Hiring a photographer for our wedding I thought was going to be the hardest decision of the bunch. It’s the only thing you have after the day is over to show you what you missed and remind you of what you remember. When I came across Darren’s website, I knew instantly that I had to contact him and I was going to be so disappointed if he wasn’t available. I told my now Husband, I don’t want to look any further, I just know.
When we met Darren, I wasn’t disappointed. He was very professional, easy to talk to, took interest in our ideas while still offering his own – you could tell he was passionate about his work and well educated. We left our meeting confident that he would capture the day just how we were hoping.
Looking at photographers work online – sometimes it seems very “posed”. I didn’t want that. That’s what I loved about Darren’s work. He captures the real moments, the real smiles, the genuine happiness in the room. He was everywhere, but nowhere at the same time – meaning he captured everything, but you hardly knew he was there. He definitely did an outstanding job without taking away from the moment during real time.
My husband says “we will never use another professional photographer for anything, ever again”. His work ethic is strong, his ideas are brilliant, and his personality shines.
If you’re considering going anywhere else. Don’t. You will not be disappointed with the process or the final product. He checked up the night before and let us know he was just as excited as we were. Perfection.
When you AND your husband to be are freelance photographers (who don’t like to be photographed…oh the irony lol) finding your perfect wedding photographer goes to a whole new level of difficult. Did I mention we were on a budget as well? Oh, adding to this dilemma…my fiance was living in Michigan & I’m in North Carolina! After looking through about a dozen photographers we found Darren Breen on a site for a wedding walk event in Grand Haven MI. Once we emailed Darren letting him know about our vintage 40’s/50’s style wedding & our multiple challenges:logistics, financials, finding someone who can be a “photo ninja” & get great shots of us since we’re generally the ones taking the photos etc; it didn’t take long before we knew that Darren was our guy. He was the only photographer who took an interest in our photography & actually looked at our work to get a feel for us as artists. This really meant a lot to me, it meant that he took the time to see what our style of photography was, so as to know what we were wanting from him as an artist. Darren (& his wife) were so incredibly nice & easy to work with, the 2411 remaining characters that I have left aren’t enough to describe how wonderful they are! As my (now) husband & I gave Darren ideas we had for photos, he was very receptive. The Big Day came & of course as these things tend to go…we had a few hiccups. We were running late, there were issues with the music etc. Darren just rolled with it & even had to save the day at the last minute when our music wouldn’t work! His lovely wife downloaded the song I was to walk down the aisle to on her phone to plug into the sound system. At the reception we had a lot of fun getting shots that we had talked about around a pool table, then down at the beach/lakeside. After it was all over & we got to see the final result there were so many photos that my husband & I kept saying “I didn’t know he got that!” Darren truly lived up to our hopes of a Photo Ninja. We couldn’t have been happier. All the photos captured the day & all the things that made it unique to us, just as we had hoped. Darren made our vision come to life in his images just as we knew he would. Friends & family that look at his photos can’t stop complimenting us on our choice of photographers. We couldn’t imagine having anyone else there with us on that day. Typically your vendors get forgotten about after all is said & done where as Darren & his wife felt like old friends at our wedding. We never felt like we had strangers there intruding on our celebration, with cameras in our faces. You only saw their smiling faces & saw the great images captured later. Darren Breen Photography does not disappoint! Christel & Adam Schwarz
Darren is a true professional and master of his craft-
Getting married was one of the most stressful times of my life-During my initial interview with Darren I knew in the first 5 minutes he was the one for the job! Darren went above and beyond to ensure he fully understood my expectations. A couple weeks before our wedding he went and did a site visit of our ceremony site, reception venue and all of the other spots we wanted pics. During this visit he took sample photos to figure out the right angles to shoot from, where the sun would be, etc etc.
I wanted someone who would capture candid moments/raw emotions throughout the day without a camera in my face- Darren delivered–I honestly didn’t even notice him the whole day- he was like a sneaky ninja who captured some of the most beautiful photos!
I knew I made the right choice when Darren messaged me the night before my wedding letting me know he was alive and well and looked forward to shooting our wedding.
You will NOT regret going with Darren- it will be the easiest decision you’ll make!
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Working with Darren was a wonderful experience. We’re in our 30’s and have been in our share of wedding parties, and attended plenty of weddings, but I cannot imagine working with any other photographer for our own.
Darren has mastered both the art and craft of photography. Everything clicks along like a smooth running machine. From the engagement shoot, to the planning, to the day of, to the edited photos. Darren pops up to lead the process when it’s appropriate, and then quietly drops to the background. His pleasant and confident demeanor is such a nice contrast to the cheesy over-the-top-ness one often sees in wedding photographers.
The posed photos were all incredibly well executed, they look great, and are visually interesting. He really listened to us and got to know our personality, and it showed in the final product. By far my favorite photos are the candids. Darren has an amazing way of not just capturing moments, but really grabbing the feeling and telling a story with each frame. I look back on the photos and it really evokes the feelings of the day. I feel like we have real living, breathing documentation of the day that we can show our future kids and grandkids, as well as reflect on fondly for many years to come.
I can’t think of even a slightly critical thing to say about Darren, you cannot go wrong booking him for your wedding!
Darren is a very laid back and easygoing guy that makes it easy to feel comfortable in front of the camera. He has a great personal style and is open to ideas of your own as well. He stayed from 7am until 11pm at our wedding AND brought hot chocolate to our engagement shoot. That is just an example of how Darren goes above and beyond. You can also tell he has professional experience in photojournalism. He does a great job of telling your personal wedding story through photography.