Happy New Year all!  Hope you all had a fun New Year’s eve and are facing 2013 with optimism and ambition!

I had such a busy December that I didn’t get time to blog all the things I shot, so now things have quietened down, I’m catching up on the blog.

We’ll start with a family shoot I did before Christmas, where I joined some old pals to photograph a new addition to their family, little Ella!

The couple are Joe & Jo, whose wonderful wedding I photographed at The Priory at Syningthwaite back in July 2011.  For some reason, their wedding highlights blog (here) is still one of my most popular blogs (it’s been viewed  over 7000 times!), and it’s been ace staying in touch with them both via Facebook.

So it was lovely to hear they’d had a beautiful baby girl, and fab to be asked over for a family photo shoot a few months afterwards!

While little Ella settled, it was great to catch up with Jo & Joe over brew and a bacon & egg butty!

[If you ask me, I don’t think there’s a better way to start a shoot!]I prefer to keep family/baby photoshoots relaxed and natural, so before heading out, we kicked things off around the house.

Here are a few of my fave shots from the shoot:

(Loving the vinyl wall stensils in Ella’s room!)This is one of my favourites from the day!
Ha!A few snuggles in Jo & Joe’s bedroomSuch lovely eyes!Ella started to nod off, so off she went to bed for a snooze, while we had another brew and a natter.Waking up refreshed and full of beans, we decided to head out…

…to the beautiful Kirkstall Abbey!

In the ruins around the Abbey I remembered how easy it was photographing these guys!

Their little new addition, likewise!I like this little lion poking out of Jo’s jacket!This was another favourite of mine

There’s a cool narrow-gauge railway line to play running up and down the AbbeyAwww, one happy little bunny.

It was so great to catch up with these guys and to see them so happy with their beautiful little girl!

Here’s wishing them much fun, love and laughter in parenthood!

x

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