I got married in a private ceremony at my home that was a secret to family and friends, so I did not have any photographs of my special day. My honeymoon (just a vacation to family and friends) was scheduled for a month away. At that time my husband and I took our wedding attire with us and contracted Photos in Cancun for a Beach Photoshoot Session. What we got was SO much more. I thought at that price that it would be a quick sessions with probably 50 photos at most to pick from. Boy was I suprised. Derek and Lorena gave us the same attention that an entire expensive wedding shoot would have gotten. The type of shoot I had seen listed with other photographers for a thousand dollars or more. We walked away with over 600 photos not just of my husband and I on the beach as we thought we would get, but us all around the hotel in the gardens and near fountains. They not only took photos of my husband and I, but also several family photos with my children, and even a couples shoot of my son and his girlfriend, Lorena did my hair and makeup for the day. When I first inquired as to her doing my hair and makeup she sent me several options that she thought would work for me and together we made the choices. We had two hair options so that if it was a very windy day (as often this time of year on the ocean it is) we would be prepared with something that would not blow around and keep getting in my face. She did beautiful work and is very talented. Lorena is not only beautiful on the outside, but she has a beautiful soul and a kind heart. Not only did they do such great work, but they are wonderful caring individuals that I feel lucky to have even had the opportunity to meet. We enjoyed their company so much that we invited them to have dinner with us afterward, and they did. My 17 year old daughter loves photography and Derek was very kind to her allowing her to borrow some of his specialty lenses to take pictures along with him using her own camera and answer any questions she had. If you are working on a budget, these are the people to go with. You will be in the right price range, but from the quality of the work, nobody will ever know it. You will get the attention of and the quality work of one of the hightest priced photographers in the area, and only you will know what a bargain price you got it for. The work was so good that I could not even pick 25 to have photo shopped and edited. Each time I looked at the photographs I thought “what more could they do to this photo to make it any better?” Derek offered to do some special effects editing like maybe turning a photo black and white, but coloring the roses in the photos or just the water in a beach photo. They are so accomodating to your every need. I hope this helps you in your decision for a photographer, and good luck on your special day. Karmen
First, we are Chinese couple. I came to the US for 6 years, but couldn’t speak English as fluent as Chinese. And my wife does not speak much English at all. However, Derek, and his cute assistant, make super good communication with us, very patiently. That’s what I valued the most. He is a wonderful photographer with no doubt. However, if you booked Derek, you will get more than that. Since as customers, the value of the service is not just the service, but also how it is delivered.
Second, the photos are fantastic. They are not only good show-cases in our wedding, but also great memory for life. You really do not need to worry about the quality of Derek’s pictures. He is professional in every way.
Third, his assistant is also a very nice girl. Thoughtful indeed, and detail oriented.
Forth, Derek also provides editing service after the shooting, which is really nice, All in all, Derek is the photographer you want to get in Cancun.
My husband & I met Derek & Lorena in Cancun for a TDD shoot the day after our wedding. And we must say they were one of the highlights of our special event. They immediately make you feel comfortable, are flexible & patient. I could tell you they are a great value in terms of money, a great choice if you want prompt communication, immediate results & are generous with their time. But all those things have a tangible price. What is intangible is how much FUN they are as a team! They have awesome energy, are creative & very personable. If you’re lucky enough to book Photos in Cancun – we’re sure you’ll be satisfied with your selection, Best of luck on your wedding planning.
Here’s a breakdown of all the reasons I loved Derek and Lorena at Photos in Cancun!
1. Communication: The first thing I liked about Derek is that he speaks English! I don’t speak Spanish, so I was apprehensive about hiring a photographer that wouldn’t be able to communicate with me, so that was a real selling point. Plus he speaks Spanish, so he was able to talk to the hotel staff as well. Also, his response time to my emails was outstanding–within an hour of my initial email request for information, I had an amazing response with ideas and pricing…he even gave suggestions on what to wear and how to get the best shot. I was impressed from the beginning.
2. Value of the Product:First of all, I had inquired about prices just a day before Derek changed them–so he honored the price I inquired about (he’s an honest, stand up guy!). You can tell by his website that he creates beautiful photos, and I love so many of mine! We did an engagement shot, so Derek just let us do our thing without posing us–he would say things like “your pocket’s sticking out!” or “she’s got a curl that’s all kinked up”…other than that, he just put us in front of a beautiful backdrop and snapped away. He never once looked at his watch to remind us of our time limit, and within 20 minutes of it being over he gave us the DVD with ALL of our images. Now I just have to pick my favorites and he’ll do some creative editing to them. It’s unbelievable value!
3. Attitude: Derek and Lorena were high energy and experimental and creative the whole time. We just walked around our resort and stopped wherever they thought would be ideal–we even had to do some climbing! Our hotel staff was not particularly cooperative, but Derek handled it amazingly and put me at ease. He took some really bizare shots that turned out fantastic. Plus, he was up at the crack of dawn to capture the sunrise–at no extra charge! Overall, I highly recommend Derek to anyone in the Mayan Riviera needing beautiful photography. You’ll get amazing value for your money, you’ll love the product, and he’s just a great guy to work with. I am a VERY satisfied customer!
Our wedding was in November 2010 at the Leblanc Resort & Spa in Cancun. We had Derek’s reference by a friend in Montreal. Wow! What a professional! In most of the wedding package you have the photographer included in the price but I didn’t want to have the typical pictures of the bride and the groom so I contacted Derek. I told him that my husband and I weren’t so comfortable in front of the camera so I wanted to have some quick shots but some nice and modern pictures of everything. In these moments that pass so fast you can’t see everything and you want to remember at all. Derek helped me with everything, including giving me his advice for the hour of the ceremony and the sunset, have the best shots of my husband and I that really represent us, have pictures of all my guests, all the little details that took me 6 months to prepare, take shots of friends that were doing some crazy things during the party and giving me some good ideas to use the flowers of the ceremony . That day we didn’t only meet a photographer, we met a friend. I really had a fantastic day with some gorgeous pictures to share. I would recommend him to everyone and for sure I’ll find some events to go back in Cancun for his services!
I found Derek through doing a google search online. I was looking to do a Trash the Dress photo shoot while celebrating my anniversary in Cancun. He was great and took time to answer all my questions through email all the way up to the day I left for our trip. I was very excited to get some unique pictures in my wedding dress. The experience ended up being better then I could have imagined even my husband ended up getting into the fun of getting our pictures taken. Our pictures came out beyond beautiful and unique. We have gotten so many compliments. I would recommend Derek to anyone that is looking to get some beautiful pictures while having some fun doing it
My husband and I booked Derek for our destination wedding as well as Trash the Dress shoot last year in the Mayan Riviera. He was on time, professional, affordable and made us feel like the only customers he had! He showed up to the venue early, stayed until the very end, included all of our family and guests and never made us feel uncomfortable or rushed. He captured our day in the most romantic, artistic, unique way…better than we could have imagined! Before we even left to fly home, he gave us the disk with all of our shots on it and he had no problem allowing us to print them on our own. I would recommed him to anyone!
We were at the NOW Jade Cancun at my brothers wedding. I found Derek online during a Google search. My boys were ring bearers, I was maid of honor, and my husband was best man. Since all of our outfits matched I thought that it would be nice to get family pictures after the wedding pictures were taken. Derek was humorous and very involved with the family. He learned names quickly. Derek gave good simple direction during the shoot, but also was open to suggestions. We are VERY pleased with the pictures. He had another photographer (Lorena ?) there as well which was helpful. We would definately recommend!!!!!!!
We LOVED your style, charisma, and quality (of your work). I’m so glad you got to share our day, you enhanced it for sure!
Derek, I just wanted to thank you again for professionalism, class, talent, flexibility, enthusiasm, and the great photos you took. I still can’t believe you had an open date and gave us an unbelievable deal. To say we got lucky is an understatement. I always wondered how it would feel like to have a photographer take shots of me and make me feel special. I now know what that feeling is. I felt like I could have spent the entire day with you and Lorena taking photos. Katie is happy and that makes me happy. Thanks for capturing so many unique and outstanding moments of our wedding. You are amazing and we are grateful.
I just wanted to say thank you!! You did a wonderful job and Jared and I had a blast!! I will definitely recommend you to anyone who is thinking of coming to this area!!
We are so happy with all the pictures. I am having such a hard time picking my favorites, there are so many of them.
The photos are AMAZING (like you would do anything less than that);
Every time I look at our pictures I smile – you are truly an amazing artist and I thank you!!!!
Oh how I love thee….This page is amazing!! It has captured what was the most fabulous year of my life, in the most perfect way. We are truly grateful for what you have done for us and certainly look forward to the next shoots to come. All the best to you and Lorena. Love- Karen and Nick