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ABOUT

Viv was a joy to work with.
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 Bride’s 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. We had a wonderful day and feel that it couldn’t have been captured in more a natural and vibrant way by any other photographer. We love our photo albums and haven’t stopped showing them off!
We would highly recommend Viv Van Der Holst to anyone who is negotiating the potential minefield of wedding planning!
– Kayt & Dave

Viv van der Holst - Wedding photographer

Behind the lens…

I am a South African born and raised, love the sunshine and outdoors. Being flexible, social and open to new ideas comes naturally to me. I landed up in Dublin by happy accident in 2005 and was lucky enough to find myself working for one of Ireland’s largest Portraiture companies. While working there I learnt my skills behind the camera – working with large groups of people and children in a quick-paced environment. During my time there I also started photographing weddings for colleagues, family and friends and so the love affair with Wedding Photography began.

In my personal life, I lead an active lifestyle. A few evenings in the week you can find me Rock climbing at the indoor centre, a passion that took hold quite quick. I also enjoy swimming and going to as many music gigs as I can keep me young and fit.

In front of the lens

The most important person in front of my lens is YOU!! Without you, I wouldn’t be able to get those magical photographs.Your photographer is the person you’ll probably be spending the most time with on the day. My job is to make sure you stay relaxed and happy throughout.

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.

Drop me a line to set up a meeting and get to know each other better before the big day.

Owen Barry
Owen Barry
13:20 13 Jun 17
As a branding agency, we need to set the highest standards for our clients, and having one of the best photographers in Ireland involved has clearly enhanced our reputation. We are delighted to recommend Viv - his eye for detail and ability to add value during photo-shoots is second to none. I'd have no hesitation in asking Viv to be involved in any photo-shoots that require experienced input. Great to work with too...
Chris Sires
Chris Sires
13:18 28 May 17
My wife and I had a fantastic experience with Viv, as he shot our wedding photos. He was very friendly, and made the whole experience fun. He had several ideas for poses, and the photos turned out marvelous. My wife and I decided to have a destination wedding in Ireland, with just the two of us. We had Viv also video us as we said our vows to each other. My wife initially was unsure if she wanted to say the vows in front of a stranger, but Viv made the experience so relaxing that we both felt very at ease and comfortable. He even offered to create a slideshow with music for us, at no additional charge. I would highly recommend this photographer! 🙂
Scott McEntee-Rattigan
Scott McEntee-Rattigan
14:40 12 Jun 17
Fantastic service, from first contact to final photo editing...Viv's relaxed, no-stress approach enabled us to ease into being photographed, which meant he was able to capture some beautiful images of us, our groomsmaids, our family and friends, and the venue - pictures that we'll treasure. A combination of artistic eye and easy-going, Viv was able to capture some great shots both formal groups of family and friends, and also some great candid character shots in the evening as everyone started to relax. Fantastic photos, wonderful service, and a great eye for combining the people element with the beauty of the venue - cannot recommend this guy highly enough! Thanks Viv! 🙂
Jean Owen
Jean Owen
19:10 07 May 15
Viv was the photographer on our wedding day on Feb 7th, and we are so glad he was. From the first time we met him at a wedding fair to when he was leaving after spending the day taking some truly beautiful photos at our wedding, he gave off the most wonderful, positive vibes. I'm not one for getting my picture taken, and generally find the whole thing awkward, but Viv made the whole experience relaxing and fun. He took the shots we wanted and captured great candid shots. We collected our album a couple of days ago, and the pictures and the way it was laid out really brought back the day to us. Thank you so much Viv for capturing the mood of our day so well. Jean & Owen
Kayt Hannon
Kayt Hannon
18:14 17 Sep 13
Viv was a joy to work with. 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 Bride's 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. We had a wonderful day and feel that it couldn't have been captured in more a natural and vibrant way by any other photographer. We love our photo albums and haven't stopped showing them off! We would highly recommend Viv Van Der Holst to anyone who is negotiating the potential minefield of wedding planning! Viv is the best! Thanks again!! Dave & Kayt
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So helpful and professional

Susan and Anthony 2012 Testimonial

I would just like to say a big THANK YOU to Viv who took our pictures for our wedding. We couldn’t have asked for more.
From the moment, we met him he was so helpful and professional.
He was not only brilliant on our wedding day he added to it!!
We were so relaxed with him and would highly recommend him to anyone.
Our pictures have exceeded our expectations and could not have asked for more. – Susan & Anthony