Recommended by 99%
Pan Pan · Married on 08/05/2016
My husband and I looked for a long time to find the right photographer for us. We were so lucky to have found Kris, whose work we admired and whom we knew we wanted to have with us during our wedding weekend the moment we stumbled onto a few of his photos.
First, the quality of his photography is top notch. He captures all the most important moments in a genuine way without cliches. Every single one of the photos he took of us from our engagement portraits to our wedding were deeply intimate but also picturesque. Kris was also able to capture, not just the expressions and feelings we were having, but also the beautiful landscapes and venues. Looking through the photos he took, I relive the entire experience of that weekend over and over again.
Second, Kris is able to do all this without interfering. While I've heard a lot of couples say they feel like they're "on show" all weekend, we were able to go about and do what we wanted. Magically, he was able to catch us at all the right moments. A wedding is an extremely emotional and intimate time; it was important for us to feel comfortable with the one individual who we'd be with nearly all day. Kris's professionalism, easy-going personality, and kindness made it very easy for us to feel natural around him. We felt like we had known him for far longer than just a few months!
Finally, Kris puts an incredible amount of detail and thought into everything he delivers. He has an eye for detail, from the way our first engagement photos were packaged for us, to the way he delivers the USB drive. These little garnishes really shows how deeply he cares about his work and values the couples he's working with.
We couldn't recommend someone more. Kris is a genuine artist and story teller, and we feel very lucky to have met and worked with him (and we hope to in the future!).
K · Married on 04/27/2013
Kris was a FANTASTIC and PROFESSIONAL photographer. We learned very early to trust his experience and felt so comfortable working with him during our engagement shoot and on the big day. Our only regret is that we didn't get in touch with him earlier to have him for all of our other wedding related events throughout the weekend!
Our engagement shoot was fun and because of the way Kris works, it felt really natural. Not feeling very photogenic or knowing how photoshoots work, we were a bit nervous. But we picked one of our favorite places to walk and relax and it worked out perfectly. Kris was really just in the background for the most part, capturing us being together, talking, laughing, having our usual fun, so we quickly relaxed and started enjoying ourselves.
When decided half-way through the shoot that we wanted to go for a short bike ride down to our favorite scenic river spot, Kris was totally flexible and hopped on a bike to shoot pictures of us while we were riding. He was biking with one hand while turning back to look at us and shoot photos with the other! We were so happy to find that he had a flexible and fun personality just like us, and were really impressed with the photos he was able to take while biking one-handed!
During the wedding, it felt like Kris was everywhere, capturing all of the great moments with our friends and family.
We can't reiterate enough how happy we are with the photos and the overall experience of working with Kris, we highly recommend him!
User2146747 · 2+ years ago
Kris was awesome to work with and I felt very confident in his work. He was one of the vendors we hired that I didn't have to worry about, because I knew he'd be on time and knew exactly what I wanted. Highly recommended!
Randie · Married on 03/31/2012
Booking Kris for our wedding is one of the best decisions we've made. Like I said, all of our vendors were top-notch and I loved each and every one of them. But there were a couple of shining stars, and Kris was one of them.
We first met Kris at a bridal show - we picked up his info card along with many others. When my fiance and I sat down to look through everything, we kept coming back to his card. There was only one picture, and I still remember it. Bright blue sky in the background, a bride holding an umbrella standing next to her groom on a hill. It was simple yet said so much. We threw away everything else and met with Kris.
Kris was laid back and easy to talk to. He wasn't in our faces, aggressive, or pushy. He genuinely wanted to get to know us even at our first meeting. He brought more examples of his works - his photo albums are gorgeous. He has such an eye for composition and attention to detail. His photos are never boring. Each photo tells a story that is but one part in the overall story. There was nothing artificial or fake, he seemed to capture those moments that you would want to remember forever. We quickly booked Kris after meeting with him.
During our engagement photo session, he was really patient as we had to change clothes several times and go to different locations. When one location was too windy for pictures, he was happy to travel to a different location. What should have been a 2-3 session turned out to be 4 or 5 hours. But he stuck with us as we fumbled our way around San Francisco. We were a little shy being photographed but he helped us relax and never asked us to do anything we were uncomfortable with. When we saw the photos, they were so beautiful - the lighting, shadows, composition - we couldn't have been happier. I received many comments/compliments on the photos.
As Kris posted pictures of other engagements and weddings, I couldn't help but think how beautiful and engaging the pictures were - of people I didn't even know! That's part of what makes Kris so special. He makes you care about the subjects in his photos and makes it seem like you were there.
Finally, on our wedding day, Kris was ever the professional. I was disappointed because we couldn't take outside shots on account of all the rain, but he told me not to worry and that everything would turn out beautifully. When the wedding started, Kris faded into the background as I focused on my new husband. Kris was right, everything was beautiful, and his pictures were absolutely stunning. He caught all the moments that I was too busy to register. He caught the smiles, laughter, hugs, kisses, love, and joy on our faces and the faces of our family and friends. It was all real and captured so beautifully.
If you have a special event that you want to remember forever, contact Kris Holland. He has my highest recommendation!
Abby · Married on 08/27/2011
Kris is talented, professional, responsible, and an absolutely perfect person to have snapping your wedding photos. Kris shot our wedding in August 2011, and it's hard to express how thankful and happy we are that we chose him as our wedding photographer.
I'll start with the talent. If you've perused through Kris's website and blog, you've probably seen the many striking photos--great color, composition, and variety. It often seems like he is in three places at once by the way he captures moments and scenes from many different angles. His ability to capture the feeling and tone of our wedding day was truly impressive. When we look at the photos (which we do often!), we both smile ear to ear and are reminded of the euphoria of our wedding day. I know our wedding photos will provide great memories for many years to come.
Kris is also incredibly professional, responsible, and humble. He made sure he understood what we were looking for and was incredibly responsive to our questions and requests. It is very obvious that he wants his clients to absolutely love their wedding photos. From the first consultation, I knew we would not have to worry or stress about our photos if we went with Kris. His photojournalistic/documentary style matched well with our DIY crafty wedding. He was also great at making sure we had the formal group shots we wanted and came prepared with a flash/lighting setup. Also, Kris’s package pricing comes at an incredible value for how hard he works.
Kris was really the perfect person to be around on our wedding day. My husband and I are not used to having someone with all eyes (or, lenses) on us for many hours. Kris made us feel comfortable and allowed us to focus on each other while he snapped great shots. He seemed to be everywhere at once while being completely unobtrusive--hard to do! He arrived early to check out some great spots for our first look and continued to have great ideas for shots throughout the evening. He worked seamlessly with everyone at the wedding, and I can't count the number of people who have told me how great his work is. I wholeheartedly and enthusiastically recommend Kris--SERIOUSLY, you should have him shoot your wedding! Or anything else, really. He is an absolutely GREAT photographer and a wonderful person.
Michele · Married on 06/18/2011
Kris was great to work with! He made sure he knew exactly what we wanted from our wedding pictures before the day of wedding. He was very polite and professional. His photographs lived up to his photo journalistic style. We got a great variety of pictures and most of our favorite ones are pictures we weren't posing for. After looking at many photographers in the area, Kris had the best quality for the best price. He also includes an album as part of his package which I found many photographers do not do anymore! If you work with Kris you won't be sorry!
Alyson · Married on 06/26/2010
Kris was by far the best investment we made in our entire wedding. Everyone I talked to said to go big on the photographer, because at the end of the day, the pictures (and the marriage - duh!) are what lasts. I did a LOT of research, and really loved the way Kris captured emotions so beautifully in his pictures. Every interaction we had with him was outstanding. When we met with other vendors, they immediately started telling us about their services and how they operate. When we met with Kris, he just asked us to tell him about ourselves. He wanted to get a feel for us and what we would be like and therefore want from our pictures. He had such a great personality and was so easy to be around. The day of the wedding, he was completely unobtrusive. In the end, the pictures from our wedding were stunning. Everyone raved about them. The pictures were even featured in a magazine, which was very exciting. I cannot say enough good things about this photographer. He will not disappoint.
Stacey · Married on 08/23/2008
I had the pleasure of working with Kris Holland when I got married on August 23, 2008. His unique style of photojournalism and natural ability to capture special moments is what initially interested me in his work. After researching a number of other photographers, I found myself coming back to Kris because his talent far surpasses those others. He has a calmness about him that gave me a sense of ease during a chaotic time, and his dedication was evident when he arrived on my wedding day around ten thirty in the morning and didn’t leave until late that evening. I was incredibly delighted with the outcome and had countless quality photos to choose from. Kris has an honest, genuine spirit and takes pride in his photography. He is flexible, extremely creative and passionate about his work. Without a doubt, I would recommend Kris Holland to any bride.
Melissa · Married on 05/22/2008
Kris Holland listened to our needs and surpassed them. We enjoyed working with Kris and would hire him over and over again. I believe that every bride and groom would be more than satisfied with his work. I know we are.
Cristina · Married on 07/09/2011
Kris was AMAZING. My only 4.5/5.0 is on value because we paid over $2000, which was more than we'd originally intended to spend when we were looking for other photographers, but after seeing his work and our wedding photos it was well worth it! I contacted Kris to ask him about making a custom package based on our location and what we wanted, and he was very flexible about keeping the cost down by taking out "extras" that we didn't need, and was able to work with us to get exactly what we wanted. My photos from our Kirkwood wedding have received a lot of comments about "those are the most beautiful wedding photos I've ever seen!" and I credit that entirely to Kris, not to our wedding being more amazing than others (though it was fun!). Kris was great to work with--very personable, friendly, professional, and relaxed. He had some specific ideas about lighting that he wanted to get, etc., and was very happy to direct us as much as we asked him to but also to let us do whatever we wanted for as many photos as we wanted. We couldn't be happier. :) The quality of our photos is fabulous, and Kris was truly a pleasure to work with--very prompt with communication and very open about everything in the contract, etc. We highly recommend him!
Felicia · Married on 08/31/2008
Kris Holland is a pretty amazing photographer, his prices were decent and his pictures were breath taking. I love it how he captured the art of the picture and made to where everytime i look at the pics i am completely in a loss of words. I was very impressed!