Oren visited me at my studio in Preston, along with his big brother and sister so everyone could be involved, and not miss out on the fun of their first official family portrait together - I couldn't of asked for better models in my studio.
Sometimes it can be challenging managing little people in the studio, so I make it as much fun as possible but - these kids smashed it. The only hard bit was deciding who could hold Oren, they were both equally amazing at it so they both held him for pictures.
Oren's parents selected more neutral and rustic colours and tones for their pictures - dad is very handy with wood work so the rustic wooden back drop only seemed perfect to fit in with his interests.
In fact I have tapped him up to hopefully create some bespoke wooden props for my photo shoots..... watch this space.
I was so excited to use some new props I recently acquired in the studio (psssst don't tell my husband) - I am in love with this little bed set up on the rustic backdrop, finished with creams and neutral fabrics, whilst Oren sleeps peacefully, I didn't want to disturb him. This cute little bed was a favourite with both mum & dad.
I also include beautiful, timeless portraits in Black & White - these photo's are created using the parents hands, you will look back on these pictures in years to come wondering how your baby once curled up in your hands when you watch them running around the garden - or when they leave home to venture to university. When people say they grow so fast...... they really do.
How perfect are these three? these pictures are my most favourite once to capture in the studio - my heart melts so much.
Pictures are so precious - they are only this small ONCE.
What to do if you or your child are poorly
This time of year is awful for sickness & illness with lots of colds and bugs going around.
I know if you have a photo shoot arranged and you are all excited to have your family pictures updated, then your child is under the weather on the day of your shoot or is showing signs of a cold, snotty nose, and very clingy and grouchy - please get in touch to re-schedule your session.
Your child isn't going to be happy or smiley and we are not going to get the results you want form your session - and it's ok to reschedule, I have a family of my own so I do understand.
I also work with a lot of little newborn client's and expecting mamma's too, so I have to ensure I stay away from colds and bugs - these can be harmful or worst case even fatal! to newborn babies and pregnant ladies if passed on.
If I feel unwell my babies are my first priority and I will reschedule your session if I feel unwell or I am poorly - it can be an inconvenience but I do have you and your baby's best interests at heart, and I would hate to make you or them really unwell.
If you have a photo shoot booked and your baby, child or family member are unwell - please get it touch so we can reschedule your session when they are all better again.
Here are some links from the NHS website which cover passing on illnesses to newborns and which can be fatal - such as cold sores!
NHS - Infections harmful in Pregnancy - READ MORE HERE
NHS - Neonatal Herpes - READ MORE
So together - let's create happy memories!
Sarah Mclean Photography
14a Berry Lane,
Why Printing Your Pictures Is So Important
I’ll bet you have used your phone to take a picture of your family this week? You might have used your phone camera today, you maybe even use your camera every day. It has never been easier to take photographs – we all carry a camera in our mobile phone. And yet our children have fewer and fewer physical prints to hold and look at.
When I was a child I used to love looking through an old tin of photographs my Grandma kept. Mostly there was writing on the back with names I didn’t recognise and dates from long before I was born. There were very formal black and white photographs mounted on fancy card that were obviously taken in Victorian photography studios – solemn family faces and soldiers in uniform. It felt like I was looking at a mysterious forgotten time and I loved looking at the clothing, the old vehicles in the background and seeing how my gran looked as a young woman. It was like I was time travelling. I could spend hours in that tin of photographs and chatting with gran about the people, places and times they pictured.
Imagine if those precious memories were instead sitting on something that needed a machine to let me see them.
A machine that was around in the 40’s or even the 70’s. Even if my gran had kept the machines I’d needed, would just seeing them hold the same magic for me. Definitely not.
So have a think about where you store your own family photographs. Are they on your mobile phone? A hard drive? CD’s? Mini discs? (remember those!?) Floppy discs? You get my point – technology is changing so rapidly that it can be difficult to keep up. The must-have storage of today is archived in favour of something new every few years.
The only way you can be sure to preserve your picture memories for your children and grandchildren is to print them. One of my fondest child hood memory and even to this day, I enjoy flicking through dusty photo albums looking back on those memories that have been long forgotten.
Your Mobile Phone Pictures
For most of us, our mobile phones are where the majority of our ‘snaps’ are kept. The everyday images of holidays, days out, toothy grins, first foods, and silly selfies. These are the images your children will cherish when they grow up – you must print them! And you have loads of options for printing from your mobile phone – here are some of my favourites:
I use an app called Free Prints...... find out more HERE
Free prints is so easy to use and links up with your social media such as your instagram and Facebook pages for easy printing – what would you do if all social media platforms closed? And you lost all of your memories you have shared over the years.
Your Professional Pictures
As well as the everyday snaps, most families choose a professional photographer like me to capture more important milestones. New additions to your family, birthdays, a new pet, or the annual family portrait all involve a professional portrait photographer who can capture you all in a perfect setting, looking your best. The portraits I produce at my photography studio in Preston, Lancashire, are your own personal works of art and are designed to be displayed.
There’s lots of evidence to show that it boosts self-esteem, confidence and contentment when your portraits are displayed in your home.
I offer clients beautiful print packages as well as wall art, and although I do sell USB’s which hold the digital copies of your images, I would always recommend purchasing prints and wall art products from me as I use a professional lab so I can guarantee the quality.
You don’t want to invest in beautiful portraits only to have them printed poorly. You want your photo’s to look their very best.
Time for new family portraits? Click here to browse my portrait photography services
Hi I am Sarah Mclean, a portrait photographer based in Preston, Lancashire.
I had so much fun in Benjamin's newborn photography session. He slept like a dream......
Mum, dad & Benjamin arrived to the studio for part one of his photoshoot. (I split the shoot into two sessions so his big sister didn't miss school and she joined us another day after school for their precious family & sibling photo's).
Harry Potter was a huge theme at his mummy & daddy's wedding last year, so it was only perfect to include the Magic of Harry Potter into Benjamin's newborn pictures.
The magical sorting hat chose Benjamin to go in to the Gryffindor house at Hogwarts....
Benjamin showed us his close ups and poses and looked so adorable, just look at his baby squish!
I got to use green in Benjamin's newborn session and I am in love, these beautiful tones look great and adding colour in your bespoke session adds so much vibrancy and variety too, and the green looks so good against his skin tone too.
I understand myself that after having a baby, that getting in front of a camera is sometimes the last thing you want to do, but just look how precious mum and baby photo's are.
I can ensure you will look your very best when you have your mum and baby photo's with me - I know exactly how to position you all for the most beautiful family pictures, just check Vicky out here..... stunning!
and we don't leave the dads out .......
Welcome to the world............
For more information on our Newborn Baby Photo shoots CLICK HERE
Beautiful photography from Bump, Birth and Beyond...... help a small business & share this post <3
Sarah Mclean Photography
14a Berry Lane, Longridge PR3 3JA
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Top Travel Hacks & FREE Checklist!
If you are looking at getting away this summer for your family holidays with your new baby, here are some travel hacks before you travel with your baby this summer.
Is my newborn baby old enough to travel?
If your baby is under one years old check out this list of hacks before you head off this summer
1. Baby Carrier or Buggy
Choose a light weight buggy to use around the airport if you do require a buggy /stroller for your baby, you can even purchase a two in one, which is a car seat stroller, which are perfect for your journey from the airport to your hotel in your hire car or taxi. CLICK HERE FOR THE DOONA
Baby slings or carriers mean you can check your stroller on to the aeroplane at check in and be hands free around the airport. CLICK HERE FOR CARRIERS
2. Check in Hand Luggage
If you have children with their own hand luggage, relieve stress at the airport by checking in your hand luggage. Easy Jet offer a fast track check in service with checked hand luggage free or at a small cost called HANDS FREE. This is a life saver with small children in control of bags at the airport plus less time waiting to check in means more free time to have lunch and browse duty free. Some air line allow you to check hand luggage free and voluntary – check with your airline provider.
3. Meet & Greet Parking
Book early to get the best rates on meet and greet parking, hassle free especially with young children, there is no need to wait in a car park for a crowded airport shuttle there and back from the airport.
4. Baby Formula & Liquid restrictions
There are no restrictions on baby feeds and formula like other liquids. You are allowed to take enough feed for your baby’s journey.
5. Worried about Take off?
Feed your baby when the plane takes off to reduce ear aches and pains.
What to Pack?
Cot. Check your room and reservation has a cot before travelling
Cot Bedding. You may wish to bring bedding such as cot sheets that smell like home for your baby to settle better
Travel Black out Blind. If your baby wakes up at sunrise a travel blind may help early risers due to the sunlight
Sun Canopy. A canopy or umbrella for your stroller to keep your baby in the shade, and don’t forget your sun pod for the pool and beach to protect from the sun and wind
Rash Vests. For babies and children, they offer up to factor 50 sun protection against burns
Baby Monitor. A plug in baby monitor & nightlight for the night time feeds. Don’t forget your travel adaptors
Nappies, swim nappies, wipes and creams
Changing mat or disposable mats (Puppy pads work just as well)
Sun hat and Sun cream
Bibs. Opt for a rubber bib which can be wiped and washed. This will save having bibs to launder
Travel steriliser. You can also use steriliser pouches too and are available in most chemists and shops
Bottles. and formula milk
Food pouches if your baby is on solids, and spoon.
Camera. You need to capture your baby's first holiday memories and snaps
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Hi I'm Sarah McLean a Maternity & Newborn Specialist portrait photographer based in Preston Lancashire.
In July we have an exciting special visit from the enchanted fairies!
Explore the secret fairy garden here in the studio, for our third Magical Fairy Experience.
This event SOLD OUT last time, we only have Limited Spaces available for this event
BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment.
I have teamed up with Enchanted Wedding, www.enchanted-wedding.co.uk/
who normally provide Bespoke Venue Styling for weddings & events with a magical fairytale themes.
Sarah Scott provides fairytale pieces to add to the scenery in our magical secret fairy garden.
Make wishes into the magical fairy pond whilst I capture magical fairy photo's - it's every little girl's dream to become a magical fairy, so with a sprinkle of fairy dust and a flutter of tiny wings we let the magic happen here in the studio.
Your fairy images will be transformed with a sprinkle of fairy dust, and the magic will be added to your fairy pictures to make them even more special.
The Fairies will be here on the 21st & 22nd July 2018
With Packages starting at just £50
Including: costume hire, fairy garden photo shoot and a selection of prints ready to frame
......Don't miss out!
Reserve your spot today with just a £25 booking fee
"Playing dress up starts at age three, and never truly ends" - Kate Spade
Your own little fairy can choose to wear a custom made fairy dress with 'real' fairy wings, and a beautiful flower garland head piece to complete their final look.
Then they will step into the magical fairy garden for their Fairy Photo shoot, I will tell the story of the enchanted fairies, whilst posing your daughter and creating beautiful fairy portraits for you all to treasure.
Each fairy will receive a special gift from the Enchanted Fairies too.
In a world of make believe, make your daughter's dreams come true.
I run my own little portrait photography studio based in Preston.
Enchanted Wedding – Bespoke Venue Styling
An insight into Enchanted Wedding’s fairy garden centrepieces
It starts with a clear glass bowl, a lot of imagination and love of all things fairy and miniature.
I fill the bowl just less then a ¼ full with white or coloured sand to match the theme of the wedding. (if you are creating a fairy garden like mine at home you can just use soil from the garden.)
Many of my wedding centerpieces are tailored to the clients and may have a theme or even tell a story. I also create centerpieces for birthday parties, christenings and corporate events. Recently I have created bespoke centrepieces which represent family members. I also had one wedding where they wanted a scene of Gisburn Forrest as this is where the bride was proposed to by the groom. I have also made elegant table centrepieces which incorporate the hobbies of the bride and groom such as archery and holidays. My newest commission is to create winter wonderland centrepieces.
Take a look at my website and
Facebook page to see examples: www.enchanted-wedding.co.uk www.facebook.com/enchanetdwed
Making a fairy garden doesn’t have to be expensive. Here’s a few inexpensive items you can use to make a fairy garden just like ours.
For the foliage I use reindeer moss. A lot of the accessories I create are made by myself (if you can’t be bothered to make them message me and I can sell you some). The toadstools are made from Fimo, which is a coloured modeling clay that can be popped in the oven for 10 minutes to harden. The miniature fairy houses are made from upside down seed plant pots and decorated with moss, painted with green acrylic paint for the moss look, and air drying clay to make the chimney.
After quite a few years of creating these centerpieces it all just comes together. Sometime I will make centerpieces and leave from for a while and come back to them. A bit like if you were creating a painting. Having a break from it means you can see what detail needs to be added or if anything needs changing.
By Sarah McLean Photography based in Longridge near Preston, Lancashire
What to take to your newborn baby photo shoot....
As a parent myself I understand how it can be a challenge to get out of the door with young children or a young baby – you feel as everything but the kitchen sink is packed in your bag ready for your outing, and we have all been there when we realise what we have forgotten too!
I have put together this handy check list of items to bring along with you to your newborn baby's photo shoot to help relieve the stress of forgetting an item off the list.
I send a helpful prep guide to parents when they book me for their newborn session, here are my top tips on what to bring to your newborn session.
To find out more on Newborn sessions, for your baby photo's in Lancashire - click below.
Sarah McLean is an award winning photographer specialising in Newborn Baby Photography.
Sarah Mclean Photography - Maternity and Newborn Photography, Babies and Milestones, Cake Smash and Family Portraits in Longridge, Preston, Lancashire and surrounding areas Clitheroe, Blackburn, Chorley, Leyland.
Wow how fast has that first year gone?
It’s nearing your baby’s first big milestone – their first birthday, it’s been a busy first year and you have done it! So why not celebrate this special occasion with a first birthday cake smash photo shoot.
What is a Cake smash?
It’s a fun filled celebration portrait package, with cake, balloons, bunting, and party decorations – to mark this first big milestone, turning one.
It involves a professional portrait session in my photography studio based in Preston, Lancashire. I create a bespoke set to your chosen theme, colours and source the decorations to make a unique set for your baby’s birthday. We start off capturing those important milestone birthday pictures, and then we bring out the cake.
Your baby has fun, touching, tasting and playing with the cake whilst creating beautiful memories of this once in a life time occasion.
Clean up is just as fun with a splash session, with lots of bubbles and ruby ducks and lots of giggles – little ones, love bath time!
So you have booked your Cake Smash session, here are some handy tips on getting the most from your portrait shoot in the studio.
In the weeks leading up to your cake smash, let your baby play with finger foods. Introduce new tastes and textures and encourage messy play. Move away from the high chair to the floor so your baby is introduced to the idea of eating on the floor with finger foods. This helps to build up their confidence.
NEVER force your baby to eat or touch food, or stick their hands into the food or cake.
Some babies prefer to try new things, and others prefer a little more time.
Encourage play, and get involved too – this helps them to become more confident with experiencing new textures and flavours prior to their cake smash.
Finally Introduce a cup cake with frosting. Some babies haven’t experienced such sweet and sticky foods before, so doing this won’t be such a shock on the day, gradually build them up with different textures and flavours and find their favourite type of cake.
Cake Smash Day
Relax and take it easy and try not to over stimulate your baby with lots of activities on the day of their cake smash, and try and encourage a nap so they are not over tired and grumpy when they arrive to the studio.
Give your baby a healthy protein filled breakfast on the morning of their cake smash.
Remember the studio and me; the photographer are new to your baby and like trying new foods, some little ones need time to adjust and feel comfortable in a new place, with new people and their new surroundings.
What to bring
Bring your cake, Pack a bag with, a change of clothes (for you and your baby), Cake smash outfit, towel, baby bath, drinks, snacks (savoury ones work best as we use these to get the most of the cake smash when your baby doesn’t want any more cake), favourite toy.
This is a celebration session, please enjoy the experience and be in a happy mood, even if the session is moving slower than you expected – your baby can sense tension, and may need a little more time to ‘perform’ on the day. We sing songs and play games, so please have your babies favourite songs saved on your mobile phone ready.
Smile and enjoy the fun - let me create you those beautiful memories for you and your family.
For more information on Cake smash & celebration packages click the link > www.sarahmcleanphotography.co.uk/cakesmash.html
Sarah McLean is an award winning photographer based in Longridge in Lancashire specialising in your babies first year from Bump, Birth and Beyond.
Sarah McLean Photography
14a Berry Lane
My first Guest Blogger for 2018 is with the lovely Hayley & Lyndsay from Breathe Hypnobirthing based in Preston, Lancashire.
Introducing Hayley & Lyndsay who are both practicing Mental Health nurses with over 25 years service within the NHS.
With their combined passion for pregnancy and birth – and support from their loving Husbands and families – Breathe Hypnobirthing was born.
Helping couples and new parents in Lancashire to have a much more positive and relaxing birthing experience....
Hypnobirthing is a complete antenatal program to inform and educate pregnant ladies and their birthing partner’s about their pregnancy, birth and their choices.
Couples are provided with simple, logical, practical and very effective tools to enable them to let go of fear and build confidence in order to focus positive energy into birthing their newborn baby calmly and naturally.
Using positive affirm nations, relaxation and self hypnosis techniques, Hypnobirthing enables couples to give themselves and their baby the best possible start in life, and can really make a difference to couples experience of giving birth.
Hypnobirthing isn’t just for couples who plan on having a natural birth, it is designed for all mums; mums who may need or choose an induction, or require a caesarean section, enabling couples to make informed and empowered choices about the care mother and baby will receive to help them have a more positive birth experience.
"I had a more relaxing birth experience"
Hypnobirthing sessions are one session per week held over a course of four, lasting around two to two and half hours, including:
Hypnobirthing has a huge focus on your birth partner, and we love to include your birth partner in both the pregnancy and preparation for their role during labour and birth and the support they can provide for mum.
Couples attending classes are educated about the changes which happen in the body during pregnancy, discussing and explaining all the terminology used during and in pregnancy.
“I was terrified of the idea of giving birth and so when a colleague recommended hypnobirthing I decided to give it a try”
Hypnobirthing gives your birth partner a role, so during birth when mum is focusing on managing surges and birthing baby, your partner can take the lead in managing the environment and communicating with the healthcare professionals so mum doesn’t have to.
Your partner is involved in the decision making for pregnancy and birth and means they are aware of all of the choices and decisions they need or may need to make for your birth, and ‘Breathe Hypnobirting’ ensures that they are confident in communicating these.
Actively banishing the stereotypical ‘useless dad’ and focusing on how much of an important role they have during birth – many mums comment after their birth that they truly could not have done it without their partner.
Hypnobirthing will always make a difference to pain relief, one thing we don’t promise is a pain free birth – instead we provide the tools for parents to lead a much calmer and more manageable birth.
Relaxation scripts are practiced with couples to help mum to enter a deep, relaxed sate to enable her to manage her surges better, training the mind to eliminate fear and therefore pain. The more couples practice the more effective the relaxation will be and tend to find mums can manage their birth with little or no pain relief.
“The breathing techniques along with the visualizations and affirmations made the pain much more bearable and I was able to cope with only gas and air during the birth of my daughter”
Benefits for you and your baby include:
‘Breathe Lancashire’ repeatedly hear wonderful birth stories from their mums and couples of Hypnobirthing babies and reports of them being calm, content, sleeping and feeding really well. They seem to thrive better – it may seem miraculous but this is how hypnobirthing is designed to be.
Jennifer booked her daughter’s newborn baby photo’s with me – Sarah McLean Photography, and when she told me the story about her wonderful birthing experience she had with Breathe Hypnobirthing I was fascinated to know and find out more which inspired me to Blog about her experience for pregnant mums looking into Hypnobirthing …………
Read below Jen’s experience with Breathe Hypnobirthing Lancashire.
“I was terrified of the idea of giving birth and so when a colleague recommended hypnobirthing I decided to give it a try. It’s not hypnotism, but a range of relaxation techniques to help you stay calm and go into almost a hypnotic-like state during labour.
It reminds you of the simple fact that your body is made to be able to give birth, it’s not a medical procedure but a natural process that will happen whether a midwife or doctor is present or not. It explains how if you’re stressed and scared of labour then adrenaline kicks in which makes you tense up and pumps your blood to your arms and legs as a fight or flight response which makes labour more difficult.
By teaching you to stay calm and trust the process your body stays relaxed and loose and labour is less uncomfortable.
The sessions give you a range of tools to help you stay calmer; information about what happens in labour, relaxation scripts which help you get into a meditative-like state, positive affirmations to remind you that your body’s capable of birthing naturally and knows what to do, and breathing techniques which help you through the discomfort. They also helped us form a birth plan and encouraged us to define what our preferences would be for the different stages of labour.
I found it really helped allay my fears and preconceptions about labour so that I was more confident going into it. The breathing techniques along with the visualizations and affirmations made the pain much more bearable and I was able to cope with only gas and air during the birth of my daughter.
I really feel that hypnobirthing made a big difference to my experience of giving birth and I’d highly recommend it to both mums and dads to be”.
Jen - Breathe Hypnobirthing client
Are you ready to try Hypnobirthing?
‘Breathe Hypnobirthing’ teach at various locations across Lancashire – They have group courses running on a regular basis at Trybe Hot Yoga Studio in Penwortham,
Azcend Health and Fitness Club in Catterall, and Lavender Barn at Charnock Farm in Leyland.
Bespoke 1:1 sessions are available for couples as home visits or agreed locations across Lancashire, these are for couples who prefer a more private and bespoke course tailored to their personal requirements.
To find out more, contact Hayley and Lyndsay via their website below;
I had the pleasure of photographing Elora at just 20 days new– Elora is one of Breathe Lancashire’s own Hypnobirthing Babies – here are a selection of her newborn baby photo’s taken at my photography studio in Preston, Lancashire.
To find out more about maternity and newborn baby photography please visit
Click HERE for more information about Maternity and Newborn Baby Photography.
Please check out these links to other great articles on my blog:
What to pack in your hospital bag – with a free printable checklist
Hospital photo checklist for dad
To find out more information on a Hypnobirthing class and sessions in Lancashire please CLICK HERE
Introducing a new baby to your toddler.
However you approach the way to tell your Toddler about your news, it will depend on your toddler how the process the information of the arrival of a new baby brother or sister.
I have put together some handy tips for when your new baby arrives and dealing with your toddler below.
Please see our FREE printable photo checklist of must have hospital photo's for dad to take CLICK HERE
Sarah Mclean Photography
14a Berry Lane, Longridge, Preston PR3 3JA
Specialist Maternity, Newborn Baby and Family photographer based in Longridge, Preston, Lancashire.
Surrounding areas: Clitheroe, Blackburn, Chorley, Leyland, Blackpool
Sarah McLean is a newborn portrait photographer providing her service to the Ribble Valley & Lancashire. She specialises in Newborns, Babies, Children, Families .