When you put your heart and soul into what you do, it’s rewarding when people let you know you’re doing well.

Many of the couples I’ve worked with have graciously taken the time to do that.

So I present a few of those here — not to beat my own chest, but to try and give you an idea of how I do business and to illustrate that good customer service is not just something I say – I do my best to practice it!

Our newer reviews are on our new Knot ad for the Dayton/Cincinnati area and I invite you to check there too.

engagement-050Cara and Nate – St. Louis, MO

When my husband and I first met Derek not only were we struck by the quality of his work but also by his kind and passionate nature. There was no question we wanted this man to document our big day! He was incredibly professional but also relaxed and fun. He was highly organized so that we didn’t fall behind schedule but went with the flow and captured those unplanned moments with grace. But most importantly, his work is priceless! The images from that day are clear, creative, and a true representation of not just the day but our relationship and those that support it. If he has the day open, book Derek right now! I can easily say it was the BEST decision I made for my wedding (aside from picking the right groom, of course!).

kindwords-018Sarah and Teck – St. Louis, MO

We worked with Derek for our wedding at the Missouri Botanical Gardens. My husband and I live in California so Derek was very flexible to meet with us over the phone and email. We were also visiting St Louis for a few days last year and he was able to slip us in for some engagement photos in the evening, which I’m so glad we did. During the wedding, Derek was _everywhere_. I never worried that he would miss an important moment because he was always two steps ahead of us. He’s also very personable and our friends and family felt comfortable around him. We received our DVD with full digital rights promptly after the wedding and it comes in a nice protective case. There was also an unexpected video of our pictures with some dancing set to music. What a great surprise! Overall, we are very pleased and would highly recommend him.

kindwords-017Sarah and Dusty – Ottawa, Canada

When looking at photographers, our number one consideration was quality. We wanted those storybook photos that we would have trouble choosing which one would hang on our wall. We were thrilled with the photos Derek took and would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a wedding photographer. He was very professional and unobtrusive. He listened and delivered on all of our requests. It was a pleasure having him as a part of our big day.

groups-009Rachel and Daniel – St. Louis, MO

Derek is easily the best vendor I had for my wedding. His personality is great and the pictures are beautiful. He can do anything from traditional to modern pictures. His group is very talented and fun. I believe that this company is absolutely the best value for the price. Its hard to find high quality and quantity in a photographer, but they delivered and I would 100% recommend them to anyone!

kindwords-016Catie and Tim – St. Louis, MO

We had Derek for our wedding on 9/3/2011. He was professional, fun, and had great suggestions. Derek and Tracey made us feel so comfortable and we loved all the extra options. We chose to have the studio booth and the Engagement Guest book. The compliments are still coming in! They made the day even more memorable. I have no idea how we are going pick for our album because they are all beautiful!

couples-033Meghan and Eric – St. Louis, MO

We decided that the photos from our wedding were very important to us and we did not want to skimp on quality so Derek was definitely the way to go! We were so happy with the service we received and the quality of our photographs! Derek listened to all of our needs and wants and made sure he met them all. I have and will continue to recommend him to not only my friends but anyone in need of Wedding Photographers. Thank you for the memories!


 Nichole and Thomas – St. Louis, MO

Derek and Tracey were absolutely amazing! Not only are they professional in everything they do, but they have a photographer’s eye that not a lot of people have! The biggest thing for me when we got engaged was to find the PERFECT photographer, no matter what! I did my research, and couldnt be more happy with the outcome! My husband and I had the pleasure to work with them prior to our wedding, as they were shooting my husbands cousin’s wedding. Everything from the initial meeting, to the engagement pictures to our wedding and after has been an experience I am truly blessed for! We live in the KC area, which made it difficult to plan our wedding which was located south of STL, but Derek never made us feel as if we were an inconvienience to him being so far away, we just worked with what we had! I got the pictures that I wanted for the day that I had dreamed about my whole life! THANK YOU DEREK AND TRACEY FOR YOUR TRULY STUNNING PHOTOGRAPHY!

kindwords-014Jennifer and Brian – St. Louis, MO

Derek Cadzow was the very first photographer my mom and I met with before my wedding. We found him through The Knot’s web page, and could not have been happier. Derek is creative, kind, honest, and easy going. From the moment we met him we knew that no one would measure up. Derek spent a great deal of time with us showing us his work, talking about our wedding plans, answering questions, and even sharing questions that I should have been asking. Derek spent our entire wedding day ensuring that every last detail was photographed beautifully. He made sure that he was familiar with the locations we wanted to take our photographs at, and had original/artistic ideas that went beyond traditional wedding photos. Choosing Derek was one of the best decisions I made in planning our wedding!

kindwords-020Stephanie and Sam – St. Louis, MO

Derek Cadzow was my photographer for my wedding day. He was extremely organized and made the day run that much more smoothly. He captured both original shots and the traditional shots I had requested. With all of the whirlwind of things happening on my wedding day he was the one thing I knew I did not need to worry about. He thoroughly makes sure he gets what the bride and groom wants to remember from their special day.


Janelle and Jim – St. Louis, MO

Derek is a great listener and very creative. We loved working with him! We got married in St. Louis in 2011 and it was a rainy day. Our whole schedule was a little thrown off (due to the rain), but Derek suggested a lovely park with a pavilion and we had lovely photos. He also came prepared with umbrellas for the entire wedding party!

kindwords-013Julie and Brad – St. Louis, MO

Derek was wonderful to work with! My husband and I were planning our wedding from out of town and Derek couldn’t have been more accommodating with our travel schedule. Throughout our big day, he worked to keep us on schedule, but was able to make changes based on request, creative whim, and weather ( of course we got married on the hottest day of the year!)! :-). He was attentive to detail so our favorite pictures came out perfect. He was even able to photoshop the priest out of a photo for us! And at the reception he took so many priceless candid photos of our guests, we were able to make a great collage of our family and friends. Overall a fabulous experience with plenty of pictures to prove it! 😀

kindwords-012Cody and Katie – Edwardsville, IL

Derek was honestly our best wedding vendor. From the beginning to the end, we had nothing but excellent service from them! Derek was so quick to respond to questions and concerns, and was flexible in providing options for our out-of-town planning. We had the opportunity to work with both Tracy and Derek, and each had great ideas for shots. They listened to what we wanted and delivered! On the day of, Derek was fabulous in every way, keeping us on schedule, organizing people for photos, and calming me down! We love our photos, and are so happy to be associated with this company!

couples-028Michelle and Zach – St. Louis, MO

Derek is great to work with. He helped make a perfect package to meet our needs and worked within our budget while still giving us amazing quality. You can tell he loves what he does and his results show it as well!

kindwords-011Denise and Dan – St. Louis, MO

Having Derek as our wedding photographer was one of the best choices we made in our planning! He came highly recommended to us, and we are in turn recommending him to others. Derek has been attentive throughout the entire process, from our first meeting until today. We have received countless praises on our photos, and I love seeing photos on the web site and Facebook of recent weddings. This is a group that knows what they’re doing! It’s clear they’re in it for their passion, and not just their bottom line.

couples-018Susie and Sean – St. Louis, MO

Choosing Derek for our wedding photographer was one of the easiest decisions we made. We met him at a wedding show and instantly felt comfortable with him. That was very important to us since we knew we would be spending our entire wedding day with the photographer. Tracey, who is now officially part of the this team, happened to be our second shooter! They work wonderfully together! They are open and honest with each other and have high expectations for each other and the work they produce. Anything I asked for, they made happen with smiles on their faces. We shared many laughs and great memories my husband and I will cherish forever. Our photographs are absolutely beautiful and capture the love, beauty, joy, and elegance of our wedding day. We are so happy with the finished product and had an easy time planning the wedding day photos with Derek. We are blessed to have had them as the photography vendor on one of the most important days of our lives.

and from Mom…

Our family loves the beautiful engagement and wedding memories captured by Derek and his assistant, Tracy, at the wedding of our daughter. With two photographers on hand at the ceremony, no special moment was missed! They were on time, professional, and delivered what they promised. No surprises! Derek visited the wedding and reception venues in the week before the ceremony to plan photos, and was very responsive to the wishes of the couple as well as suggesting some great ideas. We even had a special photo booth set up at the reception with Tracy manning the camera, so guests could pose for any group photos they wished (including some silly ones complete with props the bride provided!). The photographers were never intrusive during the formal ceremony in the chapel and did not distract from the solemnity of the occasion in any way, yet they captured all the special moments–Dad walking his daughter down the aisle, bride and groom meeting at the altar, the exchange of vows and the bridal kiss, the cutting of the cake, the couple’s first dance, and even the sparkler send-off at the end of the evening. In addition, there were many wonderful poses before and after the ceremony of the wedding party and special guests, both indoors and out. Having great photos as a lasting memento of the special day was a very high priority for my daughter, so she chose to make room in her wedding budget for a top-of-the line photographer and economized elsewhere. She is excited that she will receive a CD with all the images to keep, in addition to the prints and memory books (one book contains their engagement photos and was used as a guest book at the wedding reception–what a lovely keepsake!). Derek has a great eye and he captured so many dramatic images. If wedding photos are an area where you don’t want to skimp, I highly recommend him. We are extremely pleased!

couples-012Christine and Ron – Cancun, Mexico

Derek was our wedding photographer for our destination wedding in Cancun.  The entire experience was extremely pleasant and stress-free.  You can be as involved in the decision-making process as you’d like.  For me personally, I preferred to leave it all to Derek.  I am not creative enough to visualize exactly what I wanted him to capture.  I left it all to him and he did not disappoint…even my creative “photography-minded” relatives were impressed! For those of you who want to be more involved in the nitty gritty – you’ll find Derek’s personality very easy to work with.  There are so many decisions to make when it comes to planning a wedding – but this is an easy one.  Go with Derek!

kindwords-008Lindsay and Glenn – Chicago, IL

Derek is an amazing photographer. He takes the time to get to know you and is extremely professional. I interviewed multiple photographers and he blew them all away. Every product that we have received from him so far has blown us away. He really goes above and beyond. We couldn’t be happier with our pictures and his service.

kindwords-007Kimberly and Eric – St. Louis, MO

My husband and I could not have asked for a better photographer. We felt the price for the wonderful services provided were great. Derek was very prompt with any requests or questions we had as we were preparing for our big day. Derek is so professional and made our wedding day go very smoothly. He had great ideas for shots that turned out great. We had such a hard time picking out photos to buy and make our album because they were all amazing. We finally did get them narrowed down and Derek put a beautiful album together for us that I have had several wonderful comments on and we will cherish for the rest of our lives. I know that when we were planning our wedding, finding a great photographer was very important to us and we definately did with Derek.

Kristin and Jerry weddingKristin and Jerry – St. Louis, MO

Derek, I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful job you did at our wedding. We both love, love, LOVE the photos. I often found myself saying “I didnt even know he was there taking that photo”. We will cherish these photos forever. Thanks again for all your hard work and professionalism.

Katie and Malachi weddingKatie and Malachi – Branson, MO

Hey Derek the pictures are amazing! I seriously could not have asked for better. We both agree that you were the perfect wedding photographer for us. I love all of the candid shots of our guests and wedding party. Thank you so much for everything!

kindwords-004Alycia and Mike – St. Louis, MO

The pictures were great. We really enjoyed going through them all. We have received many complements on the pictures and we had many people tell us that they thought you did a great job. It’s been a real pleasure working with you and we plan to use you for other photo opportunities in the future, and we will recommend you to anyone we know who needs a photographer.

Rachel and RyanRachel and Ryan – St. Louis, MO

Derek, I’m REALLY loving the pictures. I’ve been sharing them and everyone really enjoys them, and I keep hearing, “Who was your photographer?” So you may have a few future clients lined up, which of course is the ultimate compliment! I think you did an awesome job.

Vicky and Momar

Momar and Vicky – St. Louis, MO

We wanted to thank you for the wonderful work you provided. We will make sure that we refer people to you for any occasion that they may have and would like to take pictures.


Christy and Dan – Three Rivers, MI

We had a great experience with you! Everyone that saw our pictures were really impressed with how nice they were and really loved the photo album. I would recommend you to anyone and I already have. I didn’t have to worry about anything, you took care of it and did a really great job!

Peli and Andre – Fort Washington, MD

Derek made our special day even more special. He took the time to capture some of our most unforgettable moments and the ambiance of the day. We trusted him with our memories and he delivered. My husband and I shared many laughs and tears when looking at our photos. We would love to work with Derek for our maternity/family photos in the future!

Laura and Terry – New River, WV

Derek’s photography is terrific, but that’s only part of it. I told him that I wanted pictures of everyone at the wedding rather than formal shots, and I swear, there was not one person left out. Derek was there at our “whitewater wedding” for pictures before, during and, to his surprise, on the water between the wedding and reception. We gave him a dry bag for the camera, and sent him down ahead of everyone in the smaller raft. One thing I particularly liked about working with Derek was that he listened to me. He asked me what I wanted, I told him, and that’s what I got. I have shown the wedding book to all our friends, many of them recently married, and they are all awed by the quality of the printing, but especially the quality of the photography. I think they’re jealous.