. Sadly, It can't happen at the moment, so I will just make the most of visiting them whilst making memories for their owners. Every cloud and all that....

Whilst Sally was putting Ghost's saddle on, I made friends with Maisie and Maggie the boxer dogs. Some of you my know that until April 2017, I had a boxer dog called Phoenix. She was 13 years old when she sadly passed away. So as you can imagine, I can't help but give boxer dogs I come across a bit of love.

 
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If you would like to arrange an equine photo shoot, please drop me a message to arrange. I don't bite, unlike Ghost!

Jane x

 

 

 

 

An elegant outdoor wedding at the Higher Trapp, Simonstone - Lianne & Chris

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
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Who doesn't love a good old wedding? Well this one was a corker!

As well as being a wedding photographer and having my own photography business, I often second shoot for other wedding photographers. On this occasion, I was working for my good friend Laura from Laura Duggleby Photography. It was the wedding of Chris and Lianne and it was all held at Best Western, Higher Trapp Hotel at Simonstone, Burnley. This is a perfect wedding venue; it is a beautiful building, it has stunning grounds and the staff are very attentive. What makes it even more amazing is..... it's only a 10 minute drive from my house in Langho in the Ribble Valley! Happy days!

 
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Anyway, Lianne and Chris got married in April. That week where it was scorching hot, remember? There wasn't a cloud in the sky. Lianne and her ladies got ready at the hotel. Wow, that was an excitable room! Lianne as looking amazing. Her wedding dress and shoes were something else! Everything was coming together nicely.

Chris and his groomsmen had now arrived, so I took them off for some portraits before the guests began to arrive. We had a laugh about anything and everything.

 
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The wedding ceremony took place outside in the garden. Chris was stood up front in the bandstand, guests were sat waiting to catch a glimpse of Lianne and a string quartet was playing in the background.

The bridesmaids led Lianne and her Dad out of the hotel, down the steps and down the aisle. Wow. Lianne made a stunning bride. It was a lovely little ceremony and they soon became husband and wife.

 
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From there, it was time for couples portraits for the bride and groom. I love this part of the day. They made our job really easy as they are so relaxed and natural together. Relaxed and natural is what I go for with a photograph. I don't like couples to look forced. It just doesn't work for me.

Celebrations were now getting started. The whole day was fantastic from start to finish. Below are a selection of my favourite image from their special day.

Jane x