Reviews for Darren Brown Photography

Esther & Justin - Ottawa wedding, All Saints Event Space

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I’m a photographer myself, so people kept asking me, “How does a photographer choose a photographer for their own wedding?”

It was an easy decision after Darren came to mind. We wanted someone who would document our day as it happened and capture the spirit of the day. We didn’t want anyone who would manipulate scenes or add any pressure to the day. Darren was perfect for this.

Esther and I loved Darren’s approach to photographing our wedding — we loved simply being able to focus on each other and celebrate with our guests. Darren’s relaxed yet professional presence allowed us to be carefree about the photography. The portrait session with our bridal party was a great break from the formality of the schedule, and we love the creativity in the final images.We love being able to see the moments that he captured, and remembering what was going through our minds at the time.

Darren captured our day in an authentic, real manner that made us and our guests feel very comfortable. So many of the images were just jaw-droppers. We’d highly recommend Darren and his work to all of our friends.

(Justin is a talented wire photographer in Canada, documenting big stories in Ottawa and abroad for Canadian Press. Documenting his marriage to Esther was an honour and a delight! - Darren )

Kelly & Jonny - Nova Scotia wedding, Southshore, The Quarterdeck

bride and groom walk through woods

I am a strong believer in memories and having the ability to capture them in a picture takes talent. Darren Brown has that talent. My man and I had the luxury of having both Darren and Scott Munn work as a team on our wedding day and what a team they were! Its been over 2 months since the big day and I am still looking back on my pictures with the "wow" factor. Darren's ability to bring out the beauty of his surroundings and the beauty of people really shows in his work. Thank you Darren for not only taking amazing pictures on my wedding day but making the experience an enjoyable one 

Diana & Francis - Bon Echo Wedding

To be transparent, I know Darren from college where we both were in the photojournalism program and after, throughout our careers in the industry. I'm a very hard sell when it comes to photographers being very particular on technical ability and equally, if not more importantly, the eye for capturing real moments. I wanted a photojournalistic account of our wedding, not a bunch of pre-set photos, although we did those with the family as well, and Darren went above and beyond in that aspect. He embedded himself for our wedding which took place on a Friday at Bon Echo Provincial Park. My husband, Francis, and I were camping with most of our bridal party and many friends and family in the week leading up to the nuptials but almost everyone showed up the night before. Darren made the bold decision to join us Thursday, where we hosted a huge barbecue and hall decorating party and even slept in a pop up tent. He blended into the group so well many people didn't even realize he was the wedding photographer, thinking instead he was just one of group with a great set of lenses. He captured wonderful moments that evening and it was fantastic to actually sit down with him around a fire, later that night, and catch up with each other. The wedding day he was up early with all of us, already working his magic and catching moments I didn't even have time to grasp, let alone remember in all the excitement. I'm a wedding photographer's worst nightmare because I tend not to organize but fly by the seat of my pants instead. But Darren handled the very fluid time schedule with a lot of patience and I really appreciated that. During the actual ceremony he moved with the fabulous breeze and was barely perceptible as he captured the most anticipated wedding of my family's life – mine. The consummate bachelorette. My husband's emotions when he saw me and then our daughter's for the first time, I can't even express how truly beautiful those moments were. My own wild-eyed laughter at the alter or pulled-back-OH-MY-GOD-I'M-GETTING-MARRIED look which was absolutely my favourite photo. And Darren's trust in sending it to me, knowing it isn't your 'traditional” flattering image of the bride, but it is SO ME. And that moment, that moment is so special, because marriage was a huge leap for me and it showed my excitement, fear and love. I'm pretty damn expressive with my face. All this to say, Darren goes all in. He's punctual, well dressed, and subtle while photographing the wedding. He's charming and engaging, making everyone feel comfortable. His ability to capture the moments you feel the deepest is fantastic and he is open to all the suggestions you may have for him. It was truly a pleasure and an honour for Darren to be such an integral part of not only our wedding, but our whole weekend.



Jared & Janelle - Billings Bridge Museum Wedding, Ottawa

bride and groom kiss under a vintage umbrella during an Ottawa wedding

Our biggest fear as we started looking for a wedding photographer was that we'd get stuck with someone who was tense, imposing, and scattered throughout the day. Simply put, we wanted someone who could work with us to set a broad plan for the day, and just "do their thing" without us worrying about it.
Darren was excellent from day one. He is incredibly approachable and quickly understood what we were hoping for.
My favorite part about the wedding photography experience was Darren's ability to find balance. Darren was able to make sure we got the "must-have" shots we agreed on, while not imposing on the natural flow of the day and time with family. We never felt pulled away from meaningful time with our guests, and Darren was comfortable to provide the right amount of direction to create some incredible shots to capture the day.
I would recommend Darren without hesitation. His solid portfolio encouraged us to reach out, but after meeting him for a drink we were excited for Darren not only to take some pictures, but to share this day with our close friends and family.
We were 100% pleased with Darren's work!   He was fun to work with, easy-going, and produces gorgeous photos.
Despite the rain the morning of our wedding, he kept his cool and picked beautiful rain spots for group photos to take place on short notice.
We heard from multiple friends and family that they really appreciated how he was subtle and not in the way, but obviously taking his job seriously.

Justin and Danielle - Silent Valley Alpaca Ranch Wedding & Reception, Ompah (Perth)


Our biggest concern when hiring a photographer was finding that person who would capture the spirit of our wedding and our eclectic group of guests in an authentic and creative way. When we saw Darren's work, however, we knew he was the right photographer to capture our special day. And he came through in such a huge way.
 Our favourite part of the photography experience was that we were able to just be ourselves and enjoy the day without having to put on a show. Darren, both warm and considerate throughout the day, really fit in just like the rest of our guests and captured the events in a very journalistic manner.
Many of our friends were so impressed with both Darren's work and his outgoing personality that they hired him to shoot their weddings as well. And they've all been thrilled with the resulting photography.
I've had the pleasure of recommending Darren to many friends. At the end of the day, after everyone's gone home, Darren's work speaks for itself. He's brilliant at capturing the lasting moments and memories that you'll forever cherish.

Shirley & Jordan - Le Belvedere Wedding Ceremony & Reception, Wakefield, QC

"From the first time we met, Darren made us feel like our wedding was his most important event of the year. He was always organized, and full of enthusiasm and excitement for our big day. From the outset, we liked his vision of documenting memories that will last a lifetime, rather than just staging shots that you see in every wedding album. He was full of ideas about how to make the most of each part of our wedding day - from the first glance to the first dance. Darren is everything you would want in a wedding photographer - right in there for all the key moments but invisible at the same time. You don't even notice he's there, but when you see the images you can't believe you didn't see him there. Throughout our wedding day, he was the ultimate professional - moving seamlessly through our surroundings and incorporating the beauty of our venue. He has a keen eye for detail and treated our wedding day as if it was his own.
If you're looking for a fresh take on traditional wedding photography, not afraid to take some risks, and appreciate the input of a photojournalist, you couldn't book a better photographer than Darren Brown..”

Caroline & Ben, National Arts Centre, Ottawa

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Photography was one of the areas of my wedding that was really important to 
me, and I let my husband know it from the very beginning!  I researched many
 styles of wedding photography and spent hours and hours looking at 
portfolios of many photographers across the country to get a sense of what I
wanted.  I contacted Darren because he came highly recommended by another
 photographer whose journalistic style of wedding photography appealed to me. After meeting five photographers in total, I had a very strong sense that I 
could trust Darren's artistic judgment, fast journalistic eye, and work 
ethic with our special day.  I knew that I absolutely did not want to have
 to worry about any details or whether the photographers had this or that
shot. I also didn't want to handcuff our photographer with a grocery list of 
requests, lest he miss those impromptu magic moments while trying to get
 through a frustratingly nit-picky checklist.  I was looking to hire a 
photographic "eye" who was a professional who understands a bride's heart
 for her day.  After meeting Darren a second time, I felt very good about my 
decision to hire him and rested easy from deposit through to the delivery of
Once I gave him our timeline and details (including a date and venue right
in the middle of Ottawa Race Weekend), Darren provided advice and
suggestions both logistically and creatively that I would be thankful for
later.  The few specific requests that I made were carried out, with a total
 of five venues and a walk down Elgin Street! I have never seen a 
photographer work so incredibly hard to get to the right place and angle for 
a shot.
On the day of the wedding, he and his assistant were punctual, and worked
 efficiently and really hustled!  He was constantly moving and yet
unobtrusive; he struck the delicate balance of being completely 
unnoticeable, and being authoritative enough to direct and guide guests when
required.  He was very respectful of the members (French and Korean-
speaking) of our families by accommodating a few requests, but also 
tactfully stayed focused on the vision we had for our wedding.
The final photographs were delivered in a very timely fashion, and I was so
 pleased with the balance of both posed shots with those capturing the
emotions of the day. The essence of many important moments were skillfully 
captured in well-planned vantage points from multiple angles so that we have
 great shots of me, my groom, and our guests during the same moments of the 
day.  We have one-of-a-kind shots (e.g. runners "chasing" us along Elgin St. with two
 cops), gorgeous ceremony shots utilizing the lighting and classic church 
architecture, and glamorous and intimate reception shots!
I can't say enough about Darren and our photos - I recommend him to everyone I
know, and I told everyone on "All in a Day" CBC radio and "We Talk Weddings" 
television show about him.  And, I still love looking at them 6 months 
later. My husband says that the money was well spent per hour of viewing
 entertainment that my family, friends and I get from the photos over and
 over again.  Warning to brides: you will lose sleep staying up late looking 
at your gorgeous photos!

Marie Therese & Martin, Billing's Bridge Estate Wedding

bride hugs groom during ottawa wedding at billings bridge

On the most amazing day of our lives, Darren was the perfect touch.He captured the most beautiful and honest of moments. Our wedding album is much more than we ever imagined and our families and friends were amazed by Darren's work. He is not only creative but also innovative. He is truly a great photographer and a wonderful person to work with.

Candice & Sven, Restaurant 18 Wedding

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After our first meeting with Darren we trusted his style and felt confident in his abilities. We immediately felt that our wedding day would become a unique experience through his documentary style and it certainly became just that. Darren’s professional yet laid back approach to the administrative details and the execution of each photograph allowed us to enjoy our day and yet still know that each moment was being captured seamlessly.

Rachel & Charles, Calabogie Peaks Resort Wedding

Darren went above and beyond our best expectations. He made sure to get to know us first so that he could determine what kind of photos we were looking for, and then he just went for it. He went out of his way to scout locations and shots and he was exactly right in finding the ones that we loved. The candids were amazing and he took shots of details that we hadn't even noticed ourselves. We felt totally comfortable with him during the formals. He covered every aspect of the day and we couldn't be more happy with the results. The pictures make the day come alive all over again

Justin & Danielle’s Engagement Photography, Hintonburg, Ottawa

Capturing the kind of people we are was perhaps not the easiest of tasks, but Darren found us, the true us, as we milled about loading bays and the peculiar landscape near our home. Our plan was to go to rural Quebec at dusk for a romp in the trees and streams, but Darren proved his tremendously flexibility when we told him last minute we just wanted hang in our ‘hood for our engagement shots. The results were an unbelievable collection of photographs of us in our natural and strangely beautiful habitat. Darren captured some amazingly intimate moments, many just split second gestures and fleeting interactions, a true testament to the genius behind the lens.