If you’ve been married here anytime over the last 18 years, it’s very likely your wedding photographer was our warm and funny, professional and multi-talented Kalin. If he wasn’t taking your wedding pictures, Viva Las Vegas Weddings’ Kalin was very likely in the role of your character MINISTER! Over his years with us, Kalin has developed many hilarious personas for our themed weddings. He even sings in some of them!
When Kalin first started out, he was fresh out of school and just learning the ropes of being a Vegas wedding photographer. But over the years he’s blossomed and stepped up to any task, filling in for any wedding chapel emergency. We think his performing journey started inside the rather anonymous costumes of Darth Vader and The Grim Reaper. Later Kalin reinvented himself as needed in many other roles, as seen in the photos we’re sharing below.
Few wedding photographers–in fact, few folks in general–can multi-task in quite the way Kalin of Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel does. Twice every hour, Kalin dresses the chapel for the next themed or traditional wedding, prepares his equipment, then captures still images AND video of the wedding in progress, all the while running lights, sound, music, curtains and the fog machine! In addition, he is usually busy making everyone else feel at ease with his sharp wit and charming Bulgarian accent.
But Kalin really shines when playing characters for themed weddings. For him, these (usually hilarious) occasions are a welcome break in the routine. (No, he doesn’t shoot your wedding photos while he’s portraying Dracula or Austin Powers!) When he’s not playing the role of photographer or character actor, Kalin’s managing digital/video archives in the perpetually busy photo lab within the chapel complex.
Kalin’s been taking pictures ever since his boyhood in Burgas, Bulgaria. He fondly remembers his father teaching him how to develop black and white photographs. Says Kalin, “I was so excited! My father taught me everything I know about photography.” Now an American citizen, Kalin has been working at Viva Las Vegas documenting elegant and fantasy-filled weddings for thousands of couples over the years.
Some weddings have actually been added to the Viva Las Vegas line up just because of Kalin’s particular abilities. He bears a strong resemblance to actor Peter Sellers of Pink Panther fame. So, because we couldn’t resist, we added our Pink Diamond Themed Wedding package. Any special requests for our Rock ‘n Roll weddings, from a Jim Morrison impersonator minister to a David Bowie will have Kalin suiting up rocker style and practicing iconic rock ballads in the chapel on his day off to prepare.
If you have an upcoming themed wedding at Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel, be on the lookout. If you don’t see Kalin as your photographer, you might want to look around to see if he’s wearing some other hat!
Kalin, you are the MOST talented and MOST fun presence at Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel! Stop in one day and say hello to Viva Las Vegas Weddings’ Kalin!