Viva Studio Ltd

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We believe that a great portrait has the power to bring your emotions, make you smile and laugh with delight, and move you to tears of happiness. Our style is capturing real moments that tell a story while showcasing the wonder, joy, and excitement of your moments. Most of all, we love to present those precious memories as stunning works of art that you will cherish forever.

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Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.

Wedding Photography 95%
Boudoir Photography 85%
Family Photography 90%
Babies and Newborn Photography 95%

Wedding | Events

"Capturing the moments of today that will wow your heart tomorrow".

Boudoir | Maternity

Nothing makes a Woman more BEAUTIFUL than the BELIEF that she is BEAUTIFUL.

Newborn | Child

The days are long, but the years are short, let us record these best memories in a photography.

Contemporary Portrait

My portraits are more about me than they are about the people I photograph.

Commercial

Photographs that works for your business.

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Creativity is the key to success and we have been created to help you stand out from the crowd on your beautiful journey.

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  • 13 questions to ask your wedding photographer

    13 questions to make sure your photographer has answered and covered.

    1. Have you ever shot at my wedding venue?
    If they have then they may have wedding albums they can show you of photos taken there, this will get an idea of the sort and style of photos you will have, it also makes it a little easier as your photographer will already know those great little spots for this beautiful couple shots. If they haven’t then there is no need to worry, they may wish to go and check out the venue before hand or get there a little earlier to have a walk around.

    2. Can I request certain images to be taken?
    If there are some family photos you would like taking then let your photographer know well in advance. Make sure they have a list and know when you would like them taken. You may want some shots of you with your mum and dad, the rest of the family, a large group shot, make sure you let your photographer know an have someone help round up the people when the shots are going to be done. Don’t give your photographer a long list of photos you want taken, such as you and the groom on the steps outside, then on the little bridge in the grounds, and then a large group shot on the stairs, let your photographer do their job and their years of experience and creative flare.

    3. How many hours are included in your package?
    Make sure you are getting everything captured that you want. Plan out the day and the timings and ensure your photographer is there to capture it all, check how many hours is included in a full days coverage, do you want your photographer to get photos of you and your bridesmaids getting ready, do you want them to be around to capture your first dance? Think about how many hours you will need and the schedule for your day and ensure your photographer will be there to cover it all.

    4. How much would it cost for an additional hour?
    You may have booked your photographer and agreed everything with them, however you may have changed the timings slightly, the cake cutting has been moved back slightly which has moved your first dance back so it is little later now, if timings are tight and you maybe pushed then speak to your photographer and see f you can agree for them to stay and extra hour and find out how much they would charge for this. It maybe better to have your photographer booked to be there a little later so that you don’t feel rushed and stressed on the day to get everything done before your photographer leaves.

    5. How much is it for a second shooter?
    You don’t want to miss anything, so perhaps you should consider a second photographer to capture moments from another angle. This is great if you want photos of you and your bridesmaids getting ready which maybe in one hotel, and then the groom and the guys getting ready in another. You can get photos of people walking in outside the church and photos of people sitting down, 2 shooters are great for larger weddings ensuring no moment is missed.

    6. How many photos should I receive from my wedding?
    A photographer could take over a 1000 images on the day but you won’t see all of them, so do find out how many you should expect to receive once edited. You can read more about this and why wedding photographers won’t give you unedited photos in our article here.

    7. How long after the wedding should it take till I see my photos?
    Once your day is over and your wedding photographer has gone away they will then start editing your photos. They will take hundreds of photos of you day and these will need cropping, editing, some will be removed to ensure that you are left with the best photos that tell the perfect story of your wedding day. This can take anywhere between 2-8 weeks, but ask your photographer, at peak season it may take longer, if you need or would like some photos before then, then speak to your photographer and see if they can give you a few sneak peak photos earlier on.

    8. How will I receive my images?
    Prints? Download them? Disc? USB? When you hire you wedding photographer you should know how you will get your photos, the standard way is on a USB pen or a download link, many photographers will also send you photo versions perfect for social media that are saved for the web. They may also give you access to a web gallery where you and your guests can login and view the photos from the day. If you want them to be printed or an album made up for you then speak to your photographer and see what options they have and the cost for this. What better way to see your wedding photos than in a beautifully presented wedding album that tells the story of your beautiful wedding day.

    9. Is an album included?
    If so, ask to see one to make sure you are happy with it, if not then is there something they recommend. If you have agreed for your photographer to put an album together for you ask to view a completed album, ensure you are happy with the quality of albums they are using and the way the photos are presented.

    10. What happens if you are ill, or there is an emergency?
    Find out the backup plan. For peace of mind ask them about their back up plan. Photographers with years of experience will have a plan, they may have a little list of trusted photographers they can call upon if they cannot make it for whatever reason, by asking this you will also feel more relaxed and be able to trust them. If you ask this and your photographer doesn’t have a plan or ignores the question then do challenge them, this is one day and one chance to capture, so they should have a back up plan.

    11. What information do you need from me before the wedding day?
    Give your photographer all the information they need prior to the day so they can be left to do what they do best. They will want to know the exact locations of the ceremony, reception and party, as well as the exact times of the day, where you will be getting ready, what time you will be leaving to go to the church, what time you plan to cut the cake, this ensures your photographer knows where to be at the right time. This is why hiring a professional wedding photography is so important, the have experience of knowing where to be at the right time, where to get the best shots, events that will unfold at certain times and likely photos that will capture true emotion of the day.

    12. May I have a list of references?
    Get in touch with other couples that have used this photographer to make sure they were happy with their photos, the photographer on the day, our website has a review section on their profile page where you can read feedback and quotes from couples.

    13. How much of a deposit do you require and when is it due?
    Find out the payment terms and how much you require to pay to book them. Wedding photographers can be booked up to 2 years in advance, so ensure you get your photographer booked as soon as you can.

    Bonus Tip
    The photographer should make you feel at ease, no question is silly and really your photographer should cover this all for you so when they say ‘do you have any questions’ you draw a blank and feel confident in them and that everything you need to know has been discussed.

    When looking for a Wedding Photographer here a few questions to ask yourself:
    Do I feel a positive connection with this photographer and their work?
    Am I comfortable and confident with this person’s work?
    Has this photographer listened well and addressed all my concerns?
    Do I trust this person to capture the biggest day of my life?
    You photographer should answer any questions you have and address any concerns, if you come away with any worries then perhaps get back in touch with them or get in touch with someone else and see how you feel, go with your gut, if you love their work, feel confident with them and feel you can trust them, then get them booked.

  • How long does it take to get your wedding photos back?

    Your wedding day is over, you have been on your honeymoon and your dress is already stored away in the loft for safe keeping, the one thing left are those wedding photos that you are excited to get back, to relive your day and see moments you missed. But where are those photos?!

    Where are my Wedding Photos?
    A common question that quickly follows the wedding day is an email to your photographer asking where your photos are and when will you get to see them. When a photographer attends your wedding and captures your day they are only just starting the job you are paying them for, the taking of the photos is just a small part of what it is they do and because of that there will be a wait till you get your photos while they are edited.

    How long does it take to get wedding photos back from photographer?
    Your photographer should be able to advise when you are likely to get your photos and they should also be able to advise before you book them, experienced photographers will know based on past experiences and the time f year your wedding is, if it is peak season then they will also be capturing lots of weddings meaning they are away from the computer for the day.

    Average wait time for wedding photos
    The time it takes to get your wedding photos will vary depending on the photographer, their schedule and also how many photos were taken on the day, if they were there all day from the moment you got ready all the way through to that first dance at 8pm, then they will have a lot of photos to edit and go through.

    Typically it can average anywhere between 2-6 weeks. Of course photographers will try and get your photos to you as soon as possible, many will send some sneak peak photos of a selection that have been edited for you to view. However for the full album it can take some time, but it is important that what they are doing does take time, and it is usually worth the wait.

    Why the wait?
    Of course the excitement of seeing your beautiful wedding photos makes us impatient and question what the hell we are waiting for. We have an in-depth article and wedding photography infographic that shows what a photographer does here, the fact is wedding photographers spend more time editing photos then they do capturing them! In summary what you are waiting for is your photographer to go 100’s or maybe over a thousand photos binning those test shots, those awful shots, those shots where people have their eyes closed. Then there is the editing, cropping photos, adjusting the colour balance and creating that finished style you hired them for. There is a lot more work to be done once the photos are captured.

    If you are having an album created too then this will take additional time too, once the photos have been edited they then need to be ordered and edited down to fit into an album, telling a story of your day and highlighting key moments and have the best selection of photos in there, once done it then needs to be sent away for printing too.

    Be patient, it will be worth the wait
    You have hired a fantastic wedding photographer, be patient, it will be worth the wait and when you see your photos I am sure there will be smiles, joy, happiness and even some happy tears as all those emotions come back as you relive the best day of your life.

  • The real cost of wedding photography in the UK

    When it comes to planning and budgeting for your wedding there are many things to consider and in most areas the sky is the limit to how much you can spend. The most costly areas of any wedding tends to be the venue hire and food, however it doesn’t need to be and where you spend your budget really depends on what is most important to you.

    Cost of Wedding Photography
    In latest wedding photographer survey the average cost for wedding photography in the UK for 2016 is £1,450. This is a ever so slight drop from our last survey where it was £1,520.

    £1,450 in 2016
    £1,520 in 2015
    The drop is very small however it is still a drop, the industry is very competitive and with lots of new photographers on the scene offering cheaper packages so they can build their portfolio many cost saving brides will look to take up these offers.

    Prices vary across the UK for wedding photography with London being the most expensive with the average cost cost to £2000. This is following by the South West and South East, Scotland came forth with an average cost of £1,680. The East Midlands came in at the cheapest with an average cost of £1,240.

    How much should you budget?
    Couples frequently ask whether wedding photography is worth such a significant investment when actually on the big day itself, there is nothing to show for it. Only you can decide that, but what we can do is give you an insight into where your money is being spent, and how much a good photographer should actually cost you and what a top photographer will give you after your wedding day.

    Budget Vs Price
    You’ve probably heard it before but with wedding photography you really do get what you pay for. If, when you prioritise the items on your wedding shopping list, photography is in your top three, you will need to be prepared to put aside 10-15% of your budget for it.

    Most photographers offer a scale of wedding photography packages starting from the most basic, which involves one photographer, a set number of hours, to a comprehensive solution where you have two photographers shadowing you from the moment you wake until you wave goodbye, and hundreds of expertly edited photos in a beautiful presented photos that shall bring back many emotions as you relive the day go through it.

    More is not always better with photography. It is better to have a basic package from a photographer you love than a large album from someone whose style doesn’t match your own. If you need more convincing read our interview with a bride who really regretted her decision not to have a professional photograph her wedding.

    Breaking Down Wedding Photography Costs
    You might be wondering what’s so difficult about wedding photography. Can’t you just ask your Uncle Steve and his snazzy camera to cover your big day? Not unless you want an album full of photos you may never look at. The average photographer spends between 28 and 40 hours working on every wedding. This includes consultations, travel, setting up, actual photography, uploading and backing up photos, editing, printing, packaging prints, and shipping.

    So you are paying for time, however anyone can pick up a camera but it takes a skilled professional to deliver the standard of pictures you’ll love looking at and sharing. So infact you are paying for experience, paying for someone that knows exactly what to do, someone that has done this for years, someone that you can trust, someone you don’t need to worry about, someone you know will produce a photo album and story of your day that will bring a tear to your eyes.

    This wedding info graphic shows what you are paying your wedding photographer for and what they are doing when not at your wedding.

    Saving Money on Wedding Photography Costs
    Our top tips for finding a great photographer on a small budget include having your wedding out of season or on a weekday, hiring a photographer that is local so you do not have to pay extra for travel. There are more money saving tips here.

    How much you spend on your wedding photographer will depend on your budget, the importance your wedding photos have to you, and the time and place you’re getting married. Don’t assume that because you’re on a tight budget you have to compromise on quality, however do remember that you will only have one chance to capture your big day, so if you can squeeze a bit more of our your wedding budget for the photographer you want then do so.

    Above all, go with your gut instinct when it comes to choosing your photographer. It doesn’t matter how good they are – if you’re not comfortable with a particular photographer it will show in every frame.

    Hiring a Professional Wedding Photographer
    When it comes to planning the wedding, it’s more than just one day, this is a lifetime of memories.
    Wedding Photography is about unique moments, it’s about being able to relive the day through beautiful photos, this is smiling at moments you didn’t even know happened, seeing the excitement and emotion on the faces of the your family and friends, and, above all, having a story that you shall take with you forever… Here’s what you’re paying!

  • Why wedding photography should be a priority?

    When it comes to planning your wedding there are a lot of things to think about, consider and budget for. The list will seem endless and you may not know where to start, yet when it comes to wedding planning there are certainly a few things that should be your starting point and priority.

    The most important part of a wedding is the couple, and that is what it is all about and that is all that matters at the end of the day. However, when it comes to planning the big day you shall speak to a lot of suppliers, from florists, bridal boutiques, caterers, stationery designers, the list goes on, all these people will tell you how important it is to get it right. Getting the right flowers, having the best food, it is all about the dress, that is good, you want to work with passionate people, however are these a priority when planning your wedding? Of course they should be included and I am not saying you should leave out any of these, but are they more important then wedding photography?

    I read and hear about a lot of couples who only have a small budget left for their photography, couples who are struggling to find a photography they like for their wedding coming up very soon, and couples who are not having a photographer as they just cannot afford one. These couples haven’t put very much importance on photography…

    Why is wedding photography so important?
    Is wedding photography the most important thing when it comes to your wedding? Nope, not at all, however when it comes to planning your special day it should be up there on the priority list of things to look at, budget for and book.

    Wedding photography is important because it will capture your day, it will capture your memories, it will tell a story, and not just any story, it will tell a beautiful story of your special day, a day you will never forget. A story that you can show friends and family, your kids, and grandchildren, something you will have and can treasure for ever.

    You see your flowers will wilt, your cake will quickly be eaten, your invites will be binned after the day, your dress shall be worn once, those shoes shall go back into their box, this isn’t me trying to be glum and miserable, this is about perspective, this is about helping you focus your budget on things that you may not put importance on, such as wedding photography.

    One day, and a lot of memories
    Earlier I mentioned about couples who didn’t put to much importance on wedding photography, and it can easily be forgotten or put down the pecking order because on the day itself, you don’t have anything. If you go to a florist they will create beautiful bouquets of flowers for you, your cake maker will make the most delicious and gorgeous looking cake for your day, the list goes on, the thing is here, these are things and items that will be there on your day, things that you and everyone will see. Yet when it comes to wedding photography you are paying for something you won’t see till after, and the best wedding photographers will go unnoticed, your guest won’t even know they are there.

    What are you paying for?
    When it comes to wedding planning, it is more than just one day, it is about a lifetime of memories. It is about capturing moments, it is about capturing emotion, it is about being able to relive the day through beautiful photos, it is about smiling at moments that you never knew happened, seeing the emotion on your family and friends faces, and most importantly of all, having a story you can treasure forever.

    If you are just thinking about your wedding and looking at your budget, make sure you maximise your budget for your wedding photography, it’s not just a few photos of you and your partner on your wedding day looking beautiful and happy, it is about a beautiful story of your wedding day, from getting ready and smiling with your bridesmaids, to the emotion on your dads face as he sheds a tear and looks on with pride. Capturing the beautiful details on your day after hours and days of planning, from the beautiful flowers, your dress and venue, capturing the day as it unfolds, capturing the emotion of your guests, the nervousness of the groom, all the way through to that first dance, this is not just any story, this is your story.

    Make sure you capture your day, and your story, don’t regret not hiring a professional wedding photographer.

    Things to consider
    Maximise your budget. Will the guests notice if you saved a little money on your flowers, will your guests really notice if you saved a little on the food, will they notice if the cake isn’t 5 tiers high? Save a little where you can and maximise your photography budget, it is the only thing you will have left at the end of the day. Read our article on the The Real Cost of Wedding Photography.

    Find your style. There are hundreds of wedding photographers to choose from, and most will travel all over the country and even abroad, take time to decide on a style you like and find a photographer that reflects this. Make sure you view more of their work and complete albums, you don’t want one or two beautiful photos, you want a beautiful story that is of high quality through out, from beginning to the the end.

    Book quickly. The best wedding photographers get hired and booked up to 2 years in advance, so once you know the date, find your perfect wedding photographer and get them booked.

    Final thoughts
    All this planning is for one day only, one day you marry the partner you wish to spend the rest of your life with, one day you share this beautiful moment with all your family and friends that you love. Make sure you hold onto those memories and don’t look back and wish you had hired a photographer.

    Wedding Photography is about unique moments, it’s about being able to relive the day through beautiful photos, this is smiling at moments you didn’t even know happened, seeing the excitement and emotion on the faces of the your family and friends, and, above all, having a story that you shall take with you forever…

    Here’s what you’re paying!
    How important is wedding photography to you? Have you maximised your budget to get the best photographer you can?

  • Why is wedding photography so expensive?

    Everyone wants to remember their special wedding day and therefore home videos and poor quality photographs on a camera phone won’t cut it; this is why the majority of couples will opt for a professional wedding photographer to document their special day. However, one question many are faced with and ask is ‘Why is Wedding Photography so Expensive?’.

    So are wedding photographers expensive? Only if you think they are, but lets try and understand the value of what you are paying for, and what is involved.

    The Expense of a Wedding Photographer
    The price charged by wedding photographers can range hugely and many charge into the thousands for a full day of shooting, however, they are a necessary part of any wedding day. Wedding days are the most important day in many of our lives and the risk of not having the photos you dreamed of runs high unless you have a professional taking care of it.

    Not only do wedding photographers take staged photographs of the wedding party and guests, many offer a full day of shooting which involves everything from photographs of the bridal makeup and hair being done right until the last person leaves the wedding reception. Furthermore, photographers’ work is not done when the day is over as they then have the responsibility of choosing the best quality photos and making any edits to those that need it.

    With such pressure on professionals to capture every perfect photograph, it is somewhat understandable that wedding photographers are so expensive when you consider the sheer amount of equipment required. Not only do they need one camera, but also lenses, tripods, memory cards, batteries, a different camera for this, a different camera for that and camera equipment is not often easily affordable with many wedding photographers’ kit reaching a cost of well into the thousands of pounds. With all this expensive kit you also need public liability insurance that most venues require before allowing you to work on their premises, again another large expense.

    That is just the camera, what about editing your photos? A powerful laptop or PC is needed, software to edit the photos, back up hard drives so nothing is lost, USB pens and discs to supply your photos, all these costs add up.


    With everything there is time, you are not just paying for the wedding photographer to attend our wedding for 6-12 hours and that is it, they will spend time making sure all they have all the equipment set up for your wedding, they may go and recce your venue to ensure they know the best places for some beautiful photos, then after the wedding, transferring images, backing them all up, and then editing them and creating albums that you fall in love with.

    Additionally, wedding photographers have a huge pressure placed upon them; one wrong click or one faulty piece of a equipment and the hundreds of wedding photographs you have been waiting for are gone, and the fault lies solely with the wedding photographer themselves, you are paying for experience.

    Photography is more than an expensive camera
    As you can see there is a large amount of money is spent on having the right equipment for the job, and also a large amount of time that goes into it all, but there is more to the job and capturing your perfect wedding day than just the camera and all the gadgets, these are jus tools. There is a skill and an art that has been developed, learnt and honed by the photographer over many years, you can give all the same equipment to someone who has little professional experience and they may take one or two nice shots, but a professional photographer with years of experience will take a whole album worth of stunning shots that tell a story. This is what you are paying for. Someone with years of experience, someone you can trust.

    Wedding photography isn’t just a purchase, your wedding dress is a purchase, you shall wear it once and that is all, your wedding flowers are a purchase, after a few days they shall wilt and that will be that, however your wedding photography is an investment. Your wedding photos are a story of your perfect day, they will capture the emotion of the day, your beautiful fresh flowers, your stunning white dress, your wedding album will hold all those memories and moments forever which you can share with friends, family and grandchildren.
    "Telling a photographer that you can get your photos done cheaper somewhere else is like telling a 5 star chef that you can get dinner at your fastfood chain.

    You Get What You Pay For..."
    So before you purchase your flowers, cake and dress just remember that saving a little on each of those will make for an even better investment in your wedding photos.

    Like most things you get what you pay for, so find an experienced wedding photographer that you value and that you trust to capture your special day, you only get one chance.

    Source: www.yourperfectweddingphotographer.co.uk
  • Why I Regret NOT Hiring a Professional Wedding Photographer

    How did you go about planning your big day?
    We decided we wanted to marry on the first anniversary of us starting to go out with one another. We knew from the start that we wanted a quiet wedding – just our closest friends and family. Unfortunately I fell ill and we had to cancel the wedding. In some ways that was a good thing. Our small intimate wedding had grown in to something we didn’t want due to parental pressure. We finally got married 3 years after we met and we were able to plan the wedding we wanted. We chose the date nearest to the anniversary of us meeting. We booked the registry office first – and we were able to request to be married by a family friend that made the wedding ceremony extra special. We then started to look for places to have a meal for after the ceremony when Ian’s sister offered her house. We booked a local caterer to provide a buffet style meal with lots of our favourite foods. Ian’s Mum had been a wedding cake maker in her youth and she offered to make us a 3 tier cake.

    How did you go about splitting up your budget?
    We wanted to keep costs low – we didn’t have much spare cash and the money we did have we both felt we would prefer to spend on the honeymoon. We didn’t have a specific budget – we bought what we liked but we ended up spending about spent equal amounts on the dress, suit, and food. At the last minute I decided to have flowers for myself, my matron of honour and 2 bridesmaids. They cost more than my dress!

    At the time what was the reasoning for leaving out hiring a professional wedding photographer?
    Because we were having a quiet wedding we thought that a wedding photographer wasn’t really necessary – that somehow it was extravagant for a small wedding . We also thought it would be an added expense and that the money could be put towards other costs and our honeymoon. And then when my brother (who was a keen amateur photographer) offered to take photographs the thought of having a professional photographer never entered our minds again.



    At what point did you regret not having a wedding photographer and how did it come about?
    I was disappointed as soon as I saw the photo’s after our wedding. There were so few photos that I felt I could put in a picture frame – many were blurred – or people had their heads cut off – the lighting was all wrong! Since I have become a wedding supplier I have been following the wedding blogs and every day I see the most wonderful wedding photos and I so wish that we had employed a wedding photographer to capture our special day.

    What advice would you give to others thinking of using a friend or family member to capture their day?
    DON’T! Friends and family offer in good faith but what I have realised is that wedding photography is more than having a decent camera and an ability to take a good shot. It’s about having an eye to capture those special moments, to tell the story of your day – as well as all the technical expertise.

    What Issues did you have with your photos?
    Out of focus
    Over exposed – washed out photos
    The posed shots often have distractions in the background – like a garage nearly coming out of my head (as seen above).
    I realise now that even with reportage type wedding photographs you have to have an eye for the shot. My brothers more ‘candid’ shots have all got people pulling funny faces or people half off the photo. They don’t look ‘natural’, they just look bad!

    There are no lovely creative shots that you see so often now – the one’s that make you go ‘wow’.
    What tips would you give to couples planning their big day and deciding how to spend their budget?
    Your photo’s last a lifetime – they will bring you endless pleasure over the years to come, long after the food is consumed, the drink has been drunk and the flowers faded. It is totally worth budgeting for a photographer – if money is tight I would definitely skim money from other areas to ensure you can have one. Hire the best wedding photographer you can afford.

    If there is one thing I regret about my wedding day, it is not having had a professional photographer – please don’t make the same mistake.

    Source: www.yourperfectweddingphotographer.co.uk
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