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!
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 Jaime and Dennis Viera.
Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller
We began with an awesome and intimate engagement photoshoot at our house with Dennis and Jaime. We had a great time and the photos were personal and just what we wanted. Our wedding, of course was no different. They captured our entire wedding weekend beautifully– from the details to the emotions in our loved ones faces. We couldn’t be happier with how our wedding lives on in our gorgeous photos…
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.
Stephanie and Eric
You want the story of your wedding day told through the lens of Viera Photographics. Dennis and Jaime 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.
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.
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 Dennis and Jaime to continue capturing these moments for the rest of our lives…
Ingrid and Andy
Andy and I had a winter mountain wedding with no guests. Thus, it was really important that we had lasting documentation for friends and family. Jaime and Dennis are great at finding beauty in many situations, and their creativity throughout the day was fun and inspiring to be around, not to mention without obligations, timelines and schedules, we really got to enjoy the photographic experience.
Kim and Mike
We could not feel luckier to have worked with Viera Photographics. Jaime, Dennis and the Viera crew are responsive, fun and incredibly kind, and we felt like old friends 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!