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

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!!!!

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.

Erica and Greg

On our wedding day we were so lucky to say we had our friends there to capture each and every special moment of the day. That’s who Dennis and Jaime became for us… honest, caring and really talented friends. They work so seamlessly with one another and truly made our wedding day one that I will always be able to remember. I absolutely cherish their exquisite work. If I’m having a rough day or just need a pick me up I can always count on thumbing through my wedding album and instantly I’m taken back to that moment in time. I don’t know how they do it but they were able to catch the small moments, the ones that count the most and captured in the most beautiful way. I will forever be grateful for what they were able to give me and my husband. Thank you guys for all the passion and love you put into your work, the results show that you both are true artists and masters of what you do.

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!

Emilie and Donivan

Planning a wedding can be stressful. But if you choose partners like Jaime and Dennis…it helps take a bit of the overwhelming out of it. From the first time I spoke with Erin, through the booking process and the final delivery of the photos — the process was simple. Their website is super easy –booking, payment, package options can all be done online and they literally answer all your questions within hours. When you are juggling lots of details and vendors, this is a huge deal.

And then there is the other really huge deal – the actual photos. Jaime and Dennis made us feel so comfortable that day. Well, to be honest… I was really relaxed and it took a quick stop at a vineyard and a glass of champs to relax my soon-to-be husband (a brilliant idea by the Viera team). We felt joyful, happy, at ease…and just simply, ourselves.  Our ceremony, crammed in a friends living room, surrounded by our favorite people in the world, is my absolute favorite hour of my life…and when I look at our photos I feel what I felt in that moment. The laughs, the tears, the love and all the raw, unfiltered, un-staged, never-want-to-forget, emotion of the day. What more could you want?

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.

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!

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.

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!

Sayeh and Avesta
Ellen and Pete
Erica and Greg
Julia and Paul
Emilie and Donivan
Jami and Mike
Nadinne Cruz (mother of bride)
Candace and Jason
Jack and Paul

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