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Viv did a fantastic job. Viv is so relaxed and professional and easy to work with. We both felt at ease with him throughout the day. He did an amazing job on our album and captured some great photos. We would be happy to recommend Viv. We wish Viv every success in the future.

by Shona Keeshan on Holst Photography Ireland
Perfect photos, fantastic service!

First of all, apologies for the very belated review - it’s been a hectic year since the pinnacle of 2016 for us, our wedding in Cloughjordan House in May. We had seen Viv at work at a friends’ wedding in 2012 and were very impressed with both his manner and the quality of their photos, so when we subsequently got engaged we knew that choosing the photographer was an easy and straightforward decision to make. Viv was, as expected, excellent on the day - relaxed, friendly but always professional. He has a wonderful manner and our guests commented on it. We are so pleased with the resulting photos, they look fantastic! From start to finish, from initial contact, to the day itself and then the follow up, the service that Viv provides is top quality. Massive thanks once again!

by Shelley Coe on Holst Photography Ireland

Viv did an amazing job on our wedding day. From the time he arrived at my home in the morning, he was very relaxed and professional. I really liked that he was able to get on with the photography without intruding on the proceedings and yet managed to capture amazing shots of our day. His experience is clear, he doesn’t need to stick to cookie cutter unnatural poses. Viv has a fantastic ability to assess his surroundings and create unique pictures. If you are looking a photographer who is easygoing, creative and produces high quality photos, I would wholeheartedly recommend that you book Viv !!

by Amaryllis Austin on Holst Photography Ireland
Warm, Professional, AMAZING!

Viv handled the photography for our June wedding and it was absolutely stunning! Everyone who has seen the photos has been blown away! I cannot tell you how happy we are with the quality of the pictures but also with Viv himself. He was fun, low-key, professional and kept us at ease the entire day. I tend to be very uncomfortable in front of cameras but Viv made it so easy that I actually enjoyed myself and was sad to be done with the pictures!

We got married in Ireland while living in California and Viv was always very easy to communicate with. He responded promptly and was always available.

If you are looking for an amazing photographer who will keep your day fun and relaxed, hire Viv!

by Sinead and Adam on Holst Photography Ireland
made our wedding day

Thank you so much Viv for giving us the unique wedding photos that we dreamed of! From the moment we met Viv he was professional, friendly and knew his business inside out. We knew which photos we did/didn't want and Viv respected our wishes but also gave us some great ideas. He remained in the background and got some great shots of our guests just enjoying the moment. Nothing was too much trouble and he had great patience with the kids, ensuring they enjoyed the photos too! Our photos turned out perfectly and thanks to Viv we have plenty of memories to treasure forever. I would highly recommend Viv to any bride and groom, in fact I have already, and wish him every success in the future.

by Denise Hayes on Holst Photography Ireland
Delighted with Viv Holst

Viv, thank you so much for our album! The moments you capture are beautiful and really 'in the moment'. You were so calm and patient and helpful on the day but also afterwards when we struggled to make our final choices. Thanks for capturing those special happy moments and for doing such a great job on the Slideshow, Vimeo, album, cards and canvas. Wishing you every success in the future, we would be happy to recommend you.

by Jennifer & Marc on Holst Photography Ireland
Thank you

Greetings from Thailand. Just a note to say thank you for doing such a great job as our wedding photographer.

You were so friendly, calm, in control and discreet and were exactly what we wanted.

Thanks for making it the most enjoyable experience. More than happy to recommend you, in fact we already have!

Looks fantastic

Really appreciate your patience on this and more importantly your wonderful easy going and relaxed way with us and our guests on the day. We've had nothing but brilliant feedback from all our guests who interacted with you.

by David Brogan on Holst Photography Ireland
Great Engagement session

Myself and Shelley had Viv take our engagement photos.
He combined professionalism and creativity on the day to provide us with beautiful images that we are absolutely thrilled with. On the day he made us feel relaxed and we felt no pressure or stress. This meant very natural shots that shows Viv's talent for creating exquisite photographs with minimum fuss. I would highly recommend him and look forward to the next opportunity of having him take our photographs.

by Ian Crawford on Holst Photography Ireland
Highly recommended

Viv was great to work with on the day.
Our wedding was an international Irish - American wedding at Cabra Castle in co. Cavan and he couldn't have done a better job!
The photos were stunning!
I can highly recommend him and his work, you will not be disappointed!!

by Jean & Owen Carter on Holst Photography Ireland
Book this guy!!!!

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.
Jean & Owen

by Ross Reynolds on Holst Photography Ireland
Excellent Photographer for a wedding


Viv was the photographer for our wedding on October 25th and did a superb job. He got the shots that we wanted and we are delighted with the results.

He was very patient and professional with all the guests (including kids) and was, most importantly, very easy-going and someone you can get on with.

See you again if we ever need a photographer.

Ross & Níamh Reynolds

by Leanne & Enda Dodd on Holst Photography Ireland
Massive thank you

We just wanted to say a massive thank you for the amazing photos we received. It was very hard to find someone we entrusted enough to provide the critical process of capturing our wedding ! Extremely professional and very talented. We would highly recommend our photos are proof! Thank you Mr and Mrs Dodd.

by Oyvind K Nilsen on Holst Photography Ireland
Exellent photographer

Holst Photography

We decided to hire Viv as a photographer for our wedding after some initial interviews with possible candidates, as we found him, after seeing his portfolio, to be an artist in the field as well as a most pleasant person.

Even so, we were impressed with what he accomplished. He captured and highlighted our precious moments in the most creative ways.
On the wedding day, he was clearly in charge of the situation as a photographer.
We trusted him and he delivered!

His pictures have given us even more than we hoped for and will be with us till the end. We could not have hoped for more. Besides he followed through with all agreements made and were dependable, positive and helpful throughout the planning process, always interested in our opinions and wishes.

He is, indeed, highly recommended!

Magdalena and Oyvind K. Nilsen

Beautiful wedding book album

Hi Viv,
Thank you for our beautiful wedding book album we love it and all the other photos we will have many happy memories in years to come please God.

by Kiran & Vicky Pankhania on Holst Photography Ireland
Amazing wedding photographer

Just wanted to share what a fabulous addition to our wedding day Viv was!
From the first moment, he was amazingly confident and helpful with getting us sorted for what we wanted.
On the day, he was like another member of the family, blending in seamlessly with everyone but still managing to get the photos we needed - both our families fell in love with him!
Finally, after the big day he quickly got our photos online for us to look at and then had our albums sorted really fast. We were thrilled to bits with the final results - we have a gorgeous album to look back on capturing all the wonderful moments of our day.
Really can't recommend Viv enough and can't thank him enough for how much he helped us.


Very impressed

We booked the combo package with Viv and Paul from Crystal Clear Video. I found them from a video clip that I found on Facebook. I contacted Viv and was very impressed with his prompt and professional response. After our first meeting with him we came away delighted that we had found our photographer. We had gone to a couple of wedding fairs and had met many photographers, but Viv really stood out. His work on not only weddings but portraits and family shots were incredible. Viv has a lovely manner and is very easy going, not at all pushy, is open to ideas and has no problem taking fun shots which was very important to us as we didn’t want all formal photos! We met then with Paul and straight away you could see how well both Viv and Paul work together, two very easy going talented guys.
On the day Viv and Paul arrived on time and the fun we had during the whole day with them was great, it added to our day, the photos were amazing, very natural and it was great fun taking them. Both Viv and Paul worked seamlessly together and I think had as much fun on the day as we did. We had a large wedding party and everyone thought the lads were great. We would have no hesitations recommending both Viv and Paul, they are both such lovely guys and the work they do is amazing.
I can’t finish without mentioning the video they produced for us for after the speeches, it was emotional to say the least but such a novel idea, we loved it. We got many comments on how unique it was and great for everyone at the wedding to see the wedding pictures that same day as not everyone at the wedding would normally get a chance to see some of the shots from earlier in the day. The background music on the video was so fitting, we just love it and it’s an amazing keepsake we now have.
Words cannot express our thanks to both Viv and Paul, they were perfect. View the blogpost from Rachel & Cormac’s wedding

– Rachelle & Cormac

Wonderful photographer

We just wanted to say a big thank you to our wonderful photographer Viv!!
From start to finish He was so approachable and made us feel comfortable behind the camera! He captured so many emotional moments throughout the day that We will cherish forever.We couldn’t have been happier. On top of all that Viv was a true gentleman! He got the shots he wanted whilst maintaining a cool and calm demeanour. I would highly recommend Viv for any occasion! View the blogpost from Emma & Eric’s wedding

– Emma and Eric Kavanagh

Consummate professional

Viv! The short answer: Absolutely brilliant,
Friendly and a consummate professional and a great artist to boot! The long answer: I selected Viv from his photography portfolio. His style is a combination of a gorgeous, clean design aesthetic that pays attention to lines and texture and an uncanny ability to capture authentic moments. What really won me over was when I Skyped him from America. You have to have a connection to your wedding photographer. Viv will get the shots you want and then he will find shots during that day that will make you fall in love all over again. Be completely honest with what you want but be sure to give Viv the ability to seek additional shots. He will go the extra mile for you. Thank you again, Viv! I will cherish these photos and the memories. If I’m ever in Ireland again or see you in states, dinner and a drink 🙂 View the blog post from Jenny & Pasquale’s Wedding

– Jennifer & Pasquale

Natural and relaxed

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!! View the blog post from Kayt & Dave’s Wedding

– Dave & Kayt

Wonderful memories

We would like to say a massive heartfelt THANK YOU to Viv for all your hard work. Your professionalism from start to finish helped captured some wonderful memories of our special day and we had great fun working with you. You made us feel so at eased when been photographed which was great as we felt under no pressure at all you just went with the flow and captured our day exactly as we asked. Thank you also for the wonderful work you put into putting our wedding albums together, working with us and advising us every step of the way. We would and will be recommending you to friends family and anyone who will be looking for a photographer in the future. Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts for everything and we hope we get to work with you again sometime in the future. Best wishes and good luck in the future.

– Sep 21, 2012 by Rachel & Andy Traynor

Warm & Professional

Hi Viv & Paul ,
We would like to thank you both for your services to us,
We got the combined package of the wedding photography & video. From the moment we contacted them they were very warming & professional. They made us feel at ease on our big day, Viv & Paul work so well together we hardly noticed they were there, but looking back at the photos & video they were there every single moment to capture all of the greatest & happiest memories of our lives .
When we received our wedding photo album & parent albums the presentation & detail was to perfection also with the wedding video.We were so excited & we could not wait to show them to everybody.
It is unbelievable how much everybody loved them & said it was the best wedding album they’ve ever seen! To hear those comments from family and friends makes us very proud & it is all down to you guys you have both exceeded our expectations beyond all expectations….We would be more than happy to recommend you to anybody who is looking for Quality, Profession & Perfection.
From a very happy Bride and Groom, View the blog post from Sarah & Anthony’s Wedding

– Oct 02, 2012 by Sarah & Anthony Cleary

Wonderful memories

On the day of the wedding Viv our photographer was great he got on so well with everyone and by the time he left my parents house to go to the church he felt like one of the family. He was great at making me feel relaxed and told me to enjoy every minute. He really is so friendly and makes everyone feel so at ease, especially as some of the groomsmen were not so comfortable getting their photo taken. He worked so well with our videographer and they bounced off each other and came up with some really good ideas for pictures. We got some really amazing pictures and I really enjoyed all our time taking photos as Viv had made us feel so relaxed. We can’t thank him enough for the amazing pictures he took. We were 100% happy with the pictures. It was great to see the
wedding books when they were finished. They looked stunning, it’s put together so well and so unique. It was great that we had two parents books, our mothers both cried when they saw their books. Everyone who has seen our wedding book thinks it’s beautiful. Our canvas and printed
picture are beautiful. We have already recommended you to all your friends. We are so happy with everything, from the service to the finished products everything was brilliant. We cannot thank you enough for giving us wonderful memories that we will have forever and an
amazing wedding book that we will treasure.

From Lisa & Paul Furey

Brilliant pictures

When We got married Viv was fantastic and got some brilliant pictures and got on really well with everybody. The best bit was getting the wedding book, though. The book is really beautiful and we have shown it to everyone and no one has ever seen anything so nice. I have already recommended them to several friends getting married and would have no hesitation telling anyone to go and see them.Thank you for a gorgeous Wedding Album.

Caroline & Mark

Outstanding service

My husband and I used their service and quality was exceptional. Needless to say, our wedding book is fantastic and everyone commented on how unique it is. Viv on the day was so professional and pleasant, I couldn’t thank Viv enough for doing such a great job, everyone commented also on how lovely he was. All in all I would recommend Holst photography to any future bride and grooms to be. We could not fault, they offer an outstanding service to the industry.

Jennifer & Derek

Thank You

To all “Brides and grooms to be”
We cannot recommend Viv of Holst Photography highly enough!
We would like to say a huge ‘Thank You’ once again to Viv, who was our photographer on the day. Viv is a lovely man, polite friendly and professional in every way. We hired Viv through a recommendation and are delighted we did so! We hardly knew he was there and yet he captured every magical moment of our day! Whilst on honeymoon we were able to access our photos online which is a fantastic service as we had a short wedding day, having left the country that evening, our day was a little rushed so being able to access our pics while away was brilliant as it brought back moments we barely knew existed in all the wonderful mayhem! So thank you for that Viv! We received so many compliments about our photos and would recommend Holst Photography to any bride and groom for their special day! 😀

– Feb 05, 2013 by Leigh and Anthony Byrne

Highly recommend him

Paddy and I got married in September and we had Viv photograph our wedding, he was amazing and done a brilliant job, the photos were fantastic and we would highly recommend him.
Thanks Viv!!!!

– Dec 01, 2011 by Sinead

Ultimate professional

Colm & I got married in Oct, we were extremely impressed with Viv. He is the ultimate professional and nothing was too much trouble. The photos went without a hitch, we barely knew Viv was there clicking away! We are delighted with our photos, they are very special. We would highly recommend him to anyone!

– Dec 01, 2011 by Sharon Foley

Extremely relaxed & professional

Hi Viv
We would both like to thank you for all you have done in helping make our wedding day such a memorable one. Theresa and I had spoken to several photographers before meeting up with you and as soon as we finished our cup of tea with, we knew we had found the right photographer.
From that first meeting right up until our wedding day you were extremely professional in all your dealings with us and the manner in which you kept in contact with us to let us know what was going on was very much appreciated, we were especially pleased with your ideas on the day and the way in which you were so creative with the finished wedding album. I know Theresa said this to you before, but she asked me to thank you again for your cool relaxed manner on the day, Theresa reckons that because you are such a calm person you really put her at ease and that’s what helped her get up the aisle {I think I need to thank you for that too ha ha}.
Our wedding album and parent albums look fantastic and we really can’t thank you enough for everything you have done for us, the day has come and gone but those pictures will last forever.

– Nov 29, 2011 by Darren & Theresa Byrne

Quality Results with Friendly Service!

First and foremost, it has become blatantly obvious to us that there is a huge difference between what some people call ‘wedding photographers’ and what are quite clearly professionals. At a time when so many friends are getting married, we have never been happier with our photographs. Not only was Viv extremely accommodating but also provided a friendly, down to earth service. We, as a couple on a pressure filled day were put totally at ease and breezed through our photo session. The icing on the cake although was the quality of the pictures in our album, a process Viv involved us in the whole time. For a lifetime investment, this has to be one of our best!

– Feb 14, 2013 by Gavin & Jenny McGee

Made everything extremely easy

To all brides/grooms to be …
I can honestly say that with Viv, the photography at your wedding will be one section of the whole thing that you will not have to worry about.
Viv made everything extremely easy from when we first met to the very end. He listened to everything we said, gave his input and blended in with all the guests on the wedding day with stunning results in the photos.
I would highly recommend Viv and will definitely be using him in the future for portraits or family shots.

– Sarah & Gareth, Dublin

Very comfortable

Viv made us feel very comfortable from the moment we meet and on our special day. We were very impressed with the album.
Thank you again for a great day.

– Sep 20, 2012 by Adriano and Lisa Prete

Really fun photos

Viv took some amazing photos at our wedding … he was efficient, professional but very relaxed and it certainly showed in every photo he took. Viv takes the right photos & doesn’t waste time taking numerous photos in different poses, only a professional photographer knows how to do this. He tried out some really fun photos, but also some photos which we used for family and framed photos. I would highly recommend Viv for any photography service you require.

– Jan 19, 2012 by Patricia Corcoran

Laid back approach

Thank you so much Viv, it was such a pleasure working with you on our wedding day, your laid back approach worked a treat and you can see in our photos how relaxed everyone is. Our Photographs and album turned out amazing.

– May 22, 2012 by Berina Lawler

So helpful and professional

I would just like to say a big THANK YOU to Viv who took our pictures for our wedding. I couldn’t have asked for more. From the moment, we met him he was so helpful and professional. He not only was 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.

– Sep 02, 2012 by Susan & Anthony

Wonderful wedding album

We just want to drop you a quick line to say “THANK YOU” so much for our wonderful wedding album.
From the first moment, we met with you to discuss what we wanted till you handed us the finished result you have been so helpful, professional & flexible.
You listened exactly to what we wanted and you delivered. Our album is absolutely everything we wanted giving us the most amazing memories of our very special day.
I have without doubt no problem in recommending you to future brides, thank you for a great job well done.

– Karen & Gareth.Co.Wicklow, Ireland

Very impressed

I am very impressed with his photos and professional approach. I would recommend him to a friend.

– Marcin & Agata Tylka, Glogow, Poland

Thank you

Thank you for capturing our precious moments so brilliantly. Your abilities to capture and interesting composition is outstanding and adds to the moment captured.

– Andre & Monique, Knysna, South Africa

Didn’t even know he was there

“Great guy, great photos – highly recommended
Viv took our photo’s in July, and everyone at the wedding was impressed with him. When taking photos, Viv managed to get great shots and made everyone feel at ease. Often, you didn’t even know he was there. When we got the photos, we were really impressed with the shot selection, and the variety of angles – we now have an absolutely first class set of photos to remember our special day.”

– Jodie & Chris, Dublin, Ireland

Very relaxed

We were delighted with the results. The day was captured beautifully and there was a real understanding of all moments and emotions. Very relaxed, great awareness, professional and unobtrusive. The best, thanks again Viv

– Peter & Niamh O Riordan,Dublin, Ireland

Surpassed our expectations

My Husband and I had Viv as our photographer on our Wedding Day. We were blown away by the finished product.
Viv arrived at my parents house at 10 am that morning and didn’t leave the venue after midnight well beyond our expectations. Before our Wedding Day Viv also brought us out for a pre-wedding photo shoot to get us both used to being in front of the camera, which again well exceeded our expectations. Overall myself and my Husband couldn’t have had a better photographer and our wedding album is out of this World. We recommend Viv to anyone.

– John Paul & Amanda Byrne, Dublin, Ireland


Viv photographed my wedding and I thought he was brilliant he took charge of deciding our photos for our wedding album and he designed it too. We were delighted with the album I have recommended him and will continue to recommend him. He is a brilliant photographer.

Fiona & Ryan Brooks,