Despite taking Photography in college, Derek Samaha would be considered self-taught. His curiosity about photography went beyond any textbook or classroom setting. Over the last 7 years, he has had a prospering career that has taken him all over the world, shooting everything from events, weddings, high-end corporate clients, to everyday lovely humans. His passion is evident in both his interactions with whomever he's shooting, and his final product.
My brain tends to fire off in a million directions at all times, constantly and easily distracted by everyday thoughts and ideas. Photography is my meditation. It's one of the very few things that completely engages my attention and allows me to get lost within it. Now that I've transitioned to taking photos full time... it feels like I'm never "at work".. I basically get to have fun, meet amazing people, and create content for the world to see. I am very grateful for that.
What types of shoots have you done and how did you make them special?
I have shot everything from events, product, fashion, corporate, portrait, and weddings. I'd like to think I'm a very empathetic and emotionally considerate person. My aptitude for making people feel comfortable is what allows me to connect on a deeper level with whomever I'm shooting and achieve the best result. My strength is being able to put myself in the clients' perspective, and fine-tune my shooting to meet their goals.
Awards, honors, and recognitions received
My mom shows all her friends my work. Media Arts Award
A fun fact about this photographer
I left the big city and lived as a cowboy in the middle of the desert for 3 months. Also, I make fantastic hummus.