Photographer from Northampton offers family portraits for just a £10 donation to raise awareness of mum’s illness

Louise Smith with her mum
Louise Smith with her mum
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A photographer is offering family portraits for just £10 at her Northampton studio to raise awareness of the terminal illness that her mum has.

Louise Smith from Wootton Fields, normally charges £195 for a full shoot so families can capture special moments to treasure.

But she is heavily discounting the price to offer a taster for a £10 donation to the IPF (ideopathic pulmonary fibrosis) charity. Extra shots will be just a £5 donation each.

Louise, aged 33, said: “It’s a disease not many people know about and it’s basically scarring of the lungs.

“Doctors don’t know what causes it and its not brought on by your lifestyle. Mum has never been a smoker but it just came on.”

Louise, a former Chronicle & Echo photographer,said her mum, Carmel O’Callaghan, aged 75, found out about her IPF after she went to her GP a year ago with a chest infection.

She said she would encourage people to go to their GP even if they have a persistent cough in order to get an early diagnosis.

Carmel said she is really pleased about Louise’s photoshoot and is glad to be the inspiration for the event.

She hopes as many people as possible will go to the photoshoot day - which takes place on Saturday November 7.

Louise said: “Anyone can come down and bring their mums, children, even their pets if they like.

“They’ll get a digital photo against a professional white background that they can share, enlarge or print off.”

The charity photoshoots will take place between 10am and 4pm at Northants Photography studios in Market Street, Billing Aquadrome. Customers should report to Billing Aquadrome main reception.

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