Ribble Valley, Lancashire Newborn Photographer - Meeting Marnie

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
Marnie Wright
 

Wow, Just wow!

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

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

 
Marnie Wright
 

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

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

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

Here are some more images from this lovely shoot.

Jane x

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

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

Meeting Aria and her lovely parents - Clitheroe newborn photography session

Ribble Valley and Lancashire Wedding and Newborn Photographer.

 
Aria
 
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Much love,

Jane x

 

 

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

Ribble Valley and Lancashire Wedding and Newborn Photographer.

 
 
Isabelle
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy New Year!

Jane x

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

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

Ribble Valley and Lancashire newborn & family photographer - Meeting Henry and Clara.

A couple of weeks ago, I met 10 day old Henry and his big sister Clara. They were so sweet together. Clara has taken to her new role as big sister extremely well. She kept making sure he was okay and giving him load of hugs and kisses.

Whilst Mummy and Daddy got Henry ready for his shoot, Clara was more than happy to strike a few poses for me. She started off pretty nervous and shy. She soon got in to the swing of it after I pulled a few funny faces at her and encouraged her to be a little bit silly. Who doesn't enjoy being a bit daft?

Henry was now in a milk coma and ready to go. He was a dream baby to photograph. He slept for almost the entire session! I used my new wicker basket and my lovely white trug with a series of (faux) furs, blankets and wraps. I was very excited as I also got to use my new bunny bonnet and snuggle sack too. He looked super cute in it. Clara jumped in on a few of the photographs with her baby brother to make extra special memories for their Mummy and Daddy to treasure. Clara was getting a bit bored of being a model towards the end of the session. This was quickly resolved with a bit of food bribery. In fairness, I can often be bribed with food too. So I don't blame her! We finished the session with Henry's Mummy and Daddy showing him off in the Simba pose. I do love a proud parent photograph.

Here is what Clara and Henry's Mummy had to say about their experience;

“Jane took some gorgeous newborn photos of our son and his big sister. She had endless patience with our two year old who got a bit fed up of posing and she managed to get some lovely shots of her. Thanks very much!”

If you would like to book a newborn session (or any other), please get in touch.

Jane x

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.

 

Ribble Valley and Lancashire newborn and family photographer - Meeting 9 day old Quinn

A few weeks back, I had the pleasure of capturing some very special photographs of 9 day old Quinn.  As a rule, newborns are best to capture between 5 and 10 days old. This is due to them still sleeping a lot. This makes them easier to wrap up/pose and makes cute photos.

The pressure was on as Quinn is the baby brother of my daughters best friend. On the morning of the shoot, my daughter who is usually really excited to go to preschool was deeply upset as she wanted to stay at home and help out. She soon changed her mind, once she realised her best mate wasn't coming to our house and indeed, would be joining her at preschool. Anyway, my girls had left the house for the morning and I got everything set up for Quinn and his Mummy's arrival. I'd chosen a series of neutral coloured wraps, hats, furs and blankets to use with my baskets and posing beanbag. 

They arrived. Quinn needed a top up of milk, so we took advantage and started with a coffee for ourselves. Then, we were ready for action. My room was lovely and warm, ready to make Quinn feel relaxed and sleepy after his feed.

As you can see below, I managed to capture some of him both awake and asleep. He was a little superstar and posed really well. I captured all of him in perfect detail. If you have seen my work before, you will know that I love to get a close up of tiny toes. Newborn feet are too cute! I think it is the only time that feet are ever classed as cute.... His Mummy brought along an elephant teddy. This is an extra special teddy as it was bought for her as a child by her Father.

I hope you enjoy viewing the photographs as much as I enjoyed creating them.

Please get in touch if you would like to arrange a shoot.

Jane x

Ribble Valley and Lancashire newborn, family and pet photographer - dogs

Did you know, as well as being a newborn and family photographer, I also specialise in pets, partially dogs? Dogs are also important members of our families so why shouldn't they have a photo shoot?

I've been a massive dog lover all my life and I have always had at least one dog by my side. Earlier this year, we had to make the horrible decision of putting our beloved boxer dog to sleep. She lived to the grand old age of 13 and the time was right for her. She had been with me pretty much all of my adult life. As you can imagine, she had been through so much with me (and us). I'm just glad that 5 weeks before she passed away, I took a cracking photograph of her with our 3 year old daughter. That's now on a large canvas on our lounge wall, displayed proudly.

If you have seen my website already, you will know we also have a gorgeous black Labrador. He is 7 years old now. He doesn't act it. Daft as a brush springs to mind! He regularly gets pulled in by me for a spot of modelling. I can't help it. He's just too cute!

Anyway, this week we have adopted a new boy! He is a 10 month old Border Collie cross. As you can imagine, I was keen to get a few photographs of him. He is also going to make an excellent model. He and my Labrador are already best of buddies. Our girls instantly fell in love with him and our cat is getting there. He is the perfect addition to the Green family.

I have attached some photographs of my dogs, along with some other gorgeous dogs I have had the privilege of photographing.

Please contact me if you would like to book your pooch in for a photo shoot. I can do it inside in a studio set up, at your home or on location.

Jane x