Deryck van Steenderen, also known as Deryck vS, is a focussed, lateral thinking, solutions orientated, budget aware, innovative creative photographerfilmmaker and writer.

Raised in Southern Africa, Deryck now works internationally from London, U.K.

Passionate about people he specialises in lifestyle advertising photography. He also shoots regularly for a number of prestigious commercial clients and magazines, undertaking fashion, lifestyle, automotive, portrait and travel assignments. For Deryck’s Client List please click here.

He is a Full Member of the AoP (Association of Photographers), is the founding member of the Creative Collaborative Collective in South Africa and is the author of ‘Exposed – The Business of Photography’.

His fashion film ‘Immersion‘ was chosen for the Official Selection and screened at the Cannes Short Film Festival in 2015. Both, ‘Caress‘ and ‘Immersion‘ directed by Deryck were part of the 2015 Official Selection of the Bokeh Fashion Film Festival held in Cape Town. He also received a Bronze Award in the Creative Asia Photography Awards 2012 in the ‘Commercial & Fashion’ category for his Print Media Ad shot for Johnson’s Fair Complexion range for Drum Magazine.

Deryck is an invited guest speaker in ‘Professional Practice’ (the business of photography), assisting aspiring photographers to create a financially viable and sustainable career for themselves. He has lectured at the Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography (2008 – 2012), Cape Town School of Photography (2012 – 2013), City Varsity (Cape Town, 2010), The Market Photo Workshop (Johannesburg, 2012) and was an invited speaker at the Photo & Film Expo (2011-14).

As a keen entrepreneur Deryck studied Small Business Development through the SBDC and UCT Graduate School of Business CIE. He served on the South African Freelancers Association (SAFREA) Executive Committee from 2008 – 2009 managing the Business and Legal Portfolio.

His grandfather and namesake, Deryck Humphriss, an optometrist and keen amateur photographer, gave Deryck his first camera, a Russian Zenit 35 mm film camera, at the age of 15. Bitten by the bug Deryck has shot ever since.

Deryck started out as a freelance photojournalist whilst studying photography on a part-time basis at The School of Modern Photography (Johannesburg). He received a scholarship to study landscape design and environmental studies at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). After graduating he worked in the landscape design and construction industry for five years until returning to photography in February 2000. Since then he has worked as a freelance commercial photographer, director, filmmaker, writer and guest speaker.

Descendant from mixed heritage his birth surname is van Steenderen (Dutch), a mouthful for the tongue-tied who abbreviated it to Deryck vS.