Hawaii’s very own renowned wedding photographer, Derek Wong, has captivated his audiences with his inspiring editorial wedding images. Derek thrives on creativity and explores every wedding to capture honest and romantic images. His photojournalism is elevated to capture all the emotions that seem to pass us by so quickly. His professionalism and soft demeanor gives him a very approachable style to get in close to the most intimate occasions without compromising any moments.
Photography is an art and Derek’s ambitious vision evolves with each wedding he photographs. With his sophisticated eye, he learns to not only pay attention to the smallest of details, but captures worthy moments that surprises his clients.
Derek’s humble confidence makes him the leading wedding photographer in Hawaii. A graduate of Punahou School, he is sought after from local clientele to destination wedding goers. His authenticity of creating beautiful images has really set him apart from his peers. He will not only learn more about your wedding plans but will give guidance and direction that will further enhance your photography experience with him. What truly sets him apart from other photographers in this field are his attention to detail, his commitment to quality, and his talent for capturing moving images – images that are at once spontaneous and elegant, authentic and timeless, poignant and artfully beautiful.
Photojournalists have recommended his work from major newspapers as well as filmmakers, graphic designers and creative directors. They appreciate his eye for seeing emotion and capturing the immediacy of the moment. His ability to have that connection with his subjects is also what creates some of the most stunning and editorial wedding images that have been published in Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, Junebug Weddings, Style Me Pretty, Carats & Cake, Hawaii Bride & Groom, Modern Weddings Hawaii, Praise Wedding, Borrowed & Blue, Wedding Wire, The Knot, Spur Magazine, Vancouver Magazine, Wallpaper, The New York Times, and Style Magazine just to name a few.
He has studied and worked with world-class fashion, editorial, commercial, and portraits photographers including Karen Moskowitz, Platon, Norman Jean Roy, Max Vadukul, Dewey Nicks, and Andrew Eccles. He has also worked and collaborated with Hawaii Bride & Groom photographing the cover and magazine spreads and Harry Winston Jewels in editorial fashion shoots, as well as Apple Inc., HopeLab, The Omidyar Group, Hawaii Leadership Forum, President Barack Obama, RealNetworks, The Surfer’s Journal, and Wallpaper*.
“Derek has one of the best eyes in the business. He has the ability to look at a scene and not only figure out how to capture it, but also how to produce a beautifully composed memory. His work captures the purest of emotions in the most important life events.” – Merv Garretson, former Creative Director of Preston Bailey