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In 2015, I was fired by my best friend, with my 6 months pregnant wife relying on me to take care of her and our soon to be born son…

That was the start of my entrepreneurial journey.

I woke up in cold sweats during this time, trying to figure out how to take care of my family.

Bills were coming. 

Our baby kept growing.

And the pressure kept on mounting.

“What the hell am I going to do!” Were my first thoughts each morning.

 Until, one day, after helping a friend shoot a wedding, I was told, “you take good photos.”

 To which I replied, “Yes, I do!”

 With no plan at all, I started telling everyone I was a professional photographer, though I was far from it at the time!

 Feeling like a duck kicking it’s feet to stay above the water, I started to learn how to run a business.

 While it fixed some of the immediate bills, I knew that I wasn’t at a place to make it my full-time gig, so I found the first corporate job I could land, which happened to be one I love.

Look, I'm no super hero, because if I was, I'd be living in some metropolis wearing glasses to disguise my amazingness and probably working some boring newspaper job, probably hanging out with Stan Lee...

Thank God I'm none of that!

No, I'm just some young guy who is basic as all get out in the fall (seriously, pumpkin spice everything!), loves Disney World immensely, and am a die hard Nashville Predators fan since 2000 (I am NOT some bandwagon Preds fan because we were SO stinking close to winning the cup in 2017! But, I digress...).

Aside from those quirky things that make me who I am, I really owe everything to my wife, Grace, who has shaped me into the man I am today, and my two very loud boys, Rowan (3) and Oliver (1).

"So Derek, what's your dream?"

I'm glad you asked. I want to move into an RV and travel the US with my wife and kids!