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

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

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

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!

 
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It was now time for the splash part of the cake smash session. I’d been saying all the way through the shoot how this is always the bit that children enjoyed the most. Isabelle had clearly been listening in and wanted to prove me wrong. She didn’t want to get in the tub. Even rubber ducks and bubbles couldn’t persuade her. It didn’t matter. Having children of my own and working with them for a few years has taught me that all children are different. So, we put a different tutu on her and gave her a pearl necklace to play with. She loved being a big girl and taking it on and off.

 
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This family is truly awesome and I can’t wait to see them again in the future.

Much love,

Jane x

Cake by Ebella

Riley's smash & splash session - Ribble Valley family photographer

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
Riley Hammond
 

I have been lucky enough to follow Riley’s first year of life. Her parents booked my ‘watch me grow’ package before Riley was born. That meant they had a newborn session, a sitter session when she was around 6 months and a smash & splash session for her first birthday. Their car must know its way from Clitheroe to my place by now.

 
Riley Hammond
 

Anyway, earlier this week, the big day arrived. It was Riley’s first birthday! Her first year has gone so quickly. It feels like only a couple of months ago I was doing her newborn shoot! I had bought a new tutu and I couldn’t wait to test it out on her. Her parents had brought along a unicorn cake. It matched my theme perfectly.

 
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For the first time, Riley was a bit dubious about her photo shoot. She was looking at us like we were bonkers when we were telling her to bash the cake! Her Mummy got involved and showed her what need to be done. Seconds later, she was loving it. That cake went everywhere! Once I knew I had got the shots I needed, I went to take the cake away. Riley looked gutted that I was taking it from her. Her smile soon came back when she spotted my little tub full of bubble bath. She was especially pleased to see my family of rubber ducks.

 
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Riley has been amazing to work with each of her sessions. She is such a lovely little girl. I hope to see you again in the future.

Jane x