Hello, I'm Dean. 

I'm glad you're here.

I'm a wedding and fine art photographer, and hopeless romantic,  based near Joshua Tree, California, shooting unforgettable couples all over Southern California, from right outside my door, to Palm Springs, Temecula, Los Angeles, and everywhere in between, and beyond.  I can also be found in New York City,  Maine, and all along the New England coast. 

Each celebration is a sacred, once in a lifetime, celebration of love.   

I care about each couple that I work with.  I want to deliver you photos that you'll  L-O-V-E  (I sooo love hearing that, when I deliver a gallery).  But, I'm not there just to take your pictures.  I'll be there to guide, and help you through the entire process, from our first conversation.   I know that the process can be overwhelming, and I'll be there to help make it less so. 

I don't want miss a thing. 

I go above and beyond to learn very detail, and anticipate every moment. I want you to remember every detail like Grandma's flowers, your sister's surprise visit, or that special gift your soon to be Father-in-law gives you.  I want to see the nervous excited expression on your face as your mother helps with your veil, or put on your bow tie.  I want to capture that moment you first see each other, put a ring on each other's fingers, and kiss.  I want to celebrate each dance, each toast, and that first slice of cake.

I'm passionate about my work.  

I would love to photograph your wedding. 

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Your story is unlike anyone else's. 

Your wedding photographer should be, too

My style is mix of photojournalist for the ceremony, to capture each moment as it unfolds. I use a traditional style for the family formals, and ever evolving creativity for your bridal portraits, to produce images that are beautiful, timeless, and artistic.  I love to mix in a little black and white, too.  While I primarily shoot digital, I love it when I have an excuse to break out my film camera.  I love chasing the light, but I'm not afraid to break out the flash to make everything look just perfect.

Learn more about me and my process 


Make the most of this unforgettable day.
Micro Weddings / Elopements
Intimate and sacred.
Boho bride poses with headband and flowers smiling and laughing while groom stands in background with hands on hips Hidden Valley Joshua Tree California
Two people embarking on a lifetime of love.
On a rainy day husband and wife pose for a portrait in front a ship and palm trees after their wedding at San Diego City Hall




"Dean is a class act who wears a smile. There was never any pressure when discussing our wants and needs, just an open ear. He was always professional, assertive, and friendly. He demonstrated great communication and delivered what we asked for. Thanks Dean!"

- Nick F. 


"I would recommend Dean for any type of photography. We hired him for our wedding and he did a phenomenal job. he worked with me all the way up to the wedding day and even after. he has great communication skills. the think we liked about dean the most is he takes pride in his work and perfects everything. Thank you Dean!!!"

- Makenzie P. 


"You were amazing from beginning to end. You also showed gentle guidance with so much positivity throughout our whole planning process, especially day of the Wedding. Thank you for capturing our incredible day that we will remember for the rest of our lives. Your work really shows with each photo, I can't wait to share them with my family and friends!"

- Natalie R. 


"Dean is a true professional and captured our special day more beautifully than I could have hoped. He was caring and made us feel assured that we were in the best hands. On a day when there is so much to think about, Dean was a life saver and the end result was absolute perfection!"

- Ruben B. 


"Fantastic wedding Photographer. Very personal kind and in tune with the event. Loved Dean!"

- Mira L.


"Dean MacKay was wonderful! We didn't give him much time to prepare but it didn't affect his ability to create a wonderful album for us. He reached out to the property manager of the wedding site and he also reached out to the officiant and with their help Dean was able to come up with ideas before the wedding. On the day of our wedding, Dean worked with us to get some really cool shots and made us feel at ease. That's not easy for us because neither of us are very comfortable having our pictures taken. I would absolutely recommend Dean to anyone needing photos made."

-James M.


"Beautiful photographs!

I had some ideas that I showed Dean, and he was readily able to make them happen. Dean was easy to brainstorm with, and quickly got a feel for what I was looking for. His artistic nature really came through in his shots, and he did an amazing job of capturing the feel of the day. His easy going nature made it all feel fun and joyful."

- Robin P.


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