About Derek

Derek Lapsley is a Central California based commercial photographer with more than ten years of professional experience. Prior to pursuing photography full-time, he worked as a registered civil engineer; a career that imbued him with the structural and organizational skills that make his shoots seamless and stress-free. You can be sure that every detail will be attended to and nothing overlooked. 

A natural people person, Derek communicates with his clients throughout the shoot and strives to create a working environment that’s easygoing and natural. He seeks first to understand his subject, then execute based on that understanding. 

Derek specializes in storytelling portraiture, provides and puts a fresh look on corporate photography, and editorial assignments.

Sharply driven to create work that is new and dynamic, Derek has earned a reputation among his peers for pushing boundaries and consistently taking his art to the next level.


Ford Financial Group

"Book him! We've had such a hard time in the past trying to achieve a certain look with our staff photos and headshots. He was a perfectionist, but still fun and we FINALLY got the look we were going for! Professional, but approachable and modern! It's so easy to go cheesy with corporate, and he knows how to get around that. 

He was very easy to work with and prompt in his communication. Tell him the look you're going for and then trust his vision. Great job.

Jazmin | CONMED Corporation

Fantastic Business Headshots! He took his time to get just the look I was going for! I didn't feel rushed or uncomfortable and he knew what poses would look most flattering!

Matthew | lozano smith law

I have worked with a few other photographers over the years but all pale in comparison to the professionalism and quality of product that Derek delivers. 

After working with Derek and experiencing not only his dedication to producing quality settings and shots, but his dedication to giving his clients exactly what they ask for, makes Derek the only photographer I'll ever use.

Jeffrey Scott Agency

Derek was fun to work with and is more than capable in his lighting and technical skills. He was quickly able to grasp our vision for a client and replicate it in a timely manner. He's awesome!

Daphne | the fenenbock group

I feel very fortunate to have discovered and worked with Derek Lapsley on my professional portraits. I am not someone who enjoys being photographed and the results from previous sessions with other photographers over the years have been consistently disappointing. I was impressed with Derek's portfolio of work and decided to give him a try. I'm so glad I did! Both my experience and results were excellent. Derek is a skilled and gifted photographer with a delightful personality. His customer service is also outstanding. I recommend him highly.