Derek Kettela is originally from Toronto, Canada. He grew up as an snowboarding and skateboarding enthusiast, which eventually led him into the photography of action sports. From 97 to 02 he worked as a senior contributing photographer for Transworld Snowboarding magazine while living in Vancouver.
In 2003, he moved to New York City and shifted focus to fashion photography. He has since photographed for publications such as Annabelle, Fashion Magazine, Preen, Marie Claire, Black Magazine, Elle Girl, Glamour UK, Glamour Italia, Wonderland, Own Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar and GQ.