May 1st 2012
You have to give praise where praise is due, and bar none Derek Is the Best Photographer in Atlanta, and I dare say in the Southeastern United States. If you are looking for a photographer, look no further. The quality and dedication which Derek gives to his work is astonishing and incomparable. His abilities makes you wonder if he has been able to master the curvature of light as he masterfully captures moments in time.
January 7th 2012
He's a hopeless romantic at heart, and will work with you to give you what you are searching for in a wedding photographer, not to mention his ability to create truly stunning photos that incorporate dynamic lighting, edgy poses and compositions with a touch of nostalgia.
Points North Magazine
Dec. 5th 2011
Aug 18, 2011
“"So much talent, his creative genius is like no other". wedding photographer extrodaire.”
Stephen Becker Photography
July 14th, 2012
“Derek is an excellent and gifted photographer, perhaps one of the best wedding photographers I've ever met.”
Bob Ohrstedt Photography
August 3rd, 2011
Randy and I loved the artist in you from the very first samples of your work, and we fully expected your work to be fabulous. Even with that expectation, you blew us away! :-) Thank you so much for capturing our day so spectacularly.
Kelli and Randy
June 29th, 2011
We both would highly recommend Derek Wintermute to capture your perfect day. Derek went over and above the call of duty and spent an enormous amount of time making sure our engagement and wedding photos were unique and what we were envisioning. Derek's style is also one of a kind in the way he can capture a scene. He can do the norm but what separates him from so many others is that his end product looks like something out of Hollywood or a movie scene. We've received so many compliments on how phenomenal our photos are and the whole process was a lot of fun. Derek's personality is also very laid back so working with him is extremely pleasant. His pricing is very reasonable for the quality of product you receive. We know there are a lot of choices out there when it comes to photographers but if you're looking for something a little edgy and outside the norm, Derek's your guy! We'll be using him again for future events.
April 2nd, 2011
"Derek is a true atrist! I have been a fan of his work for quite some time and recently had the honor of working with him on a wedding. He was early to every meeting and event leading up to the wedding as well as informative and patient with the clients schedule and needs. Derek and I will be working together on two more weddings in the next few weeks and I can't wait because I know there is no need to worry about his performance or professionalism. Watch for his name in up coming publications because he is on the way to the top!"
Elegant Occasions of Canton
March 22nd, 2011
Derek is an absolutely awesome photographer. He is both easy to work with, and has an incredible eye for detail. He takes his time, and wants to have extremely satisfied costumers. His beautiful lighting and angles are both unique and delightful. He has classy taste, and it came out in my photos. I would highly recommend anyone to Derek. Derek, thank you for such beautiful amazing pictures. You have so much talent!"
October 31st, 2010
DeWayne and I would like to express our gratitude for your work and vision that was above and beyond our expectations. Our family commented on your kindness and your professionalism, which helped the day run smoothly. With a unique quality, you definitely captured the special moments of our wedding day in each photo. We are honored that such a talent as yours was displayed as a reflection of our memories forever. Best wishes to you and god bless!
Drs. DeWayne Lockhart, M.D.
From the desk of …
John E. Stonko IV, PhD
June 1, 2010
To Whom It May Concern:
Every so often you come across a master of a craft who far surpasses your expectations from an artistic standpoint, a work ethic and a dedication to the project. I'm lucky to have found Derek Wintermute, I'm grateful to have had him accept my project and I'm in awe of the outcome and what he produced.
Derek is a true and committed artist who went far beyond what could have been expected of him for our project - and with such a great energy and helpful attitude that there's no other photographer with whom I will consider working if he's available.
A consummate professional, with a talented eye beyond any photographer that I've seen, he enthusiastically and tirelessly worked with all segments and ages from our practice (ages that literally ranged from four to eighty-four). And he did so with such sensitivity and professionalism, that I can truly say I've never worked with any professional from any industry that I've respected more . He hit our vision head-on because he listened, he cared and he produced - even better than that which we were expecting. (Be assured, exceeding our expectations is an anomalous feat.) Aside from his ultra-collaborative demeanor and willingness to listen, he is above all a super-star talent , the type of talent that you hope to somehow find and pray to work with. (And if all this weren't enough, he arrived early to each meeting and had lightening-quick turnarounds on each component of our project.)
Derek deserves all the certain and continued success that comes his way. If you ever need a photographer, for goodness sake, stop looking! You'll be lucky if you're able to get him to work with you.
John Stonko, Owner
American Piano Academy
Derek - I am almost speechless. Now those were some FANTASTIC
wedding photos. I know who to refer for weddings for sure. Simply amazing
Jana S. VanDyke
Mega Management d/b/a
The Jana VanDyke Agency
I LOVE LOVE LOVE my photographer Derek. Greg and I got our first picture of our wedding and it was beyond perfect. I could have never imagine it would turn out so good. If you need ANY pictures taken, you have to call him. He's great, practically priced and the pictures will turn out better than you thought. Thanks again Derek!!! Your the best.
Theresa Cowes King
I have had the pleasure of working with Derek on a wedding that we did this summer. As a planner, I can’t say enough about his professionalism and perfect attention to detail. Not only did Derek make my job ten times easier but he provided my bride with remarkable photographs that she still raves about today. After seeing how talented Derek was, I took the opportunity myself to have him take holiday pictures of my husband and I. Once again, the photos were breathtaking and very high in quality. I would highly recommend Derek Wintermute in the future not only to all of my brides but also to my friends and family. I was very pleased with his work and I can definitely say with confidence that he is one of the best photographers that I have ever worked with and I look forward to working with him on many more events to come!
Stylish Weddings & Events by Alena
From time to time we meet someone who is good at their craft and just wonderful to work with. Derek is this guy. He has provided creativity when shooting the primary pics for The Sam Wheelock Band and somehow knew when to take a gentle step back to document the stills for our music video. A kind soul with the ability to see an image with an artist’s eye… that’s DW I have recommended him to my old friend Yonrico Scott of The Derek Trucks Band (here’s a plug… check out The Yonrico Scott band if ya’ like a touch of jazz!) and understand that they are scheduling a shoot. I plan to ask Derek if he will consider taking shots when Yonrico, Dr. Dan Matrazzo and some other wonderful musicians and I record the EP. What’s the title of the EP? How about DW takes photos while The Sam Wheelock Band plays along?
Sam Wheelock, The Sam Wheelock Band
We were so excited to be able to book a photo shoot with Derek while we were in Atlanta for a friend's wedding. (Derek was the wedding photographer also). Derek was very easy going and helped make our shoot not only professional with excellent results, but also extremely enjoyable. Many photographers today are uptight and like to do things their own way, but Derek was laid back, took our suggestions for locations and poses, and made the results incredible! On top of all that, his prices were VERY reasonable for the awesome results! Derek, thank you so much for making our experience fun and productive!
Coleen And Dewayne Cudney
Derek Wintermute is an artist who uses a camera. As an advanced amateur photographer myself, I wanted a photographer for my daughter's Bat-Mitzvah who has a vision. It's all about creativity. Cameras today automatically select the f-stop and shutter speed, and focus the lens. This frees the photographer to concentrate on his vision, on getting the right shots, which is a very different thing from getting all the shots. As Ansel Adams famously said, the most important part of a camera is the 12 inches behind the camera. Derek uses his total knowledge of the technical details of photography to serve his vision, which is all anyone can ask of a photographer. I watched Derek change his camera settings to get the best lighting effects, and I saw him constantly scanning the venue to get the shots that said something about the event and the people there. I recommend Derek to anyone who wants pictures that take a moment in time and preserve it beautifully, forever.
We were so glad we found Derek Wintermute to photograph our wedding. He did a wonderful job and was a delight to work with. We even received many complements from our guests on how friendly he was and how courteous he was about not getting in anyone’s way. He made us all look great and everyone that has seen our wedding album was very impressed. Thanks Derek!
Tina & Edward Carter