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
What is a Cake Smash?
Cake smash is a portrait photo shoot to celebrate a big milestone such as a first or second birthday, or even a 30th or 40th.
The Cake smash experience I provide here at my Preston, Lancashire based studio is a custom smash experience whilst capturing those adorable milestone pictures, and expressions whilst your little one explores their cake.
Each session is custom designed with your choice of decorations & balloons to make your smash look different from the last.
I am also excited to announce that we now offer bespoke cakes by (click here to visit Sophie's Page>) Sophie's Cupcakes.
You can add these to any of our Cake Smash packages, Sophie will create your custom cake to fit your perfect smash theme, and taste.
With choices from Giant Cupcakes, Drip Cakes, Naked Cakes, and Decadent Luxury Cakes, Sophie will bake the most delicious cake for you.
When should I book a Cake Smash?
Most client's will get in touch with me a couple of month's before their son or daughter's first birthday. Booking your cake smash photo shoot early will give you better options of dates (especially Saturday slot's) around the time you wish to organise their smash session.
Make their birthday one to remember and book their photo's on their birthday, or schedule it a month before so you can share their beautiful images at their birthday party.
I love to shoot with lots of colour for Cake Smash, colours make your smash look so much more fun and like a celebration, a lot like a party with lots of balloons, confetti, decorations and streamers to customise it to fit in with their birthday party theme.
What happens after the smash? where can I clean up ?
My studio boasts a bathroom for easy clean up, but don't worry we also provide a Splash part to your session at no extra cost!
With a bubble bath filled with soapy water & bubbles, your little one can clean up and have some gorgeous photo's captured at the same time, catching bubbles or just action shots having fun splashing whilst removing the cake from them so they leave the studio squeaky clean....... PERFECT!
If your son or daughter have already turned one, then don't worry - Cake smash can be arranged at any time, there's alway's a reason for cake!
What do I bring to my Cake Smash?
All you need to bring is your choice of yummy cake if you don't opt for one of Sophie's yummy cakes.
And a smash out fit if you would like to provide your own. If you wish to bring along your own props to make your smash more personal please share your ideas - I would love to create your perfect smash set with your vision in mind.
My studio is based in Longridge, which is near Preston in Lancashire.
and is fully equipped with everything you need for your perfect birthday cake smash photo's.
Sarah McLean Photography
14A Berry Lane,
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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
What to Expect When I’m Expecting You.......
The diary of a newborn and baby photographer is a complicated place!
Nobody told your baby that they are expected to turn up for their portrait session and while some can’t wait to get here, some are fashionably late. This makes my diary a wonderfully fluid place!
When you first book your session you will be required to pay the session booking fee to reserve your place in my diary.
I only take a limited number of newborn sessions each month so that I can ensure I can fit everybody in and work around midwife and health visitor appointments once your baby is here.
Once your baby arrives and you have settled back in at home just give me a call/email me and we can then confirm the best date and time for your session.
Your portrait session will take place in my comfortable purpose designed studio.
Newborn studios are not like traditional photography studios - they are designed to be warm and comfortable.
I want you and your baby to feel relaxed and comfortable so you are able to feed on demand and put your feet up with plenty of refreshments and a magazine (I even have some new dads who take a quick nap on the sofa!)
Our studio has two separate shooting areas, one is fully dedicated to the newborn sessions which has a comfy sofa to relax on whilst I work my magic. Bottle warming facilities are available should you require to warm your baby's milk, and we are also breast feeding friendly. We also boast a bathroom/changing room should you wish to change outfits, or freshen up.
So that I can capture your baby perfectly while they are still so brand new, for most of the session your baby will be in their birthday suit. Newborn clothes never fit correctly so we don’t get to see all those beautiful details that say ‘hey I’m brand new!’
However, one of the downsides of this, is your baby is guaranteed to poop and/or pee on props, blankets, perhaps even me or you! This is just par for the course, something I’m used to dealing with on a daily basis and something I allow for.
All of my blankets and props are washed after each session and I have plenty of cloths and towels to hand. You might want to pop a change of clothes for yourself into your changing bag, just in case the worse happens.
Your newborn portrait session can take up to 4 hours and the reason for this is your newborn will need feeding, cuddles and cleaning throughout the session which is baby led rather than photographer led.
I hope this article answers the many common questions but if you would like to book or discuss a session please contact me; CONTACT ME LINK
Studio Tel: 01772 784499
Here at Sarah McLean Photography, we like to create a bespoke images which include your new little bundle of joy, and your past times.
Little Peggy came into the studio at just 9 days to have her newborn pictures captured.
Her mummy has grown up around horses and I am pretty sure little Peggy will follow suit once she is old enough to ride in a saddle.
So instead of waiting years to capture Peggy in the saddle - I captured her on it!
Carefully positioning her onto the sheepskin cover, fast asleep I posed her safely on there with mum and dad spotting her at all times.
I could not wait to start editing this session once it was finished, knowing that I had created something spectacular and extra special for mum. As eager as I was to post a sneak peek, I didn't want to ruin the surprise and waited until their next appointment in the studio to come and see their beautiful images for the first time.
After the slide show finished, Mum & Dad were thrilled! if not a tad emotional with happy tears streaming down their cheeks, mum couldn't begin to explain how happy she was with her custom image and how well it turned out her little newborn girl, sleepy and posed upon her saddle.
It's moments like this when my clients are extremely happy with their precious images, and their emotions like this show this, I get that warming feeling inside knowing my work has made them this happy.
This is little Peggy upon her mum's riding saddle.
This portrait will look stunnning on one of our high end acrylics across any living room wall - for maxium visual impact.
Call Sarah, and see what bespoke piece she can create you for your own newborn photo's.
Tel: 01772784499 or mobile: 07580128801
I have had lots of fun in the studio over the last couple of weeks with all the little ones turning one!
Lots of cakes were destroyed in the process too!
Have a quick read about our Cake Smash sessions. TIPS for booking your perfect Cake Smash
Tips for booking your Cake Smash session.
Your little one WILL get rather sticky and messy, but don't panic. Our studio is fully equipped with a bathroom to make clean up easy and hassle free.
Once your little one is nice and clean, we can then start the splash session, 15 mins bath time fun with bubbles infront of the camera!
After all of the fun is over, you are invited back to our studio around 2-3 weeks after to see your images for the first time, this is where you choose your favourite images and your favourite products.
Book your smash session now: 01772784499
or visit: www.sarahmcleanphotography.co.uk
Studio: 14a Berry Lane (Above Christopher Moss)
Longridge PR3 3JA
It's that time of year again to start planning family Christmas photo's, either for gifts, Christmas decor or just because.
Why not take advantage of our Christmas Mini Sessions? Held exclusively on the 28th, 29th & 30th of October 2016 at our studio, on our beautiful Christmas Set.
All of the packages available include prints or images - so don't miss out! There are limited slots available and Slots are being taken - so booking is essential. BOOK NOW:- 01772784499 or email me at: email@example.com
Mini sessions are ideal for giving the perfect gift to a loved one this year, or updating your holiday family portrait, sending personal Christmas cards out to friends and family.
Don't miss out! secure your spot today with just a £20 non-refundable deposit (this is then discounted off your package, and the remainder due on the day).
Sarah McLean Photography
Studio:14a Berry Lane
As a portrait photographer, this question pops up quite a lot prior to sessions on the phone consultation.
And with more and more maternity sessions becoming more popular, ladies want to look their best with their beautiful baby bumps.
During pregnancy, ladies tend to feel, bloated and swollen and a great way to boost their self confidence and self esteem is to book a Pregnancy photo shoot, as well as stunning imagery of their changing body, a memory keepsake, or even just a record of how large their bumps were, it is my job to make 'YOU' feel amazing.
So you take the plunge, pick up the phone and book your session.........EEEEKKKK 'what do I wear?
If you were any thing like me during pregnancy, then nothing fitted, and if it fitted it was horrible and frumpy :-(
What I suggest to ladies, wear just your skin, or underwear. If you feel a little insecure bring along a pair of jeans and your hubby's shirt, by the end of the shoot you are confident to show of your new beautiful shape.
Maternity Photoshoot - must have props
"ok I have every thing on your list, but I have stretch marks"
If you are self conscious of your 'Tigeress Stripes' these can be taken care of in the editing room after the shoot - if required.
Now I have gone a little off topic now as I should be advising you of what to wear during your session - well we have already covered it, just check these ladies out who kept it simple during their session, Jeans, Shirt, Underwear. I will let you look at the images and decide.
Bump 2 Birth & Belly Beautiful Packages are available here:
Sarah McLean Photography
Studio: 14a Berry Lane, Longridge. PR3 3JA
Tel: 01772 784499 or 07580128801
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
Sarah McLean is a newborn portrait photographer providing her service to the Ribble Valley & Lancashire. She specialises in Newborns, Babies, Children, Families .