Viera Photographics

Stylish Story Telling with Raw Emotion

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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

Robyn and Scott

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

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!

Felicia and Duggan

When we were choosing our wedding photographers I remember focusing a lot on the body of work as represented on the many websites we perused during our search. In hindsight, we really lucked out. We chose the Vieras because of the beautiful photography on their website, we loved how they managed to capture so many impromptu moments. But I think the secret behind their amazing work might be that by the time they show up for your big day, Jamie and Dennis already feel like friends. They made us feel so comfortable, take deep breaths and laugh through the nerves. Your wedding photographers will share the intimate moments of your wedding day with you, and with the Vieras you will find that you’re able to be yourselves.

They are easy to work with, incredibly hard working and so dedicated to capturing the heart and soul of each giant life event they are asked to photograph. I am so grateful that our wedding photos are not just a collection of portraits of my husband and I looking pretty. Our wedding photos are vibrant and full of life, they truly take us back in time to our amazing celebration. They capture the “big” moments that you anticipate and the all the sweet, hilarious and unplanned moments in between that really tell the story.

The next time we saw  Jamie and Dennis there was no party, no fancy dress and no sleep! Just two exhausted new parents who had foolishly scheduled a photo session with our two week old baby girl. Our little bundle of joy hollered and wailed for almost the entire session. And like a couple of old friends, they took it all in stride treating our new family with humor and compassion! We are so grateful for their patience and for the photos of our tiny, red faced, screaming infant. Those days are already gone!

These two are truly special!

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 Jaime and Dennis of 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 and Dennis 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.

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 Jamie and Denis 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.

Jamie and Denis 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 Jamie and Denis 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 Jamie and Denis and Viera Photographics.

Yolanda and Brant

My wife and I looked into many photographers in preparation of our wedding. At the top of the list was Viera Photographics. Their emphasis on artistry and candidness immediately attracted us to their style and we were not disappointed one bit. They used a variety of films and cameras and were with us every step of the way. We never needed to worry about them and they actually made the event more fun! Now we’ve got so many great pictures of us and our friends and family. Viera captured the event perfectly. If we had to do it all over again, we would not hesitate to call them.

Jami and Mike

One of the BEST decisions we made while planning our wedding was asking Dennis and Jaime 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.  Dennis and Jaime 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, Dennis and Jaime.  We couldn’t have imagined handing the task over to anyone else.

Sayeh and Avesta

STOP SEARCHING! You have found the BEST PHOTOGRAPHERS EVER! If you want top quality pictures, that are not only amazing, but super artistic and BEAUTIFUL, LOOK NO FURTHER! Jaime and Dennis are honestly the COOLEST people you will ever meet, and they are RIDICULOUSLY talented too! My fiance and I are SO happy we found them! They did our engagement party, and engagement photos, and of course, they will be doing the wedding. People are just amazed when they see the pics! Straight out a magazine! Best part is, that they really really care, so they will make sure they get the shot. You guys rock!!!!

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.  Jaime and Dennis 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.  Jaime and Dennis’ 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.

Robyn and Scott
Victoria and Sam
Felicia and Duggan
Candace and Jason
Aimee and Mike
Yolanda and Brant
Jami and Mike
Sayeh and Avesta
Kate and Raffi

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