Derrick van der Kolk has been in the world of photography for over 20 years. After growing up in a family that was deeply involved in the arts in for 50 years, it was just a natural choice for Derrick to himself become an artist.
His father Williem van der Kolk was a photographer for Arts Associates where he shot fashion photography and later became the Assistant Director and PR Director for The Ministry of Health. Uncle Hank van der Kolk founded the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and Derrick had the pleasure of growing up around this world-renowned celebration of cinema. Aunt Yanka also graced the pages of Vogue Magazine, taught at Complections College of Makeup Art & Design and Sheridan College’s Fashion Arts program, and was both a judge on Canada’s Next Top Model and a top model herself in Canada for over 30 years.
After going to Sheridan College for photography from 1995 to 1997, Derrick went on to work at PI Media as an assistant, floor painter, coffee maker, and jack of all trades. After one year of assisting, Derrick had an opportunity in the commercial world of photography, got hooked, and never looked back. Derrick worked in commercial photography for seventeen years and would also shoot weddings on weekends. He then jumped into working for various wedding companies, building their business and training other photographers. After seeing the success he had in attracting clientele for others, he decided to create Style Group so he could inject new life back into the art of photography. Derrick makes clients a priority and brings a personalized approach to each and every job he takes on.
Derrick’s style of photography has been described as Editorial Fashion, and he produces images with a magazine-style quality of work.