WHO IS DEREK WALDECK
I am a son, brother, cousin, uncle, and father of four wild and wonderful kids. I am a friend, a lover, and colleague. I am a student, a mentor, and an enthusiast of everything that sprouts from the earth. I am constantly growing as an individual, and every day I discover something new about myself.
My love for photography has been a slow and steady progression since my very first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles camera (okay, that thing really rocked!). I never set out to become a photographer, but it seems, at some point on this journey of self discovery, that I have become one.
There are two things in this world that are my greatest sources of inspiration for photography. The first is my children. I’m sure all fathers feel this way, but everything they have done and continue to do amazes me! As they grow into little people, each of my children has their own unique personality and style that frequently pops out in pictures. Thankfully, my kids give me a lot of practice, as they never seem to mind when I point the camera their way! I find great joy and happiness when I look back on pictures of my children – the things we’ve done and the people they are becoming. I hope you would give me the opportunity to provide those same memories for you.
I also find inspiration in nature. I can walk a mile and end up filling my camera with all the beauty that mother earth has provided. Frequently I must remind myself to slow down and enjoy life, and I have found that taking my camera with me when I hike is a wonderful way to do just that. From climbing up mountains with friends to quietly strolling through the forest by myself, I can’t seem to get enough of it. Nature has a unique way of allowing me to recognize the important things in life.
“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” — Aaron Siskind