Derrick Ruf | Iron Oak Studios principal photographer

My foundation leading up to becoming a full time photographer has been built by over a decade of experience from behind-the-lens. This experience, ultimately has led me to become a writer and educator in the global photography space, contributing weekly to leading photography site, Fstoppers.com

In combination with my love of capturing the character of people, and their emotion through portrait work is my passion for storytelling. My portraits incorporate a heavy use of the surrounding environment to allow for richer context within the overall scene. The color tones I utilize when hand retouching photographs are inspired by the beauty found in cinema films, and further enhance the image character.

Outside of the visual arts I had spent years embracing a career in streamlining the complexities of today's technology based workflows for clients under leading brands including Apple, amongst others.

And what does this mean you ask, as a potential client of mine?

I have built a career from person-to-person relationships, and I would like to build with you an understanding of the imagery we can create. Second I will strive to deliver on that vision during our time together. So you can be certain I am leveraging my years of experience, passion, class leading equipment, high end work flow, and time management in service of your photography needs.  

So please, reach out to me with your portrait vision. Truly, I can’t wait to hear from you, and learn of your story. Let us begin working towards capturing beautiful portraits, together.


We had a great family portrait session recently. Even with some really wiggly kids, we got so many great photos that will make us happy for years. I definitely recommend Iron Oak Studios.
-Tim A.
Derrick is extremely talented. He has a natural eye for great shots and knows how to work with the play of lighting. He makes you feel comfortable and directs you gently to capture a great moment.
-Amy M.
Derrick is fantastic to work with! He captured amazing shots of my wedding and made everything go as smoothly as possible. I would highly recommend Iron Oak Studios to anyone looking for gorgeous photos and a friendly face to work with!
-Jessica C.