A glimpse into the heart of a wedding photographer… what really makes her tick?

Have you ever wondered what makes your wedding photographer tick? Why choose photography as a career, and why weddings? And how do you know your photographer will work their heart out to capture your day and get the most amaaaazing photos for you to remember it by? Our lovely friend Sheryl has a story to share with you…

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“I would like to introduce you to ‘us’ – the creative types, the artists – A huge… ‘Hi’!!

I am coming to you now from the photographic side of weddings – but I used to be a professional dancer/actress in London theatres and also abroad. I then moved into teaching and personal training, and finally settled down with my husband, a musician/songwriter and together we had a little boy called Bailey.

After leaving ‘The Arts’, I always felt that it had left a peculiar void in me – something deep in my heart and soul that wasn’t fully satisfied. It was nothing at all to do with my home life, solely to do with the inventive and artistic side of my personality.

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After our son was born all I wanted to do was record his life. Not in diaries, or journals, but in pictures.

It started with happy-snapping with my phone. I snapped everything – but it was never quite good enough. Then, I got my first DSLR and ‘click’ (excuse the pun), everything fell into place for me.

All I wanted to do from that moment on was to create beautiful images of my family, our dogs, and then my friends’ families and baby groups.

I got such a feeling of deep, meaningful satisfaction when people would tell me how much they loved the images.

I felt a well of bonding and I have grown onwards and upwards with these same families.

With that, and also the support and help from my husband and parents (also musicians and writers in their own right) my little business was born and quickly flourished.

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So what’s my point?

You are reading this blog to help you plan your wedding, are you not? Apart from the venues and registrars/vicars, nearly everyone you will deal with is a creative type.

They will all have started at the same place that I did – a realisation from a tiny seed of imagination, finding a passion to nurture it, and then the lengthy agonising over whether to take the plunge and attempt to make it into a successful business.

What if no one likes it? No one likes rejection, do they? How do these creative types plan their household bills, mortgages, childcare and holidays? The EASIEST option is to not do it.

But, you see, that isn’t an option for us at all – because the gaping void that I mentioned at the start … that is real.

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We are people pleasers. We want to be loved and we look forward to the accolades that our endeavours bring and then constantly feel satisfied with our creations and the happy relationships that have spawned from them.

From the photographer’s POV – come the day of your wedding, I will be there for you, trying to put make-up on through tears with your mum, cleaning your face up when you see your dad or your brother arrive to walk you down the aisle.

I will help with all the little snags or emergencies. I will laugh with your bridesmaids and cry with you at the speeches. The first dance? Anybody who knows me or has had me attend their wedding will tell you that I become a snivelling wreck.

You know that ‘feelgood’ part of a movie in a RomCom with music and flashbacks all over the place…when everyone joins the happy couple on the dancefloor? Well, I stand in the middle and turn round slowly.

I capture kids in their parents’ arms, grandparents dancing and looking into the eyes of a sixty-year loved one.

I see young couples looking all gooey and little boys doing energetic knee slides.

All that against a happy, loving soundtrack… If that doesn’t make you cry, I don’t know what will.

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When you eventually hire your wedding photographer, remember that she isn’t allotting you a certain amount of hours’ worth of just clicking a camera.

She is giving and sharing with you a large and devoted part of her artistic soul.

She will take your cherished memories and nurture them, and return them to you in the same, friendly manner that made you say – “ We like her,” right back at the very beginning.

Sheryl from Oobaloos photography is an English Wedding Blog favourite – she’s had some gorgeous real weddings featured on the blog, and we think she’s awesome! Discover more from Oobaloos Photography here:

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Images are from a styled bridal inspiration shoot we featured earlier this year. Full supplier credits:

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.



  • Amanda Balmain
    4 years ago

    Yep, we’re a sensitive but loving bunch! It’s usually the speeches that get me blubbering though ?

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