Daren Kelley Photography

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37865 Amberleaf Court Southern California, CA | (714) 683-6940
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San Diego, Riverside
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Orange County
| www.darenkelley.com
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Wedding: 11/3/2012
Member Since: 3/27/2013 verified review
Daren Kelley = BEST    posted 3/27/2013

How to describe the perfect photographer... hmmm...
Daren really is the best photographer you could ask for. Very upbeat, happy, professional, and produces quality work. He arrived early, stayed late, took amazing pictures, and we even got him to party with us! During our engagement photo session, Daren literally had us laughing most of the time. He makes the experience very fun, which in turn makes you feel more comfortable while having a million photos taken of yourself. Our wedding day was everything we could have asked for and more, and Daren captured the entire day beautifully.

If you are looking for a fun, upbeat photographer... choose Daren
If you are looking for a professional and punctual photographer... choose Daren
If you are looking for unique shots with creation/imagination... choose Daren
If you are looking for every amazing moment of your wedding/reception captured... choose Daren.

So basically... CHOOSE DAREN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guaranteed he will be the best vendor you hire for you wedding. We loved all of our vendors, and yet Daren still stands a head above the rest!

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Wedding: 9/29/2012
Member Since: 10/3/2011
AWESOME IS THE LEAST I CAN SAY!!!!    posted 1/9/2013

Daren was the most amazing photographer we could have asked for. We paid the extra for the engagement photos even though we were gonna have a friend do it initially, and it was such a good idea. engagement photo time gave us a chance to get to know Daren and it made it so much easier on the day of. He i such a good photographer an an awesome guy. He entertained all of our picture ideas and met all of our needs. He gave us his input about other picture ideas we hadn't thought of which paid off huge in the end.We received a card from him weeks before our wedding just checking in to make sure we were on track and to give us reassurance, and even got a thank you card from him after our wedding from him and his wife. I would recommend him hands down to anyone wanting great wedding photos and a personal wedding experience.

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Wedding: 6/16/2012
Member Since: 8/9/2011 verified review
Daren Kelley is Boss!!    posted 7/25/2012 (updated 8/7/2012)

Daren was one of the best choices I made! he was professional, friendly, and just plain wonderful. I loved that when I recieved my pictures, there were moments captured that I was unaware of. Looking back on my wedding day, things seem to be a blur, but the pictures say it all, and thanks to Daren I have the most perfect absolute "caught in the moment" memories. The quality and service I recieved was well worth it. Even before the day, he was helpful and responded to concerns in a timely manner. But the most amazing part of it all, was after it was all overl, I recieved a personalized gift from his wife, she had make us custom coasters with pictures from our special day as a thank you gift. It made me feel like it wasn't just another business deal. I am a satisified customer!!!

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Wedding: 6/30/2012
Member Since: 11/21/2011 verified review
Amazing!    posted 7/23/2012

Daren Kelley did an absolutely AMAZING job photographing our wedding! I honestly could not be any happier with the way the pictures turned out. Every person who has seen the pictures has commented on how incredible they are. Daren did a great job of capturing the excitement, the fun, the love, and the importance associated with that day. I love the candid pictures he took, as well as the more posed ones. I don’t think I could even pick a favorite picture because I love them all. He also really has an eye for what looks great, and he finds the perfect spots to take the photos to truly capture the beauty of the surroundings too. Daren is very fun to work with, but he is very professional at the same time. He is punctual, flexible, and very hardworking, but he is also one of the nicest people ever. Daren was also great with the kids in our wedding and caught so many adorable moments with them. Those pictures are so darn cute! I would recommend Daren Kelley to anyone who needs a great photographer for a special event. He’s the best!

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Wedding: 12/18/2004
Member Since: 2/26/2004
One word: WOW!    posted 3/13/2012

Daren Kelly Photography shot a wedding that I was a bridesmaid in, and I cannot say enough good things about the experience. He captured the entire day naturally and beautifully. He was very easy to work with -- such a nice guy. I was blown away by the pictures I saw afterwards. The wedding was fabulous, and we had fun reliving it looking through the pictures. The bride and groom will be able to treasure those for a lifetime.

The ONLY negative thing I can say is that I am jealous I didn't know about him for MY wedding! (c:

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Wedding: 6/1/2013
Member Since: 10/15/2011 verified review
Perfect photographer, very happy couple!!    posted 1/23/2014 (updated 1/24/2014)

My husband and I knew right after meeting with Daren for the first time that we wanted him as our wedding photographer. His sample shots he showed us were amazing, his personality was so friendly and easy-going, AND his prices were great! We had our engagement photos taken with him first, which turned out better than I could have hoped! It was a bit awkward for us at first since my hubby and I weren't used to having these kinds of professional photos taken, but Daren totally made us feel at ease and captured many gorgeous photos. I was totally confident after our engagement session that I had NOTHING to worry about on our wedding day- that our wedding photos would turn out amazing as well. And they did! Daren braved the 100 degree temps with a smile and captured every moment of our wonderful wedding day. He gave great directions when needed and blended right into the background so I often forgot he was there. He was such a pleasure to work with before, during, and after our wedding day. He got our pictures to us quickly afterwards, which were of course wonderful. I highly highly recommend him as your wedding and engagement photographer!!

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Wedding: 8/3/2013
Member Since: 11/23/2011 verified review
Best Photographer!    posted 12/19/2013 (updated 12/20/2013)

Daren Kelley did an amazing job with our wedding and engagement photos. He is very kind. When we met with Daren to discuss details, we immediately decided we wanted him as our photographer. He made the process very easy and his pictures are amazing. He has great ideas and definitely knows what he is doing. I definitely recommend him to everyone.

Thank You so much for making our day extremely much memorable.

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Wedding: 8/17/2013
Member Since: 2/26/2012
The best choice we made!!!    posted 9/30/2013

Daren is amazing! I told him my ideas and what my husband and I were expecting, he knew exactly what we were asking for. We hit it off right away. Everything came so natural with him, which is very important. During my last minute touch ups on wedding day, he made me feel very comfortable even while I was getting into my dress. All though we were on a budget, we were willing to do a little splurging for a photographer (since you will have those photos for the rest of your life). And again this is why I chose Daren, he has very competitive prices. You will not regret it! Thank you for being awesome Daren! P.S. The couple under the tree is my husband Adrian and I :)

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Wedding: 8/10/2013
Member Since: 10/28/2009 verified review
The best photographer in the world!    posted 8/25/2013

My husband and I absolutely loved Daren! He not only takes breathtaking photos, but he makes you feel very comfortable....like its your best friend taking your photos. He is one of the nicest people I have ever met! Everyone that saw my wedding photos were amazed and I could not be more pleased with the result!

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Wedding: 7/13/2013
Member Since: 8/15/2013
Happy Bride!    posted 8/15/2013

I can not say enough good things about Daren Kelley Photography. From the start Daren was great with communication and paid attention to what I needed. He was never pushy but honest and fair. Daren was hired to photograph our rehearsal dinner and wedding. He was friendly and courteous. It was almost like he wasn't there. When we received our photo's (in a very timely manner) they were absolutely stunning! I had emailed him some ideas of what I liked and he captured it beautifully. I love the candid photo's that portray people in a natural state and he is an expert at capturing those moments. I am 110% satisfied with our service, value and results. He will most certainly be our go to for any and all future events. YAY!

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Wedding: 6/21/2013
Member Since: 8/14/2013
Above and beyond!    posted 8/14/2013

My husband and I were thrilled to have Daren as our wedding photographer! He has such a creative eye and made the whole experience, from engagement pictures to wedding day pictures, so enjoyable! He was very accommodating to a few specific requests we had. Not only is he professional, but so personable and fun which made every interaction with him fun as well. Looking through our wedding photos made me realize how many details of the day that I missed just because the whole things went by so fast...I'm so thankful to have every moment captured in our beautiful pictures! I feel like I'm re-living the day when I look at them:) One of my favorite things in working with Daren was how quick he was to get our proofs back to us. I've heard some people waiting for months to see their wedding pictures, but we didn't have to wait long at all, and they were beautifully edited. We've gotten so many compliments on them! We completely trusted Daren with our engagement and wedding pictures, and we were beyond happy with the results! Hire Daren and you won't have to worry about a thing, your pictures will be beautiful and the whole experience will be so memorable:)

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Wedding: 6/15/2013
Member Since: 8/12/2013
Amazing    posted 8/12/2013 (updated 8/12/2013)

Daren is one of most personal and humble photographer that I met with. His attention to detail is amazing, he is very creative and his work is amazing. His wife made us some beautiful coasters that were shipped to our house which was an amazing surprise and attached was a thank you note. The pictures were amazing and he is real discrete and works well with other photographers, video personal and with the other venders. Daren not only takes great pictures but he captures beautiful memories that will last longer then the reception will ever last. So if you have any doubts about him don't, he is amazing and he will not disappoint you.

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Wedding: 7/22/2013
Member Since: 8/5/2013
Thesaly and Kevin Wedding    posted 8/5/2013

Daren is the most amazing photographer. I knew that I wanted Daren to be part of our special day even before I knew when and where it was going to happen. Daren is so reasonably priced for his wonderful work. He is gifted and has a talent to see shots that happen in an instant. He captures moments that the normal eye wouldn't see. One of my favorite shots from our wedding day is a line of our family heading towards the beach. Daren is so reasonably priced and is willing to travel out of the area to accommodate his clients. He is never intrusive while taking pictures. I would recommend Daren Kelley to anyone. We love Daren.

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Wedding: 6/8/2013
Member Since: 3/24/2012 verified review
Perfect Photographer for the Perfect Day!    posted 7/23/2013

Daren Kelley is an incredible photographer. He took our engagement and wedding photos and the results were absolutely stunning. He was extremely professional - working with us to capture perfect moments in time. During the wedding ceremony and reception, he was constantly on the move finding the best shots and producing excellent work. Our wedding ceremony was outside in 111 degree weather but that didn’t seem to faze him. After looking at the 750+ photos of our wedding day, we were amazed at all the perfect candid photos he got – he was totally stealth!

I can’t stress enough – if you are getting married and looking for a photographer, choose Daren! You will NOT be disappointed.

Thank you so much Daren Kelley, we are eternally grateful for you capturing our special day in hundreds of beautiful photos!

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Wedding: 5/13/2013
Member Since: 7/21/2013
Everything we asked for and more!    posted 7/21/2013

Photos were really important to us...as in, I only spent $300 on my dress so that we could hire a great photographer. Daren was worth every cent, and (as a professional visual artist) I heartily recommend him! Oh, and so does my husband. ;)

We hired Daren because our wedding and reception were both inside, and we loved his indoor photos. He works with the space, your personality as a couple and your vision, giving you photos that truly capture your day. Our wedding was smoother and more enjoyable because we hired Daren. He was flexible and made us feel relaxed when we were rushing around like crazy, he got AMAZING shots of the ceremony in a backlit space, and he put up with all of our crazy guests without batting an eye. He listened and gave the perfect amount of input. Daren went above and beyond before, during, and after the wedding.

The best way I can describe working with Daren is that most of the time we barely knew he was there, which allowed us to be totally present at our wedding. However, in our photos, every moment and person were captured perfectly. We weren't able to afford engagement photos, but he made us feel at ease and got amazing candid shots of us as a couple. (Please note that we normally hate candid shots of ourselves, so this is a HUGE accomplishment.) We're not a super mushy couple, and he let us be ourselves while still managing to capture the fact that we're crazy about each other.

Summary: We are over the moon about our photos. Hire Daren. His prices are beyond reasonable for the quality of photos and amount of attention he gives you. Also, you'll want to be friends with him after your wedding. ;)

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Wedding: 6/8/2013
Member Since: 7/19/2013
Scott Wedding    posted 7/19/2013

Daren Kelley photography was the absolute BEST. I have been to many weddings and Daren was by far the most wonderful photographer. He captured what was a beautiful day for not only the bride and groom, but all of their loved ones as well. He was like stealth, he was everywhere but never in the way. He captured moments that were priceless! His photos came back in a timely manner and were amazing! I would use him again and again and again! Thank you Daren!

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Wedding: 5/18/2013
Member Since: 1/2/2012 verified review
Beautiful work!    posted 6/13/2013

I cannot gush about my photos from Daren enough. I just got my wedding photos back yesterday and I would say I've looked at them for 16 hours straight. Daren captured so many wonderful moments, whether they were posed or candid. My husband and I felt very comfortable with him and I think our personalities, as well as all the love we share, really comes through in the pictures. I am reliving every tiny detail through these timeless photographs and I'm so glad we chose Daren. He was professional, timely, efficient, cost-effective, caring and truly went above and beyond. He worked with us on our budget and he respected our ideas and our friends' and families' wishes. He was also great at communicating throughout the whole planning process and always got back to me within a day about questions. I highly recommend him for any event!

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Wedding: 5/4/2013
Member Since: 6/24/2012 verified review
High Quality Photos with Exceptional Service    posted 5/23/2013

Both my bride and I can not say enough positive things about Daren. He was so easy to work with throughout the whole process. His pricing was fair off the bat and he was prepared for our meetings & very through in his follow up.

The quality of his pictures is 100% top notch. He allows you to own all of the digitals which is amazing! Once the wedding is over, he provides you with a phenomenal website (ipad and iphone compatible) where the wedding is divided up into sections such as: Prepping, Ceremony, Bride and Groom, Portraits and Reception. On the website you can easily upload the photos to facebook or download anything you'd like. When we posted the photos to Facebook, our family and friends were blown away with the quality of his work.

Truly, I would recommend Daren to all of my family and friends with absolutely no reservation and beyond that, I would encourage them to use him with my strongest recommendation that I can give.

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Wedding: 3/2/2013
Member Since: 2/28/2003 verified review
AMAZING    posted 3/19/2013

Daren Kelley Is an absolutely amazing photographer. We couldn't of asked for a nicer more flexible and just overall incredible photographer. You will not be disappointed with the quality and service he provides. Thank you so much daren for making our day even more special.

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Wedding: 7/14/2012
Member Since: 10/23/2011 verified review
Best Wedding Decision Hands Down!    posted 12/3/2012

Daren is an absolute JOY to work with. He is incredibly responsive and professional. His work speaks volumes and the best part is that he and his family are sooooooo nice. What I found is that no matter how talented your photographer is, you definitely want to feel comfortable around them. So many of your precious memories are literally in their hands. My husband was originally opposed to taking engagement pics. Being the guy that he his, he didn't really find a purpose for the images. Sure enough, as soon as Daren sent us our engagement pics, Mr. Kevin Payne downloaded every single high resolution image and made sharing them on our 55 inch TV an event time and time again. We took those pictures eight months ago and my coworkers still compliment those images. Just wait til they see the wedding pics! Our friends took hundreds of pictures the night of our wedding. Needless to say, none compare to Daren's professional prospective. He told our September 8, 2012 story better than anyone else. Starting a family is of course, the next big thing for us. Already, we can't wait to call Daren for those family pics :)

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Relive Your Wedding Day with Beautiful Photographs

My goal on your wedding day is to capture genuine emotion and all the wonderful candid moments that make your day truly unique. I'd be honored if chosen to photograph one of the most important days of your life. I serve all of Southern California and love to travel for destination weddings.


  • Starting Price Range: $2,000-$2,999
  • Specialty: A Variety/Blend of Styles

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