What an amazing experience I had. I came away feeling confident and delighted with my photographs. I was made to feel special through the whole experience and would thoroughly recommend anyone to do this.
If you are interested in booking one of our confidence boosting BOUDOIR sessions, they are just £29.95, include camera-ready makeup, drying hair styling plus photoshoot with three wardrobe changes and we include a FREE 10×8 print of your choice.
Please call us for more info – 0113 436 1010 or message us now.
This is a question we get asked many times, so here is the answer…
Our studio is based in Horsforth, which is in the north west of Leeds. You’ll be pleased to hear that finding us couldn’t be easier and we even have our own free parking.
If you’re lucky enough to have your own transport (or a chauffeur!), simply pop our postcode into your SatNav and let them do all the work. Keep a look out for us: we’re just off the roundabout on Station Road and next to the Queen’s Arms pub. We’re really easy to spot being just on the corner, with our bright Mark Swinford sign and welcoming window display.
We are aware that travelling via public transport can be a little stressful at times but have no fear! We have a bus stop directly opposite our front door, with multiple, regular services from Leeds City Centre. The 97 and 50A are the quickest routes in from the city, both can be caught on the Headrow and take roughly 30 minutes, though please do allow a little extra time – just in case. If you want a few more details about the bus routes or if you’re visiting from out of town, check out www.wymetro.com and take advantage of their stress-free journey planner with up to date schedules and timings.
If the bus isn’t for you, we are also just a few minutes walk from Horsforth train station, with regular services to and from Leeds, and from there you can link to anywhere! For a full list of train times, you can visit www.thetrainline.com to plan your journey and book tickets.
If all else fails, we even have a local airport (though I’m sure you can find a sunnier destination than Horsforth!) – keep an eye out for the planes flying over!
And remember, if you do come across any issues finding us, just pick up the phone, give us a call, 0113 259 1161 and we’ll be happy to direct you! We look forward to your arrival!
Why photography studios charge a refundable deposit with bookings.
This is a question that gets asked many times and sometimes can frustrate people when booking sessions and appointments with a photographic studio.
I’ll do my best to explain why photographic studios ask for a refundable deposit, and what you need to do to make sure you get your deposit back.
The deposit required to reserve time in our diary is:
£20 for family, baby and children’s portraits (1-hour commitment)
£30 for Boudoirs, Makeovers and Mini Model Makeovers ( 2-3 hours commitment)
We ask for a minimum of 7 days notice to change a session or viewing presentation wherever possible so we can offer that time to someone else.
If you give us less than 72 hours notice, we will be unable to refill that slot in our diaries, and you will lose your deposit. We hope you agree this is only fair and decent.
As long as you attend your appointment your deposit will be fully refunded to you at your viewing presentation. It is purely so we can plan ahead, have the right people ready for the appointment and give the best experience possible.
When the client makes a booking into the diary, the studio will dedicate the people & resources required to those times to make sure the clients experience is perfect.
Diaries are usually booked several weeks in advance. This represents a huge commitment to time, staff resources and equipment/studio space that is required for that appointment. Sadly if someone fails to attend that slot or cancels without giving much notice it is impossible to re-fill that time in the diary.
Any appointments that do not take place are times that someone else would have loved to attend and have their images created or viewed so please be mindful of them and help us offer them an excellent service too.
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!
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.
If you would like to experiment with a new look, or simply celebrate the person that you have become and document it in a portrait, why not consider having a boudoir photoshoot or a professional makeover and photoshoot
A professional photoshoot is the ideal way to keep a permanent memento of your landmark moments, special events, and those other times in your life when you look and feel good, and want to let the whole world know!
Whether you’re looking to treat yourself or someone special to a feel-good makeover and photoshoot or a boudoir portrait session, read on for some suggestions.
Boudoir photography is an excellent way of capturing your femininity in image form, whilst still leaving plenty to the imagination. Boudoir photography is soft and shamelessly sensual without ever being explicit or overtly sexualised, and boudoir portraits can make a fabulous gift for your partner, or for yourself if you want to boost your self-esteem and learn to see yourself in your best light!
Makeover photoshoots are fun to take part in, and provide memories that will last forever! Whether you simply want to document your life’s journey with a timeless image of you looking your best or if it’s time for a change and you’re keen to try something new, a makeover photoshoot is the perfect way to do this. Landmark birthday? Just divorced and ready to celebrate? Celebrate it with a photoshoot!
Beauty is not something that can be defined by the narrow margins of age or size, and every woman has their own unique, natural beauty that is just waiting to be highlighted and brought to the fore. A special photoshoot just for you can help you to see yourself in a new light and help to boost your self-confidence – all things that every woman deserves.
A good photographer will bring out all of your best features, whilst ensuring that you feel comfortable throughout the shoot, happy about the day, and pleased with the images that you receive at the end of it!
Fantastic news, we have won the monthly nationwide “Baby of the month” competition with a recent portrait of young Zachary. He won £100 in mother care vouchers plus entry into the annual competition with a prize fund of £2000! If you have a baby or know some who has, please click on this link for more information
It was a delight to be able to help out this week by taking some portraits for Heart Research UK to help them raise funds. Please check out their FACE BOOK page here.
“We are nearly at 5,000 likes on our Facebook page which we are so happy about! Can you invite your friends to like our page and get us to over 5,000? We want everyone to know all about the fantastic advancements we are making in treatment which means the likes of Riley can survive several major heart operations.” copied from the Heart Research UK Wall.
With the success of our Wowcher voucher Make-Overs promotion for Mothers Day, we are so pleased with the amount of interest in our make-over sessions again this year, thank you to everyone who purchased vouchers and we look forward to welcoming you to our studios in Horsforth, Leeds.
Here is an image captured today with a small before shot of each of the girls. make-up was by our professional stylist Ashley Greenwood and photography by Mark Swinford.
If you missed purchasing a voucher, here is link to buy one: click here.
Its been a busy day today with lots of Make-Over sessions, here is one of our ladies after spending an hour with our professional makeup artist Ashley and then an hour with Mark in our studio, lots of great images were captured, cant wait for you all to come back and see them.
Here is an image created yesterday from one of our Family Portrait sessions and new member of our Cherubs baby portrait club too. Don’t forget if you have had or know some who has just had a baby, please sign up here for more info : https://bit.ly/watchmegrow – We are the Cherubs baby photography studio in Yorkshire
Today Mark donated his time to photograph some very brave people bearing all! to create a calendar for business’s in Farsley. The charity calendar will be sold to raise funds to go to “The Pink Ribbon Foundation” The Calendar will be on sale from Oct, details to follow.
Here is an image from one of our recent Mother & Daughter sessions.
A big thank you to all that purchased vouchers, sorry its been a little hard to get a session booked but we will extend the voucher expiry dates if required and all will be able to get booked in accordingly. This has been our most successful offer ever! Thank you to Wowcher for their kind support and commitment to our studio.