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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


What Paula said to us after her Boudoir Session

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.

Location – Where We Are

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 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 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 Refundable Booking Deposits?

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 working 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 5 working days 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 client’s 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.

Thank You.


Christmas Opening Times 2017

It’s that time of year again!

Thank you so much to all our wonderful clients who have made this such an amazing year.

We are all excited for 2018 and have so many ideas and plans to make it another fabulous year for all of us, so please keep an eye on our blog, Facebook and website for our latest images & offers.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and I hope you have an amazing new year.

Mark, Tracy and all the team at our studio xxx

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.

Feel fantastic with a Boudoir Photoshoot

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

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

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!

Heart Research UK

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.


Mark Swinford helps National Heart Research UK


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

Mother & Daughter Make-Overs

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.


Make-Overs by Mark Swinford

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.


Raising Money For Pink Ribbon Foundation

Mark Swinford Photography

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.

Mother & Daughter Make-Overs

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.