The photographer you choose is not just someone who will take photos on the day.
Finding the right person for this job is as important as choosing your venue (many will argue it’s as important as choosing your partner :) just kidding ).
It’s someone who you’ll need to deal with before the big day in the planning stages.
They will be at your wedding for the entire day. Will it be demanding on you or will you get to enjoy the experience?
After your Big Day you’ll need to arrange the photos and album. Is this an easy process with your Photographer or do you wait forever for them to get the photos and album back to you? Are they insured and reliable.
Your photos will be with you for the rest of your life – costs are a temporary but regret is permanent if it goes wrong.
In other words it’s all about the experience! What is this worth to you?
A bit about me
Hi, I’m Viv, I have been a professional Photographer since 2005. I’m also a father to the coolest little dude on this planet (cannot confirm universe just yet :) ), musician & rock climber (meaning I am chilled and stay cool under pressure).
My style of photography is a mix of contemporary & documentary. I try remain as unobtrusive as possible, rather focussing on capturing the moments as they happen keeping it authentic, spontaneous and natural but also finding some interesting new ways to create something really beautiful, artistic and unique.
For couples who are a little camera shy, I use techniques that I’ve learned over the years to ensure I capture the best photos possible. I’m relaxed and my goal is to keep couples enjoying their day while I capture their beauty without intruding on the fun.
I used to be one of the now very few photographers that printed their own Black & White photos in the dark room. From those early days I grew to love B&W photos and the emotion that they manage to convey. Even though these days it’s also processed digitally in my studio I find the understanding that came from the manual process has helped me beyond measure in my art.
If couples decide they would like a wedding album to preserve those memories, I use my creative skills to put together a visually pleasing design by way of telling that story on the printed page – Yes I have a degree in Graphic Design!
The process & timeline
Once your wedding has been photographed I select the best images by eliminating duplicates, choosing the best expressions and start the editing process.
This involves balancing the lighting and contrast and generally sprinkelling it with a bit of magic that creates my style of colour photos. I would then duplicate them into Black & White and edit them to create beautiful rich tones.
Both these sets of photos are copied onto your USB disc which is delivered to you in printable resolution as well as reduced size for easy upload to your favourite social media sites.
At the same time an online gallery is created for you with a personal log in code which is emailed to you with all the details. This can be shared with friends and family. All of this happens within 2 weeks from your wedding day.
Choosing your photos for the album is also done via the gallery from the comfort of your own home, no need to call in to me for all of this.
I design your album according to your choices and create a virtual album that can be previewed and customised online – this takes around 4 days. Once happy with the design and approved it’s sent to the manufacturer for printing and shipped to you once done – usually this process is around 3-4 weeks
From the initial planning stages of our wedding, Viv talked us through his various packages and what we could expect from Holst Photography on our big day. When the day itself arrived, Viv was on time, conscious of the Brides nerves and full of suggestions and ideas of how to capture every special moment. Viv was great with all of our guests, easily chatting and making friends with people (including children and in-laws!) which made for more natural and relaxed pictures.
Now that you know a bit about me and my services, let me know a little more about you and the plans for your wedding day. Let’s setup a meeting either in person or via video chat (whatsapp or skype) to get to know each other a bit better. Please use the booking form on this page to setup a time and date which will show my availability.
I limit my number of weddings to 25 per year
This means getting in contact early is essential.
Bookings are secured with a deposit, meaning your date is kept for you and no other bookings are taken.
Details of your wedding day is collected via my booking form which I’ll send out once a booking made. This will give me everything I need to know about your big day regarding package choice, times, locations and names of who is involved.