Welcome to Oh Lulu! I’ve been wanting a place to blog random stuff just for fun. I’m an only child. I talked to myself a lot as a kid. I talk to myself a lot as an adult. Sometimes I find myself mentally composing blog posts. I’ve had a family blog and a business blog. But I wanted a multi-purpose spot to make what I want. My family isn’t interested in anything but updates on the kids. My clients don’t want to have to wade through miscellaneous posts just to see my work.
In working with Staci of Quirky Bird Designs, I was given the opportunity (read: forced to) think about how I want to present myself & my photography business through a logo & branding. She asked a lot of questions. A lot of questions I didn’t have the answer to & at one point I was even like, “Seriously, I can’t even think on this level, my mind is just too simple.” When we’d hit a spot like that, she would suggest we schedule a call & I’d think, “I don’t wannna, I’m worse on the phone than I am online…” and she’d get me on the phone and we’d talk. I’d feel lost but she was leading me. Then it was like when you’re trying to pull a kid up off the ground and they’re not coming so you want to let go but if you do, you know they’re going to hit the ground hard. She let go. And when I got up, I knew exactly what I wanted. And she was like, “See? It’s a journey.” I can’t thank her enough for pushing me through and for allowing me to arrive at a place neither of us expected. The Lulu silhouette is a revamped version of a silhouette Tiffany of OTSS had drawn for another project. We didn’t want a literal drawing of Lulu…okay well, that’s what I thought I wanted in the beginning but Staci was right when she said I’d tire of that quickly…so this was the perfect way to let the silhouette live on & be a less straightforward representation. The rain theme is evidence of Staci’s genius in extracting from my brain what “thing” it is that I want to represent myself and my work.
In some aspects, my approach to photography is similar to my approach to parenting. Let them. Let them play & be silly & wear rainboots with tutus & eat Oreos. In photography, I offer guidance but I don’t force. In parenting, I do what I gotta do & that’s a discussion for another day. But I have a deep appreciation for letting kids express themselves. The day I met my friend Emily, the kids had declared it “Boot Day” & Bradyn (then 3) and Ellie (then 1) were tromping around the library in rainboots. Something about the novelty of that spurred a conversation & a friendship was born. Something about seeing colorful, usually totally impractical rainboots on kids just says “happy childhood” to me. So in Oh Lulu!, that “happy childhood” element is expanded upon with primary colors, raindrops & rainbows. All such simple concepts, but I’ve learned that I’m drawn to & inspired by the simple & straightforward.
The name? The name stems from my third and last child, Lily. Even Bradyn & Ellie (at 5 & 3) knew the name “Lily” didn’t fit this baby. They started calling her “Lily Lulu” (pronounced “Wiwee WooWoo” by both at the time) & now for the most part, she’s just Lulu. And she’s a handful. She’s dynamic and funny and determined and spunky and willful. Hear me using words that can describe either really good or really bad personality traits? Yeah. You’re picking up what I’m putting down. My friend has a Sophie that inspires the frequent, “Oh Sophie!” (fell in the fountain on the mall) and also the equally as frequent “Oh Sophie.” (got the potty seat stuck on her head). A lot of us have “that kid”. I have an “Oh Lulu!”. She’s the best and the worst of our family. She’s the third. Everyone’s baby. Sometimes I don’t have it in me to get worked up & other times I don’t have it in me keep it in perspective and not go crazy.
Thanks for stopping by. Come back often for the occasional laugh, maybe a few photography tips & who knows what else!