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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

Boudoir gives confidence boost

Boost your confidence with a Boudoir Photoshoot

Why not treat yourself to one of our Boudoir Photoshoots? We’ll make you feel welcome and comfortable as soon as you walk in the door, and our friendly and professional makeup team will make you look amazing before you join our all female team in the studio for your shoot.

You don’t have to be a model, and you certainly don’t have to be model thin to look fabulous and sexy. We believe every woman, every age and every body shape is beautiful, and we’ll do everything we can to make you see and feel it.

Just come along to our dedicated studio in Leeds, relax and enjoy the experience of being pampered, then let go and have fun with our wide range of high-quality props and backgrounds.

The whole experience is designed to be empowering and to make you feel glamorous, full of confidence and ultra sexy.

Check out what our delighted clients are saying:

“Wow! I don’t know where to start… I had such an amazing time here with Lucy and Ashley – they are so talented! I cannot believe the end products… You made me cry as I never thought I could look like that and I think you nearly gave my new husband a heart attack!!! I will definitely be back!! Thank you!”

“When I arrived the team were all welcoming and made me feel at ease straight away. I was photographed by the amazing Lucy. She is so lovely and made my experience the best. Seeing my photos and the wonderful job the team had done, it has certainly made me more confident and I can’t thank you all enough!”

“The team were amazing, the make-up artist did a fabulous job without me feeling over done and the photographer was so easy to work with that you forget to be shy or unsure of yourself. I left the studio feeling confident, empowered and glamorous.”

Why not treat yourself to a huge confidence boost with our photo shoot, perhaps for a special birthday or occasion. You could even blow your partner’s mind with a sexy album full of your gorgeous photos as a gift, or keep the album for yourself as a wonderful keepsake, to give you a mini confidence boost every time you look at it.

Give us a call today on 0113 436 1010  and book your special photo experience.



Christmas 2016 Opening Times

Fri 23rd - 9.30am - 5.00pm
Sat 24th - CLOSED
Sun 25th - CLOSED
THURS 29th - 9.30am - 5.00pm
FRI 30th - 9.30am - 5.00pm
TUES 3rd - 9.30am - 4.30pm 
Normal hours resume
Sessions can be booked made via ou on-line diary. Please email for a link if required.
Happy Christmas Everyone from all of us at MSP, we hope you all have a lovely time.

Gifts for Christmas

We have the perfect gift to give all your friends and family this Christmas, a FAMILY PORTRAIT VOUCHER for just £29.95, available online simply click on the link below and purchase yours.

All orders must be in by Tues the 20th Dec so we can get them posted out in time. 

Family Portrait Vouchers

Family Portrait Vouchers at Mark Swinford Photography

Click here to buy your voucher

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!