biography

A winner of multiple National Magazine Awards in both Documentary and Portrait photography, Derek Shapton brings a nuanced warmth and an eye for detail to natural-light environmental portraiture. His particular specialty is working with non-professional talent in existing spaces, and he prides himself on creating authentic, inspirational imagery under all sorts of conditions and in all kinds of environments. 

With nearly 20 years experience, he has honed his unique style for a broad range of blue-chip clients, from FedEx and Manulife to Acura, Mercedes-Benz, and Bayer, among many others. Relaxed and easygoing, he has a knack for putting subjects - - and clients - - quickly at ease.

“There’s nothing I like better than working with people who aren’t used to being photographed, in locations that aren’t traditionally beautiful. The improvisational nature of a documentary approach is particularly rewarding, and I love the travel aspect as well.”

Derek is calm, friendly, and confident. He has no dietary restrictions, but does have a fully valid US work visa. He is represented in Canada by Westside Studio