Photography Philosophy

Photographic Philosophy

Hi, I’m Viv.
My approach to photography is to keep it natural. This shows my Clients in the best light possible allowing them to enjoy themselves. I do this by adopting a journalistic style of shooting with the emphasis on enjoyment and efficiency. Showing the emotion on the day and bonds between family. Having been in this industry for many years now I can also offer guidance to couples on how to be efficient with our time on the day if there is going to be a Personal photo session and Group/Family photos.
My photos usually have a strong central subject with minimal distraction.


Viv van der Holst | Holst Photography Ireland
Viv van der Holst – Photographer

Behind the lens…

I am a South African, born and raised. I have lived in Ireland since 2005. This is where I first learned the skills that set me on my professional photography journey.
I am always grateful I am able to share my passion for photography with my clients and give them something that they too will cherish forever.
I have a constant need to grow and improve in life and as a photographer. This not only benefits me but my clients directly, allowing my work to shine and assuring they always receive the best quality and service possible.


When I look back to where I started, photographing Weddings for friends and family to where I am now, shooting for clients across Ireland and locations abroad, my portfolio shows that all the training and workshops over the years have paid off. In my personal life, I lead an active lifestyle. Rock climbing, swimming and going to as many music gigs as I can keep me young and fit.


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  • My door is always open if you’d like to drop by for a tea/coffee and a chat to discuss your plans and ideas for your upcoming wedding/photo session.
  • Spending a whole day with your photographer is a big thing. I would encourage couples to visit to see if we are a good fit.
  • It’s also just as important for me that I am working for the right clients?
  • Drop me a line to set up a meeting: Contact me