Prague engagement photo sessions & marriage proposals photography by Kurt Vinion
marriage proposal in Prague captured at sunrise
Interested in having a fun filled, stunning engagement photo session or a 'love story' photo session in Prague - one that will not blow your budget yet blow your minds?
Wishing to surprise your partner with a marriage proposal in this enchanting city? Look no further than Kurt Vinion photography (established in Prague in 2008). Kurt Vinion is photographer who has a passion for capturing fun, breathtaking moments that will stand the test of time. He will not stand you in front of an iconic building and 'click his finger' - instead he works closely with you to create a fun filled session that is artistically captured yet not overly directed. 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 and yes, award-winning
  • you recognize that in order to have beautiful, intimate, magazine worthy images it takes time, effort and an investment
  • you want to have a great time in Prague and go home with some extraordinary images that you will hang proudly on your walls and will cherish for a lifetime


If you wish to book your date(s) please see our popular packages starting below. If you need more information, no worries, please scroll down past our packages for more details and information.

pre-dawn marriage proposal in Prague on Charles Bridge This photo was awarded an WPJA Diamond Award for Engagement Photography - Marcy & Shane (USA) sunrise Marriage Proposal, Love Story C with a sunrise upgrade, violinist & a lighting technician


Beautifully captured Prague Engagement Photo Sessions & Love Story Sessions!

Our photo sessions focus on capturing the two of you as you explore this incredible city in a beautiful, intimate & artistic way.

Very little art directing is involved (if you wish to have an art directed / posed session complete with a full crew of hair & makeup & lighting - please refer to our 'pre weddings' session pricing and information).

We believe in telling your story by creating an artistically created narrative of your time here. Just the two of you and your photographer exploring the best locations in Prague in a relaxed easy going way.

This session is 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.

For those clients who wish to have an unforgettable marriage proposal beautifully captured these small packages can also be substituted. Personal services such as flowers, personal assistants, balloons, horse & carriage and etc can be ordered.


Golden Light intimate Kiss - anniversary photos Prague

This photo was awarded an WPJA Diamond Award - Savannah & Taylor (USA) sunrise session (Love Story B with a sunrise upgrade)


LOVE STORY A

5,250 CZK - tax included

with 1-2 locations of your choosing (time allowing) - this session focuses on capturing the two of you as you explore this enchanted city in a natural way. Picture perfect for an intimate marriage proposal or a small inexpensive yet professionally captured engagement photo session.

120 minutes of photography

includes up to 1 hour of editing and image prep

20 beautifully & artistically processed images selected by you

web-optimized proof images 1650x1100 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

Sunrise session times can be ordered for an extra 1300 CZK (fee applies for May - Sept only)

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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 B

10,500 CZK - tax included

with 2-3 locations of your choosing or we can assist in tailoring your route - this session focuses on capturing the two of you as you explore this enchanted city in a natural way.


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

includes up to 2 hours of editing and post processing

40 beautifully processed images selected by you

web-optimized proof images 1650x1100 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

Sunrise session times can be ordered for an extra 1300 CZK (fee applies for May - Sept only)

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Watching sunrise over the Charles Bridge with Champagne

Our super sexy couple Wendy & Nicholas (US) who we created a very special Love Story / Anniversary Session (sunrise, golden hour & sunset)

LOVE STORY C

21,000 CZK- tax included

Start time can be pre-sunrise* or at sunrise – or you can have a late afternoon and sunset session - your choice


8 hours of photography at some of Prague's most beautiful & iconic locations

includes up to 4 hours of editing and image preparation

80 beautifully processed images selected by you

web-optimized proof images 1650x1100 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 for retouching

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


Sunrise session times can be ordered for an extra 1300 CZK (fee applies for May - Sept only)


lovers at St. Vitus Prague Castle lifestyle portrait

A la carte
extra hours priced at 2500 CZK per hour
Removal of people, objects, distractions, slimming of thighs, arms, necks and etc are priced at an hourly rate of 500 CZK please note fee is agreed upon in advance in some situations removal of all people (for example Charles Bridge) may not be possible
Personal assistant (useful for carrying your bags as the photographer will not carry your bags) 1250 CZK (up to 4 hours) 2500 CZK – 8 hours
Please note that the photographer will not carry your bag and personal objects during the session he already has his hands full with two cameras and multiple lenses nor will he be responsible for any loss or theft of your bags during your session
*For those wishing to have a romantic night time or a sunrise or even a pre-sunrise session – a lighting tech can be arranged for an additional fee of: 2500 CZK - up to 4 hours - 5000 CZK - for 8 hours
For those wishing to have a sunrise session in the summer months (May - Sept) please note that there is a 1300 CZK surcharge for the early start time which can be 4:30 am

Extra high res files can be ordered (retouched only) at 550 CZK
Canvass, prints, acrylics and large format prints can also be ordered for additional fees
Any admittance fees are paid by the client
Transportation (hotel pick up, session locations, hotel drop off) can be arranged for an additional fee
A makeup artist to prep you before your session or to have on session can be ordered for an extra fee
A beautiful hard cover (faux leather or Linen), lay flat (no crease) art book, featuring real archival paper (Matt or Glossy), can be designed featuring your images:
8x10 inch book of your session start from 10000 CZK
11x14 inch book of your session start from 12500 CZK
all books are created with a selection of your chosen images and are designed with your input.
*Shipping and Handling of products are not included in the price
all prices include tax

Terms 50% to book and the remainder is due day of. A contract is also required. To protect our clients privacy we do offer a model release that you can opt out of if you do not wish for your images to be used in our marketing and PR.



Questions? We have answers, please read below for more information


What is the difference between an Engagement / Love Story Session and a Pre Wedding Portrait Session?

Engagement photo sessions (or in America E-Sessions) or what are 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. No lighting gear, no assistants just the two of you and Kurt.

Pre Wedding Portrait 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 standard. These sessions are slower paced and are usually very planned out in advance with lots of art directing and posing.

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 on-location and in post processing - they are priced higher.

Loving couple in rain Prague Castle pre-wedding photoWhat happens if it rains? Well if it rains and you are up for it we simply create awesome portraits like this!

This photo was awarded an WPJA Diamond Award

Please note that this session had a lighting upgrade (pre sunrise) and a gelled flash was used to create this effect.




YOUR SAFETY IS OUR CONCERN


Lets face it we all want to have those dramatic, amazing photos that will impress your family & friends. But there is a limit to what should be risked. This summer (2018) we heard a story about a woman who was posing on a roof in Mala Strana - we have all seen those photos of the brides lying on or standing on the red roof tiles overlooking the streets or gardens. Evidently she slipped and luckily landed on a balcony down below. I do not know if the bride had insurance to cover her injuries and most likely the photographer did not have insurance as they were not from here. This kind of situation is a warning to all photographers that as much as we would love to show off our abilities (and build that portfolio) we are at times taking risks in doing so. I admit, I have been guilty too. After hearing of this situation I will no longer be a participant in this unless I can ensure that your safety will not be compromised. So those pictures of brides looking like fashion models laying on the roofs in their beautiful dresses - unless you have a safety harness (like they use in movies) I simply will not risk your life to capture this kind of image. Life is to short to risk for a photo.




FOR A SUCCESSFUL PORTRAIT & LIFESTYLE 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 pleasant look.
  • check 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 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.


Sunrise photo sessions - The Golden Hour

This is the time where the sun starts to peak above the skyline in the morning dawn or daybreak. The fall months are especially breathtaking as the warmth of the sun hits the Vltava sending up gorgeous fog like conditions that create ethereal streaks of light that creates its own patterns - such as this stunning image below. And yes, we did remove about 30-40 people as even very early in the morning the Charles Bridge is a major attraction.


Prague sunrise anniversary photo session Charles Bridge

The benefits of having a sunrise session (or pre sunrise)

  • it is usually the only time of day you can get photos at your favorite Prague location without the distracting tourists
  • gorgeous sunrises and gorgeous Golden Light Hour conditions
  • wonderful opportunity for creative lighting and even silhouettes
  • more intimacy and time shared between you and your lover
  • 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.


Evening (twilight) photo session - or the Blue Hour

The period when the day is ending and the night is beginning.

  • 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
  • a timeline that provides you with an opportunity to have both daylight and night time photos with a 120 minute period.
  • 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.


Evening (night time) photo sessions

  • The time of day where 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.


LOCATIONS & TIMELINES

You can chose the locations or we can simply create a route that takes in the most beautiful locations in the time allotted with your input in mind. As Prague is very busy with tourists I am also very happy to show you locations that only those of us who have been living here for a long time know. These locations are also quite beautiful and are close enough for us to maximize the amount of locations visited. Please note that we do not pause the sessions for new hair & makeup styles or simply to take breaks.


DO WE NEED A CAR TO GET AROUND?

If you wish to pay extra for a van to drive us around we can arrange that. Truth be told, Prague is such a small and compact city that you actually see and experience more as opposed to sitting in traffic which is quite bad here. We do not recommend having a car. The only exception is during our long winter themed sessions.


DO WE NEED TO ARRANGE TRANSPORTATION IF WE WISH TO GO OUTSIDE OF PRAGUE?

Yes, and no worries we can help arrange this on your behalf. Most day sessions are roughly 200 EUR and with a driver.


ARE THERE DIFFERENCES IN WHICH DAYS TO BOOK?

Absolutely, the ideal time frames are from Sunday – Thursday. Though some gardens may be closed on Monday’s. Usually the weekends are quite busy with tourists plus we still capture up to 20 weddings a year and are usually booked in advance Friday – Saturday’s.


WHEN TO BOOK YOUR SESSION?

As the summer months are always in demand it is best to book your session as much in advance as possible.


WINTER THEMED PORTRAIT OR LIFESTYLE SESSIONS

For those couples wishing to have a dreamy winter themed session – the best months are December – February. Though we can not guaranteed full cooperation with the weather. Be warned that though these sessions are quite beautiful, the cold weather does slow us down considerably. Content provided by www.pre-weddings.com the leader in pre weddings photography in Europe!


WHAT TO WEAR

Dark clothes are always a bad idea for night time shooting. Loud patterns are also not a good idea as they distract. As fashion is truly subjective it is up to you. For our ladies wearing high heel shoes in Prague can also be quite demanding so please keep that in mind as the cobblestones of the Charles Bridge have happily eaten up a Manolo Blahniks and lesser priced shoes. For our larger sessions it is best to take a comfortable pair of walking shoes.


HAIR & MAKEUP

We work with only the best ladies who are not only certified but speak English fluently. If you wish to have a hair & make up artist we would be happy to recommend some to you.

We are regularly asked about hypoallergenic makeup for our ladies who have special requests. As our hair & makeup crew are trained & licensed professionals they can use special makeup for those who have skin issues.

Will the hair & makeup artist be with us during the entire session or only the preparation? If you wish to have one why not. Though it is completely up to you as we all have our budget limitations. In saying that, having beautiful, flawless images is key to a successful session. As such we believe that having a full-time hair & makeup artist attend to your needs during the entire session is important - though not a necessity. At the end of the day, the only thing you will have left are your photos. This is why we encourage our couples to invest a little bit more for peace of mind - after all you deserve the best!

How does it work with the hair & makeup artists? Once you have made your decision you should contact them to discuss your hair & makeup needs to ensure that your session is stress free. Photos of your outfits, your chosen hair styles are always helpful before meeting up. For those ladies who have skin issues, no worries, please mention this to your hair & makeup artist before you meet up so that you have the right makeup for your session.


ACCESSORIES

Personalizing your session to your needs is something we recommend and encourage. For some of our couples creating a unique and special motif (upon request) can be arranged with certain props and themes. As such we may be able to provide you with candles, lamps, champagne flutes, champagne, parasols and etc. Generally speaking we always encourage our clients to personalize their portrait session to their taste and style – after all it is your session. If you wish to discuss options more in details please speak with our team member with your ideas.


FLOWERS, BALLOONS & MUSICIANS

Do you wish to have a beautiful bouquet, or perhaps a string quartet or a more editorialized styled session complete with champagne, candles and etc? No worries we can recommend talented and creative vendors who can assist in any way.


ACCOMODATION

Where to stay to ensure a stress free session? Ideally you will wish to stay in Mala Strana (and very close to the Charles Bridge) as it is the center of where we will focus on. Please note there are some dodgy hotels that call themselves 'XXX Mala Strana' such as our favorite IBIS Mala Strana. This hotel is actually located in Andel and is not at all in Mala Strana.


ADDITIONAL FEES

Boat rentals, horse and carriage rides, as well as Old Timers (vintage cars) rentals, are always billed at cost. Many gardens do charge ‘wedding photography’ or ‘commercial photography’ admittance fees. Fees are anywhere from 20 - 40 EUR. We do have a new location (a very run down palace that is perfect for portrait sessions - the fee is 100 EUR9. Sadly Churches in Prague are no longer allow interior shooting. Special interior locations such as Chateau’s and castles can be arranged but again any fees must be covered by the clients. Typically shooting on the castle grounds is free but interior shooting is an extra fee.


RAIN POLICY

Due to the high costs of the staff and the likelihood of us being booked the next day or possibly flying out the next day, we cannot guarantee a cancellation of the session for bad weather until the next day. We may pause the session (at our discretion) but additional fees for the crew must be discussed in advance. Or we can simply take use of some of Prague's most interesting interior spaces.


BOOKING POLICY

We require a signed contract and a 50% retainer to guarantee your date with us. The remaining fee(s) are due on the day of our before the session starts. Also, as we are a registered and licensed business we must issue you an official receipt (after completion of all of the services).


CONSULTATION

Complimentary consultation prior to your session. Due to the high volume that we experience at certain times and or our travel needs, a complimentary consultation may not be possible. In this case, we can and will arrange a Skype chat (or WhatsAp) to discuss everything online before your session. As our goal is to ensure that you enjoy your time and not be stressed over the details, our staff (Martina & Dorota) will ensure that everything is arranged in advance before your arrival.


LIGHTING CREW

Do you work with a lighting crew or assistants? Creating flawless, beautiful images is my priority. Having the right people who can handle any lighting situation and weather changes is very important. This is why I usually work with a lighting technician (some sessions we do not though). For many couples these sessions are an investment in not only time but considerable expenses so having a team who can provide professional and 1st class results is extremely important. Photographers who shoot only ‘natural light’ are either very talented and truly understand how to maximize the lighting in any situation or are simply photographers who are taking a short cut to maximize their profit and at your expense. Truly talented natural light photographers are highly sought after and as such they are expensive but they are not capable of crafting night time portraits – something which we specialize in. As a professional who has many years of experience I can provide both styles, but at the end of the day having an assistant who can create ethereal, dreamy & magical night time portraits is something that is not possible with natural light shooters. words and text stolen from www.pre-weddings.com the leader in pre weddings photography in Europe!


PERSONAL ASSISTANTS

Sometimes we are asked if we can provide a personal assistant to aid you during your session. Truth is having a large crew really stands out and attracts large crowds. However, if you wish to have a personal assistant to carry your items we can arrange this for an additional fee of 50 EUR as our team is not responsible for carrying your items during the session.

For our VIP clients who wish to have a personal assistant who can take you shopping and etc, we work with several lovely ladies who either manage or run their own wedding agencies who can be of tremendous help.


WHAT IS OUR BASIC RETOUCHING?

We have transitioned to Capture One Pro and are running 5K resolution monitors across our work stations. Capture One Pro is recognized by professional and studio photographers worldwide as the best photo editing software. However for most people the term photoshop covers the retouching and creation of the images. Our standard image creation consists of: overall color balance, density, contrast. Our proofs can take up to 2-3 weeks (high season) to create as we wish to provide you with an image that is nearly finished and not simply proofs (images taken straight out of the camera without any adjustment). We also edit our images to present to you only the best images and not many similar images.

Upon receiving your list of selected files we will then proceed with creating a more finished look incorporating skin retouching (within reason) fixing and or removing blemishes (within reason) skin lightening (upon request) eyes and teeth brightening as well as remove any issues that we feel detract from the overall beauty of your images. These issues can be wrinkles under the armpits,strap and dress marks, wrinkles on the neck and shadows under the eyes. Our overall goal is to create a more natural look to your images and as such we do not do heavy glamour retouching. For our clients from Asia who wish to have a Glamour Glow filter - please contact us for rates on this extra procedure.

Please note that we do not slim thighs, shoulders, arms and etc, nor do we remove people, objects and cars as this is very time consuming and we would need to bill accordingly for our retouchers services. Though in certain situation our retouchers may remove any issues that they feel detract from the overall beauty of the image – again this is at our retouchers discretion. Special requests will be considered but again as our retouchers time is valuable certain fees may apply.


HOW LONG BEFORE WE GET OUR FILES?

How long before we receive our images? Typically we need 2-3 weeks to edit your session as well as create the look and style. Once we receive your list of selected images we will need another 2-3 weeks to finish them. For our couples who need express service we can provide this for an additional fee – please contact our team member for the rate and availability. Please note that as we only wish to create polished beautiful images this does take time.


RAW FILES

Typically we do not need to shoot in RAW – only exceptions are in very tricky lighting situations. For our couples who wish to have RAW files from their collection, please contact us before hand so that we can make a notation to shoot in this format. Contact us for our rates if you desire to have RAW Files.


HOW MANY IMAGES DO YOU SHOOT DURING EACH HOUR?

Truth be told I am not interested in shooting heavy volumes, I am more interested in quality first. This can be at times 30-50 images per hour depending on the situation and how outgoing each couple are.

CAN YOU SHOOT VIDE OF US DURING THE PHOTO SESSION?

I am only focused on shooting stills and I do not have the professional software to edit, color correct and upload video. If you wish to have a video during your session we can get you in contact with very talented and native English speaking crews.


BOOK DESIGN AND IMAGE SELECTION

We believe in the more personalized approach and as such when it comes to creating a designer book we feel that you should chose the images for your book. Based on your suggestions we will create the first layout and send it to you for review. If you wish to substitute other images and or change the page locations you can as you will have up to 3 free revisions before additional design fees will incur.

We believe that as your session is an investment having a beautiful, hard back, leather designer book that showcases your artwork is very important. Our basic books have environmentally conscious faux leather (though you can also chose a linen style), real archival photo paper available in lustre or semi-matte and lay flat pages. These books are lovingly created and have always wowed our couples.

For our VIP couples, we can upgrade your book using what we feel are the worlds best wedding books: www.Queensberry.com as well as RedTreeAlbums please note that these books start out at 1200 EUR and go up to as much as 5500 EUR for the Musee Collection from Queensberry – and yes they are truly art pieces that stand out.

Routes, itineraries and additional information about your hair & makeup artist are not given out until we have received a signed contract and your deposit.

All prices quoted include applicable tax

*additional shipping and handling fees apply / overnight delivery may not be possible