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On Saturday 9th September, we will be having a special mini-portrait session day at the Step Up Studio in Howden.  

These sessions are perfect to capture some lovely family portraits, or individuals of your children as they enter a new year at school. 

The mini-sessions are up to 30 minutes each and we are aiming for around 3-5 images per session, which you will receive as a digital download following the event.

The session fee is just £50.

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Appointments must be booked and paid for in advance - no turn-ups on the day.

Images from the mini-session day will be used on our website, social media and in other forms of marketing and in booking a session, you are consenting to this use. If you are not comfortable with this, please contact me to book a private individual session at our regular price instead.

To book your session, please complete the contact form below (if you have not heard back within 48 hours, please check your junk mail - I will reply!): 

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Finnley was a little late, but he was definitely worth the wait. I photographed his mummy and daddy's wedding a couple of years ago, so it was especially lovely to return and see how their family has grown. 

newborn baby boy in rompers by jackie yorkshire uk

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newborn baby boy in rompers by jackie yorkshire uk
newborn baby boy with brown mohair wrap, image by jackie photography near york uk

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newborn baby boy with brown mohair wrap, image by jackie photography near york uk
newborn baby boy with teddy bear by jackie photography howden yorkshire uk

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newborn baby boy with teddy bear by jackie photography howden yorkshire uk
newborn baby boy wearing teddy bear ears hat by jackie photography yorkshire uk

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newborn baby boy wearing teddy bear ears hat by jackie photography yorkshire uk
newborn photo of baby by with hat and pants set by jackie photography near york uk

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newborn photo of baby by with hat and pants set by jackie photography near york uk
eyes open newborn baby boy sneaking a peek in his first photosession by jackie uk york

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eyes open newborn baby boy sneaking a peek in his first photosession by jackie uk york
little boy with his new baby brother by jackie uk yorkshire

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little boy with his new baby brother by jackie uk yorkshire
new baby boy in a wicker basket by jackie photography near york yorkshire uk

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new baby boy in a wicker basket by jackie photography near york yorkshire uk
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Nicola had the cutest little bump when she came for her photo session - it really is hard to believe there was a little person in there!

couple maternity photo yorkshire uk

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couple maternity photo yorkshire uk
couple with hands on maternity bump image by jackie yorkshire uk

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couple with hands on maternity bump image by jackie yorkshire uk
couple maternity photo session by jackie howden yorkshire

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couple maternity photo session by jackie howden yorkshire
maternity photo full length studio image by jackie yorkshire uk

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maternity photo full length studio image by jackie yorkshire uk
beautiful hi key maternity image by jackie york uk

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beautiful hi key maternity image by jackie york uk
bump plus scan photo by jackie york uk

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bump plus scan photo by jackie york uk
stunning silhouette maternity photo by jackie yorkshire uk

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stunning silhouette maternity photo by jackie yorkshire uk
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I am delighted to welcome Alex Duxbury, Director of Lifft Slings as today's guest blogger!

Lifft Slings is a family run business and all of Lifft's Stretchy Wraps and Pouch Slings are made here in sunny Yorkshire. Alex is a trained babywearing consultant (Slingababy trained) and can demonstrate how to wear a sling in less than 2 minutes! Check out her online 'How To' instructions on the Lifft website.

Benefits of carrying children

There are many emotional, social, physical and practical benefits of carrying infants in your arms or in a sling.  Soft slings such as our stretchy wrap help babies transition from the security of their mother’s womb to the busy outside world, by keeping them close to your soothing heartbeat, body warmth and motion. Older children also benefit from being carried, often when tired, unwell or in unfamiliar surroundings, returning to the reassuring safe space of the pouch sling. 

Bonding and emotional wellbeing

Babies feel safe and secure when in a sling, which leads to better attachment to their caregivers. Far from the common misconception, carrying does not lead to ‘clingy’ children. Instead, secure attachment formed when babies, leads to more confident and independent children. Keeping your baby close enables you to spend more time bonding and interacting with them, learning from their cues so you are more responsive to their needs. [1]

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Decreased crying and improved sleep

Babies who are carried cry less frequently and for shorter durations. They spend more time quietly observing and learning about the world. Babies often sleep in slings, which is safe as long as their airway is well protected. [2]

Reduced reflux and improving colic

Many babies experience constipation, reflux and posseting. Carrying your baby in an upright position in a sling can reduce these issues. Gentle motion in a sling such as rocking or swaying can calm babies with colic.

Less exposure to exhaust fumes

Compared to babies in a pram, babies carried in your arms or in a sling are carried higher up, so are less exposed to the airborne particles released by exhausts and brakes at road level. Researchers found the levels of pollutants were higher at bus stops and in congested areas such as around primary schools at drop off and pick up times. [3]

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Improved physical development

Carrying your baby in a sling improves their head and neck control and the development of their core stability muscles. This is because they are actively using their muscles to maintain their position in the sling, especially when you are moving.  It can also improve their sense of balance.

Hormones

Skin to skin or babywearing can help babies to regulate their own hormones, heartbeat and breathing. Parent’s physical contact with their baby, through skin to skin, or by carrying them close in a sling increases the parent’s release of the hormones oxytocin and prolactin. Oxytocin helps bonding in both parents by increasing awareness of your baby’s needs.[4,5] Prolactin is important for breastfeeding establishment and duration. Both hormones have a beneficial impact on parental mental health and their ability to cope with stress.  It is possible to breastfeed your baby or toddler in a wrap or pouch sling, or to take them out to feed, using the sling as a breastfeeding cover.

Learning and sociability

Infants learn by watching and listening to others and a sling provides the perfect vantage point for this. They can feel included by contributing to conversations initially via early signs such as pointing at interesting things, or smiling at people. They are more likely to be involved in conversations, either by their carer chatting to them or when their carer speaks to others.

Freedom to explore and care for others

Babywearing enables you to explore the world without having to be limited to buggy suitable places. For example you can walk along narrow footpaths, around castles, on pebbled beaches or through crowded festivals, with your little one enjoying the experiences too. Slings are great when travelling on public transport and through busy airports. You have your hands free to care for other siblings, make your lunch or to walk your dogs.

References:

  1. Anisfeld, Elizabeth, Virginia Casper, Molly Nozyce, and Nicholas Cunningham. "Does infant carrying promote attachment? An experimental study of the effects of increased physical contact on the development of attachment."Child development 61, no. 5 (1990): 1617-1627.
  2. Hunziker, Urs A., and Ronald G. Barr. "Increased carrying reduces infant crying: a randomized controlled trial."Pediatrics 77, no. 5 (1986): 641-648.Kumar, Prashant, Ioar
  3. Rivas, and Lovish Sachdeva. "Exposure of in-pram babies to airborne particles during morning drop-in and afternoon pick-up of school children."Environmental Pollution 224 (2017): 407-420
  4. Feldman, Ruth. "Oxytocin and social affiliation in humans."Hormones and behavior 61, no. 3 (2012): 380-391.
  5. Abraham, Eyal, Talma Hendler, Irit Shapira-Lichter, Yaniv Kanat-Maymon, Orna Zagoory-Sharon, and Ruth Feldman. "Father's brain is sensitive to childcare experiences."Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111, no. 27 (2014): 9792-9797


Images courtesy of Lifft Slings.

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Little Ava was an absolute darling at her first photoshoot, sleeping soundly throughout! Here are some of my favourite images from her newborn photo session.

newborn baby girl asleep with head on hands, photo by Babies By Jackie near York

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newborn baby girl asleep with head on hands, photo by Babies By Jackie near York
newborn baby girl on pink fluffy blanket. Babies By Jackie near Selby

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newborn baby girl on pink fluffy blanket. Babies By Jackie near Selby
baby girl snuggled in bed with teddy. image by babies by jackie between York and Howden

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baby girl snuggled in bed with teddy. image by babies by jackie between York and Howden
newborn baby girl swaddled in cream. photo by Babies By Jackie near Selby

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newborn baby girl swaddled in cream. photo by Babies By Jackie near Selby
baby girl asleep. photo by Babies By Jackie near Howden

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baby girl asleep. photo by Babies By Jackie near Howden
baby asleep on beige mohair blanket and wrapped in pink mohair by Babies By Jackie near York

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baby asleep on beige mohair blanket and wrapped in pink mohair by Babies By Jackie near York
baby girl asleep in daddys military hat by Babies By Jackie

When your daddy is in the military...

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baby girl asleep in daddys military hat by Babies By Jackie

When your daddy is in the military...

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