With the latest addition to our family there’ll be a few subtle changes to the schedule of the blog for the coming weeks while I’m adjusting to life with our new baby.
I’ll still be posting the very coolest real Jewish weddings every week, but there’ll also be a brand new feature running where I interview all sorts of inspirational women in the wedding industry whom I greatly admire. These women successfully combine running their own business with married life and in a lot of cases, raising a young family.
The series is called Chitter Chatter and the twist is is they have to answer my questions in just 140 characters or less….
Today I’m chitter chattering with Laura Babb, the brains (and camera) behind Babb Photo and also the founder of SNAP, the UK’s first photography festival for wedding and lifestyle photographers. I’m completely obsessed with Laura’s work. She worked on a wonderful portrait shoot of me and my daughter, Sacha, she’s a Smashing Supplier, and her Jewish weddings are all over the pages of Smashing The Glass.
Laura lives in East London with her husband, Pete, a graphic designer.
What was your first job?
My first job was as a Saturday girl in a local bakery. I was paid £2 per hour and got to take home a bag of assorted cakes!
Tell me more about your career before launching Babb Photo
I spent more than 10 years working as a manager in the public sector. Couldn’t have been more different.
What made you launch your photography business ?
A friend asked me to photograph their wedding and I loved it. It all snowballed from there.
What inspires you to keep growing and developing your business?
I am, by nature, someone who has to keep on going.
What obstacles have you overcome along the way?
Running a business when you have mental health concerns (depression) is hard. I have to make sure I try to stay balanced.
Image by Lydia Stamps via Nu Bride
How do you cope with running two businesses? Babb Photo and now the Snap Photography Festival?
Lots and lots of lists. Getting things on paper and out of my brain is crucial!
What’s your best tip for a work / life balance?
I’m not quite sure I’ve figured this out yet!
97% of Britain’s small creative businesses are run by women. Why do you think this is?
I guess the flexibility of running a creative business from home works well for women with families.
How did you meet your husband?
Match.com! He was my first ever internet date!
What was the highlight of your wedding day?
All of it. Walking up the aisle together with my husband was one of my favourite moments though.
Was there anything standout about what you wore?
I loved my gold sequinned shrug and customized shoes.
Looking back, is there anything you would change about your wedding?
Not a thing.
What are your top tips for brides-to-be when planning their wedding?
Don’t sweat the small stuff. As long as you end up married, everything else is window dressing.
Any marriage tips?
You should think about how every decision affects the other person and they should do the same.
Does my camera count?
A week by the sea in cottage in Norfolk over New Year. Beautiful beaches and blustery walks.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Watching and re watching episodes of Star Trek
What did you do today?
I had two meetings followed by a whole load of admin
Thank you Laura! Find Babb Photo on: