My goal is to create artistic & soulful images that not only show how fantastic you two look but more importantly - how you felt.
My style: a fusion of reportage, editorial & fine art photography with no photoshop gimmicks - just real, authentic images.
My inspiration: capturing the excitement experienced by each couple and their family & friends during that very special moment in their lives.
As Prague's only international award winning photojournalist (The Best of Photojournalism, Czech Press Photo and various others) who has crossed over to weddings and portrait photography full time, I truly enjoy capturing & creating unique images that will be cherished for lifetimes - if not generations to come.
If you like what you see, please contact me- I would enjoy hearing from you and about what I can create for you!
Interested in what some of my clients have said about their experience with me? Check out some of my reviews they have graciously left for me.
Editorial photo sessions in Prague
For those who are looking for an especially stylized portrait session (music, fashion, editorial, magazine covers) - Kurt's background in magazines and editorial will ensure that your vision come to fruition. After all - when you hire a professional photographer you will receive professional results. So no stress, no worries, no drama - just beautifully created images.
More about Kurt and his approach to weddings & portraits
I believe in creating beautiful & artistic images that will stand the test of time for their simple elegance and no gimmick approach. I also believe that having a fantastic time while being photographed is obligatory. The strength of my images is simply not showing you what it looks like but in capturing the feelings that were experienced at that fleeting moment in time.
Truth is - we are all photographers but not everyone can truly capture real emotions artistically and creatively for a living.
As an experienced photojournalist - I thrive on the reportage approach to weddings and would never indulge in art directing weddings - which seems to be the new norm here. I am also very popular with couples who need a bit of directing for those very important once in a lifetime wedding portraits.
I am also well known for my dramatic night time, magazine styled images. Many clients who travel from Asia will seek me out to create a unique collection of very stylized portraits - something I truly enjoy. These very same clients have also flown me to their weddings in Hong Kong, Italy and Greece after experiencing my friendly, laid back approach first hand. They are not only clients, many are now wonderful friends.
The truth is: when you hire a professional photographer you should get professional results no matter if it is just a small elopement in Prague, or a 250 guest wedding at the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong or a small, very low budget Bohemian wedding in the countryside. So no worries, no stress, and no ego. Just beautifully captured and created images you will be proud of.
As for what drives me? Let's just say that every time I pick up the camera my goals are: to blow your mind, make your parents proud and your friends jealous!
Interested in reading my clients testimonials and their heartfelt thanks? Click the link here.
bragging rights & featured in...
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, 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.
Prague based photographer Kurt Vinion professional background in photography
Formerly the Director of Photography / Asst. Sports Information Director at the University of Louisvlle Athletic Dept. Kurt was also a member of the Kentucky Derby as well as Breeders Cup official photographers team. In addition, Kurt worked with the Muhammad Ali Foundation in Louisville and was a stringer for Reuters covering sports.
After moving to Europe to take a position as a photojournalist, Kurt later became a contract photographer for Getty Images, Orchard Photography and Wire Image and freelanced for many magazines covering social issues and reportages as well as celebrity portraits and news.
In 2007 feeling burned out, Kurt returned to Prague to focus on running his own portrait and wedding business - where capturing happy, real people and making images that will be cherished for lifetimes to come is his goal.
Kurt's approach to wedding photography
As a trained photojournalist my approach is to document your wedding day as it unfolds - naturally, honestly and creatively, while focusing on capturing those real moments shared between the two of you and the joining of your families.
I am also quite keen on creating something a bit more unique than the typical 'wedding photograph' and as such I am well known in Prague for creative stunning night time portraits of our wonderful couples from around the world and my work is featured heavily in the City of Prague as well as the Czech Republic's international marketing of this extraordinary city that I am lucky enough to call home.
As it is your wedding the most important memento will be your wedding photos. Taking the time to ensure that you look flawless - which means that retouching and enhancing images- is standard in my wedding collections.
As for my style: I do prefer a very clean, beautiful images. I am not a keen fan of the over saturated, fake sunbursts or the current gimmicks as I know that these fads will look quite dated in a few years. As much as I can appreciate some of those images - it is really not my style. If you see a sun flare in my images rest assured it was captured naturally in this way.
Additionally, I normally work with a lighting assistant which means we can create beautiful images in any combination of lighting or settings that can possibly be encountered. I use the latest in professional equipment as well as carrying backup cameras, lenses. In short, when you hire a professional photographer you will get professional results.
What is the difference between an Engagement / Love Story Session and a pre wedding portrait session?
Engagement or commonly called here '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 / posed way. Usually it is just the couple and the photographer though the photographer can and will lead you to the most wonderful locations and especially those with the best light. There may be a bit of posing to capture those really great moments but the focus is on your interpersonal relationship and not the photographers art directing ability.
For our Pre Wedding Portrait Sessions these sessions tend 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 and the images are more polished (retouched) to a very high Hong Kong / Korean standard.
Though many of the images in my Pre Wedding Portrait portfolio look and feel 'natural', these sessions are almost always completely art directed where everything, hands, body position, lighting and composition are directed or controlled. As these sessions take more time to create they are priced considerably higher due to the costs.
For our pre-wedding couples (and our many couples from Asia who hire me for their pre wedding photo session here in Prague and around the world ) who 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 while exploring this incredible city and at your pace.
Creating dynamic, elegant, unforgettable SIGNATURE ART PORTRAITS for our couples is something I very much welcome. These portraits are a fusion of styles artistically & digitally created & enhanced images that would look unbelievable on your living room wall.
For our American couples who wish to have a less staged approach to their photo sessions, no worries, I would be quite keen on creating something quite natural though images that have a bit more 'flare' - after all it is your session and I only have one chance to get it right.
Additional information about Kurt Vinion your Prague Wedding Photographer
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 an independent photographer I made the decision to stop being represented by Prague wedding planning agencies many years ago when I was told in no uncertain terms that I must pay a commission (anywhere from 15-30% pre tax) to be a part of their team. As one agency stated: 'if you do not pay another photographer will...' If an agency has such little respect for their team members and are squeezing them this much - it is an agency that I really do not wish to be a part of. This is why the best wedding photographers in Prague are NOT represented by many of these big agencies.
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.
Contests & Awards
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. 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 take a picture, one must convey how it felt at that moment in time. This is very hard to do as a successful photographer.
My biggest prize/award: 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.
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 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.
Destination wedding photographer based in Prague available anywhere 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 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.
pre-weddings photographers serving Prague, Venice, Rome, Florence, Lake Bled, Europe
As an American photographer who has been covering pre wedding portrait sessions since 2008, 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 2019 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.