Dereck Mateo

"I just can't stop moving, being in the mix, people are my energy." 

As a child I'd wanted to be a tourist & travel the world taking pictures, you can thank Nat Geo for that, but it wasn't until about 8 years ago I'd really begun to dive into photography when a friend, Joey, helped me buy my first Canon camera. Being entrepreneurial didn't help my itch to be more & for the next four years I fantasized business ideas for us to grow old and successful together; Within my first year I was working in a portrait studio with top sales, at 2-3yrs providing event coverage for UCF's Rosen College of Hospitality & shooting everything I could concerts, sports etc. I currently shoot action portraiture nation-wide in one of the most well known companies in the competitive dance industry. I also assist & second shoot for nationally recognized, published & master photographers, covering everything from corporate event's & head shots to beach weddings & real estate. This year, June 2016 at the age of 26 my dear friend Joey lost his battle to cancer, but not before having a highly successful photographic career. Push Photography was my goal for us, through this company he lives on. We Push Photography.