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 Vinion, I am a professional photographer based in Prague, Czech Republic. An American military 'brat', I feel more European as I have spent most of my life living here. A proud father of two and a cheerful perfectionist (and fiercely competitive) by temperament, I strive to be the best creative & personable photographer you can get.
I smile a lot as I am one of the lucky ones who works at what they love. My love affair with photography began in high school and I have worked professionally as 'a professional photographer' all of my life. First shooting sports, then reportages around the world (I studied at the best PJ program in the United States) and later happily reincarnated as a portrait & wedding photographer. The short of it all: I simply love what I do. I know many people say that, but I really love creating images that will be treasured for a lifetime if not generations. My goal has always been to capture moments that inspire me, move my soul and yes in an artistic creative way.
Moments, what truly matters...
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 - this kind of photography does not really interest me. 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 and this is something I strive to do.
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 in a very relaxed and fun way. As time progresses these same couples will start to relax and enjoy themselves without feeling terribly awkward. After all when you start having fun this is where the real magic begins.
Natural Light or a bit of everything...
Lighting! Yes, this is really what pushes me over the top in comparison to many of my friends and colleagues. My on-location lit (studio lighting gear) or 'strobed' portraits are highly sought after for a reason - they ooze class, sophistication and an especially timeless & 'expensive' look. Irregardless of the conditions - I always bring back beautiful images - something that is not possible with 'natural light photographers'.
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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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)
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