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Aberystwyth, Dyfed, United Kingdom
Rob and Debs welcome you to Daisy Chain Plant Nursery Ltd. We are a new independent plant nursery in Aberystwyth, Wales. We stock perennials, grasses, shrubs, climbers, alpines, and small trees. We are specialising in Heucheras and Hostas. We hope you enjoy reading our blog, and keeping up to date with our progress and news. If you have any questions or require further information please contact us and we will try to help.

Sunday, 11 December 2011


I'm busy looking for professional print services for my business.  I really want to step up a gear next year, so I'm looking for lots of new products and services at the moment.  I'm also busy learning lots of new techniques to make my work even better, so watch this space.

Here's just a little montage of baby Harry.  I took the photos earlier on this year, he's grown a little since then, and will be enjoying his first Christmas this year, then his first birthday the day after. 

Monday, 17 October 2011


This is my second session for yesterday. I have photographed baby Megan once before so she's a real pro now.  Her mummy wanted a photo of her wearing angel wings.  As she is now crawling around, I had to shoot quickly, and it wasn't easy capturing her in the best way to show the wings.  But I just simply love this shot, she's such lovely girl.


This little cutie is Ellie-Mae.  I had a photo session with her yesterday and she is adorable.  Full of curiosity, 'helping' me with the setting up, discovering what's inside my prop box, and having a good time showing me how clever she is.

Thanks for looking

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Newborn Shoot With Baby Thomas

Hi all.

I recently did a newborn shoot with baby Thomas.  He was just ten days old when I first met him, such a cute little bundle.  I was looking forward to my first shoot with this perfect little boy.  So taking all my 'mobile studio' over to his mummy and daddy's house, I set up and was ready to go.  After a couple of shots, Thomas decided he wanted us to all know he was ready for feeding.  So off mummy went to feed him, while I made some adjustments to my set up.  Well, when he came back with mummy, he wanted to see what all the fuss was about, and just would not go back to sleep, so I did a few more shots with him, but couldn't get exactly the shots I wanted, so eventually we called it a day.  However I agreed to return the following week to try some more.  His mummy assured me if I came a little earlier I would find him in his most restful period, where he tended to sleep more soundly....I only wish Thomas was in on the plan....Lo and behold the same pattern emerged.  He was asleep when I first arrived, but soon woke up to see what was going on...Good job I've got loads of time and patience.  I didn't get as many shots as I'd wanted, but I still got a good few.  Here are some of them:

Thank you for looking. 
If you are interested in my photography or would like a photoshoot, please visit my website

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Jemma's 21st Birthday


I was recently asked to take some shots for a friend's 21st Birthday.  She just wanted some shots of herself and her boyfriend, and her family and friends.  They were taken in her garden and at a restuarant before a celebratory meal out.  Normally I like to take people out on location to parks or woods etc and do more artistic shots, however on this occasion we were limited for time.  Here's just a few of the shots I took.

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Growing Fast

Well, my lovely grandson Harry is now four months old, and he's growing really fast.  I thought I'd share a couple of photo's with you so you can see how well he's doing. 

I can't believe how much time flies, he's almost rolling from his back onto his tummy so that'll be another milestone reached. 

Harry's sister Ellie was also willing to oblige me with a photo, she has beautiful eyes, and gorgeous red hair and freckles. 

It's always important to capture children as they grow, they're my favourite subject. 

Deborah Jane

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Nicole & Taylor

Hello and welcome.

With the warm weather that we've been having lately, I thought I'd seize the opportunity to take some action shots, whilst at the same time trying out some new settings to freeze the action. 

I met my daughter and grandchildren at Ferry Meadows in Peterborough for a bit of a session.  My youngest son also accompanied us. 

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Wedding Day

What a gorgeous day we had yesterday, sunny and bright.  I was more than happy.  I had my very first wedding shoot for a friends of mine Anne-Marie and Steven.  They had a beautiful day at a georgeous historical venue.  Here is a photo of them after the service.

Hope they like what I've done.

Monday, 21 March 2011

Lens Hire

Hi all

Today I've been trying out a lens that I haven't used before. 

It's a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM. 

It's a monster of a lens, weighing well over two pounds.  I've actually hired it from Lenses For Hire for seven days.  The reason for hiring in the first place is to use for a wedding shoot I have this Friday.  It's a costly lens, so hiring it is a great way to test it out to determine whether it will be worth purchasing.  I have been taking shots of my son in a bid to get used to what it can do.  I love it.  So here are a couple of shots I've taken of my son.

I love black and white shots, but I've used an action from The Coffee Shop.   I have some more testing to do before Friday, but I'm pleased with the result so far.

If you would like to try out any lenses, I can thoroughly recommend the excellent service from Lenses For Hire.

Thanks for visiting.

Deborah Jane   

Friday, 18 March 2011

Blue Moon

Hi everyone.

As much as I love taking photos of babies and children, I'm always looking for other opportunities to broaden my skills.  As I was walking to my car after work today I gazed up at the most amazing moon in the darkening sky, and thought "I've just got to capture that".

As soon as I got home I grabbed my camera, attached my zoom lens and took a few shots.  Now I have photographed the moon before, and it's not as easy as you think.  The camera, doesn't see the moon as you see it with the naked eye. 

Try photographing it yourself, and you'll see what I mean.  Here's the original jpeg I took:

As you can see, the moon in this jpeg image is very bright, but I've lost the shadows and definition.  I did however shoot a RAW image too  A RAW file is much larger than a jpeg image as it retains all the digital information as it was shot.  It is the equivalent of a negative from a non digital film camera.

With a RAW file, you can bring back the areas that have been over exposed, which you wouldn't be able to do with a jpeg.  Is that all as clear as mud....ok.  So after I edited the RAW image I cropped the photo so the moon was bigger.

Now doesn't that make for a more interesting shot.  The moon is much more planet like....not just a bright white ball in the sky.  You can actually see much more definition.  I'm really pleased with this shot, but I thought I'd have a little fun with it, and make it even more interesting and more of an artistic image.

I used the Lens Flare effect in Photoshop, to put a bright white light on the edge.

I love this effect, but then I decided to add a lighting effect filter to the image....and here's what I got:

It's more of a fantasty image now, but it just goes to show how versatile Photoshop is, and what fun you can have using it on the most common of everyday images.

I've just learned that tomorrow night will see the the biggest full moon in two decades, when it reaches it's closest point to the earth.  So you'll have to be ready if you want to see it,  I might even take some more shots, it should be spectacular.  Lets hope it's a clear sky.  If you are interested in the moon and would like to know more then just click on the link HERE

Thanks for taking the time to look.

Deborah Jane

Monday, 14 March 2011

Nicole & Taylor


I recently took a visit to Sacrewell Farm with Nicole and Taylor, my grandchildren, specifically to do a photoshoot.  When we got there the weather was gorgeously sunny, but wouldn't you know it, after about half an hour, the rain came down and didn't stop.  We did however get a few lovely photo's, then went over to my daughters house to finish off the session.

Now I know this isn't a child shot, but I do love it.  First I bumped up the brightness & contrast using a curves layer.  I wanted a vintage look, so I ran an action on it (Creamy Chocolate Black & White), from The Coffee Shop blog.  Then I ran a Vignette action to darken the corners.  The Coffee Shop is run by Rita, she has some amazing Photoshop actions, and best of all they're free....now how good is that.

Here's a shot of Nicole, running off to see the animals.  I love these type of shots that show a little bit of action, yet keep a little mystery.  Look at her cute little wellies, and those gorgeous curls at the back of her head.

Now, what's all this then....

How's this for a cheeky smile...and look who's been kissing the girls...(tooth missing).
Now here's some shots we took in an improvised studio at my daughters house, when we came back after it started to rain.

There....just a few....there are many more as I'm sure you'll guess.  Can't wait until the next session....apparently Nicole has a tutu and a wand, now that should be fun.

Take care

Deborah Jane

Monday, 14 February 2011

Karl and Nathan

Hi there...

At the weekend I had a mini photoshoot with two brothers Karl and Nathan.

I enjoyed capturing these two energetic youngsters.  I'd forgotten how boisterous boys can be though...It's a long time since my own children were that age. 

Wednesday, 2 February 2011


Hi there.

I've another photo to show of my beloved grandson Harry.  He's so cute and I love him to bits. 

I'm offering free photo sessions with newborn infants, for anyone living within 15 miles of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. You will have the session in the comfort of your own home, without having the inconvenience of having to travel.  I will bring my equipment and props, so no need to worry there.  You will get a free 10 x 8 print of your choice, and extra prints from the session will be available to order should you wish.

For more details please contact me at deborahjane@btinternet.com

Monday, 31 January 2011

Fingers and Toes

Here's a photo I took yesterday of my Grandsons little feet with his Daddy's big hands...

Harry is just five weeks old, so he's still very little.  I love this type of shot with the hands forming a heart shape.  My son has long fingers, so it was easy for him to make the shape...it wasn't so easy to keep little Harry's feet together within the shape, as he was awake and moving about.  In this photo his heels have just drifted apart.  It would be much easier with a sleeping baby. 

Shooting Mode: Aperture-Priority AE....Shutter Speed:1/10.....ISO: 400.....Focal Length: 43.0

New Blog


And welcome to my new blog... with my growing interest in all things photography, I am going to dedicate this blog to my journey along the photographic trail.

At present I own a Canon EOS450 DSLR and several lenses, which I bought back in June 2009.  It's is my first digital SLR, and it's one of the best things I've ever purchased.  However, I'm already looking at upgrading.

I am rapidly discovering the delightful world of beautiful photography.  I love the intricate world of macro photography.  I'm learning to look further afield with zoom lens photography, and just recently I am enjoying the brand new world of newborn photography.  I hope you will join me on my journey into this fascinating world, and maybe draw inspiration from my showcase of digital photo's.

Thanks for visiting me today.

Happy snapping

Debbie x