“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.”

-Sam C, Bride



"From the time we first met I knew our photos were going to be amazing. From our engagement shoot, to the boudoir shoot, down to every last detail she beautifully photographed at our wedding. She was on top of everything, always responding to my every last question promptly. She was the best vendor I worked with during my entire wedding planning process. Our wedding photographs are magazine worthy, they are pieces of art! I really can not say enough about how thrilled I am with Dawn."

-Jessica F, Bride

“Leaving reviews for someone like Dawn seems irrelevant when all you need to do is look at her work because it speaks for itself. Her talent and passion for what she does pours out of every picture she takes. The detail and planing she puts into every picture at every shoot, I have never seen before and I did a lot of research when it came to photographers. They are the ones who capture the memories of the most important day of your life, so you want those pictures to be perfect. Dawn ensures that, that happens with every photo. She did our engagement photos, a boudoir shoot with me (which I totally recommend to every bride even remotely thinking about it! It’s so fun and makes you feel absolutely beautiful in your own skin.) and our wedding photos. Looking back at all of them now, I know without a doubt that Dawn was 100% the right choice. We get so many compliments on them all and I couldn’t be happier. Thank you Dawn! You rock!!”

-Marissa D, Bride


“Dawn is absolutely phenomenal - she is so enthusiastic and great at making the couple feel super comfortable. I wouldn't say that my husband and I are really all that photogenic, but she made us look amazing! We can't get over how great all of the photos look - from the engagement photo session to the wedding day photos, every single one was absolutely perfect. She was super easy to work with, very communicative, and clearly loves what she does. She really helped to make the day run smoothly and it was so nice to be able to see a sample of the photos the very next day! I would recommend Dawn to anyone looking for a photographer...for anything!”

-Hannah F, Bride

"Dawn was absolutely AMAZING. I couldn't have asked for a more professional photographer to shoot my wedding. She arrived early (as she does for everything). Being a bride on her wedding day you can count on her to be on time and to put you at ease.

She was always willing to get down and dirty to get those beautiful shots. She adventured with me for our engagement photos to a natural waterfall, climbed up and down over rocks to get those amazing shots!

The day of the wedding she was willing to take photos of me on a horse (most photographers are scared to do so) but this girly was not! She honestly worked with us to give us everything we wanted and more!

Her delivery time on images blew me away! A little gold box arrived at my door step, in that small box held images I will cherish for the rest of my life.
I would absolutely recommend Dawn! She was a blessing to work with!"

-Ashley R, Bride


"My wife and I met with several photographers and finally chose Dawn. Dawn was so much fun, talented, and had an attention to detail like none other we met. All of her photos are unique and beautiful. She arrived early on the wedding day and helped keep things organized and stress-free all while taking candid and amazing photo's! We chose Dawn for an engagement shoot (after already doing 2 with other vendors) because we knew it simply had to be re-shot by her. I assure you you'll never be disappointed or have a missed shot with her. Dawn goes above and beyond to get the pictures she and you want which is handsomely rewarded in amazing quality photos you receive back that are memories for a lifetime."

-Cody M, Groom

"We were so lucky to work with Dawn for our wedding photos, and I can't recommend her enough! She was incredibly kind, flexible, and easy to work with. I always felt like we were in great hands. Dawn scoped out the wedding venue ahead of time to set up great shots, and all around she gave us the feeling that our wedding pictures were as important to her as they were to us. She and her assistant worked wonderfully together to cover everything throughout our wedding day and evening. We had preview pictures within days, and the full set shortly after. They are beautifully done! We and our families totally love them :) Dawn even sent recommendations for printing services local to where we live overseas. Working with Dawn was wonderful all around and the perfect choice for wedding photography!"

-Rebecca M, Bride



"From our first consultation with Dawn I knew she was the photographer we had been searching high and low for. She has an amazing connection with her clients, and her generosity has been overwhelming. Dawn makes the entire process from start to finish stress-free and fun. We enjoyed the time spent with her so much. Her work is just incredible!! My biggest compliment from my wedding was how amazing my pictures are. Any photos I may ever need in the future will undoubtedly be taken by Dawn."

-Ashley L, Bride

"Wow. We are absolutely obsessed with our wedding and engagement photos. Dawn exceeded my expectations in every department. She was always super responsive and just a genuinely nice person to work with. I will cherish our photos forever and am so happy we made the decision to hire Dawn. It was an easy choice that's for sure :) 

Dawn I wish you much success, you deserve it. I highly recommend Dawn for all brides to be. Trust me you will not regret your decision!!!!!"

-Bria Z, Bride


"There are no words that describe the way Dawn’s pictures make us feel. With all the options of wedding photographers in Pittsburgh, we are so grateful that we found Dawn who perfectly portrayed our day. Dawn truly has so many gifts. She is beyond creative, enthusiastic about her career, and absolutely hilarious! She puts everything she has and everything she is into making couples’ dreams come true through her work. Her talent is immeasurable and her portraits have no price tag. Our photos are not only immediate memories of our special day, but they are pictures we will share with our kids and grandkids. We love the detail shots, we love the candid shots, and we love the shots that show our emotions. We relive our day every time we look through our pictures. We loved that she researched our venue and surrounding areas, and she came prepared with Pinterest pictures to help us pose. Seriously, Dawn is the best!! SIMPLY AMAZING!!! We can’t thank you for capturing every moment of our special day!"

-Kelly T, Bride

“You know how when you meet a person and can instantly tell that they are genuine within the first few words they speak? That is Dawn. Aside from her work being incredible (you're here, you already know that) she is a fantastic person. My husband and I changed our wedding plans (and date!) from an hour outside of Pittsburgh to over two hours outside of Pittsburgh and Dawn did not even bat an eye. She traveled to Cleveland for both our engagement shoot and our wedding and we are so thankful that she did! For our wedding, Dawn brought her second shooter, Kristy, and she was an absolute gem. They say, "you're only as good as the company you keep" and Dawn keeps the best company. Dawn focuses on what is important to you and goes above and beyond- capturing what you don't even realize is important to you. We will cherish our photos forever and you just can't put a price on that. Come see us in Cleveland any time! <3”

-Randi D, Bride



“We are so thankful to have had Dawn for our wedding photographer!! From the moment I saw her work for our venue, I loved her timeless style. From our engagement pictures to the our wedding photos, we LOVE them all!! Dawn was always very prepared- arriving early and scoping out photography locations. She always quickly responded to e-mails and questions. She made the wedding day flow effortlessly and kept us ahead of schedule. I so appreciated her attention to details.”

-Kathy P, Bride

"Quite honestly, I think that Dawn’s work speaks for itself, but I am going to write a review anyway. Dawn is as kind as she is talented. She was the first photographer that we met with, and my husband and I both liked her so much that we didn’t feel the need to look further. We didn’t plan to do an engagement shoot, but we decided to and were glad that we did. It gave us a chance to get to know Dawn a bit before the wedding and we were able to use those photos for bridal shower and wedding decorations. Leading up to the wedding, Dawn was professional and organized with a detailed online questionnaire and the option for online payment. She was always fast to respond and answer questions. Did I mention that all of her photos are gorgeous? Seriously. She captured the details of our wedding flawlessly. She sent us a USB drive with our engagement and wedding photos as well as several prints in a beautiful wooden box. To sum up, Dawn is awesome, talented, helpful and professional. My husband and I could not be happier with our decision to hire her and we suggest you hire her too!"

-Alyssa V, Bride



"From the moment I spoke to Dawn, I knew I found the perfect photographer. You can hear her passion and love for what she does just by speaking to her. For me, it was important to have a photographer that was sensitive to a moment and let me tell you, she nailed it. Her love, for love, truly shines through the lens and she captures those AMAZING shots/moments. She is very experienced and was able to manhandle many people when it came to group shots and family shots in an organized way. I feel very fortunate that I had her talent, her energy, her comfort and her skills on the most amazing day of my life. She was a major reason why it was perfect. She puts 100% of her heart into what she does and I promise you, it was an honor to watch someone like her, doing her passion. Dawn, your'e fabulous! A true talent!"

-Jenna D, Bride

Incredible! Exceptional! Amazing! There aren't enough words to describe just how truly perfect Dawn is both personally and professionally. Her skills in photography are unmatched - her photos speak for themselves and are nothing short of stunning! She has a raw talent for flawlessly capturing each and every special moment that you'll want to save for a lifetime; both when you're smiling into the camera as well as when she's taking a shot you aren't even aware of. Dawn made sure to get all of the pictures we wanted and so many more! From start to finish of the big day we never felt rushed by her, however she had an excellent balance of keeping us on track to ensure we got all the photos we wanted while also making sure we were able to relax and enjoy ourselves! The photos we received for our wedding far exceeded our highest expectations, even knowing how incredible her work was based on our engagement photo session. I cant say enough wonderful things about her brilliant skills with photography, but beyond that she is excellent in terms of professionalism. Dawn's organizational skills take so much work/planning off of the brides plate, which is a huge help! Her correspondence was very quick and timely making communication a breeze! Also, her constant willingness to make a flexible schedule made planning and coordinating with her effortless! We are so grateful to have had Dawn as our wedding photographer, she is truly one of a kind and anyone would be lucky to have her! We genuinely are so thankful to have had the opportunity to work with Dawn and would highly recommend her to anyone and everyone looking for a photographer for their special occasion!!! Please do look at her Instagram (@DawnDerbyshirePhotography) and Facebook account (Dawn Derbyshire Photography) as well - her highly rated talent speaks for itself through the incredible photos posted!

-Alexa A, Bride