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 Mike

Having been to (or in) a number of weddings where the bride and groom are held captive by their photographers as prisoners outside their own wedding reception posing for cheesy manufactured “moments” while the real moments with friends and family slip away inside, I vowed to my now-wife… “no posed photography…we are paying for this wedding, I’ll be [damned] if we miss it”.  And so began our search for a photographer that understood this sentiment, and that would realize that their job is not to create moments, but to observe and identify the authentic moments as they happen and to capture those subtle, delicate and fleeting instances of true emotion.

Enter Viera Photographics. After speaking with a number of photographers in our search, our conversation with Dennis instantly stuck out for two reasons: First, it is readily apparent that they have a genuine love for what they do (which is evident in that way they speak of their craft)…and second, because they completely understood their role in our wedding as being that of a documentarian (rather than as a coordinator).

Granted, conceptual conversations and pleasantries are one thing…but how did the results turn out? Sublime…and we certainly have the pictures to prove it. Every time my wife and I look at the photographs we get such a brilliant mix of emotions, because each shot captures a raw and unvarnished sliver of that amazing day…a wry smile…a hopeful gaze…a candid embrace…a detail unremembered.  These affecting visuals pull you into the frame and back to the very moment when shutter clicked.

They worked like ghosts throughout the wedding …appearing when needed to gather family for formal group shots or when summoned for a specifically requested shot…and disappearing into the ether to allow the day to unfold without interference or coercion. It seemed at times as if they weren’t there at all…until we later received the full set of photographs filled with exquisite shots of details, surroundings and feelings, and realized they were “everywhere” all along.

We were obviously not the only ones who were extremely impressed with the quality and aura of Viera’s photography. A number of nationally syndicated wedding websites (e.g. Style Me Pretty, Wedding Wire, June Bug) featured profiles of our wedding based on the work that the Viera team produced. Viera captured the details and aesthetic in such an intricate way that other couples planning their weddings now look to our photographs as inspiration for their own wedding plans (which, in all honesty, is pretty cool…).

If you are simply looking for someone to take pictures at your wedding and tell you where to stand and when to say “cheese”, then in all honesty Viera Photographics is probably not best suited for that role…however, if you are looking for someone to truly freeze time so that you may forever enjoy and re-live the ephemeral moments that would otherwise have been forgotten, then you need not look any further than Viera Photographics.

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!

Anne-Marie and Jay

We had a lot of positive feedback on our wedding, but especially on our wedding photos. Everyone loves them, especially me. Viera Photographics was the first vendor we chose (after our location -Fort Adams in Newport) and they were 100% the right decision.

The photos… Beautiful, nicely composed, flattering, well lit/exposed, glamorous, whimsical…. basically everything you would want. These are the photos I want shown at my funeral. Too much? How about at my 75th wedding anniversary?

The service: Good coverage of the events and guests. They were willing to work with our requests for certain types of photos without any problems. We wanted digital and film, they did digital and film for us.

The experience… Dennis, Jaime, and Erin were professional and friendly to work with throughout the entire process. When my entire wedding party and guest list got stuck in traffic, I had no idea the ceremony was running late because I was having so much fun playing with the photographers. Best wedding ever.

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!

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, Dennis and Erin 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.

Maren and Chris

The Vieras made our wedding day so special! They immediately fit right in like our new best friends from the minute that they arrived on site and kept us laughing all evening long.  I can’t even begin to tell you how many compliments we’ve received on our wedding photos- they managed to capture many a moment that have since made it in to tons of Christmas cards, mantles, and photo albums!

They kept us at ease and managed to get a great blend of staged wedding party photos (for the parents) and candid moments like our best friends getting down on the dance floor.  I don’t consider myself terribly photogenic, but they made my husband and I look like royalty!  Being a designer, they even went out of their way to photograph the invitations that I created after the wedding was over.  They got all of the little details as well as the big moments, and we couldn’t be happier! We just wish we got more time with them, as they are they type of new friends you can’t wait to see again!

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.

Alanna and Stephen

I had Jamie and Erin of Viera Photographics to document my wedding. They possess a raw, stylish, journalistic, storytelling that is unmatched in the business. I work in front of the camera for a living, so I know an exceptional photo when I see one and practically every photo they took was exactly that…exceptional. My photos are stunning, full of beautifully captured emotion, and as a result, I will be able to relive that day for the rest of my life thanks to their photographic talents. I cannot express how grateful I am to them for being a part my big day. For anyone hesitating with respect to the price? Take it from me, they are worth every penny. Capturing the best day of your life should be done by the best and Viera Photographics is simply the best at what they do.

Aimee and Mike
Jack and Paul
Anne-Marie and Jay
Julia and Paul
Adriana and Ro
Kate and Raffi
Maren and Chris
Ashley and Willy
Alanna and Stephen

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