An engagement shoot in a fabulous meadow, Hoghton, Lancashire - Gina and Jack

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding & Family Photographer.

 
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I have known Jack for a little while now. A group of us were having lunch together and he mentioned he was getting married. He told us that he and Gina were getting married at Bashall Barn. My smile grew wider as Bashall Barn is one of my favourite wedding venues and is literally 15 minutes from my door step. At this time, he didn’t know I was a Lancashire wedding photographer - he soon did! I gave him a business card and said for him and Gina to take a look at my work. Jack was really happy as he could impress his beautiful fiancee by saying he had done some wedding research.

I met up with the loved up couple earlier this year at Bashall Barn to discuss their plans. By now, I had found out that they own a Bernese Mountain Dog called Loki! As an animal lover and a massive Marvel fan, this made me do a happy dance. Fingers crossed, he might be making an appearance at the wedding!

 
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Anyway, I was already running a valentines competition to win an engagement shoot. Jack was one of the many people that entered it. My 5 year old daughter asked if she could help pick the winner. She carefully looked at the entries and stopped at Jack’s. She announced he should be the winner. When I asked her why she had chosen him, she said because he was the only boy that had entered and it was really nice of him to do it for his girlfriend. Awwww, how cute?

So last month, Gina, Jack, Loki and I met at Gina’s family home in Hoghton, Preston. Wow, just wow! It was perfect. There was a massive park right by it with a meadow and trees! I was so excited! We had an amazing time. Lots of laughs, wedding talk, Loki cuddles and some amazing photographs! I just know their winter wedding is going to be incredible.

Here are some of my favorite images from the shoot.

Jane x

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

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
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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

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

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

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Newborn Photographer.

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

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

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

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

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

Here is what the happy couple had to say;

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

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

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

Jane x

Trashing Ella's wedding dress - Clitheroe, Lancashire

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Newborn Photographer.

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

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

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

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

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

Dress - Kate's Bridal Room

Hair and Makeup - Escape Hair Salon

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

Jane x

 

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 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 photographer - Meeting 9 day old Daniel.

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Last Tuesday, I was contacted by Daniel's Mummy. He was 6 days old at the time. His Mummy wanted to book in for a newborn photo shoot. Newborns are best to capture between 5 and 10 days old. This is because they are still very sleepy and like to be wrapped up tight. This makes them easier to pose and makes cute photos.  Anyway, like I said, he was already 6 days old. I was able to move some things around and got him booked in for the Friday morning.

Friday morning arrives. So does Daniel with his Mummy and Daddy. I accidentally made a comment about being naked, meaning Daniel. But unfortunately for me, it all came out a bit wrong. Meaning I'd made the wrong sort of first impression with my new customers. Luckily, they took it the right way and we were all able to laugh about it. Phew! Panic over!

Anyway, I'd chosen a series of neutral colours for the the shoot. I did some final preparation whilst Daniel was topped up with some milk, ready for him to go to sleep for some photos. He downed the milk, but he wasn't for sleeping. Clearly, he didn't want to miss out on what was going on. Never mind, the show must go on. So we got some lovely awake photographs instead.

Isn't he a sweetie pie?

Jane x