Christmas Cube Sessions

Christmas Cube Sessions

cube 1

Lots of fun and something a bit different, I made Christmas cards out of my pictures last year and everyone commented on them. I even managed to squeeze my 6 foot teenager into the cube.

ollie and ste

How does it work?

Basically, I have one ‘Cube’ in my studio , so your child/children jump in and out of the Cube, getting into different positions and possibly adding different props each time.

I have lots of Christmas props for you to use but feel free to bring some of your own!

I then work my magic on the Cubes and edit them all together.

Suitable for 1-9 children, age 7 months to approx age 12.

Brilliant for friends, families, cousins, etc. and the styles/ themes are endless!

Birthdays, Christmas, Favourite toys, etc

Your only limited by your own imagination!

Price £70, Deposit £35, rest due on the day

Check out slots available

Can’t wait to see you in your Christmas jumpers

Kind Regards

Kath x

Home Studio –
3 Russell Square

01257 264346

Start Designs

Start Designs


I met this lovely lady recently, have a little read about her, and how START DESIGNS began……

As the granddaughter of a seamstress for Burtons and the daughter of an artistic mother I guess you could say flare and creativity runs in the blood. But its being able to make that creativity and flare come to the surface at a time when you are comfortable with what you are doing.

During school years I had a flare for art. A lot of my work was abstract, shapes and colours mixing and colliding… I guess it was a little out there compared to more conventional art structure at the time.

As I got older, when I got my first flat I used fabrics to recover seats and furnishings and made curtains. I also hand painted tiles and designed, cut my own stencil designs.  Stencilled walls and lamp shades to give everything that bit of a personal touch in the space around me. But this was more probably out of the necessity to personalise my space than to really get uber creative.

But it WAS only AFTER THE BIRTH OF MY DAUGHTER ELIZABETH that my inner me began to slowly take a hold on me.

Endless nights awake not just from my new born baby but for the need to create and put a mark in the world… I had just given birth to the most amazing of creations and wanted to fulfil my dreams which had been awakened in this moment.

I began to make additions to existing garments. Adding sparkly glitter, sequins, diamontes to edgings of socks/skirts/tops/jeans and shorts.  Whilst away on holidays with soaring temperatures, I added a piece of material at the back of their caps that went past their shoulders. I sewed ribbons on Elizabeth’s and Laytons had ducks on his.  They worked a treat, their kneck, ears and shoulders never got sun burned.

I sewed frills, ribbon bold buttons and sequins onto the clothes to enhance their look and to make my special babies garments stand out as a one of a kind item…as that was her to me.

As she grew to become a toddler her jeans and even her footwear would become bespoke hand painted and crafted garments.

It didnt stop just at the clothing, her hair was accessorised too, with normal hairclips transformed into custom hair wear.

The items were all much more out there…  nothing was understated or discreet, it was all highly noticeable…and it was. So many people stopped me to ask where I bought the goods

I remember her brushing my own hair in the bathroom at just 1 year old saying to me “oh pootiful mama” I knew then my daughter had an awareness of the special, the custom, the quality and the luxury.

I was also balancing having a second child which put my own needs on the backburner as my son, whom we adopted had many known and unknown needs at the time.

All my energy and time was committed to bringing up my wonderful son and my beautiful daughter Elizabeth looked out for him in the most caring of ways.

My creations spread to face painting. I completed a face painting course.  Then I felt confident enough to paint at private parties, functions and helping my daughters school..all born from just wanting to paint my own son and daughters face…no matter where we went, they always wanted their face painting before we left…..

As my daughter got a little older I began to look into adult cosmetics and started my own work on my nails. I was always told by others, I had model hands and fingers. I would trial and test different polishes and would inset small items into the nails from hearts, gems and beads. I would also create nail designs and theme them with Halloween and Christmases. If id had seen the nail bar boom coming back then?

I took a college course in Gel and Acrylic Nails, I am now a Nail Technician.  I had customers but a year or so on I decided I wanted to do more with my design minded ideas.

I went back to college and qualified in Hair, Media and Make-Up.  I won a National Competition with a make-up design with an addiction of a headdress.  This course is what finally fulfilled my learning desire to design, create and make head wear pieces.  I love to create and design avante-garde head wear designs to the more delicate designs for wedding head wear pieces.

I recently had a fantastic photographer named Katherine Hancock Photograph my head wear pieces and I was brave enough to have a head shot taken of myself…. thankfully Katherine put me at ease… thank you Katherine.

To date, several bridal boutiques are selling my headwear pieces.

I am designing for a Couture Designer called Camellia Couture for the Cannes Film Festival and for The London Fashion Show.   I have further commitments next year show casing my work in NY and LA.

I am devoted to my husband and children,  they are my world.  The reason I breath…..

Designing, creating is me, Amanda.  I am not just a Mum and Wife….. This is my enjoyment, fulfilment and my passion.  I am bursting with ideas but time is short to make them all …… at the moment.   So I finish by saying….. watch out for my next creations….

Get in touch with Amanda here –

Instagram – Start Designs

Kath x

Katherine Hancock Photography

Before and After

Before and After

I always love to see Before and After photos from other photographers, so I hope you will enjoy a little nosy at mine.

Its always best to get your images as perfect as you can in camera and then just a little enhancing in Lightroom/Photoshop is needed.

Kath x


Special Offer, 1 week only – £65

Special Offer, 1 week only – £65

Grab a bargain, perfect for Christmas presents, limited availability, offer ends 21st Dec 17

Gift Vouchers available for any amount to suit your budget, please see full price list – Price List

Or take advantage of this amazing Special Offer, available for 1 week only – see below

Gift vouchers for a mini session taken from January to March 2018, Monday to Friday mornings only.  Suitable for age 7 months upwards, and for 1-2 children.


30 minute session which includes 3 digital images, which you can use to print your own products (for personal use only)

JUST £65

For sessions at any other time please get in touch.

To buy voucher please email –   

Or give me a call 01257 264346


Kath x





Christmas Mini Sessions 2017

Christmas Mini Sessions 2017


Hello everyone,

Its that time again!  I Love Christmas!

Christmas Mini sessions are discounted portrait sessions with a Christmas theme and last around 20 minutes. They are perfect for Presents, Christmas Cards, Mugs, Photo Baubles, you get the idea. Cheesy but fun!

You have 2 options this year!

  1. Traditional Christmas hats etc.  – £50 inc 5 images (suitable for 1-2 children)
  2. The Festive Fun Cube – £85 inc 3 images (suitable for 1-6 children)


£30 deposit is payable when you book, but if your children are ill, or something comes up (like it often does) I will be happy to rearrange if I can.

Of course you can add other images, products ect later.

My most popular ‘add on’ is a Print Pack which inc’s 6 prints for £40


These sessions are only suitable for children who can sit unaided (from 6-8 months) upwards.

If you would like to book please get in touch –   01257 264346,   website

Bookings are limited!

Discounted Christmas Gift Vouchers are also available, to be used from Jan- march 2018 – Just £65 inc 1 10×8 print in a gift box,                                                                          (add a print pack for £50 includes 6 prints or images on a USB) 

Kath x




Ever wondered what really goes on during a Newborn Portrait Session?

Ever wondered what really goes on during a Newborn Portrait Session?




Newborn Photographer Chorley

A Newborn Photo session is a nice cosy, warm and relaxing morning, where you can concentrate 100% on how cute and precious your baby is.

When you arrive at my home studio in Chorley you can make yourself at home and we can unwrap your little bundle.  It will be very warm in my studio so dress comfortably.  Let me know beforehand if you would like images with your baby or/and would like to bring an older brother or sister.

I allow 2-3 hours for your session so there is plenty of time for cuddles and feeding etc.  It is completely led by your baby’s needs.  Your baby’s safety and comfort is my priority and I am trained in safe baby posing . I am also a member of BANPAS (Baby and Newborn Photographers Association) who promote safe working practices.  Take a look at their website, it has lots of info for Parents too.



If baby stays asleep once undressed I will begin to place baby in lovely curled up poses, if not we can carry on and do some awake shots (lots of Parents of Parents love the connection with their baby when their eyes are open). Then when baby is ready for a feed, that usually sends them into a lovely ‘milky’ sleep. Then I can carry on and take those lovely sleepy pictures everyone loves so much.

Lots of Parents worry about baby not sleeping or that they may wee or poo an my blankets, this is quite normal so please don’t worry, everything is washable and most babies sleep at some point during the session. I have been photographing babies for almost 5 years and I have lots of experience and tricks to help lull babies into a deep sleep.

If you would like images with baby I will do those usually at the beginning or sometimes at the end of the session depending on baby.  The pictures look lovely if you wear fairly neutral colours eg. whites, grays etc. Also if you want family/sibling pictures I would try and get these at the beginning of the session before toddlers and older children get bored. It often happens were little ones  need a bit more time to get use to their surroundings so in this case I will do these photos later.  I have a few things for your children to play with but feel free to bring your own inc. snacks and drinks.

My aim is for you to enjoy 2-3 hours relaxation and to create some amazing images for you to treasure forever (cheesy but true)

Lots of people ring when baby is 6-8 weeks old trying to book a newborn session, as they didn’t think to book whilst pregnant, and are disappointed that they have missed the best age, which is 1-3 weeks old (while baby is still sleepy and can curl up into the poses)    More info on when to book – HERE

Don’t miss out on capturing your baby’s first few weeks, best to book your due date in while pregnant!

Click HERE to get in touch and price packages

or call – Kath – 01257 264346

Baby and Family portrait chorley

Photographer Chorley

Photographer Chorley


What is a ‘Sitter’ session?



If you have ever wondered what Photographers are talking about when then say ‘Sitter session’, well it means exactly that!  Its when your little one can sit up with out any support.  This is usually somewhere between 6 and 9 months.

I really love to photograph this age, partly because they have not learned to crawl yet and so can’t escape, but mostly because their little personalities are starting to shine.

I love their smiles, babbling noises, funny expressions, chubby cheeks, fluffy hair and baby soft skin.



At my home studio in Chorley, I provide a lovely relaxed setting to bring your Baby and we always have so much fun and create wonderful memories to treasure (I know all photographers say that, but its so true)  Even though I have been a photographer for 17 years I still wish I had taken more ‘professional’ photos of my boys. When I get my boys to come into the studio I know I have 20 minutes max before they have had enough and have to bribe them!!!    It’s so worth it though.

Get in touch to book your memory making session – 01257 264346 or click   HERE

Newborn, Baby and Child Photographer, Chorley, Lancashire