As a couple, you want your pre-wedding photo shoot to capture the happiest moment of your lives. It is a time for celebration as you embark on a new chapter together. These family heirlooms should not only capture how great you two look, but more importantly capture how you felt at that special moment.
Often imitated but rarely surpassed, few can capture heartfelt and beautiful pre-weddings with a cinematic style and artistic ability than Kurt Vinion.
Kurt is known for his beautiful, flawlessly retouched & atmospheric images from Prague, Venice, Vienna, Rome and elsewhere around Europe.
As a professional, Kurt doesn't just take beautiful pictures, anyone can do that. He focuses on capturing who you really are. Some couples are shy, while some are adventurous, while others are elegant and some are wild at heart. And some want a mixture of pre-wedding photos to make sure that Grandma is happy and their friends are jealous. Kurt takes the time to create one-of-a-kind images that are all about you!
But don't just take our word for it, visit our other sections to see more examples as well as read his reviews from real couples.
For couples who demand the best pre wedding experience possible, please make sure to visit our sunrise pre weddings gallery.
* chosen by 8 professional wedding & portrait photographers to capture their love stories
International photojournalism awards:
The Best of Photojournalism 2 - 1st places in Magazine and Reportage
Czech Press Photo - numerous awards in various categories
Hearst Journalism Award
KNPA Sports Photographer of the Year
and various others
The BEST AWARD: being told that children were being adopted from an orphanage in the Ukraine by American couples who had seen
my reportage on their plight. The truth is: there are no awards that can ever top that!
Kurt's photography has been exhibited internationally in: New York City, London, Prague and Louisville
We have all heard of the horror stories of couples who choose their pre wedding or overseas photoshoot photographer based on price and regretting it later. As these sessions are an investment in your time, money and emotion - investing in the right photographer is important. After all - your photos are all that you will have to show from your overseas pre-wedding photography experience. Finding a real professional who has been around for a while and one how offers a variety of styles and unique looks - is usually the best bet.
Budget pre-wedding photographers in Prague and yes, Venice can be found for around 50-100 EUR per hour. They are either still learning their craft or are hustling to make a bit of money on the side. They rarely have backup equipment or the expertise to handle any and every situation that regularly occurs. As they are still learning, they are usually not up to speed on simple things such as: retouching, lighting, posing couples or making them feel comfortable and etc. As their price is low so must the clients expectations. This is why you can find 100's of photographers at the very low end of the pre-wedding photography market. One of the most critical areas for pre-weddings is the fact that many of these images will be shown on large screens (or in print) back at home. As the standard gets higher and higher every year having a photographer who will take the time to remove those unsightly wrinkles under your arm pits, or the facial hair or removing objects that detract from your images is simply a must. This is why the lower end of the market is just that: low end.
Talented & reliable pre-wedding photographers in Prague and Venice charge anywhere form 125-250 EUR per hour. These are the seasoned professionals who create quality as opposed to quantity.. The discrepancy in this price range is based on multiple factors such as: photographers from the East (Ukraine, Russia, etc) who market for this area but actually do not live or pay taxes. Or other factors such as the many part timers who undercut the market in hopes of attracting volume. Please note that this price point does not reflect the costs of the hair & makeup artists, the lighting crews and etc. Some will retouch but the more you pay the better the retouching. This is why it is important to ask what exactly is the retouching? Is it putting a lightroom filter on all of your images? Or is it taking the images that you have personally selected to be showcased given the full retouching: removal of wrinkles, bad shadows, brightening of teeth (and yes the color of your eyes) and making sure your skin looks great. The truth is most pre-wedding photographers will not do this kind of work as they are competing on price.
You can of course find higher priced pre-wedding photographers and at the higher end you can expect the following in their collections: hair & makeup, outfits, vans and a lighting crew. As the sky is the limit on the high end it is really up to you in how much you are willing to invest.
So what is the best approach to ensure you have the best pre-wedding photography experience? You should also see sample galleries. It is not enough to view a portfolio of 20-30 of the photographers best photos from many couples. In fact, you should see many sessions showing the best 30-40-50 images from each couple to get an idea. Always ask what is the retouching and ask to see samples. Does the photographer work as a one man operation or does he / she have a crew? Does your photographer capture only daytime motifs (scenes) or can do they night time as well? Does your photographer provide high resolution files? And what are the sizes on those high resolution files?
The reason why so many photographers call themselves pre-wedding or overseas photoshoot photographers is because they think it is a quick way to make money. So please be smart, ask as many questions as you feel that is needed. If your photographer can not be bothered to meet with you online or to answer your questions - perhaps they are not the right fit. For our clients who wish to know more please feel free to read our FAQ page as many of the most common questions are found there. But at the end of the day it is the personal touch that always wins out!
If you have further questions or would like to discuss your session more in detail please do not hesitate to get in touch. As every couple is unique so should their photography.
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