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Baby Portraits

Introducing Dawn, our Newborn Baby Photographer


Dawn, a mum, and believe it or not, a gran too!

She has the most amazing amount of experience, both photographically speaking and personally too, with children of all ages.

This makes her much loved by our teeny tiny clients. She has a wonderful and very calming way to capture the best results for you, which, combined with her artistic abilities, our beautiful studio props and facilities ensures some stunning heart melting photography that makes her a very valued member of the Mark Swinford team.

Our baby and family sessions are very carefully tailored to get you exactly the style of wall art you wish to see, with a large and varied selection of shots taken making this a perfect opportunity for you to have a personalised and professionally produced album of the most beautiful early memories of your baby.

Whether you want prints, or digital images to share amongst your family, with Dawn’s personal talent, and our thirty years plus experience in the industry, you are sure to have the best time with show stopping results.

By the way, bring your tissues? Dawn produces photographs that might just bring a tear to the eye when you see just how beautifully she captures these precious early memories.

To enquire / book your newborn session with Dawn, please email us: or call: o113 436 2020

Mini First Aid Training Saved Archie’s Ankles.

We are delighted to have teamed up with Clare Catchpole and Mini First Aid and will be working with them over the next few months.

Here is a wonderful story from Clare how their training stopped a scald scarring Archies’s ankles.

Burns & Scalds.

Laura Chambers, 30, is a part-time estate agent. She lives in with her partner, Sam, 30, a joiner, and their son, Archie, 20 months. She says:

We were in a cafe on a break in the Lake District last month when Archie pulled a cup of coffee over and the hot drink scalded his legs.

You never think something like that will happen to you, and had it happened two weeks earlier, I’d have frozen in panic, looking for someone to help me.

Fortunately, a week before the accident I’d been to a mini first aid class in where I’d learned basics such as CPR and how to treat burns.

I’d nipped to the bathroom after ordering drinks, and my partner, Sam, had taken our drinks and Archie to a table outside.

When I returned a minute later, I found Archie screaming and Sam had jumped out of his seat.

I knew immediately what had happened, and grabbed Archie and ran to the bathroom. I yelled to Sam to bring the nappy bag as I had packed a simple first aid kit.

I got him under the water with all his clothes on for a bit before I tried to take his clothes off.

I learned on the course that if it’s a bad burn the clothes will be stuck to it, so taking them off can take the skin off too.

I got his legs under the cold water for a while before I tried to take his trousers off.

Thankfully his trousers had protected most of his legs. But his ankles had been exposed and were red and swollen. I put Archie’s legs back under the cold water.

He was being sick and screaming in pain but I was surprisingly composed as I tried to calm him.

I kept Archie under the cold water for about 20 minutes, while Sam went to get the car to take him to hospital.

When Sam arrived, I took Archie out of the sink, applied burn gel on his ankles and covered them loosely in cling film.

I’d learned that it was important to keep the burn clean, so I asked the cafe staff for the cling film — they looked a bit confused. Then we got him in the car; this all happened within half an hour of the coffee being spilt.

A 40-minute journey to the hospital seemed so long — I remained calm but Archie was crying and I had to stop him touching his legs.
When we got to the hospital, Archie had calmed down.

The nurses checked his ankles, which were still red, but they said I’d done all the right things. Cooling the skin had really helped and he didn’t need to be admitted.

Archie’s burn covered a 5cm diameter on both ankles.

They bandaged him up and we were told to come back every 48 hours to check the wound.

A week later, they took the bandages off and Archie has healed incredibly well.

Hospital staff said that everything I’d done had helped prevent scarring.
It was only after we’d come out of the hospital that first time that I broke down in tears, the emotion of it hitting me. But I’m so thankful I took that first aid course.

I’d seen an advert on Facebook that it was taking place at the local church and it was only £20 for a two-hour course. I’d always wanted to do one, but when I checked they were always too expensive.

I don’t like to think what would have happened if I hadn’t done it. The hospital staff said that by keeping him under the cold water for 20 minutes, I’d ensured the burn hadn’t gone into the deeper layers of the skin.

And now the skin looks normal and Archie is toddling about, happy as ever.
treating burns and scalds

Burns and scalds are damage to the skin caused by heat. A burn is usually caused by dry heat, such as from the sun or hot iron. A scald is caused by wet heat, such as steam or a hot cup of tea.

One of the most common causes of burns in children is accidentally scalding themselves with a hot drink. This can be very serious for a very young child because of the relative size of the surface area involved.



Thanks To Clare Catchpole – Mini First Aid,

Why not check out their courses,
dates are all listed below:

Parent classes:
9th Sept 10.30-12.30
The Little Gym Harrogate
Beckwith Head Road
9th Sept  18.30-20.30
The GreenHouse Meanwood
8a Stonegate Rd
14th September – 09.30-11.30
Eddie Catz located in Mothercare
Crown Point
23rd Sept 7-9pm
Mark Swinford Photography
95-97 Long Row, Horsforth. Leeds. LS18 5AT
Kids sessions
3rd August – 10-11 (ages 7-11yrs)
The GreenHouse Meanwood
5th August 10.15-10.45 (ages 3-6yrs)
Eddie Catz Mothercare
12th August 10-10.30 (ages 3-6yrs)
Junglecatz Soft Play Morley
12th August 11-12.00 (ages 7-11yrs)
Junglecatz Soft PLay


Newborn Baby Portraits

We just love photographing NEWBORNS at Mark Swinford Photography and here is a little person who refused to play the game and settle, but we never give up and as you can see we cheated a little and got an amazing shot!

Well done to Dad who helped out and kept very still.

If you are having a baby or know someone who is, get in touch 0113 2591161. Our VIP sessions are £24.95 and are all photographed by Multi award winning photographer Mark Swinford.


Newborn baby photographer Mark Swinford shows a trick!


Bump to baby photoshoots

Bump to baby photoshoots


Great news, we are on Groupon with a BUMP TO BABY offer, just £19! This is such a good offer to anyone expecting a baby.

Please check out our gallery on our website for more images, remember we are a professional portrait studio with a fully equipped camera room.

Click here to buy your voucher

Mark has been creating images of newborns for over 25 years, had images displayed on the TV series of One Born Every Minute and won many awards including the nationwide Baby of the month.

Our studio has excellent facilities, easy free parking, changing & feeding areas plus beautiful handmade props and accessories.

We recommend that you have your newborn session when your little one is between 5 – 12 days of age, plus we also have a Watch Me Grow portrait club aimed at capturing your babies first year, with photoshoots at approx 4 months, 8 months and first birthday.

Remember your baby will only be tiny for a very small time period, don’t regret not having the memories captured, buy a voucher today and register it with us, that way we can stay in touch and be there when your ready.

Baby of the month competition

At Mark Swinford Photography, we are pleased to offer free midweek sessions for baby portraits.

Why not enter into the nationwide competition “baby of the month” held by Barrett & Co in association with Emmas Diary, simply complete the form here and we will book your free midweek session

Prizes include £100 of Mothercare Vouchers and chance to enter into the annual competition with a £2000 prize. If you would like more details, please go to our dedicated page – CLICK HERE


Beautiful newborn baby photography in Yorkshire by Mark Swinford