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

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
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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.

 
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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!

 
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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.

 
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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 family photographer - Fred and Arthur

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
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February has been quiet for weddings, although busy for wedding bookings. The good thing about not having weddings or wedding editing this month is, I have been able to fit some families in for a photo shoot. Jess, has been trying to get her gorgeous boys in for a while. School for Fred and busy weekends for us both has made it a little difficult to coordinate. We took full advantage of the half term and got the boys in!

Arthur and Fred arrived wearing matching shirts and bow-ties. The looked absolutely adorable! Arthur came in and made himself right at home! Both boys were keen to get started. Fred had a very serious face. He meant business. Arthur wanted to play and also give me cuddles. How could I refuse?

I didn’t use any props with the boys. They just had a simple set up and brought along their favourite teddies.

These brothers were so sweet. You could just see how much they adore each other. There was lots of hugs and kisses going on.

I love being a Ribble Valley family photographer. They say never work with children or animals. Well I love working with them both! I must be mad!

Much love,

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

Ribble Valley, Lancashire Children's Photographer - Glitter Session

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Fancy a photo shoot with a difference? Imagine it’s raining glitter! How amazing does that sound? This is what dreams are made of.

Who doesn’t love glitter? (Well, in honesty I don’t. It gets everywhere! Shhhhhh) But, it looks totally incredible in photos! This is done in my Ribble Valley, Lancashire studio style setting. Meaning all this mess is at mine and not yours! Even better (for you).

Children are in their element when they are playing in it. I find their smile is way more natural as they are having a blast! You don’t get that fake smile that they do whilst saying “cheese” (you will never hear me saying that! I don’t like forced smiles).

This is aimed at children that are 3 years plus. This is because there is a small chance that glitter could get in eyes. I originally decided I would offer these sessions as an alternative to a cake smash for birthdays. But, they can actually be done whenever as a bit of fun!

The photo session lasts around an hour and will get the edited images in an online (password protected) gallery to download, keep and share. *Please note, I also offer a printing service too*

Please drop me a message to find out more.

Jane x

Lancashire cake smash and splash session - Aria

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I am based in Langho, just outside Clitheroe.

Jane x

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

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
Isabelle Burns
 

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

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

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

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

 
Isabelle Burns
 

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

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

Much love,

Jane x

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

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
Riley Hammond
 

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

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

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

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

Jane x

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

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

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

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

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

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

 
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Here is what Adele had to say about her experience.

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

Jane x

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

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Newborn Photographer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are some of my favourite images from the session.

Jane x

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.

 
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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

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 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 some of my newborn and family sessions - Clitheroe, Lancashire

Ribble Valley and Lancashire Wedding and Newborn Photographer.

 
 
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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

Meeting 13 day old Isabelle and her beautiful family - Clitheroe, Lancashire newborn and family photographer

 
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Last week, I was recommended as a newborn photographer by a couple of my friends to a lovely family. When Isabella's Daddy made contact with me, she was already 4 days old, so I knew I would have to move things around a bit to get her booked in nice and early. Newborns are best to photograph in the first couple of weeks, although ideally the first 10 days. This is because they are more relaxed and sleepy. I am sorry if I have already told you this. Don't get me wrong, a shoot after this stage is no problem, but it is better if it can be done. Anyway, I managed to make myself available for this Sunday just gone. She was now 13 days old and totally beautiful!

Anyway, I had already set up everything ready for their arrival. Isabelle brought along her Mummy, Daddy and big sister. She arrived asleep and wanted to party from the minute she woke up. It was no problem. She was wearing a special little outfit that her Mummy and Daddy wanted a few shots of her wearing. I did that before putting her in my hand knitted dungaree with matching hat set. Isabelle decided hats aren't for her. So I whipped it back off again. She soon settled after some Mummy cuddles and kisses. I used various props to get a variety of images before moving her on to my beanbag. I love my posing beanbag; especially on my black backdrop (you might have gathered that). From there, we went on to do a group shot. This family were amazing to shoot as a group. They were all so relaxed with each other. I couldn't get enough of them! Isabelle's Daddy had asked if they could bring along matching Christmas onesies. Well, it would have been rude to say no! And I am so glad that I didn't. They all looked amazing! After we had done this, Isabelle and Daddy decided they wanted a special photograph together. Isabelle was naked in Daddy's arms. At this point, Isabelle had a little accident, twice...... Lets just say that Daddy traveled home in his Christmas onesie. I didn't laugh as they drove away...... much!

This family were so amazing. The love they all have for each other is incredible. I look forwards to working with you again in the future.

Enjoy,

Jane x

Clitheroe, Ribble Valley, Lancashire Children's photographer - Christmas mini sessions

Ribble Valley and Lancashire Wedding, Newborn and Family Photographer.

Some of you may remember that a few weeks ago, I did a model call in relation to hosting Christmas mini photo sessions. That went really well and I have since blogged about the model call, how successful it was and also how the winning shoots went.

 
 

I have spoken to various people recently who didn't know what a mini shoot or mini session was. It is basically what it sounds like. It's a photo shoot cut down. So what I offer is; 30 minutes photo shoot time with various Christmas props and 10 downloadable images in a private online gallery. This cost just £50. From there, clients can share and print their images. But I do also offer a printing service. 

Fast forward until this last weekend and I hosted my first day of sessions at my address in Langho, Lancashire. My children helped me set up (I loosely say helped.....) ready for my clients to arrive.  I checked how my Christmas backdrop and lighting looked by using my own personal model (my youngest daughter). Then, I was good to go.

My first clients arrived, so my husband made them a quick brew before taking the children out. They have to leave, otherwise they try and get involved! Going off on a tangent, my 4 year old got a camera for her birthday and she now thinks she is a pro! She is forever in my face with it. I suppose it is payback time. Meanwhile, my 2 year old like to show the children how to pose. Maybe they are going to take over my business one day?! Anyway, the day went really smoothly and all children were total little stars! All of the parents were thrilled with their images and pleased they had some special memories to treasure.

Attached is a selection of my favourite images for the day.

If you are interested in having a Christmas mini shoot, I have penciled in another day for them - Saturday 2nd December. A £10 deposit secures your place. Please act quickly as the last date sold out fast!

Much love,

Jane x

Autumn walk at Clitheroe Castle, Lancashire - Our girls (and boys)

Ribble Valley and Lancashire Wedding, Newborn and Family Photographer.

 
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This is my first family blog. I am always taking photographs of my family and decided it is time to write about them. The weather has been so rubbish recently and both of our girls love to be outside. They are always pestering to get outdoors. Recently, I have been a bit naughty and putting it off. I also love to be outside, I just hate the mess that two children and two dogs make in the mud. Anyway, it was a lovely morning yesterday, so I decided it was time to embrace the chaos! So, wellies on and my husband, the girls, the dogs and I all jumped in the car and drove across to Clitheroe Castle. It's only a 10 minute drive from our family home in Langho.

The colours at this time of year are simply amazing. There was loads of leaves covering the ground. The kids and the dogs thoroughly enjoyed playing in those! In fairness, I think my husband did too. Whilst they played, I captured some fantastic images of them doing so. We walked up to the Castle and had a look round. Our eldest loved pointing out interesting things to look at. She was keen to spot the house that she first lived in (until she was 3 weeks old). You'll probably notice that in a couple of the images, both girls are sporting a pair of sunglasses. Their idea, not mine. We have somehow raised two little divas! Well, you never know when the sun is going to come out.... Our dogs wanted in on the posing action too. Only after that had run round like Usain Bolt and Mo Farah for 30 minutes! They were probably glad of the rest!

After a good explore of the grounds, we were talked in to going for a play on the park. They were both so well behaved that we couldn't say no. Although by this time, I was starving. I managed to bribe them away with the promise to go for a naughty lunch at McDonald's, or Old McDonald's as the girls call it. Yes, on the way back to the car, Daddy and I ended covered in mud as both girls complained of sore legs!

I really enjoyed my shoot with the girls and have decided to offer Autumn mini shoots on 19th November, again at Clitheroe Castle. The sessions will last 30 minutes and you will get 10 downloadable images from the session for just £50. Please contact me if you would like to book a slot.

Jane x

Lancaster family photo shoot - The Lewis family

A couple of weeks ago, an old childhood friend made contact with me to arrange a family shoot. I was delighted! We were so close throughout our teenage years. But then we both moved away from our home town, Ulverston in Cumbria, we both got married and had children, so life in general just kept us from keeping in touch like we should have done. Don't get me wrong, we have seen each other from time to time; weddings, play dates etc. Just not as much as I would have liked. I'm sure you have found the same with some of your dear friends?

So, the photo shoot was arranged and Kate had asked if she could bring her Labrador along. Jack is getting old now and they are concerned he hasn't got long left. I was more than happy for Jack to come. Some of you may know, my beloved boxer dog, Phoenix passed away earlier this year. So I know how important it is that dogs are included in these things. They are part of the family too, right?

They arrived from their home in Lancaster to mine in Langho, Lancashire. Kate has done a fantastic job of keeping the kids clean and tidy. You just know that on days like this, the kids have other ideas and spill something on their best outfit!

I started with a few images of Jack the dog, whilst Kate made sure everyone else was ready. The boys were total pros! They knew exactly what they were doing. Ellie took a bit of convincing, but we got her there. They are a super cute family and a pleasure to be around.

My little girls arrived home just as we had finished. So it only seemed right to go and have a catch up ice cream afterwards.

Here is what Kate had to say about her experience;

"I took my 3 children (1 who turned out to be slightly uncooperative!) and our family dog for a photo shoot with Jane and she was brilliant. Jane made us feel very welcome and relaxed. She calmly worked to take our photos. She was extremely patient and professional, even allowing my boys to suggest ideas for photos too. Whoever said that working with children and dogs was easy? However Jane made it seem that way and captured my crew perfectly. I am delighted with our photos and will definitely be back one day! Thank you x"

A sitter session with 9 month old Harry - Ribble Valley, Lancashire.

So this week, Harry came back to visit me at my home address in Langho for a sitter session. He came as a newborn with his two big sisters for a newborn and sibling shoot. But this time, the focus was fully on this handsome young man. His big sisters were at school. He was an absolute little star and so chilled out. He totally rocked his session! I had a series of props all ready to go, but ended up only using my wooden trug and date and month blocks. Harry was like a little pro and made this session really easy for me. He pretty much did everything himself whilst I just snapped way. Harry is in the process of discovering how to crawl. He kept sliding along the floor. Give him a few days and I personally think he will be off (watch out Mummy and Daddy)! I really enjoyed this session, mainly because Harry kept giving me lovely cuddles. I just can't resist a baby cuddle.

I have attached several of my favourite photographs from the session. As you can see, Harry has the most amazing, sparkly blue eyes. Just beautiful. That being said, I personally think the black and white images make them look even more sparkly.

I currently have an offer on my baby sessions; If you pay for a newborn session and a sitter session, I will do a cake smash and splash session for free! *This offer will be on for the rest of 2017.* For further details, please see the pricing section on my website or drop me a message.

Jane x

Accrington, Lancashire newborn photographer - Newborn workshop with Delicious Baby Studio.

Hi.

Welcome to my latest blog. Back in July, I attended a newborn workshop along side 2 other photographers. It was a wonderful (and intense) day hosted by Kathryn Jefferson from Delicious Baby Studio in Accrington. Like with any job, as a photographer, you are constantly learning new techniques. So training is important if you want to keep improving your work. In the morning, we mainly discussed the business side of newborn photography. We then broke for a lovely lunch (provided by Kathryn) where we got to know each other, discuss our plans, where we were up to etc....Lunch time was now over, Leyla-Li and her Mummy arrived. Quick top up of milk for her and we were all now fully refreshed and ready to go! She totally rocked her session. She slept throughout and I was able to capture some beautiful images. The only thing she hated was being on her tummy. That's where the second model of the day, Toby came in. He was also a little star and was more than happy to oblige with tummy poses. In fact, he didn't even flinch. He was obviously very tired. Toby can be seen in the last 3 images.

All in all, it was a successful day. We were all left exhausted, which is a good thing as we had got so much out of it. And..... there were only a couple of toilet incidents with the babies.

The best age to capture great images of newborn babies is between 5 and 10 days. This is when they are at their sleepy stage and makes it easier to pose them. I take bookings for newborn photo shoots at any stage of pregnancy. However it is best to book in early to avoid disappointment. Dates can be subject to change, depending when baby is born.

Jane x