Derek Christie Photography is a wedding photography business based just outside Edinburgh in Dalkeith. With over 8 years of experience and 200+ weddings Derek is one of the most trusted photographers in the country.
Kirsty & Blair's Testimonial
From the very start Derek was amazing.
The Communication was outstanding. He helped us picture our big day and talked us throught the whole day start to finnish. Before meeting derek we couldnt picture how the day would flow but after meeting him he explained everything from what happens at home getting ready right up to the party at night and we left so excited for the big day and totaly understood how it would all come together.
Our engagement photo shoot was perfect and we loved the photos. It was a brilliant way to get to know him and relax with him before the big day.
Then the big day arrived and we couldnt fault Derek one bit. He went above and beyond his dutys and things that needed done or we needed help with he was right there helping and because of the engagement shoot we were so relaxed with him for the wedding photos.
He gave us the best advice on what album etc to get. Even after the wedding the communication was perfect. Not a bad word to say.
What a guy and what a bubbly personality he has, everyone at the wedding loved him and he got everyone involved. Now that the wedding is done...I cant wait for Derek to take all of our family photos in the future. We didnt just get a photographer...we ended up with a really good friend. Thank you for helping make our special day even more special
Zoe & Ben's Testimonial
The best decision we made when planning our wedding was to use Derek as the photographer. So many of our family came up to us during the day to tell us what a lovely manner he had and how accommodating he was. Derek works incredibly hard and the photos are absolutely amazing.
We're really, really happy with him and we've been asked several times how we found him! I've recommended him to our friends and family. I'd recommend him to you.
Amy & Kyle's Testimonial
Derek photographed our wedding in May at Aswanley. Right from the first email and throughout, commincation was quick and professional.
The first meeting for our engagement shoot he made us feel so at ease which was so important as my husband has a particular hatred for his photo being taken!
On the wedding day he was the best! Organised, chilled and took every photo we wanted without being in your face.
Then the album... it didn't take long to arrive at all and it was more stunning than I could ever wish for. It is the perfect way to remember our day forever. We honestly can't thank Derek enough and would highly recommend to all our friends and family!!
Cliona & Stuart's Testimonial
Exceeded all our expectations for our wedding day photos. Professional from the very first point of contact and throughout. Derek has a real passion for photography that shines through every time you speak to him.
Managed to arrange the guests for all the photos without ever appearing pushy which is a real skill that a lot of photographers don't seem to have.
He captured every moment we wanted and was very creative in offering shots that we hadn't even thought about.
Was an absolute pleasure to have Derek photograph our wedding day and would highly recommend him to everyone
I Don’t think there are enough words (or space) to describe the brilliance of the photographs you took on our big daybed we will try.
One of the most worrying parts of a wedding is your photographs but being very impressed at your work online and then meeting you in person we knew that it was going to be ok. You were such a friendly guy, really putting us at easing made us feel we could ask any questions we wanted, no matter how silly it may sound!
The engagement shoot was fantastic and such a good opportunity to feel at ease in front of the camera and get to know you a bit better as well. Being able to choose where we wanted to have the shoot was brilliant and a perfect opportunity to help us create a lovely memory of where we got engaged, an opportunity we may no otherwise have had so thank you.
One the big day you were so relaxed even when I was stressed in the morning and made sure that you has the photos I asked for. It was so nice knowing that you were in control of the situation and one less thing for us to worry about seeing how you managed a flat full of stressed females and children!
Our guests absolutely loved you and hats off to you for managing to get every photograph we asked for while battling with tourists and drunken guests.
We really appreciated the extra mile you went on the day getting your mate to take us in a taxi around Edinburgh. I loved that time, we felt so special (a bit like celebrities haha) but it also gave us some one to one time as a couple which was much appreciated. The photos you took with the caste in the background is spectacular. Colin had it enlarged and put onto a canvas with he words of our first dance song on the side, it looks amazing. I still don’t believe it is us!
When we saw the photos for the first time we were both in complete shock at how fantastic they were. We cried, laughed, screamed and squealed. (Me, not Colin). Lot’s of awes and we ran out of words to describe the photos.
What I love the most though was that they weren’t just photos. They tell the story of your wedding journey and looking through them felt like we were reliving it minute by minute, feeling the emotions of the day all over again. it really says something when you can look at a photograph and feel the emotion you are looking at. Truly amazing Derek. You really captured all the special moments of the day and all the details we may have forgotten in the years to come. I have still not got tired of looking at the photographs and I don’t think I ever will.
You have provided such a fantastic a fantastic service, thank you so so much for being a part of our special day. You have given us memories of our wedding journey we will treasure forever and share over and over again with our loved ones for years to come. If we can be of any help, reviews etc please just let us know.
Love, The Hutchisons xxx
Balgeddie House Hotel Wedding - Mari & Greg
Thank you so much for being part of our day on Saturday. It was a pleasure having you as our photographer and the photos we've seen so far look amazing. Can't recommend you highly enough!! Thanks!!
Balmoral Wedding - Carys & Craig
Don't look anywhere else Derek cannot do enough for you ,very professional helpful full of great ideas that capture the moment the photos made me cry, again.
If you want pictures that make you cry with joy, Derek is the man you need. My wife couldn't stop. Well done Derek first class job, best wishes for the future.
Howie's Wedding - Jennifer & Calum
Thank you again for our beautiful wedding pictures and albums. We love them!
Can't recommend Derek highly enough.
Dalhousie Castle Wedding - Lisa & Chad
I don't think I could say enough good things about Derek. We came from the States for a small ceremony at Dalhousie Castle. And even though my husband was sick in bed until an hour before the ceremony, we ended up having the best day and the pictures are better than I ever could have imagined. I only wish I could recommend him to my more of my family and friends.
Eskmills Wedding - Laura & Alan
I would give more stars if I could
:0) cannot recommend Derek enough, we are so thankful we chose him as our wedding photographer. He is worth every penny and the preview photos we've seen so far are just beyond amazing and we cannot wait to see the rest. I have absolutely no doubt in my mind they will be everything we hope for and more, we both felt like our friend was there taking our photos on the day and he just makes everything so easy and relaxed. Anyone looking on this website definitely choose Derek as your photographer as he genuinely cares about your wedding and what you want out of the photos. I know we will have an amazing album to treasure forever :0))))) thank you so much Derek! I have sung your praises to everyone that's asked about our wedding day as you helped make it so special and stress free,
The Shaws :0))
Eskmills Wedding - Natalie & Sandy
Phenomenal photographer and I've only had some pre wedding shots done. Can't even imagine how good the ones on the day will be. Great guy and amazing work, would recommend to anyone.
Howies Edinburgh Wedding - Gemma & Paul
An absolute professional from start to finish. He managed to catch the day exactly as we wanted it. Don't go anywhere else! I've never seen a better wedding album collection!
Gretna Green Wedding - Marianne & Jonathan
Somewhat reluctantly, my fiancee agreed to have a photographer at our very small and private destination wedding. It's not that she didn't want to capture our memories, she was very concerned about having a stranger at our wedding giving orders and taking away from what was most important to us - each other. She'd seen that happen too many times at weddings that she had attended and didn't want the same thing to happen to us. I assured her that I would make sure that things would go smoothly, and set off to find our photographer.
Because neither of us were from our wedding destination, Scotland, I didn't have any recommendations from friends or family to use; instead, I searched google for wedding photographers. What I found were almost entirely examples of simple and basic photos, uninspiring and entirely plain. As a photography enthusiast, I was looking for someone that could not only capture a story, but use the lens to tell it, too. I wanted photos that would capture our emotions and our happiness, to add to the memories and to give us happiness every time that we looked at them. I was terribly disappointed with every website that I found.
That is, until I looked at Derek Christie Photography!
Here were pictures that were beautiful and artistic! Here were stories in every frame! I knew that Derek was going to be perfect. I contacted Derek and we were able to discuss ideas and a vision of the day - Derek was professional and easy-going, enthusiastic and passionate about his craft. I couldn't wait to see him at work.
What we got was beyond expectation: beautiful pictures that immediately capture the eye and draw the viewer in to examine every detail. Working with Derek was so easy: he did better than simply "fade into the background," what he did was become a part of the celebration! He wasn't "just" our photographer, he became one of the honored guests! And my fiancee? She loved working with him too: her initial concerns melted away immediately, and we both had an absolute blast working with him.
It's one thing to hire a photographer that won't detract from your day; it's another thing entirely to find one that adds to it. If you're having a wedding in Scotland, you're going to want to give Derek a call.
Gretna Green Wedding - Marianne & Jonathan 2
I would like to echo Jonathan Fass's review and add a little extra
My biggest fear was just having typical wedding photos with no edge and them not conveying the atmosphere of the day or the love between me and my groom
What happened was wonderful! Derek is so easy-going yet so skilful at capturing a moment you don't even notice you've just been photographed. He made me feel at ease from the get-go and I was free to enjoy every moment of the day.
Not only that, but the resulting photos have captured the day and the love perfectly - it was so much fun shooting these and i couldn't recommend Derek more!
Plus he drove all the way to Gretna Green for a 8am on New Years Eve - fair play
Helen & Steve's Wedding At Dunglass Estate
Cannot thank you enough for photographing my Sister & Brother in Law's Wedding! A true master of art and all round great guy! Made everyone so relaxed and natural in front of the camera.
Cannot recommend you enough!
Dunglass Estate Wedding - Helen & Steve's Testimonial
Just received our wedding photos! Can't rate Derek highly enough, I knew the photos would be great but didn't realise how great!!! He has really captured the day. Everyone has said how amazing he was & we felt so at ease with him. What a fab guy with an amazing talent! Thank you so much for helping make our day one to remember.
Helen & Stevie
Inchture Wedding - Katie & Ross
We can't thank Derek enough for our amazing wedding pictures. We highly recommend him! An awesome guy with a great sense of humour! We were both nervous about posing for pictures but were totally at ease with Derek. From the engagement shoot right through to the big day, Derek was an absolute star and helped make our wedding day absolutely perfect. Thanks again from both of us!!
Ross and Katie Kirk x
Gifford Wedding - Katie & James
We used Derek for our wedding and we absolutely loved what he produced. Would recommend him highly.
Kenmore Wedding - Rebecca & Darren
Derek is absolutely fantastic, We cannot recommend him highly enough! From the first consultation right through to us receiving our photographs he understood what we were looking for and he without a doubt captured the best of our day. Derek really felt like one of our guests on the day and we hardly noticed that someone was there taking professional photos!
The end result was just amazing, Darren and I are so happy with the images - we don't know how we're going to choose which ones we want for the house and can't wait to receive our album.
Massive thank you again Derek! X
Prestonfield Wedding Kristen & Duncan
Derek did an excellent job with both our engagement and wedding photos! They look like they could have been from a magazine! Thank you so much, they really are treasured!
Lodge On The Loch Wedding - Jennifer & Andrew
We haven't even got our photos through yet (its only a few days since our wedding, but we saw a preview of some shots on his camera!) but wanted to say just how awesome it was having Derek do our photos. By the end of the day it felt like we had a good friend shooting our photos rather than just a hired photographer. It helps that the shots he takes are absolutely stunning, and very fuss free for the people in them. Derek wasn't just a photographer but helped us with so many little tasks (e.g. told us how to cut the cake when we had a mini-panic in front of it!) and helped us to relax and thoroughly enjoy the day.
If you're having a wedding in Scotland, you have to book Derek for your photos, you definitely won't regret it.
Lousie & Joseph's Bothwell Wedding
I genuinely cannot recommend Derek enough. His work is beyond beautiful and completely perfect. He is such an absolute gifted photographer and a top guy! Choosing Derek, you are choosing to have everything you could hope for & want in a photographer and your photos.
Colessio Wedding - Margaret & Paul
Fantastic photographer, full of jokes and stories. Felt like he was part of the wedding party. We are so glad we chose Derek
Maitlandfield Hotel Wedding - Lisa & Stuart
Wedding Album is amazing. Thank you so much for your time and hard work. We will be in touch soon when Eilidh is a bit bigger to get photos done of her.
Thank you again for our amazing pictures. We would book you again tomorrow!
Marine Hotel Wedding - Sam & Robert
Would just like to say a massive thank you! You were loved by all our family and friends yesterday. Can't wait to see the photos!! Well deserved 5 stars!!
Newbattle Abbey College - Kayleigh & Simon
What a talented man. If your looking for a wedding photographer look no further. Absolutely over the moon with our wedding photos. We didn't even know Derek was at the wedding half the time which resulted in the most amazing natural pictures. Thank you so much for everything
Lorna & Calum
Thank you for the lovely photographs for our special day! You were a massive part of making our day perfect an we really appreciate it. The photographs are wonderful and you have captured our memories perfectly.
You made everything so easy on the day and you were so good to us. we say an extra special thank you for the support and effort you have gone to, to give our family special memories and comfort since our wedding.
Derek I just want to say thank you so much. You are such a pleasant and down to earth guy and you just blended right in on the day. Having only seen a few sneak shots of Lorna and Calum' s Wedding photo's, I can't wait to see the rest as they look absolutely fabulous.
Thanks again for making the photo shoots so relaxed and friendly
Lucinda & Alan's Wedding At Prestonfield
An incredible man, we loved having him as part of our day. So amazing at putting us at ease and organising everything! Great fun, super talented, and one of the nicest guys you could hope to meet! If I could give more than 5 stars I would!
Thank you so much from Alan & Lucinda
Rufflets Wedding - Claire & Lindsay
Derek did both our engagement and wedding photos. He put us at ease straight away. I would certainly recommend him to any of my friends. Great guy!!
The Vu Wedding - Samantha & Murray
Absolutely fantastic. Love looking back at our amazing wedding photos! Highly recommend Derek.
Eskmills Wedding - Sarah & Jay
Derek has to be THE BEST photographer ever. He captures your very best memories and frames them for life. Priceless