Ribble Valley, Lancashire family photographer - Fred and Arthur

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

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

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

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

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

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

Much love,

Jane x

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

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
Leanne & Amy
 

I have known Leanne for a number of years now. I remember when her and Amy got together and when they got engaged. When they asked me if I would be their wedding photographer, I was over the moon. We met last year to discuss over a coffee (obviously!). Both Leanne and Amy told me how they hated having their photograph taken and were a little nervous about it. So we decided on doing a pre wedding session to give them a chance in front of my camera before the big event. The lovely ladies live in Chorley and I live in Langho (Ribble Valley). We decided that Brockholes Nature Reserve at Preston was the perfect place to meet.

Still feeling nervous about having her photograph taken, Leanne asked me if she could bring her two children along to hide behind. I said that it was fine, as long as she agreed to have at least one photo taken with just Amy. On the day, they both settled into it really easily and soon realised that they had nothing at all to worry about.

It was a lovely, but bitter cold morning. I am so excited to be shooting their wedding at Beeston Manor, Preston next month.

I totally love being a Lancashire wedding photographer. It’s the best job ever!

Jane x

Ribble Valley, Lancashire Children's Photographer - Glitter Session

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

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

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

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

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

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

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

 
Adele
 

Here is what Adele had to say about her experience.

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

Jane x

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

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Newborn Photographer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are some of my favourite images from the session.

Jane x

Meeting baby Harper and her lovely family - Ribble Valley, Lancashire newborn and family photographer

Ribble Valley and Lancashire Wedding and Newborn Photographer.

 
Annabelle & Harper
 

Hi there!

If you have been following my work, you might recognise Annabelle. She came to for a photo shoot approximately 6 months ago with her cousin, Jaxon. On that shoot, Annabelle announced she was going to be a big sister! So, this week, she returned with her brand new baby sister, Harper for a newborn and sibling shoot.

Annabelle found some of my daughters toys to amuse herself with whilst Harper took centre stage. I started her off in my favourite hand knitted outfit and used various baskets, bowls and faux furs. She was a little unsettled at first, but a quick fill up of milk and she was good to go. From here, she totally rocked her newborn session. She wasn't for going to sleep, but she was more than happy to watch what I was up to. Every so often, her big sister came to get in on the action, which was lovely.

Once we were done with the props, we moved Harper on to my posing beanbag. She loved it on there. Mind, it is super soft and cosy! After I took a few of Harper all wrapped up, we moved on to doing my favourite shots..... Parents hands holding their baby on a black backdrop. I don't know about you, but I think it looks awesome!

From there, I took a few of them as a family. Annabelle was bored by this stage. However, I did manage to bribe her for a couple of smiles with the promise of some sweeties for afterwards...

If you are pregnant and fancy a newborn shoot, it can be booked any time after your 20 week scan. It's best to get booked in nice and early as I only book approximately 4 a month. This is because babies have a habit at not arriving on time. This means  I have more flexibility with rearranging your appointment. Newborns are best to photograph within their first 2 weeks, ideally between 4 and 10 days old.

If you would like to discuss this further, please drop me a message.

Jane x

 

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

Ribble Valley and Lancashire Wedding and Newborn Photographer.

 
 
Isabelle
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy New Year!

Jane x

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

 
Isabelle
 

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

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

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

Enjoy,

Jane x

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

Ribble Valley and Lancashire Wedding, Newborn and Family Photographer.

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

 
 

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

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

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

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

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

Much love,

Jane x

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

Ribble Valley and Lancashire Wedding, Newborn and Family Photographer.

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

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

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

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

Jane x

Lancaster family photo shoot - The Lewis family

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

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

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

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

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

Here is what Kate had to say about her experience;

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jane x