This morning was the usual kind of morning in the Ooba-Fish household, work chaos, cereal wars, toddler tantrums over which foot to put each welly on and whether he really needed to take two duckies and a giraffe to the child minder. Once everyone had left, I sat down for breakfast, in total silence. As I munched my (Slimming World Syn Free just in case my group leader is reading this) Full English, I pondered on the next few weddings coming up. One in particular being Alex and Lucinda in March.
Now I met Lucinda and Alex after Lucinda had asked for recommendations for wedding photographers on a networking facebook group, Local Business Network, of which we are both members. I was overwhelmed by the amount of recommendations I received and we duly spoke on the phone, got on like a house on fire and arranged to meet to discuss their wedding. I knew Lucinda was very heavily pregnant, so I popped my camera in my bag. After we had done all the serious stuff, I asked if they wanted an informal bump picture.
Later, I found out that Nicky from The Chamomile Rooms had gifted them a newborn shoot with myself. How is that for a lucky coincidence?! When I originally spoke to Nicky about this extremely generous gift for her Reflexology and Nurture 4 Life clients she said,
“We like to give our lovely mums-to-be and new mums a real treat to celebrate the arrival of their little bundle of joy and there is no better way of doing this than a special family photo shoot with the amazing Oobaloos Photography.”
I was very happy that one of these vouchers she had purchased from me was for little Flo!
When Flo was ready for her shoot a month or so later, I knew that Lucinda had researched my style, knew how I loved moody and emotive photography and let me just run with it. That was music to my ears. The picture that was our joint favourite went on to be one of my most popular images ever, being featured in ‘Inspire Photography Magazine‘ in their Top 10 for Black and White Photography, Fine Art photography guru Amber Privizzini’s blog, and several community pages, winning top spot. I have to say that this image was a turning point for me and my work, I knew what I wanted to do, but didn’t know if clients would like it. Now I had my own justification.
Just last week, I met up with Lucinda and Alex again for their engagement shoot at their wedding venue, Ellenborough Park, and I was delighted that they bought Flo! It was her 6 month birthday and it was magical to include her in this shoot.
Watch this space….for the next chapter in Lucinda and Alex’s life that I am super excited to be a part of with my trusty camera.
So what is my point? Well I will get to it in my usual long winded way! In the past few years I have seen clients through from Bump, to Newborn, then First Birthday shoots. This week I was HONOURED to have been let in the secret of one of my wedding couples happy pregnancy news….no I’m not telling YOU who yet!!
Two days ago, another lovely lady messaged me with happy newsand an excitement for me to capture it for her.
My point…..when you meet with your wedding photographer, consider this….do I like them enough to let them share my life. To chronicle every milestone and happy moment, knowing they are just as excited to be there. I cannot wait for all my wedding couples to contact me again, whether its for babies, family events, or just to celebrate an anniversary with a shoot.
I know that Lucinda and Alex’s wedding will not be the last time I ever see them, and that makes my heart very happy.
Ooba~Love to you from me,