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Happiness Documented With Willa Kveta

By Kelly Church

Self-described as authentic, earthy, and an adventurer, Willa Kveta is a Santa Barbara wedding photographer that's willing to do whatever it takes to get the best shots. Kveta has been photographing weddings full time since 2009. She works closely with each couple to get to know them. She says she wants her photos to be authentic and have depth, and she does so by getting to know each couple personally.

"Documenting happiness was what I wanted to do, and I quickly realized that weddings encompass everything I was looking for," Kveta said. "I now get to be inspired every day by the couples that I work with, and document stories of happiness and love."

Kveta's education is in commercial and portrait photography, which she said combines photojournalism and portraiture, allowing her to capture beauty as it unfolds in front of her camera. She said it's incredibly important for a photographer to vibe well with their clients, especially for wedding photos. That is part of the reason she spends so much time getting to know her clients before the big day; she wants to establish a strong level of trust between her and the couple. With that, she's able to provide images that are bright, colorful and emotionally charged.

Kveta also spends her time adventuring for powerful photos. With her photojournalism background, Kveta goes to great lengths to find an outstanding landscape. Part of what led her to photography to begin with, was a two-and-a-half year trip through Central and South Africa. She is always up to incorporate adventure into her clients' photos and loves working with couples who also embrace natural elements.

"I'm a nature girl through and through, so any chance I get to work with couples who are also into adventuring a little to get the perfect shot makes me super excited," Kveta said. "I'm always up for climbing a mountain to capture a breathtaking image at the top, or to jump in the ocean to get the reflection of the sunset on the water, or to cross a river so that I can get a waterfall in the shot."

For couples looking to recruit Kveta to photograph their wedding, she can be contacted via her website willakveta.com. Her full portfolio can also be found on her website, including photos go beyond the wedding environment.

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