Boho styled shoot - The Wellbeing Farm, Edgworth, Lancashire.

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 

I totally love being a Lancashire based wedding photographer. I have met so many lovely couples during consultations and shooting weddings. I have also met so many fantastic wedding suppliers along the way. Some that I have ended up becoming good friends with.

Around Easter last year, I organised a styled shoot with my friend, Jo from A Cake Occasion. A styled shoot is where a group of wedding suppliers come together, pick a theme and make a mock up wedding. We use models for this. Sometimes they are actually a couple, sometimes not. In fact, we have used lone models too. Anyway, the shoot went really well and we started arranging another one straight away! We were so excited!

In that first shoot, we got Nikki for Nikki Webb MUA, Rachael from The Wedding Workshop and Liz from Orchid Designs, Clitheroe on board.

In November, we brought in two new suppliers; Danielle from Oh So Pretty and Laura from The Flower Girls, Whalley. We did a winter wonderland shoot and it was amazing!

 
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So, that is how we all came together to make the dream team! As soon as we had finished the last shoot, we began planning again! We knew we wanted a wedding venue with a difference. We wanted something a bit quirky, fun with great outdoor space. I knew I wanted a pair of funky wellies involved! So, we decided on boho for our theme. That is when we knew that The Wellbeing Farm, Edgworth was perfect! Jo and I nipped across the month before to get some ideas of what we were going to do. When we went last month, it was a beautiful day. The sun was out and we were there without our coats on. Roll forward to the day of our shoot….. Storm Gareth was here! It was dark, raining and so windy! But it didn’t put us off. We just cracked on with it.

 
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Nikki and Danielle made a start on Rachel and Megan’s hair and makeup. Jo, Rachael and Laura set up the wedding cake table and another table with a hooped table plan, flowers and candles. Wow, it looked amazing!

Soon, both of our model brides were ready and they looked out of this world! Chester, the Old English Sheepdog had also arrived. He was super excited to be in on the action. But not before lots of cuddles and kisses from all of us!

 
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Jo and I had taken along food and drinks for us all to share. Jo had even made us a chocolate fudge cake for after our lunch. I couldn’t wait to sample a slice of that. It was incredible!

After a quick pit stop, we were ready to go again. Rachel and Megan were great together. They had literally only met each other that morning. If you didn’t know that though, you would have thought that they had been best friends forever. I love natural images and these two nailed it. Rachel kept apologising for laughing. She needn’t. I love laughing images. They are so much fun.

 
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Rachel knew that I’d booked to come to The Wellbeing Farm due to the donkeys, llamas and alpacas. Once the rain had stopped, she was more than happy to go out. It was literally blowing a gale! We walked up one of the tracks to get a shot that I wanted by a fence. It was far too windy and was never going to work. Rachel wanted to wait for a dip in the wind, but I wouldn’t let her as she was getting blown to bits. Brave lady! So we went back down to shelter with the animals in the barn. Augustus took a bit of a liking to Rachel’s flower crown at one point!

 
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It was now time to go back inside. Thank goodness! We just had to make use of the funky sofas, milk churn bar stools and straw bales whilst there. Both ladies were total legends and I can’t thank them enough for their time yesterday.

I totally love our little team and I can’t wait for our next styled shoot. You know how I said that once we finish one shoot, we start planning our next? Well this time, we are planning our next two!!

 
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Massive shout out to all of our team. You are an incredible bunch of ladies and I can’t wait to work with you all again!

Jane x

Venue - The Wellbeing Farm

Cake - A Cake Occasion

Hair - Oh So Pretty

Makeup - Nikki Webb MUA

Flowers - The Flower Girls, Whalley

Stationery & dressing - The Wedding Workshop

Dresses - Orchid Designs

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 wedding photographer - couples portraits

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
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Well hello!

You might already know that I am a Lancashire based wedding photographer. I live in a lovely little village called Langho. It is nestled in the beautiful Ribble Valley. I cover Cumbria, Yorkshire, Manchester, Cheshire, Merseyside and pretty much anywhere in the North West! That being said, I will travel further afield too.

When I meet new clients, I often tell them that my favourite part of shooting a wedding is the couples portraits. Most of them want to know why this is. It’s simple. From the start to the finish of the day, it is pretty full on……

Bridal preparation is a gentle easer into the day. But you aren’t 100% relaxed; more a mixture of nerves and excitement. That being said, I do love being there for bridal preparation as I get to interact and be with you and the bridal party from the word go.

The wedding ceremony is the reason we are all there!

The drinks reception is lovely as it is the first time that the wedding guests have got to give you their best wishes. They are very excited to congratulate you both. But….. you, the newlyweds haven’t even had chance to say hi to each other.

Now, it tends to be time for the couples portraits. Sometimes it is done after the confetti shot or group shots. That is totally on what timetable you have given me. So, I would tend to take you away from everyone else. That way, you can grab a breather. You can obviously take your drink with you, don’t panic! Couples portraits usually take around 20 minutes. I tend to walk around the grounds (park or wherever you have chosen) with you, shooting as we go. It is really relaxed. I do give you hints for posing and know what looks good. I encourage laughter and will often make a fool of myself to relax you and get a giggle. All the while, you are getting to chat and get close to your new wife/husband! Once we are done, I will return you to your guests. Depending on the time of year, I will sometimes nip you out again in the evening for some lovely golden hour (sunset) shots.

Throughout the day, I make sure I take lots of candid images of you and your wedding guests. I also focus of taking plenty of shots of the details there; table settings, centre pieces, flowers, signs etc.

I leave you in peace whilst you eat your wedding breakfast. No one wants their photograph taking whilst eating! I return for the wedding speeches and see you through until just after the cutting of the wedding cake and your first dance.

If you are looking for your wedding photographer and all this sounds good, please send me a message or give me a call.

Jane x

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.

 
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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

 
Catherine & Joe
 

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

A Winter Wedding at Cheadle House, Cheshire - Katie & Taib

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
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In May 2018, Katie contacted me. She wanted to meet up and discuss her up coming wedding. We met for a coffee in Costa in Haslingden, Lancashire. She told me how she had met her husband to be, Taib whilst on holiday in Agadir. He worked at the hotel she was staying at. The couple hit it off straight away. After that holiday, they were in constant communication and Katie went back for many more holidays. She went out for Taib’s birthday and he proposed to her! Wow! Her family were slightly concerned at first, so they went out to meet him. It seems they fell in love with Taib straight away too and thought the pair were perfect for each other.

I am a Lancashire based wedding photographer. Katie and Taib were getting married in Cheshire. I didn’t mind though as I cover Cheshire, Yorkshire, Cumbria, Manchester etc anyway.

Christmas was now over and it was time to get married! I met Katie, her bridesmaids and her parents at Cheadle House. She had stayed over the previous night. Bridal preparation was well underway. Everyone was so excited. Katie wouldn’t stop talking (I am allowed to say that, she knows she talks a lot).

Taib had now arrived. He was equally excited! He was enjoying a chat with the guests whilst Katie finished getting ready.

The bride and groom became husband and wife after having a civil ceremony at the hotel. True to Katie, the first thing she did was pose for a selfie with her new husband!

It was a bitter cold day. So I made sure I was quick with group shots and couples portraits. Taib was loving that part. He couldn’t stop kissing his new wife. I didn’t even have to prompt him!

I stayed with them through the wedding breakfast, cake cutting and first dance. Do you know what? This family were so lovely. Every single one of them made me feel so welcome. Thank you all so much!

Jane x

Venue - Cheadle House

Dress - New York Bride

Suit - Next

DJ - Cheadle House

Hair & makeup done by Katie’s friends.

Katie did her own flowers.

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

Lancashire cake smash and splash session - Aria

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
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I first met Aria when she was just a few days old. Her Mummy had been in contact with me whilst pregnant and booked a newborn session with me. Since then, I have seen her a couple of times; once for a Christmas photo session and then more recently, she came for a cake smash and splash session. This was to celebrate her first birthday.

I ordered a beautiful giant cupcake from Ebella, near Clitheroe, Lancashire and collected it the day before. I also used pink helium balloons, vintage bunting, pearls and a tutu. Who doesn’t love a tutu?

When Aria arrived, she was keen to get to the balloons! She didn’t need any settling in. She is a pro at this. She preferred to smash the cake with a wooden spatula rather than use her hands. That’s fine, anything goes.

 
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She found it so amusing when she knocked the cake completely off its stand! At this point, she thought it would also be funny to come and climb on both me and her Mummy. Don’t forget, she was now covered in buttercream! This happens in most cake smash sessions in fairness. I often go to collect my own daughters from school covered in mess. Oh well, I am not bothered.

Aria was now done with eating icing and cake.So it was now time for the splash part of the session. The children tend to love this bit. But again, who doesn’t love a splash in the tub? She decided that the cake hadn’t satisfied her and tried to eat the rubber ducks!

 
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I can’t wait to see Aria and her lovely Mummy again in the near future. We always have so much fun!

If your little one is about to have a special birthday and you fancy celebrating with a cake smash and splash session, drop me a message. I’d love to speak to you.

I am based in Langho, just outside Clitheroe.

Jane x

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

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
Bashall Barn Styled Shoot
 

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

Daisy Chain Photography, Lancashire based wedding photographer - Best of 2018

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
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Wow. Is 2018 really over already? What an incredible year it has been. It has been the first full year of wedding photography and I have loved every minute of it! I have met some amazing couples, worked with incredible suppliers and visited some great venues all over the North West! I shot in venues in Lancashire, Manchester, Cheshire and Yorkshire. I live just outside Clitheroe, Lancashire, so it is quite central to all the places.

I have loved meeting all of my couples. I love to hear about how they got together, their engagement, plans for their wedding and finally, their plans for their future together. It’s a great feeling when a couple put their trust in you to shoot their wedding.

I am not a traditional wedding photographer. I really don’t like staged photographs where everyone is stood round for hours on end. I prefer the more natural approach and tend to capture guests laughing together. That being said, I do love my couples portrait sessions, but that only takes about 20 minutes and is nice for the bride and groom to have a breather!

I have put together a small selection of my favourite images from this year’s weddings. It was pretty hard selecting them as like I said, I have had some fabulous ones.

I have already hit 50% of my target for 2019 weddings and I can’t wait to get started on them. If you are getting married in 2019 or 2020 and still looking for a wedding photographer, get in touch to secure your date.

Our experience of working with Jane as our wedding photographer has been fantastic from the moment I met her. She had been in constant communication leading up to the wedding and on the day she was just perfect. Jane worked so hard to get the perfect pictures of our special day. She was very friendly and it was a pleasure having her as a part of our wedding. Thank you so much for our amazing photographs x
— Cheryl & Alan

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.

 
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!

 
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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

A Winter Wonderland Styled Shoot At Bashall Barn, Clitheroe.

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
Bashall Barn Styled Shoot
 

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!

 
Bashall Barn Styled Shoot
 

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

Autumnal wedding at Artisan Ribble Valley - Gill & Darren

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
Gill & Darren
 

Earlier this year, I met Gill & Darren at Artisan Ribble Valley for their wedding consultation. It was the perfect place to meet up. Not only is it in between my house in Langho and theirs in Clitheroe, it is also the place they had booked to get married. They told me how they had known each other for many years, but had only recently got together. They bumped into each other at the MOD weekender in Clitheroe back in 2017. They hit it off and the rest is history! We discussed their plans so far. They only wanted a small wedding, so they were only inviting 20 guests. Gill was having her wedding dress hand made by Liz at Orchid Designs in Clitheroe.

Like them, we got on well from the word go and I was booked.

 
Gill & Darren
 

Flash forward to October. It was the day of the wedding and it wasn’t raining - yay!

I met Darren at Artisan Ribble Valley and got some shots of the venue and details before the wedding guests arrived. Darren was nervous, but very excited.

Guests were now arriving and it was almost time to get going.

 
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Gill had now arrived. Eeeeek! I went out greet her. She looked absolutely amazing! She was also very nervous, but eager to get going.

Her nephew had been given the honour of giving the beautiful bride away. Darren’s face lit up when he saw enter the room. They were both grinning from ear to ear.

The ceremony was lovely. Gill and Darren couldn’t take their eyes off each other. Both of their Mums had tears in their eyes (as did I at one point).

 
Gill & Darren
 

The bride and groom were now husband and wife!

They were greeted with a drink by the hotel staff. Their friends and family were keen to congratulate the happy couple. Oh, there were now 40 guests instead of the original 20 as planned. These things happen….

I whisked them outside for couples portraits. My favourite time of the day! They get to have a breather and I get to be creative. Win, win! There are some great areas at Artisan Ribble Valley for portraits. One being the wooden gazebo/band stand in the wooded area. I made a bee line for it.

 
Gill & Darren
 

Gill and Darren then enjoyed having a drink and chatting with their friends and family before their wedding breakfast. I left them shortly after speeches and the cake cutting.

Here is what Gill and Darren had to say about their experience of me working as their wedding photographer;

Hi Jane. Received our photos today. They’re absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much, we’re thrilled with them. We couldn’t have asked for anything better.... We had a lovely day and we’re so glad you were a big part of it. Thanks again 😘 Love Gill and Darren xx
— Gill Harris

Below is a list of the other suppliers involved in making Gill and Darren’s day extra special.

Jane x

Venue - Artisan Ribble Valley

Venue Dresser - Classique Wedding & Venue Styling

Wedding dress - Orchid Designs

Grooms suit - Paul Costello

Cake - eBella

Flowers - The Flower Shop Clitheroe

Hair - Kellie Hughes Hair & Beauty

End of summer wedding, Hurlston Hall - Rowan and Alex

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
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If you remember, earlier this year, I did an engagement shoot at Clitheroe Castle for Rowan and Alex. It was a freezing cold day and the ground was covered in snow. Their gorgeous boxer dog, Simon joined them for the photo shoot. It was a great morning and Simon was up to mischief. I love boxer dogs. They are one of my favourite breeds.

Anyway, flash forward to the end of summer. Rowan and Alex got married in Zante. They took their close friends and family to witness the wedding. Unfortunately, I couldn’t go with them. But I did get to be their wedding photographer for their UK party!

 
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I joined Rowan with her 8 bridesmaids at her parents house in Burscough for bridal preparation. The house was full of makeup, straighteners and laughter!

 
Rowan & Alex
 

The bridal party were collected by 3 lovely wedding cars and driven to Hurlston Hall Golf Club to meet the rest of the wedding party. I left about 15 mins ahead of them in order to catch up with the groom and his groomsmen. I took a walk round with Alex and the groomsmen and we took some photos on the way.

 
Rowan & Alex
 

By now, Rowan and the bridal party had arrived. I whisked the newlyweds off for their couples portraits. The sun was setting and it was so beautiful! Rowan and Alex are childhood sweethearts and totally in love. They made my job of getting some natural images easy!

 
Rowan & Alex
 

After their portraits, the bride and groom went for a drive in the wedding car before the guests arrived. That way, they could make a grand entrance. By the time they returned, all the guests were outside waiting; armed with confetti! The guests were in for a treat. Karen (Rowan’s Mum) had made a fantastic wedding cake for them. It even had fairy lights in it! They also had a magic mirror, candy floss machines, a sweetie table and Greek dancers!

Rowan and Alex make such a wonderful couple and I wish them all the best for their future.

Jane x

Venue - Hurlston Hall Golf Club

Dress - Wed2B Liverpool

Bridesmaid dresses - Chi Chi London

DJ - Andy B Events

Wedding cars - Churchtown Wedding Cars

Mirror and candy floss - Make It Stand Out

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.

 
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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 summer wedding at Burnley, Lancashire - Samantha and James

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
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At the back end of last year, I was contacted by Samantha. She had heard I was a Lancashire wedding photographer through a mutual friend. She told me all about her plans for her summer wedding in Burnley, Lancashire. We got on straight away and that was that, I was booked.

Flash forward to this September and the big day was here. I met Samantha and the rest of the bridal squad at Rosehill House, Burnley. The ladies had been up early and their hair was already done. Makeup was now well on the way. They were all super excited. Samantha’s Dad was there, making sure everything was in order. James has sent his bride to be a beautiful bouquet and a lovely card to go with it. The bride was now ready to go and she looked amazing!

 
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The bridal party were now on their way to the St. Matthew’s Church. I rushed ahead to get some shots of James and his best man. As Samantha walked down the aisle with her Dad, James stood there grinning like the Cheshire Cat! He just knew he had hit the jackpot!

The exchanging of rings had now taken place - Samantha and James were husband and wife! The bride and groom walked through a confetti aisle before we headed around the corner to Scott Park for couples portraits. This is the best time of the day; the newlyweds get to have a breather and some time to just themselves, well I am obviously there too, but you know what I mean. Samantha and James love Scott Park as it is just round the corner from their house. They often go their with their children. I spotted a lovely stone bridge straight away, so we made our way over to that first.

 
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From here, we headed back to the hotel to meet the wedding guests. Wedding breakfast was served, followed by the speeches. What made the speeches extra special was Samantha and James’ son gave one, including a picture he had drawn. That little boy was awesome. He had me in stitches throughout the day.

Now the formalities were over with, it was party time! Wow, that crew knew how to party, hard!

Special mention to Samantha’s friend Laura who made the couples wedding cake.

Jane x

Brides dress - Dreamaker

Grooms suit - Dreamaker

Venue - Rosehill House

DJ- DJ Buck