I absolutely love capturing candid moments in life and telling a story through genuine emotion.  I have been perfecting my craft since Freshmen year in High School.  From learning the fundamentals on film cameras and processing that film in a darkroom, I knew that photography, for me, was not just a hobby, but a passion.  Early on in my photography, I was always trying to think outside the box regarding composition, exposure, and context.  I was a photographer for my high school newspaper as well as our Senior yearbook.  Through the knowledge about photography I absorbed throughout high school, I implement that in my work as well as continually advancing my techniques to fulfill my client's needs.  

I try not to limit myself to just one particular genre of photography, however, portraiture and weddings are what I love the most.  Meeting new people, capturing their moment with a mixture of their needs and my vision, is what I believe makes for a fantastic photograph.  In addition to the typical staged and posed photos, I love capturing the candid moments throughout a shoot.  I believe that those candid, raw emotion moments really show who the person really is.  Whether it be younger children acting silly when they don't think anyone is looking, or the thought provoking intense stare into the distance from older clients, real emotion is what tells a story in a photo.

I would love to tell your story, showcase you and your family, share your special moments, or capture your kid's game winning goal through the knowledge I have in my craft.  Contact me today so we can discuss how I can help you capture you moments through photographic emotion and story telling!

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Preferred Vendor of:

Rocking J Ranch

High Ridge, Missouri

Mount Pleasant Estates

Augusta, Missouri

Derek is a sensational photographer! We first won our engagement shoot with him, and it was a blast, his pictures blew us away. He was so organized and had everything planned out for that day, But after the viewing we both knew that we had to have him as the photographer for our wedding. Derek caught every moment that meant anything at our wedding, and then some. He pays attention to little details and always has you in mind and takes into consideration what you would like. Our wedding photos we’re so very important to us, as I’m sure everyone’s are, Derek did phenomenal and we can’t thank him and his wife enough. We are in love and definitely will be telling everyone who took our photos
— Jessica Sagerty
Derek was a great photographer and surprised us with his attention to detail regarding things we didn’t even consider. We didn’t have much of a “vision” involving what we wanted from our day, and Derek put his own creative mind to work to come up with ideas for us which was extemely helpful! He researched the locations we wanted to have our photos taken to ensure he’d be fully prepared with the correct lighting and did a fantastic job with our final product. He has a great eye and can envision how things will look which was great for us as we really were quite naive. His communication is quite prompt and he was not only professional but also very personable through the entire process. I would recommend him to anyone, and if we ever need a photographer in the future I will be hopeful he has availability!
— Lindsey Wurm
I had a photo shoot March 7th 2018 to help jump start my furniture business. It was cold REALLY cold, but His skills are hot!!!!!

From our very first email he was professional, very informative and willing to answer even my dumbest questions. He was extremely flexible. I got to pick where I had my shoot. Beautiful Lafayette Park.

He took my vision and completely ran with it simply exceeding my wildest dreams. He genuinely took an interest in what outcome I was looking for, what I do for work on a regular basis and how things organically happen in my business. He seems to be able to find beauty in things we a lot of the times see as no big deal and walk by. He was completely innovative! He was making art out of the shoot. You could literally see his wheels turning. His confidence put me at ease.

He arrived at the shoot location an hour ahead of time to scope out the lay of the park. He talked me through everything. I’m very uncoordinated even my face, but somehow he was able to make my face work! Even his raw unedited photos are far exceeding most of the photographers I’ve checked out locally. I’ve researched a lot!

Do yourself a favor and book this guy before he gets too busy! You will not regret it. He’s a real find!!!
— Skye Keene (Owner/This Old Hat St. Louis)
Thank you Derek for the awesome pictures of my boys. It’s hard to decide which ones are my favorites. Derek did an awesome job taking photos of my boys. I will be using Derek Coffman Photography for all my pictures.
— Julie Grubbs Rohr
Absolutely love his work, the print quality is top of the line! Such a fun guy to work with! We just got our photos back from out outdoor session with Derek at Meert’s Tree Farm. Oh my goodness, these are the best pictures! Derek was fun to work with, so easy to schedule & does amazing work! The quality of the images are beyond words! Derek is the best of the best, I highly recommend him!!
— Jessica Jean