Prague wedding & pre-weddings photographer - regularly serving: Venice I Rome I Europe I Hong Kong
Greetings, my name is Kurt Vinion, I am
an American photographer living in Prague who focuses on creating exceptional weddings and pre-weddings photos for
discerning clients from around the world.
The reality is, anyone can take a picture, but to truly capture the real spirit, feeling and emotions of one's wedding day takes a keen eye, experience and devotion to craft and when you get the right results - those moments are priceless. Photography on this level truly is an investment and one not to be taken lightly.
To simply document your wedding day as it unfolds - naturally, honestly and yes creatively, while focusing on capturing those real moments shared between the two of you and the joining of your families. Though as you can see, I am also quite keen on creating something a bit more unique than the typical 'wedding photograph.'
As a trained, experienced photojournalist, I am not keen on taking one's wedding day and turning it into a portrait building situation or simply art directing everything. I am actually quite shy as as person so being the center of attention is not something I would ever enjoy. Though I can understand and will happily work with couples wishing to have part of their wedding day turned in to a mini fashion shoot. Truth be told: it is those intimate, real moments that you will cherish not the staged, art directed imagery.
For our couples who do wish to have some creative and very stylized portraits - I can certainly do that and preferably in an intimate atmosphere where you two can simply relax and enjoy the creative process. Creating dynamic, elegant, unforgettable SIGNATURE ART PORTRAITS for our couples will always be something I would welcome.
This is a hard question to answer. I have dealt with photographing many weddings where there were 250 people or more and the couple simply said 'make us look wonderful'. Very little interaction was involved - except for maybe a 15 minute portrait session at sunset or a quick bridal session before the wedding (if that). These weddings tend to be more focused on capturing real moments and are very reportage drive. The Getty wedding in Rome was one such wedding as well as the Karzai family (in Italy) and even a few multimillionaire Russian weddings (again very reportage - though in some instances the brides do insist on a very short stylized portrait session)
On the other hand, as I work with many couples from Hong Kong and around the world in creating 'pre weddings' and 'lifestyle sessions' these sessions tend to be art directed as this is what the couple wishes to have. Very stylized, fashionable portraits are something I do and with many couples coming to Prague for an elopement wedding and one where they have a very stylized / lit portrait session is very fashionable now.#
So Style? In essence the best of reportage and a mixture of various magazine styles and even some fashion. In essence, my goal is to make you look more gorgeous than you already are. So no stress, no worries, just beautiful timeless and elegant images that will blow your families & friends minds (without blowing your budget).
Professionally I have worked as a photojournalist with The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Mother Jones, Spectrum Pictures and many magazines worldwide. I have covered assignments in: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt, Israel, Belarus, Russia and many countries in Europe...
Additionally, I have spent 3-years photographing celebrities in Berlin for Getty Images and Wire Images after tiring of the reportage workload and yes, of the travel... Some of the 'celebrities' were interesting and those Berlin parties were fantastic. But to be honest, photographing celebrities can be quite boring, even tedious work, and sadly with very little creativity as celebrity imagery are so controlled & contrived by the managers, studios and even the magazines.
Before moving to Europe, I was a very young, Director of Photography at The University of Louisville Athletic Dept where we covered all of the university athletic teams.
In addition, I was also the event & personal photographer for Muhammad Ali and his foundation and I feel honored to have spent so much time with Muhammad and meeting many of the greats of boxing. Being from Louisville definitely has its perks (a big shout out to Tom Cruise - we had a great laugh about his time growing up in Louisville).
I majored in Photojournalism / Fine Art at WKU one of America's top photojournalism programs well renowned for producing the very best photojournalists in the world.
I have only worked as a photographer... yes, I am very lucky in that regard.
Contests & Awards
Occasionally I am asked (mainly by other photographers) about awards – the truth is, I do not enter contests anymore. Nothing against them or the many pay-to-join - photography associations / contests. Truth is everyone is now an 'international award-winning, cutting edge, super duper awesome photographer'.
In saying that: as a photojournalist - I have 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.
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 visiting her and adopting children from her orphanage. There is absolutely 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
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 player), a member of the Getty family for their Rome wedding as well as a member of the Karzai family (also in Italy) as well as VIP's from Asia and 3 different family members whose members are included in the Forbes 100 richest person list. I am truly humbled at some of these unbelievable weddings I was commissioned to cover. Truth be told, the larger more prestigious the family or members the more work and stress. And yet, 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.
Destination wedding photographers
The best thing about being 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. Locations I have regularly worked in are: Ireland, N.Ireland, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Italy, Greece and even a wedding in Hong Kong. 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.
Wedding Planners in Prague / Prague Wedding Planning Agencies
Choosing your wedding photographer for your Prague wedding is one of the most important decisions that you will ever make. As such it should be your decision on whom you wish to capture the most important day of your life. Leaving it up to a 3rd party (the wedding planners) whose only concern is fattening their bottom line is never wise. Especially when it is a known problem here that many Prague wedding planners demand anywhere from 15 - 30% 'commission' to be a part of their team. As a principled American and a former journalist - I simply will not allow myself to be taken advantage of.
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 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. If you chose Kurt Vinion as your wedding photographer; rest assured that I will provide only the highest standard on your behalf.
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.
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.
Pre-wedding photographers I Prague I Venice I Rome I Florence I Europe I pre wedding photos
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.