We count ourselves very lucky at No. 25 as we get to work with a wide range of suppliers across many different industries. One of our favourite type of suppliers to work with are photographers in all of their guises. We’ve looked at corporate photography before in our Supplier Spotlight with Con O Donoghue, which you can read here. While Con specialises in corporate and food photography we thought it would be interesting to talk to one of our favourite wedding photographers this time around. Sasson Haviv has photographed a number of weddings here in No. 25 and across Ireland, as well as having extensive experience in documentary and travel photography. We took a few minutes to get to know him better and find out more about his journey into engagement and wedding photography, his top tips for couples and one of his favourite Dublin weddings.
Tell us About Yourself.
I’ve always had an interest in travel and my passion for photography has allowed me to explore and capture different cultures in depth on my journey. As an award-winning documentary photographer, I was lucky enough to be able to incorporate my work into my travels and I won several international competitions along the way. One of my documentary portrait images was chosen as a finalist for the National Geographic yearly awards. I was living in New York when I met my wonderful Irish wife who is from Dublin. We moved to Ireland and now have two amazing girls and have settled in beautiful Wicklow.
Tell us About Your Business.
Although I have a masters degree in bio-engineering, once I discovered that my real passion was for photography it didn’t take long before it had become my full-time career. Having started out as a documentary photographer it was a natural transition for me to wedding photography. I set up my wedding photography business in Ireland shortly after moving here from New York and haven’t looked back. Ireland offers some amazing locations for weddings and the warmth of the people is an added bonus. It’s a real privilege to have the opportunity to capture such an emotional event and such a special day in people’s lives. I love getting to know each individual couple and aim to capture the more intimate moments rather than fully controlled posed ones. My engineering and documentary backgrounds give me a different perspective in my photography and I’m always on the lookout for new ways to improve and become more creative. I use a variety of prisms, reflective surfaces and editing techniques to create unique images tailored to the personalities of the couple. I love experimenting with light and am always on the lookout for inspiration.
What’s Your Top Tip for Couples Using Your Services?
The one thing I find that makes for a stress-free and fun wedding is to limit the amount of travel on the day if possible. There is such so much more time when there is no need to travel and it leads to a much more relaxed and enjoyable day for everyone. I also find it great when a couple book a pre-wedding or engagement shoot. It’s a really nice and relaxed way for us to get to know each other before the big day and for the couple to get comfortable in front of the camera in advance of their wedding day.
Tell us About a Wedding That You Enjoyed Working on.
I really love city centre weddings and one of my favourites was Trisha and Diarmaid’s wedding that took place in the summer in Dublin. The ceremony was held in the beautiful University Church just across from Stephens’s Green. We took the family photos in Stephen’s Green and then I strolled through the park with the bride and groom and bridal party. We stopped in a few of my favourite spots and then continued on down Grafton Street. I just love how lively Grafton Street is and how people cheered for Trisha and Diarmaid as they walked by. At one point a group of Japanese tourists stopped to take selfies with them and we were stopped by a busker who serenaded them while they danced. We finished off the walk arriving to Grogan’s, one of their favourite pubs. It was just a such a happy time, full of laughter and spontaneous moments.
What do You do When You’re Not Working?
I love spending time with my family and we really enjoy living in Wicklow by the sea and mountains. On a day off you can find us swimming ìn Brittas bay, strolling through the forest in Kimacurragh or enjoying a coffee in Wicklow Town. I also love cooking and experimenting with food and love to host friends for dinner.
Choosing your wedding photographer can be a nerve-wracking task but with photographers like Sasson you can be sure that you are in great hands. Take a look at his site and you’ll see the wide range and variety of his engagement and wedding shoots, and how beautifully he captures each couple. We’re always happy to recommend Sasson and we know that he’ll capture all of the special moments in your big day.
We love getting to know our suppliers better and we hope that you do too. We’ll be getting to know even more of our suppliers over the coming months so make sure to check back for more spotlights!