Derek Cookson Photography – Royal Oak, MI Wedding and Portrait Photographer bio picture

    My philosophy of "Life, Laughter, and Love" was inspired by my wife when she had it engraved in my wedding ring, always there to remind me what's important. It's also what guides me to capture what I do, when I have a camera in my hand.

    Friends will ask me if I consider it work, but I ask, how can it be? When I am blessed to be able to share such wonderful moments in peoples lives, to be shared forever, I can't call it work, but I can tell you it's the best job in the world. And I would love to share it with you!


Sarah + David – Engagement Photos at the Carnival!

I don’t know who was more excited to shoot engagement photos at a carnival…me, or Sarah + David!

Despite some muddy spots and sinking high heels, we had fun, rode some rides, played some games, and even enjoyed some cotton candy! It hardly felt like work! Wish the happy couple a huge CONGRATULATIONS on their upcoming wedding, and don’t forget to check out the facebook page at !

Jenny + Ron – Engagement Session! ::Metro Detroit Wedding Photographer::

When I shoot an engagement session with a couple, we share things about each other to help us all get to know one another before the big wedding day celebration… With Jenny and Ron, they shared with me a lot of laughs and love that evening! You can really feel the connection between them, as Jenny has a boisterous personality with a smile that lights up the room, and Ron is quieter, but every bit as smitten in return! They wonderfully compliment each other, and I think you can really feel the heat – and the fun! – in these photos! I can’t wait to share their wedding celebration with them!

You need a Photo Class! ::Royal Oak Wedding and Family Photographer::

Do you own a camera that has more than one button? Do you ever wonder what all those OTHER buttons and knobs and dials are for, and what they do?

Did you get a new camera for Christmas and it’s still sitting in the box because you’re afraid to touch it?

Are you sick of all your friends taking better pictures of THEIR kids than you do of YOURS?

The classes I teach aim to address every one of these questions and more! The CONQUER YOUR CAMERA classes are a great way to familiarize yourself with your big fancy toy, stop being afraid of taking it OFF “auto”, and start taking BETTER photos of your friends and family!

Classes will be: Sunday, March 30th, at 2pm-4pm,
Bastone’s Brewery, 419 S. Main Street, ┬áRoyal Oak, MI.
Tickets are only $50, and purchasing your ticket (sold online ahead of time) is your seat reservation. SEATING IS LIMITED, so don’t wait!
For more information, or to purchase tickets, email or call 248-224-7423

Hope to see you there!

Conquer your camera 2014

March 20, 2014 - 9:14 pm

Bobbie Padget - I’m just wondering how to book a spot for your class on March 30th! :) thanks!

March 20, 2014 - 9:15 pm

bobbie padget - That wasn’t suppose to be a comment!! haha

Family Photography on a Snowy Farm in Amherstburg! :: Royal Oak Family Photographer

After having to cancel once due to extreme weather, we got lucky when I got to hang out with the Prieur family on their farm…there was snow, but the sun came out to warm us JUST enough to keep the smiles going! Not that they needed any help…there was more than enough smiling and laughing to go around – AS WELL as cute kids!

Hit LIKE to tell everyone how GREAT they look, and don’t forget to SHARE on the facebook page at so others can enjoy too!

Rochester Christmas Lights Engagement Photos : Royal Oak Wedding Photographer

Give Krista and Craig some credit…not only did they brave the VERY cold night to take some engagement photos, they kept taking their coats off whenever I asked them too! But despite the freezing temps, they kept warm with snuggles, smooches, and the warm glow of the Rochester lights! Hit LIKE and wish them a HUGE congratulations, and don’t forget to check out for even more fun engagement photography!

5 Brides in St. Joseph – Michigan Wedding Photographer

I’ve taught classes before, but this was my first “Workshop” for photographers, and we all had a blast!
I say “Workshop” because it was a quasi workshop/shoot-out/portfolio builder experience for photographers: not exactly a CLASS, but more an experience unlike many others! Five BEAUTIFUL women, all life-long friends, had gotten married within the last couple of years. As I was photographing Terese’s wedding this past summer, I heard about their wishes to all get in their dresses one last time, for a few fun photographs…and the idea took flight from there!

So I posted around in some photographer forums seeing who would be interested in joining me, and got 7 of us together to travel to St. Joseph, Michigan for the day! We all shared our knowledge with each other, froze our behinds off (Late October on the beach…but these girls were troopers and up for anything!), and had MORE than a couple laughs with our gorgeous models…and their moms! (traveling stylists?)

Here are a collection of my favourites from the day. I will put up my shots first, and then in a separate post, I will spotlight some of the work from the other photographers who came to shoot alongside me!

Thank you to all of the photographers who came along, and the Five beautiful brides who hopefully have a day (and photos) they will remember and treasure for the rest of their lives!



January 20, 2014 - 6:41 pm

Jeanine - Great shots Derek! It was so fun to be part of that day with you and the rest of the photographers – thanks!

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