Choosing the right photographer

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 you get to enjoy the day it be demanding on you?
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?

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long have you been working as a wedding photographer?
A: I started photographing weddings in 2007 for friends and colleagues. I worked as a photographer at the time for one of Ireland’s largest Portrait studios.

Q: What is your photography style?
A: I capture the wedding day completely naturally as it happens, this is commonly known as photojournalism. During the Couple’s session I get them to interact and chat while I capture photos from a distance. Examples of my style can be seen in the Wedding Photo Gallery. or in the Love Stories section

Q: How long is the photo session?
A: I try to keep that to a minimum so couples can enjoy their day with little fuss

Q: I’ve found some photos I’d like to recreate, can this be done?
A: Absolutely!! Send the samples ahead of the big day so I can work on getting it photographed on the day

Q: I am having a winter wedding, or or it will be dark – is this a problem?
A: I have worked in many locations that have been dark. I can usually light the interior with flash which gives me great results. If flash is prohibited, as in some churches, modern cameras are capable of shooting in much lower light conditions than before

Q: Do you cover destination weddings? Are there any additional fees?
A: Absolutely!! I have covered weddings in France, South Africa, Netherlands, Spain, Poland and the UK to name a few. I try to keep the travel and accommodation costs down to a minimum

Q: How can we reserve our date with you & how far in advance?
A: Once the booking deposit clears, your date is secured. The booking form link will be emailed over to get all your details of the day.It’s better to secure your date early. The wedding industry has sprung to life again in Ireland, with bookings coming in much earlier than before

Q: How much to reserve the date with you?
A: A deposit of €200 secures the booking

Q: When is the balance due?
A: The balance is due 1 week before or on the day

Q: Do you charge travel fees and how far do you travel?
A: Yes, if the wedding is far away, to compensate extra fuel and possibly needing to stay over

Q: Will you be shooting my wedding? What if you fall ill or unable to cover our wedding?
A: Absolutely. If you book me you get me. If in the unfortunate event that something happens beyond my control and cannot cover the wedding, I have a number of trusted photographers I can call on. I try to keep our styles as close as possible

Q: Do you work alone, what if we need a second photographer?
A: Most of the weddings covered I work alone unless a Photo/Video combo is booked. I have a number of photographers who help me as second shooters if needed by couples, extra charges for this apply

Q: Do you have liability insurance?
A: Yes. Public Liability and equipment insurance. Many venues and photo session locations ask for this in advance of arriving at their premises. I am happy to provide this if need be

Q: We live abroad/are very busy and cannot meet with you?
A: That’s no problem. Many of my clients come from abroad to get married. In these cases, I usually use Facetime or Skype to set up a meeting and get some face to face time with them. If that is not possible, as long as I have all the info in the booking form, and an email with any out of the ordinary photos listed, that will suffice

Q: I’d like to setup a meeting and see more of your work in person, how do we go about this?
A: Drop me an email: Contact page, or drop me a line: +353 86 403 4694

Q: When do we get to see our photos?
A: Once all the editing has been done, within 2 weeks from the wedding day. In the busy season it can take a week or 2 longer. You’ll receive an email with all the info on how to log in to your gallery to share it with friends and family. I have the disc ready at the same time when the gallery goes live

Q: Do we get to see every photo you took on the day?
A: That would be tedious to yourselves. I eliminate every shot that doesn’t meet my standards, i.e. shots that are out of focus, bad expressions, closed eyes and shots that are generally not flattering to the couple. I narrow down my selections to only the best photos from the day. My packages above explain how many is included in each package

Q: Are the photos edited?
A: Yes. The photos are edited to bring out the best in them and will be ready for use

Q: How many photos will we get?
A: Every wedding I cover is different so there is no set amount. I aim to deliver 250-280 for a short wedding and 350-500 for a full day

Q: What if you have never photographed my Venue before?
A: If I have never been at a location before, I do my research online to see what is available to me. I also aim to get to the venue early to scout locations I’d like to use for the photo sessions. All venues are the same for with regards to finding locations for the shots I have in mind

Q: How long does it take to get our prints?
A: The turn around time is usually around 1 week, however in the high season (June-Sep) this can extend to 2 weeks

Q: Do you provide a framing service?
A: Yes, I have a framer that takes care of all my framing with plenty of options to customize it to your needs

Q: How long does it take to get our signature board?
A: At the end of the wedding evening, I take the board with me to be completed. The chosen print is mounted and sealed up by my framer. This process is usually around 2 weeks

Q: Can an album be added at a later date if we chose the digital package?
A: Yes, absolutely. You can purchase an album later on, here is more information: View Wedding Albums

Q: Do we get to view the album design before it gets printed and make changes?
A: Absolutely! Once the design is completed, you will receive an email with log-in details to flip through the virtual album. There is an area for comments if any changes are to be made to the design

Q: How long does it take to get our album?
A: Once the client approves the design it is sent directly to the lab for printing. It usually takes 2-4 weeks for me to receive the completed album

Q: What rights do I have to the digital prints?
A: You can print and share your photos freely without restriction. You are however not allowed to sell any on to a third party without written consent from Holst Photography

Q: Do you provide the RAW files from my engagement session and/or wedding day?
A: RAW files are unprocessed images which still need editing. These are not supplied with standard packages. I will provide you with edited high quality Jpeg Images ready to print and share without any restriction

How much coverage is required?

Viv will stay as long as needed on your wedding day.

Viv Albums are personally designed with your unique day in mind
You choose your photographs that you’d like included
You’ll get to see the design online as a virtual album and make alterations before it goes to print
All this is done in the comfort of your own home using a password protected site
Once you’re happy with the result, it’s printed and delivered to you in 3-4 weeks

Wedding Photography Packages

Essentials

Ideal for couples looking to get great photos and order an album later

€1295 – Included:

  • Bridal Preparation ~ Dinner Call
  • USB Disc: 250-300 digital photos ~ Colour and Black & White
  • Personal online gallery to share with friends & family
  • Photos ready within 2 weeks*

Essentials Album

Most popular package ~ 90% of couples choose this ~ great photos + beautiful album

€1695 – Included:

  • Bridal Preparation ~ Dinner Call
  • USB Disc: 300-350 digital photos ~ Colour and Black & White
  • Personal online gallery to share with friends & family
  • Photos ready within 2 weeks*
  • Beautifully designed Album with your choice of 60 Photos

Everlasting Album

Extra special ~ includes all the perks + a fabulous album to preserve those gorgeous photos

€2395 – Included:

  • Bridal Preparation ~ First Dance
  • USB Disc: 350-500 digital photos ~ Colour and Black & White
  • Personal online gallery to share with friends & family
  • Photos ready within 2 weeks*
  • Gorgeous photos of your First Dance
  • Beautifully designed Album with your choice of 80 Photos

Other services and products

Photo Booth Rental

Starts when speeches end and operates for around 3 hours.
Unlimited prints included with a Guest Album & Digital copies on USB
Props on a Stick” to add a bit of fun for the guests.
Newlyweds names and date are customized on each printed strip.
Traditional photo booth system using amazing touchscreen technology.
Our operator is available the entire time to ensure a fun-filled evening.

€500 all-inclusive package

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