Prague pre wedding & engagement photographer & London pre-wedding photographer
Greetings my name is Kurt Vinion, I am an American photographer residing in Prague who creates timeless, artistic and elegant weddings and pre wedding photography for discerning clients around the world.
My approach is simple to tailor a day of coverage that takes into account your favorite locations as well as the style and types of photography that you wish to have. And no worries, as many of my couples are traveling over from Asia and do not have the knowledge of the cities I regularly work in such as: Prague, Vienna, Venice, Rome, London, Paris, Santorini and many places in between - I would be quite happy to create a timeline that takes into account the best locations. As every couple is different it is important to be able to communicate your styles. Most couples wish to have a more natural relaxed style, while others wish to have a more magazine, lit portrait (where we use our lighting professionals to create a more visual image) or some a combination of fashion as well as more modern style portraits. Truth is, most couples wish to have a mixture of styles and portraits. Since creating my first pre wedding portrait session in Prague in 2008 (the couple were from Hong Kong) I have been exploring many styles and ways of capturing people. As my work is more polished (we retouch all of our images to a very high standard so no worries, you will look great) and in demand I have been asked to photograph pre-weddings and engagement portraits in many places worldwide including: Hong Kong, Santorini, Paris, Chateau d'Esclimont & Chateau Rambouillet in France, Castles in Ireland, London, Dublin, The German Alps, Venice, Vienna, Berlin and many places in between. My approach is simply to capture you two naturally and if needed I would be happy to stylize your session to ensure that everything looks absolutely brilliant. And no worries, as posing and looking great is very important (lets face it anyone and everyone is a photographer) having the right photographer who can pose you effortlessly and easily all the while you are having fun is very important.
My background in photography started when I studied photojournalism at America's top photojournalism program WKU. My first position after WKU was the Director of Photography / Assistant Sports Information Director at the University of Louisville Athletic Dept. In addition to photographing sports full time and leading a team of photographers I was asked to be the photographer for Muhammad Ali and his foundation in Louisville. During this time photographing sports I also covered professional sports in the US for Reuters as well as freelanced for many of the top sporting magazines.
After shooting sports for nearly 5-years full time I was offered a position in Prague covering news and my career in photojournalism was launched. During this time of covering international news and reportage I moved to Berlin Germany where I was asked to cover celebrity portraits for Wire Image and Getty Images. Truth is, photographing celebrities sounds very exciting but the reality is: it is quite tedious and boring as every celebrity and their team of PR people and managers must vet the images before the are released.
I have been a wedding & portrait photographer since 2007 when a former colleague and friend demanded that I fly half way around the world to capture her beautiful wedding day in San Diego. At the time, having a reportage photographer at one's wedding was a novelty as wedding photography back then was quite conservative. A few weeks after returning to Berlin (where I was working at the time capturing celebrities for Getty Images and Wire Image) I was asked by a another friend if I would cover his wedding in Italy. Both of these weddings were incredible experiences and since then I have been hooked. As I feel that my style of wedding photography is still evolving it is hard to say exactly what style it really is. In essence it is a combination of photojournalism, product photography, magazine styled portraits and editorial all mixed in one. And no worries, as I regularly work in Ireland I am very experienced with creating family & group photos – some of which have over 250 people in them. Since moving back to Prague in 2008, I have focused entirely on weddings and portraits and have photographed hundreds of weddings & pre wedding portrait sessions worldwide.
People often ask how is is that a successful photojournalist crosses over to weddings and portraits? The truth is, after working very hard as a photojournalist around the world and missing out on my children and family time, I was looking for a new change and new direction in my photography – one where giving back and yes, capturing beautiful, happy people was more rewarding than capturing the misery associated with reportage and documentary work. Simply put, capturing weddings in a modern, yet beautiful and artistic style truly invigorates me and at the end of the day seeing the smile and the look on the brides faces when they see a hand full of images captured just moments before is simply priceless. My clients come from around the world for their pre wedding & engagement sessions and I have been asked several times to travel to their home countries to capture their wedding day as well.
Brides often ask me about awards – the truth is, I rarely enter contests. When I was working as a photojournalist I won some of the biggest prizes in photojournalism including two 1st Places in The Best of Photojournalism as well as a hand full of Czech Press Photos as well as a very highly coveted Sports Photographer of the Year awarded. Yet the biggest prize I have ever received: being told by a lovely lady who runs an orphanage in Kiev that my reportage was the reason why Americans were adopting children from her orphanage. Truth is, there is no award that can ever top this and knowing that my work was able to make a difference in these children's lives is simply priceless.
Pre Wedding Photographers in Prague
Though I am based in Prague I have photographed many pre weddings and engagement sessions around Europe as well as in Hong Kong. My Prague pre wedding sessions draw couples from around the world and thankfully these same wonderful couples have asked me to cover their weddings in not only Hong Kong but also in London. For those who are coming in from outside of the Czech Republic, a virtual meeting over Skype where we can discuss your ideas, your locations the timelines are typically worked out way in advance for your peace of mind. . Whether we discuss your ideas over Skype, email or a simple phone call, I am here to assist you in any way. Additionally, as the only American professional photographer in Prague who has been photographing pre weddings & engagement sessions since 2008 I would be quite happy to offer my insight as well as assist you in providing more information to make your stay go that much smoother. So no worries, when you hire Kurt Vinion to be your pre wedding photographer in Prague, London or anywhere else rest assured you are in good hands.
pre wedding Photographers in London
As an American photographer based in Prague I have been asked many times if I would cover couples weddings in London. Truth is it depends on our availability. London is a wonderful place for pre weddings and as one who has worked in London many times I would be happy to speak with you about creating a session. Please note that I do work with a crew and my crew is always willing to travel for our pre wedding sessions. And no worries, a London crew can be assembled if you wish to keep your costs down.
Being based in Prague certainly has its perks and one of those is being easy to fly to nearly every European capital within a few hours. My pre-weddings and engagement portrait sessions have taken place in many locations around Europe. As every couple and their needs are different please feel free to contact me about pricing and package options.
Pre wedding photographer reviews
Many couples find me through Google, word of mouth, referrals as well as from several wedding planning agencies located in Asia, Japan, Korea, as well as in Italy and France.
Wedding & pre wedding & engagement pricing
While I do not list my London & Prague wedding & pre wedding pricing information on my website, you can however easily obtain it by calling me, or emailing me via my contact form. As I have many types of coverage and collection pricing, the more information you can provide about the type of service you wish to have the better.
Collections begin with simple packages of time and digital files and go from there to larger collections with designer books and parents albums. I can also offer you a la carte pricing and special offers for multiple cities.