Teddy - for Oh Little Bing Childrenswear | Grace Elizabeth | Alternative Wedding Photographer, Colchester, Essex
When I first met Lindsey, owner of Oh Little Bing, some years ago, she was actually making handmade lingerie. I remember coming across her work on Instagram when I very first joined, and, from then on, we have followed each others work and seen our little businesses grow. It's been so heartwarming to find a friend through the internet, and to be able to support each other as we grow and work hard to improve all of the time.
Fast forward to 2018, and Lindsey, along with her graphic design other half, now have a little boy, Fox. His arrival, her love for embroidery and her other half's love for graphic design proved the the perfect mix: and so came about the launch of her hand-designed embroidered clothing for little ones: Oh Little Bing. I myself don't even have children, but anyone is bound to fall in love with her cute pieces - trust me!
These pieces aren't just about cuteness. Lindsey had been really open with her followers on her various account (something she has encouraged me to do more), and I had read with great interest about her difficulties becoming pregnant over these past few years. Having suffered three miscarriages, I really felt for her. Infertility is something a few of my friends, some of my photography clients, and a few of the inspirational women I follow on social media, have struggled with. It's something that affects more women than you might at first realise, and it's something we should talk about.
Having undertaken the Gold Dust Project, a celebratory, body-positive project which had led me to meet mothers who had suffered with infertility issues, mothers with negative body relationships, and just generally mothers across a huge cross section in Essex, I felt even more compelled to reach out to her. I had wanted to chat with her about photographing her pieces for such a long time, but the stars hadn't quite aligned... until now. I know that the world and universe work in mysterious ways, and I know that this was the perfect time to collaborate.
So, after meeting lovely Jade some months ago for the Gold Dust Project, who mentioned she wanted to get her little boy Teddy into modelling, I knew that this was to be the perfect combination. As a way to say thank you to Jade for helping me with my project, and to celebrate the highs with the lows that came with Lindsey's journey to becoming a mother and owner of Oh Little Bing, we created these images yesterday evening. You should definitely check out her pieces, and specifically, her 'Hope' tees, which donate 10% of their funds to charities which help parents with miscarriage, still birth, and infant loss.
I was so thrilled to work with Jade and Lindsey, and urge you to check out Oh Little Bing!
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As always, I hope you like the photos!