Derek was born 1972 in Tulsa, Oklahoma (USA), raised in Colorado and moved to Germany in 1992 after business studies in Colorado. Derek learned german in Munich and studied for 3 years at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität after which he turned his hobby into an occupation. He assisted numerous national and in- ternational photographers from 1995-2000 and started out on his own as a freelance photographer in 2001. His contract work focu- ses on advertising, shooting mainly lifestyle and portraits for well known clients such as BMW, Siemens and Osram. Derek‘s work is complimented by his love for the outdoors, spending time with friends and family in the mountains. It is here that he is able to pur- sue his passion for landscapes and especially the „birds eye view“ atop lofty mountain peaks in the U.S. and across Europe. His large format aerial imagery has been captured shooting out of all types of aircraft, helicopters, xed wing, gyrocopter and his most memo- rous ight, aboard the dc-6 belonging to former Yugoslavia‘s ruler Tito, now owned and operated by Red Bull.