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

Katrin and Gordon

We hired Viera Photographics for our August 2012 wedding weekend in Napa. Given that we live on the east coast we actually never had the pleasure of meeting them until our rehearsal dinner and what a pleasure it was. They captured our entire weekend with a skill and expertise that is unparallelled. What really amazed me and my husband was that here are these amazing professionals… and they couldn’t be more down to earth. Neither of us are particularly comfortable in front of the camera, and they immediately put us at ease. We got on like old friends and that’s where I think Viera Photographics set themselves above the rest. We all made each other laugh, and that is where our favorite wedding photos come from. Anyone can get the shots of the ceremony or a first dance but it takes a true professional to get the candid almost secret moments of a wedding that make it the most special day. Our favorite photos aren’t the ones that are posed or of the whole party but the moments that they captured while we didn’t know they were taking pictures. They were the consummate professionals while being the perfect observers as well as friends on such an important day.

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 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.

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!

Shauna and Vinay

The Viera team are absolutely amazing human beings…and even better photographers. They actually made our wedding more fun and they captured so much joy in their photos. We had a 2 day wedding and they captured the unique essence of each day. The pictures are artistic and warm. If I could give higher than 5 stars I would.

Brie and Brian

Brian, Dennis, and Jaime: Thank you so much for the incredible photographs! Your work surpassed all of our expectations. We can’t tell you how much we appreciated your professionalism and adaptability the day of. You are just incredible; you did a perfect job of capture the best day of our lives on film.

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!

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!

Nadinne Cruz (mother of bride)

Thank you for your artistry in capturing the drama of our daughter and new son-in-law on their special day. What a gift you have in both the art of photography and of story-telling. Your “eye” tells me of your deep humanity beyond sentimentality. The joyfulness in the images moved me, because they intimated the harder moments that shape our capacity to experience a “full heart.” Even if I were not the mother of the bride, I would be impressed with your work!

Katrin and Gordon
Adriana and Ro
Aimee and Mike
Maren and Chris
Shauna and Vinay
Brie and Brian
Robyn and Scott
Panthea and Ben
Nadinne Cruz (mother of bride)

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