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"I recently had the pleasure of working with Derek at a wedding after admiring his work for a few years now.
He was so warm friendly and very professional all the bridal party where so relaxed and commented on how amazing he was. He was communicating with guests and suppliers and we all just knew the final result would be fantastic.
After having a sneak peak at the final images for the wedding at the Piersland house hotel in Troon delighted would be an understatement!!! The images are fit for any bridal magazine with such a personal touch of the lovely couple Lauren and Gareth. Great work Derek and can’t wait to work with you again in the future" - Nikmakeartist - Scotland

"I can’t sing Derek’s praises enough after photographing our wedding recently. We had such a fabulous day which Derek has managed to capture so wonderfully. Our preview pictures are really special and we’re so excited to see the rest of the shots. I usually describe myself as not photogenic but Derek made me and the rest of the wedding party feel so at ease, which is reflected in the photos. We have received several compliments about Derek from many of our guests all describing how considerate and helpful he was. He has been excellent, providing great communication & support throughout. Genuinely cannot praise his efforts and professionalism enough would not hesitate to highly recommend him for any photo shoot or function. So happy to have had him capture our big day" - Lauren Sweden - Piersland

Loch Lomond wedding photograph at lodge on the loch"DEREK WAS A ABSOLUTE DREAM ON OUR WEDDING DAY. So down to earth. Great banter. Yet so professional. I can't thank him enough for capturing our special day for us. Amazing photographer and such an amazing guy. Thank you a million times over Derek" - Amy Bee

"Derek was absolutely amazing. We couldn't have asked for a better photographer!
At our first meeting Derek put both of us at complete ease and this continued all the way through to the wedding. He is so enthusiastic and has so many great ideas.
Prior to the wedding we had an engagement shoot around some of our favourite places in Glasgow so we could get used to having our picture take and it took away any nerves we had.
The pictures from our wedding look incredible and have captured the day perfectly. We honestly can’t thank Derek enough, he was fantastic!" - Callum McLaren

"We were Derek’s very first wedding and he was just amazing. Derek made us all feel at ease and managed to capture memories that will last us a lifetime. The photographs that we received were fabulous and the quality was outstanding. He really is an excellent photographer and really knows his craft. Thank you again Derek." - Rhona Currie

scotland wedding photographer bride at the marine"Derek was really friendly and quickly made my partner and I feel relaxed. We were so happy with our pictures and have now booked Derek for our wedding in 2022. Feel confident that he will capture our day perfectly!Update after wedding: Derek is a brilliant photographer and makes sure you feel confident in front of the camera. He was professional but totally down to earth and our wedding pictures are exactly what we hoped for. Derek truly cares about capturing every part of your day and any requests you have, he does his best to capture them. I would recommend Derek to anyone looking for a fantastic photographer" - Alison Brewer

Derek Dunlop Photography | Ross Priory | Wedding Portrait"Wether its for your big day or any other photogtaphy requirements then I could not recommend Derek enough. Even though he was brought in late he was so helpful and on our big day and went above and beyond. He was easily the hardest working individual on our day making sure he captured every aspect of our wedding. He must have covered atleast a marathon in distance all over the venue grounds day and night and all with a smile. The pictures he sent us are absolutley stunning.Thanks again Derek" - Joe Donnelly

Derek was the perfect mix of professional, competent and a really nice, friendly man.
We live abroad so Derek arranged a couple of Zoom calls just so we could get familiar with each other, have our questions answered and manage expectations from both ends which was great. He even came and met us at the venue hotel the day before for a coffee to sort out last minute stuff.
He truly went above and beyond for us from start to finish, happily organising taking a video we decided we wanted very much at last minute; nothing seemed like too much trouble and was all achieved with a smile and good humour.
Amazingly, we got our pictures with 2 weeks, considerably ahead of his proposed schedule, which was a great surprise.
In something of a miracle, my wife likes almost all the pics she’s in and my Mum and Dad are both smiling AND looking at the camera at the same time. The man is a genius!! Seriously though, he put everyone who hates having their picture taken at ease, took lots of candid shots through the day and we really couldn’t have been any happier with the final result.
Price isn’t the driving factor when you hire a photographer for something as precious as wedding photos but to have the skill and dedication that Derek brings to the task at the price, he’s definitely someone we cannot recommend highly enough.
Thanks Derek. You’re a wee star - Iain Simpson

dog loving the camera "My husband and I were married at the Doubletree Hilton hydro hotel at Dunblane on the 12th of July & Derek was kind enough to do our photos. We can’t thank and recommend Derek Dunlop Photography enough! He was so kind, friendly and has a natural way of putting people at ease, plus he included our very special German shepherd who has special needs in our photos. Neither myself or my husband like our photos taken but Derek was so lovely and has this natural way of putting people at ease it was a joyous day that has only been enhanced by a very special and talented photographer. Both of us thank you so much for all you have done and we highly recommend Derek! He is a true gem. Best wishes Derek and thank you so much once again." - Mr & Mrs Moore

Scotland Elopement up Glen Coe - Scotland Wedding "Derek, with less than a weeks notice, made himself available for an entire days photoshoot AND drove 260mi for our elopement! Not only was he extremely generous with his time and very affordable, but his upbeat energy made the day extra fun. His competency with the camera is top notch, and he put us at ease through out the shoot, guiding us through poses and angles. We are blown away with the outcome as well, the photos are absolutely stunning! Our friends and family think they look like they belong in a magazine! We will definitely be using him again for our big wedding next year!" - Megan Moss

Piersland House Hotel - Troon Wedding Photography"The most amazing photogragher we could ever have imagined for our special day. We could never have imagined how helpful or how Derek could have captured the day of our lives, Thank you Derek xx" - Alison & Dougie

Scotland Castle Wedding Derek is an absolutely fantastic photographer! We've had such an amazing time with him shooting our wedding. He got excellent photos, both staged and candid. This meant that we got our favourite moments captured as well as important family photos. I'll (hopefully) never need another wedding photographer but Derek will be who I recommend if anyone asks! - Becca

"Derek stepped in two days before our wedding and I can’t recommend him enough!! We felt as if we had known him for ages because of how relaxed and comfortable he made us feel on our big day. We really aren’t fans of being in front of the camera but with him, it felt normal. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Derek for a wedding or special event!
Thanks again Derek!" - Claire and Stewart

"We booked Derek as our wedding photo when our original photographer had a family emergency and was unable to make it along to our wedding. He was very patient, understanding and made us feel completely relaxed the whole time. Would 100% recommend!" - Kirsty, Ryan & Oreo

"I have been meaning to post a review for a while now about how wonderful Derek is to work with. He has now worked with me and my business for a number of years now on various projects including fashion shoots and professional head shots and aswell as being very creative and responsive to everything I asked him to do on these shoots Derek brings the friendliest and knowledgeable approach to every person he photographs.He is a master with natural light and knows how to direct his subjects to get the best out of them.
I would not hesitate to recommend Derek Dunlop Photography to any small business or wedding party, he is a charming and great guy to work with." - Leann Cairns

"Thank you so much Derek! You met the brief perfectly and produced fantastic photographs that helped my website look new and fresh. I would highly recommend - 5 STARS" - Jan Laird

"Derek has helped me with the photography for my website - he couldn't have been more helpful, and more kind - he has made the whole process really fun and a pleasure for everyone involved in the shoots - i absolutely hate my photo being taken, i was worried that this process would be a real trial for me, but Derek has put me at ease, and even managed to take some really good shots of me!! Thank you Derek!" - Susanna Edward

"Derek has a friendly yet professional approach to his work and helped get rid of the nerves for my first photoshoot for some business profile pictures! He makes you feel at ease and has captured some great images from our session at the beach. He took the time to understand what I was looking for and has got it perfect, and the tones and overall feel of the pictures are just great. I will be using Derek in the future and would highly recommend!" - Niki Munro

first dance at enterkine house | Derek Dunlop Photography "Used Derek for both my engagement shoot and my wedding day he was absolutely outstanding such a lovely man very down to earth made us both feel very very comfortable, confident and at ease. He went above and beyond for us from beginning to end and at a very very reasonable price! The pictures we received were amazing quality couldn't have asked for better. Nothing was too much hassle. Both me and my husband are delighted and so happy we choose derek and would highly recommend!" - Connie & James

dalmeny park hotel scotland wedding couple"Derek is a wonderful photographer and a super warm, friendly and fun dude to have taking your wedding pictures. He came highly recommended by a friend and even still managed to exceed expectations. Pictures from our wedding look incredible and have captured the day perfectly. We honestly can’t thank Derek enough, he was fantastic! Derek took our wedding pictures from before the ceremony until the first dance and captured a perfect mix of requested group shots and reportage style - ensuring we have amazing memories of all who joined our special day. An absolute professional who has clearly invested a lot of time studying and perfecting his craft. He balances his awesome creativity with great business skills - fab communication, plenty of time to meet and discuss requirements and also keen to get to know his clients so ensuring personalised shots. I really hope our paths cross again soon with Derek and Katie. Thanks so much! X" - Hamish & Angela Adams

"Derek was absolutely amazing. We couldn't have asked for a better photographer!
At our first meeting Derek put both of us at complete ease and this continued all the way through to the wedding. He is so enthusiastic and has so many great ideas.
Prior to the wedding we had an engagement shoot around some of our favourite places in Glasgow so we could get used to having our picture take and it took away any nerves we had.
The pictures from our wedding look incredible and have captured the day perfectly. We honestly can’t thank Derek enough, he was fantastic!" - Samatha Laidlaw

"Not Only Is Derek A True Professional In His Field, he's a very friendly and great guy to deal with in general. I've just completed a very impressive photo shoot with him and myself and my management will be using his images in loads of my promotional material over the next few months. Will definitely continue to work with him moving forwards. Highly recommended!! - Mark Sherry

"Derek Was Such A Delight To Have Photographing Our Wedding! Our pictures are absolutely stunning- and I'm so glad I don't have to just pick a few! If you're looking for a photographer for any occasion, Derek is the guy you need! 10/10 would highly recommend!! Thanks, Derek...for making our memories last forever!" - Sam & Dun

"Derek Has A Natural Eye For Detail, he's easy to work with and makes the whole process so easy and enjoyable. he truly knows his stuff when it comes to photography and knows how to capture what you are looking for." - Hayleigh Meg

"Had the pleasure of working alongside Derek at a wedding I conducted today. every inch a lovely guy, and a photographer that truly knows what he is doing. Gets the best shots done without any stress. highly recommend." Natalie Stevenson

"Working with derek was a very relaxing and fun time! He knows exactly what to capture with the lens taking the mood of the shot into great consideration. I would highly recommend Derek to anybody who is in need of a photographer who is going to creature and capture those special moments!" - Charlotte Smith

"Never thought I’d get the chance to model let alone work with a professional photographer, this was my 3rd ever shoot. And it was the best one yet honestly was amazing. Dereks photography is amazing and he’s very chill and easy to work with." - Lauren Alex

"I highly recommend Derek Dunlop Photography. I wanted some new photos to update my modelling portfolio and I was so pleased with the results. Derek was friendly and professional. I felt very comfortable throughout as he adhered to all social distancing rules, etc. He is very knowledgeable and experienced. He gave really great direction. He was selective about his shots which meant that no time was wasted, he was very helpful with setting the pose/positioning. I received the photos extremely quickly afterwards. I am really delighted with the photographs" - Gillian Cheung

"We chose Derek to take our family photographs for a long awaited family photoshoot, including 3 generations of kids and grandparents. We are so glad we did, the pictures turned out amazing and Derek was extremely friendly and ‘easy to talk to’ meaning we could ask him for the photos we wanted. On the day of our shoot it started to rain, but Derek made up the time at a later date and we managed to get all the pictures we wanted! Would highly recommend!" - Anjie Gibbons & Family

"I worked as a model with Derek and I cannot recommend him highly enough! He is very professional and well organised and makes you feel at ease. He knows what looks good, taking into account many factors such as the lighting, poses, clothing etc and he can communicate this well. Derek was very quick in getting edited images back to me which were of a high standard. Derek was always quick in replying to messages and I felt like we really worked together as a team" - Private

"I have worked with Derek since I started modelling. He has a wonderful eye for where to get the best images, as well as being helpful with posing tips etc. He is amazing working with natural light and I would turn to Derek for any kind of photoshoot ideas I have, knowing full well he'd be able to do it" - Rebecca Wyman

"I met Derek at an event ran by Benefit Cosmetics who were offering free LinkedIn headshots. I expected it to be quite rushed because it was free but Derek took the time to adjust the lights and talk me through angles to get the perfect shot. He was so complimentary about me which made me feel at ease. He made me laugh too which helps me relax. I would 100% recommend Derek for any photography needs you have" - Racheal Baird

"I had the pleasure of working with Derek on a shoot recently as an MUA and I had a fantastic time. Derek is so professional and has spent a lot of time refining his skills. He has a strong passion and an eye for detail which makes his photography so great. I would highly recommend, so book now!!" - Alix Muir

"Derek was amazing at capturing all the fun at several of my events - so much so that lots of friends have booked him since for an array of different projects from events to personal branding." - Gemma Johnson

"Worked with Derek on my first photo shoot last week in Troon.Derek was amazing and made me feel relaxed with his lovely friendly nature. He guided me through the entire process and made me feel at ease.I would thoroughly recommend him for anyone seeking professional photos. A joy to work with - 5 stars" - Elspeth Dickie

"We were recommended Derek as an option by The Gart for my 50th birthday celebrations. Derek organised a phone call and then set up a video call to give us confidence before we selected him. And we were not disappointed!Derek covered both the “cocktail party” evening on the Friday with some formal and lots of informal shots, as well as the black tie formal Saturday night. He captured them both beautifully!He is absolutely a talented photographer and has produced both shots that captured the moment as well as beautiful portrait shots of couples and loved ones.I can be difficult to please at times but I have nothing but praise about the outcome of Derek’s work.He cares about his clients and wants to get to know them to get the best of the event.I didn’t take one other photo of both nights. I was able to relax and enjoy myself. And I still have wonderful images to remind me of an absolutely amazing weekend at an incredibly unique location. Derek, I can’t thank you enough for capturing it!" - Amanda

"Derek is fantastic at his craft and so comfortable with the camera. He puts you at ease from the very start and guides you through the process to ensure you get exactly what you want. He gave myself and my husband amazing marketing shots for our business. Do not hesitate to use this man, you won't be disappointed, he is the best. 5 stars Highly recommended." - Geraldine Mair

"Derek has helped me with the photography for my website - he couldn't have been more helpful, and more kind - he has made the whole process really fun and a pleasure for everyone involved in the shoots - I absolutely hate my photo being taken, I was worried that this process would be a real trial for me, but Derek has put me at ease, and even managed to take some really good shots of me!! Thank you Derek!" - Aiden

"I hired Derek to take photographs for my website and blog, headshots and portraits of me in my workplace. He is very knowledgeable and professional, and the results are fantastic - I couldn't be happier! Throughout the shoot he offered direction and guidance for posing, to help make the pictures look natural and made me feel completely at ease in front of the camera. Highly recommended!" - Natalie Blake

"Derek photographed our Silver Wedding family get together. He was not intrusive at all and captured some amazing natural photographs just like we had asked for. He is a lovely man and we can not recommend him highly enough. Our pics are amazing and we truly have memories to look back on that we will never forget." - Hazel Meikle

"I had the privilege of shooting with Derek yesterday on a bridal shoot and he's such a brilliant person to work with! Super friendly and professional and from what I've seen of the photos so far they look fantastic! Derek made us all feel relaxed and comfortable and I am very much looking forward to working with him again. If you can book him - book him!" - Shannon Dxwe

"Derek has amazing passion for photography, he knows exactly what he's doing. He connects with people straight away and creates a friendly environment Derek's work speaks for himself - photos are absolutely amazing! would recommend him without any hesitation." - Rebecca

"Recently had a couple session with Derek. Cannot recommend him highly enough. Derek is an absolute pleasure to work with, made us feel comfortable and relax. A great photographer with plenty of technical knowledge and amazing ideas. Looking forward to working with him again!" - Private

"I recently worked with Derek on an editorial shoot for a fashion company and luxury hotel, and I couldn't recommend him enough. I'm not a professional model but Derek made me feel extremely comfortable from the outset, with really helpful direction for the shots and lots of encouragement. The end results are more than I could have ever dreamed of. As my dad said, you wouldn't find better photography in Vogue! He has a real eye for colour and lighting. Thanks Derek!" - Chani lillian caunt

"Derek is very talented and passionate artist and a kind and sympathetic person. Climate and unique moments captured on the pictures, Thank you Derek for the great pictures! highly recommended!" - Monica

"LOVED WORKING WITH DEREK!! Had an amazing shoot, Derek had picked amazing locations. He directed well and got more than enough amazing shots from it! He makes you feel so at ease and can have a good laugh, which creates images you never thought would be nice! Learned a lot on this shoot. THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHER I’ve worked with so far!! Thanks again Derek!" - Jodie McCallum

"I recently did a photo shoot with Derek. I was really nervous and not sure what to expect. He instantly made me feel at ease which allowed me to be myself. The shoot was so much fun. Derek is professional yet relaxed which helped me get the photos I was looking for. Thanks again for the great shots and excellent service! I will definitely use Derek again." - Ayesha Shahid

"My daughter worked with Derek as a model for a bridal photo shoot. She was nervous at first but Derek made her feel completely relaxed and part of the team. He is very organised and professional. Derek gave her great advice on poses and where to stand for the best lighting as he knows what looks good. I have been impressed with all the pictures received from the shoot. The standard is extremely high. I would have no hesitation in using Derek’s services again in the future or recommending Derek to anyone looking for a great photographer for all occasions. Thanks Derek!" - Lorraine Cordiner

"Went along with Derek to a photoshoot to learn more about photography. Was amaze how knowledgable he was. Pro with using natural lighting and communication skills were on point. Thanks again for all the tips and happily work with you again." - Zohrane Dyer

"Derek is very talented and passionate artist and a kind and sympathetic person. Climate and unique moments captured on the pictures, Thank you Derek for the great pictures! great collaboration! highly recommended!" - Santa Monica

"Derek is an all round amazing photographer. Great concepts for photos, working as a team, directing and making the models comfortable. His work is astounding. I will be definitely be recommending him! I can’t wait to work with him again! Amazing!" - Beth King

"We booked Derek for our wedding day. We had an engagement shoot with Derek before hand and this gave us the chance to get a feel for what to expect on our wedding day. Derek made us both feel quickly relaxed on the day which reduced our anxieties for the wedding day photos. We loved our photos from the engagement shoot so we couldn’t wait to see the wedding day photos, Derek did not disappoint we loved every one of our wedding day photos. We had to change our date due to COVID restrictions and derek was amazing, done his best so he could accommodate us on our important day. As we had to change the day and reduce the number of people it was important for us that we had amazing photos to show family and friends who couldn’t be there with us on the day.

We highly recommend Derek, he was professional throughout and made our day fun and full of laughter. Derek made us feel relaxed from our engagement shoot so we knew our wedding we were going to be relaxed during this which was a huge deal for us as none of us had done a shoot like this before. We can’t thank derek enough for our amazing photos from both our engagement and wedding. Thanks again!" - Natalie Cunningham