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Burglary was spark for new business.

Byline: Lyndsay Oxley Reporter lyndsay.oxley@trinitymirror.com

A COUPLE who had their baby daughter's first photographs stolen have started a new business venture to make sure other parents don't suffer like they did.

Back in February, David and Hannah Jones' family home in South Bank, Middlesbrough, was burgled, resulting in thousands of pounds' worth of photography equipment being stolen, along with sentimental pictures of their daughter Emily, who was only three months old at the time.

Despite desperate appeals for the safe return of the irreplacable images, they have never been seen since.

After finally being able to replace the photographic kit around three months later, David and Hannah have since been prolifically photographing Emily, now one, in a bid to replace the lack of photographs of her in those precious early days.

As a result, this got the couple thinking about other parents who might not have the option of professional standard photographs of their babies at all and NappyDays Photography was born.

David, 29 said: "Emily is more than used to being in front of the camera now.

"We are much stronger than we were having learned some hard lessons and love the idea of creating something so positive from something so dark. "It took us a few months before we were able to replace the photos.

"We showed them to a few friends and they liked the work. It started from there.

"It is very much about affordability and knowing exactly what the price is going to be before you take out the photos.

"No matter how much we produce, we will agree on a price at the beginning."

As a keen photographer, David had between PS2,500 and PS3,000 worth of camera kit stolen, including a Nikon D700, three lenses and a tripod.

His computer, which had the images of Emily stored on it, was also taken, as well as a separate hard drive which held back-up images.

David said: "The photos are very precious.

"We were devastated. Having a baby is a very emotional time anyway.

"You use those photos as a way of connecting. It was very painful."

At the end of each photoshoot, NappyDays Photography provides the customer with all of the work in print quality and social media quality, as well as the printing rights on a CD.

David said: "In one way they are quite secure but in another way they are quite vulnerable. You can't replace them, but if you have the files you can create them again."

Since launching in mid-October, NappyDays Photography has been off to a good start with a number of bodies of work already available for potential customers to view online.

A portable studio is available to take to customers' homes if they prefer or they can decide on a location of their choice.

Popular shoot locations have so far included Guisborough Forest and Roseberry Topping.

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David, Hannah |and Emily after setting up NapPYDAYS Photography

Photographer |David Jones, with his wife Hannah and daughter Emily, who has set up a new business following a burglary in which he lost valuable photographic equipment, as well as sentimental photographs of his daughter

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Nov 20, 2014
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