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

Aimee and Blaine

Dear Viera Photographics family –

A note of thanks for being willing & able to capture my sister’s wedding last month. From the moment you guys pulled up in the Smog Shoppe parking lot we knew that we had “found” some really cool winners to capture the day. Our entire family fell in love with all of you! (As witnessed by all the shots of Jaime and Dennis that my mom had on her camera at the end of the night!) Don’t worry Dennis – she never got a shot of you without your camera in front of your face :) We We are all looking forward to celebrating again with you on Dennis’ birthday this year! Haha. My sister and Josh had, as they said, the “perfect day” and you all were very much a part of making that happen. So thank you! Thank you for being the “dream photographers” that my sister has always wanted. Thank you for humoring our mom, for standing in the middle of traffive to get that perfect group shot, for just bneing so darned awesome. :)

You guys rock

Kim and Mike

We could not feel luckier to have worked with Viera Photographics. The Viera crew are responsive, fun, and incredibly kind; we felt like old friends from the moment we met. They captured the story and emotion of our wedding day with a truly artistic eye, and delivered photos so brilliant in clarity and rich in color we are beside ourselves with joy. The quality of their work surpasses any other we’ve seen, and we cannot recommend them more highly!

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!

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…

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!

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.

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.

Anna and David

Hiring Viera Photographics was one of the best possible choices we made for our wedding day. I feel horribly awkward in front of a camera (especially when I’m being photographed alone), and I was so fearful that any photos of me would look posed and uncomfortable. Instead, what we got were images that captured the genuine happiness and beauty that we experienced on that special day. I truly believe that the Vieras take amazing photographs because of their special relationship. Instead of some guy and his assistant, we had a couple that emanated all of the qualities we hoped for in our marriage: humor, respect, and lots of love. Who better to capture your wedding day than a couple that understands love, family, emotion, and how to capture it so precisely and artistically that looking at your photographs will instantly bring you back to those moments. We only had one problem with our photos – there were just too many amazing images. It took us days to decide what to frame. These aren’t your typical wedding photographs, they’re beautiful images that people stop to admire when they walk by our mantle. If you hire Viera Photographics, I can say with confidence that on your special day you may have other things to worry about, but your wedding photographs won’t be one of them.

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.

Aimee and Blaine
Kim and Mike
Robyn and Scott
Lan and Alvin
Jack and Paul
Stephanie and Eric
Candace and Jason
Anna and David
Adriana and Ro

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