London & Prague wedding & pre wedding engagement photographer
Greetings my name is Kurt Vinion, I am an American photographer living in Prague who focuses on creating timeless, artistic and elegant wedding photography and pre-weddings portraits 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. Truth is, anyone can take a picture, but to capture the spirit and feeling of the day is simply priceless.
In terms of style, my photography is really a mixture of many things: 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. The reality is - my goal is to simply make you look more fabulous than you already are.
Additionally, I am sought out by couples from around Asia who demand the very best in pre wedding portraits in not only Prague but in Europe. If you wish to have magazine styled portrait session or a very stylized night session, my team of professionals can create one and in a very fun and relaxed way - after all when you look great we do too.
My career as a wedding photographer started in 2007 when a former 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 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 (prior to celebrity portraits) crosses over to weddings? The truth is, after working very hard as a photojournalist 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 especially as children grow up so quickly.
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 a few years back, 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 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.
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), a member of the Getty Family, as well as VIP's from Asia and a member of the Forbes 100 richest person list. And yes, I am still shocked at those. And no worries, 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.
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.
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If you need to reach me - you can always 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.