Engagement sessions & marriage proposals
photography by American photographer Kurt Vinion,
est. 2008 in Prague


swans watch as S+O embrace Prague sunrise engagement
Sina & Oliyad 'love at the riverside' portrait with the swans - pre sunrise upgrade with a lighting tech

Interested in having a stunning engagement session or a creative & artistic 'love story' photo session in Prague?

Wishing to have artistic & creative work of your fine selves that will hang proudly on your living room wall?

Then you should really contact Kurt!




Kurt Vinion is known for capturing fun, breathtaking moments that stand the test of time. By working closely with you in a relaxed and easy going manner he ensures that you will have a fun, artistic & creative session, one that focuses on capturing real emotions and moments shared between the two of you.
And no worries, if you are not comfortable in front of the camera he will show you some tricks of the trade and coax you along until you are smiling, dancing and yes singing.
In short, when you two are having a great time, those amazing photos will follow.



You should really contact Kurt if ...

  • you feel that his style speaks to you
  • if you value beautifully captured photos that are authentic, moment focused
  • you recognize that in order to have beautiful, intimate, magazine worthy images it takes time, effort and an investment in the right people
  • you want to have a great time in Prague and go home with some extraordinary images that you will cherish for a lifetime


Our popular packages are listed below.

If you need more information, please scroll down past our packages for more details and information.

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Beautifully captured Prague Engagement Photo Sessions & Love Story Sessions!


A WPJA Diamond award winning Engagement Portrait of our wonderful couple who had a surprise marriage proposal captured at sunrise


Ideal for couples who wished to have their time here documented in a laid back way where the focus is on capturing the two of you naturally and spontaneously. And no worries, if you also wish to have some stylish & posed portraits we can certainly create these styles too.


For our couples who need a more high class, polished magazine styled or posed session (especially in your wedding attire) you may wish to consider our pre wedding sessions.


Please note that pre-wedding sessions are priced considerably higher due to the staff costs and the post production needed to create this style of imagery.


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Our Specially Created Photography Packages


Prague marriage proposal photos atop the Charles Bridge


SURPRISE MARRIAGE PROPOSAL

6250 CZK - (250 EUR) - tax included

Perfect for a marriage proposal at a location of your choosing

up to 45 minutes of photography

includes up to 1 hour of editing and image prep

15 beautifully processed images selected by you in high resolution

web-optimized proof images 1650x1100 pixels of all images provided

digital download link to retrieve your selected retouched files & web-optimized proof images

upon completion of your order (typically 2-3 business days)

password protected online proofing gallery provided within 24 hours for you to select your favorite images

lab directions will be provided with your retouched high res files to ensure that your images are printed

exactly as we envisioned

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special offer if ordered with this package:

receive 500 CZK off of one of our designer DreamBooks

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Golden Light intimate Kiss - anniversary photos Prague

This photo was awarded an WPJA Diamond Award - Savannah & Taylor (USA) sunrise session on the Charles Bridge


LOVE STORY SILVER

Contact us for our special pricing

with 2-3 locations of your choosing (time allowing) daylight hours only

up to 2 hours of photography

includes up to 2 hours of editing and image prep

20 beautifully processed images selected by you in high resolution

web-optimized proof images 1650 x 1100 pixels of all images provided

digital download link to retrieve your selected retouched files & web-optimized proof images

upon completion of your order (typically 5 business days)

password protected online proofing gallery provided within 72 hours to select your favorite images

lab directions will be provided with your retouched high res files to ensure that your images are printed exactly as we envisioned

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special offer

if ordered with this package:

receive 1000 CZK off of one of our designer DreamBooks or

receive 500 CZK off of our RedLeafBook

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Pre Sunrise & Sunrise Sessions can be ordered for an extra 1300 CZK (fee applies for May - Sept only) fee covers

early start time and crew travel expenses

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spinning his fiancee Golden Light Hour Prague portrait

This photo was awarded an WPJA Diamond Award A lifestyle session with Olivia & Adam (a tailored session over 2 days of shooting sunrise, golden hour, sunset)


LOVE STORY GOLD

Contact us for our special pricing

with 4-5 locations of your choosing (time allowing) and start time can be pre sunrise*, sunrise or you can choose your own timeline

4 hours of photography at some of Prague's most beautiful locations

includes up to 4 hours of editing and post processing

40 beautifully processed images selected by you in high resolution

web-optimized proof images 1650x1100 pixels of all images provided

digital download link to retrieve your selected retouched files & web-optimized proof images

password protected online proofing gallery provided within 72 hours of your session for you to select your chosen images

lab directions will be provided with your retouched high res files to ensure that your images are printed exactly as we envisioned

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special offer

if ordered with this package:

receive 1000 CZK off of one of our designer DreamBooks or

receive 500 CZK off of our RedLeafBook

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Pre Sunrise & Sunrise Sessions can be ordered for an extra 1300 CZK (fee applies for May - Sept only) fee covers

early start time and crew travel expenses

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Watching sunrise over the Charles Bridge with Champagne

Our super sexy couple Wendy & Nicholas (USA) during their very special Anniversary Portrait Session (sunrise, golden hour & sunset)


DIAMOND COLLECTION

Contact us for our special pricing

For our adventurous couples who wish to have an awesome collection of images, styles (reportage, posed, art directed) and locations including daytime & night time images specially created to capture the beautiful atmosphere of Prague.


This session can be split in to 2 separate 4 hour increments to capture the pre Sunrise & Blue Hour & Sunrise & Golden Hour and then a break and we can reverse the timeline to capture the late afternoon at one of Prague' incredible gardens or another location of your choice. Then we proceed with capturing the sunset & some night time portraits. Timelines and locations are created with your input as you have the final say.


up to 8 hours of photography at Prague's most beautiful & iconic locations of your choosing

featuring Kurt Vinion and his lighting assistant

includes up to 8 hours of editing and image preparation

80 beautifully processed images selected by you in high resolution

web-optimized proof images 1650x1100 pixels of all images provided

digital download link to retrieve your selected retouched files & web-optimized proof images

password protected online proofing gallery provided within 3-4 weeks of your session for you to select your chosen images for retouching

lab directions will be provided with your retouched high res files to ensure that your images are printed exactly as we envisioned

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special offer

if ordered with this package:

receive 1200 CZK off of one of our designer DreamBooks or

receive 600 CZK off of our RedLeafBook

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no additional fees for pre sunrise or night time shooting

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Dancing under Powder Tower Prague Charles Bridge photo

The super sexy Sherri & Matt (USA) during their very special post wedding luxury portrait session on the Charles Bridge pre dawn


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lovers at St. Vitus Prague Castle lifestyle portrait

beautiful, artistic, authentic images for awesome couples!






Because you deserve the very best!

Our specially designed and created DreamBooks

or a sneak at a very small sample of the wonderful products we offer





Our DreamBook set complete with a designer box and USB flash drive


These prestigious books feature an Acrylic-plated cover with the highest-quality print technology on the market. Created in Europe these books offer superior craftsmanship and quality materials.

  • Hand-crafted, stunning Acrylic Cover
  • Canon DreamLabo 5000 4K quality
  • Ultra high-quality inkjet technology featuring a fortified 7-dye ink and 2400 DPI
  • this means smother gradations, the most faithful colors, and natural skin tones
  • Black and white prints look more natural thanks to the additional grey ink
  • Superb DramBooks with a lay-flat binding allowing panoramic pictures across the pages
  • 10 spreads (extra spreads can be ordered 500 CZK per spread)
  • your choice of three different Cover Substrates: Textile (26 different color options), Eco-Leather (22 different color options), and Duo (14 different color options)
  • with 2 different formats and up to 5 different cut-out window patterns.


Our beautiful hard cover (Textile, Eco leather or Duo), lay flat (no crease) art books specially designed in house featuring your session. These very stylish books will look fantastic on your coffee table and will be cherished for a lifetime to come. For our discerning couples who wish to have a truly art book created of their session we can include 1 or 2 layouts featuring beautiful fine art photos of Prague landmarks as as part of your design.

All books are created with your input so that everything is exactly as you wish. You can order additional spreads or upgrade your book with special covers.


20 x 20 (8x8") books start out at 12,500 CZK*

30 x 30 (12x12") books start out at 15,000 CZK*


Prices for the complete set (designer book, photo box (7 different color patterns to chose from) and USB are as follows:

20 x 20 (8x8") books start out at 15,000 CZK*

30 x 30 (12x12") books start out at 17,250 CZK*


For our couples who order these books as a part of their session you will also receive a signature print signed by Kurt Vinion in size 20x20 (8x8") of your favorite image captured from your session. This beautiful signature print is ready to be framed and hung proudly in your home. Larger prints can also be ordered as well as canvass, panoramic sized as well as special materials.


all books are created and designed with your input

*shipping and handling of products are not included in the price

all prices quoted include tax


And if the above book or styles are not to your liking - no worries we have a huge catalog of options that you can peruse at your leisure.




the best 400 EUR you will ever spend on your own fine art book!

Introducing the RedLeafPhoto Book

10,000 CZK (400 EUR) includes tax




Simplicity at it's finest and at a price point that will not break the bank. You select your favorite 20-24 images, the cover style and we do all the rest. No stress, no fuss.

  • 30x23 cm (12x9 inches).
  • three different cover: Royal, Crystal and Scandinavia
  • high-quality photo printing (chemical process)
  • 10-12 spreads (perfect for up to 24 images)
  • additional spreads can be ordered for 250 CZK per
  • designed with your input (up to 3 free revisions)
  • shipping is via registered mail and billed at cost
  • extra spreads (2 pages) can be ordered for only 500 CZK (20 EUR)


And if the above special books or styles are not to your liking - no worries we have a huge catalog of options that you can peruse at your leisure.






What is the difference between a Pre Wedding Portrait Session

and an Engagement / Love Story Session?

Engagement photo sessions or commonly called E-Sessions or '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. No lighting gear, no assistants just the two of you and Kurt. There is also very little retouching done to the images. As these sessions are usually the two of you and your photographer, they are fast paced with minimal equipment and posing.


Pre Wedding Portrait Sessions is an Asian concept that tends 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 to cover their costs. The images are also more polished (retouched) to a very high standard suitable for magazines and large format printing. And for the very high end of the market lots of photoshop effects are being added. These sessions are slower paced with lots of art directing and posing and on-location lighting set ups. At one time the style of Asian pre weddings was very stiff, and the stand in front of a famous location and look in to the camera was quite common (and still is in some parts) but now these pre wedding Asian sessions have become increasingly artistic oriented and each year the styles, dresses and locations are becoming more grandiose. As these sessions become increasingly more popular the western world is taking note and we are now seeing many clients from North America and Western Europe wishing to have the same style.


Though many of the images in my Pre Wedding Portrait portfolio look and feel 'natural', these sessions are almost always art directed where everything, hands, body position, lighting and composition are controlled to create the most pleasing look. Additionally as these sessions take more time to create in post processing - they are priced considerably higher. For couples who wish to have a very stylized session wether it is a 'pre-wedding' or a post wedding session (with your wedding outfits) or simply a very stylish magazine styled & editorial session the pre-wedding sessions are ideal.




Advice for a successful Portrait Session in Prague


Step 1 - book your Prague photo shoot as soon as possible

Booking your Prague photo shoot with us is simple.


  • Browse our different photo galleries to ensure you understand and love our style and have a good idea what you can expect. Please note that there are differences between a 'lit' or 'strobed session' and our very popular 'natural light sessions'. 'Lit' or commonly called 'strobed' are those sessions where we are using artificial light to create a more polished look. The crew is bigger and the pace is slower.
  • contact us about our availability for your preferred date(s) and starting time. Our calendar does fill up quickly and we operate on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • as we believe in transparency and your peace of mind (and ours too) we do require a signed contract and a 50% retainer.
  • connect with us to discuss your session, your style, tastes, wishes, the timeline(s), meeting points, starting time, hours of coverage and how we work with your files.


Step 2 - prepare for your Prague photo shoot like a Pro - 'Truly successful photo shoots are those that have been prepared for'

The amount of fun captured in our images is really dependent on several things: how well you click with your photographer and how well you communicate with your photographer before the shoot. When you work with an experienced pro, your expectations should be quite high - after all, anyone can take a picture but to capture what you experienced in a beautiful, artistically created way takes vision, dedication and a real love for what we do.


WHEN IS THE BEST TIME FOR A PORTRAIT SESSION IN PRAGUE?

For truly beautiful images with very little worries about the weather the period from April (this is when the Cherry Blossom trees start to bloom) through the end of autumn in early October is usually gorgeous for most parts of Europe. September to early October are the most visually stunning times of the year as this is when the fall foliage is at its most spectacular and a visit to a garden is a must. The bonus; shorter days with its late sunrises and early sunsets make for easier & faster paced sessions.

For me personally the early morning Sunrise photo sessions are truly the best way to experience this city without the many tourists cluttering up the background of your images. For many of our couples from Asia we actually will start their pre-wedding sessions 1-2 hours before sunrise to capture night motifs, the magical Blue Hour, the incredible sunrise (either from the riverside of on the Charles Bridge) as well as stunning panoramic images of the city from up high.






An explanation of the different times of days that you should consider for your photo session!



Prague sunrise anniversary photo session Charles BridgeGolden Hour

This is the time where the sun starts to peak above the skyline in the morning or just before sunset. The fall months are especially breathtaking as the warmth of the sun hitting the Vltava sends up gorgeous fog like conditions that create ethereal streaks of light that creates its own patterns. An example is this stunning portrait of our sexy American couple celebrating a wedding anniversary on the Charles Bridge. And yes, we did remove about 30-40 people as even very early in the morning the Charles Bridge is a major attraction.


The benefits of having a Golden Hour Session

  • incredible Golden Light that creates warmth and contrasty conditions that photographers love to work with.
  • picture perfect for very close and intimate images of sexy couples
  • wonderful opportunity for creative lighting such as lens flare, sun flare and even silhouettes
  • of course there are some drawbacks: getting up early which for some can be problematic (not a problem for our couples from Asia who are still on their home time zones), hiring of lighting and hair & makeup crews can be problematic (especially of the hair & makeup crews have to start at 2 am which is the norm for our 'pre wedding photo sessions' and yes, we have a 2 hour minimum and in some months we have a surcharge for the very early start time. Or you can opt to capture this timeline during the late afternoon before sunset. The drawback, many tourists cluttering up your backgrounds.



Sunset or Sunrise Prague skyline beautiful couple sunset portrait

That amazing period when daytime turns to night or for those early risers when night time turns to day. Visually this is one of the most beautiful and creative time periods to capture and create dramatic portraits. As the sun sets behind Prague Castle it can surprise us with an incredible array of colors such as the first image captured below on the Charles Bridge. Please note that this image is not possible without the use of flash (which was set up behind the couple to create this dramatic effect).

  • perfect for creative & dramatic images capturing the sky as it flares
  • unless all of your images are silhouettes a lighting crew is the only way to truly create and capture stunning images
  • of course there are some drawbacks: getting up early which for some can be problematic (not a problem for our couples from Asia who are still on their home time zones), hiring of lighting and hair & makeup crews can be problematic (especially of the hair & makeup crews have to start at 2 am which is the norm for our 'pre wedding photo sessions' and yes, we have a 2 hour minimum and in some months we have a surcharge for the very early start time. Or you can opt to capture this timeline during the late afternoon before sunset. The drawback, many tourists cluttering up your backgrounds




Blue Hour

The period when the day is ending and the night is beginning (or the reverse pre-dawn before sunrise)

  • magical, beautiful, romantic & incredible are how couples view their images captured during this time period.
  • with the softness of the light their is no harsh lighting to cause unwanted and unflattering shadows. An ideal time for creating luxurious (and lit) portraits that will impress and amaze with their rich colors.
  • if captured before sunrise there are usually very few people out and we are able to capture more styles.
  • the drawback if photographed at night more people are out and can be visible in your backgrounds
  • as we do many split sessions our bookings are limited.
  • images are more art directed
  • setting up lights slows the pace down
  • the best time to capture these sessions are pre dawn.



Romantic Charles Bridge pre wedding portrait at nightNight Time

  • The time of day where the atmosphere of the city feels most alive and fun.
  • intimacy in beautiful historic locations such as Prague Castle at night is something our clients still rave about many years later.
  • the best time for us to create truly unique and creative artistic and art directed portraits.
  • the later start times means it is easier to commission hair & makeup services and lighting crews.
  • the drawbacks: these time frames fill up very quickly as we do many split sessions so our bookings are quite limited. As we work with a lighting crew these images are more art directed since we are setting up lights and the pace is slower than a natural light session
  • another drawback: many tourists are also out and about. As such we will focus on locations where we can try to reduce them in our backgrounds such as Prague Castle or other locations after consulting with you about your wishes and desires.






A short list of some of our favorite gardens in Prague



For many couples visiting Prague the first question they ask is where to go? Obviously the historic Charles Bridge, Astronomical Clock, the Old Town Square, Prague Castle and many places in and around the riverside in Mala Strana are gorgeous. But Prague also has stunning gardens that should also be considered for your session.

Here is a short list of some of our favorites:



Ledeburska or the Royal Garden

Offering many levels overlooking Prague and Mala Strana below. This garden also has a wide array of architectural elements, gardens, fountains as well as a few hidden surprises.

  • Picture perfect for adventurous couples who are not afraid of heights and are willing to spend at the very least 1 hour here
  • the downside - it is an uphill and a steep walk
  • should only be captured early in the day due to it's location
  • admittance fee of 1000 CZK (40 EUR)
  • no parking





Vrtba Garden / Vrtbovska ZahradaBeautiful B&W wedding photo sexy couple above Prague

One of the most charming Baroque gardens in Prague offering 3 levels of incredible views. This garden is very popular as a wedding venue as such it can be quite busy with tourists and weddings. However the views from this garden under Prague Castle are not only impressive, but are a must have for couples who are investing in their Prague pre wedding photo session. You can realistically spend 1 hour here and have a collection of portraits that you will be quite proud of.

  • Picture perfect for adventurous couples who are not afraid of heights and are willing to spend at the very least 1 hour here
  • the downside - it is an uphill and a steep walk
  • should only be captured late in the day due to it's location
  • perfect for capturing dramatic skyline images of Prague Castle and St. Nicholas Church
  • admittance fee of 500 CZK (20 EUR)
  • no parking


Prague Castleoverseas pre-weddings Prague Castle

Without a doubt the most popular (with free entry) garden in Prague. The Castle Gardens are quite special in the amount of wonderful locations it offers. As it sits under the castle it offers stunning views of the city down below and in addition to the castle grounds it is a venue not to be missed. You can easily spend several hours here..

  • picture perfect for views overlooking Prague
  • many unique locations for picture taking
  • free admittance
  • the downside - is very busy with tourists
  • waiting times can be up to 45 minutes just to enter the garden
  • to really capture the many wonderful locations you would need to spend at least 1-2 hours here




Wallenstejn Garden & PalaceA sun drenched kiss at the Wallenstejn Garden

Another wonderful garden that offers beautiful landscaped grounds with a small lake, a stunning view looking up towards Prague Castle, and interesting architectural elements. Plus the many peacocks who call it home are always a hit with couples

  • picture perfect for stunning architectural views of Prague
  • ideal times late afternoon when the sun is behind the castle above
  • several unique locations for picture taking
  • free admittance
  • the downside - extremely busy with tourists and concerts






Pruhonice Botanical Gardens

First thing to note this garden is not in Prague it is 30 minutes south of the city. However this impressive Botanical Garden features a stunning castle and is a truly remarkable place for those couples who are having a large package and are willing to travel outside of the city centre.

  • picture perfect for capturing lush greenery with the castle and a lake as a backdrop
  • unique locations for picture taking
  • the downside - paid admittance
  • traveling to and from is on avg 60 minutes
  • to really capture this location you would need to spend at least 1 hour here











Questions about your session such as timelines, hair & makeup, location and etc? Please click on our FAQ page here.