Prague wedding & pre wedding photographer I London I Venice I Rome I Europe
My name is Kurt Vinion, I am an American photojournalist living in Prague who focuses on creating exceptional wedding photography and pre wedding photos for discerning clients from around the world.
My approach is simple, to let your wedding day unfold naturally while I capture those beautiful moments that will be cherished for generations. I am not really keen on keeping up with the latest fads or photoshop gimmicks. Truth is, anyone can take a picture, but to capture the real spirit, feeling and emotions of the day is simply priceless.
In terms of style, my photography is a mixture: reportage, magazine styled portraiture, creative & natural style imagery. And no worries, when it comes to those very important posed portraits - I can pose like the best of them. Having worked for Getty Images and Wire Image photographing celebrities forces one to think outside of the box. The reality is - my goal is to make you look more gorgeous than you already are and in a stylish & honest way.
Additionally, I am sought out by couples from around Asia who demand the very best in pre wedding portrait sessions in not only Prague but throughout Europe (Paris, Venice, Rome, Santorini, Bavaria, London, Dublin and etc) I absolutely love creating and capturing these sessions as they truly are a mixture of various styles. If you wish to have a magazine styled pre-weddings portrait session or a very stylized night portrait session, with my team of professionals - we can create one for you and in a very fun and relaxed way. After all when you look great we do too. So no stress, no worries, just beautiful timeless and elegant pre weddings that will blow your families & friends minds (without blowing your budget).
My career as a wedding photographer started in 2007 when a fellow journalist and colleague demanded that I fly half way around the world to capture her wedding in San Diego. At the time, having a 'reportage photographer' at one's wedding was a novelty. A few weeks after returning to Berlin (where I was photographing celebrities for Getty Images and Wire Image) I was asked by a another friend if I would consider photographing his friends wedding in Italy. Both of these weddings were incredible experiences and since then I have been hooked.
People often ask how is is that a successful photojournalist crosses over to weddings? The truth is, after working very hard as a photojournalist and the nonstop traveling around the world, I was looking for a new change and new direction in my photography – one where giving back was more rewarding than capturing the misery associated with reportage and documentary work. Missing out on my children growing up was also a very big factor - children grow up so quickly it is heartbreaking.
The reality is, capturing weddings in a modern, yet beautiful and artistic style not only captivates me, but invigorates me and at the end of the day seeing the smile and the look on the couples faces when they see a hand full of images captured just moments before is simply priceless. I am incredibly lucky that I have couples who love my vision and the truth is: I absolutely love what I am doing now.
Contests & Awards
Occasionally I am asked (mainly by other photographers) about awards – the truth is, I do not enter contests. Nothing against them or the many pay-to-join - photography associations / contests, but lets face it - everyone is an 'international award-winning, cutting edge, super duper awesome photographer'.
The reality: when I was working as a photojournalist I won some of the biggest prizes in photojournalism including two 1 st Places in The Best of Photojournalism as well as a hand full of Czech Press Photos, as well as a very highly coveted (for me personally) Sports Photographer of the Year award. Yet the biggest prize/award I have ever received: being told by a lovely lady who runs an orphanage in Kiev that my reportage was the reason why Americans were adopting children from her orphanage. There is no award that can ever top that. Knowing that my work was able to make a difference in these children's lives is simply priceless and it humbles me to this day.
Many Prague wedding planning agencies and Prague wedding planners will only work with vendors who pay the biggest 'commissions'. Some of the larger and more established agencies in Prague demand up to 30% commissions to be a part of their team or to be simply recommended by them. As they promise volume and foreign weddings - most photographers accept this. As a professional, I have decided that I can no longer support this arrangement that only benefits the agencies. Some wedding planning agencies are quite unhappy about my stance and as such will not recommend me or any other photographers who have also taken this stand.
Choosing your wedding photographer is one of the most important investments that you will make. As such it is your decision on whom you wish to capture the most important day of your life. Leaving it up to a 3rd party whose only concern is their bottom line is never wise. So how do you know if you have chosen the best photographer for you?
As a bride & groom you should meet your photographer in person (and if that is not possible Skype is a wonderful alternative) to evaluate their professionalism, their ability to understand your needs, and more importantly - how well you hit it off. Taking the time to read reviews, view complete galleries of their work (and not just the portfolio pieces) and if needed - hire them for an engagement session to gauge how they work with you as a couple are also worthy ideas. The truth is quality photography is an investment and you should take the time to research who is best for you. And no worries, if you chose Kurt Vinion as your wedding photographer; rest assured that I will provide only the highest standard on your behalf and will happily work with these same agencies in a professional manner to ensure that everything runs smoothly and beautifully. After all when you look great - we all look great.
Prague Wedding Photographers
Though I am based in Prague I have photographed weddings at nearly every venue in Prague as well as many castles, chateaus located throughout the Czech Republic. Additionally, I have photographed several high profile Czech weddings (a Champions League player), as well as VIP's from Asia and 3 different families whose members are included in the Forbes 100 richest person list. And yes, I am still humbled at some of these unbelievable weddings I was commissioned to cover. Truth be told, the larger more prestigious the family or members the insane amount of work and stress. After doing this for nearly 10-years I can honestly say that the most unforgettable weddings are ones where I can spend quality time with the couples and really capture them intimately and quietly - something that is not possible at a 250 + person event.
Our Clients Privacy
If you do not wish to have your images in the public domain - I of all people can understand and respect this and there is a clause in the contract that you can opt out of. So no worries your wedding day is just that your wedding and not a portfolio building experience.
Wedding Photographers London
As an American photographer based in Prague I have been asked many times if I would cover couples weddings in London. If we have availability myself and my team would be quite happy to speak with you about capturing your wedding day.
Destination Wedding Photographers
Being based in Prague certainly has its perks and one of those is being easy to fly to nearly every European capital within a few hours. My weddings and portrait sessions have taken place in many locations around Europe. As every couple and their needs are different please feel free to contact me about pricing and package options. And no worries, we can always arrange a time to chat over Skype as I realize how difficult it can be to meet up prior to a wedding.
Many couples find me through Google, word of mouth, referrals as well as from several wedding planning agencies located in Asia, Japan, Korea, as well as in Italy and France.
As an American photographer who has been covering pre wedding portrait sessions since 2007, I am very happy to cover your pre wedding photo session in not only Prague but in many of Europe's best locations. I have a wonderful team of lighting assistants, hair & makeup, videographers as well as personal assistants who can capture your special session anywhere around the world. Wether you wish to have a more reportage natural light style, or a more magazine, lit portrait or even a combination of many styles we are here for you. Contact us today for our special dates where we will be crafting these special sessions around Europe.
Additionally, for the year 2017 we will be focusing on creating more specialty themed pre wedding photo sessions for our very discerning VIP clients who are looking for something a bit more special.
Destination Wedding Photographer Austria I Czech Republic I France I Germany I Greece I Ireland I Italy I N. Ireland I United Kingdon I
If you need to reach me - you can try the following: GSM: +420 776 069 384 SKYPE: kurtvinion1
Please note that the office is closed on Sunday's - Monday's to give myself and my staff the much needed time off.