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Derrick Leu

Derrick Leu | Complete Weddings + Events | St. Louis Wedding Photographers

Why did you decided to become a photographer?

I enjoy working with many kinds of artistic mediums, but with photography I particularly enjoy the immediacy of composing in real-time. Specifically with wedding photography I enjoy the human/social component that makes my art a craft and service for others.

What is your favorite memory of an event you’ve shot?

There are so many good memories, but the favorites are simply when I know I’ve found or captured a great photo by observing and working with the surrounding environment. That might be noticing a particular light coming into the corner of a room that will turn a mediocre picture into a stunning one, or noticing – perhaps anticipating – an emotional moment that I capture in a photography.

What is your favorite thing about being a photographer?

I feel fortunate to be able to do something creative that I enjoy while at the same time providing an important service for others. On a very important and celebratory day at that!

What makes you or your work stand out?

The quality of light and composition; photography is about composing with light. What equally stands out is my attention to detail, including those moments captured throughout the day.

What is your favorite part of an event?

My favorite part of the event is the social component. Meeting couples and their families and being a witness to the celebration and events is what I’m there to capture in photographs. The photography is like putting icing on the cake.

What is something most people don’t know about you?

I love learning about many things including playing and composing music. While most of my experience is with guitar, I’ve also played saxophone, piano, clarinet, bass, drums, trumpet, and a lot of electronics.

""Everyone was absolutely amazing and so easy to work with; Christian and Derrick worked so wonderfully together to coordinate the video and pictures. Joel kept the party alive and was so fun! Thank you for the most perfect wedding!!!!!" - The Vitales

"The convenience of having the photography, videography, DJ and up lighting through the same company made planning and communication so simple. The online planning forms were a life saving resource that I frequented for information. Every person that I worked with was kind, helpful, prompt, detailed, patient, professional and experienced. This experience far exceeded my expectations and made my wedding day a seamless fairytale." - Lauren E.

"There was an actual tornado warning two hours before the ceremony. We had to completely change the order or the ceremony and how the remainder of the night would look like. Both our DJ and photographer jumped right in to help us. The DJ helped us by doing a new rehearsal (indoors this time) with the music and all so we could ensure everyone knew the new plan. The photographer helped to make sure all photos were done during the reception since we weren’t able to do the family photos earlier in the day (since people we stuck sheltering for the tornado). As the bride, I had almost no stress dealing with this stressful situation because of the amazing Complete DJ and photographer we had!" - Kayla B.

"The photographer, Derrick, captured our wedding perfectly ensuring he got the best of the best." - Morgan W.

"The photographer, Derrick was super creative and constantly trying to capture the perfect candids of us! I am so glad we chose Complete Weddings! They made the day go very smoothly and took a lot of stress off of us!! They took care of everything, it was absolutely wonderful!" - Samantha S.

"Derrick, our photographer was awesome. I will definitely request him if my other daughter chooses to get married in this area." - Mary H.

"Complete did an amazing job, they made my wedding so special our photographers went above and beyond to make sure we got amazing shots even when it was record heat outside they managed to quickly get the important shots and find the best spots for our pictures" - Jessica B.

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