Derek McAllister Photography

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Award winning wedding photographer - I love to capture the special moments that tell the story of your day.
Pricing & Costs
£1,300 - £1,600
I offer enthusiastic, exciting and engaged photography for easy going couples looking to have fun on their special day.
Full day package
From
£1,300
Full day of wedding photography. From bridal prep shots till the party hits the dance floor (and beyond) Includes online digital album and Couples in Love shoot at no extra cost.
What's included
Full day wedding coverage from morning bridal preparations all the way to the dance floor, and with specialist shots at once the sun starts to go down.
Each photograph individually checked and edited for quality.
Pre-wedding consultation, we can chat over a cup of tea, or via Zoom, as often as you need.
All of your wedding images, fully edited to the highest standard, beautifully, curated and presented in your own personal online gallery with license for full printing rights.
A full set of social media images.
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Couples in love
From
£300
A small scale shoot just yourselves and your photographer. We pick a spot, somewhere picturesque and I take you through a photo, helping with posing and styles to suit you.
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Platinum Package
From
£1,600
The same as the Full Day Package but including the design and production of your wedding album Also includes Couples in Love shoot at no extra cost.
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Details

Photography Style

Classic
Artistic
Natural

Products and Services

Large Group Shots
Stay Through Speeches
Photo Printing
Pre-Wedding Venue Visit
Flexible Hours on the Day
Stay Through Dancing
Pre-Wedding Consultation
Back-Up Equipment
Bridal Prep Shots
Wedding Albums
Last-Minute Orders
Second Shooter Available
Digital Editing / Airbrushing
Online Proofing
Personal Online Gallery
Online Shop
Images on USB
Full Description
WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY PACKAGES You deserve fantastic wedding photographs and your day should be captured in such a way that you can look back and smile, laugh, possibly shed a tear of joy. Wedding photography is a big deal, it’s an investment and it’s important to get the right service from the right photographer - one with whom you feel comfortable and happy. I would be delighted to meet up with you, talk about your wedding day and help create something truly amazing for you - Let me tell the story of your love in pictures.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Derek
Hey there, congratulations on your engagement. I hope everything has gone splendidly so far. Thank you so much for your interest in my photography. I love weddings and I would be delighted to capture beautiful memories of one of the best days of your life. If you'd like to know more I'd be very happy to have a chat over the phone (or video call) or to meet up for a cup of tea and go over your day. Speak soon, Derek

Experience

Year Business Was Established
2017
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
Yes
No. of People In Team
2
Reviews
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Gale and Mark
Happy couple married in October
March 2023
Derek was fantastic!
What can you say about Derek. Well he is very very good at his job. We hired him to do our wedding photos. Derek was fantastic, from the start he was cheerful talkative and very easy to get along with. Definitely knows his trade. He caught the whole atmosphere of the event. We would most definitely recommend him if you are after a professional service from the very start all the way through to receiving your finished photos
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Amy and Adam
Happy couple married in October
December 2022
Really a pleasure having him as part of our day!
Derek is a fantastic photographer who captured our wedding day so perfectly. He made us feel relaxed and at ease despite us both not being naturals in front of a camera. Derek is reliable, communicates well and it was really a pleasure having him as part of our special day, he really went above and beyond and his passion for his work is outstanding. Highly recommend to anybody looking for a photographer - thank you Derek!
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Kirsty & Tim
Happy couple married in July
December 2022
Derek, we cannot recommend and thank you enough!
Derek was amazing from day one. His sense of humour, creativity, passion and professionalism were evident from the onset. We perused Derek's work on display at a wedding fayre. Derek didn’t push his services onto us, instead he let his work shine through and speak for itself. He was, however, on hand with the answers to any questions we had. We decided there and then that we wanted Derek to capture both the candid and poised moments of our a special day- to which he did. Our pre wedding shoot was so much fun. Derek made us feel comfortable, at ease and almost celebrity-like. We were jumping off and hiding behind walls, laying in grass, lounging on benches and attempting lifts which we had only ever seen on films. All of which and more, captured both of our personalities, key aspects of our relationship and were also so much fun to do. Our wedding day was so magical. Derek arrived just after breakfast to capture the initial moments of the bride and the brides party getting ready. Derek was a huge hit with the whole bridal party and guests. I think the bridal party will genuinely never forget the relaxed, fun banter during the morning. He totally blended in and so dignified with his work. At various moments throughout the day, Derek took charge, using his powerful voice to move people along or into place in an orderly but relaxed fashion.. all whilst taking the most beautiful photographs. Derek is so efficient and his work really is an art form. He made sure that we didn’t take too much time away from the guests on the day but also enabled us to have special moments together. Each image highlighted a key moment of the day and some even fill in the blanks that were missed. The hardest part is choosing the photos for the album. Derek, we can not recommend and thank you enough!
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Julie & Mark
Happy couple married in June
December 2022
An amazing and unforgettable experience
It was an amazing and unforgettable experience having our wedding pictures taken by Derek McAllister. He was very professional and creative with how he did the photoshoot with us. We really felt how passionate he was with photography. I will surely recommend him to my friends. Thank you so much, Derek!
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Ruby & Ben
Happy couple married in September
December 2022
Very passionate about photography
Great photographer! We would highly recommend Derek. Cleary very passionate about photography and provides a fantastic service.
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Alex & Paul
Happy couple married in July
December 2022
Great fun, and absolutely cracking photographs
I can't recommend Derek McAllister highly enough, it was an absolute pleasure having him alongside me for my wedding - the consummate gent, great fun, and absolutely cracking photographs. He truly helped make the day - and me! - feel special and helped us create some truly lasting memories. Thanks!!
Location & Contact Details

Address

Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England

Nearest Town

Nottingham

Nearest Motorway & Junction

M1 J24

Nearest Train Station

Nottingham

Nearest Airport

East Midlands Airport

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FAQ
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What is your most memorable wedding?

Honestly, it would have to be my own. There was nearly 2 feet of snow on the ground, in the middle of rural Ireland. They had to get one of the local farmers to tractor open the road to the venue - we almost didn't manage to get there. When we did though it was amazing. On the banks of a loch, in the snow and (right after the ceremony) an almighty snowball fight (the 6'7 water-polo player landed a snowball right on the 93 year old granny..... there was a moment of panic on everyone's face until granny grinned evilly, grabbed a huge handful of snow and lobbed a snowball right back at him.... Good times)

Describe your style in 5 adjectives.

Fun, Adventurous, Classic, Memorable, Storytelling

What about your business are you most proud of?

I suppose the thing I'm most proud of is that I catch the moments of people's joy. The tear in the eye as dad sees his daughter in her dress for the first time, the nervous expectation of the groom as he waits for his bride, the look of delight as the couple share their first kiss, and that first walk down the aisle is a newly marries couple. These are moments which happen so very rarely in someone's life but I'm there to catch that moment - and you can look back at the photograph and relive that memory forever. To have that as my job is one heck of a privilege.

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

This is your day, play it by your own rules. There is no "right way" that you must follow - do it however appeals to you.

What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?

One of my favourite weddings was on a 1940s Make do and Mend theme - the couple were friends of a collector and had access to one of the last 2 flying DeHavilland Moth aeroplanes (a biplane from about 1925). It made for a glorious backdrop in photos and the wedding party were super fun as they engaged with it.

Describe your typical process with a couple.

I like to meet my couples, ideally with a face to face or zoom session. We work through the day, what the special moments are, whether there are any themes or specific details that we need to capture. As we get closer to the big day I like to take my couples on a pre-wedding shoot where we get the chance to try out different styles, and poses. You get the chance to get used to being in front of the camera and it helps remove the (fairly commonplace) apprehension of being photographed. I'll help you with some basic poses, and such details as what to do with your hands (Boys, in particular, almost always struggle with their hands at first .... we can help) Fundamentally though we'll just have fun and get used to each other's company. On the big day itself. I'll be there to capture all the special moments and do my very best to tell the unique story of your love for one another. It will be a blast!

What is the No. 1 photo that you think every couple should take?

Honestly there's no #1 photograph. Every couple is different, every wedding is unique. I'll work with you to find the best photographs that work for you and your partner.

What is the most original photo you’ve been asked to take at a wedding?

I have a fabulous shot from a pre-wedding shoot of the bride leaping out the window of the church ( an old 12th century ruin near Colston Basset) whilst the groom looks on - it's hilarious.

What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?

Honestly, from a photography perspective rain can be amazing. You can get glorious backlit shots, raindrops frozen in the air, drama in the sky and some fabulous reflections. Of course you also risk getting a trifle damp. If rain threatens then a couple of white umbrellas can really help to make sure you're protected from the worst of the elements (and can look great in a photo too)

Describe how you got into photography.

I started off doing photography for friends (mainly Cosplay and Live Role Play type stuff) I dallied into landscape but it didn't float my boat. My area of expertise was definitely people. I learned how to pose people and how to get the best angles for them and their characters and it morphed into a career. I still do photography for fun as well - I've done Film Noir style, Hollywood Glamour, some Post-Apocalyptic stuff. For me the joy is in the telling of the story and the pictures help me do that.

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