5 minutes with … Doodah Designs
We catch up with Emma at Doodah Designs to find out what her business is all about and how she can work with you, from stationery to photography, she boasts an amazing variety of skills and talents!
So Emma, how did Doodah Designs come about?
The inspiration to start Doodah Photography and Designs came after my own wedding. I had done everything myself from designing invitations, seating plans and signage to making my own bouquet and flower arrangements. The only creative aspect of the wedding I couldn’t do was to take the photographs, but I did edit them!
I realised I was lucky that my skills and experience meant that I didn’t have to compromise on anything I wanted for my wedding. Everything I had was bespoke and it hadn’t cost me the earth.
That’s when I realised that I was in a position to help other couples to make their day perfect without having to break the bank and without having to deal with faceless online design services which limit choice.
What kind of service can brides and grooms expect with Doodah Designs?
Whether couples are looking for photography or stationery design or both the aim of my business is to make sure that the service and the final product they receive is completely unique to them and that they get a truly personal service.
I’m also a bit obsessive about having everything matching and coordinated, the beauty of what I do is that everything from the save-the-date cards to seating plans to the order of service can be styled to match and really tie the theme of the wedding together.
What inspires your designs?
When designing, I take my inspiration from an initial chat with the couple to find out about their plans for the day then I ask them to share images with me that they like. This might be a picture of some stationery that they want to recreate; but to truly take advantage of the bespoke nature of my services, I prefer it if the images are just of things they’ve seen that they’re into, not even necessarily wedding related. Most couples have a Pinterest board and I love to pick up vibes about the types of venue and the colour of dresses or suits they are choosing, and work this into the design. Working in corporate graphic design has made me very good at interpreting a brief and understanding other people’s taste and style.
When it comes to photography my aims are very similar. I listen to the requirements of the couple and adapt my style to suit. I have photographed couples who were delighted that I was so unobtrusive and that I got so many natural shots even though they thought they had barely seen me all day; but I have equally had great feedback from couples who were chuffed to bits that I had made such a fuss of them and spend so much time directing their photographs to achieve the perfect portrait. I think being flexible as a photographer is really important. I try really hard to respond to the wishes of the couples and to provide a service that is appropriate to the moment. The best photos of the ceremony are captured if I’m as unobtrusive as possible; the best photos of the party come from being in the middle of the dance floor!
What kind of wedding is your favourite to be involved in?
My favourite weddings to design for and photograph are the creative and unusual ones, I get really excited if people tell me that they’re having a theme such as gothic or fairy tale. I love a challenge so if couples have crazy ideas for designs or a particular quirky photo that they want to set up, I’m always up for making that happen.
Are you based locally?
I cover all of the East Midlands and will happily travel for consultations or engagement shoots to have a chance to get to know couples. Building a rapport, with your photographer especially, is so important. It’s great if couples choose to use me for their design as well as their photography because we have usually built up a great relationship by the time the wedding day comes around so that they have someone they know and trust beside them all day.
And finally, do you have a favourite wedding venue to photograph?
My favourite venue to shoot at is the West Mill in Derby as it’s just up the road from where I live and it’s where I got married so I love to see how different couples transform the same space. I’m also a country girl at heart so I love to get out into the Peak District for gorgeous rural weddings in little village chapels or outdoor ceremonies.
You can find out more at Doodah Designs, happy wedding planning!