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Authentic Intimate Weddings


I’m a wedding photographer based in Knoxville, Tennessee, though home was New England for me up until recently.  My family moved to Tennessee in the summer of 2016, but my wedding travels frequently bring me to locations throughout the southeast as well as all of the New England States.  I enjoy travelling and have done destination wedding work in Italy, Mexico and other locations across the eastern coastline. 

I strive for nontraditional and unexpectedly beautiful images that play with light and interesting compositions. If I pose you, there’s always a good reason for it.  But what’s most important to me is the connection between you both.  The small moments and interactions that often go unnoticed, the ones that say a lot about who you are as a couple and as individuals.  That to me is the most important thing.  Being able to tell that story of your love and the connection that you have for one another is what I strive to portray in my photography work.

People who work with me trust my vision and feel something when they look at my images.  They’re also keen on working with someone who’s a thoughtful observer.  I’m a companion they can be open with before the wedding happens, as it unfolds, and long after the dancing winds down for the night. Before all of this happens, however; I want to know about you and your stories.  This is how I convey a creative and honest portrait of who you are.  I enjoy creating images that are artful, intentional, and playful and tell a story that will mean a great deal to you long after your wedding day. 

Derek Halkett Photography has been featured by some of the industry’s top publications including Bridal Beauty Magazine, Style Me Pretty, Newport Wedding Magazine, the Knot, NorthShore Magazine, The Pink Bride Magazine, The Inspired Bride and several other publications.  Derek is a featured vendor on WeddingWire and is a preferred vendor at several of the top wedding venues in the Knoxville area and throughout New England.  

Derek also specializes in intimate natural mountain weddings.  We are licensed to photograph weddings and engagements within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Our Commercial Use Authorization allows us to photograph weddings and elopments within the national park, to include Spence Cabin, the Appalachian Clubhouse and Cades Cove.

Anyway, enough about my story.  I'd love to hear yours.

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