Virginie Wiss

Virginie Wiss

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Based in Vancouver island : Sooke close to Victoria. 
Working with my better half Samuel S.Wiss 
Award Winning for PWPC (Professional Wedding Photographers of Canada) and Wedisson. 
2018 : French Polynesian Islands including Marquesas islands, Tikehau, Bora Bora, Tahiti, Moorea  
CANADA : British Columbia, including Victoria, Nanaimo, Vancouver 
USA : Washington including Seattle, Tacoma, California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Florida 
And more on request : taking Asia, America and Oceania. 
A little about us: 
We met 16 years ago, at age 19 and 15 in our hometown of Samuel in France, it was 16 years ago. Discovering a joint passion for photography, we spent our weekends hiking into the forest in search of the best shooting locations, we fell in love with nature, photography and each other. We love to meet new people, eat pastries, travel and explore the outdoors with our dog "Matari" (who is always keen to help). Sam is an excellent cook and former pastry chef, while Virginie is a vegetarian but with an adoration for dark chocolate. Beginning photography at age 12 for Virginie (inspired by film images of Marilyn Monroe, in the days before digital existed) and age 19 for Sam when we met, 6 years ago we 'took the jump' and became full time photographers, now every day our lives are full of love, laughter, art and wonderful people - we wouldn't have it any other way! 
Together, we are passionate about documenting a moment that highlights and captures your emotion for eternity. Whether it be a momentary laugh, a spontaneous tear rolling down the cheek of the father of the bride, the first look of husband seeing his new wife, the ultimate bliss of love on your honeymoon, your true inner self on a boudoir shoot, or even you and your partner caught up in the love of the moment on a couple's boudoir shoot; we take our time to get the perfect, real image of you. We then add more magic with precise and careful editing work so that you can keep that perfect moment, forever. 
We love to meet new people and pride ourselves upon building a relationship with you to guide you through this journey and will help you all along the way, so we can capture the real you. We can guide you to feel comfortable in front of the camera and take time to understand who you truly are before the photoshoot, this allows you to have fun and be relaxed around us, so we can also capture the spontaneous moments that occur throughout the day. 
We love to shoot at remote locations and are happy to show you some of our 'hidden gems' in the wild, we believe being in contact with nature makes for an amazing photoshoot and adds to the beauty of the overall image, we want to create something you can be proud of for years to come. 
Working together helps us to constantly improve our style and allows us to capture two different perspectives throughout your photo journey. We are constantly motivated to do the best we can for our clients and so always get incredible and unique results. 
We've lived all over the world, moving from France to New Zealand 6 years ago. We then moved to the Tahitian islands 4 years ago and recently to Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. This year we are also in USA on several occasions to cover wedding and commercial headshoots : California, Oregon, Nevada, Utah and soon Florida. We love to travel and are happy to come to you, wherever in the world you need us. We already have some tour dates and can add more anytime for your event.

Where are you located? Do you charge a travel fee for weddings not in your location?

We are based between Vancouver Island and Moorea, Bora Bora islands (Canada and French Polynesia) We go of course in all others French Polynesian island like Bora Bora, Tahiti, Rangiroa, Marquesas etc...and of course in all BC and more. We are happy to go around the world too! We have made already weddings and engagement shoots in US and soon in Asia. For destination weddings we require 2-3 nights' accommodation and flights from Vancouver. We have interesting package for destination wedding.

How long have you been in business? How many weddings have you photographed as the main photographer?

We are on the special Wedding Photography business in full time work for 5 years now and we are as husband and wife team (Samuel and myself). We made more than 80 weddings in total and same number of honeymoon shoot, very popular in our island. I begin photo when I was 12 with silver photo and I give this fever to my partner when we met in highschool. We decided to run a business to live from our passion

Describe your "style" of wedding photography.

Spontaneous, fresh, glamour. Candid shoot and more posing one for create piece of art

What's the typical wedding coverage package that you offer? What is the price?

We offer Signature Coverage which begins with the getting ready photos and ends on the dancing floor, at the end, when nobody remember who we are exactly ;) We don't have a limit on the number of photos or number of hours : once we are with you, we are with you at 100% and don't miss a piece of your event. Coverage with us (2 Photographers include) will begin at $3000 for digital only. Special price for elopement. Add 1000$ for travel fees on many destination. For more details or destination wedding, contact us. We propose also beautiful albums and frames, contact us. We also offer elopement package and destination elopement package.

Do you have a studio where we can meet? Do you use Skype?

We are always happy to met you before or if it's not possible to spend time on skype/messenger/what's app to know you more.

What are your professional degrees, credentials, affiliations? Have you taken any recent educational workshops or classes?

We are mostly self-taught but have taken classes in black and white film photography during 3 years at the same time as I made my studies. We have working with silver film and begin on dark room, thinking before to shoot so not really fan about shoot you like an impala or a guepard, bursting and hoping a good photo on the middle....No, that's not how we use to work. We think, adjust and shoot, old fashion style. We are not big fan of Photoshop and prefer lightroom editing, we want to offer you something true, beautiful but true nothing too much...  
The best to get better in photo is practicing and be curious, that's what we do for 15 years (feeling very old when I say that...). We are reference in this great website and on my wed and WPS. Several magazine offered us features for some of our shoot like Ultimate Wedding, Destination Wedding and Honeymoon, etc...

Is there anything else you'd like to share about yourself?

We love to keep in touch with our bride and groom and it's a pleasure when they send me news and photos of their home! We like to show them some hidden places of our island after the wedding when they enjoy holiday here, last time we were on a wild beach with a couple of friends now and saw 5 whales at just 50meters from the beach, just beautiful! We need to visit them on their places now. We are travelers and love try different way of life, cultures, tastes different food, see different landscapes. That's very inspiring!

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