Beautiful spring wedding at Mitton Hall, Lancashire - Jeanette and Trevor

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding & Family Photographer.

 
Mitton Hall Wedding Venue
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Jeanette and Trevor. Where do I start? It could take me a long time to tell you their history due to the couple being together for 20 years before actually getting married!

Jeanette and Trevor had originally planned on sneaking away quietly to get married, but were talked into having a wedding more local and with actual wedding guests! She had seen some photographs that I had taken at a recent styled shoot and fallen in love with them. She actually knew my bride from that shoot and made contact with her, asking for my details. They were a little dubious about having a wedding photographer as neither of them like to be the centre of attention. They hate posed photos and the thought made them uncomfortable. After speaking on the phone to me and looking through my wedding portfolio, they soon realised that I don’t shoot that way. I have a relaxed approach to wedding photography.

 
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Jeanette and Trevor got married just 5 weeks after we first spoke on the phone at Mitton Hall in the Ribble Valley, Lancashire. They’d originally said they didn’t want to have their portraits taken together and just wanted me to focus on taking photographs with them and their guests having fun. I spoke to them about how my couples love that part as it gives them a breather and chance to actually speak to each other. I explained that Mitton Hall has such lovely grounds and it would be a shame to miss out on them, even if it was just for 5 minutes. They soon saw where I was coming from and agreed. However, when it came to it. I couldn’t stop them! Trevor kept saying “How about we do one over there?” and “No, it’s fine, we can stay down here a little longer”. Jeanette and I laughed about how we couldn’t stop him once he started!

 
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Jeanette and Trevor booked a bespoke wedding package, so I was only with them for 3 hours. But the time I spent with them was amazing! Seriously, this pair have been together for 20 years and it was like watching teenagers in love! The way they were looking at each other was lovely to see.

 
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Here is what Jeanette had to say;

Jane is so friendly, professional and her pictures are just beautiful. We organised our wedding within a short time frame and were lucky enough to book a bespoke package with Jane. As a camera-shy couple, we wanted to have a relaxed and natural photographs, not posed. Jane was a calming influence for a nervous bride before the ceremony She was friendly and unobtrusive and so captured our special day beautifully and naturally. She was quite right to persuade us to have a short time walking round the gardens. We actually loved that special time together and the pictures reflect that beautifully! Our gallery was available very quickly indeed and a wonderful little USB stick too! Just Brilliant - first class!
Thank you so much!
— Jeanette
 
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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

Autumnal wedding at Artisan Ribble Valley - Gill & Darren

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
Gill & Darren
 

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.

 
Gill & Darren
 

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.

 
Gill & Darren
 

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).

 
Gill & Darren
 

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

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.

 
Adele
 

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

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

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

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

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Newborn Photographer.

 
Francesc & Darren
 

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!

 
Francesc & Darren
 

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

Samantha & Liam's pre wedding shoot - Fletcher Park Botanical Garden, Didsbury, Manchester.

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Newborn Photographer.

 
Samantha & Liam
 

A couple of months ago, Samantha made contact with me in regards to booking me as hers and Liam's wedding photographer. They are getting married at the Royal Victoria Holiday Inn, Sheffield this coming May. Within their deal, the got a pre wedding shoot / engagement shoot included. Samantha and Liam live in Sheffield and I live in the Ribble Valley, so we decided to meet somewhere in between. We had discussed various locations, but Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens was one of our favourites, so we went with that option.

Myself and Samantha were in contact a lot on Saturday evening as the snow had decided to come down, again. I'm sure it is meant to be spring now?! Samantha had seen another pre wedding session I did a few weeks ago and really liked the white backdrop, so we thought we'd carry on as planned.

Sunday morning arrived. I woke up to a message off Samantha saying there was loads of snow in Sheffield and she thought she was going to have to rearrange! The was only an inch or so at my house in the Ribble Valley. So I spoke to a friend who was in the Didsbury area, there wasn't much snow there either. So we decided to discuss again at lunch time.

They managed to get their car off their street. Hooray! Now we were on our way. Fantastic!

I got there before Liam and Samantha as they had got stuck in traffic due to an over turned snow plough! I went for a quick coke and a warmup in The Didsbury Pub, before going for a walk round the park to get some ideas.

The happy couple arrived and we were ready to go. It was awesome to finally meet them as all our communication had been done via Facebook messenger and emails. I'd been with them for a couple of minutes and it felt like I had known them forever. We walked and talked the whole way round, stopping to take some relaxed and natural photographs as we did so. 

Liam and Samantha made my job so easy. They are so comfortable with each other. They just fell naturally into beautiful poses. I am so excited to be apart of their amazing wedding day. It sounds fantastic. But i have to keep all the details of that to myself, for now.....

I am a Lancashire wedding photographer, but as you can see, I am happy to travel further (if asked nicely).

Here are some of my favourite photographs from the day.

Jane x

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

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.

 
 
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

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

A Couples Photo Shoot in the Lake District, Cumbria - Wendy & Ian.

Hi,

As some of you know, I am normally based in the Ribble Valley, Lancashire as a newborn and family photographer. However, I do have strong links to my home town (Ulverston in south Cumbria). I try to get there as often as I can to visit friends and family. I went up for a flying visit earlier this month to take our two daughters to their friends (and my godsons) 4th birthday party. It was superhero themed and on their farm. For those who know me, you'll know that it was right up my street! My youngest went as Captain America and my eldest went as Batman. Both in the tutu style dress version. They looked awesome! I did consider getting dressed up myself, but I couldn't get an outfit on time....

Anyway, a couple of days before we went up, my new camera arrived. A shiny new Nikon D750. Eeeek! I was so excited. As you can imagine, I was keen to try it out. I am also wanting to go down the wedding photography route, so I thought - what better way to test it out than on one of my favourite couples? So after my girls had tired themselves out at the party, I took them back to my Mums house for bed. I then returned to farm. Sadly, the bouncy castle had already been collected, so I didn't get to have a bounce once the kids weren't there.... So I settled for taking photographs of Wendy and Ian instead. Birthday boy was tucked up in bed and his Grandma was watching him. We were good to go! So we made our way to the yard and took some gorgeous photos in one of the barns. They both pulled their faces as I climbed in to one of the lambing pens whilst wearing my brand new converse. Sometimes you have to do theses things to get the best images. Anyway, it had some hay bales in and the most amazing rustic old doors. I don't think Wendy and Ian could understand why I was so excited about them. They could once they had seen the final results. We then made our way around the rest of the farm before heading off across the fields for a bit of a walk. The sun was going down, so I snapped away whilst they walked and talked.

I am so very proud of Wendy and Ian. They are childhood sweethearts who have been together for 20 years! They have a beautiful family and a lovely home. Keep up the good work guys.

 

Family photography at Gawthorpe Hall, Padiham, Lancashire - Meeting Vicky, Col and Ffion

On Tuesday afternoon, I met up with this lovely little family. We had arranged to meet at Gawthorpe Hall, Padiham, Lancashire (beautiful place). Our previous shoot had to be cancelled due to bad weather. So when I woke up on Tuesday and it was raining, I feared we were going to have to cancel again. I had my fingers crossed all day. Do you know what? It worked! Well, it was still cloudy, but the rain had cleared. I spoke to Vicky and she was happy to carry on as planned. Like my other lifestyle shoots, I just walked and chatted with the ladies, they shared a joke or two and I snapped away. We did a few shots of just the Mummies enjoying each others company. Then when baby Ffion woke up, she was more than happy to get in on the action. She was a delight. Although, she did make her Mummies and I work to get some big smiles out of her. She was more interested in her milk. Who can blame her?

Jane x