Champagne themed wedding at The Shireburn Arms, Clitheroe - Katie & Joseph

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding & Family Photographer.

 
Cromwell's Bridge, Hurst Green - wedding
 

Here is a sneak peek post of Katie and Joseph’s amazing wedding at The Shireburn Arms, near Clitheroe in Lancashire. It was a totally awesome day; filled with love, laughter, dancing and sun!!

Ribble Valley, Lancashire family photographer - Farm themed cake smash - George

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
Lancashire cake smash photographer
 

Earlier this week, I had a special little visitor for a cake smash session. My gorgeous great nephew, George! A couple of months ago, my niece had seen some of my cake smashes that I had been doing online. She wanted to do something special to celebrate George’s 2nd birthday. Poor George had a rough start to life when he got meningitis at just 4 months old. Luckily, he over came it, but it has left him completely deaf. He can now hear after having an operation and he now wears a special headband to help this. Read on, there is a statement from Bethan who explains his story.

 
Farm cake smash - lancashire
 

I wanted to make this shoot extra special. George and his family live on a small holding in Cumbria. They have a dog, 4 horses and a herd of Belted Galloway’s. I was telling my friend Jo from A Cake Occasion all about George. She was happy to get involved and make a themed cake for the shoot. I picked up some other bits and pieces of props whilst I was supposed to be doing something else. I have a habit of NEEDING to buy more new props…… Jo provided a rustic, wooden cake stand too. It originally came from Jen’s Rustic Wood. The set was finished off with some wooden slices from The Wedding Workshop and some branches and ivy from The Flower Girls, Whalley. It looked amazing!

 
Ribble Valley cake smash
 

Bethan and George arrived mid morning. They had to drop Peter, George’s big brother off at school. Then they made their way down from the Lake District, Cumbria to mine in the Ribble Valley, Lancashire. George pretended to be shy for all of about 30 seconds. He then came for massive cuddles before nailing his photo shoot. Bethan wanted a mixture of him with and without his headband. George is a total star. He wasn’t phased either way. Without it, he could legitimately ignore us both and do his own thing. With it, he found his Mummy’s lion impressions hilarious! He really did make the most of bashing up his cake, stuffing his face with buttercream and then wiping the rest of it all over himself.

I loved being with them both. Obviously they are family and I am a little biased. But they both truly are amazing. This little man has been through so much in his little life and he really is making the most of it now. I kid you not, he is a total whirlwind and it is brilliant to see.

 
Lancashire children's photographer
 
George contracted pneumococcol meningitis at just 4 months old. He was incredibly poorly and very nearly died! Thanks to the fantastic staff at Furness General A&E and children’s ward, along with Manchester Children’s hospital pediatric intensive care and of course, George’s incredible fighting spirit he survived. He suffered severe pain, seizures, blood clots near the brain and some gross motor issues. All of which seem to have hopefully been short term effects. He was however left profoundly deaf as meningitis destroys the cochlear (important inner ear component). This then makes it incredibly urgent to have cochlear implants fitted as the cochlear can continue to deteriorate even after the Meningitis is gone. So within weeks he had surgery at RMCH and was fitted with his implants just in time for his first Christmas. He now has brilliant hearing and is coming along brilliantly with his speech.
Children (including George) are vaccinated for pneumococcol meningitis however George had unfortunately contracted a new strain that was unknown. So we were told his bloods and spinal fluid were going to be studied in laboratories. So hopefully it can help to create a vaccine!
— Bethan Butler

If you would like more information on cake smash sessions (or any other session), please get in touch.

Jane x

Ribble Valley, Lancashire wedding photographer - couples portraits

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
Bashall Barn Styled Shoot
 

Well hello!

You might already know that I am a Lancashire based wedding photographer. I live in a lovely little village called Langho. It is nestled in the beautiful Ribble Valley. I cover Cumbria, Yorkshire, Manchester, Cheshire, Merseyside and pretty much anywhere in the North West! That being said, I will travel further afield too.

When I meet new clients, I often tell them that my favourite part of shooting a wedding is the couples portraits. Most of them want to know why this is. It’s simple. From the start to the finish of the day, it is pretty full on……

Bridal preparation is a gentle easer into the day. But you aren’t 100% relaxed; more a mixture of nerves and excitement. That being said, I do love being there for bridal preparation as I get to interact and be with you and the bridal party from the word go.

The wedding ceremony is the reason we are all there!

The drinks reception is lovely as it is the first time that the wedding guests have got to give you their best wishes. They are very excited to congratulate you both. But….. you, the newlyweds haven’t even had chance to say hi to each other.

Now, it tends to be time for the couples portraits. Sometimes it is done after the confetti shot or group shots. That is totally on what timetable you have given me. So, I would tend to take you away from everyone else. That way, you can grab a breather. You can obviously take your drink with you, don’t panic! Couples portraits usually take around 20 minutes. I tend to walk around the grounds (park or wherever you have chosen) with you, shooting as we go. It is really relaxed. I do give you hints for posing and know what looks good. I encourage laughter and will often make a fool of myself to relax you and get a giggle. All the while, you are getting to chat and get close to your new wife/husband! Once we are done, I will return you to your guests. Depending on the time of year, I will sometimes nip you out again in the evening for some lovely golden hour (sunset) shots.

Throughout the day, I make sure I take lots of candid images of you and your wedding guests. I also focus of taking plenty of shots of the details there; table settings, centre pieces, flowers, signs etc.

I leave you in peace whilst you eat your wedding breakfast. No one wants their photograph taking whilst eating! I return for the wedding speeches and see you through until just after the cutting of the wedding cake and your first dance.

If you are looking for your wedding photographer and all this sounds good, please send me a message or give me a call.

Jane x

Ribble Valley, Lancashire Newborn Photographer - Meeting Marnie

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
Marnie Wright
 

Wow, Just wow!

I just love being a Lancashire newborn photographer! I say that a newborn session can be booked any time after a 20 week scan. I should say, I limit my newborn sessions so that I have a little bit of flexibility to change those dates should baby be early or late.

Anyway, on this occasion, Rosie contacted me just a week before her session. She has seen my work months ago and had been meaning to book in. She got side tracked, as you do. But luckily for her, I had some availability.

 
Marnie Wright
 

A week later, 9 day old Marnie came to visit me at my studio style setting in Langho. She brought along her Mummy and Daddy. They only live in Rishton, so just over the hill from me in the Ribble Valley. Marnie arrived sleeping. I could see that she looked tiny. She was just over 6lb when she was born. She had a quick top up of milk and she was ready to go. Because she arrived asleep, I was slightly concerned that I would upset her by getting her undressed and in a newborn wrap. She didn’t stir! That was pretty much her throughout the session. I used various wraps, faux furs and props before moving her on to my newborn posing beanbag. Not a peep out of her for practically the whole shoot. That being said, she did show me once or twice that although she is very small, she is also very mighty! Her legs and arms were super strong for such a little dot!

 
Marnie Wright
 
Jane is amazing at what she does. She is so talented. You can really tell she genuinely cares about making your photos amazing. I would recommend Jane to anyone. So much time and effort is put into the photos. Thanks sooo much. We had a lovely morning xxx
— Rosie White

I loved Marnie’s newborn session. She was a total sweetheart, I got lots of baby cuddles and her Mummy and Daddy were lovely to be around. They’ve already told me that Marnie will be coming back for her cake smash and splash session and I can’t wait!

Here are some more images from this lovely shoot.

Jane x

// SNEAK PEEK // Pre Wedding Session at Brockholes Nature Reserve - Leanne and Amy

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
Leanne & Amy
 

I have known Leanne for a number of years now. I remember when her and Amy got together and when they got engaged. When they asked me if I would be their wedding photographer, I was over the moon. We met last year to discuss over a coffee (obviously!). Both Leanne and Amy told me how they hated having their photograph taken and were a little nervous about it. So we decided on doing a pre wedding session to give them a chance in front of my camera before the big event. The lovely ladies live in Chorley and I live in Langho (Ribble Valley). We decided that Brockholes Nature Reserve at Preston was the perfect place to meet.

Still feeling nervous about having her photograph taken, Leanne asked me if she could bring her two children along to hide behind. I said that it was fine, as long as she agreed to have at least one photo taken with just Amy. On the day, they both settled into it really easily and soon realised that they had nothing at all to worry about.

It was a lovely, but bitter cold morning. I am so excited to be shooting their wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston next month.

I totally love being a Lancashire wedding photographer. It’s the best job ever!

Jane x

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

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
Bashall Barn Styled Shoot
 

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

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

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
Lou & Becky
 

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!

 
Lou & Becky
 

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.

 
Lou & Becky
 

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

A gorgeous evening for an engagement shoot - Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston.

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Newborn Photographer.

 
Sarah & Andy
 

When Sarah and Andy asked me just before Christmas if I would be their wedding photographer, I was thrilled! We had met at Starbucks in Blackburn for a wedding consultation and they booked straight away. As part of their wedding package, they got an engagement session included. They decided to wait until winter was over for the better weather. I am so glad they did!

We met last week at Brockholes Nature Reserve in Preston. It was a beautiful evening. The sun had been out all day, so it was lovely and warm. Brockholes was really quiet due to the time of day; perfect. I set all my gear up and we were ready to rock. We first made down to the village for some shots by the water. Everything was so still, so peaceful.

 
Sarah & Andy
 

From there, we took a stroll around the back. I knew of a little wooded area that would be perfect for some romantic shots. I knew of this place due to my children. They love to go and make dens in there. As we walked, we discussed how they were getting on with their wedding plans. It's all coming together nicely now. Eeeek! Anyway, we got to the wooded area. I was right (if you ask my husband, he will tell you I always think I am right.....I am!), it was a fantastic backdrop. We then walked down to the River Ribble. It was so picturesque.  

 
Sarah & Andy
 

I was now on the hunt for a bushy bush. If you follow my work, or have worked with me, you'll know how much I love to hide in the greenery. People look at me like I am a little mad. Maybe I am....

On our way, a large hare ran out in front of us. It was huge! It was so lovely to see it in it's natural environment.

Anyway, I had now found a bush that I was happy with. Sarah and Andy were so good to work with They never questioned me at all when I asked them to make their way into the middle of it. I personally think it was worth it. What do you think?

 
Sarah & Andy
 

Here is what Andy and Sarah had to say about their engagement shoot with me;

Very professional. Made us feel at ease for our engagement shoot. Really looking forward to next year! Thanks Jane.
— Andy & Sarah

I am really looking forward to being a part of this gorgeous couple's special day next year. They are getting married at Best Western, Higher Trapp. Their day already sounds amazing and they still have some final plans to make.

Below are a selection of my favourite images from this shoot, enjoy.

Jane x

P.S. If you fancy booking and engagement session, please drop me a message

Seeing Riley for her 6 month sitter session - Clitheroe newborn and family photographer

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Newborn Photographer.

 
Riley Hammond
 

Last year, Riley and her family came for a newborn session. If you follow my work, you may remember her. She was one of my favourite sessions and I used one of her images to promote my work, a lot! I have even included it in this post as a recap.

I was really pleased when Riley's Mummy contacted me to book in her sitter session. I knew it was coming as we had already discussed it at their newborn shoot and we had kept in contact in between. I couldn't wait to see how much she had grown (and get another cuddle!).

The day of the shoot had arrived. Riley's Mummy sent me a message to say they were setting off from their home in Clitheroe to my home studio in Langho. They pre warned me that Riley wasn't in the best of moods that morning and that I might have my work cut out. I wasn't bothered. As a Mother of two and Step Mother of two others, I know hard work children can be. Anyway, they arrived. Riley was absolutely fine. In fact, she was better than fine; she was awesome! Her balance was perfect, she was happy to pose and was smiling away the whole time. She looked so beautiful, wearing one of my little outfits. I had chosen her a gorgeous cream romper suit. We had such a lovely session and I did get my cuddles; lots of them!

I can't wait to see her in a few months time for her smash and splash session!

Below are a selection of my favourite images from her sitter session.

Jane x

 

Jesse turns 1 and celebrates with a cake smash - Ribble Valley family photographer

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Newborn Photographer.

 
Jesse Smith Cake Smash
 

As you may know, as well as being a Ribble Valley based wedding photographer, I am also a newborn and family photographer.

Last Christmas, I met Jesse and his lovely family when they came for a Christmas photo shoot. I was delighted when they made contact and asked if I would I'd do a cake smash session to celebrate Jesse turning one.

I ordered a fantastic giant cupcake from Ebella who are based in Bashall Barn, near Clitheroe. I have worked with the lovely ladies from there before and knew that it would be a fabulous cake (they didn't disappoint!). I also ordered some blue helium balloons from Party People in Clitheroe. I knew they'd go perfectly with my new blue bunting and accessories.

The day of the cake smash arrived. I had set up on my large vinyl backdrop as I knew that things were about to get messy! Jesse and his family arrived. Wow, he had massively grown since I last saw him. His Mummy and Daddy had bought him a lovely little Peter Rabbit outfit. Unfortunately, he wasn't overly keen on wearing it. So I brought the cake out to distract him. Turns out he wasn't up for that either and pushed it over straight away! Like they say, never work with kids or animals! Luckily, I love a challenge and we managed to get him interested for the shots I wanted. Next, I brought out my little tub that I use for a babies to have a bath in. I like to give a little more with my cake smash sessions and make them in to a smash and splash session. Well, Jesse totally loved being in that! In fact, I think he would have stayed in there all day. This is when Jesse's biggest, most beautiful smiles came out. I was so pleased to see them.

If you're about to have a special birthday in your family, why not book a smash and splash session with me. Like I say, it does get messy, but who doesn't love a bit of chaos from time to time? Especially when it's not in your own house and you don't have to clear up!

Jane x

Fabulous styled shoot at The Shireburn Arms, Hurst Green.

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Newborn Photographer.

 
Shireburn Styled Shoot
 

A couple of months ago, I was chatting with a good friend of mine, Jo from a cake occasion. She thought it would be fun for us to work together on a styled shoot. I automatically thought that it would be super fun!

So we got our heads together to decide on a theme and fabulous venue to do the shoot. We both agreed that boho theme was perfect and that we both loved The Shireburn Arms at Hurst Green. So I emailed Robyn, the events manager at The Shireburn Arms. She was keen to get involved. We were now ecstatic! From there, I spoke to Natalie from Victoria & Natalie Flowers, they were also keen to get involved. Get in! We were on a roll! I have worked with them in the past and love their floral designs, so I knew they'd do a good job. 

A week or so later, I was at another wedding shoot and bumped into Nikki from Nikki Web hair and makeup. We got chatting, as you do. Turned out that she wanted in too. It was great as I had seen her in action and she was awesome. Later that week, I posted a few photos from that wedding. Another local supplier (Rachael from The Wedding Workshop) got in touch with me about them as she had liked how I worked. Turns out that she does wedding stationery and offered her help too. How amazing?

 
Shireburn Styled Shoot
 

I had also been in chat with Liz from Orchid Designs in Clitheroe. I met Jo and her daughter Hannah (aka our bride model) at the shop. Liz had selected some beautiful wedding dresses out for Hannah to try. That lady seriously knows her job! They were all perfect! The first one Hannah tried on was the winner. So wedding dress, shoes and veil were now ticked off.  Now we just needed a groom!

Liz suggested we went to see Deane at Attire of Clitheroe. He was so helpful and even suggested a friend of his to be the groom. Deane gave me his friends number and said to get in touch. So I messaged this friend, Alan and arranged to meet him at the shop the following week.

The week went and back to Attire I went. I felt a bit nervous. It was almost like going on a blind date, but for a groom model! In walked Alan. Boom, he was perfect! Deane sorted out a suit, waistcoat and matching bow tie. Perfect.

 
Shireburn Styled Shoot
 

It was now that day of the shoot. I dropped my daughter off at preschool before heading up to The Shireburn Arms. I got there first (just the way I like it). The staff there couldn't have been more helpful. As I was getting all my stuff inside (yes, that is the technical term), they made me a lovely latte. If you know me, you'll know by know how much I love a coffee. The rest of the team arrived whilst I was setting up. Jo, Rachael and I got everything set up whilst Nikki worked her magic on Hannah. Hannah was feeling a little nervous as she had never done anything like this and she hadn't met Alan at this point. In fact, no one had. They had put their trust in me.... Alan walked in at this point. All the ladies agreed he was perfect for our job.

We were now ready to rock 'n' roll! Hannah and Alan were like pros. they nailed it and worked really well together. This made my job so much easier as I had never done wedding photography with a non couple. Let alone a couple that had only met each other 30 minutes previously! The weather was just right too. No rain, no bright sun. Although poor Hannah did get a bit cold and had to pinch her Mum's coat in between shots. The team were amazing. We soon got through the shots I wanted.

Perfect, because that meant it was lunchtime. It would have been rude not to stay and eat, so we did. The food was as amazing as always. I can recommend the Beef and Bowland Ale Pie. Yum!

I love shooting weddings and cover Lancashire, Yorkshire, Cumbria, Manchester and Cheshire (and pretty much anywhere else, if you ask nicely).  Book your 2018 wedding photography for just £850 for a full day!

Thank you so much to everyone involved in making it happen.

Jane x

Venue - The Shireburn Arms

Dress - Orchid Designs

Suit - Attire of Clitheroe

Cake - A Cake Occasion

Hair and Makeup - Nikki Webb Hair and Makeup

Stationary - The Wedding Workshop

Flowers - Victoria & Natalie Flowers

 

 

A 'spring' engagement shoot with Rowan and Alex - Clitheroe Castle, Lancashire

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Newborn Photographer.

 
Rowan, Alex & Simon
 

This weekend, I have done my first engagement session for spring 2018. I say spring, it was -2 and the ground was covered in snow!

Anyway, Rowan, Alex, Simon the boxer dog and I got wrapped up and met at Clitheroe Castle. They had traveled to me from Burscough (calling off at Finch Bakery in Great Harwood on their way, even bringing my kiddies a sweetie cake!). Simon was keen to set off and explore as he had never been to Clitheroe before. Rowan and Alex were worried that he wouldn't behave for photographs. Let me tell you, that boy knew just how to work the camera! Treat bribery did play a small part, I am sure. All 3 of them soon settled in to it and were all naturals in front of the camera. We walked (and talked) all the way round the grounds, capturing some natural images as we did so. We were there for around an hour. It was a lovely, relaxed, but cold morning. I really enjoyed spending time with them all. I even got some kisses from Simon.

Here is what Rowan had to say about their shoot with me;

Thank you for our lovely photos that you did with our boxer dog, Simon! We can’t wait to get some put up around our house. We are even more excited to have our wedding photos done with you in 6 months! I would highly recommend your services. Thanks again! Xxx
— Rowan

As you can see from the lovely review by Rowan, I am also their wedding photographer this coming September. I can't wait! It is going to be a fabulous event. I just hope it is a little warmer!

I currently have an offer on - If you book me for a full days wedding photography, I will include a complimentary engagement shoot. If you are interested, please hurry, I am only offering this to 5 lucky couples. 2 places have already been taken!

Below are a selection of images from Rowan, Alex and Simon's session. Aren't they a gorgeous little family?

Jane x

Kate's Curvy Wedding Catwalk At Towneley Hall, Burnley

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Newborn Photographer.

 
Curvy Catwalk
 

Well hello there!

During my time as a wedding photographer, I have made friends with loads of people within the wedding industry. One of them being Kate from Kate's bridal room. Last month, Kate asked if I would like to help out at her curvy catwalk which was being held at Towneley Hall, Burnley, Lancashire for part of a little white book event. Of course, I was happy to get involved. Like myself, Kate's business is also in the Ribble Valley, Lancashire, so it is easy for us to get together to help each other out. Kate specialises in plus size brides and her dresses range from size 18 up to a size 36.

Anyway, flash forward to last Sunday, the day of the event. I met Kate across at Towneley Hall at 10. She was busy setting up her table for the wedding fair. I had a look around to see where I could take the ladies for some fabulous photographs and also took advantage of having the gorgeous wedding bouquets to myself. The models had now arrived and were ready to get their hair and makeup done. I took a couple of shots of this happening. I got so many steps in that day, running between the models. Jenni who was doing makeup was downstairs and Katrina who was doing hair was upstairs.

The ladies were looking stunning! I took them for a few natural light shots before they got in to their dresses. Wow, They all nailed it!

They were now ready to get their first wedding dresses on.They had some backstage help from Jenny, Jane, Marilyn and my step daughter, Elena. People were starting to come in and get seated, not in the dressing room, obviously.... The ladies were getting nervous as they saw that all seats were taken and people were now stood up too! They had absolutely no need to be, believe me!

James opened up the show by singing bring me sunshine. Then the Queen of curves, Kate gave an opening speech before the totally gorgeous, Lily and Niamh scattered rose petals down the catwalk. They were wearing matching pink tutus. The floor was now ready for the five gorgeous models, Queen Kate, Kate , Kerry, Donna and Joanne. They pretended they were nervous when they each came out in their first dress. Dress number two, those nerves had gone. By dress number three, smiles were more grins! There was a bit of dancing and twirls galore! They were amazing! The audience were also fantastic; clapping along and giving the ladies so much encouragement. It really helped them get in to it.

The show was now over, but I hadn't finished with them yet! A group shot was a must! I then took Kate and Kerry out in to the grounds to get some outdoor shot. Kerry was happy to jump straight in to one of the VW camper vans that was there. We got some lovely shots of them both looking totally gorgeous.

What a fantastic day it was. Thank you to all involved.

Dresses - Kate's Bridal Room

Hair - Katrina Deegan Hair

Makeup - Jenni Ward MUA

Kerry's makeup (red head) - Kerry Baker MUA

Singer - James

VW Camper - Absolute Bliss VW Hire

Flowers - Stems

It wonderful to work with someone so organised and talented. Jane put everyone at ease during a very tense hectic morning, getting on with everything without once being in the way, capturing the perfect moments.
— Kate (Kate's bridal room)

If you are looking for a wedding photographer, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Much love,

Jane x

Meeting Coby and his lovely family - Clitheroe newborn photographer

Ribble Valley and Lancashire Wedding and Newborn Photographer.

 
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Back in October 2017, I attended a wedding reception of an old work colleague and his lovely new wife. Whilst I was there, the bride asked me if I would be able to fit them in for a newborn session in the new year. So a couple of days later, we penciled in a date.

The new year arrived, but no new baby! So we changed the date for the following week. I again made contact with the parents to be, but still no baby! We put the date back another week. Was it to be, third time lucky? Yes it was. I woke up to a message later that week to say that Coby had arrived. Fantastic news.

So 9 days later, the date for that shoot went ahead as planned. Coby and his family came across to my house in Langho (near Clitheroe) from theirs in Burnley. Coby was unsettled at first so had another feed, then another. He was one hungry boy! He still wasn't happy and just wanted cuddles. I was more than happy to oblige! I love newborn baby cuddles. After that, Coby was ready for his shoot. What a little star he was. He totally nailed his session  and kept giving me cheeky little smiles. Just look how gorgeous he is!

If you are pregnant and want to book a newborn session, please drop me a message. Sessions can be booked in any time after your 20 week scan. It is best to book in early to avoid disappointment. I only book in a couple of newborn sessions per month so I can be a bit flexible with changing the date, like I did with Coby and his family.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Jane x

Meeting Aria and her lovely parents - Clitheroe newborn photography session

Ribble Valley and Lancashire Wedding and Newborn Photographer.

 
Aria
 
 

Back in October, The lovely Rachel had seen an image I shared on Facebook from a newborn shoot I had just done. She told me that she was pregnant with a little girl and was due in January. So I booked her in and we agreed to get in contact nearer the time to see if that session still suited. We we both happy for that date, but it depended when their little girl decided to arrive.

Anyway, Rachel messaged to advise me that their little girl had arrived 2 days early. Our appointment fitted perfectly. So earlier this week, the totally gorgeous Aria arrived for her newborn session. I am based in Langho in the Ribble Valley. They came from Great Harwood, so it wasn't far at all.  Aria's parents were really concerned as she really hates getting changed and especially hates being in her birthday suit. They pre warned me that she would scream the whole time. She didn't. She was a total star and rocked her session. She was unsettled a couple of times, but that was nothing that a bit of milk couldn't cure.

I started Aria off with my lovely selection of newborn props and faux furs. She loved that part. She made herself really comfy and slept the whole time! Once I was happy with those images, I moved her on to my newborn beanbag. She was wide awake by now and decided she didn't really want to be wrapped up or wear my pretty headbands, so we free styled it. After that, it was time for a couple of smoochy shots of her with her Mummy and Daddy. Perfect.

Rachel has just viewed her gallery and totally loves it. I love it when a happy client messages me straight away to say they are over the moon with their images.

I look forward to seeing Rachel, Martin and Aria in the future.

If like Rachel you are pregnant and want to get your newborn session booked in, please drop me a message.

Much love,

Jane x

 

 

A totally gorgeous Cheshire wedding - Dave and Jude

Ribble Valley and Lancashire Wedding and Newborn Photographer.

 
Jude & Dave
 

At the back end of November 2017 (2017! Is that last year already?!), Hayley from Hayley Blackledge Photography asked me if I could second shoot for her at a totally gorgeous wedding at Swettenham, Congleton, Cheshire. I was keen to get on board. I made a quick phone call to my Mum in Cumbria to see if she was able to come to to watch the kiddies and I was able to confirm the details with Hayley.

The weekend came and I made my was down to Cheshire. Hayley was with the bride, Jude for bridal preperation. So I met the men at The Swettenham Arms. This is where the wedding reception was going to be. But also where the guests met as St. Peter's Church was just across the car park! There, I was able to capture a few of the groom, Dave and his friends. I was also able to get some of their gorgeous son. I am a massive fan of children at weddings. They are amazing to watch.

From there, we made our way across to the church. I think this was the only part of the day where it didn't rain! Dave and Jude had organised a violinist to play in the church. She played beautifully. Jude then arrived in a VW Campervan. She looked stunning. Her Father gave her away. He looked so proud!

After the ceremony was over, we all headed back across the road to the Swettenham Arms. By now, it was pouring it down! Hayley and I did some couples shots and a very quick confetti shot. It was far too wet for everyone to stay outside for too long and the kids were frozen. So we went for plan B and got plenty of candid photographs of the guests enjoying a drink. 

After the wedding breakfast and speeches, we went back to plan A and whipped the bride & groom outside in to the rain! Luckily for us, they were both up for a few rain shots. Personally, I think they look really good. What are your thoughts?

They had a fantastic live band for their evening celebrations and it was now time for cutting of the cake and their first dance as husband and wife.

This is where we left. my sat nav sent me the wrong way and we ended up stuck down some farm track and almost in the middle of a massive ford. But that is a whole other story.......

If you are getting married and looking for a wedding photographer, please drop me a message for my availability. I am Lancashire based wedding photographer, but I am happy to travel. Key dates are filling quickly.

Much love,

Jane x

Meeting baby Harper and her lovely family - Ribble Valley, Lancashire newborn and family photographer

Ribble Valley and Lancashire Wedding and Newborn Photographer.

 
Annabelle & Harper
 

Hi there!

If you have been following my work, you might recognise Annabelle. She came to for a photo shoot approximately 6 months ago with her cousin, Jaxon. On that shoot, Annabelle announced she was going to be a big sister! So, this week, she returned with her brand new baby sister, Harper for a newborn and sibling shoot.

Annabelle found some of my daughters toys to amuse herself with whilst Harper took centre stage. I started her off in my favourite hand knitted outfit and used various baskets, bowls and faux furs. She was a little unsettled at first, but a quick fill up of milk and she was good to go. From here, she totally rocked her newborn session. She wasn't for going to sleep, but she was more than happy to watch what I was up to. Every so often, her big sister came to get in on the action, which was lovely.

Once we were done with the props, we moved Harper on to my posing beanbag. She loved it on there. Mind, it is super soft and cosy! After I took a few of Harper all wrapped up, we moved on to doing my favourite shots..... Parents hands holding their baby on a black backdrop. I don't know about you, but I think it looks awesome!

From there, I took a few of them as a family. Annabelle was bored by this stage. However, I did manage to bribe her for a couple of smiles with the promise of some sweeties for afterwards...

If you are pregnant and fancy a newborn shoot, it can be booked any time after your 20 week scan. It's best to get booked in nice and early as I only book approximately 4 a month. This is because babies have a habit at not arriving on time. This means  I have more flexibility with rearranging your appointment. Newborns are best to photograph within their first 2 weeks, ideally between 4 and 10 days old.

If you would like to discuss this further, please drop me a message.

Jane x

 

Best of 2017 - Highlights from 2017 Lancashire weddings and couples photography

Ribble Valley and Lancashire Wedding and Newborn Photographer.

 
 
shoot & hustle
 
 

What an incredible year I have had! I don't know if you have read my previous blog about setting up in 2017 as a Ribble Valley based, Lancashire newborn and family photographer or not? If you haven't, the really short version is.... at the back end of 2016, I decided to pull my finger out and make my dream of being a photographer become a reality. I started to build my portfolio by doing a couple of model calls and charging minimal at the start. I went on a couple of mentoring courses which then led me in to meeting loads of other photographers; some of which are now good friends of mine.

Anyway, in the summer of 2017, I decided I wanted to get in to couples and wedding photography. Again, I did a couple of model calls for local couples and off I went. From there, I booked on a wedding mentoring with Kathryn (she is the one that I'd been on her newborn workshop). On the first session, she set me the challenge of arranging my own styled shoot and doing it. I went home and contacted a local bridal shop, florist and venue. A friend came round for a coffee a day or two later. I quickly roped her and her lovely partner in. I was on a roll! I think Kathryn was quite surprised at how quickly I got it arranged. Anyway, the day of the styled shoot came and it was raining! Typical. Rebecca and Andrew were total troupers though and we got some lovely images.

From there, I saw that Rachel (the marketing mentor from my newborn blog) was organising a wedding workshop along side some other amazing wedding photographers. I attended that too. Myself and my husband were the bride and groom models in the morning. That was a fantastic experience as I was able to see it all from the brides perspective too. In the afternoon, I was able to photograph the other models and get involved in those sessions. This was a great experience. Rachel and the team had paid loads of attention to detail. I LOVE detail!

Anyway, I went on to do other couple shoots, finish off my mentoring with Kathryn and second shoot some weddings in Lancashire and Cheshire.

Like I said, I am based in the beautiful Ribble Valley and cover Lancashire, Cumbria, Manchester, Cheshire and Yorkshire. I will consider further afield, just ask. My diary is open for 2018 and 2019. I have already got several booked in for each. I am so excited to see where 2018 takes me.

Wedding photography starts from just £600. Please contact me if you'd like to know further details, discuss over a coffee or book a date.

Happy New Year!

Jane x

Best of 2017 - Highlights from some of my newborn and family sessions - Clitheroe, Lancashire

Ribble Valley and Lancashire Wedding and Newborn Photographer.

 
 
Isabelle
 

Wow! What a year 2017 has been. As some of you will know, I am now a Ribble Valley based, Lancashire wedding and newborn photographer. I have always had a keen interest in photography, but never had the guts to to do anything about it. At the back end of 2016, I was having a coffee with a very close friend of mine. She is actually the first friend that I made when I moved from Cumbria down to Lancashire back in 2003. She said she also was wanting to set up a photography business. We knocked out a few ideas and came to the conclusion that we could do it! That evening, I discussed it with my husband. He was ridiculously supportive of it and told me to crack on with it. The day after, I bought myself a new DSLR and did a few model calls to get me started. I went on a training course with my friend, bought a few newborn props and I was ready to go.

I spent January and February doing photo shoots for minimal charge, just to get my portfolio going. I then booked myself on a marketing mentoring session with an awesome local photographer, she has now become one of my friends. She added me into a networking group of photographers. They have all been so amazingly helpful and supportive. Within that group, I met another local and fantastic photographer and booked on her newborn posing workshop. It was an awesome day and I learnt loads. She has now also become a friend of mine. From there, my business has just grown and grown!

Anyway, you know I mentioned buying a DSLR the day after I decided to set up my own business? Well, I outgrew that one pretty quickly and now have two awesome ones instead. My 4 year old daughter keeps telling me she wants to be a newborn photographer too. I might set her off with my original one in a few years. She can be my apprentice!

This last year, I have spent the majority of the year focusing on newborns, children, families and pets. I am going to continue with those moving on in to 2019, However, towards the back end of 2017, I started to focus on weddings. The group I mentioned above have really helped with that. I'll speak more about that in my Best of 2017 - weddings blog.

This is the short version of my story so far...

Below are some of my favourite images from the last 12 months. If you would like to discuss further or book a shoot, please contact me.

Happy New Year!

Jane x