Testimonials - Darren Wellhoefer Photographer

The reviews from my Darren Wellhoefer Photograhy Facebook page:


"Like everyone, I am very busy and never take the time to post reviews of any kind. I work with hundreds of vendors yearly through my law practice. During my 20 years of practice, I have found only a few very exceptional vendors. Darren is one. I have given only one review in my life and that was for my wedding coordinator who was also fantastic. This is my second. I am posting this because anyone interested in a photographer should choose Darren. I am leaving this review to play-it-forward for other couples and because Darren was our best and most reasonable vendor. Darren did the photography for our wedding. We did a "save the date" photo shoot, a photo shoot at a Japanese garden, and of course the wedding ceremony and reception at the Marriott in Dana Point. He was extremely professional, patient, gave great advice on locations, lighting, and poses. More telling, he made us feel like we were his only clients and his favorite clients. Some of our photos were romantic, some were formal, some were funny, some were exciting – he did it all. What is exceptional about Darren is that he really gets to know you and is quite serious about getting to know what you would like, what style, etc.. Every person who has seen our photos has been blown away. His pricing was extremely reasonable and there were no hidden charges or up-sales. He was upfront and honest from the beginning. You cannot go wrong with Darren as a photographer or vendor. If you would like to hear more, you can contact me though Facebook at beach_house_2008@yahoo.com." - Robert Younger

"Darren is so incredible! He has such an eye for creative shots, extremely flexible with who he works with and open to new ideas! He is so easy to work with and such a sweet person overall, that he made our wedding and engagement shoot even more enjoyable and comfortable. You can tell him the craziest photo idea and he will be down for trying anything that is different and unique. He will hang out with you all day long if needed, which is why we love Darren so much! It is very apparent that he will take his time and put all his efforts to make the big day so memorable and beautiful. Thanks Darren for all your support and putting love into our photos :) ♥"  - Sara Badrtalei Sanchez

“We found Darren at a bridal show we attended & are so happy we found him. We loved his work & found him to be extremely easy to work with- there’s something about his personality that is so friendly, easy-going & made me & my finance’ at ease. I had lots of questions because I never planned a wedding before & Darren helped out with a lot of advice, especially on the timeline. When he shot our wedding, he made us laugh & helped calm us the whole time & he was one of the major reasons why we had such a fun time. We really appreciated how hard he worked the whole day to make our day amazing! The images he captured are so beautiful! We love them so much! We recommend Darren to anyone looking for a wedding photographer!” – Adrianna & Jackson, LA

"Darren is an absolutely amazing photographer and I am so grateful that he shot our wedding!! He has such a talented eye for lighting, shadows, colors, and everything in between that makes his photographs not simply images, but art. He is very patient and was willing to listen to ideas we had during both our engagement shoots and our wedding day. I could not be more please with how they turned out, we will be cherishing those moments and reliving them everyday, because he captured every moment that made our wedding beautiful and memorable. If you are like my husband and I, and searching for a photographer is difficult, we say look no further than Darren! No matter how long your wedding is, he wont charge you “hidden” fees for extra time, which was incredibly important for us as French weddings tend to run late in to the night. Also, he got our images to us in a week after the wedding, which is almost unheard of for wedding photographers! There was no long, agonizing waiting period before we got our images, and he presented our pictures in high-res and low-res CDs that were so convenient (along with a website for friends and family to view). Honestly, I am so thankful that we found Darren! His photographs are breathe-taking, and his talent is remarkable. Thank you Darren for all your hard work, and for giving us memories that we can look back on for years to come!" - Charlotte & Clement Nicolas

"On September 26th I was the maid of honor at my sister Desiree's wedding and we had the pleasure of having Darren as our photographer. I was a little nervous that it was going to be weird having a photographer following us around while we all got ready for the wedding but Darren made us feel completely comfortable with his personable yet professional personality. His attention to every detail and his out of the box ideas for pictures really impressed everyone. When I received the pictures I was extremely happy to see that Darren not only shot amazing timeless pictures of the whole wedding but he also captured candid pictures that will be cherished for our entire life. Darren didn't make shooting these picture feel like a task but more of a joyous moment that we were all lucky to be apart of. I will be lucky to have Darren shoot any of my other events in my life. 'Amazing job' is definitely an understatement!" -Danielle Corpus

"I found Darren at the Long Beach bridal convention and his booth attracted me mainly because he wasn't trying to reel us in with flashy booth decorations but he decorated with his amazing art of photos. Hiring him was extremely easy because he made everything easy, throughout the year of putting my wedding together he constantly messaged me asking me if I needed any help and he was a quick phone call away! This made me so very happy to hear that he cared about the entire process and not just the check. When my big day came he quickly noticed how nervous I was and gave me words of advice and even a couple funny stories to calm my nerves. Now... The group of people I had aren't the easiest to get into one area and Darren was completely patient and made sure that everyone had fun throughout the day. I am so very very happy with having him there on my wedding day! From beginning to the end he surprised me and the end product was even better! I FULLY plan on having him photograph any event I have from now on, and I highly suggest you hire him as well!!" -one very happy bride, Desiree Corpus

"Beyond amazing! Darren is hands-down the best photographer to work with. We had a blast during our engagement shoot - we were able to explore a new town and find hidden photo shoot gems with Darren, and he made the whole process fun! When it came to our wedding day, Darren was completely organized and professional, and he had a calming demeanor that every bride and groom wants leading up to and on the big day, and it helped the day go exactly according to plan. His photos are spectacular, creative, fun, and inspiring. We have too many favorites because they are all so well done and stunning. We couldn’t have asked for a better wedding photography experience. We recommend him to everyone looking for an engagement and wedding photographer! Thank you, Darren!" -Vickie & Aaron, Orange County, CA

"I have been modeling for a little over 5 years and Darren Wellhoefer is by far one of my favorite photographers to work with. He is extremely professional, friendly, and very particular about his work. The first time I worked with him I was astounded by the quality of his pictures. You can defiantly tell that photography is not just a "hobby" for him. He takes pride in what he does and he studies photography to a "T". His work is so versatile. I am so happy that he will be shooting my wedding! Best photographer to work with!!! - Andrea' Lynem / Disney Performer/ Model

"Besides getting married, ones of the best experiences I had was the photography. Darren you are ONE of a kind! You made my little girl smile in 97% of the pictures, you are funny, polite and just plain easy to get along with. My guests were talking about you weeks after the wedding! You captured everything! My husband and I are always talking about you.! WE absolutely love all the photos! YOU ARE AWESOME!! I will definitely be using your wonderful talent again and again and again ! - Jennifer & Sergio, Hollywood, CA

 “Darren! We love the photos! They look like they are right out of a magazine! We couldn’t have asked for a better wedding photographer! Thank you so much!” - Megan & Gary, Newport Beach, CA

 “Your experience in Indian wedding came across incredibly, Darren. You handled the crowds like a pro, lol. Ura loved the photos, as did I. I feel your work ethic was beyond impressive. 3 days strong haha! I have 3 friends getting married soon and will refer you!” - Ura & Ajit, Los Angeles, CA

“We loved your artistic approach to our wedding. We are amazed at how nice the pictures are & our wedding album with the picture cover is just absolutely breathtaking. Thank you so much for all your hard work & fast turn time on our images. We couldn’t ask for a better photographer & we will refer you to everyone we know! Thank you SO MUCH!” - Sasha & Tyler, San Francisco, CA

“Darren-san, we are extremely happy with the pictures. Thank you for the beautiful images. You were very pleasurable to be with & a joy to be around. You obviously love your job as it feels so natural to be around you. Noriko sends her best. Can you come to Japan & take our baby’s pictures? Haha. She is due in December!” - Masaru & Noriko, Shinjuku, Japan

 “Michelle & I loved how professional & easy going you were. You made us feel comfortable the entire day. We knew we were in great hands! Thank you! & I am giving your # to my sister whose wedding is in 2012! She would love you! - Michelle & Alex, Los Angeles, CA

 “The wedding gown photos came out perfect, Darren. Thank you for working hard under the deadlines I gave you. You really came through for us. Your talent is outstanding as is your work ethic.” - Amy J, wedding gown designer, Los Angeles, CA

 “Darren, thanks so much for the headshots. My agent commented on how perfect the lighting was. You are now my GO TO PHOTOGRAPHER! I will only use you from here on out! Thanks buddy!” - Chris Cullen, Los Angeles, CA

 “My portfolio is incredible thanks to you, Darren! I couldn’t have got here without you! You make me feel so comfortable during our headshot sessions. You are always so professional! Thanks so much!” - Lynn N, Los Angeles, CA

 “I loved the studio shots we did! Exactly what I needed for my port! Thanks for helping me with my poses. You are very easy to work with.” - Jennifer R. Los Angeles, CA

 “Thank you so much for doing such a great job as our photographer! We came back from Maui & we saw your email- we just spent the last 2 hours going through them! Each & every one of them is beautiful! Thank you so much! By the way, we have a gift for you. We'll send Monday. You'll love it!" - Kim & Steve, Santa Monica, CA

 “We got the wedding albums today in the mail & LOVE THEM! They are beautiful & thank you for creating such beautiful images! Chris says hi & wants to thank you for being so attentive at our wedding. Thank you! - Tia & Chris, Huntington Beach, CA

 “WOW! WOW! WOW! I can’t believe you made me look so beautiful! Everyone says I look like a model! My husband framed that pic we took in the hallway & all his co-workers are going crazy! LOL!! Thank you so much, Darren! We loved working with you!” - Melissa & Ken, Los Angeles, CA

 “We recommend you to everyone! We loved how comfortable you made us feel. You’re funny, Darren! Thanks for making us laugh during a stressful time. You made it fun & captured our beautiful day- BEAUTIFULLY! We love our pictures so much! & the wedding album came in the mail yesterday- OH MY GOD! Its so STUNNING!” - Samantha & Jake, Manhattan, NYC