PRAGUE PRE WEDDINGS PHOTOGRAPHY PACKAGES

Est. 2008, Kurt Vinion is Prague's Original Pre Wedding Photographer.

Awarded the Top 100 Artistic Guild Wedding Photographers award for the year 2019 by the WPJA




The EURO Collection

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For couples desiring magazine quality portraits from their chosen locations around Europe.

2 days of portraits: 8 hours per day - can be split in to 2 separate sessions per day

Your session may start up to 90 minutes before sunrise to capture those romantic & atmospheric night time images without the crowds. We then proceed through the sunrise, the golden hour and further depending on your timeline.

After a break and a new hair & makeup and outfit change, we resume our shooting capturing the late afternoon, golden hour, sunset and create artistic night time portraits which we excel at.

Day 2 can be a repeat of the same schedule or 8 hours of continuous shooting at your desired start time and locations.


Package contents:

- a 15 spread 30x23 cm RedLeafPhoto Book in your choice of covers featuring 30-34 of your favorite images

- all books are designed with your input and are not printed until you are 100% satisfied with every detail

- 160 Selects (files chosen by you) will be retouched to our very high standard

in Capture One Pro the highest standard in photo editing software

- professional retouching of selected close up portraits provided gratis

- a minimum file size of 5000 pixels ensures large format printing is possible

- up 2 sets of hair & makeup preparations will be provided per day

- editing / post processing of files approximately 16-24 hours included

- a minimum of 400 edited & color corrected high res files from your session will be provided upon completion of services on a studio flash drive without studio name or logo

- password protected online proofing gallery to review and choose your Selects

- all images prepared (1650 x 1100 pixels) for online viewing and social media sharing with studio name

- free personal consultation (online or in person) prior to your session

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- travel fees for staff and accommodation up to 600 EUR is included in package price

- please note that advance booking is highly recommended or additional travel fees may incur for last minute bookings (within 30 days)

- entry fees to castles and gardens are paid by the client

- van for traveling to and from locations on day of can be provided at cost

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The Signet Collection

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Featuring the two of you as you explore the enchanted city of Prague - a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This package is ideal for couples who wish to have up to 3 outfit changes.

Your session start can be 90 minutes before sunrise to capture those magical & atmospheric night scenes.

Starting location options: Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, Riverside or the Secret Garden overlooking Prague. We then continue through the blue hour, the sunrise and the golden light hour. After a break and a 2nd hair & makeup look, we start at a location of your choice and continue through the session duration.

Your session, in your style and a timeline of your choosing.


Package contents:

- up to 8 hours of photography with Kurt and his lighting technician

split in to 2 separate sessions (same day only only)

- up to 6 locations selected by you (time allowing)

- 2 sets of hair & makeup preparation

- editing / post processing of files approximately 8-12 hours included

- 80 Selects (files chosen by you) will be retouched to our very high standard

in Capture One Pro the highest standard in photo editing software

- professional retouching of selected close up portraits provided gratis

- a minimum file size of 5000 pixels ensures large format printing

- a minimum of 200 edited & color corrected high res files from your session will be provided upon completion of services

without studio name or logo

- password protected online proofing gallery to review and choose your Selects

- all images prepared (1650 x 1100 pixels) for online viewing and social media sharing with studio name

- free personal consultation (online or in person) prior to your session


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Additional services - optional

- van transportation (180-400 EUR) includes pick up at hotel, driving to locations, transfer back to hotel available for both days.

- order a DreamBook with this session and receive a 1200 CZK discount

- order a RedLeafPhoto Book with your session and receive a 700 CZK discount

- garden or castle entry fees are paid by the client

- hair & makeup trials can be ordered at cost

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The ELEGANCIA Collection

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Featuring the two of you as you explore the enchanted city of Prague - a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

A stunning collection of portraits from Prague’s most iconic locations.

Starting locations: Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, Riverside or the Secret Garden. We then take in a route featuring the most iconic locations such as: the Astronomical Clock, Old Town Square, Riverside, & iconic architectural locations - time allowing.

Routes are organized in advance with clients input. 2 outfits are possible. Start time can be 90 minutes before sunrise.


Package contents:

- up to 8 hours of continuous photography with Kurt and his lighting technician

- up to 8 locations selected by you (time permitting)

- hair & makeup preparation

- editing / post processing of files approximately 8-12 hours included

- 80 Selects (files chosen by you) will be retouched to our very high standard

in Capture One Pro the highest standard in photo editing software

- professional retouching of selected close up portraits (Selects) provided gratis

- a minimum file size of 5000 pixels ensures large format printing

- a minimum of 200 edited & color corrected high res files from your session will be provided upon completion of services

- password protected online proofing gallery to review and choose your Selects

- all images prepared (1650 x 1100 pixels) for online viewing and social media sharing with studio name

- free personal consultation (online or in person) prior to your session


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additional services - optional

- van transportation (180-200 EUR) includes pick up at your hotel, during the session and transfer back to hotel

- order a DreamBook with this session and receive a 1200 CZK discount

- order a RedLeafPhoto Book with your session and receive a 700 CZK discount

- garden and or castle entry fees are covered by the client

- hair & makeup trials can be ordered at cost

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The Sunrise Collection

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Gorgeous portraits from many of Prague’s iconic locations starting at or shortly before sunrise.

Session start time is normally 1 hour before sunrise.

Starting locations can be: Charles Bridge, Prague Castle or the Secret Garden overlooking Prague.

Our route takes in Prague's most iconic locations such as: the Astronomical Clock, Old Town Square, Riverside, & more - time allowing.

Routes are organized in advance with clients input.


Package contents:

- up to 6 hours of photography with Kurt and his professional lighting technician

- up to 6 locations selected by you (time allowing)

- hair & makeup preparation included in package price

- editing / post processing of all files (6-9 hours) included in package price

- 60 Selects (files chosen by you) will be retouched to our very high standard

in Capture One Pro the highest standard in photo editing software

- all files provided without studio watermarking

- professional retouching of close up portraits provided gratis

- a minimum file size of 5000 pixels ensures large format printing

- a minimum of 150 edited & color corrected high res files from your session will be provided upon completion of services without studio name

- password protected online proofing gallery to review and choose your Selects

- all images prepared (1650 x 1100 pixels) for online viewing and social media sharing with studio name

- free personal consultation (online or in person) prior to your session


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additional services - optional

- van transportation (180-200 EUR) includes pick up at hotel, on session locations and transfer back to hotel

- order a DreamBook with this package and receive a 1000 CZK discount

- order a RedLeafPhoto Book with this package and receive a 500 CZK discount

- garden and or castle entry fees are covered by the client

- hair & makeup trials can be ordered at cost

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The ENGAGEMENT Collection

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Beautiful & creative portraits of the two of you at your chosen Prague locations.

Starting locations: Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, Riverside or the Secret Garden.

Routes are organized in advance with clients input.


package contents:

- up to 2.5 hours of photography

- up to 3 locations selected by you (time allowing)

- editing / post processing of files approximately 4 hours included

- 20 Selects (files chosen by you from our online private gallery) will

be retouched to our very high standard and provided without watermarking

- professional retouching of close up portraits provided gratis

- a minimum file size of 5000 pixels ensures large format printing

- a copy of all proof images with studio name in 1650 pixels provided for reference

- free personal consultation (online or in person) prior to your session


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additional services - optional

for those wishing to have a sunrise or a pre sunrise start we can offer this for an additional 100 EUR to cover the early start time and travel fees of staff

- hair & makeup artist preparation 160-200 EUR

- transportation 100-150 EUR - includes hotel pick up, transport to locations, transfer back to hotel

order a DreamBook with this package and receive a 500 CZK discount

- order a RedLeafPhoto Book with this package and receive a 250 CZK discount

- garden and or castle entry fees are paid by the client

- extra Selects can be ordered for 35 EUR per

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Because you deserve the very best! Our specially designed and created DreamBooks




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. Printed in Europe they 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





Introducing our inexpensive RedLeafPhoto Book 10,000 CZK (400 EUR)

these beautiful little books are perfect for your portrait session








Simplicity at it's finest and at a wonderful price point.. You select your favorite 20-24 images, the cover style and we do all the rest. No stress, no fuss. Just beautiful results.

  • 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 extra


And if the above special books or styles are not to your liking - no worries we have a massive catalog of book options you can peruse at your leisure. And for our VIP clients we work with Queensberry the world's best wedding books.

And if the above special book offer is not to your liking - no worries we have a massive catalog of book options you can peruse at your leisure.




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.





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



European destination wedding photographer Kurt VinionThe Golden 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 river 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 very elegantly dressed couple from Japan, photographed at Lake Bled in Slovenia during the Golden Hour.


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 and being prepared in time for the sunrise & shortly afterwards the Golden Light Hour. This is usually not a problem for our couples from Asia who are still on their home time zones).
  • Or you can opt to capture this timeline during the late afternoon before sunset. The drawback, many tourists cluttering up your backgrounds.





The Sunset or SunriseH&P under the red sky sunrise pre-wedding photo Prague

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 that look spectacular. Or vice versa, such as this image of our very sexy couple from Hong Kong captured on the Charles Bridge before sunrise. Please note that this image is not possible without the use of flash (which was set up behind the couple and also in front to create this gorgeous portrait of Hebe & Pierre).

  • 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 and being prepared in time for the sunrise & shortly afterwards the Golden Light Hour. This is usually not a problem for our couples from Asia who are still on their home time zones).
  • Or you can opt to capture this timeline during the late afternoon before sunset. The drawback, many tourists cluttering up your backgrounds.



Evening (twilight) - Blue Hourromantic artistic image couple Charles Bridge night

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 to one couple per day
  • these images are more art directed due to setting up lights and the pace is slower. Usually the best time to capture these sessions are pre dawn.





Night TimePetit Palais Paris wedding couple celebrating night

  • 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.
  • pictured our very sweet couple from Japan who had a night time pre wedding portrait session in Paris at the Petit Palais





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 GardenWedding couple enjoying sun high above Prague

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 Zahradaoverlooking Vrtba Garden wedding elopement

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 parkin


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
  • the picture on the right is one of our most requested pictures




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







  • FAQ for our pre-wedding photography portrait sessions



    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.


    WHEN IS THE BEST TIME FOR A PRE WEDDING 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. Personally, September is the most visually stunning times of 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. Early morning sessions are truly the best way to experience this city without the many tourists cluttering up 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 as well as panoramic images of the city as well as our very creative night time portraits.


    DO WE NEED A CAR TO GET AROUND?

    If you wish to pay extra for a van to drive you 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 as you will spend up to 20-30% of your time sitting in traffic. The only exception where you may wish to have a driver is during our long winter themed sessions where it can be quite cold.


    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 (up to 8 hours must include hotel pickup and drop off or they will charge extra time).


    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 and especially sunrise on the Charles Bridge with all of the party people leaving the clubs can be quite demanding as everyone will want to photo bomb your session


    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. We do require a 50% deposit with the remainder due the day of.


    WINTER THEMED PRE WEDDINGS

    For those couples wishing to have a 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.


    WEDDING DRESSES, TUXEDOS, EVENING WEAR OUTFITS

    We are quite pleased to recommend a local atelier that offers complete services such as wedding dress rentals & men's outfits. Though we still believe that you should bring your own outfits so as to not stress and waste valuable time while visiting Prague.


    WHAT TO WEAR

    Dark clothes are always a bad idea for night time shooting. Red though a lovely color always ends up being the center of attention and detracts from the subjects - so wear sparingly. Black dresses and or very dark dresses can be quite tricky as you may end up losing the details. Loud patterns are also not a good idea as they distract. As wedding 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 as most of your session you will wish to be comfortable.


    FOR THE GROOM - WHAT TO WEAR

    The best colors for men tend to be beige, blue, gray. Fancy patterns or colors can be quite dated in a few years. The classical tuxedo - Black matte with a white shirt and black bow tie will always makes a bold and elegant statement. As for fabric, glossy looks quite terrible and cheap so matte textures are always best.


    HOW MANY OUTFITS

    The answer depends on the number of hours and your timeline. Usually it is best to have 1 outfit for every 3 hours of shooting. Most couples will opt to have the white wedding dress and then an evening outfit. Others wish to have up to 3 and some will push for 4. The reality is for every outfit change you will lose valuable time traveling back and forth to the hotel, changing outfits and of course if you need a new hair & makeup look that will add more time as well. Additionally you can opt to have the following situations:

    A) travel back and to your hotel that is centrally located in the historical part of Prague such as near the Charles Bridge. You can come and go as you wish and be comfortable during the entire session with no stress.

    B) hire a van to drive us around and change in the fan on location. The downside is - you are changing in a van and unless your clothes are hung well they may have wrinkles. You have little or no privacy. The upside you can change as you wish. This is how we work in Paris as the city is very large to travel back and to.

    C) you can bring your own suitcases. This is the low end / budget approach and creates more problems than it is worth. First, who is carrying or dragging your suitcase around. Second who is watching it during your session. Third, your clothes will be wrinkled and it is time consuming (expensive) to fix in post. Fourth, you have to use public toilets to change in. Truth be told, our clients would never do this but some have asked in the past and you will undoubtedly see many sweaty, unhappy grooms in Prague dragging their suitcases around and then worrying about it getting stolen. Unlike Asia where you can actually safely put things such as your gear and suitcases on the ground without having them stolen - that is NOT the case in Prague.


    HAIR & MAKE UP ARTISTS

    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 3 of our favorites to you. These ladies do not pay us a commission like some of our counterparts who only recommend the ones who do.

    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 on whom to work with you should contact them asap to discuss your hair & makeup needs. Having photos of your outfits, your chosen hair styles are always helpful before meeting up and we encourage you to create a dialogue with them to discuss possibilities. 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.

    For an additional fee you can also have a hair & makeup trial to ensure you know exactly what to expect.


    WHAT TO DO THE NIGHT BEFORE

    First you will need plenty of sleep as being well rested is of the utmost importance. As many of our sessions start quite early chances are you will still be on Asian time. Plenty of liquids are also advised so that you are hydrated during your session. We also suggest hanging your clothes (or having the hotel steam your outfits) up the night before. Place all of your accessories on the table so that you can visually see what you have and if you are in need of anything. Also make sure your stylist has a big enough space to work in as well as lay out her accessories and making sure the space is well lighted is always a plus.

    For the ladies, make sure you have showered before your makeup and hair stylish arrive - time is of the essence. Usually a full hair & makeup prep takes about 2 -1/2 hours. For the guys it is not needed to wake up and wait the entire time. Do make sure you have breakfast before you dress up.


    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.


    a couple kiss behind a parasol Charles Bridge at night

    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 our shooting on and is easier getting in and out of for those outfit changes. Please note there are some 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. When in doubt contact our team for their recommendations.


    ADDITIONAL FEES

    Boat rentals (20 - 25 EUR per 45 minutes), horse and carriage rides (45 - 90 EUR per 45 minutes), as well as Old Timers (vintage cars) rentals (various prices and models), are billed at cost to the client. Many gardens charge ‘wedding photography’ or ‘commercial photography’ admittance fees. Fees are anywhere from 30 - 40 EUR. We do have a new location (a very run down palace that is perfect for old world styled portrait sessions - the fee is 100 EUR for 30 minutes. Sadly Churches in Prague are no longer allowing interior shooting due to the many photographers who disrupted church services. Special interior locations such as Chateau’s and castles - typically shooting on the castle grounds is free but interior shooting is an extra fee.


    SYMBOLIC CEREMONIES

    We have been asked if we can arrange a symbolic ceremony and the answer is yes! Please contact our team to discuss options and pacakges.


    Loving couple in rain Prague Castle pre-wedding photo


    RAIN POLICY

    Due to the high costs of the staff and the likelihood of us being booked the next day for a wedding, another client or possibly flying, we can not guarantee postponing your session due to bad weather. We may pause the session (at our discretion) but additional fees for the crews time must be agreed upon and discussed in advance. Or we can simply take use of some of Prague's most interesting interior spaces. We have only had 2 postponements until the next day here in Prague and luckily we were available. Due to the high chance of rain in Paris and in the summer months we are no longer offering Paris as a shooting location due to this issue.


    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. And no worries, we will also have lots of time to chat during the session.


    LIGHTING CREW

    Creating flawless, beautiful images is my priority. Having the right people who can handle any lighting situation and weather changes are also very important. This is why I usually work with 1 or 2 lighting technicians. 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 quite expensive. The downside to the natural light approach - they are not capable of creating night time portraits or really work with variable lighting situations – something which we specialize in. As a professional who has many years of experience I do provide both styles depending on what the situation is. However, at the end of the day having an assistant who can create ethereal, dreamy & magical portraits is something that is not possible with natural light shooters.


    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 per 4 hour s as our team can not be responsible for carrying your items during the session as they are carrying their own gear.

    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.

    The Best Pre Wedding Photographer in Prague is clearly Kurt Vinion

    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 VIDEO 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.


    DIGITAL FILE CREATION
    All final files are created in Capture One Pro v.11 including signature art series images. These files are roughly 3600 x 5000 pixels. Our computer systems are dual 5K monitors (IMAC & BENQ 5K professionally calibrated monitors). We use canon EOS 1dsMarkIII, 5dmarkiii, 6d and at times we also use a Mamiya RZ67 with a Phase One digital back for select sessions. Minimum file sizes are 5000 pixels and resolution of 300 dpi. We also provide your lab with a file information sheet that details how they were created and which color space to ensure everything is printed as we envisioned them.


    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. Kurt Vinion is the best pre wedding photographer in Prague!


    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    Flash drives are 35 EUR and s&h is usually billed at cost.

    Shipping and handling of books are billed at cost and are covered by the client. Overnight shipping may not be possible.

    Additional high res retouched files can be ordered for 35 EUR a piece. For couples wishing to have special composite images - prices will be discussed in advance of all work.


    COPYRIGHT KURT VINION IS THE BEST PRE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER IN PRAGUE

    All files are with a shared copright release so that you can print your images as much as you like. A copyright notice and file information sheet (for your printer to ensure everything is printed correctly) is supplied with all files upon completion of your order.


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


    DRONE PHOTOGRAPHY

    It is not possible to have drone footage captured in the city centre of Prague. For locations outside of Prague drone photography may be ordered based on the location and number of hours needed and if permissible.



    Canvass wraps, acrylics, prints & additional books - please contact us for our catalog
    For any other inquiries please contact our team.

    All prices quoted include applicable tax

    *additional shipping and handling fees plus overnight delivery is extra.