My Philosophy

Want to know why I’m worth the investment? I’ve been kicking butt at wedding photography for OVER a decade and I use those years and years of experience to shape YOUR experience as a client. I try to bring my Type A organizational skills, true love of weddings, and genuine excitement for your day together in a way where I can shoulder your stress, make you laugh, and grab you a stiff drink (especially when your day goes haywire and you think you should have just eloped). You aren’t just investing in images, you are investing in a beautiful, fun filled experience that results in a gallery filled with moments, tears, and laughter with the people you love.

Beautiful photos are the goal but if you don’t get to enjoy your day as well, is it worth it? I want to be here providing you with the resources you need to make your wedding day everything you dreamed of (First stop- get yourself a wedding planner!), all while taking some “break the internet with awesomeness” photos of your day. Sound like something you're into? To ensure the best possible experience for my clients, I offer packages for every inquiry I receive based on my contact form. Why would you want to be stuck with the same packages everyone gets when your wedding is a unique event?!

Packages begin at $6,000


All packages include a minimum of 8 hours of coverage, 2 photographers, and an engagement session


Weddings are my all time favorite. From hours of coverage, to engagement sessions, to second photographers, albums, and selfie booths, I've got you covered for weddings. My goal is to offer packages that allow for a comprehensive look at your wedding day.

The Process:
First we chat- Getting to know you is a BIG part of the process. I give couples the option to book via email, chat with me on the phone, or even have an in person meeting if they're local to Pittsburgh. I am one of the vendors you spend the MOST one on one time with, so I want you to like me, like my work, and like the whole experience that I give all of my clients!

Make it official- I don't want couples to feel PRESSURE. So when it comes to booking, I hold your date for one week after we chat, so you can make a fully informed leap into working with me.. That being said, I do book quickly, so don't wait too long

Let the fun begin- I ALWAYS love for my clients to invest in an engagement session. It's a great time to not just get some extra photos, but to feel what works and what doesn't. You get to see me at my weirdest, and I get to see how you are in front of the camera. It's not mandatory, but it results in your wedding photos being extra awesome

The aftermath- When the party is over, the flowers are wilted, and the cake is long gone, all you have left is the feelings and the memories. I'm the person you trust to capture those and save them so you can hold on to them forever. So much of our relationship is based on trust and I am always honored to be trusted with the memories you will hand down for generations

Wedding Photography

Sessions start at $350


Sessions take place in my studio, which includes access to my client closet and a pretty great wine fridge!


While most of my clients do boudoir sessions as a gift to their partner, it is so much more than a gift to them. It's a gift to yourself. I want my clients to feel beautiful and empowered, wearing what makes them FEEL sexy and not just what is traditionally "sexy."

My sessions range from PG-13 to X rated, the goal is for you to feel amazing no matter how much skin you choose to show. I want you to see how amazing you are, see what your partner sees, embrace how drop dead gorgeous you are (and you ARE!) wether you bare it all or you're curled up in an oversize sweater. Sexy goes beyond Playboy, and I am here to capture that.

Worried about what to wear? My pride and joy is a closet STOCKED with amazing pieces, over 100 ranging from a size xs to 5 xl. I want every body to have something amazing to wear for their session, so I am always buying new pieces in a wide range of sizes so all of my clients can feel like total smokeshows when they see their photos!

Gifting the session as a present? I also offer sleek, discreetly delivered albums and fun 90s style viewfinders that make a perfect gift to open the morning of the wedding, for an anniversary, or just because!

Boudoir Photography

On average, clients spent $800 and up


Sessions range from basic headshots to a full styled shoot, the goal is to capture your brand at it's best!


Running a small business is hard enough, trying to keep updated headshots, create great social media content, and just putting a face on your brand can be difficult! That's why I offer branding sessions for wedding-focused businesses.

For over a decade I've worked hand in hand with vendors creating dream days for couples. As I've built those relationships, I've gotten an in depth look at what those businesses stand for, how they serve their clients, and seen the work they put in day in and day out. This insight has made it so I can really see the best way to capture these businesses as they rebrand and show themselves to their clients.

From in depth styled elements, to creating behind the scenes content, to fun gifs perfect for sharing in that newsletter, I work with clients to craft the perfect set of images for their brand that they can use BEYOND headshots. Let's get some Reels ready, your IG content on point, and those ICONIC behind the scenes photos ready to share with your adoring public AND potential clients!

Branding Sessions

- Sam & Dan

"Not sure how to give this review because I can not really put into words how amazing Dawn is as a person and a professional photographer. If you are looking for a talented photographer who will make your experience with pictures fun and stress free, Dawn is your photographer. From the moment I found her Instagram page and fell IN LOVE with her skills I have NEVER regretted my decision to book with Dawn. Also, listen to all of her suggestions, DO the engagement shoot, DO the sunset pictures, DO EVERYTHING. She goes above and beyond to make your day as magical as you dreamed it would be. She pays attention to what really matters to her clients! I like to call her my photography unicorn because she seriously one of a kind and is VERY good at what she does. If you don't book her, you will regret it! Side note: I just got married last weekend, have only seen my preview pictures (which I got that night and the NEXT morning) and waiting for the rest. I'm writing this review now because that is just how OBSESSED with her I am."

"I like to call her my photography unicorn"

- Christine & Andrei

"Dawn is incredible!!! She is truly one of a kind – I’ve never seen a vendor go above and beyond for clients like she does! Not only is she insanely talented, but she is incredibly meticulous, extremely responsive and cares about every detail just as much as you do! Weddings can be complicated, especially when it comes to family, but her detailed questionnaire about anything and everything she needs to know put me completely at ease. And if that wasn’t enough, she has an incredible guide that helps you shape your day, answer every question you could ever think of (and ones that you didn’t even know you had or should have!) – all just to make sure your day turns out beautifully. She captured the most incredible shots, worked so fast, and was so fun to hang out with throughout the day! I could never have imagined working with someone so wonderful for our big day – she truly is the best & if you have the chance to work with her, don’t even think twice. Book her immediately!!"

"I’ve never seen a vendor go above and beyond for clients like she does! "

- Samantha & Ryan

"There are not enough positive adjectives to describe our exceptional experience with Dawn Derbyshire. From the initial consultation, engagement photos, wedding pictures, a COVID postponement in between – she made the process enjoyable and easy. She made taking pictures fun and not awkward, often cracking jokes between each shot. She took the time to know us as a couple and what was important for us on our special day. We had periodic check-ins to discuss the process for our wedding day and what to expect, one less stress we had to worry about on our wedding day. Let me just tell you the photos were all AMAZING! We cannot thank her enough for her talented work, we look forward to using her in future endeavors. We highly recommend Dawn; this is one decision you will not regret!"

"She took the time to know us as a couple"

- Paige and John

"Dawn was truly the all star of our entire wedding day. From the time we booked her (over 2 years ago) to the wedding, she was SO communicative, beyond organized, and helpful. She brings such a positive energy while still getting. it. done. She made us feel so comfortable during our engagement session, that by the time we took wedding photos, they felt seamless. Let me also mention her work is PERFECTION. I could not love our engagement and wedding photos more if I tried. I would recommend Dawn 1000x over and if you have already booked her, consider yourself the luckiest!!!"

"Dawn was truly the all star of our entire wedding day."

- Lauren & Chris

"You deserve to have a photographer as amazing as Dawn. We can't stress enough how much we love her and would recommend her a million times over. Not only is she an amazing photographer that gave us thousands of unparalleled photos between our 2 shoots, she's an incredible person and every second you spend with her will be a delight. She made us feel so at ease, made us laugh, we made each other cry for sure—and honestly, she helped make our wedding the success it was. She's professional and dedicated, took charge when we needed it, wrangled our friends and took gorgeous, quality photos of everything we asked for and everything we forgot. Seriously, if you're looking for a wedding photographer, you could not pick a better one than Dawn."

"You deserve to have a photographer as amazing as Dawn.

- Julia & Matt

"We highly recommend Dawn Derbyshire for your wedding photography. She was definitely one of our best vendor decisions for our wedding day. We cannot speak highly enough of Dawn as both a photographer and as a person. We're so grateful that we found and hired Dawn to photograph one of the most important days of our lives. She truly exudes creativity, passion, and professionalism. From our first meeting to our engagement session and our wedding day--Dawn completely understood our vision and made us feel at ease. She was able to capture the genuine, candid moments of the day, the spirit of our relationship, and all of the little moments that elicit big emotions. We will truly cherish every detail shot, every portrait, and ever candid she took of our day. Dawn's expert planning, organization, and attention to detail ensured that we never felt rushed but kept things moving so that we were able to fully enjoy our wedding. We took her advice and enjoyed a moment away from everyone for sunset photos--I'm so glad that we did. She went above and beyond to make sure we had every possible shot we wanted and more."

"We will truly cherish every detail shot, every portrait, and every candid she took of our day"

- Kaitlin & Reggie

"I'm so happy we chose Dawn for our wedding photos! She is so easy work with, organized and incredibly talented. We decided to have an intimate wedding due to COVID. Even though it was such a small wedding, Dawn made us feel so special throughout the whole process. She took the time to meet with us virtually before our wedding to get to know us as a couple and listened to what our dream vision was for our wedding photos. I don’t usually like to have my picture taken, but I never felt so comfortable in front of a camera before. Dawn’s energy and outgoing personality helped calm my nerves. Our photos turned out beautifully and we couldn’t be happier! Dawn is incredibly talented and her work speaks for itself. I definitely recommend choosing Dawn as your photographer. She is so easy to work with and your photos will turn out beautiful. Thank you for making our wedding day so special Dawn!"

"Dawn made us feel so special throughout the whole process"

- Laura & Zach

"I can't begin to come up with enough amazing words to say about Dawn.. but I will say that I knew shortly after getting engaged there was something about her photography that really stands out. From the perfect details, to the genuine feeling you get from the couple she shoots. When we had our first meeting with her she emphasized wanting to be the right fit for us. Between her details, organization, "thinks of everything" questions, her incredible work, and her positivity; we knew she was the right choice! We did our engagement session and wedding with her and can't tell you how happy we are with the pictures that we will treasure forever. Dawn might be the hardest working woman I've ever met and my guests were shocked when she delivered a preview of our magical photos in 24 hours. If you are searching for a photographer who will shine a true light on your day, Dawn is IT!"

"Dawn might be the hardest working woman I've ever met"

- Kathryn & Tony

"As other reviews have said - Dawn is the absolute BEST !!! We had an absolute dream team of vendors and Dawn was the leader of the pack. Her photos are absolutely gorgeous but take a look at her website or Instagram and you already know that. What set her apart for us was her awesome personality. I will openly admit I am very "type A" and planning a wedding made me a little crazy. I sent her about a hundred messages asking for input on suit colors, day of timing, my makeup, etc. I'm sure other vendors would not have been nearly as patient as Dawn. We received our wedding photos last week and all I can say is wow. There have been endless compliments and multiple people have told me that they look straight from a bridal magazine. I am over the moon and will treasure these for many years to come"

"We had an absolute dream team of vendors and Dawn was the leader of the pack"

- Mallory & Andy

"Dawn is so absolutely amazing! She was recommended to us by a friend, and we are SO glad we booked her! Dawn is very accommodating and understanding. We told her that my fiancé didn’t like getting his picture taken. She posed us and snapped the pics efficiently and quickly. The photographs from both our engagement session and wedding are absolutely stunning. Dawn is very quick to respond and willing to help you with anything she can. She gave me recommendations for other vendors, provided feedback, gave advice and was a listening ear when we needed to vent. We got married in September 2020. Many of our plans changed due to COVID-19. Dawn was so empathetic and helpful throughout. I got ready with just my mom and Dawn in the room. Dawn was a stand in friend and bridesmaid to me. I will never forget those special moments. We have received nothing but compliments on how beautiful our pictures are and how fantastic Dawn is. She has a super fun personality, kind heart, and exquisite photography skills. We cannot say enough about the wonderful Dawn Derbyshire!"

"Dawn was a stand in friend and bridesmaid to me"

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I strive to create an inclusive, welcoming space for my employees, vendors I work with, AND my clients of all races, religions, sexual orientations and identities. All of my clients (and their love stories) deserve respect, are cherished, and are valued by me and my business. You are welcome in my business, my life, and my heart.