Derek Kettela was born in Toronto, Canada. As a high school student, Derek was an avid skateboarder and snowboarder, which led him to photography of action sports. While living in Vancouver from 1997 to 2002 he worked as a senior contributing photographer for Transworld Snowboarding magazine, traveling to Japan, New Zealand, Chile, and Europe in the process.

In 2003 Derek relocated to New York City and changed his focus to fashion photogrphy. Since then he has built an impressive body of work in the fashion, beauty and celebrity photography field.

Derek Kettela is based in New York City and travels to Los Angeles, Canada and around the world on a regular basis.