Rick Dean did a wonderful job for our wedding. We could not have asked for anything more. The photos came out beautifully. He was so patient and understanding with everyone at our wedding. He helped make the day more enjoyable and relaxing. We now have all the moments captured for us to enjoy again. Everything has been excellent and we look forward to working with him again.

I got married in October 2008 and had no clue what I was doing! I was fortunate to have Rick as our photographer who had great experience with weddings and was able to give us good advice. He was very flexible and was able to tailor his services and images to fit the style of our wedding. He was even able to get our dog, Foster to look dapper and alert…

After the wedding, Rick took the time to meet with me to review the nearly 1,000 pictures. He was tremendous. I really appreciated his candor and advice and most importantly, I love the story that the pictures tell. It is exactly how I want to remember our wedding day. Thanks Rick!

The photographs are beautiful! I enjoyed working with you. It was a joy to observe a photographer taking his time with the bride and groom to capture their once in a lifetime moments. Should I have upcoming events within a reasonable distance to Charleston, I will refer you and I hope to work together again soon
I am so lucky and grateful to have been able to work with Rick through my wedding experience. I was so very pleased with the quality of his work and his professionalism. Because I had a destination wedding, Rick really tried to stay flexible to meet with me while I was in town and was always available by phone or email. He has such a wonderful personality and is so easy to get along with. His work is fabulous. The most memorable experiences throughout my special day were captured by Rick.

We are so incredibly impressed with not only the photos that my husband and I have, but of the excellent customer service that we have gotten from Rick Dean as well! My husband and I wanted some photos that would last past the initial warm fuzzy first year…we are SO grateful that we used Rick Dean Photography. His artistic views and photos are perfect for our home. They will be classic for years to come because of the unique angles and poses that Rick uses! We have beautiful photos on the beach, of the ceremony, and of the two of us; it was so difficult to pin point which ones to display because they are so wonderfully done. I also love that there are lots of options with ordering and Rick will go through everything WITH you! Additionally, we are not the most photogenic people in the world 😉 but again, our pictures are great!! ~ABBIE:)

To say that we are pleased with the photos and service we received from Rick Dean Photography would be a great understatement. He captured the essence of our day, and our personalities, in a way that would have been impossible for us to plan or expect. Rick’s level of professionalism and personal touch are second to none and can only be fully appreciated once the finished product has been viewed. In a day and age service providers can be pushy and demanding, Rick lives and works in your moment and makes those moments one’s that will last a lifetime!! – ROBBIE


As a bride, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with all the details of a wedding. I knew that the pictures from our wedding would be one of the most important pieces of the puzzle, but I didn’t realize how important until after the big day was over! Rick Dean did an absolutely AMAZING job!!!! Our wedding day went by so fast that I didn’t feel like I could take it all in. But the pictures say it ALL! I can look at them, and see how beautiful everything looked and how much fun everyone was having! I feel like I can experience the whole day through my beautiful pictures!

Rick Dean is a true artist, and a true professional. He provided exactly the services he promised…and then some. His images are classic, yet artistic, elegant and unique. He walks you through the entire process, and knows exactly how to guide you through your questions. His experience speaks for itself! I would recommend Rick Dean without hesitation, and think he is worth every penny! Thanks Rick!!!

Working with Rick was a fantastic experience. From our first conversation over the phone, I knew I wanted to work with Rick, and I spoke with many different photographers. He provided a professional but yet casual, fun, and creative atmosphere that we wanted for our pictures, just perfect! The pictures came out beautiful and captured exactly who we are as a couple and the beautiful backdrop of Charleston.
We’re thrilled that you’ll be the photographer for Beth & Hunter’s wedding. Your attention to detail, your artistic perspective and the care you give to your work and your clients was outstanding among those we interviewed… Thanks again!

Rick Dean was incredibly helpful, professional and artistically masterful! We cannot say enough about how much he added to our special day. Rick was the first vendor we selected. During our initial visit, he was very friendly and energetic–about his work and about our wedding.

We left that visit with a very positive outlook on the journey ahead and a stack of business cards of vendors he has worked with and was happy to refer. Through Rick, we found our coordinator and a makeup artist. Rick met with our families and our vendors before the event to better understand the story that would unfold on our special day. When that day came, he was respectful and professional, and managed to make his way through a long list of shots we had wanted.

Above all though, when the final product was complete–for us it was a coffee table album and an enlarged portrait–his artistic passion really came through. The pictures from the wedding ceremony looked beautiful and timeless, while the reception photos all appeared to jump out and move in front of you!

Rick captured all the excitement and passion of our day just as it felt to us. I can’t think of any higher compliment than that. Thank you Rick!


Although my groom and I did not know exactly how to express our wedding photo preferences, we knew we needed a photographer that could capture our day perfectly. From the moment we sat with Rick to discuss our wedding vision, we knew his fun energy and professional presence was the perfect choice for our special day. While brainstorming unique picture ideas and locales, Rick Dean utilized his many years of experience in the Charleston area to develop a custom package tailored to our wishes.

From pictures at the alter to photos with our button nosed puppy, Rick Dean and his team took a shot from every angle to deliver photographs brimming with Charlestonian elegance and sophistication, surpassing our expectations.

Rick Dean’s outstanding professional services continued well beyond the wedding day. His helpful consultation, photo enhancement and keen eye ultimately delivered a wedding photo book that has received praise and awe from all our friends and family. But more importantly, my husband and I relive our wedding day by simply turning the pages.

Although our wedding day went by like a flash,… we are so grateful that flash belonged to Rick Dean.

We cannot Thank You enough for the fabulous job you did with our wedding pictures! You captured every detail & we feel as we are reliving the night each time we look at our pictures. Everything turned out perfect and we are so thankful you were able to share in our special day – What great memories, we will always have! Thank you again for all your hard work!!

Rick did an amazing job photographing our wedding. We are thrilled with the pictures and it was wonderful working with him. We’re happy to recommend him as a terrific wedding photographer.

During the ceremony Rick obviously moved around to take pictures from various vantage points, but was so discreet we didn’t even realize he was moving. Neither one of us had any idea Rick was so active until we saw the wonderful pictures. They captured the whole ceremony.

We loved Rick’s suggestions for all of the photos and the ways he was creative and made it fun. When it was just the two of us, he did a really great job of taking advantage of the setting with us on the beach or on the docks. He also worked very quickly in the heat so we could get inside and attend the reception and enjoy the party! Rick also did a great job of getting wonderful pictures of the kids. It was important to us to have great pictures of them at the wedding, and he really did a fantastic job. They were having a great time with Rick and it shows in the photos and all the smiles.

On a stressful day, Rick made the photography something we didn’t have to worry about. He put everyone at ease and was always calm, friendly, and professional. In short, we were very happy with his work, and we’re happy to recommend Rick to others as a great wedding photographer. We are so grateful to him for doing such a great job and creating such a wonderful record of our wedding.


The last thing any Bride wants is to have to worry on her wedding day. Rick was very helpful in keeping our anxiety down and assured us through each stage of the wedding day. He had several ideas for picture locations which gave us a variety of beautiful settings. My husband and I had a destination wedding on Isle of Palms so we were not as familiar with the area and appreciated Rick’s local knowledge.

Rick provided us a few pics on our wedding evening to share with friends and family back at home. They were fabulous and brought tears to our eyes. We would highly recommend Rick Dean Photography. It was a great experience working with Rick and his assistant.


Rick Dean was wonderful through the whole process. We did our engagement photos with him and I also did my bridal portraits with him as well before our big day! We lived out of town but we wanted everything done in Charleston. He was wonderful with working with us on our travel arrangements and for out engagement shoot he was even able to change days last minute because of the weather. He and his team were great the day of our wedding. They captured everything so beautifully!


Outstandingly creative and professional are just a few of the qualities that are Rick Dean Photography. Rick is so easy to work with and he provides such a wide variety of photographs that when you view them it is like reliving the event. He photographed my daughter’s engagement, bridal and wedding pictures and I am already talking with him about family portraits in the summer. It is like he is part of the family now. On a rating scale from 1 to 5, 5 being the best, he gets at the very least a 6 plus.


Rick Dean did an amazing job with our wedding day pictures as well as the bridal portrait. He managed to capture the look and feel of our entire wedding day through a variety of pictures (i.e. guests and little details) and we couldn’t be happier with the final product! Rick even made a slide show of some highlights from our wedding day which was a wonderful surprise.

Rick is very personable and has the ability to calm everyone’s jitters on their wedding day. His outgoing personality is definitely an asset! We can’t thank Rick enough for all he did and for the many great pictures that we have to remember our special day! We have already recommended him to a coworker and will continue to recommend him to anyone who needs a wonderful photographer.

Rick Dean is amazing! Every person at our wedding could not believe what a wonderful photographer we had! He was so much fun and made everything so easy! He captured everything I wanted in our day. Including sneaking us away to take pictures of the amazing sunset over Charleston… he was so prepared, he even brought the bug spray for those Charleston nights… He was worth every single dollar and more!!
What is there to say but that Rick Dean is passionate about his work. He makes you feel that you are his only client. Our wedding pictures are some of the most creative we have seen. Rick loves what he does and it shows in the quality of his work. We would encourage any bride-to-be to use Rick, with him your pictures will be the least of your worries. Thank Rick for all the extra attention to detail, our pictures are prefect!
Kip and I were very happy and pleased through this entire wedding process. All I can say is Wow… the wedding book is even more beautiful than what I expected! The wedding book tells the story of our day from start to finish. It was wonderful to work with you. Your positive and professional attitude made working with you so enjoyable. You truly love what you do, and it shows! Thank you again!
Rick Dean is Flawless……… Many special occasions occur without photographic documentation. Our wedding photos tell the story of our perfect day. My wife and I are so thankful that our special occasion was photographed by a supreme photographer by the name of Rick Dean. With the utmost professionalism and a commitment to excellence, Rick approaches every moment as one that will last forever. Rick Dean is absolutely flawless. He is so fun to work with….he puts you at ease in front of the camera within seconds. Thank you so much, Rick!
He was very professional and competent. He was very easy to work with, very professional, and his photographs were great. I am very pleased with my experience and would recommend him to a friend.
Dear Rick, We wanted to thank you SO much for the amazing job you did at our wedding! Not only do we appreciate all you did for us the day of the wedding BUT everyone adored you and were so impressed with the fun, amazing pictures! Thank you for all you did for us from the beginning until now. We had a blast having a such a professional, talented, fun, funny, and personal photographer. Ben and I are so lucky to have such great memories from out wedding and gained a friendship with you.
We met with several photographers before choosing you and could not have been happier with our decision.You struck the perfect balance between directing shots in creative, artistic ways and allowing the space to capture the natural beauty of a moment. It is obvious to see that you not only have an extraordinary passion for your work but also an extraordinary talent! You were absolutely wonderful to work with – both easygoing and professional. There were so many incredible images we had the most difficult time narrowing down the ones that we wanted. Again, thank you so very much for everything!

My husband and I got married in Charleston in October, 2010. We had the absolute best experience with Rick Dean! He was extremely accommodating and thorough and made us feel completely comfortable on the most important day of our lives. Almost 3,000 images were taken on our wedding day, which gave us the opportunity to pick our very favorites! My father also contacted Rick with hopes to use an image for a Christmas card and it turned out beautifully. Rick really went above and beyond to please my husband and I, as well as our families. We are overwhelmingly happy with the photographs that will be cherished by us forever, thanks to Rick Dean Photography!


I can confidently say Rick Dean Photography is Charleston’s Best Wedding Photographer. Photography for me was one of the most important parts of our wedding because it is the only thing that remains after your wedding day so I wanted to be very particular about who I chose. After looking and speaking with at least 20 other photographers and meeting with 12 of them from the Charleston, Charlotte and Savannah area, I found Rick Dean. From our first conversation I was extremely impressed by Rick Dean’s customer service. His main interest throughout our process of working together was to meet my wants and needs. He designed a package specific to my needs and helped me think through and create the story line for my wedding day.

Rick Dean’s passion, hard work and artistic skill are what drive him. It really impressed me that he took the time to meet and engage with all the significant members in the wedding at our rehearsal. The day of our wedding he was the hardest worker out of anyone. He did whatever it took to be at the right place at the right time to capture lasting memories. Rick exceeded my expectations with all the pictures I asked him to take on my lofty picture list and with a bridal party of 23. It is evident Rick loves what he does and enjoys getting remarkable pictures as much as the bride does. My husband and I were speechless when we saw the pictures of us in front of the sunset for the first time. The image quality, vibrant colors and details were breath taking. Rick has a real gift behind the camera, editing photographs and relating with people. My family, husband and I were extremely pleased in our experience with working with Rick Dean and would highly recommend his services to anyone we know. It would be a shame if you didn’t take advantage of his services.

Rick, my mom and I were so happy with ALL the pictures you took to capture our special day! Everyone in our wedding party enjoyed working with you as well and will recommend you to any future bride to come in contact with. We can’t wait to see the wedding book. Thanks so much for everything!
Rick Dean not only lived up to our expectations, but he exceeded them! He was fun and easy to work with and captured the best moments on our wedding day. We were amazed with the number of high quality photos that we were able to choose from for our wedding album. As we were planning a destination wedding Rick made it effortless in all regards. Rick was accommodating to our travel schedule, and he made us feel at ease with this important piece of our wedding planning. We could not be happier with the beautiful photographs that will remind us of this special day for years to come. Thanks Rick!!!
I looked and looked for the PERFECT photographer! It was the only aspect of my wedding that I didn’t have planned by the age of 10! Charleston has so many wonderful photographers!! It took me months of sorting through the many talented photographers in this town. When Ben and I met with Rick, his amazing talent and passion jumped out at us. I knew he was going to be great! He shot my portraits at Boone Hall Plantation. He took his time and didn’t leave until he got “the shot.” All I wanted that day was one great portrait. I ended up getting around 10-15 AMAZING portraits and it took me a long time to pick just ONE. The wedding was the same way!!. I was hoping for a couple of pictures to take my breath away. Rick Dean far exceeded my expectations in every way!! He captured and created a story that will FOREVER take my breath away! His passion, talent, patience and enthusiasm are a RARE FIND and ONE OF A KIND!! He was such a pleasure and treat to work with!! I wasn’t a bride working with a photographer. I was THE Bride working with a friend, photographer, an Artist.
I met Rick by chance while we were both at OOH Events. He seemed personable, approachable and friendly so I asked for his card so we could set up a formal meeting. After that meeting when we reviewed comprehensive samples and created a package that was just what I needed, Moyer and I decided to hire Rick Dean Photography to cover our wedding. It was a great decision because we are thrilled with our images. You can see in every image the passion Rick and his team have for the craft and their artistic way of translating a moment in time into a cherished memory. Rick always delivered on his promise and kept us informed throughout the entire process. He is very easy to work with. He makes you feel incredibly comfortable in front of the camera making it all so effortless. Not only do I recommend Rick Dean Photography, but so does my mother (they really hit it off!). He was a joy to work with and I look forward to working with him again.
 I have worked with several photographers over the last 15 years in many different cities from New York to Florida to Chicago to Ohio and I can honestly say that the experience I had with Rick Dean was superior to any other that I have had. My husband is an architect and I am an interior designer. We value creativity as much as quality. Rick’s work exemplifies both! On top of all this he has an incredible ability to make the process fun!!! I cannot say enough about how thrilled we were with our experience. So much so that we have hired him on several different occasions. A photo shoot with him is a must have part of each and every
Ben & I wanted to thank you so much for the wonderful job you did for our wedding. You and your staff made us feel very comfortable in front of the camera & we had a great time! I could not have asked for a better photographer. Thank you so much for making our day so special!
Rick and his staff were absolutely amazing! Rick photographed my bridal portraits and our wedding. He was very flexible and accommodating, I am not the one who loves pictures but he made every moment pleasant and to top it off took some of the most beautiful photographs. We would highly recommend Rick Dean photography for any type of event, he was so fun to be around and a great photographer.
Rick was the chosen photographer for my best friend’s wedding. When I became engaged several months later, Rick was the only photographer I contacted. He and his staff were wonderful to work with, making our wedding photo experience both fun and relaxing. Rick’s enthusiastic love for what he does is exemplified in his beautiful work. Tears came to my eyes when I first saw our pictures, as they tell the story of our day from beginning to end and are certainly “worth thousands and thousands of words.”

My husband Dunc and I had a wonderful experience with Rick and his team. From our pre-wedding discussions to the bridal portrait session to the actual wedding day and beyond, we have been impressed with Rick’s professionalism and accountability time and time again. Not only is he fun to work with and flexible with his schedule, he is truly talented and gave us amazingly beautiful pictures we will treasure forever. We would recommend him to any family member or friend…and actually did- he did a family member’s wedding shortly after ours. We still are working with Rick to put our album together and really appreciate his attention and follow through way past the wedding day. We hope to work with Rick again in the future for family pictures!

We were so fortunate to have Rick Dean as our wedding photographer in May! Not only were our pictures phenomenal, but also he was such a joyful presence on our wedding day. He was funny and personable with everyone, which made for no awkward moments or pictures! He was even kind enough to come on our rehearsal morning to meet everyone and speak with us about any specifics for the big day. All of our pictures are beautiful, and I cannot imagine that anyone else could have done such a wonderful job capturing the joy of our wedding day. I would highly, highly recommend Rick to anyone in need of a wonderful photographer!
Simply wonderful! From the start, Rick was the perfect photographer for us. He was professional, friendly, competent, and has the perfect eye for wedding shots. His laid back personality fit well with our beach wedding and intimate/ romantic reception setting. Rick made sure to capture the night and focus on what was important to the bride. He overheard that the bride was disappointed her grandmother could not attend the reception and when he saw the brides mother face timing with her he captured the perfect picture! Rick work ethic cannot be questioned. He was constantly moving to document the wedding from start to finish and even stayed longer than the hours we initially requested. We highly recommend him without reservation.

Most of Rick Dean’s other reviews talk about what a wonderful, creative and hard-working photographer he is. I can also attest to that. Rick Dean thinks through your wedding day down to the smallest detail, plans how to get all of the shots you want, and then gets them. He’s reliable, honest and very, very nice.

But Rick also goes above and beyond just being a top-notch photographer. For me, he was also a pseudo-wedding planner/strategist/therapist! When I needed recommendations on other vendors, he always had a list of competent people he had worked with (even hair people!). When I needed advice about how to stage part of the wedding, he had 2-3 examples to share from other weddings. When things got completely crazy during my rehearsal (which we held only a few hours before the wedding), he was a voice of calm and reason and kept me sane. When my to-be-husband professed how much he hated to have his picture taken, Rick approached him with so much friendliness and humor that my fiance actually enjoyed the photo time. (This might honestly have been Rick’s greatest accomplishment with my wedding!)

Honestly, I can’t speak highly enough about Rick. If he’s available for your event – book him now!

I cannot give enough great compliments to Rick Dean! To me, the most important service provided at a wedding is the photographer. The photographer captures all of the special moments and the photos are the memories that will last a lifetime. From the moment we contacted Rick Dean, we knew he was the right photographer.

Rick is very personable and easy going. He made us feel very comfortable from the beginning. We met with Rick before the wedding and discussed what was important to us and Rick gave us some amazing ideas. He even made a special trip to our venue to scout out perfect spots for photos. On the day of the wedding, Rick was very reliable, calm, comforting and made my husband and me feel relaxed and glamorous. The pictures are amazing and truly capture the day and all of the special moments. Rick quickly provided us with an incredible slide show of highlights and the full collection of photos is comprehensive, well organized and easy to access and view online.

Overall, I could not be happier with Rick Dean and his services from start to finish. I would recommend him to anyone who wants to capture all those special moments of your very special day. Your special moments will last a lifetime with Rick Dean photographs.

Quite simply, Rick Dean is the best wedding photographer I have seen. I think if he had his way, we would probably still be out there taking photos a week later! To say that he loves what he does is an understatement. He took a picture of my wife with a sunset in background that was stunning. She’s beautiful already but this was truly a magazine-quality shot. At our wedding, Rick not only took the photos, he chose the spots for us to take the photos, dealt with my brother and sister who both hate to have their pictures taken, helped us figure out how to cut our cake and bustled my bride’s dress for her! Truly full service. Probably the best thing I can say about Rick is that he made our wedding day even more special than it already was. Great job Rick and thank you again!

Rick is amazing and so fun to work with. He picked up on our personalities right away and made the whole process easy.

Also from Sydney…

Brandon got chills and I started to tear up when we watched the video. Does that tell you how much we LOVE our highlights?! Haha. Thanks sooooo much for capturing our day the way you did. Thank you for being fun, energetic and being able to handle my ridiculousness. And thanks for seeing and understanding my mom’s presence. I know that she would be just as thrilled with these pictures as we are. And I’ve already emailed it and Facebooked it. You know I’m on top of that. Lol.