You can reach Kurt at the following:
GSM: +420 776 069 384 SKYPE: kurtvinion1
Prague wedding photographer & pre-weddings photography regularly covering Venice I Rome I Europe I Hong Kong
Greetings, my name is Kurt Vinion, I am an American photographer (educated in Germany and the US) living in Prague who focuses on creating modern weddings and pre-weddings portrait sessions for discerning clients from around the world. I have worked as a full-time photographer since the age of 16, I am very lucky for being able to do this and for so long.
The reality is anyone can take a picture, but to truly capture the real spirit, feeling and emotions of one's wedding day takes a keen eye, experience and devotion to craft and when you get the right results - those moments are priceless.
To document your wedding day as it unfolds - naturally, honestly and creatively, while focusing on capturing those real moments shared between the two of you and the joining of your families. Though, I am quite keen on creating something a bit more unique than the typical 'wedding photograph' and as such I am well renowned in Prague for very creative stunning night time / romantic portraits of our wonderful couples. I have photographed the weddings of 5 professional wedding photographers from not only the US, but Ireland and the UK so I must be doing something right...
Prague pre-weddings & Lifestyle Portraits & Engagement Session photography
For our pre-wedding couples (and our many couples from Asia who hire me for their pre wedding photo session here in Prague and around the world ) who wish to have some creative and very stylized portraits - I can certainly do that and preferably in an intimate atmosphere where you two can simply relax and enjoy the creative process while exploring this incredible city and at your pace.
Creating dynamic, elegant, unforgettable SIGNATURE ART PORTRAITS for our couples is something I very much welcome. These portraits are a fusion of styles artistically created and for some couples with a unique theme. For our American couples who wish to have a less staged approach to their photo sessions in Prague I would be quite keen on creating something quite unique that has a bit more flare - after all it is your session and you only get one chance to get it right.
My wedding style of photography
Though wedding styles and fads change I do prefer a clean, clear, bright look where you look flawless. I am also very keen on capturing the right light wether it is artificial or preferably sunlight or even both. As much as I enjoy shooting in 'natural light' the reality is with the proper equipment I can shoot in any condition and in fact I am regularly sought out by many couples who wish to have incredible night time portraits.
In terms of the actual wedding day photography - I do prefer to document your wedding day as it unfold naturally, while focusing on capturing real moments, artistically and creatively captured as opposed to art directing ones wedding day. When it comes to those very important portraits I will be quite happy to ensure you look flawless and can even insist on a few poses and the right locations and body posing to make you look fantastic.
To make you look more gorgeous than you already are. So no stress, no worries, just beautiful timeless and elegant images that will blow your families & friends minds (without blowing your budget).
Why should you book a professional photographer?
Photographing weddings & portrait sessions is my full time job. When I made the decision to leave photojournalism I made a commitment to doing this full-time. As such I have 10-years of experience recognizing what will work and what will not for a particular venue, location or couple. I am known for putting people at ease when I capture them and I can work in any combination of lighting or settings that can possibly be encountered. I use the last in professional equipment as well as carrying backup cameras, lenses and I also usually bring along supplemental lighting in case mother nature is not cooperating on the day of. In short, when you hire a professional photographer you will get professional results.
How many photographs will we receive?
My goal is to provide each couple with only the very best. For each hour depending on the coverage it is not uncommon to receive 30-50 images per hour. These are the very best pictures taken on the day of and each will be individually corrected and presented in color. For couples who wish to have a more vintage look I would be happy to create this.
Will you photograph group shots?
After you have had a chance to enjoy the congratulations and some champagne this is usually the ideal time to capture groups. Ideally you should have a person responsible for rounding up the relevant people to ensure you have the groups that you need. As I have been doing this for awhile what works best is to have everyone in the first group and make them smaller. I am happy to photograph as many groups as you wish but please remember that the more groups you wish to have the more time it takes.
Will you take some special portraits of the two of us?
Absolutely otherwise chances are you would not be interested in hiring me. As ones wedding day can be so over choreographed, I believe it is best to set aside two or three times during the day and the evening to step away and make the best of the locations and the changing light. All couples enjoy these times alone and having a relaxes stress free session is always encouraged as for many couples this is the only private time they will have together until their evening is over. So feel free to use me as your excuse to get away and enjoy some private time either with your photographer or even alone.
How long does it take to receive our images?
Within 5 - business days we always try to send out 2-3 images so that you can send to your family & friends and or post on-line. Within 2-4 weeks we try to have your online gallery ready to view and you can decide whom to give out the password too.
What happens if it rains on our wedding day?
The benefit of having a professional photographer is that I have the equipment and the experience to ensure you have beautiful photos regardless of the weather. So no worries, you are really in good hands.
Professionally I have worked as a photojournalist with The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Mother Jones, Spectrum Pictures and many magazines and newspapers from worldwide. I have covered assignments in: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt, Israel, Belarus, Russia, Ukraine and many countries in between...
Additionally, I have spent 3-years photographing celebrities in Berlin for Getty Images and Wire Images. Some of the 'celebrities' were interesting and those Berlin parties were fantastic. But to be honest, photographing celebrities is quite tedious and sadly there is very little creativity as celebrity imagery are so controlled by the managers, studios and even the magazines.
Before moving to Europe to be a photojournalist, I was a very young, Director of Photography at The University of Louisville Athletic Dept where we covered all of the university athletic teams and literally traveled all over the US and even to a basketball tournament in Hawaii.
I was also the event & personal photographer for Muhammad Ali and his foundation. I feel honored to have spent time with Muhammad and meeting many of the greats of boxing. Being from Louisville definitely has its perks (a big shout out to Tom Cruise - we had a great laugh about his short time growing up in Louisville).
I majored in Photojournalism / Fine Art at WKU one of America's top photojournalism programs well renowned for producing the very best photojournalists in the world.
Contests & Awards
Occasionally I am asked (mainly by other photographers) about awards – the truth is, I do not enter contests anymore. Nothing against them or the many pay-to-join - photography associations / contests. Truth is everyone is now an 'international award-winning, cutting edge, super duper awesome photographer'.
Yet, as a photojournalist - I have won some of the biggest prizes in photojournalism including two 1 st Places in The Best of Photojournalism as well as a hand full of Czech Press Photos, as well as a very highly coveted (for me personally) Sports Photographer of the Year award.
And the biggest prize/award 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 visiting her and adopting children from her orphanage. There is absolutely no award that can ever top that. Knowing that my work was able to make a difference in these children's lives is simply priceless and it humbles me to this day.
Prague Wedding Photographers
As I am based in Prague I have photographed weddings at nearly every venue as well as many castles and chateaus located throughout the Czech Republic. Additionally, I have photographed several high profile Czech weddings (a Champions League Football player), a member of the Getty (Oil, Museum, Getty Images) family for their incredible wedding in Rome as well as a member of the Karzai family (President of Afghanistan) also in Italy as well as VIP's from Asia and 3 different members on the Forbes 100 richest person list. I am truly humbled at some of these unbelievable weddings. Truth be told, the larger more prestigious the family or members the more work, stress and actual less quality time spent with the couple. I can honestly say that the most unforgettable weddings are the ones where I can spend quality time with the couples and really capture them intimately and quietly - something that is not possible at a 250 + person event.
Destination wedding photographer Prague I Europe
The best thing about being a wedding & portrait photographer based in Prague is that it is a relatively easy place to travel from and as such I have been lucky enough to have captured destination weddings around Europe. Locations I have regularly work in are: Ireland, N.Ireland, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Italy, Greece and even a wedding in Hong Kong at the prestigious Peninsula Hotel. If you are interested in having me as your destination wedding photographer please do not hesitate to contact me as I would enjoy hearing more about your wedding day or even pre weddings photo shoot.
Prague wedding planners / Prague wedding planning agencies
Choosing your Prague wedding photographer for your wedding is one of the most important decisions that you will ever make. As such it should be your decision on whom you wish to capture the most important day of your life. Leaving it up to a 3rd party whose only concern is their bottom line is never wise. Especially when it is a known problem that many Prague wedding planners & Prague wedding planning agencies demand anywhere from 15 - 30% 'commission' to be a part of their team.
As an honest, principled American and a former journalist - I simply can not allow myself to be taken advantage of and refuse to work with those agencies. Perhaps this is why I am still in business after so many years while many of my competitors went out of business? Nevertheless, when you hire Kurt Vinion as your wedding photographer in Prague, you can rest assurred that I am working on your behalf and will do everything to ensure that you have the most beautiful wedding photography possible.
Additionally, as I have been photographing weddings here since 2008 I would be quite happy to assist you in looking over your timeline to ensure that you truly can enjoy your day as well as introduce you to wonderful & professional vendors (hair & makeup, florists and etc) who can provide you with incredible services without you paying the wedding planners crazy mark up.
One final word about the wedding planners in Prague. At the end of the day we all want to create the absolute best for you and your loved ones during your wedding day. So no worries, even though I am not recommended or a part of 'their team' as a professional I will still ensure everything is done on a 1st Class level, no ego, no issues, no fuss. Just professional photography for you and your loved ones here in Prague.
So how do you know if you have chosen the best wedding photographer in Prague for you?
As a bride & groom you should meet your photographer in person (and if that is not possible Skype is a wonderful alternative) to evaluate their professionalism, their ability to understand your needs, and more importantly - how well you hit it off. Taking the time to read reviews, view complete galleries of their work (and not just the portfolio pieces) and if needed - hire them for an engagement session to gauge how they work with you as a couple are also worthy ideas. The truth is quality photography is an investment and you should take the time to research who is best for you. If you chose Kurt Vinion as your wedding photographer; rest assured that I will provide only the highest standard on your behalf.
Our Clients Privacy
If you do not wish to have your images in the public domain - I of all people can understand and respect this and there is a clause in the contract that you can opt out of. So no worries your wedding day is just that your wedding and not a portfolio building experience.
Prague 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.
Pre-wedding photographers I Prague I Venice I Rome I Florence I Europe I pre wedding photos
As an American photographer who has been covering pre wedding portrait sessions since 2008, I am very happy to cover your pre wedding photo session in not only Prague but in many of Europe's best locations. I have a wonderful team of lighting assistants, hair & makeup, videographers as well as personal assistants who can capture your special session anywhere around the world. Wether you wish to have a more reportage natural light style, or a more magazine, lit portrait or even a combination of many styles we are here for you. Contact us today for our special dates where we will be crafting these special sessions around Europe.
Additionally, for the year 2018 we will be focusing on creating more specialty themed pre wedding photo sessions for our very discerning VIP clients who are looking for something a bit more special.