Derek Halkett Photography

Derek Halkett Photography is an award winning wedding and portrait photographer who has had his work featured in such publications as The Knot, Newport Wedding Magazine, North Shore Magazine and other highly respected wedding publications. I am not like every other photographer out there and I like it that way, and I hope you do as well. I am obsessed about not being like every other photographer and work very hard to have my own style and uniqueness that many of my couples are looking for. If you are looking for a truly incredible experience, we would love to hear from you.

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1. What about your company or services makes you stand apart?

In my humble opinion, photography is the single most important investment on your wedding day. Capturing those fleeting moments in a tasteful and stylish manner allows couples to relive their wedding day for the rest of their lives. What I offer is an experience; one that I feel is superior to other photographers. From the moment you contact me to the end of your wedding day, all of my energy will be focused on exceeding your expectations. I limit my wedding bookings to 35 per year so that I can give the proper attention to each and every wedding couple. I like to summarize this by offering the old adage; quality over quantity, which is important to me. If you are looking for a truly incredible experience, feel free to contact me at any time at or 860-234-9626 to schedule a consultation or session.

2. How did you find your way into weddings?

I wish I could say that I was born with a camera in my hand or attended photography arts program. Truth is, I hold a Bachelors Degree and a Master of Arts degree, none of which are in the field of photography. I started this adventure in 2011. At first, it was a hobby, but then it formed into a passion. I found myself fascinated with the art of creating a great image and to this day, I am excited to capture the next great image. I always say that my favorite photo is the one I have not yet taken, and that is what is exciting about photography for me.

I trained with a professional photographer for a year before venturing out on my own. My first year in business I shot 8 weddings, the second year I took on 18 weddings and my 3-5 year, I limited my bookings to 25 per year to focus my time and energy on providing the best experience possible to each and every couple I worked with. Five years later it has become a career, and I now have the pleasure of creating lasting images for couples.

3. Describe the kind of couple who would have the most success working with you.

I pride myself on working well with a variety of different couples. I have extensive experience photographing different ethnic weddings, religious beliefs, and cultural backgrounds. I also have experience photographing many types of venues, locations, and styles. I have photographed destination weddings internationally and throughout the United States.

Whatever type of wedding you are planning, I have the experience to adapt and work in any environment. I feel that my experiences, my approach to shooting weddings and my attention to detail provide a stress-free and memorable day for my couples, and my flexibility allows me to be a good match for a variety of different people.

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by Samantha LeBeau on November 16, 2016 at 4:02 pm

We are so happy that Derek was our wedding photographer. He was so great to work with, he was very professional and helpful with any questions we had. And it was obvious how much he looked forward to and enjoyed photographing our special day. We definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a photographer.
We were a little wary at the idea of being the center of attention for the day and having a lot of pictures taken of both us and our wedding party. Not everyone enjoys the spotlight in front of a camera, but Derek made everyone comfortable and relaxed and was able to take pictures in such a subtle way that it was easy to lose ourselves in having fun with friends and family, not even noticing the camera.
We were warned by many of our married friends how quickly the day goes by in a blur so it was really important that we have pictures that captured the moments so we always remember our special day. We love our pictures! Granted we may be a bit biased, but we’ve also received many compliments on how fantastic and amazing our pictures are and people asking us who we had as our photographer and if we’d recommend him (of course we would!). Many of our guests even commented on how unobtrusive Derek was throughout the day and how they didn’t even notice him. We are so glad Derek was our photographer… thanks, Derek!!

by Nicole Weiss on November 16, 2016 at 4:02 pm

LOOK NO FURTHER. Seriously. Why, you ask? Derek captures the true essence of every couple he photographs; he captures their love, and isn’t that what we all want?!? I knew I wanted a photographer who could create art; someone who would not only capture the “moments” but also the emotions. When I stumbled upon Derek’s website, I was so moved by his photographs that I actually planned my wedding day around his availability.

The services Derek provided far exceeded our expectations. At every stage of the planning process, it was clear that photography is not just a job for Derek; it is his passion in life. Working with Derek was like a breath of fresh air. He responded to emails within 24 hours, and spoke with me on the phone several times to better understand what we wanted for our wedding. He arrived hours before the ceremony to find the perfect backdrops for photos. During the wedding, he followed our lead; he allowed things to unfold in the present moment and captured the beauty of those small moments; the moments you don’t think about before your special day, but that make your wedding day memorable (the glances, laughter, tears). I wanted art, romance, and passion, and, boy, did Derek deliver. Contacting him was irrefutably the best decision I made for my wedding (beyond marrying my best friend, of course).

Derek was just as attentive (and amazing) after our wedding day. Within 2 days, he had posted 60 flawless images. A week later, we received a customized flashdrive with all of our photos. He spent hours working with me to edit our album to our liking, which was nothing short of spectacular. Because of Derek, my husband and I will be able to relive the beauty of our wedding day again and again.

Thank you, Derek. You are a great photographer, but an even more amazing person. You went above and beyond for us. My husband and I were truly lucky to have come across your work and we look forward you photographing our family as we grow in the future.

by Krista Lyon on November 16, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Derek was amazing to work with! He was very personable, out going, and easy to work with. We set up a Pinterest board so we could exchange photo ideas/poses. He worked so hard to get the shots I wanted, and he did such an amazing job! Me, my husband and our family/friends were blown away with his work. He was also willing to work within our budget, which was very much appreciated! Ladies, and gentlemen…I highly recommend using Derek as your photographer. You will NOT be disappointed!

by Heather Boulanger on November 16, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Derek was a wonderful photographer to work with, he responded to me immediately and was very professional. He met with me and my fiance prior to our wedding to discuss the venue as well as get to know a little more about us, in order to make our experience truly exceptional…which it was. The day of our wedding was awesome, the weather was great and the photographs were AMAZING!! Derek did a great job scouting areas in order to take additional photos and the final results we will be able to cherish forever. I plan to use Derek in the future for all of my photography needs.

by Candi Biron on November 16, 2016 at 3:59 pm

Derek was a truly great person to work with. He was very willing to listen to our ideas for some of the photos we wanted and being honest when he knew that something was not possible. He captured amazing photos with out hardly being noticed! We got a teaser of some of our photos the day after our wedding, and received the rest within a week or so after! I will be recommending Derek to all of my friends as well as going back for any other photos we may need! I cant thank him enough for being so patient and capturing every detail of our wedding.

by Peter Nett on November 16, 2016 at 3:57 pm

Where do I even begin? I was looking through pinterest, at several photographers profiles, in search of the perfect photographer. I came across Derek’s Profile and instantly was extremely impressed. Truly the “next level” photography I was in search of. As im sure many can relate, my budget was very tight. I checked out his prices and was not sure I could swing it. Regardless, I felt compelled to reach out to him and pay him a complement on his work. From the moment we started talking he was a true joy to deal with. We came to an agreement and began planning. A week prior to our wedding we had a facetime interview to iron out all the details. Lots of laughs, valued insightful info, and general good conversation.

On our wedding day he was exactly where he said he was gonna be every moment. He captured things we didn’t even see him photograph. A regular camera Ninja. His efficiency was unparalleled, idea’s creative, attitude positive, availability on point, and I never had to look for him once. His photo’s were truly superb and technique flawless. He even stepped in on a few things that weren’t his responsibility. He saw a need and he took it upon himself to fill it.

My wife and I highly recommend Derek for any photography needs you may have. He was one of the best aspects of our wedding and a true blessing. Thanks to him we will have the best pictures to last us a lifetime.

Thanks Derek!

by Karen Friedlander on November 16, 2016 at 3:55 pm

Derek Halkett is an amazing talent and is much more than a photographer. He has an special eye to catch small moments and does not miss a thing. In addition, you hardly even know he is there. It is amazing that he captures everything,. He was my emotional support and my private bride’s assistant. He is professional and a sweet guy and makes everyone feel comfortable.

Our pictures are beyond gorgeous. They are artistic and capture so much emotion,. The results are breathtaking. I know I am biased but our wedding pictures are the best wedding pictures I have even viewed.

The hardest part of hiring Derek is deciding on which pictures are the best to display in your house. I want all the pictures and he does give you all of them!!

I am happy to talk to anyone about Derek and share my wedding pictures with you. .

by Christine Duft on November 16, 2016 at 3:54 pm

We are so happy with Derek’s work. He just did our engagement photos, and he made us feel so relaxed throughout the session. We went into the session thinking of it as a “practice” for our wedding to get comfortable having our pictures taken, but we could not be more satisfied with the quality of of the images. Derek did an incredible job of capturing the beautiful scenery, light, and sky, and we are so happy to have these photographs. Thank you! We can’t wait for Derek photograph our wedding.

by Christine Duft on November 16, 2016 at 3:53 pm

Derek was absolutely outstanding. He was flexible, creative and talented. Leading up to and on our wedding day Derek was professional and helpful. He captured everything we wanted on this amazing day. I could not be happier with the quality of the Photos. My husband and I are thrilled with his work and give Derek our highest recommendation!

by Jaqueline Wetherell on November 16, 2016 at 3:52 pm

From the initial meeting with Derek, we found him to be personable, down to earth and extremely professional. We immediately made our decision to go with him for both our engagement pictures and wedding. Our engagement session was so comfortable and fun because of Derek’s direction and eye for locations to shoot. Our wedding pictures are more than we could have imagined! We had pictures available the following day that gave us chills! I would recommend Derek without any hesitation! He is amazing to work with and gave us priceless pictures.

by Leah Johnson on November 16, 2016 at 3:47 pm

Derek is extremely professional. He showed up early to our engagement photo session to set up and check in with us. Derek researched our venue and came prepared with lots of ideas for our shoot venue. Within a day, we had a sneak preview of several dozen pics and within a week we had access to our own personal online gallery with hundreds of photos. We felt very comfortable under his direction. In addition to this, his vision for the photos matched ours to a tee and we couldn’t be more pleased with how they came out. My fiance and I can’t wait to work with him on our wedding day!

by Melisa Sahacic on November 16, 2016 at 3:45 pm

We met Derek last year when my now brother and sister- in law got married. We were in the wedding party and Derek was their photographer. Being engaged and planning my own wedding I paid close attention to photography. Right away I was able to notice Derek’s professionalism, talent and attention to detail. While looking for photographers for my wedding that took place on 7/30/2016 I kept referencing the work I have seen of other photographers to the work Derek did and there was no comparisson. I knew I wanted Derek to capture our special day. From the first encounter about our wedding day to the very last moment of our wedding day Derek has been friendly, very approachable, honest, patient and nothing but accommodating. We had some difficulty with scheduling our engagement shoot due to my schedule and weather but Derek didn’t disappoint again. He was understanding and accommodating. During the engagement shoot I was once again reassured that I made the right choice. The photographs were available very fast and they are breath taking. There were many things to worry about for the day of the wedding but photography wasn’t one of them. Derek was there, punctual and ready to capture our special day. He made sure he captured all the special moments and I felt very comfortable speaking to him as if I had known him for a very long time. I could keep writing all the wonderful things about Derek’s work but his photographs speak for themselves. My husband and I are so thrilled we chose Derek as our photographer. We love our photos and so does everyone else who has seen them. I have extraordinary photographs that reflect my extraordinary day forever and that is all thanks to his talent and his magic touch with photography. We can’t thank him enough.

by Michelle Migura on November 16, 2016 at 3:44 pm

Derek is amazing! My coworker told me about Derek after I had difficulty getting a photographer to even call me back. Within 20 minutes of an inquiry on his website he had called me to talk. I decided to book him immediately and couldn’t be happier. He had never been to our venue and, on his own time, went to scope it out so he would be prepared and not waste any valuable wedding time. Our caterer was extremely unprofessional towards him but he remained totally professional and despite an extremely difficult lighting situation he was able to get amazing shots. Within a couple days he had posted some of my pictures, within 2 weeks I had my whole album available on line and the usb of my pics had arrived at my house. He is very accommodating, friendly, responsive, fair and a joy to work with.

by Marcia LaRocco on November 16, 2016 at 3:43 pm

I found Derek through wedding wire, and I feel like a hit the jackpot. Derek was wonderful. His work is truly art! He was very professional, but he made us feel at ease on our wedding day. He took some amazing shots on my parents property that made them special for us and my whole family. He really displayed his talent as he took photos in a forest, in a field, a barn and finally, lakeside on our dock. He worked with our budget, schedule, and provided our photos in a timely manner. We will be recommending him to everyone!

by Allexis Hooper on November 16, 2016 at 3:41 pm

I was insistent on getting married in the Smoky Mountains. A national park isn’t the easiest spot to find quality vendors and the kind of shots we wanted weren’t for the faint of heart. When I saw Derek’s work on WeddingWire, I was pumped, but skeptical. How could shots this good be so reasonably priced? He was so cool though. He worked with our budget and was enthusiastic throughout the entire process. Derek had done some solid prep work online and had visited the area with his kids prior to the wedding date. Last minute, I asked him to show up earlier than planned on the wedding day and he was there without question. He captured the entire day. Seriously, no detail went unsnapped. I expressed the need for waterfalls and possibly a hike. He consulted with a friend to ensure we went to the best spot. He suggested leaving our enormous bridal party behind(sheer brilliance) and taking off after the ceremony. On the way, we pulled over unannounced and jumped in the river. He followed suit and started snapping. The hike to the falls was no joke. Once we arrived, my husband and I jumped in the falls and without missing a beat he was in too. He jogged back with us to ensure we made it back in time for dinner. Above and beyond doesn’t begin to cover it. Not only would most photographers not be down with this kind of chaos, but most wouldn’t be physically capable. When we got to the venue, he ensured we took more bridal party shots. I was checking out our pictures today(barely over a week after the wedding) and quietly sobbing. The shots at the waterfall look like a postcard. Beyond the majestic magazine level pictures, he really caught the spirit of the day. The love between my husband(so real) and I was so genuinely captured, none of that awkward posing. I don’t know anyone that loved hundreds of their wedding photos. I’m so happy we hired this man. Working with him was truly a wonderful experience. He really helped take our day to the next level. Thanks, Derek!

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