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Dean Sanderson Photography

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(Rated 4.7 stars with 24 reviews)
Rated #19 of 110 Photographer Reviews on BDW

Dean Sanderson has been shooting weddings for more than ten years and has found his home in Mexico. Providing wedding photography in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and the Mayan Riviera, Dean knows how to capture the moments that matter for a lifetime. From getting ready, to walking down the aisle, to the first kiss, to family photos, the first dance, and more, Dean focuses on capturing the story of your
wedding day and the people that make it happen so you can remember it with all the joy and love you felt that day. And if that’s simply not enough, Dean captures fantasies and brings dreams to life with his world-renowned ‘Trash the Dress” underwater cenote sessions that will amaze you as none of his images are Photoshopped.

Before working as a wedding photographer, Dean shot as a commercial photographer for Getty Images, and his professionalism shines through, helping him to capture the light, the emotion, the movement, and the moment with the technical accuracy that will allow you to print your images as large as you like. Dean and his team promise amazing customer service, perfect images, and quick turn around so you have an excellent experience from your first interaction to the day you take home all of your photographs.

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By PK33, · 0 Comments

Thank you so much Dean for capturing the most important day of our lives. We absolutely loved the photos! Trying to hire a photographer in a foreign country can be a daunting task but from the first time I contacted Dean I felt at ease. My husband and I are very camera shy and don't like having our photos taken so we were a bit nervous about the end result. However, the photos were breathtaking and very natural which was exactly what we wanted. I would recommend him to all Mayan Brides....you wo

By sdiojamo, · 0 Comments

Pros: Professional, Excellent, Accommodating, AWESOME
Cons: NONE
We took a very intimate group of family and friends to our beautiful wedding in Playa del Carmen, June 26, 2015.  Dean made our special day everything that we had talked about previous to our day.  Dean took pictures of me with my daughter and my 2 bonus daughters prior to the service. I had requested, very last minute, that I needed my sons in pre-wedding pictures too.  He made it happen.  He took beautiful ceremonial pictures, all while not being noticed by the guests.  The photos he captured

By LTR, · 0 Comments

Dean and his wife were very responsive and great to work with prior to our wedding. However, I must say I was a little disappointed on our wedding day. I specifically requested certain pictures be taken, and unfortunately, on my wedding day I was too busy to remind him to take these. I just assumed a professional would remember to take pictures of at least my mom and I, my sister/MOH in my dress. Unfortunately, my day went by without some of these very meaningful pictures. I also felt that
After many hours searching for a photographer, I was confident that we made the right choice with Dean. Everything was great up until we actually met him- on our wedding day. I feel that maybe we caught him on an off day or something compared to everyone else's experience with him. When he showed up, he didn't have a second shooter or an assistant. Which made the entire experience very difficult because we couldn't hear him (over the ocean) when he was trying to set us up for pictures on the bea

By JaxBchKay, · 0 Comments

Pros: Everything!
Cons: Not one
I booked Dean in March of 2014 for my April 24, 2015 wedding at the Now Sapphire.  I could not be happier with my choice!  Dean was wonderful to work with.  Anna and Dean both had great communication - answering my questions promptly and offering advice to make sure my day went the way I wanted it to.  Their attention to detail and expertise was so helpful!  Dean was an absolute pleasure to work with, he was friendly and got the shots he needed without bossing everyone around.  We just got our w
Pros: Trash the dress
Cons: Poor email communication
First off, our photos came out great, which is really the most important thing. But email communication was frustrating. At first, emailing with Dean's wife, Anna, was easy... she was really sweet and prompt. But after she had her second baby, my emails would go a week without being responded to, if at all. And her emails were just RUDE. Short, snappy, not helpful at all. I get that having a kid and a newborn is tought, but this is your family's livelihood... either lighten up or hire an adminis
Pros: Easy going, laid back, makes you feel comfortable
Cons: None
I did some thorough research for photographers in Mexico and this forum helped me a lot.  Though a lot of the photographers with rave reviews all had incredibly high prices that was out of my price range! So I decided I was going to look into the vendors with fewer reviews just to see if their work compared. I instantly fell in love with Dean's work!!! I knew from the minute I saw his portfolio that he was my photographer even before seeing his prices. Luckily, he was exactly in my budget! I don
Pros: Dean is willing to make the best of any situation and he always comes out with outstanding results. Just check out his portfolios!
Cons: Book your session when Hurricanes are use active, LOL! Sunshine is important for this shoot!!! Don't worry Dean makes due in any situation.
Dean was able to translate into photography my dream wedding.  It takes a special individual with a special talent to accomplish what Dean does.  Take a look at his portfolio and decide yourself, but keep in mind this...he has nothing but five star reviews for a reason.

By malibu, · 0 Comments

Pros: Great quality, fun & energetic, easy to work with, get your photos quick
Wedding Day & Overall Experience:   Dean was absolutely awesome to work with and is an amazing photographer! Dean and Anna were great to work with right from the beginning – they were quick to respond to emails, flexible with the packages (will build one so you are getting exactly what you want), and are just super friendly.   In our search for a wedding photographer in Mexico, we came across Dean’s work and I fell in love immediately. I thought for sure we’d have to pay a fortun
Pros: Calm professionalism, leadership, flexibility, visually gifted, great communication
Cons: None
I'm the father of the bride so my review is from that perspective.  When the kids were looking for a photographer in Riviera Maya, they asked me to do the research and give them a short list.  I provided them a list of 3 options (one being a husband/wife team).  All were top rated, amazingly talented, but 3 different styles.  Price wasn't a factor in their decision but they were all in the same range.   The kids looked at all three and immediately fell in love with Dean's work.  They also

By JoieNJay0521, · 0 Comments

Pros: Price, Quality, ease to work with, and tons more!
Cons: None
If I could do it all again, I would still absolutely have chosen Dean Sanderson to photograph my wedding and Trash the Dress.  His work is gorgeous, (I had never felt or looked so great!!), he was a doll to work with (no nervous bride here!!), and either he or Anna, were always quick to respond to any questions I had.  The whole day was seemless and FUN!  I would ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY recommend Dean and his team to any bride and groom marrying in the Cancun-Riviera Maya area.  Amazing!!!
Pros: friendly, affordable, professional, just AMAZING photos!!!
Cons: none!
I just created a BDW account, after my wedding, specifically so that I could leave a great review for Dean. If anyone is questioning whether or not to book Dean for your wedding, I can assure you that it is the best decision you will make. It is a little scary to book a photographer without meeting them, but he and Anna were so great at communicating with me leading up to the wedding that I can no second thoughts or doubted my decision for a second! Dean arrived at the hotel early, which was gre

By FutureMrsKC, · 1 Comment

Booking Dean Sanderson to shoot our wedding photo's and trash the dress was the best wedding decision we made. I love looking through photographs and this was an area I wasn't going to compromise on. The resort photographers do a nice job, but if you want amazing then I would recommend Dean over and over.   My family and friends are in awe of our wedding photo's and one of my friends wrote "You honestly have the most amazing wedding photo's in the history of wedding photo's, they are absol

By jenguitard, · 0 Comments

I am so pleased we choose Dean as our photographer.  I had done a fair amount of research on photographers that were in the area, and was having a difficult time choosing one.  I contacted him after seeing his add on this site and after a bit more research I knew he was our guy.  I looked and looked at so many of the photographer’s photos and his always impressed me the most.  I love how clean and simple they were and not “posed”.    I feel that he made our wedding day so much fun and rea

By morganclare, · 0 Comments

We found Dean through our amazing wedding planner, Maria Tripaldi from weddings in playa.  This was VERY lucky for us as I am not sure I would have found him otherwise.  I was not very active on websites like this one, have a very busy job and really relied on my wedding planner to bring quality vendors to my attention.   Let me first say that all of our friends LOVED our photos and said they wished theirs had been half as good from their own weddings.  Our photos definitely have more of a

By girling, · 0 Comments

When we had first started looking for a photographer we couldn’t decide between bringing our own with us or finding someone local. We decided to take a look at our local options first. After coming across Dean’s site in a Google search, we quickly browsed through his photos and got excited, then when we noticed he was Canadian, we knew it was a must!   Working with Dean was the easiest part of the wedding planning process. He was quick to respond to emails and worked with what we needed. W

By chibridenov9, · 0 Comments

Pros: laid back, fun, easy going, low pressure, hands off approach
Cons: hands off approach (depending on what you're looking for in a photographer)
My wedding review will follow, but I really felt our experience with Dean during our Trash the Dress deserved it's own review!    I went back and forth during the planning process on paying for a TTD and it ended up being one of the best decisions I made for my destination wedding!  My now husband is not a huge fan of getting his picture taken (a common theme with most guys I think).  But I knew if I didn't take advantage of fun and playful photos during a once in a lifetime trip I would r

By jana23, · 0 Comments

Pros: friendly, affordable, professional, great photos!
I first found Dean's Photo's though blogging for the resort we were getting married at. When seen his photo's I was in love. The beach weddings & the TTD photo shoots, were gorgeous . We never thought about hiring a photographer at first. But after looking at his website & the beautiful work he does. I knew I wanted to be apart of his unique work. Getting in contact with Dean was easy, and he even responded back the same day. Which makes it so nice for a bride, who is eager to get thi

By eda7442, · 2 Comments

It’s difficult to write a review on the unique experience of being professionally photographed by Dean Sanderson. When we say experience, we mean just that! Dean doesn’t simply offer photography services… Yes, he’s a darned professional, in that he takes amazing pictures, shows great creativity, he captures every emotion (knows when to photograph), blends in the background, he makes kids feel at ease, he’s very courteous and polite, makes sure never to miss a moment… We could go on! We’d suggest

By kylie80, · 0 Comments

We are absolutely thrilled with our wedding photos and cannot say enough good things about Dean. We did a lot of research on photographers before contacting Dean. We knew we liked his work but when we met him in person, that's what cinched it! He's easy to get along with, professional, flexible, and an absolute artist with his craft. He really knows what he's doing technically, and has a natural gift for capturing beautiful artistic shots and working with brilliant colours. He's also got the pat

By NFernandes, · 0 Comments

Pros: .
Pros: 100% AMAZING
Cons: NONE!
Check out all my pictures I posted under the Thread: Grand Sirenis , Air Transat & Dean Sanderson Wedding Review Feel free to pm me with any questions!!!
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By c and m, · 0 Comments

Pros: Laid back, easy to work with, a great experience
We Met with Dean a couple months before the wedding and I had a good feeling right away.  It was a stretch on our budget, but we are SO glad we went with Dean.  Not that we have any any experience, but working with him was easy and fun, and I we are still blown away with the final product!!  He came and did a TTD the next day, and people still talk about great he pictures are!!

By SandalGirl, · 0 Comments

I found Dean after searching for local photographers in my area.  I LOVED his work on his website and shot him an e-mail.  He was great to communicate with and so easy to get along with.  He is passionate about what he does, and you can tell.   We did an engagement shoot in our hometown of Vancouver BC, and we LOVED those photos. We got so much great feedback from our friends, which made me even more excited about our wedding photos.   Dean met us at our wedding at the Occidental Gra

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