We are Darwin Wiggett and Samantha Chrysanthou, founders and creators of oopoomoo! Although collectively we’ve been involved in photography education for almost twenty years, in 2012 we decided to join forces and meet a glaring need in the photo industry – a photography site that teaches original creative expression within a larger framework of what it means to be creative in today’s world. We live in a time of unbridled consumption with far-reaching impacts on the planet, our fellow species and our children’s lives. Living the oopoomoo life means pursuing our unique, creative gifts with an awareness of the fact that we all live within a precious and fragile larger community. If excellence in photography and a love of nature are your values, you’ve come to the right place! We feature the stories and images of photographers who undergo the daily heroics necessary to live their best creative life. Contact us if you have a tale to tell about the choices you’ve made to make your work! You can also read about our journey – the good, the bad and the messy – on our blog. Stay tuned for more stories on how to live the oopoomoo life by signing up to our blog… we’re on a beautiful adventure together, aren’t we?
But what does ‘oopoomoo’ mean, guys?
oopoomoo (all lowercase) is a fun made-up word that reminds us to be serious about living creatively but not to take life too seriously. You can’t say ‘oopoomoo’ without cracking a smile inside. C’mon, try it. Even our lawyer’s lips twitched! And if you have no idea how to pronounce ‘oopoomoo’, then watch the video we made to test reactions to our new company name!