Today we have a Q&A with the super lovely photographer, Sarah Vivienne, who I met on Twitter.*
Sarah's photography is classic, timeless and beautiful. Each photo seems really genuine, making you appreciate the subjects: the people, the details and most of all, the love. Sarah has an interesting story to tell about how she got into photography and you'll love her description of herself in 3 words in which she cheekily added quite a few more words! ;)
Name & Website: Sarah Vivienne www.sarahvivienne.co.uk
Location/Coverage Based in Northampton; cover weddings across the UK and abroad.
When did your love affair with photography begin?
Just a few short years ago. Photography was a career change for me. I’ve always had a creative streak but followed a typical academic path and then did a business studies degree, followed by 10 years of climbing the proverbial corporate ladder.When my most recent role was made redundant I decided I wanted to learn how to use an SLR. I’ve always seen the world in pictures but wanted to learn about the technical side. At the time I thought I’d never figure out how to use an SLR camera but I’m nothing if not stubborn so wasn’t going to give in!
In that same year I also attended a few weddings of friends and family. Half way to knowing that I wanted to set up my own photography business at this point, I was spurred on by those Brides' disappointment in their wedding photographs and the service (or lack of) that they received. I've always been about raising standards and this is somewhere I thought I could make a difference.
What inspires you?
I can't speak to anyone, see a picture or read a word without being inspired! But mostly it's editorial and commercial fashion photography in high end magazines, like Vogue and Harpers Bazaar. I’ll see something that will spark a thought and then I’ll translate it into a shot that will work for my client.
Describe yourself in 3 words
Determined (for which read stubborn!)
Organised (read control freak!)
Imaginative (often away with the fairies!)
Describe your photography style in 3 words
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I love everything about it. But most of all I like being able to show people that despite what they may believe, with the right direction, they can look good in photos.
What is your favourite wedding moment to capture on camera?
The ceremony. It's a privilege to share in such a personal moment. I'm usually shooting from the front of the ceremony and so close to the couple that I feel like I'm getting married with them! But specifically, it would have to be the moment that the Bride and Groom walk up the aisle as husband and wife, because their expressions are always great; full of relief and elation!
What advice would you give to couples to help them to get the best from their wedding photography?
There are lots of things a couple can do. But you can make the biggest difference, in my opinion, by having a portrait shoot with your photographer before your wedding. This is a good way to see what it will be like to work with your photographer. If you know what to expect and have had a practice before your wedding, then you will feel more relaxed on the day. And this will come across in your photos.
What is your current wedding-related obsession?
Shoes. Always the shoes. I probably spend longer photographing the shoes than the family photos!
Out of all the weddings you have photographed, which photo makes you go ‘Wow!’ every time you see it?
Hard to choose because it changes all the time! But this is one of my current favourites because it's so full of energy and emotion. I have a thing about long veils, especially on a windy day, and caught this at just the right moment.
I want to say a HUGE thank you to Sarah for sharing her gorgeous photos and for answering the above questions so sincerely. It really was a fascinating read. I love how Sarah was brave enough to follow her passion for photography and leave the stability of the rat race for a career she was obviously destined for!
The last photo I want to share with you is one of my favourites:
How perfect is that shot? The reflection of both the couple and the grand house behind is beautiful. They look like the proud lord and lady of the manor!
Why not share your favourite photo? I'd love to hear from you and I'm sure Sarah would too!
* Yes, I'm on Twitter and no, I can't believe it myself considering I've been so anti Twitter since Zee joined & started tweeting all. the. time. Even while we were at the cinema. (Not cool by the way.)