Choosing a photographer is more about budgets, it is about finding someone who is responsible and dedicated to their craft.
It's also about finding the right person to share those incredible moments with.
Choosing the right person should add to your experience - after all it's not just about the photos.
How much are you willing to pay for amazing memories?
A little about me...
My name is Kurt. I have been working all my life as a photographer. American by birth, I feel very European as I have spent most of my life here. My mothers side of the family traces their roots to Silesia. My fathers side, France (sorry to say I do not speak French). A father of two and a cheerful perfectionist (and fierce competitor) by temperament. I strive to be the best wedding photographer you can get.
I smile a lot (though I am extremely serious about my craft especially - when looking through the viewfinder- and I am always working.
I am one of the lucky ones who works at what they love. I have always been passionate about photography - whether it was capturing heart breaking reportages of street kids or capturing the most beautiful, happiest moments of ones life. Though terribly shy by nature, I enjoy working with people (and my clients say they enjoy working with me).
Moments, what truly matters...
In my photos, I try to capture those magical moments in life: moments of happiness, sadness and intimate moments that turn photographs in to cherished life long memories. Long after the cake is gone and the dress is put away it will be these moments that you will turn to and I want you to relive them over and over again.
My approach to wedding photography is quite simple, I strive to capture and create images in an unobtrusive documentary style and yes, with an artistic & creative flair. As I work with many couples from Asia (crafting their stylish and art directed portrait sessions) I can also pose like the best of them for those all too important stylish posed portraits. And lighting. Yes, this is really what pushes me over the top in comparison to my friends and colleagues in Prague. My on-location lit portraits are highly sought after as few can creatively light like me. If you have not seen them check out my pre-weddings portfolio for this unique style.
In my dealings with clients I am painstaking about the details, but not a pain. In fact, I like to think with my relaxed persona that I am a pleasure to deal with - at least that is what my clients say. And yes, honest to a fault.
Being based in Prague I do wedding photography and special portrait sessions not only here but around Europe. Italy is my favorite location and the weddings I have done in Rome & Tuscany for the Getty Family (museum, oil, Getty Images) and the Karzai family (former Pres. of Afghanistan) were mind blowing experiences to say the least.
Yet some of my fondest weddings run the gamut of a small village wedding in Poland (with lots of funny, crazy moments that I am especially proud of) to lavish affairs in London (the Syon House still amazes me to this day) to castle & chateau weddings all over Europe. Plus capturing the heartfelt weddings of my fellow wedding photographers in Ireland and Slovakia were personally very rewarding.
And Asia (The Peninsula and Hotel Intercontinental in Hong Kong set a new standard) a region I plan on visiting and working more in.
Truth is, with the right couple I will travel anywhere in the world.
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If you wish to get started on discussing what I can for you, just contact me.
1st row bottom left to right Zu, our wonderful lighting pro who is at the best cinematography school in Poland and 'KILLING IT!' We miss you Zu! Our sweet couple Alpha & Rose who traveled over from Hong Kong to have their whirl wind 12 - hour pre wedding (their first of 3 in Europe). Second row, Peter (video & lighting), Kurt (stills and clearly out of shape due to those crazy hours and no gym time in weeks) and Cary (with the biggest grin (as usual) - the master videographer).
The usual crazy scene when I am capturing a big portrait session on the Charles Bridge and our friends from around the world join in (without asking of course). Plus the always smiling videographer Cary taking it all in standing behind me. (photo from our crazy Aussie lighting professional Stefan Raycanovski)
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How does one characterize my work?
How about creative, moment driven, editorial magazine style with flare - literally and figuratively (no fake sunbursts or photoshopping): where capturing real moments are key to each images success. Some will call it reportage and I am quite ok with that. I can also pose too for those very important portraits where you wish to look your absolute best.
What is my background?
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 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 (the ones I remember). But to be honest, photographing celebrities is quite boring, tedious work, with very little creativity as celebrity imagery are so controlled & contrived...
Before moving to Europe, I was a very young, Director of Photography at The University of Louisville Athletic Dept.
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.
The truth is, I have won some of the biggest prizes in international photojournalism including: 2 - 1st Place Awards in the Best of Photojournalism as well as a hand full of Czech Press Photo Awards and a coveted Sports Photographer of the Year award. Yet, the best award: being told that American couples traveled to the Ukraine and adopted children after they viewed my documentary project on Ukraine's street children and their plight.
Knowing that my reportages gave children a new chance at life is priceless. It is the highlight of my very short and wonderful photojournalism career and I am still quite humbled by this experience. Honestly, there is no award that can ever top. The only other experience that topped that feeling - holding my newborn daughter in my hands for that very first time. Now that was truly awesome.
For the year 2018 I also received a pretty sweet award from the WPJA