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Derek Cookson Photography of Royal Oak, Michigan uses his experience and conceptual knowledge to highlight everything beautiful about couples on their special day. A creative photographer, he will aim to capture the unique essence of each couple. Weaving the unique details of the location into every photograph will create memories you will forever enjoy.

Derek Cookson is an experienced photographer of engagement and wedding images. His thorough process and attention to detail are the result of his refined knowledge and skill. Derek Cookson can offer professional photography talent for contemporary, natural and photojournalistic photography styles.

Services Offered
Whether looking for a photographer for engagement or wedding photos, Derek Cookson provides an array of quality services. A photographer that schedules only one event per day guarantees a photographer whose sole focus is on creating amazing photographic memories. Other services provided by Derek Cookson Photography are:

  • Additional hours
  • Boudoir shoot
  • Destination/travel
  • Engagement shoot
  • High-resolution images
  • Liability insurance
  • Multiple locations
  • Second shooter
  • Trash the dress
  • Wedding portraits

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What photography services do you offer?

Additional Hours
Boudoir Shoot
Destination / Travel
Engagement Shoot
High-Res Images
One Event / Day
Second Shooter
Wedding Portraits

What photography items do you offer?

Digital Files
Thank You Cards
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4.9 out of 5 rating
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99% Recommended by couples

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Sachin P. Married on 05/28/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing experience with Derek and team

Derek and the Derek Cookson Photography team were simply amazing to work with during our multi day Indian wedding weekend! From the beginning, Derek made it a point to capture the important moments no matter what. He arrived early and stayed late to make sure we got the moments that were important to us and our families. Derek was sure to get plenty of shots of the traditional Hindu rituals that were important to our families throughout the weekend. He understands the value of these important moments and blended into our families so seamlessly. His personality was laid back and he was super easy to work with. He knew exactly how to guide us to pose to help us get the best photos. He was flexible with our timeline when unforeseen circumstances came up and always checked in with us before leaving for the day. He was more than willing to go off site with us for photos before the ceremony. Derek gave us the most wonderful surprise right before our reception- printed Polaroid shots of us in our wedding outfits because as he told us, “I believe that couples should get to enjoy these memories on their wedding day”. I am forever grateful that we picked such a sincere and humble photographer and cannot wait to see how the rest of our photos turn out!
Hansah Married on 02/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Excellent photographer

Derek was a great photographer to work with. Very personable and creative
Sarah Married on 10/05/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Best photographer ever!

Derek was such an awesome photographer! He was very outgoing and our wedding party loved him! He did a great job of getting as many photos as we could in the amount of time we had. I’m so excited to see the photos and am SO glad we chose Derek to document the best day of our lives! If you are looking for someone who is going to take some stress off rounding up everyone for pictures, making sure they are all posed nicely, and making sure he gets the best shot possible, Derek is your guy!
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Derek Cookson Photography frequently asked questions

Derek Cookson Photography offers the following photography styles:
  • Contemporary
  • Natural
  • Photojournalism
Derek Cookson Photography offers the following photography services for weddings:
  • Additional Hours
  • Boudoir Shoot
  • Destination / Travel
  • Engagement Shoot
  • High-Res Images
  • One Event / Day
  • Second Shooter
  • Wedding Portraits
Derek Cookson Photography offers the following photography materials for weddings:
  • Albums
  • Canvas
  • Digital Files
  • Prints
  • Proofs
  • Thank You Cards
Derek Cookson Photography is recommended by 99% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.9 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 5 in quality of service, 5 in flexibility, 5 in professionalism, 5 in value and 4.7 in average response time.

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