Congratulations, your pregnant!
Pregnancy is such an exciting time in any ladies life - every day is a step closer to meeting the little bundle of joy you are growing patiently inside of you.
Maternity sessions are so much fun, and towards the end of my pregnancy I remember I practically lived in jogging bottoms and t-shirts, and nothing fit, and I was tired and hadn't actually got dressed up for quite a few months.
My Maternity sessions not only capture and record professional photo's of your baby bump as a keepsake reminder, but my sessions are designed to make mam's to feel super glam and amazing!
I have photographed a few families expecting their first baby, shooting the traditional pregnancy style photo's wearing casual clothes, and maybe your partner's shirt, and I still capture these as part of your maternity session, but I want to my mama to be's to look and feel......GORGEOUS!
Do something for you, before you time is taken up with your new baby when he or she arrives into the world.
As females, we always feel that we need to have an occasion or an excuse to do something and never much for ourselves. Maternity portraits are often overlooked because of the impending arrival of your baby - maybe you don't feel nice, or your scared of feeling huge - why not celebrate this magical time of what your body is doing...... creating life!
Your body is changing, so embrace those curves and feel super confident and stunning in front of the camera, get those 'WOW' pictures for your facebook or Art work for your home.
I provide a selection of stunning slips, dresses and lacy garments for you to wear during your session
you can wear as many of the items as you wish to change up your looks during your time in the studio, and you can wear as much or a little as you want.
My most requested maternity pose is an implied nude in black & white showing off your new baby bump curves - your body is amazing!
I know how to flatter and poses ladies to look their very best.
Partners and baby's siblings are more than welcome to be involved in your maternity session, making your images much more intimate and special with your family.
Your pregnancy is a very special time, and much like the newborn baby stage, it's an irreplaceable time too.
Nothing to wear?
Don't worry - choose from our ever growing collection of slips, dresses and gowns to wear at your shoot.
Maternity sessions all take place at my studio based in Longridge Nr Preston, Lancashire.
The studio is warm & welcoming with a growing selection of slips, gowns & dresses to wear during your photo shoot.
With a private changing area, you can try on as many of the dresses as you wish to choose the perfect one for you.
I have contacts of local Make up artists should you wish to have your hair and make up professionally done before your shoot.
If you are still un-decided about booking your maternity photo shoot - why not take advantage of this amazing opportunity.
For all ladies who pre-book their newborn baby photo shoot on or before 30 weeks pregnant, you will receive a complimentary mini maternity session at around 36 weeks.
Then simply view your baby bump pictures together with your newborn baby ones, and combine your favourite images into your chosen package.
Some of my client's opted for the complimentary mini maternity session option, and when they saw their images they were happy they had the option to do it as they would not have considered it otherwise and they are so glad they have these memories.
Find out more CLICK HERE
Sarah Mclean Photography
14a Berry Lane, Longridge PR3 3JA
Congratulations! your new baby has arrived!
A much awaited arrival after patiently waiting to meet him and her.
You have been so busy with prepping for your new arrival, deciding on which pram to purchase, what colour to paint the nursery, not to mention stocking up boxes upon boxes of nappies - that you forgot to book your little one in for their professional newborn photo shoot.
So after searching the internet you are finding that Newborn photo shoots have been booked in advance so there is no sessions available, or you may be even told that a 3 weeks your newborn is too 'old' to be photographed for a 4 hour bespoke photography session.
You only want a few keepsake pictures of your baby at this fleeting time, and every day your baby is growing and changing.
Don't fret! here at Sarah McLean Photography, we have designed a new all inclusive package for busy mums in mind.
Our shortened down Newborn session is 'Pure & Simple' - just focusing on the most important part of - Recording your newborn baby as a set of timeless portraits before they grow and change any more.
These sessions also do not require advanced booking unlike our bespoke session, and can be booked when you have a spare hour one afternoon (subject to availability).
This session is suitable for babies up to 12 weeks - perfect for those who missed the initial fleeting two week newborn phase.
The Pure & Simple package also includes your favourite Five images as Hi resolution digital files, which are perfect for printing ans sharing your new images with family & friends, and this complete package makes an ideal Gift for someone who is expecting a new arrival or just had a baby.
All of the sessions take place in our baby friendly studio in Longridge, near Preston where you can sit and relax whilst we capture your babies first portraits.
With over 7 years experience in the speciality of Newborn Photography you can be guaranteed your baby is in the best hands for having their baby pictures taken.
For further information on our Newborn Baby Photo sessions, please call Sarah at the studio on: 01772784499
Or feel free to pop in for a chat over a coffee and have a look around.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Your Newborn Baby Portrait Photographer
Studio: 14a Berry Lane, Longridge PR3 3JA
Guest Blogger – Maureen Burton
The Benefits of Baby Massage
I am delighted to have Maureen Burton as our guest blogger to share her hints & tips of the benefits of her baby massage sessions.
Maureen Burton is the founder of Maureen Burton’s Baby Massage and Support Group based in Preston Lancashire.
Maureen is 62, and a mother to two adult boys, and has worked alongside the Health Visiting Team for 16 years, using baby massage as part of the post natal after care to new mums.
Over the years her passion for Infant Health grew and I focused on providing mums with a Baby Massage & Support centre at two local venues in the community – Grimsargh Village Hall, and Ribchester Club in Preston, Lancashire.
Maureen’s sole aim was to not only help mums bond with their babies, but to also create a meeting place for mums and parents to meet and have a network of friends and extra support. The need for support is greater after the NHS services were reduced.
Adjusting to life as a new mum can be a daunting yet such an enjoyable time with your new baby.
Maureen’s Baby Massage classes not only give you that crucial bonding time with your new baby, Maureen also shares tips on other popular topics such as weaning and sleep routines, and can signpost Mum’s to G.P’s for any medical advise.
A little more about Baby Massage
What is baby massage?
Baby Massage originates from old Indian Culture and evidence has found that baby massage has been practised dating back over 3000 years, as routine part of childcare from the moment of birth until the baby is weaned and walking.
Since the late to mid 1900s baby massage has become popular here in the U.K and more emphasis on the physical bonding between the parents and baby that more and more professionals are encouraging parents to make baby massage a part of your daily routine.
Your baby has spent 9 month’s growing inside your womb with constant touch and contact on their skin, even during their birth your baby is still experiencing contact, and touch therapy has benefits to both parent & baby.
What are the Benefits for me and my baby?
There are many additional benefits from practising baby massage – such as;
Maureen’s Baby Massage class teaches parent’s how to massage their baby – Here you learn essential massage strokes which soothe colicky babies and help relieve that stubborn trapped wind & constipation.
Babies from as early as birth start her classes, and attend up until they start crawling.
Her massage moves and strokes are sequenced with popular Nursery Rhymes which your baby will come to recognise the more they develop and one of Maureen’s moves which is set to the Rhyme ‘Pat-a-cake’ brings your babies arms out and opens the chest which helps your baby’s respiratory system.
"I enjoy coming to the baby massage group as it is a chance to meet new parents, it is fantastic bonding time with me and my baby, and also she really enjoys it and has a long nap after!"
Maureen’s excellent support group is an added benefit of attending her classes where mums can come and socialise with other mums, and make lots of new friends.
“Even when their babies have grown up and start nursery or even school, its lovely seeing the mums still keeping in touch, they have created lasting friendships”
After attending one of Maureen’s classes I got a first look on how beneficial her classes and her friendly advice given to the new mums who attend.
Maureen’s group also enjoy organising evening’s out, and meet ups so mums/parents can enjoy getting dressed up and socialise with their new friends – it’s such a friendly network of new parents.
Find more information on Maureen's Baby Massage here on her facebook page below.
Maureen Burton - Baby Massage & Support Group
"Maggie absolutely loves baby massage!
"The chance to learn Baby Massage and talk to like minded mums"
Following on from Maureen’s Baby Massage classes, are her “Learn through play” classes.
These classes differ from your general playgroup and toddler groups – they focus more on early learning development, using interactive toys to develop your toddler’s co-ordination and social skills with other children.
Using sensory objects that are sticky, tactile or varied textures helps in your toddler’s next stage development.
The Baby Massage classes start Mondays at 10am – 12 noon at Grimsargh Village hall, Grimsargh. Lancashire
and Wednesday’s 10am – 12 noon at Ribchester club. Ribchester, Lancashire
There is no pre-booking system, Maureen likes parents to be able turn up as she understands that appointments and family life can sometimes clash with class days, all up-to-date class information can be found on her facebook page.
Maureen Burton - Baby Massage & Support Group
Over the last few months I have been getting this exciting new collection ready for reveal.
Belly Beautiful is a combined Maternity & Newborn Session which also includes a keepsake belly cast of your beautiful bump.
The casting is taken care of in my studio, so there is no need to make a mess in your home with a home kit, everything is provided here at Sarah McLean Photography.
There is something beautiful about photographing a newborn in the belly cast shell.
What is included?
It's magical how this little one used to grow inside your tummy.
For more information on Belly Beautiful, contact Sarah at the studio on: 01772784499
or visit: www.sarahmcleanphotography.co.uk
I was lucky enough to bag myself a spot with Aspire Photography at the beginning of this month.
Not only did we learn about internet blogging at Aspire, they also set up a location shoot with real models.
For those of you who may not be familiar with Aspire and what they have to offer, I can only describe it as a huge photographer's playground - located in Carnforth, Aspire is hidden away amongst the trees and country foiliage. As i twisted and turned around the drive I pulled up to the courtyard - a photographer's shooting paradise!
Aspire offer lots of different courses from wedding training, marketing and even food photography.
So after the welcomes and teas & amazing yummy cookies we grabbed our gear and headed to the 'Photographer's Paradise'.
Now being a studio photographer, I mainly use studio lighting in a dimly lit room and control the lights to acheive my vision in camera, so it was fantastic to venture outdoors and re-kindle my love for location portraits.
It was great to learn even more about photography, and even more valuable - finding the gorgeous light.
When I shoot portraits outdoors, wether it is a family or a wedding, I always have my flash gun firing away, and today I was taken out of my comfort zone and using NO flash at all!
I was in my element! I loved the results of finding the perfect light, and how stunning these portraits turned out.
One thing I love is learning more, and more, and I NEVER stop learning.
Always be the better photographer than the one you were yesterday :-)
I loved photographing this trio of siblings, they were fantastic to shoot, and took direction really well. even the little one who was dying to escape to run around.
I hope to get out from the studio once in a while to have some 'play time' with my new skills.
Sarah McLean Photography
Studio: 14a Berry Lane, Longridge PR3 3JA
Tel: 01772 784499
I love to have some fun with my portraiture, and inject some fantasy and fun into creating special portraits.
I decided to go with a hot air balloon for this project, and create a stunning image to display in my studio window, which is very fitting as I am an upstairs studio.
I now offer this as additional to my newborn sessions (you would add this at your Reveal & Order session and order this on one of our stunning HD Acrylic or Canvas wall art products.
Do something different with your newborn portraits with Sarah McLean Photography
Sarah McLean Photography
Studio 14a Berry Lane , Longridge PR3 3JA
Tel: 01772 784499 or 07580128801
You will have most likely come across the new craze of Cake Smash somewhere on the internet; facebook, twitter even the T.V,
some of you may have wondered, what actually is a cake smash? what does it involve?
I have put together some information on Cake Smash Photoshoots, and why they are so much fun!
It has always been a tradition to capture the milestone 1st Birthday photo's - and now the Cake Smash is the new trend setter of this generation. What better way to celebrate your birthday - with loads of yummy cake.
Our Smash session's start with the traditional portrait's in their best outfit's (don't worry your little one ill have a chance to change before the cake is presented to them).
We then change them into a smash outfit, for the fun part! Let your little one, touch, smell and eat the gooey chocolate cake with their curious little hands - they will love the freedom of being able to enjoy messy play and explore with their senses. Once your little one has finished - a quick clean up in our tin tub finishes off their session - all squeaky clean.
Ensure your cake has lots of squishy frosting for the best results - nice and messy!
This is a very popular photo shoot, and one which is great fun to capture, to book your Cake Smash Session Call the Studio on: 01772784499 or Mobile: 07580128801
Alternatively you can Email the studio HERE
Sarah McLean Photography
Studio 14a Berry Lane
Why not use the summer holidays to update your family portrait?
Take advantage of our fantastic offer, but be quick as spaces are limited.....
Book Now : 07580128801
Sarah McLean Photography
14a Berry Lane
I am so excited to tell you that Sarah McLean Photography will be running from her own Baby Boutique Studio, located in the heart of the Ribble Valley.
Preparations are under way to get the new studio ready for opening it's doors - I cannot wait to photograph my first newborn in my new studio space!
In the mean time, please see the sneek peek of baby William, he was such a cutie, and slept through his session.
Im loving this hat with my blue backdrop, these colours suit the boys.
If you are thinking of having newborn photo's captured, you can pencil your little one in as early as your 20 week scan. This ensures you are guaranteed a slot when baby arrives.
Book now: 07580128801
If you are looking for a newborn photographer, then make sure you don't miss out on this fantastic offer. This offer is valid for new bookings for newborn photography, and also advanced newborn bookings too. I take bookings from as early as your 20 week scan.
For all newborn sessions booked on or before the 31st July 2016 we are also giving you a complimentary 'Little Sitter' (worth £59!) session when your baby reaches his/her next milestone at 6+ months. The sitter session also includes your favourite image as a beautiful print too.
Why book a Little Sitter session?
- Little Sitter sessions are a perfect follow on session for when your baby can sit un-aided before they start crawling. Babies at this age are full of smiles, giggles and expressions and the perfect follow on portrait session to add to your newborn photo collection. These sessions really capture your babies personality!
To claim this fantastic offer, please quote 'sitter7' when booking your newborn session.
Call Now: 07580128801
Sarah McLean is a newborn portrait photographer providing her service to the Ribble Valley & Lancashire. She specialises in Newborns, Babies, Children, Families .