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

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.  Jaime and Dennis 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.

Jaime Dennis and Erin are 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.

Jack and Paul

It was mid June 2008. California had just legalized gay marriage a few months earlier. It became a crazy whirlwind of planning for a wedding, knowing that we had just a small window to pull everything off before it could all possibly be taken away from us. One thing that we knew that we wanted, and could not skimp on, was an amazing photographer to help document the culmination of (our then) 13 years together. The moment we came upon Viera Photographics (they actually were still Dennis Viera Photography back then), we knew right then and there we wanted them to shoot our wedding. Looking through old emails, I came across the very first one we wrote to them.

We wrote, “As graphic designers, we must say that we absolutely love and appreciate your photography. Your compositions, lighting, and most importantly, the emotions you are able to capture through your lenses are truly inspiring. We must have gone through hundreds of portfolios online, but the two of you as team, are exactly what we have been looking for to help us capture a day that we and our friends and family have been waiting for. It’s nearly 2 in the morning and we can’t stop clicking away at your photos. That’s how much we love your work!” We weren’t able to book them for our wedding because of scheduling, but we were VERY fortunate enough to have them shoot our “enGAYgement” photos.

As a team, Dennis and Jaime worked amazing together. They listened to what kind of photos we were going for, and delivered way beyond our wildest dreams. This having been our first real photo shoot, we were a bit nervous. They made us feel very comfortable in front of the camera. The framed photograph of our favorite shot that’s hung in our bedroom, and the amazing book they put together for us that has a permanent place on our coffee table, are constant reminders of how for one day, those 2 made us feel (and look) like supermodels. We got some amazing shots that day. But more importantly, since that day, we’ve come to consider them as great friends. And along with their adorable son Alex, they have become such amazing supporters and advocates for marriage equality (ask them about the shot of their son in the Donald Duck costume for marriage equality). It was a great pleasure and honor to have been shot by such talents, and anyone looking to have their special day photographed, would be so lucky to have them. We know we were, by having met them that summer 6 years ago.

We absolutely LOVE them, and would be the subjects or their lenses again in a heartbeat. Thank you Jaime and Dennis, for an amazing experience, and your undying love and support!

Panthea and Ben

The Viera’s are amazing photographers. You can absolutely trust them to capture every important moment of your wedding, candid and posed. Once your wedding is over, the photos (and your spouse) are all you’re left with. The photos the Vieras took will last a lifetime!

Ellen and Pete

I didn’t even have a groom but I had my wedding photographers! That’s how touching the work of Viera Photographics was to me. I’d run across their work through a friend of a friend and it stuck with me for years. So fast forward to amazing man and amazing proposal. My next thought was.. The Viera’s!! (well, almost). Their availability was one of the main factors in planning our small destination wedding in Barbados. Their talent and dedication to their work is evident from the start, not to mention fun people to share your special day with. My only complaint is that we live so far away they can’t photograph my family more.

Julia and Paul

Last summer my husband and I eloped. Two weeks beforehand we were lucky enough to find Erin to do our photographs. She was easy to communicate with about the style we were looking for, gave clear info on the different things she could provide, and was amazing to work with on such limited time. All this and she was incredibly genuine and very fun to work with!

My husband and I met at the train station and she was willing to go with us to take some photos there before our ceremony at the beach. From the moment we arrived, Erin was all over it! She had already scoped out lighting and locations and we went straight into action. When we arrived at the beach she gave her input but never intruded and made sure every moment felt intimate and special. We could tell she was giving us her everything and honoring our event.

My husband’s family lives in Australia and mine in NC so it was important that they felt like they could see the day and feel like they were there. Success! Our friends and family said, “Those photos were breathtaking! Those are the best wedding photos I’ve ever seen. How did you find that photographer? Would she be willing to travel? We felt like we were there. There was something special about those photos. Nothing looked posed in them. You looked so happy and amazing.” I’ll be honest, I felt amazing when I looked at our photos. I was so proud to share them.

Because of Erin our elopement was perfectly preserved in a way we will always be able to cherish.

Thank you Erin!

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.

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 two are the only people we would us to photograph our family. Thank you!!!!

Ashley and Willy

When we were planning our wedding, finding the right photographer was at the top of my list; above finding the right dress and a close second to finding the right husband. I kid. It was a very close second. I had a clear idea of what I wanted captured from our wedding; the moments in between, the raw emotion, the unposed. What I got, was much much more. Dennis and Hardy did a fantastic job of setting up natural moments and of remaining a part of the scene without dominating the scene. I never felt rushed, posed, or stressed; along with his camera he brought a zen-like aura that calmed our nerves and allowed us to relax and be fully present in our special day. What I love most is that while there are plenty of photos of us during our ceremony, I don’t remember having one memory of him being there; I have no recollection of hearing the clicking of a camera. What I do remember is getting lost in my husband’s eyes, my ears hanging on every word that came out of his mouth during the vows he read to me. And yet, I have several beautiful images to show for it; images that take me back to that very moment and allow me to relive the first chapter of our lives together as husband and wife. It’s a beautiful thing and I feel indebted to Viera Photographics for their love, passion, taste, and talent.

Lan and Alvin

When I look through our photos, I am instantly transported back in time. The emotions on ours and our family’s and friends’ faces will always invoke those same feelings I had on our wedding day…and I am forever grateful for these mementos. The pictures are classic and timeless…we will treasure them for the rest of our lives.  In fact I’m pretty sure we want the Vieras to continue capturing these moments for the rest of our lives…

Candace and Jason
Jack and Paul
Panthea and Ben
Ellen and Pete
Julia and Paul
Kate and Raffi
Michelle and Jonathan
Ashley and Willy
Lan and Alvin

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