Derek has been fascinated with the technical creativity of filmmaking since he was a young teenager. Always finding himself behind the camera and being drawn to the process of crafting images, he began to focus exclusively on cinematography. 

His resume includes music videos, short films, feature films, and a wide variety of projects for clients such as Canon, Foot Locker, Anheuser-Busch, Choice Hotels, TGI Fridays, True Value, and more.

Most recently, he wrapped production as cinematographer on the feature film "The Dog Walker", the music videos "So I Can Have You Back" and “Lean Into It” for seven time Grammy nominated R&B artist Joe Thomas, and the NBCUniversal feature film "Haloran Manor", as 2nd unit cinematographer.