Champagne themed wedding at The Shireburn Arms, Clitheroe - Katie & Joseph

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding & Family Photographer.

 
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Here is a sneak peek post of Katie and Joseph’s amazing wedding at The Shireburn Arms, near Clitheroe in Lancashire. It was a totally awesome day; filled with love, laughter, dancing and sun!!

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

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding & Family Photographer.

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

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

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

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

 
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Here is what Jeanette had to say;

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

Ribble Valley, Lancashire Newborn Photographer - Meeting Marnie

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
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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.

 
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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!

 
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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

// 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

Elegant wedding at Stanley House Hotel, Lancashire - Catherine & Joe

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
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Catherine and Joe! What a fantastic couple! I actually only met them a few weeks before their winter wedding! They live in Nottingham, but were getting married up north due to Catherine being from up this way. They had booked me earlier in the year and we had made arrangements to get together when they were up making final arrangements.

Catherine and Joe have been together for 6 years. Catherine had moved down to Nottingham with work and Joe had moved back there from London as he wanted to be closer to home. The rest (as they say) is history. Oh, the couple share their home with their fluffy fur baby - Oscar. Would you believe that Oscar has a curfew? Catherine worries about him if he is out too late. This was just one of the hilarious tales that we heard during the speeches.

 
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Anyway, the day of the wedding was here. I met Catherine and her bridal party at her parents house in Great Harwood, Lancashire. It was literally 10 minutes away from my house in the Ribble Valley; perfect! Bridal preparation was well underway. Catherine had 6 bridesmaids and her Mum with her. They all looked incredible and were such fun to be around.

The ‘big reveal’ of Catherine in her wedding dress to her Dad, Paul was amazing. I had previously asked him if he was going to shed a tear. He said no. He was wrong! He was grinning from ear to ear, tears streaming and looked so proud of his beautiful daughter. This resulted in the bridesmaids in tears too!

 
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Whilst I was with the bridal party in Great Harwood, my second photographer, Laura was with Joe and his best man for groom preparation at Salmesbury Hotel, Preston. They had stayed there the night before.

 
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When I shoot a wedding, I always like to give myself plenty of time to get to the Church in case there is an issue with traffic. I had no worries about that at this wedding. It was literally around the corner from Catherine’s parents! St Bartholomew’s Church, Great Harwood is a lovely little building. When I arrived, I was greeted by the vicar wearing his Christmas jumper; awesome!

Catherine & Joe were now husband & wife. Whilst the newlyweds signed the register, Catherine’s Auntie sang for the congregation.

 
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Tea and biscuits were provided for the guests whilst Catherine and Joe had a couple of photographs taken. We then headed up to Stanley House Hotel for the wedding reception.

Stanley House Hotel is beautiful and has some amazing views. Unfortunately, due to the time of year and time of day, we couldn’t see much of them. But, that didn’t matter. The 17th century manor house itself makes an amazing backdrop!

 
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Catherine and Joe love to travel together. Joe actually proposed whilst the couple were skiing in France. Travel was the theme for the wedding breakfast table names; each named after countries and each table had photographs of the couple during their adventures together.

Myself and Laura left shortly after the first dance. Catherine and her girls were busting some moves on the dance floor. They had all had the best day.

I love being a Lancashire wedding photographer. It’s an amazing feeling to capture such happy memories for newlyweds.

(I do cover other areas, including Cumbria, Yorkshire, Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside)

Jane x

 
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Other suppliers included;

Church - St Bartholomew’s Church

Venue - Stanley House Hotel

Groom prep - Salmesbury Hotel

Wedding Dress - Amelia’s Bridal, Clitheroe

Brides shoes - Kurt Geiger

Bridesmaid dresses - Very

Suit - Next

Flowers - Flower Design Events

Hair - Hair by Nichola

Makeup - Amy Lauren MUA

Band - The Upstarts

2nd photographer - Laura Duggleby Photography

Ribble Valley, Lancashire Children's Photographer - Glitter Session

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
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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

Daisy Chain Photography - Why pick me as your wedding photographer?

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
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So, you are finally engaged and planning the day you have been dreaming of for what seems like forever. Everyone is recommending wedding suppliers to you and it feels like a minefield. Who should you go with?

If you are reading this blog, chances are, I have been recommended to you, possibly by a friend or family member. Maybe I have come up on a google search or on your Facebook or Instagram feed. I thought I’d write some notes about myself, so that you can get to know me and get a feel of if I am the right wedding photographer for you.

 
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If you have read my ‘about me’ page, you will already know this. But….. I was born in Ulverston, Cumbria where I spent all of my childhood. I was pretty much always outside; out on my bike, going for walks, doing something with animals etc. I was always interested in photography and my bedroom wall was covered in a sea of photos that I had taken of my adventures. This started off as pictures of animals etc and progressed to drunken nights out with my mates!

I moved to Lancashire shortly after I turned 21 and have been here ever since. I have lived in various areas of East Lancashire before settling in Langho, near Clitheroe. I haven’t always been a professional photographer. I wanted to be, but couldn’t take the risk of not having a guaranteed wage coming in. After having our 2 lovely daughters, I decided something had to change. I wanted to do something that fits more around them and spend more quality time with my family. This is when Daisy Chain Photography was born! I started off shooting newborns and families before quickly progressing on to wedding photography. Some of you might not have been interested in that. But I often get asked how I got in to photography during wedding consultations.

 
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Talking about wedding consultations, I love getting together with new clients to discuss their wedding plans so far. It’s also a good excuse to get a coffee out. Usually a latte or a hot chocolate in fairness. If it’s a hot chocolate, I have to have cream and marshmallow on top! Anyway, moving on from me and my obsession with coffee and unhealthy treats….. I love to hear about what has been bought so far, the wedding dress (if the groom isn’t there), the flowers, little details etc. I also like to know how the couple got together and how the engagement went. It helps me to get a feel of how the couple work together. I show the couple my wedding portfolio and go through any questions they have. I let them know that having me as their wedding photographer is like having an extra friend there. I am very friendly and will chat to everyone, whilst working, obviously! But I also know when not to get involved and take a step back. I make sure they know that I am not a traditional wedding photographer and WON’T be lining them and their guests up for hours on end for endless group shots. Obviously, I do take the group shots that are requested. But I prefer to get natural images of guests interacting with each other and having a giggle.

On the wedding day, I like to have someone from the wedding party point out important guests to me. I know how important it is to capture an image of the bride with her beloved Grandma.

 
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My husband and I were lucky enough to have Jane for both our engagement shoot and for our wedding day. We absolutely love the photos from both shoots. On both days, Jane made us feel at ease in front of the camera and created some beautiful memories that we will treasure. Many of our guests commented on how nice Jane was on our wedding day too. We would highly recommend Jane.
— Samantha & Liam

So, If all this sounds good to you (and looks good to you - portfolio video attached below), please send me an email or give me a call to discuss further.

I look forward to hearing from you and about your adventure so far!

Jane x

Turning one and celebrating with a cake smash and splash session - Erin

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
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I am based in the beautiful Ribble Valley, close to Clitheroe, Lancashire. I am not only a wedding photographer, I am also a newborn and family photographer.

I first met Erin when she was only a few days old. She had a newborn session with me and also brought her big brother along for good measure. Since then, I also saw her for a autumn family shoot at Clitheroe Castle.

 
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I was thrilled to bits that she came back to see me to celebrate turning one with a cake smash and splash session! Jansje (aka Mummy) said she wanted a girly, ombre cake. So I got the lovely ladies at Ebella to make one. It was perfect. Just what we were after. It looked great with my helium balloons and other accessories.

Erin arrived. She greeted me with a big, gummy grin. Still no teeth for this little lady. I even got a big cuddle straight away. I LOVE cuddles! She then spotted the cake and balloons and was keen to get started. Some babies need some encouragement to get started on the cake. Erin did not! She dug straight in; both hands, both feet. I was pretty sure she was going to face plant it at one point. She refrained! However, she did do something that no child has done at my sessions before….. She started to twerk on the cake. Laughing about it as she did. Hilarious! Her Mummy claims that she hasn’t picked that up off her.

 
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After she had got herself absolutely covered in pink buttercream, it was time for a clean up in the splash part of the session. I have a lovely little cream trug that I use for this part. It is the perfect size. I often use this in my newborn sessions too (with blankets instead of water!). Erin loved it. She was so happy to be splashing around in the bubbles and playing with the family of rubber ducks. She even tried to eat them too!

I do love it when a family return for more sessions. It’s fabulous to watch them grow!

I can’t wait to see this family again in the near future.

Much love,

Jane x

A Summers Wedding At Cliviger And Holmes Mill, Clitheroe - Sherry & Simon

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
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Wow, June seems like such a long time ago now! Where does time go? What a beautiful summer we had. I shot so many weddings of my own, along with second shooting for other amazing wedding photographers.

I second shot for Laura from Laura Duggleby Photography at the wedding of Sherry and Simon. It was quite funny as the week before, Laura had second shot for me at Simon’s cousins wedding, so we already knew a lot of the guests!

 
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I briefly met up with Simon and his groomsmen at his house. We then went to meet some of the wedding guests at The Ram Inn, Cliviger. Great little pub! Simon was really relaxed and having a great time catching up with friends and family. I stole away the groom and his groomsmen (woman) briefly to capture some lovely images before we wandered over the road to St. John’s Church. Simon was eager to get in and get started!

 
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The bridesmaids arrived, closely followed by the beautiful bride. Sherry’s wedding dress was absolutely amazing; blush pink and backless! She has family in America and chose it when she was over there visiting.

Once the bride and groom had become Mr & Mrs, we went outside for a few photographs before heading across to Holmes Mill, Clitheroe. I personally LOVE Holmes Mill. I think it’s not only an amazingly quirky wedding venue, but it’s also great for a family meal or a few drinks out.

 
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The room looked fab. Sherry and Simon are fans of Star Wars. They had little Lego Star Wars figures throughout, including on the cake, in vases with fairy lights and even in the buttonholes. This impressed me. Not as much as if it was Marvel Lego figures, but you can’t have everything…. Massive Marvel fan over here! Anyway…. They also had a wheelbarrow full of beer, all with personalised labels.

 
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Holmes Mill has some amazing backdrops for wedding photography, both inside and outside the venue. What I also love about it is, it is only a stones throw away from Clitheroe Castle. So in the evening, we made the most of being right by it and nipped over for some extra couples portraits.

We headed back in time for the cake cutting and the first dance before leaving the newlyweds to party with their friends and family.

 
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Jane x

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An Engagement Shoot in the Lake District, Cumbria - Lou & Becky

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
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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!

 
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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.

 
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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

A Winter Wonderland Styled Shoot At Bashall Barn, Clitheroe.

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
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After our last styled shoot, Jo (from A Cake Occasion) and I were keen to organise another! We wanted to do something totally different from the last one at Shireburn Arms, Hurst Green. We decided that a ‘Winter Wonderlandstyled shoot would be loads of fun.

Back in June, my husband and I went for lunch at Bashall Barn, near Clitheroe with our kids. I’ve always loved going there; especially for a hot chocolate and a cake! Whilst there, I spoke to Robyn who is a wedding coordinater there and got us booked in. I couldn’t wait to let Jo know that I had yet again, sorted us another awesome Ribble Valley wedding venue. She was just as excited as me.

 
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Jo organised us a board on Pinterest (she is far better with Pinterest than me). She uploaded an image of an incredible wedding cake. Our styling went from there.

Whilst speaking to one of my Mummy friends (Danielle), she mentioned she was building her business in doing bridal hair. She was keen to get involved and set up her Facebook page - Oh So Pretty.

Orchid Designs, Nikki Webb MUA & Rachael from The Wedding Workshop were involved in our last styled shoot. They were also excited about our plans for the shoot and wanted to get involved again. Our plans were coming together quickly.

It was suggested to me to speak to Laura from The Flower Girls, Whalley about making us a wedding bouquet. (I am so glad I did. Everything we suggested floral wise, she was all over. We were looking at getting a real Christmas tree, but decided it would be awkward to transport, just for one day. So she made a feature arch out of winter greenery instead!).

Jo spoke to Jenny from Jen’s Rustic Wood about supplying us with a cake stand. Just wait until you see the final result. It looked amazing!

I then spoke to Paul from Cosgrove’s about supplying a suit. They were in too! Yippee!

We had now found our models too. I knew they were going to look fantastic.

 
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Anyway, that’s enough about how we all came together and behind the scenes.

The day of the shoot came. I had high expectations of this day as we had all put so much effort in. We met at Bashall Barn at 9:30. Nikki and Danielle got started on hair and makeup. I took some action shots of that, as if it was real bridal preparation and also got some lovely images of the details as they were being put together by Jo, Rachel and Laura. The Bashall Barn team were straight out to look after us. Tea and coffee was just what we needed!

Everyone was now ready. We had Hayley as a lone bride and Amelia and Brad as a bride and groom. They all looked incredible!

 
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It was the perfect day for this kind of shoot; dry with a dull sky. It was freezing out though. Amelia pointed this out once or twice. She was a good sport though.

I made use of all the beautiful backdrops and I even got them to go in the cow shed. How could I not?

The staff brought us more tea and coffee to warm up. They even gave us all our lunch! How good is that?

 
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Here is what some of the team had to say……..

I am a wedding and event florist. I work from home at my family farm in the centre of Whalley. I loved being part of the winter wonderland styled shoot. I provided the bridal bouquet, dressed the archway, cake stand and cake wreath. I also brought along some other decorative bits and bobs.
— Laura from The Flower Girls, Whalley
I design and create luxury and bespoke wedding cakes, including cup cakes and macarons. Each cake is hand crafted with great attention to detail. Their fabulous and flawless clean finish ensure that not only do they look amazing, they taste amazing too!
For the styled shoot, I provided the cake and the macaron wedding favours.
— Jo from A Cake Occasion
Hi. For this shoot, I provided the stationery, table plan and venue dressing. I like to create bespoke stationery for each bride and groom so that it is personal to them and complements throughout. I have a wide range of table plans and personalised plans available, as well as various centre pieces to suit your theme.
I love working on new ideas and styles with my couples!
— Rachael from The Wedding Workshop
I specialise in bridal and occasional hair styling. I love my job and believe that bridal hair shouldn’t have to break the bank to get a quality service. It is such a privilege to be involved in someone’s special day. I just love to make people feel extra special.
— Danielle from Oh So Pretty
I am really big on local community. The fact we had so many local suppliers in one shoot is amazing! I was over the moon to provide the wood for the cake stand. Along with Jo’s amazing cake and the wreath by The Flower Girls, it really came to life.
Anything to do with wood and rustic, I am here for. We already own all of the wood as we have a tree surgeon business too. So there’s no third party high prices to sting your wedding budget. Please get in touch if you’d like your rustic ideas brought to life.
— Jenny from Jen's Rustic Wood
 
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This day was totally amazing! I loved it from start to finish. A massive thank you to everyone involved and a special mention to our gorgeous models; Hayley, Amelia and Brad. Top job, guys!

Jane x

P.S. We are already planning our spring styled shoot. Watch this space!

Venue - Bashall Barn

Cake - A Cake Occasion

Flowers - The Flower Girls, Whalley

Hair - Oh So Pretty

Makeup - Nikki Webb MUA

Stationery - The Wedding Workshop

Cake stand and logs - Jen’s Rustic Wood

Dresses - Orchid Designs

Suit - Cosgroves

Meeting Ted on his 1st birthday - Cake Smash & Splash Session

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
Ted Barnes
 

What a morning; what a lovely morning! Ted came to see me on his 1st birthday for a cake smash and splash session. His family had come from Lytham St Annes to my studio setup in Langho, Lancashire.

Ted arrived with a bit of a frown on his face. I thought he was going to make me work hard for smiles. I was wrong! Literally a minute or so in to his session, his smile came out.

I started by taking some photographs of him whilst he was clean. I used a little bed with a faux fur rug on it for him to sit on. I often use this bed in newborn sessions too. It is nice for parents to be able to compare the size of their baby on it as a newborn and as a 1 year old.

 
Ted Barnes
 

It was now time to get messy! Ted’s parents had brought their own cake. It was a bit too big to go on my lovely little cake stand. Ted wasn’t bothered about that though. He was keen to get stuck in. A little too keen. He was trying to get at the cake before I’d even got it out of the box properly! I do love an eager child. I dressed him in a blue nappy cover that has little police cars on. It was held up by red braces. I didn’t use the matching hat today, but I did use matching bunting. Ted loved my yellow novelty glasses.

 
Ted Barnes
 

Cake was now everywhere, including all over my feet. I hadn’t stood in any of it, Ted had massaged some into them. I wasn’t bothered, it was lovely to see him enjoying himself so much. It was now time for a clean down in my little tub. This is another prop that I often use in my newborn sessions. Again, great to compare your little newborn to your massive 1 year old. At first, Ted wasn’t convinced. So I gave him some rubber ducks. His eyes lit up and he was well away. This is where the his biggest smiles came out. He was loving splashing around in the tub.

Ted really nailed his smash and splash session. He settled in to it straight away and knew exactly what to do.

Below are some of my favourite images from this session, enjoy!

Jane x

If you’d like to book a smash and splash session, or any of my other sessions, please drop me a message or give me a call.

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 Linda and Gracie - Ribble Valley & Lancashire Equine Photographer

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Equine Photographer.

 
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As some of you are aware, I also cover equestrian photography as well as newborn, family and wedding photography. I love all areas that I cover for different reasons.

Anyway, earlier this week, I met up with Linda and her lovely horse, Gracie at their home in Altham. I say their home as Linda is lucky enough to be able to keep her horse at home. In fact, Linda's bedroom overlooks Gracie's stable! Every little girls dream!

Gracie is a beautiful mare. She stands at approx 17hh and loves hacking, jumping and dressage. She truly is a wonderful girl that just wants to please. You'll be surprised to hear that I wanted to keep her. This is getting a bit of a habit now....

 
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Getting Gracie to pose for the photo shoot was easy. Linda had her favorite treat in her pocket - polo mints. I also had a bag of treats in my pocket to get her attention. The only issue was, Tom, the coloured cob decided he wanted in on the action. You can see him photo bombing one of the photographs. He got bored after a while and went to graze. The same can't be said for Linda's spaniels. 2 out of the 3 of them wanted to sit on my feet or my knee the whole time. They were so adorable that I had to take some shots of them too!

 
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I loved this shoot so much. What wasn't to like? I was outside with a beautiful horse and fabulous dogs - perfect!

Thank you so much Linda. You guys were amazing!

*I am currently running a Facebook offer - book in August to get your shoot and images in an online gallery for just £95!*

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.  

 
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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?

 
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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