Viera Photographics

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Get to know Viera Photographics

We are a full service photography company with over 30 years of collective experience.  We have photographed everything from weddings to family portraits, corporate headshots, musicians, newborns, chocolate waterfalls and toilet paper (all true stories).

We have climbed trees, hiked through snow, been attacked by killer red ants, hung out of the back of car (almost crashed said car), and been chased out of the water by sharks... all while taking pictures.

We photograph a lot of things... but we are best at telling stories.

Love Notes

Stephanie and Eric

You want the story of your wedding day told through the lens of Viera Photographics.  These guys capture raw and tender moments and draw out the inner beauty and character of their subjects to tell a unique, lovely, and fun story, all in a natural, easy flow that’s makes you forget they are taking pictures. (Sneaky, lovable photo ninjas!). My husband and I couldn’t believe the volume of treasures they found through the camera.  Even though it’s been several years since our wedding, I still peruse their blog to experience the the new stories they reveal and smile.

Adriana and Ro

The first thing out of my brand new wife’s mouth the morning after our wedding?

“I miss the Vieras.”

We love Jaime and Dennis with all of our hearts. Let me tell you why.

They are incredibly talented. And not just for color and composition. They have a superhuman ability to capture emotions and moments that you didn’t know existed. Oh, and they’re tireless – Dennis will literally run off a cliff to frame the perfect shot. I know. I saw it.

But that’s not the important part. They’re also AMAZING human beings. They got us through our wedding day. Single-handedly. Whisked us away when we were overwhelmed. Ran the chaos of the group photos. Laughed and cried with us at our most intimate moments. Celebrated with the most enthusiastic of our guests.

When you look for a wedding photographer, you hope that you’ll come away with a few amazing images. You’ve seen the website. The Vieras will give you that – the work speaks for itself. But what you don’t see is how wonderful these people are, how much they will care about you, and how just knowing them will enhance your life and your biggest day.

So don’t just hire them. Hang out with them. Get to know them. Have a cocktail, a meal. Share your story. Because you spend more time with your photographers than anyone else at your wedding. You might as well freaking love them.

Especially when they’re as talented as the Viera Photographics team.

Kate and Raffi

There are simply no words to express our gratitude for everything Viera Photographics did for us on our wedding day, extending far beyond the precious memories they helped preserve so flawlessly through their photography.  They helped keep us calm, relaxed, and in the moment.  We couldn’t have asked for a better support team, and feel lucky to call them friends.  Nearly three years after our wedding, our album and photographs are still a conversation topic amongst our friends and family.  Viera’s ability to candidly and beautifully capture the emotions and happiness throughout our special day are a gift that we will cherish always.  We look forward to having them as part of all our future milestones and celebrating many more memories to come.

Victoria and Sam

We all can’t believe how quickly time flies in life. I sometimes fear that certain moments are going to pass uncaptured. My husband and I were blessed to have Viera Photographics be present for two really important moments in our lives; our wedding and during the newborn phase of our first child. Each time I look at the photos from those times, it is like I’m emotionally transported back to that moment of time. Not only are the photos incredibly artistic and creative, but they evoke such a strong sense of connection with those past experiences. I can take a deep breath knowing those times have been well documented and I can choose to re-live those moments anytime. We are so grateful!

Candace and Jason

I have been asked to write quite a few testimonials for various different vendors, but I never do it.  When I was given the opportunity to “show the love” for Viera Photographics, I jumped at the chance to do something for them. They gave me a gift I’ll never be able to repay them for, so the least I could do is brag about how awesomely talented they are.

My husband and I were married in La Jolla in Septemeber of 2009.  We had an intimate, 25-person, destination wedding. After looking at, what felt like, hundreds of wedding photographers, I stumbled upon a breathtaking photograph.  I, immediately, fell in love.  Finally, a wedding photo that didn’t look staged or fake!  I felt something when I saw this picture.  That’s what I wanted.  I wanted to look at my wedding pictures and feel moments that I may have missed, since I was too busy living them.

Having a smaller wedding, it was extremely important that our photographers felt like part of our friends and family and they did just that.  I never once noticed them taking pictures!  My husband and I felt like they were guests at the wedding. I never felt that “someone is taking a picture of me right now” feeling that you can get some times. Since I never felt that, they were able to capture real, unedited, and raw moments.

Upon receiving our images, I was taken aback by some of the shots they got.  The pictures were, beyond, beautiful. As I went through each image, I was reliving our wedding day. I could feel the love, laughter and tears through the images.  That is a talent that very few possess.

The Viera family of photographers are all true artists; but, most importantly, great people. They were a pleasure to work with and exceeded every expectation we had. We are beyond grateful we found them.

Sharon and Jeff

Viera Photographics are incredible people and even better photographers.  As our wedding day has come and gone and the magic dust has started to settle, we’ll always cherish having Jaime and Dennis by our sides through it all.  They’re truly remarkable storytellers who earned our trust and confidence from the start.  Never did we look back and see missed opportunities or wished we did things differently.  Not many can say that, and for that, we’re forever grateful.

We first met Dennis and Jaime in January 2014 to discuss the possibility of them shooting our upcoming October 2014 wedding.  At their suggestion, we met over beers at a pub up in Marin county (Nor Cal) and spent the better part of two hours sharing life stories and chatting about anything and everything.  Honestly, we could have hung out all night.  After leaving that initial meeting, we decided before we left that pub’s parking lot that we’d do anything to have them shoot our big day.

Stars aligned and we lucked into booking both Dennis AND Jaime together!  They can often book out individually well in advance, so we were thrilled to have the dynamic duo intact for our wedding date.  As the date approached, Dennis and Jaime were great about staying in touch to prompt us well in advance with all the upcoming to do’s.

About half way to the wedding date, we did a practice shoot with the them somewhere between Bodega and Tamales Bay.  I can’t give any more specifics. No for real…they led us from their farm to an amazing Lord of the Rings sort of location via small, winding country roads!  No idea where we ended up.  It was worth the effort because we got some amazing and unique shots that are standouts among the usual engagement photo variety.  More importantly, the engagement session practice shoot was a direct extension of our experience during our first meeting at that pub months earlier.  Casual, relaxed, fun, and genuine.  Four adjectives that perfectly describe the husband and wife team.

Fast forward to the big day.  Dennis met the groom and groomsmen at the hotel and Jaime met up with the bride and bridesmaids at the bridal suite.  Both were fantastic about being everywhere (getting random shots of the getting ready process) without ever getting in the way.  They are like photo ninjas!  Calm and professional demeanors were a great help to set the tone that day.  Little reminders like “stop and take everything in” or “why don’t you two go take a second by yourselves and relax” were great to keep us from getting swept up in the chaos.  The photo ninja theme continued throughout the ceremony and reception.   At the end of the evening, everyone was sad to see them leave.  They had become a part of our family.

Looking back on all of the photos that they took that day, it’s EXTREMELY hard to choose which are our favorites.  It’s safer to say they are ALL our favorites.  And that’s no exaggeration.  The effortless skill they displayed is truly astonishing when you experience the breathtaking images that result.  When your photos do your memories justice, you know you have extraordinary photographers.  Dennis and Jaime are masters of their craft.  Period.

Robyn and Scott

Wow! Thank you so much for being so talented and capturing the day exactly as we hoped it would look. Your team was amazing! We felt like you were our personal cheerleaders / motivators / supporting us the whole time. Thanks again and much love always!

Michelle and Jonathan

Thank you, thank you, thank you for being such a big part of our wedding – you have captured the day perfectly! Every tear, every laugh and every smile. We know these photos will always remind us of how we felt that day and that is the very best gift of all. You guys are truly an amazing talented team and the best part it – you are a blast to be around! WE will keep in touch  – as you are the only photographers we would want to photograph our family. Thank you!!!!

Jami and Mike

One of the BEST decisions we made while planning our wedding was asking Viera Photographics to shoot our engagement and wedding photos.  They made the whole process so effortless from start to finish and…of course….the pictures!!!!  Well, the pictures speak for themselves.  The whole team exquisitely captured the love, excitement and raw emotion of a day that went by too quickly.

Four years later, we are still delighted by these gorgeous images that grace the halls of our home and sit atop our desks, vanities and shelves.  These images display our nearest and dearest family and friends, beloved faces who have since passed and beautifully candid stories that only a photograph can retell.

Thank you Vieras, we couldn’t have imagined handing the task over to anyone else.

Stephanie and Eric
Adriana and Ro
Kate and Raffi
Victoria and Sam
Candace and Jason
Sharon and Jeff
Robyn and Scott
Michelle and Jonathan
Jami and Mike

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