Jesse Holland and her assistant were the most calm, collected and yet totally involved photo team I have ever seen at any wedding. Her work speaks for itself! Jesse's personality and professionalism are truly beyond compare.
Michael Gallagher (father of the bride). May 2015.
Jesse was my photographer for my September 19th wedding in the beautiful Okanagan! Not only was she a blast to work with but she made sure we didn't miss any of the photos we were wanting. Jesse made the day fun and exciting and allowed us to suggest areas we could shoot at, even if it meant climbing down a dusty hill full of loose clay and dirt! She does anything to get the shot! I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a professional wedding photographer. You can trust that she wont just be providing you images of your special day but an experience of one of the happiest days of your life!
-Amber and Andy. September 2015.
It took one meeting with Jesse for us to know she was the perfect person to capture memories on our wedding day. We met with her one more day before the big day for our engagement shoot and left the day feeling confident in her creativity and ability to help us relax. On our wedding day, Jesse was a super star. She blended into the event, capturing authentic moments without distracting from the flow of the day. She was organized and ready to help with the most random things (think sewing kits in her pockets and a knack for fixing hair). She did a great job capturing photos of people and the venue, creating a full picture of our day. Our photos were returned to us exactly on schedule, with Jesse accommodating requests for an early photo to use for thank you cards. The thoughtful package she put together to deliver our photos was unexpected and completely wonderful. Her online presentation was great for sharing with guests. I highly recommend Jesse as a photographer!
-Amy and Mike. June 2015.
As soon as I met Jesse I knew she was the Photographer for me. Her personality is easy going yet her communication and worth ethic is very strong. Every little question I had leading up to my wedding was answered promptly and thoughtfully. On the wedding day itself, Jesse could not have been more valuable. She is so passionate and talented at capturing the moment, not creating it, so when I look at the photos I feel like I'm right back there with my friends and family. Jesse got all the important shots and they were authentic to us. Not only a great photographer, Jesse played many hats throughout the day, and did everything she could to make sure things were going as planned. Our photos were delivered beautifully and we will cherish them forever. If you're looking for a photographer in Victoria, Jesse Holland is everything you could want!
-Alana and Kevin. June 2015.
Jesse is the Wonder Woman of Photographers. She was the hero of our wedding and definitely the best investment we made toward our big day. It's not even about her photos, though the are incredible! They read with this indescribable familiarity, like we asked our best friend to be our photographer. No, more than that it is about the kick-ass way she commits to her photography and her clients. She brought an unwavering enthusiasm and keen sense of organization and detail to our wedding. She served as a last minute planner, helping keep things like the toasts and reception start running on schedule for our big day. All our guests loved her, and she captured some lovely photos of everyone who joined us.
I loved her sense of humour and timing. I would absolutely work with her again. I also love the photo packaged she mailed us, it was so lovely and elegant and really made me feel like I was reliving the big day. Honestly Jesse is amazing, and worth every penny. She was, hands down, the best choice I made with regards to my wedding! You should hire her!!!
- Sam and Max. May 2016.
We really just wanted a photographer for one hour to capture the ceremony and a few other shots; Jesse was flexible with her time and pricing, and delivered far more than we expected! We are incredibly glad that we hired her as she knew even better than us what we would really want from this day. She was also very efficient; we had photos to surprise our family with within 18 hours of the ceremony and the rest of our photos within a week. Jesse even came to our house to deliver the USB so we would have the photos before we went on our honeymoon.
Jesse arrived early and clearly knew what she was doing from the start. She captured beautiful photos of us getting ready, but also helped my daughter get dressed. I should also mention here that I was completely comfortable with her, she is very friendly and relaxed. During the ceremony she was discreet and I hardly noticed her presence, despite the fact that there were only seven people in the room.
Immediately after the ceremony, Jesse steered us through a series of shots that made it clear she again knew exactly how to capture the moments and emotion of the day. We even had an unplanned First Dance thanks to her!
I would highly recommend Jesse, she is professional, knowledgeable, efficient, friendly
- Cheryl and Ray. December 2016.
We would definitely recommend Jesse to anyone who's looking for a photographer! We only met Jesse once before the wedding and knew from that one meeting that she would be perfect. Not only are the pictures she takes beautiful, she is also able to capture moments that you might not remember. In addition, Jesse was very organized and had a very clear idea of how she wanted the day to go based on our timeline which was great. She knew from the beginning what kind of pictures we wanted to capture and guided us through the entire process. We felt very at ease and didn't feel as though we had to worry that special moments were being missed. Jesse was also able to help us with situations that weren't to do with photography at all. There was a moment when we had to cut the cake and neither of us knew what to do, and she was right beside us giving direction where needed. At the same time, she was also very good at ensuring she isn't in your face so you don't feel like you are constantly being photographed. We were so so happy with Jesse and her work and would use and recommend her in the future!
- Harmik and Martin. September 2016.
People recommended for us to find a photographer whose work we not only liked, but someone who we would personally like because, we would end up spending most of the day with them. Jesse was the perfect choice because not only is she very talented, but she is so easy to have with you all day. She makes potentially awkward moments feel light and is incredible at managing groups and keeping timelines in order. Not only that, she's happy to go above and beyond to get the perfect shot
(she jumped into the lake!). We felt so comfortable with her and trusted her completely because as you can see, her work speaks for itself. As for the results, we were blown away by our photos! We had previously discussed with Jesse the types of looks we wanted (ie. candid, posed, soft/dark lighting), and she delivered in all areas, which she said could be tricky depending on the light of the day. We were very particular. However, we received many different types of photos with captured moments that we could never replicate. Going through them for the first time, we shed some tears and had laughed quite a bit. It felt like we were reliving the day through her images :)
As you can see, we loved working with Jesse and hope to again in the future. I simply cannot say enough about just how happy we are!
- Kelsey and Jeremy. September 2016.
It was quite literally 2 days before my wedding and I called Jesse Holland the photographer. My only saving grace was that my wedding was in the unconventional March month and a week day--she was available to photograph my wedding with 48 hours notice...thank goodness! I went in with high hopes but knowing I had really waited last minute which is a big bride 'no-no'...or so I am told. Jesse shows up on my wedding day and I know she's the photographer only because of the camera draped from her neck and gear to go with. "Hi! You must be Jesse?!...Great!...I have no idea what to do!" said frantic bride. I actually had no idea what was going on but I was hanging onto that Mimosa tight. Jesse immediately put me to ease; she was clearly a seasoned pro. Her personality (notably humour and charisma) put everyone at ease. Jesse had every detail and moment timed out and it was clear I had nothing to worry about. It's hard to even think about it now...how did she capture every pivotal moment despite the ladies and men being separate for the ritualistic 'getting ready'? I still have no idea.There were smiles, tears and so much love all captured beautifully and organically. Jesse laughed with us when my bridesmaid became locked in the washroom when the door handle fell off, she rode in the RV (the 'Mo-Ho'), she endured a sopping wet, grey day to see our day through, jumped out of the 'Mo-Ho' to grab a few candids on the way to the reception with us, wore my shrug when the photos didn't call for it (looked amazing on you, J!) and stuck around to make sure we had a photo with all those we love. I was without a coordinator for the day, so between my 'bossy' bridesmaid, the care-taker at Craidelonna Lodge and Jesse everything just happened. Jesse was the one that helped put my veil on when nobody else knew how to. I can't thank her enough for all that she did that day. The photos she took are my most important possessions, the personalities and of course, everyone's 'good side' are all captured for us to cherish for life. So much went right with our day and Jesse was a paramount figure in that total. The talent this woman has is supernatural! Afterward, photos are presented with a beautiful slideshow and three different formats for your chosen use all online making it so easy to share with your (impatient) friends and family. Jesse Holland comes with my highest recommendations if you want sophisticated but fun, artistic, organic and a side of "omg, would you just look at this!". You are gifted, Jesse! Thank you so much, truly.
- Jessica and Marc. March 2017
Jesse is a great photographer, and I would highly recommend her for your wedding. She's assertive, and takes charge of the situation, not wasting any time, making sure people are in the right places and everything is running smoothly. We had a separate ceremony and reception, so I had the pleasure of working with Jesse on two separate occasions. Not only is she a great photographer, she's an absolutely wonderful person. We have had so many compliments on our photos and people have come up to us saying what a good job she did; she really has a great eye for lighting and suggesting different looks. Anyone that hired her for their wedding would not be disappointed!
- Lindsay and Ritch. August 2017.
Jesse helped in so many ways- not just with our photos. We were planning to have our wedding in Victoria but we are from Edmonton and we were a bit overwhelmed by the prospect at first. We were interested in Jesse because the photos on her website were truly intrigueing, beautiful, and told a story. What really sold me personally, was that when I connected with her via phone she was incredibly warm and helpful. We must’ve talked for at least an hour and she gave me many tips and suggestions for the wedding in general. This helpful and fun person I ‘met’ on the phone did not disappoint in person. In fact she was extremely helpful, professional, and fun to have around on the day! Also many of my guests commented on how impressed they were by her. She also followed through on all her commitments sending us a sneak peak of beautiful photos the morning after the wedding and sending a huge selection of the rest of these gorgeous images exactly one month after the wedding! I’ve known others who certainly waited considerably longer. I love the photos Jesse took. They have a point of view, they tell the story of the day; capturing those little moments, and they are stunning!
- Eva and Nathan. August 2018.
We thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience of having Jesse as our wedding photographer. She was incredibly helpful when it came to planning the timing and location of photo sessions for our wedding day, but also very flexible and accommodating of our requests. She has a warm easy going attitude and was a pleasure to have at our wedding. She is also very well organized and professional. She took beautifully posed photos, as well as stunning candid shots that really captured the vibe of our wedding. Jesse's website for sharing photos is very well done and makes it easy to share and download all the photos.
- AJ and Danielle. August 2018.
Jesse was a pleasure from the very start until now, getting our amazing photos. She is so quick to respond, helpful in more ways than just photography. She was so professional and pulled out all the stops for our day. She got IN the water to get epic shots! We loved the experience and her work so much that we hope to book with her in the future again. We knew we'd have to pay for a good photographer and Jesse is worth it- we love our photos and we will be looking back on them with giant smiles for years to come.
- Helen and Chris. August 2018.