Scott Joshua Dere has been using a camera since he was 5 years old. His first camera was a Kodak Brownie, which at that time was becoming outdated. It used 120 film and shot black and white pictures which he would develop and print in the basement of his Long Island home. At just 13 years old, Scott landed his first photography job and for the next 17 years, he worked with many New York Wedding Studios and Commercial Studios finding different techniques of Photography and Lighting along the way. During this time Scott attended college at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and received a BFA in the fine arts of Photography and an AA in Communications.
Wildlife Photography is a tricky business to make a living in. The equipment alone can cost as much as small house. And, to build a reputable portfolio, one has to be able to travel extensively to obtain exotic images of wildlife from all over the world. This work entails an enormous amount of dedication, a countless amount of hours in the field, and an exhausting schedule to be able to make a living while getting the project done.
To save up large sums of money for the expensive equipment and exotic trips, Scott started his own studio in New York called Art Photographers. The new company put together all the design skills, fashion and style Scott learned from School, Workshops, and most important, the experience from working in the field with so many different professionals, and studios for over 25 years. In turn this allowed Scott to provide the community with professional grade, exciting images for local families affairs and celebrations. Art Photographers maintains a large professional studio on Long Island where the company branched out into Corporate Photography, which helped local businesses obtain stunning imagery to represent themselves in marketing and Social Media branding.