At age 24, after deciding that he wanted to pursue photography as a career for the rest of his life, Derek attended the New England School of Photography in Boston, Massachusetts. It was there that he was pushed to discover what photography meant to him and was given the tools and feedback he needed, taking his work from casual to professional. Derek was surrounded by likeminded, hardworking individuals who he still connects with to collaborate and share ideas. Since then Derek has worked with EQ guitars doing product photography, CME architecture firm, DearWorld doing headshots and portraiture, Plan-o-matic for real estate photography and many others. In his spare time, he does promotional shoots for artists and musicians such as The Dillinger Escape Plan (featured in Revolver Magazine, Rolling Stone) Behemoth, Marty Friedman (of Megadeth), Angel Vivaldi, Sarah Longfield (Guitar world feature) and many more.
I love having the ability to capture feelings in moments. Being able to give people the feeling of nostalgia through photos and captures moods that can enhance those memories is truly incredible. I enjoy getting to meet so many new people and help them bring their vision, their product, or their moment to life forever.
What types of shoots have you done and how did you make them special?
I try to create environments that suit my client or their product. I meet a lot of people who know they want their picture taken, but many don't know where or how they want to be portrayed. I get to know them to brainstorm what sorts of environments can best reflect what they're trying to convey. I make it a top priority ensuring my clients are comfortable and at ease with the process as so many of us feel nervous when we're having our photo taken. This allows for the best, most natural pictures which truly show who the client is. It's also extremely important to me to make each shoot unique. Everyone has different needs, and I've strived to adapt my style to all facets of photography application so that I can actualize the clients vision as best as possible.
Awards, honors, and recognitions received
My photos have been featured in Revolver Magazine, Rolling Stone, Guitar World, The PRP, as well as many other web based publications.
A fun fact about this photographer
When I'm not focused on photography, I play guitar and write music in my band Lattermath. I also have a dachshund named Boots!