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

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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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?

 
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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.

 
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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 gorgeous engagement shoot at Beacon Fell, Lancashire - Francesca & Darren

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Newborn Photographer.

 
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Back in February, I ran a competition to win a free engagement shoot / pre wedding shoot. All the couples had to do was tell me their engagement story.  I had so many lovely couples apply for it. It was fantastic to read all their stories.

Francesca and Darren were my lucky winners. They got engaged last September at Grasmere in the Lake District.  They were so excited when I told them that they had won. I asked the couple where they would like to meet up for the shoot. They said they'd like to meet at Beacon Fell, Goosnargh as that it one of their favourite places to go.  I live in Langho, near Clitheroe and they live near Blackpool. So this was the perfect half way point. As well as being half way, it is totally beautiful and made the perfect backdrop for some romantic photographs.

So, we met up last Sunday. The weather was perfect! Sunny, but not too bright and more importantly, no rain! We met on the main car park and began our walk. We chatted and got on straight away. It was lovely. I could instantly see how comfortable Francesca and Darren are with each other and I knew this was going to be a good photo shoot. They told me all about their hobbies and their wedding plans so far. I can't say too much as I don't know what they have told their friends and family. All I will say is, they are getting married at Mitton Hall, near Whalley in April 2020 and it sounds amazing!

 
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Anyway, we walked and talked whilst I took some relaxed, natural photographs of them. They were so easy to work with. They did find it hilarious when I was hiding in the bushes taking sneaky photos. Yes, I did look some kind of stalker. I'm not, I promise. Darren ended up wearing Francesca's lipstick through all the smooching they were doing. We had a laugh about that too.

We finished the shoot with a coffee in the cafe to warm up. I can't say how great this shoot was. We literally met that day and it felt like we had been friends for ages.

Here is what the happy couple had to say;

We met Jane for an engagement shoot and she was brilliant! Really friendly, professional and had some great ideas for shots. The images were amazing, loved them all and really great quality. Would definitely use Daisy Chain Photography again Xx
— Francesca & Darren

An engagement shoot / pre wedding shoot is a great chance to work with a photographer before you book them for your official wedding photographer. It gives you chance to get to know each other and see if you are comfortable with how they work. Wedding photography is an important part of your special day, so it is important to get it right.

I am a Lancashire wedding photographer, but happy to travel to other areas. Drop me a message if you would like further information.

Jane x

Trashing Ella's wedding dress - Clitheroe, Lancashire

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Newborn Photographer.

 
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You may already know that I am a Ribble Valley and Lancashire wedding photographer and have recently being doing a lot of work with Kate from Kate's Bridal Room. I helped her with her curvy bridal catwalk at Towneley Hall and then at Bashall Barn for a styled shoot for a new range of wedding dresses.

Whilst I was at her lovely little bridal shop in Clitheroe to discuss these shoots (and have a coffee), she asked me if I wanted to do a trash the dress shoot with her. She had a sample dress with a defect, so she couldn't sell it in the shop. I had wanted to do a trash the dress photo shoot for a while, so I was more than happy to put this dress to good use! We were both so excited.

Kate ordered some powder paint and I ordered some smoke grenades straight away. Kate is friends with Ella from Escape Hair Salon by Alison Burns and Ella Burns. She thought that Ella would be the perfect person for the job as our model. She showed me a photograph of her. Do you know what? She was right! I could see straight away how amazing she was going to look. Model sorted, now just to find the perfect location..... I have a friend who is a bit of a property developer. My husband had recently told me that Rob had bought an old MOT garage in Clitheroe and was making it in to flats. So I sent him a quick text to see if he would mind us using it. Luckily for us, he was more than happy with this. Although he was slightly worried that the bottom of the dress would get messed up in all the dust and dirt. When I explained that we would be launching neon paint at Ella, that worry soon went away!

 
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The day of the shoot arrived (woohoo)! It was sunny, but freezing! Kate, Rob and I arrived first. Rob let us in and made a quick dart for it. I don't blame him. I'd have roped him into a job. Ella and Alison arrived shortly after. Ella looked amazing! She had done her own hair and makeup (she is a hair and makeup artist). Kate helped her get into the wedding dress and we were ready to go. Kate and Alison were on paint throwing duties. It was amazing. I got so excited with every image I shot. The ladies were throwing the paint into the air so it came down on Ella. Well, that was the idea..... Alison threw a handful straight in Ella's face! Whoops! Good job she is her Mum! We then let the first grenade off in the building. It looked amazing (at first), but it soon filled the room up and none of us could see. At this point, I'll tell you that I am asthmatic and have been struggling with it recently. As you can imagine, dust, paint and smoke grenades are not a good combo for asthma. Again, whoops! I wasn't bothered though as the images looked amazing (if I do say so myself). Anyway, in the interest of us all being able to breathe, we decided to let the next one off outdoors. There was a pile of stone up against a wall, with trees covered in ivy just behind. Perfect! Again, I was behaving like a giddy kipper. At this point, a couple of passersby came to watch what we were doing. It's not everyday you see a beautiful woman in a wedding dress, covered in paint, sat casually on a wall with blue smoke all around them!

 
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Trash the dress is so popular nowadays. It's an excuse to wear your wedding dress again and do something fun. If it is something you are interested in, drop me a message and I'd be happy to help.

Dress - Kate's Bridal Room

Hair and Makeup - Escape Hair Salon

Here are some of my favourite images from the shoot. It was hard to narrow them down!

Jane x

 

A styled wedding shoot at Bashall Barn, Clitheroe, Lancashire.

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Newborn Photographer.

 
Bashall Barn styled shoot
 

When I entered the wedding industry, I didn't realise how quickly I'd make contacts, and more importantly, friends. I quickly made friends with Kate from Kate's Bridal Room in Clitheroe. I actually met her through another wedding photographer. We have worked together a few times now. When she asked me if I'd like to be involved in a styled shoot at Bashall Barn for the launch of some new  wedding dresses, I jumped on the chance. Bashall Barn is a beautiful venue, nestled in the heart of the Ribble Valley. And being a barn, it is my favourite kind of venue. I love farms and barns, being a country born girl.

Anyway, fast forward to this last Monday. We all arrived at Bashall Barn to set up. Everyone did their bit. Hair and makeup was going on. The wedding cake was being put in place. Wedding dresses were being steamed. I was taking detailed shots of the beautiful wedding bouquets and more importantly, the staff from Bashall Barn gave us all a coffee! It was just what we needed.

 
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We were now ready to roll. There are loads of quirky details at this venue, so it makes for some gorgeous images. It was a shame it was a rainy day, or I would have taken to ladies outside to get some photographs out by the old barn. We did make friends with a goat that was playing out in a field though. I don't think Kate fancied going through the mud in her gorgeous wedding gown..... Spoilsport....

We had so much fun on this shoot. My face hurt at the end of the day as we had all laughed so much! It was fantastic; several people, all from the same kind of industry pulling together to create some magic.

These wedding dresses are part of the symphony range by Linzi Jay. They are designed for plus size brides and range from size 18 - 36 (some do go up to a size 40). Kate's Bridal Room are the only stockist of these dresses in East Lancashire. If you like what you see, pop in and see her. She is really friendly, relaxed and she knows her stuff. She makes a good brew too. Can you tell that I like a brew?

I should add that Bashall Barn really looked after us that day. Their refreshments were lovely. Lindsey from EBella had also made us some salted caramel cupcakes. Delicious! Food and drink, I am easily pleased.

Thank you to everyone who made the day run so smoothly.

Venue - Bashall Barn Weddings

Dresses - Kate's Bridal Room

Dress designer - Linzi Jay

Hair - Nikki Webb Hair and Makeup Artist

Makeup - Kerry Baker MUA

Florist - Victoria and Natalie Flowers

Cake - EBella

Jane x

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

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Newborn Photographer.

 
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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

A winter wedding at the Shireburn Arms. Hurst Green. Ribble Valley - Scott & Sally

Ribble Valley and Lancashire Wedding and Newborn Photographer.

 
Sally & Scott
 

Back in December, I shot my first Christmas wedding when I was second shooting for my good friend, Laura Duggleby Photography. It was the wedding of Sally and Scott and was held at The Shireburn Arms, Hurst Green, Clitheroe.

Let me start by saying what a totally amazing day it was from start to finish. Myself and Laura were in contact from first thing in the morning as it had been snowing! Luckily for us, it didn't stick to the roads. We made sure we were at The Shireburn Arms extra early! Sally was pleased to see we had made it and she was getting her hair done whilst her bridesmaids were getting their makeup done.

Armed with cameras, we were ready to go. Grabbing a few shots of the ladies getting ready, before going to scope out the venue for perfect places for the couples portraits. We needed to have a backup plan due to the weather. Plus, the ceremony wasn't until 3pm, so light was against us. En route, shots of the venue were taken, including all the little details Scott and Sally had put around. I LOVE details! Time to finish off bridal preparation. Sally was now having her makeup done and my word, she was looking amazing! The wedding flowers had now arrived and she was ecstatic to see them. Her bridesmaids now helped her in to her wedding dress. It looked perfect on her. Shortly after she had been strapped firmly in to her dress, her parents came to have a peep at her. Sally's Father looked so proud!

Everyone was now ready to go down stairs for the big event! Laura was positioned at the front and I was to the rear (it is a good idea to have two photographers at a wedding as you get different angles and more coverage). Sally and the gang were ready to go. Her Father walked her down the isle. He looked like the Cheshire Cat! His smile was beaming. Scott's smile was just as wide when he clapped eyes on his beautiful bride.

Once the ceremony was finished, we mingled with the guests and took lots of relaxed, informal photographs before moving on to do the couples shots with just the bride and groom. Now it was time for the wedding breakfast and speeches. Sally's parents were amazing to observe throughout that; they laughed and they laughed, hard!

Whilst the room was being set up for the evening reception, we whisked Scott and Sally outside for a couple of night shots. We returned to the evening reception and the bride and groom cut their beautiful cake before having their first dance as husband and wife.

We departed just after 9pm and they continued their celebrations.

Are you getting married in 2018? If you book my full day wedding photography package before 31st January, you will get my £100 off offer. That’s full day coverage for just £700! Peak dates are filling fast.

Please ask about 2019 prices.

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

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

Ribble Valley and Lancashire Wedding and Newborn Photographer.

 
 
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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

A wedding fit for a princess - Bashall Barn, Clitheroe, Lancashire - Reece & Rachael

Ribble Valley and Lancashire Wedding, Newborn and Family Photographer.

 
Reece & Rachael
 

Reece and Rachael got married a few weeks back, in November. It was a cold, but amazing day!

I was working along side Kathryn Jefferson from Delicious Photography. Kathryn started off as my mentor for newborn photography and then for wedding photography. She has now become a good friend.

Anyway, myself and Kathryn joined Rachael and her two bridesmaids at The Dunkenhalgh Hotel and Spa, Clayton-le-Moors, Blackburn. This is where they got ready for the big day. They all had their hair and makeup professionally done and were all wearing beautiful, matching dressing gowns. I love to photograph bridal preparation, it really gets you in the mood for the exciting day ahead. It is fabulous to get involved in the girly conversation, have a bit of a laugh and capture some amazing images at the same time. Rachael had a few visitors to her room; her parents and her two sons.

From there, they all made their way to St Wulstan's Church, Great Harwood. They traveled in a VW Camper Van. This is where she joined Reece and they soon became Mr & Mrs. Shortly after the wedding ceremony was over, I quickly made my way to Bashall Barn, Clitheroe. I arrived a good 20-30 minutes before the bride and groom and was able to capture some of the delicate details of the venue. After all, couples spend ages picking out details and putting personal touches on their day. It would be a shame to miss them out. All the details really complimented Rachael's dress. It really was a venue fit for a princess.

Reece and Rachael had now arrived. We spent about 30 minutes doing some beautiful couples portraits before a handful of family ones. It was now time to get warm again before the wedding breakfast and speeches! Now, the bride and groom were ready to party with their friends and family.

It really was a fantastic day from start to finish. I have attached my favourite images from the day. Enjoy.

If you are looking for a wedding photographer for 2018, my prices currently start at just £500 for half day and £700 for a full day. Get in touch to find out more.

Jane x

Holmes Mill, Clitheroe, Lancashire - Shoot & Hustle wedding photography workshop

Last week, I was fortunate enough to attend a wedding workshop 'Shoot & Hustle'. It was held at the awesome Holmes Mill, Clitheroe, Lancashire. Have you ever been? It is an amazing location. Being a Ribble Valley girl, I like to go there for food and drink (when I get the chance. Having small children makes it very difficult!). So when I got the opportunity to go on this workshop, I jumped on board!

Anyway, the day was hosted by 4 amazing wedding photographers, each of which I admire. They had planned the day to a high standard. They had worked with local businesses to get amazing flowers and fabulous hair and makeup artists. There were 2 sets of models for the photographers to shoot and learn from. My husband and I were the morning couple. The dress that I wore came from a local bridal shop (I've sneaked a photograph in of us. This particular one was taken by Rachel from Rachel Joyce Photography. She was one of the hosts (and is totally amazing!). See if you can spot us).

The day wasn't just about taking gorgeous photographs. It was also about how to run your own business, marketing and much, much more. It was also fabulous as I got to work along side 20 other very talented photographers from all over.

After the workshop had finished, most of us stayed for some amazing food. We had earned it after all!

Jane x

Florist - All Things Nice

My dress - Kate's Bridal Room

Hair & makeup - Sonara Parker

Hosted by - Shoot & Hustle