The best parts of hiring Derek of Chase Photography is that he has a great eye for composition and variety and he is professional and flexible. Our day went very smoothly, he communicated well with us prior to the event, and was able to accomm...
odate our timeline and wishes throughout the day. Super flexible, very polite, and well-dressed for the occasion! Additionally, we found our finished gallery to be consistent and well-edited. Our venue was unique—not an upscale joint by any means… but the images that Derek turned around made our perfect day look like a high-end affair that belonged in a magazine! The pricing is absolutely comparible with professional photographers in our geographical region and we felt we got a fair value for the pricetag. I do have a few remarks that we found in our experience with Derek:
You’ll need to evaluate whether or not Derek’s stated timeline will work for you when you’re thinking about your finished images. You’ll get a sneak peek image, and then the contract says 4-6 weeks for a finished gallery. Ours took 7 or 8 weeks. With regard to timing, Derek does not only do wedding photography, he enjoys photographing abandoned properties and cityscapes as well, so you may see some of those peppered in with his social media posts prior to receiving your edited images, as was the case with us, which didn’t make us feel like a priority. If you’re not in a major hurry for your gallery, this isn’t a big issue.
Derek’s second shooter on our big day was a gentleman named Chris, who is also super talented! You’ll be lucky with any second shooter Derek chooses to work with, as you can clearly see from his portfolio that all of his second shooters fit SEAMLESSLY into his photography/editing style. Due to the all-male-shooting-duo, however, we didn’t get any feedback regarding aesthetic details while we were shooting --in some images I feel like my face could have used a blotting sheet, in other posed images I didn’t feel as though we hit the right angle/pose for a flattered silhouette. These are obviously nitpicky items to me, who has experience shooting and editing, and certainly were not an overwhelming issue, and did not affect the majority of our shots.
Aside from the timeliness of the gallery and my picking apart a couple technical items like poses, we found no issues with Chase photography and I would certainly recommend them to any bride in the area who wants beautiful, timeless images. Our gallery perfectly captured our happiness and we will cherish our images for as long as we live. Derek is great to work with and I hope he continues to photograph weddings for many years to come.