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

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

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!

 
Isabelle Burns
 

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

Cake by Ebella

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.

 
Riley Hammond
 

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.

 
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

Meeting Sally, Jack and Ghost - Lancashire Equine Photographer

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Equine Photographer.

 
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Not only am I a Ribble Valley and Lancashire wedding and family photographer, I also love equine photography. I don't just stick to Lancashire either. I cover Manchester, Cumbria, Cheshire and Yorkshire!

Earlier this week, I met Sally and her gorgeous boys, Jack and Ghost. We met at Sally's lovely yard in Grindleton, Ribble Valley. It was the most beautiful setting for our photo shoot. The yard looks over Pendle Hill and surrounding areas. The rain had stopped and it wasn't too hot - perfect!

Like me, Sally has been around horses forever. Her boys are her life. She is a keen eventer (unlike me)....

 
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Jack (above) - Sally has had Jack for the last 10 years, since he was just 4 years old.  He is a 16.3hh German Warmblood. He is a gentle beast that just wants some love. He introduced himself to me by putting his rump in my face for a scratch. I'm pretty confident that he would have sat on my knee for a cuddle if he could have done! I wanted Jack to come home with me. Oddly enough, Sally didn't seem up for that.....

 
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Ghost (above) - Sally has had him for just shy of 2 years. He is a 7 years old Dutch Warmblood. He stands at 17.1hh. He is cheeky boy that likes to give you a little nibble. Sally says you've not met Ghost properly until he has given you a playful bite! We took him in the arena to have a look in the mirrors. Lets just say that this boy is gorgeous and he knows it. He couldn't pull himself away from posing. Hilarious!

 
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Both boys are totally amazing. The bond between them and Sally is so lovely to see. I'm not going to lie to you, being around them both really made me want to get another horse. Sadly, It can't happen at the moment, so I will just make the most of visiting them whilst making memories for their owners. Every cloud and all that....

Whilst Sally was putting Ghost's saddle on, I made friends with Maisie and Maggie the boxer dogs. Some of you my know that until April 2017, I had a boxer dog called Phoenix. She was 13 years old when she sadly passed away. So as you can imagine, I can't help but give boxer dogs I come across a bit of love.

 
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If you would like to arrange an equine photo shoot, please drop me a message to arrange. I don't bite, unlike Ghost!

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

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.

 
Jesse Smith Cake Smash
 

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

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

Trashing Ella's wedding dress - Clitheroe, Lancashire

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Newborn Photographer.

 
Trash the dress
 

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!

 
Trash the dress
 

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!

 
Trash the dress
 

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

Dress - Kate's Bridal Room

Hair and Makeup - Escape Hair Salon

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

Jane x

 

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

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Newborn Photographer.

 
Bashall Barn styled shoot
 

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

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

 
Bashall Barn styled shoot
 

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

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

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

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

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

Venue - Bashall Barn Weddings

Dresses - Kate's Bridal Room

Dress designer - Linzi Jay

Hair - Nikki Webb Hair and Makeup Artist

Makeup - Kerry Baker MUA

Florist - Victoria and Natalie Flowers

Cake - EBella

Jane x

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

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Newborn Photographer.

 
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

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

 

 

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 2017 Lancashire weddings and couples photography

Ribble Valley and Lancashire Wedding and Newborn Photographer.

 
 
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What an incredible year I have had! I don't know if you have read my previous blog about setting up in 2017 as a Ribble Valley based, Lancashire newborn and family photographer or not? If you haven't, the really short version is.... at the back end of 2016, I decided to pull my finger out and make my dream of being a photographer become a reality. I started to build my portfolio by doing a couple of model calls and charging minimal at the start. I went on a couple of mentoring courses which then led me in to meeting loads of other photographers; some of which are now good friends of mine.

Anyway, in the summer of 2017, I decided I wanted to get in to couples and wedding photography. Again, I did a couple of model calls for local couples and off I went. From there, I booked on a wedding mentoring with Kathryn (she is the one that I'd been on her newborn workshop). On the first session, she set me the challenge of arranging my own styled shoot and doing it. I went home and contacted a local bridal shop, florist and venue. A friend came round for a coffee a day or two later. I quickly roped her and her lovely partner in. I was on a roll! I think Kathryn was quite surprised at how quickly I got it arranged. Anyway, the day of the styled shoot came and it was raining! Typical. Rebecca and Andrew were total troupers though and we got some lovely images.

From there, I saw that Rachel (the marketing mentor from my newborn blog) was organising a wedding workshop along side some other amazing wedding photographers. I attended that too. Myself and my husband were the bride and groom models in the morning. That was a fantastic experience as I was able to see it all from the brides perspective too. In the afternoon, I was able to photograph the other models and get involved in those sessions. This was a great experience. Rachel and the team had paid loads of attention to detail. I LOVE detail!

Anyway, I went on to do other couple shoots, finish off my mentoring with Kathryn and second shoot some weddings in Lancashire and Cheshire.

Like I said, I am based in the beautiful Ribble Valley and cover Lancashire, Cumbria, Manchester, Cheshire and Yorkshire. I will consider further afield, just ask. My diary is open for 2018 and 2019. I have already got several booked in for each. I am so excited to see where 2018 takes me.

Wedding photography starts from just £600. Please contact me if you'd like to know further details, discuss over a coffee or book a date.

Happy New Year!

Jane x

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