In this episode, I sit down with Derrick J. Waller. Derrick is a proud graduate of the University of Virginia (’02) and has spent his whole life in this great state, currently residing in Charlottesville. His daily grind is pharmaceutical research, but Derrick’s expressive outlet is photography, where he finds great joy in documenting candid moments of everyday life. Derrick’s appreciation of photography started at an early age, but mainly as a “looker” and not a “taker.” He spent countless hours thumbing through family photo albums and asking his loved ones the who, what, when, where and why for every image captured. It wasn’t until the unexpected loss of his mother that Derrick made the decision to stop thinking about picking up a camera and actually do it. This interest quickly became a passion, and now he feels like he is missing out on moments if he is not documenting them. When Derrick doesn’t have a camera in his hand, you will find him spending time with his beautiful wife, Sarah, and baby girl, Josephine.
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