Victoria immortalizes your dream day with vibrant, poignant, heartfelt images that perfectly capture the splendor of your wedding -- allowing those feelings to endure beyond the fleeting celebration of it all. Her enthusiastic attitude unique approach blends encouraging and artistically directing her subjects, editorially composing her shots, and cultivating an environment where rich, unadulterated emotions can take center stage - incorporating moments that allow you to be present during a day that passes all too quickly. This discerning method allows Victoria to craft breathtaking images that feel completely carefree when taken, look entirely candid, and make your friends crazy jealous.
Victoria combines 35mm, Medium Format, and digital photography to create the most beautiful imagery possible.
Short, five-minute highlight films are available to add on to any wedding day.
My favorite part of my job is getting to know the extraordinary couples I photograph. We'll meet over video chat or for drinks in person! I love jumping right into the fun details of your love story and how you're planning on making your wedding day special. I’ll ask you your vision and priorities for your wedding and go over the details of our truly unique and exclusive photography experience.
To provide a personalized, quality attention to every couple, I only book 15 Signature Experiences per year. The booking process is easy, streamlined, and 100% online! You’ll initial and sign your contract and submit a 30% retainer to reserve your date, then you’re good to go! We accept credit cards (yay, points!), but give you a little something extra at the end if you pay all payments via check.
The best way to get to know each other is to spend some off-camera time together before your wedding day! We'll meet over cocktails (virtually or in person) to talk about all of the beautiful visual details of your wedding, and review the schedule of your day. It's my priority to capture your wedding the way YOU envision, so together we craft a Photography Plan and shot list that is tailored to your unique vision, allowing for meaningful storytelling and laid-back, candid moments.
To prepare you for your Engagement Session, I will send you a personalized Style Guide to help make your photos magazine-worthy! The Style Guide includes a mood board of inspiring images, a color wheel of what colors to incorporate in your outfits to fit best with the location, hair & makeup recommendations, and links to a few in-season outfits that you can purchase or rent. To make your engagement session truly one-of-a-kind, we can also commission a florist to create a gorgeous bouquet to compliment the romantic vision (and give you a chance to practice before your wedding day)!
Your Engagement Session happens on a Sunday - Thursday any time before your wedding date - sometimes a year before, sometimes the week of! Depending on where and when you want to do your session, you’ll be on camera for about an hour and a half to two hours, but it’s best to plan for extra time to get your hair and makeup done, and travel to and from the session. You can always go big and plan for your Engagement Sessions to be a destination affair, like Zoe & Kevin's in Paris!
You'll use your Photography Plan as a guide to help you create the perfect wedding day schedule with your planner. When it's time to do your walk-through of your venue, I will join you, your planner, and any other vendors around a month before your wedding. We'll all review the schedule you’ve created for your day, finalize your family portrait list, and get excited together - your day is almost here!
I arrive bit early with the Team to set up, say hi, and capture "environmentals" of your venue while the bride is in hair & makeup. Our time starts with capturing your wedding day stationery and personal effects, (we call these the "details"), and your final makeup touches. Our favorite part of the day comes next when we take a moment alone with both partners away from the bustle of getting ready to center you on what's to come and capture some emotional portraits. Then it’s time to get dressed and have a blast on your best day ever!
Your film is FedEx'd to the lab the following day and all of your digital files are backed up in several locations. I will send a few of my favorite digital images to you the Monday after your wedding, then your final, full gallery arrives in your inbox about a month after your wedding day!
After processing is completed, your final images are uploaded to your private gallery website. Typically, your final gallery includes about 75 images per hour of coverage. Your photos will live on your gorgeous online gallery site for one year: allowing you, your family, and guests to download the image files and easily order professional quality prints and heirlooms in the integrated shop.
Included in the Signature Experience collection is a beautiful, handmade Heirloom Album. We print each and every final photo as a 4x6 proof with a little white border around it, and include a wooden USB key of all of your high-resolution photo and video files. A few weeks after your gallery arrives in your inbox, your Unbound Album will be ready and we'll meet up for celebratory drinks (hopefully in person!) and give you your beautiful box of memories!
Each wedding collection includes one of our skilled in-house Assistants. Assistants serve as a second photographer: providing an additional perspective at the ceremony, documenting guests at cocktail hour, and the party on the dance floor. They also help with loading film, keep a watchful eye on the timeline, manage and set up equipment, retrieve wandering bouquets, and fluff your dress. Our Assistants have had extensive team training with Victoria and are trusted to seamlessly work together on the day. Joi, our Principal Photo Assistant, has four years of experience in her role at Victoria Heer Photography.
Kramer is the talented cameraman for our Wedding Highlight Videos, and Victoria's younger brother. Like his sister, he has a passion and extensive education in art and philosophy, allowing him to masterfully frame each scene with artistic beauty and emotional gravitas. Kramer unobtrusively captures all of the best parts of the wedding day on video: working seamlessly with Victoria as to not disturb the flow of the day or the emotion of the moment.
Victoria views her service as "boutique": a meaningful, personalized, and unique approach to capturing your most important day ever. Starting with an Artistic Consultation, Victoria meets with you several times before your wedding day to get to know you and understand your wedding day dreams. She makes time during the wedding day to capture typically overlooked moments that matter, includes items most photographers never think to include in their collections, and insists on delivering your final images the way photographs are supposed to be delivered and loved: in your hands. Victoria embraces origins of the photographic artform: using 35mm and 120mm analog film cameras whenever possible. Every step of the way, you, your family, and your guests are immersed in an artisan experience that goes beyond the typical level of service and attention.
Spring & David
She is incredibly talented at capturing candid, beautiful and genuine moments and has an amazing eye for every single detail! Even though we're never in front of the camera, she made us feel so comfortable, relaxed and happy, which resulted in gorgeous and natural photos that were a perfect representation of us as a couple (except we looked really, really good!).
We got so many compliments from everyone in the wedding party, family, and people in attendance at our wedding for her professionalism, enthusiasm, and kindness. She really goes above and beyond to make the experience fun and enjoyable. Tori is the absolute best- do not hesitate!! We are so grateful and beyond lucky that she was there to capture some of the most important moments of our lives!
Wed David at Shadow Creek
Zoe & Kevin
We booked Tori after seeing a friend’s wedding photos and being completely blown away with them! Tori was the BEST to work with, we can’t recommend her enough! She was very professional, responsive to emails and we really felt like she wanted to get to know us so she could capture truly special photos, not just in and out for the wedding.
We were living in Europe while we were planning the wedding, and we were lucky enough to have Tori capture our Romantic Escape photos in Paris and the pictures are INCREDIBLE! We were so comfortable with Tori on our wedding day, having spent a weekend with her shooting in Paris, it made a huge difference and we were so relaxed around her. As a person, we seriously want to be best friends with Tori!!!! She is such a delight and is great to be around, we already miss working with her!
Wed Kevin at The Green Building in Brooklyn, NY
Carey & Blake
Victoria took wonderful photos for my engagement and wedding and also helped my wife and me greatly with planning to get the best shots on the big day. She is wonderful to work with, and promptly responded to the many questions we had, even those only tangentially related to photography at the wedding.
Many people at my wedding told me how her easy-going personality made them feel comfortable having their photo taken. I normally hate having my photo taken, but she made it fun! I highly recommend Victoria.
Wed Carey at Goodstone Inn
Kristin's Maid of Honor
As a maid of honor for the Bennett wedding I loved working with you!!!! You made it so I did not have to be in charge, and told me when I was standing with bad posture or overall doing anything awkward. The pictures of the bride and groom were stunning and working with you made me earmark your contact info for myself when I get married someday! I have been in several weddings and always had to be with the photographer to tell them who was needed what shot of which family members was next and it was so stressful! You did an amazing job with our group and I had zero responsibilities in this arena which is how it should be. I love love loved working with you and would highly recommend you to any bride I come across!!! Thank you so much!!!!!
Maid of Honor at Kristin & Dan's wedding at Keswick Vineyards
Hair & Makeup by Claudine
Although I have only worked with you once, I have worked with so many photographers and you stand out at the top! I have been in business professionally since 2012, however my first wedding in 2006. Never until I met you did I witness such a seamless mini boudoir session worked into the beginning of the “getting ready photos” and then off to the first look and wedding! I mean, your photos exude so much candid beauty between these couples, I wish I knew of you back when I got married!
- Claudine Fay, Owner of Hair & Makeup By Claudine
I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE our album from Becca and Scott!!! Thank you so much for capturing the day and love. I am overwhelmed with the beauty you captured. You are so awesome and we are so blessed our lives have been enriched by your talent. And yes, I cried :) They are all just beautiful!! It was the best gift ever!!
- Jo Ann, Becca's Mom
Becca wed Scott at Trinity United Methodist Church & Celebrated at Wild Dunes in Charleston, SC
Aamina & Zoheb
We knew from the start this was going to be a great match for our wedding events. Even before seeing the results of our engagement session pictures, we knew you had an incredible talent of capturing such BEAUTIFUL photographs and moments, but needless to say, we were completely floored with the results. Aside from all that, you are so much fun to be around! Everyone who commented on the photography coverage for both days said you were so much fun to be around and made the picture-taking process a true breeze!
Truly, Zoheb and I cannot thank you enough for everything you and your team did for everything. You all were on time and ready to work but in the most fun way possible! Thank you so much for your patience with everything, thank you for bringing a fantastic team to help assist you, and thank you for being you!"
Wed Zoheb at Shadow Creek
Egey & Chelsea
Before I was engaged I knew I wanted Tori as our photographer. Her portfolio of work is stunning, but more than that I trusted her and her ability to capture our wedding in a way that would feel timeless. As soon as we locked her down for our wedding date, Tori was all-in with us regarding our vision for the day and how we wanted it to feel. Tori's energy and excitement made capturing our engagement photos and wedding photos a joy. She's all the things you look for in a photographer (talented, proactive, professional, funny etc.), but she's also a great friend and a pleasant person. She made such an important and sometimes stressful part of the overall wedding experience, easy and enjoyable. There's no photographer I'd recommend more when it comes to photographing weddings. So glad we got to have her for our big day!
Wed Chelsea at Inn at Evergreen
Amber & Austin
I just need to take a moment to absolutely RAVE about how amazing Victoria is! My husband and I decided to elope in Kauai, Hawaii in 2017. We wanted an intimate but beautiful day. We had no set plans or locations aside from that and had never been to Kauai before but in viewing photos, we knew that was where we wanted to get married. When looking for someone to photograph our wedding day, I stumbled upon Tori and I am SO GRATEFUL that I did. Immediately in talking with her and viewing her stunning work, I knew she was the one we wanted to book. She went out adventuring in Kauai days before our ceremony and found all of the perfect spots. When we met her, things just felt so easy and comfortable. I couldn't have been happier with our decision. Tori really put thought into every little thing to make our day special. If I have any words of advice, it is to HIRE HER! You will not be disappointed.
Wed Austin in Hanalei, HI
Victoria Heer provides artisan imagery and a bespoke photography experience for an effervescently romantic clientele in DC and all over the world. The couples we click with value the same things we value: high-quality, aesthetic, and one-of-a-kind experiences. Our extraordinary couples are looking for a passionate photographer who is going to go the extra mile; who treats their unique, powerful love with the utmost care and attention. We work closely with a limited number of couples each year to showcase the special connection they have with each other, their family, and their guests.
We embrace the unmatched qualities of the origins of the photographic artform: using 120mm and 35mm analog film cameras whenever possible. We never use cookie-cutter poses or base our coverage per hour. We always deliver breathtaking, inspired images. Every step of the way, you are immersed in an artisan experience that goes above and beyond the typical level of service and attention.
Or do you remember finding old photos of your Grandma and Grandpa while helping them clean their attic - sitting down on the floor with a box in your lap and spreading out their memories before you as you’re transported back in time, filled with questions and trying to imagine yourself driving one of those awesome cars in the 40’s? You may not have had these exact experiences, but you probably experienced something along these lines: going through family albums in those little 90’s slide-in volumes, or your great-aunt’s old slides of her trip to someplace exotic. There’s something about physically touching a photograph that creates a memory all it’s own.
Now think about how your children or grandchildren are going to view the photos from your wedding day. What will their experience be like? How will they discover your love story? What cool “retro” items will they be commenting on? (I’m still scarred for life by those 80’s wedding dresses with the poofy sleeves… my poor mother).
How do you want to pass on your legacy and create those really cool attic memories for those who come after you?
We are at a point in history where we’re losing touch with creating artifacts that live on, outside of a digital realm. We are decluttering and digitizing our keepsakes to save space and keep things efficient, but your wedding is a BIG DEAL in your life's story and deserves to be memorialized as a physical keepsake, not just as files on your computer.
The Heirloom Album serves as a tangible, analog backup of all your images, and arrives with an accompanying wooden USB drive containing all of your original resolution .jpg files and signed proof of authenticity.
Each image from your online gallery will be printed in 4x6 proofs and delivered in a gorgeous, handmade wooden keepsake box, engraved with your last name or wedding date on the top. Accompanied by a USB, the Heirloom Album serves as an analog backup of all of your online digital image files, because a hard drive will not last forever.
We specialize in photographing celebrations for couples who value a meaningful, personalized day centered on creating a beauty-filled, unique experience for themselves and their guests.
A glimpse of what it's like behind-the-scenes of a wedding day.