Juliana and Josh
THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHERS, EVER.
Jaime and Dennis are the best photography team. I've been following their photography blog (http://www.vieraphotographics.com/blog/) for many years and was lucky to book them for our wedding.
Their work speaks to their talent but what a blog doesn't say is how personal, organized, professional, calm, go with the flow, type of people they are. I couldn't have asked for a better pair to shoot our day.
They came early and scoped out the place and brought along a third person to help with the gear. Since they are both shooters, and married, their chemistry and understanding of what they're doing is in sync. I spoke with Jaime a week or so before the wedding and we walked through the whole event. She asked about special moments I was interested in and really took the time to see what we were looking for.
By the end of the wedding they were practically part of our family! I think my mom adopted them in. 🙂 We loved them so much we're having them come shoot my sister's wedding in October.
If you're looking for the BEST - these two are the real deal.
Angie and Charlie
Choosing a photographer for our wedding was one of the hardest decisions that we made for our wedding. I'm picky, and my photographer mother was weighing in with her critical opinion. I researched, spoke with, and/or met dozens of photographers in the Bay Area. By the time we met with Viera, I was getting worried how we were going to ever find a photographer whose work possessed the emotional depth and storytelling quality we wanted AND someone who had the easy-going, non-egotistical personality we wanted around us and our loved ones on our wedding day.
Jaime is the complete package – a total gem, a gift from the wedding gods. Her talent is truly incredible, and we bonded with her warm, relaxed, funny personality from the start. She's exactly the type of person you want around you on your wedding day. She's organized, on top of her stuff, not invasive, and just makes you feel good. Her team shot our engagement photos in NYC walking around the West Village, as well as our outdoor wedding in Sonoma. They were very different scenarios, and both were handled with total ease. And the photos... I cannot even count how many people told us that they were some of the best weddings photos they've ever seen. They captured so much emotion, so many little moments, and told an epic story of our wedding day. You simply cannot go wrong with the Viera team... I feel so lucky to have found them!
Cindy and Jonathan
I CAN NOT say enough good things about Viera Photographics. I love taking pictures and can get very picky about photos, so finding the right photographers was really important to me on my wedding day. I'm so happy to went Viera. Jaime and Dennis made the process leading up to the wedding so easy. The entire experience was so wonderful. I was able to be present and enjoy my wedding more know that Jaime and Ashley were working hard to capture all the moments.
They took so MANY gorgeous photos that I spent a week looking through all the photos and delighting in how many memories they spark. I can't say enough good things about them and would highly recommend them to anyone looking for wedding photographers. They also captured real smiles from my husband which is really hard and says a lot about their level of skill =).
For me, the day goes by so fast that it's so easy to forget a lot of the details. You spend so much money on one day and then it's gone. The photographs are really important, and looking at the ones that Jaime and Ashley took at our wedding brings us right back into that moment, and that feeling is priceless.
Viera also has their website and technical process set up perfectly - making the entire process from beginning to end painless and easy. They thought of everything and asked detailed questions throughout to make sure to cater to my needs. I can not say enough good things about them and highly recommend them!
Nikki and Gobind
Simply put, the Vieras are the right people to get the job done and then some. Seriously. They are true professionals who know what they are doing and are working both when you do and don't see them. We had them travel to our wedding (across the country!) and they spent countless hours at our 3 venues scoping out the scene to find out where they wanted to take pictures with us. How do I know this? Because we saw them at BOTH of our rehearsals on two separate days just looking for places to shoot for the main event! This is the ONLY part of the wedding planning that I took the lead on and I we are beyond impressed and excited to have these memories for years. Not only do we have these memories, but we have become good friends with them also! Don't be surprised if you find yourself shooting them a text here and there for months after your wedding. They are fun, playful, creative and really make this part of your wedding exciting and memorable. These are some of the most important memories of your life, I wouldn't trust them with ANYONE ELSE! You won't be disappointed!
Jacquline and Beau
Jaime and Dennis are incredible. We had them document our Colorado wedding this past September 2017. Even though they had never been to our venue before, they easily found the best spots/lighting to perform first looks and family shots. Their photo journalistic style beautifully captured every small detail of the day. I don't even know how they got some of the shots they did - they were just like flies on the wall. They are on the higher end of the price scale, but for good reason. Their photography far surpasses others. We received our photos in a little over a month, and received over to 1000 images (we had them photograph our rehearsal dinner, as well). Finally, they are the most caring people and just so fun to work with. They will work their you know what's off to make sure you receive phenomenal images that accurately capture your day. We honestly can't stop looking at our photos. Hiring them was the best decision we made.
Shannon and Michelle
We chose Viera Photographics for our small, destination wedding ceremony in Big Sur after having an hour long-conversation with Dennis. We felt so comfortable talking to him. Immediately. I think we literally said, 'We don't know what questions we should be asking!', and then chatted with him about it for an hour. He and Jaime went completely above and beyond for us: 1. They helped us narrow down a site within Big Sur; 2. We decided to drastically change the time two days before the wedding, and they were completely flexible; 3. It was pouring down rain the day of our ceremony and they offered to be available the next day in case we could change it; 4. They came out in the pouring rain and took amazing photographs, Dennis even climbed into a rising creek to get the right angle with all his equipment plus an umbrella.. somehow. He also climbed down an embankment and hung from a tree by his elbow. He also let us use his boot to get over a puddle - we literally stepped on his foot to get where we were going.
They're also LGBT friendly - we felt incredibly comfortable with Jaime and Dennis, which is one reason why I think our photos turned out so great. Thanks, Viera's! 🙂
Nicole and Martyn
When I first stumbled across Viera Photographics website, I felt like I had hit the wedding photography jackpot. Their style was what I had been trying to find for so long - a sense of being truly 'in' the day and not just witnessing it from the outside. My husband I felt really strongly about ensuring our photos really were of-the-moment and not all staged. For us, the magic happens in the small moments and details - when someone hugs you and their eyes squeeze shut, the laughter of a inside joke, chomping into a rib, those moments when you think no-one is looking; these were the moments we wanted to capture and have live on forever, and Viera Photographics had this in abundance.
We wanted our day to be a big party, and our photos to capture just that - the exuberance of a party!
The prep completed by Jaime and Dennis (the most awesome duo behind Viera Photographics) in the lead up to our wedding, was further proof that we had made the right decision. They made it effortless to provide them with the relevant info that they needed, and they totally worked around us in terms of any catch ups that were required. Their online system worked for my needs and busy hours, yet they were always at the end of the phone when I needed them.
On the actual day, Dennis and Ashley arrived and it felt like they were part of our wedding and a loved guest. They fit right in and you felt instantly at ease in their presence. They have a sense of fun, lightness and ease to them which made it so easy to enjoy the process. They understood completely that we just wanted to enjoy the day, and they managed to keep our time away from the party, to the absolute minimum.
Fast forward a few weeks later, and we received the link to all of our shots. This was the perfect icing on the cake, so to speak. The shots were even more than what we had hoped for. They captured the essence of our day so beautifully - the fun, the laughter, the joy, the love, the food, all wrapped up in a big party!
My husband even asked that we spend the morning together looking at them, as he loved them so much. I couldn't have asked for anything more and I'm so grateful that I found these guys.
Grace and Yi
Jaime and Dennis were absolutely fantastic! We loved their photojournalism style - especially their ability to capture candid emotions while telling the story. They were very thorough in the planning process of the wedding to fully understand what our goals for photography were. They requested lists of specific people to include in photos and started to brainstorm different photo locations with us. On the day of the wedding, they had great energy and organization that made the hectic morning go very smoothly. Jaime was especially good at rallying and corralling our large wedding party. We (but especially the bride) are nervous in front of cameras but they made us feel very natural with minimal posing directions. They were always around and were able to capture all of the wonderful moments throughout the day without being intrusive. We love our photos and will cherish them for the rest of our lives.
Carah and Michael
Are you looking for photographers who are so chill and down to earth they feel like the best friends you never knew you needed, who are flexible with what you're looking to capture on your big day and deliver the most amazing photos of one of the most monumental days of your life that make you relive each moment? Then look no further......you NEED Viera Photographics on your dream team of vendors!!!
Dennis Viera and Chris Howard were our awesome photographers for our engagement session and wedding day, both located in San Francisco. After chatting with Denis on the phone then meeting him and his lovely wife, Jaime, I knew he was what we needed; we were looking for an unobtrusive photographer to tell a story of our wedding day, photojournalistic style, but who could also be creative with all the obligatory group/wedding photo party photos, too.
Our engagement session took place in 3 different outdoor areas in San Francisco to get a city, then nature/park, then beach vibe - these locations were all suggested by Dennis after he scouted areas out, and he was spot on. Dennis and Chris took stunning photos, especially the ones at China Beach during sunset. These photos were perfect to create our wedding guest book.
We have been able to relive every part of our wedding day thanks to the beautiful photos Dennis and Chris took during our epic day. There were several venues they had to travel to - the hotel for getting ready, the church, both Fort Point and the Palace of Fine Arts for wedding party photos, then the Asian Art Museum for our reception venue. I was so emotional seeing the thousands of photos they took as you can just *feel* that you're back reliving the day.
We cannot thank Viera Photographics enough for being such a huge part of our wedding day. Dennis and Chris are the best photographers out there - so professional yet make you smile and laugh and make you feel so at ease while someone is snapping thousands of photos of you. They have such a great eye for capturing a great shot. And Jaime, who has been the main person we have communicated with before and after the event, is so awesome and friendly and accommodating, and she made sure we are updated every step of the way.
Hiring Viera Photographics was one of the best decisions we have made, and now we have these extraordinary, beautiful, priceless photos to always look back on. Thank you, Viera Photographics!!
Gianna and Erin
Viera is absolutely the best. Dennis and Erin took the most beautiful photos at our wedding. They are unique and more artistic than any wedding photos I've ever seen. And I'm not just biased -- friends and family and even mere acquaintances who have seen the photos have all said the same!
Working with Jaime and Dennis was and continues to be a joy. They are professional, easy to communicate with, and helped make a stressful day a whole lot more relaxing.
I've already recommended them to friends and family and will continue to do so forever!
Takumi and Lee Ann
Viera Photographics is AMAZING, hands down. Amazing creativity to capture great photos and amazing personalities to work with. We first began researching Viera by reading reviews and looking through their website. We were drawn to their style of capturing emotions and moments to tell a story.
Correspondance - Anytime we had questions or concerns, we were able to get a reply within a days time. Because we had a destination wedding in Napa, this was very important to us because there was never a time we could sit down together to work out details.
Do-diligence - Viera definitely did their homework to understand the locations and venues for our wedding. They did site visits and worked with the vendors to ensure a seamless process for our day-of.
Wedding Day - Dennis and Chris were our photographers for the day. They promptly arrived at our rooms while we were getting ready and began shooting everything from accessories, flowers, and dresses/tuxedos, to moments with the girls/guys. During the ceremony, they captured all the great pictures and angles that you would normally see in a magazine wedding (ie: the aisle and arbor, the string trio, the kiss, the parents reactions, the moment of celebration after the ceremony). At the reception, they focused on capturing "real" moments we had with our guests. We have so many great candid pictures that highlight the light-hearted and happy energy of all of our guests.
Groom's Gift Shoot - Based on all of the positive interactions through planning our wedding, I decided I wanted to hire Viera again for a post wedding shoot at Levi's Stadium as my groom's gift to my hubby. Once again, they hit this out of the park! Dennis and Jaime were our photographers for this and all the pictures from the shoot came out better than I could have ever dreamed! They suggested different ideas and poses that I would have never thought of and they turned out great.
Viera definitely has a passion for doing what they do and it really shows in their work. They are very easy-going and made us laugh through every picture - it almost feels like you are with friends you haven't seen for a while. I highly recommend Viera for any special event you want captured because they will go beyond your expectations.
Mel and Ian
We had the absolute pleasure of working with both Jaime and Dennis on our wedding day. We walked away from our first phone conversation with Dennis and felt such a genuine and strong connection that we instantly knew we wanted him and Jaime to be a part of our wedding. They made the whole process over the months leading up to our wedding very seamless and organized. We always felt like we were in good hands. They took the time getting to know us up front and put in the effort to ensure they had the exact information they needed to execute flawlessly on our wedding day, and they did not disappoint! Jaime had such a calming and helpful presence, so much so that I felt like she was a part of my bridal party. She knew when to take a step back and shoot seemingly unnoticed and exactly when to step in and provide assistance or reassuring words.
My husband and I, as well as our wedding party, all loved being around Jaime and Dennis. They made everyone feel at ease and actually enjoy the "formal" shots that we did take with the wedding party and family. We also took sunset shots out in the vineyards at the winery that we got married at, and even in that intimate moment away from all of our guests, we enjoyed catching up with them on how the day was going and sharing our excitement with them. They make you feel like you're all just old friends hanging out.
Beyond the fact that we love Jaime and Dennis as human beings, their work is INCREDIBLE. We were drawn to their photo journalistic style of photography and their ability to capture human emotion and tell a story. We were blown away by the countless photos that they captured from our wedding day. Not only did the quality exceed our expectations, but the quantity of photos from all aspects of our day were beyond what we were hoping for. I honestly feel like someone who did not attend our wedding could look through the photos and genuinely get a sense of what the day was like. Our ceremony pictures in particular conveyed so much emotion from our guests and from my husband and I, that I could not think of a better way to bottle up how special those moments felt. It feels like a gift that Viera gave us. Every aspect from getting ready to the ceremony to cocktail hour and the reception was perfectly documented. Their attention to detail and ability to capture every moment without being seen is still a mystery to me. Thank you will never be enough for the artful and emotive photographs and the experience that Jaime and Dennis created for us on our wedding day. Choosing them as our photographers was by far one the of the best decisions we made for our wedding day and it paid dividends.
Joy and Corey
Where to begin with praise for Jaime and Dennis? They photographed our wedding this past June in Big Sur and we could not have found photographers with more warmth, heart, patience, flexibility, and, above all things, the most beautiful results.
Like many other reviewers, when looking for a photographer, we wanted an approach that was more journalistic, but still had an editorial bent. In other words, we didn't want a ton of posed photos, but instead wanted moments captured in a beautiful, subtle, and elegant way. I came across a photo that Jaime took of a row of grandparents laughing, and knew almost right then and there that I would want to work with them.
I loved the process of talking and even negotiating with Jaime and Dennis. From the get go, they were interested in who we are, our lives, and what we wanted out of our photographs. I got the sense that they don't take cookie-cutter approaches to wedding photography, and love that philosophy. They both worked with us to come up with a package that fit our budget and made sense for everyone, always being extremely responsive and professional.
On our wedding weekend, Dennis and Jaime were phenomenal. They blended in seamlessly with our guests and vendors, would get into any position for great photos (at some point I was scared Dennis was going to fall off a cliff), and cared enough in the flow of the day to not take us away from the party for too long, yet long enough so that we got beautiful shots. Beyond that, Jaime actually was extraordinary in helping with little things, like when the train of my dress got dirty from walking on the street - she had all sorts of ideas on how we could get the marks out, and went out of her way to do so.
When we got the images a mere 2 weeks later (!!), I was blown away. The images were so special and captured spontaneous moments not just of us but also of our guests. There are so many photos I want to frame and two months later, I still go through them every week or so because of how beautiful they are.
In sum, all I can really say to people considering Viera Photographics is: Hire Jaime and Dennis now, before their schedules get booked up! You won't be sorry!
Jessica and Anthony
The Viera's are not only wildly talented photographers, they are also the exact people you want to hang out with on your wedding day! Their humor, charisma, rapport with one another, Dennis's whimsy and Jaime's organization, meant that I didn't worry about the photos for a moment and my husband and I were just relaxed and had a great time. The photos are the best, from high end fashion glamour shots, the heartfelt moments with our families and with one anther, to the silly moments and wild dance party, the Viera's didn't miss anything and I couldn't have asked for more.
Shireen and Justin
Well, where do I start! Jamie and Dennis made our dream wedding come true. Their energy and thoughtfulness made our elopement so very special for us in Big Sur. We live in Florida and they were able to make us feel absolutely comfortable with their style of photography and knowledge of what we wanted our special moment to feel like. They captured every smile, laugh, and tear perfectly and I couldn't have asked for a better photography team. Our family and friends were amazed and pleased by our choice for our special day! They continuously say that they can feel the joy of that day because of the way Jamie and Dennis captured it! Justin and I are so very grateful for their talent and amazing souls that helped us on our big day! Thank you for all you did and we have and will be recommending you to everyone!
Baylee and Dale
We truly felt comfortable with Jamie & Dennis from the get go. Planning a destination wedding had several challenges just like any other wedding but having dependable and friendly vendors made all those challenges easy to overcome. I had a few ideas for favors that involved photography and Jamie was eager to listen, advise, collaborate, and made me feel like I was understood- and then the team followed through! They exceeded our expectations and made us laugh countless times. I didn’t know that would be important in the planning phase but when you spend the better part of your biggest day in the company of vendors it’s good when they don’t feel like strangers. We couldn’t be more thrilled with the images. I’ve never been one to love pictures of myself but they captured the moments, emotion, and excitement of the day. They gave us a visual diary of every emotion we felt that day and it’s hard to put into words just how much that means!
Whitney and Terry
Using Viera Photographics was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding. From the first conversation we had with them, we could tell that they were friendly, easygoing people who just like to take great pictures and make their clients happy. They were all about getting to know us and our relationship so that they could give us exactly what we wanted. On our wedding day they were flexible, fun and extremely easy to work with. Not that we ever had any doubts, but the pictures came out ABSOLUTELY PERFECT. I have seen many people unhappy with their wedding photos--thanks to Viera, we were thrilled with the pictures...and happy to have two new friends. We love Jaime Dennis and Erin and recommend them wholeheartedly!!!
Kelsey and Nicole
Working with Viera Photographics was wonderful, especially with Dennis and Chris on our wedding day! They made us feel so special and important on our special day, on top of taking absolutely stunning photos. They did a great job taking into account the things that were important to us, and captured those moments beautifully. We can't recommend Viera enough!
Anna and Simon
We are so happy that we selected Viera Photographics as our wedding photographers. Dennis and Jaime are extremely talented and they manage to capture the energy, excitement and emotion of our big day. They had some great ideas for locations around Napa Valley to take our photos and we felt very comfortable working with them on the day. They made us feel very comfortable and at ease, particularly as one of us does not like being in front of the camera! We were really happy with the level of professionalism and responsiveness throughout the entire process. We felt that they kept us well informed and we appreciated the regular communication, both before and after the wedding day. We love our photos and they bring back such amazing memories when we look at them. We would highly recommend them to others!
Vivian and Frank
Without a doubt, Viera Photographics made our wedding a seamless event and brought the memories of our special day to life! Jaime and Dennis have a knack for making the bride and groom feel at ease, while capturing the moment with grace and creativity. These folks operate efficiently and courteously without sacrificing any of their artistic talents. The "customer service" was excellent! Viera Photographics responded to changes in schedule, our personalities, and unforeseen challenges all on the fly. They made us feel natural and at home despite the nervousness that normally accompanies one's wedding day. Viera was tireless with their efforts, despite our wedding day lasting 10 hours and several location changes. At certain points of the day, the Vieras were essentially acting as de facto wedding coordinators, which made everything work seamlessly. They bring a cheerful attitude to the table along with a highly professional approach. We received our photos in less time than we expected, especially in light of how long our friends had to wait for their wedding photos. We had expected such great photos to take much longer to return. Viera's photos provided a great range of moments captured, and covered all the key moments we were looking for. A level of artistic beauty that we were not expecting. Also, the candid moments they captured went above and beyond expectation; with no prior direction the Vieras new exactly where to be and what to capture!
Shivani and Saurabh
All we have to say is WOW! Jaime, Dennis and Mischa are so incredibly talented at capturing the most amazing photos from our wedding weekend! We love their style and artistry, and we also love hanging out with them. Also, hanging out with them, was just that! Hanging out! When we met them for the first day event, it felt like we were already friends from our conversations on the phone through the year that I contacted them. We were with them over a span of 3 days for our multiple wedding events so we spent a lot of time together! Indian weddings can be tiring but they were literally running around snapping so many photos of anything and everything. They are so passionate about their work and genuine, wonderful people! Jaime definitely has her tricks to help us loosen up & laugh when we start doing our tight, fake "I'm tired of smiling" smiles -- especially when getting our chaotic family photos at the altar. And Dennis just loves to climb and crawl over whatever he can to get cool shots that we couldn't even think of! You spend the most time with your photographer on your wedding day so along with having gorgeous photos of your special day from this team, you may as well have fun too, and you will get that with the Viera Photographics Team! -Shivani and Saurabh
Illana and Vishal
Viera Photographics is the perfect combination of art and style.They are beyond amazing! Dennis made us feel calm and comfortable and kept us laughing all day. It made the process feel natural and the images reflect that. They are everything we dreamed of what our wedding pictures would be. The right amount of spontaneous in every image, their photo-journalism style is timeless and perfect. We couldn't have asked for more comforting photographers who put us at ease and brought the best out of us in every picture. They are the best photographers in the world. Our photographers for all our events in life!
Alice and Tim
Best wedding photographers out there, you guys went out of your way for us throughout the whole process from booking to the day of the wedding and were a pleasure to work with. Loved the good vibes you guys brought with you on the day and the photos we received are perfect. Thank you so much 🙂
Nicole and Martyn
I have thought long and hard about how I would articulate just how great the team at Viera Photographics are. I didn't want to sound trite and not give them the true kudos they deserve. So, here is my best attempt at letting those of you reading this, know just what my husband and I think. When I first stumbled across Viera Photographics website, I felt like I had hit the wedding photography jackpot. Their style was what I had been trying to find for so long - a sense of being truly 'in' the day and not just witnessing it from the outside. My husband I felt really strongly about ensuring our photos really were of-the-moment and not all staged. For us, the magic happens in the small moments and details - when someone hugs you and their eyes squeeze shut, the laughter of a inside joke, chomping into a rib, those moments when you think no-one is looking; these were the moments we wanted to capture and have live on forever, and Viera Photographics had this in abundance. We wanted our day to be a big party, and our photos to capture just that - the exuberance of a party! The prep completed by Jaime and Dennis (the most awesome duo behind Viera Photographics) in the lead up to our wedding, was further proof that we had made the right decision. They made it effortless to provide them with the relevant info that they needed, and they totally worked around us in terms of any catch ups that were required. Their online system worked for my needs and busy hours, yet they were always at the end of the phone when I needed them. On the actual day, Dennis and Erin arrived and it felt like they were part of our wedding and a loved guest. They fit right in and you felt instantly at ease in their presence. They have a sense of fun, lightness and ease to them which made it so easy to enjoy the process. They understood completely that we just wanted to enjoy the day, and they managed to keep our time away from the party, to the absolute minimum. Fast forward a few weeks later, and we received the link to all of our shots. This was the perfect icing on the cake, so to speak. The shots were even more that what we had hoped for. They captured the essence of our day so beautifully - the fun, the laughter, the joy, the love, the food, all wrapped up in a big party! My husband even asked that we spent the morning together looking at them, as he loved them so much. I couldn't have asked for anything more and I'm so grateful that I found these guys.
Shauna and Vinay
Dennis and Jaime are absolutely wonderful human beings and even better photographers! They made our wedding even more fun and the photos capture every moment of joy throughout our weekend. We had a two day wedding with two very distinct ceremonies and celebrations and they did an amazing job of capturing both and telling the story of each day. The pictures are artistic and warm. We had both ceremonies in Sonoma at Kunde Vineyard.
Bethany and Brian
Jaime and Dennis were truly amazing. They were able to photograph our special day without being intrusive and all the while capturing very candid, authentic photos. On top of it all, they are truly lovely personalities and a delight to work with from start to finish. I would highly recommend their photography services.
Chelsey and Charles
They are so great!!! Hire Viera Photographics immediately! Seriously, they'll get booked up, and you'll regret it. Looking back on our wedding, choosing them was one of the best decisions we made. We've easily had 30 people tell us that their photos are the best wedding pictures they've ever seen. Not only did they provide wonderful energy and kindness for what can be a stressful day, but they went with the flow magnificently. So many things are happening at once, and they clearly cared about capturing every special moment, as they crouched, hid, and dove in with their multiple cameras strapped to their bodies. And all the while, they accomplished this without drawing attention. It made me feel SO calm knowing that they were so thorough, on top of it, and clearly artistic and creative in the images that they were taking. They have an eye for what's special, what's emotional, and what will really matter as you look back on your big day. Hire them!!!
Sharon and Jeff
Viera Photographics are incredible people and even better photographers. As our wedding day has come and gone and the magic dust has started to settle, we'll always cherish having Jaime and Dennis by our sides through it all. They're truly remarkable storytellers who earned our trust and confidence from the start. Never did we look back and see missed opportunities or wished we did things differently. Not many can say that, and for that, we're forever grateful. We first met Dennis and Jaime in January 2014 to discuss the possibility of them shooting our upcoming October 2014 wedding. At their suggestion, we met over beers at a pub up in Marin county (Nor Cal) and spent the better part of two hours sharing life stories and chatting about anything and everything. Honestly, we could have hung out all night. After leaving that initial meeting, we decided before we left that pub's parking lot that we'd do anything to have them shoot our big day. Stars aligned and we lucked into booking both Dennis AND Jaime together! They can often book out individually well in advance, so we were thrilled to have the dynamic duo intact for our wedding date. As the date approached, Dennis and Jaime were great about staying in touch to prompt us well in advance with all the upcoming to do's. About half way to the wedding date, we did a practice shoot with the them somewhere between Bodega and Tamales Bay. I can't give any more specifics. No for real...they led us from their farm to an amazing Lord of the Rings sort of location via small, winding country roads! No idea where we ended up. It was worth the effort because we got some amazing and unique shots that are standouts among the usual engagement photo variety. More importantly, the engagement session practice shoot was a direct extension of our experience during our first meeting at that pub months earlier. Casual, relaxed, fun, and genuine. Four adjectives that perfectly describe the husband and wife team. Fast forward to the big day. Dennis met the groom and groomsmen at the hotel and Jaime met up with the bride and bridesmaids at the bridal suite. Both were fantastic about being everywhere (getting random shots of the getting ready process) without ever getting in the way. They are like photo ninjas! Calm and professional demeanors were a great help to set the tone that day. Little reminders like "stop and take everything in" or "why don't you two go take a second by yourselves and relax" were great to keep us from getting swept up in the chaos. The photo ninja theme continued throughout the ceremony and reception. At the end of the evening, everyone was sad to see them leave. They had become a part of our family. Looking back on all of the photos that they took that day, it's EXTREMELY hard to choose which are our favorites. It's safer to say they are ALL our favorites. And that's no exaggeration. The effortless skill they displayed is truly astonishing when you experience the breathtaking images that result. When your photos do your memories justice, you know you have extraordinary photographers. Dennis and Jaime are masters of their craft. Period.
Becky and Shawn
Alanna and Stephen
I chose 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.
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.
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.
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!
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. The whole team 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…
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!
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!
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 the Vieras to continue capturing these moments for the rest of our lives...
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.
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!
Michelle and Jonathan
Thank you, thank you, thank you for being such a big part of our wedding - you have captured the day perfectly! Every tear, every laugh and every smile. We know these photos will always remind us of how we felt that day and that is the very best gift of all. You guys are truly an amazing talented team and the best part it - you are a blast to be around! WE will keep in touch - as you are the only photographers we would want to photograph our family. Thank you!!!!
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!
Brie and Brian
Erin, 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.
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!
Jami and Mike
One of the BEST decisions we made while planning our wedding was asking Viera Photographics 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. The whole team 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 Vieras, we couldn't have imagined handing the task over to anyone else.
Anne-Marie and Jay
We had a lot of positive feedback from 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... The whole team was 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.
Stephanie and Eric
You want the story of your wedding day told through the lens of Viera Photographics. These guys 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.
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 caught up with the Vieras, 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!
Aimee and Blaine
Dear Viera Photographics family - A note of thanks for being willing & able to capture my sister's wedding last month. From the moment you guys pulled up in the Smog Shoppe parking lot we knew that we had "found" some really cool winners to capture the day. Our entire family fell in love with all of you! (As witnessed by all the shots of Jaime and Dennis that my mom had on her camera at the end of the night!) Don't worry Dennis - she never got a shot of you without your camera in front of your face 🙂 We We are all looking forward to celebrating again with you on Dennis' birthday this year! Haha. My sister and Josh had, as they said, the "perfect day" and you all were very much a part of making that happen. So thank you! Thank you for being the "dream photographers" that my sister has always wanted. Thank you for humoring our mom, for standing in the middle of traffive to get that perfect group shot, for just bneing so darned awesome. 🙂 You guys rock
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.
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! These 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 of a magazine! Best part is, that they really really care, so they will make sure they get the shot. You guys rock!!!!
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 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 and they 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. The Viera family of photographers are all 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.