J. Derrick Pierce

A life time invested in the Art of Photography.

There’s something about Southern Artists, maybe its the heat, or maybe the thick humid air, but they all see things a little differently.  Whether you’re a Southern poet, chef, play write, or photographer there’s a rhythm in all you do.

Derrick started life ‘out of place’.  An artist in a small industrial town in Georgia is just asking to be an outcast, so he decided to be an observer instead.  He sees the most obscure fascinating beautiful things in the mundane. 

Derrick studied photography at Cleveland State, before starting his career.  He wanted to absorb everything, so he studied the greats, past and present.  

He worked in commercial photography, while entering and winning every Fine Art Contest he could find, in all categories, still life, abstract, portraiture.  When he moved to Nashville he opened his own studio and it afforded him the opportunity to travel on fine art adventures to Spain, Italy, Ireland, as well as all over the U.S.

It’s amazing how when you really want something you can make it happen.  He has learned that a great camera is amazing but he has made beautiful images on an old Brownie, or a plastic Holga.  Anyone can learn the technical aspects of photography but a great eye is earned.  Being an artist, well you must be born with it, it comes from inside a person. 

Through these 3 things; the technical skill, the eye born of repetition, and natural born artistic thinking, you achieve STYLE.  Derrick’s style allows him to see the finished image  before clicking the shutter.

                                        written by Laura D. Lampley

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Victoria Earl – email

Derrick the photos are AWSOME!  I could not be any more happier with them.  Thank you so much for bearing the heat to take our photos.  We really appreciate all the time and energy that you put into these pictures.  They look great! 

Claire & Will Pennington

Derrick & Laura, Thank you so much for being a part of our big day!  You guys are so fun and so great at what you do! We absolutely loved the pictures and couldn’t be any happier with the results.  Thanks again for everything!


Beverly & Mike Drake,

Thanks so much for the wonderful albums and capturing so many memories. You two are a great team!

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