Educated in the United States & Germany, Kurt Vinion worked as an international photojournalist covering news stories worldwide. After quitting photojournalism in 2008, Kurt chose his beloved Prague to focus on what he does best: capturing real moments shared between people during the happiest moments of their lives.
I just love them.
What I love most is that you have really captured the day and the way Andrew and I were feeling and this is priceless.
As a wedding photographer myself, it was always going to be a big ask for someone to capture our big day and get us to behave ourselves!
Not only did I admire Kurt's work enough to want him to be our man, he was even part of the reason we decided to get married in Prague.
The results are magical and we've had so so many people compliment us on such great wedding photographs.
I cannot recommend Kurt highly enough. He is an immense talent and an all round lovely guy.
Sam & Andrew - United Kingdom
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Selected as one of the Top 100 artistic guild photographers in the world
by the WPJA for the year 2018
A little about me..
A former military 'brat', I have always enjoyed the European vibe as I have spent most of my life living here. I am also very lucky that I can call Prague my home. A proud father of two and a cheerful perfectionist (and fiercely competitive) I always strive to create and capture unique moments that surpass clients expectations.
I also hate being photographed - few of us are models - and I can totally understand a couples trepidation when it comes to being photographed. It is with that understanding that I will always work closely with couples to ensure they look their absolute best. After all when you look great - I look great too.
I am one of the lucky ones who works at what they love. My love affair with photography began in high school and unbelievably I have worked my entire life as a professional photographer. I studied at the best photojournalism program in the United States under two very gifted individuals who instilled in me the importance of making real connections with people and more importantly to focus on capturing real moments.
My first job was being named a very young DOP at the University of Louisville Athletic Dept. A few years later while on vacation in Prague I was made an offer I could not refuse: to realize my dream as a photojournalist - one that allowed me to travel the world covering reportages for the likes of the The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Getty Images as well as countless magazines.
In essence - I love what I do. I know many people say that, but capturing real moments that will be treasured for a lifetime is a humbling experience.
Moments, what truly matters...
When it comes to ones wedding day, I prefer to work in an unobtrusive, documentary style that focuses on capturing moments of happiness, humour and intimate moments that turn photographs into cherished life long memories. I realize that staging every photo - or art directing everything is the new norm and to be honest - I think couples should enjoy those fleeting real moments and trust that their photographer will focus on capturing exactly that. The moments that couples are always fondest of are the ones that are real, unplanned and unscripted. Clearly this takes a lot of focus and patience to capture well and this is something I strive to do every time I pick up the camera. Of course those very stylish, art directed portraits are also highly in demand and I welcome the chance to create those motifs.
To pose or not to pose...
Let's face it, many of us are not models nor do we have the experience of knowing how to pose and especially with our body types. Coaching couples to show them what works and what does not - is something I do with nearly every portrait session. The ability to do this in a very relaxed and fun way is what separates pros from non-pros.
Natural Light or a bit of everything...
What pushes me over the top in comparison to many of my friends and colleagues are my on-location lit or 'strobed' portraits. This style is highly sought after for a reason - they ooze class, sophistication and an especially timeless & 'expensive' look as everything looks flawless. Something that is not possible with 'natural light photographers' or photographers who work alone.
Style or how does one define my work...
If one had to really describe my work it would be clean, moment drive, artistic and warm. I am not keen on the current overly dark, moody slap a Lightroom filter on a poorly exposed image and call it 'art'. I feel that in a few years this style will be out of fashion and many couples will look back and ask themselves why they chose this when they could have gone for a more modern & clean look. And yes, there are times where I will shoot those kinds of images but overall I prefer a clean, polished look and feel.
In my dealings with clients I am painstaking about the details, but not a pain. In fact, I like to think with my relaxed & calm persona that I am a pleasure to deal with (at least this is what my clients say). And yes, I am honest to a fault, though careful of peoples emotions and sensibilities after all we all want to have a great time..
Being based in Prague allows me to easily capture weddings and special portrait sessions around Europe. Italy is one of my favorite locations and the weddings I have done in Rome & Tuscany for the Getty Family (Getty Museum, Getty Foundation, Getty Images) and the Karzai family (former Pres. of Afghanistan) were mind blowing experiences to say the least. There was also that very special wedding I captured in Santorini with the sweetest & happiest couple I have ever photographed - their images always brings a smile to my face. What a wonderful time that was!
Yet some of my fondest weddings run the gamut of a small village wedding in Poland (with lots of funny, crazy moments) to lavish London affairs (the Syon House and it's incredible staff truly set it apart) to castle & chateau weddings all over Europe. Plus capturing the beautiful weddings of my fellow wedding photographers are personally very rewarding. If you can make a wedding photographer cry - you are doing your job exceptionally well.
And Asia: the Peninsula and Hotel Intercontinental in Hong Kong set a new standard in every way - a region I plan on visiting and working more in as I love the cultures there.
Truth is, with the right couple I am willing to travel anywhere in the world to capture those incredible moments that will be cherished for a lifetime.
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My wedding photography has been featured in countless magazines, blog sites and marketing campaigns. The couples I have worked with have had their weddings featured in: CS Luxury Style, Engaged Magazine, White Weddings, Good Morning America, BBC, Conde Naste, Wedding Magazine (NZ), Gay Wedding and Marriage Magazine, as well as many websites and blogs worldwide. And no worries, if you do not wish to have your images in the public domain we can ensure that too.
What is the difference between an Engagement / Love Story Session and a Pre Wedding Session?
Engagement photo sessions or commonly called E-Sessions or 'Love Story Sessions' focus on capturing each couples personalities and those moments they share as they explore this city in a natural, non art directed / unposed way. Usually the couples are dressed in normal attire (not wedding dresses, tuxedos or evening wear). No lighting gear, no assistants just the two of you and Kurt. There is also very little to no retouching done to the images. As these sessions are usually the two of you and your photographer, they are fast paced with minimal equipment. And no worries, if you wish to have some advice in posing and where and what looks great that is not a problem and welcomed.
Pre Wedding Portrait Sessions is an Asian concept that tends to be completely art directed / mini fashion / editorial shoots that usually have a lighting crew of 1-2 assistants, lots of lighting gear (soft boxes, beauty dishes, gelled lighting), extra camera gear (2-3 bodies, 6-8 lenses: fisheye, macro, zooms, & specialized lenses such as tilt-shift and 'bokeh monsters') and a full hair & makeup crew.
Obviously with a crew and more equipment the prices are considerably higher to cover their costs. The images are also more polished (retouched) looking and are created to a very high standard suitable for magazines and large format printing. For some couples lots of photoshop effects are being added - though I am not a fan of fake sunburst, stars, unicorns and kitschy gimmicks such as making all of the images look 'pee yellow.'
The pre-wedding sessions are slower paced with lots of art directing and posing and on-location lighting set ups. At one time the style of Asian pre weddings was very stiff, and the stand in front of a famous location and look in to the camera was quite common (and still is in some parts especially with the budget photographers) but now these pre wedding Asian sessions have become increasingly artistic oriented and each year the styles, dresses and locations are becoming more grandiose, elegant and over the top with props, locations and lighting. As these sessions become increasingly more popular the western world is taking note and we are now seeing many clients from North America and Western Europe wishing to have the same style. We are also seeing many couples who have had the big wedding elsewhere and are coming to Prague with their wedding clothes with the idea of having a session created in this style. These Post Wedding Sessions / Honeymoon Sessions / Anniversary sessions are also priced the same as the Pre-Wedding Portrait Sessions.
Though many of the images in my Pre Wedding Portrait portfolio look and feel 'natural', these sessions are almost always art directed where everything, hands, body position, lighting and composition are controlled to create the most pleasing look. Additionally as these sessions take more time to create in post processing - they are priced considerably higher.
Photographing weddings & portrait sessions is my full time job. When I made the decision to leave photojournalism I made a commitment to doing this full-time. As such I have 10-years of experience recognizing what will work and what will not for a particular venue, location or couple. I am known for putting people at ease when I photograph them so no ego, no stress.
How many photographs will we receive?
My goal is to provide each couple with only the very best. For each hour depending on the coverage it is not uncommon to receive 30-50 images per hour. These are the very best pictures taken on the day of and each will be individually corrected and presented in color. For couples who wish to have a more vintage look I would be happy to create this look as well.
Will you photograph family & group shots?
Absolutely. This is a wonderful time to capture family & group shots and as a photographer I can understand how important these images are.
We will be spending lots of money on the interior design and capturing details is quite important - do you do this?
Absolutely. I think when it comes to creating a document of your wedding day capturing the small details is very important. Everything from the ring bling, to the table & interior decor - literally every aspect of your wedding day should be captured and naturally you can decide what to keep for your book.
Do you work with the wedding planning agencies in Prague and can you recommend the best to us?
Absolutely. Truth is the best agencies are usually the smaller ones who are more focused on quality than quantity - as every agency in Prague is focusing on the international market it can be quite tricky to know which ones truly have your best interest at heart. As a person who values honestly, integrity and fairness I would be more than happy to provide you with some insight on which agencies to work with.
Will you take some special portraits of the two of us?
Absolutely otherwise chances are you would not be interested in hiring me. As ones wedding day can be so over choreographed, I believe it is best to set aside two or three times during the day and the evening to step away and make the best of the locations and the changing light. All couples enjoy these times alone and having a relaxes stress free session is always encouraged as for many couples this is the only private time they will have together until their evening is over. So feel free to use me as your excuse to get away and enjoy some private time either with your photographer or even alone.
How long does it take to receive our images?
Within 5 - business days we always try to send out 2-3 images so that you can send to your family & friends and or post on-line. Within 2-4 weeks we try to have your online gallery ready to view and you can decide whom to give out the password too.
What happens if it rains on our wedding day?
The benefit of having a professional photographer is that I have the equipment and the experience to ensure you have beautiful photos regardless of the weather. So no worries, you are really in good hands.
If you still questions please check out our larger FAQ.
As a former photojournalist I have won the following:
Two 1 st Places in The Best of Photojournalism
a hand full of Czech Press Photos,
as well as a very highly coveted (for me personally)
Sports Photographer of the Year award.
Additionally, I have won awards in the WPJA but the reality is awards mean very little if you do not feel anything when you are viewing my images. It is not good enough to simply take a picture, one must be able to convey beautifully and honestly how it felt at that moment in time. This is very hard to do as a successful photographer and one that I do no matter what the subject is.
My biggest prize/award personally speaking:
being told by a lovely lady who runs an orphanage in Kiev that my reportage was the reason why Americans were visiting her and adopting children from her orphanage. 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. There is absolutely no award that can ever top that.
WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS PRAGUE
As I am based in Prague I have photographed weddings at nearly every venue as well as many castles and chateaus located throughout the Czech Republic. Additionally, I have photographed several high profile Czech weddings (a Champions League Football player), a member of the Getty (Oil, Museum, Getty Images) family for their incredible wedding in Rome as well as a member of the Karzai family (President of Afghanistan) also in Italy as well as VIP's from Asia and 3 different members on the Forbes 100 richest person list. I am truly humbled at some of these unbelievable weddings. Truth be told, the larger more prestigious the family or members the more work, stress and actual less quality time spent with the couple. I can honestly say that the most unforgettable weddings are the 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.
Even though I am quite happy photographing larger weddings - I am always very happy to stay at home in Prague and blow the minds of young couples who want to have a truly beautiful collection of images without blowing their budgets.
Wedding Photographers Czechia / Czech Republic
Being a wedding photographer in Czechia or what we still like to call the Czech Republic, I have photographed at some pretty incredible wedding venues all around this beautiful country. It has always been my goal to provide clients with some of the most beautiful wedding pictures from their destination weddings here.
I realize that my prices are higher than many of my competitors but what I offer in terms of professionalism and services can not be beat and in terms of international rates are still quite affordable. If you would like to receive a quote please get in touch with us.
Destination wedding photographer based in Prague available in Europe
The best thing about being a wedding & portrait photographer based in Prague is that it is a relatively easy place to travel from and as such I have been lucky enough to have captured destination weddings around Europe. I regularly work in: Ireland, N.Ireland, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Italy, Greece and even a wedding in Hong Kong at the prestigious Peninsula Hotel. If you are interested in having me as your destination wedding photographer please do not hesitate to contact me as I would enjoy hearing more about your wedding day or even pre weddings photo shoot.
So how do you know if you have chosen the best wedding photographer in Prague 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 understand how they work with you as a couple are also worthy ideas.
The truth is quality photography that will stand the test of time is an investment and you should take the time to research who is best for you. If you chose Kurt Vinion as your wedding photographer; rest assured that I will provide only the highest standard on your behalf and create images for you and about you.
Prague wedding photographers
As a Prague based wedding photographer my goal is to provide our clients with unique photography that they will cherish forever.
If you are looking to get married at any of the wonderful Prague venues you will wish to have your wedding captured in a memorable way. By combining the best of photojournalism and a unique ability to create unique portraits - we are one of the oldest and most recognizable brands in the Czech Republic. But don't take our word for it - you can review what many of our clients have said about their experience with Kurt Vinion Photography (USA), Est 2008 in Prague.
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.
PRAGUE CORPORATE AND PR EVENTS
If you need an experienced Prague based event photographer or corporate & PR photography I would be pleased to speak with you. As a native English speaker with over 20-years of event photography experience I can assemble a team to satisfy your every needs.
My previous clients have included:
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Muhammad Ali Foundation
Laureus World Sport Award
Prague International Marathon
PGA – Tiger Woods special event
GE MONEY BANK