A warm, SnapKnot welcome to Devon, a lifestyle wedding photographer based out of Tacoma, Washington. This wife and mother of one has a soft spot for dark chocolate and coffee, reading a good book on soft grass, and wrestling with her 2-year old son.
“I love to capture emotion through my camera, small moments that speak volumes. Most of the images we create together will be snapshots of genuine emotion.”
Outside of shooting weddings, Devon has another job that has helped fine-tune her photography skills in a rather unexpected way. A counselor of 15 years, Devon has learned how to listen and help people define and retell their story to bring about healing through their words. In fact, she’s always seen the power in being able to use words to heal.
When Devon needed a break from digging into people’s pain, she found an avenue to help articulate pieces of someone’s story through images: wedding photography. As she’s grown in her confidence as a photographer, she’s learned how to creatively use images to tell a story. Sometimes the images that speak the loudest are the unexpected moments that have been frozen in time.
“Using this creative outlet to bless those around me has been an unexpected joy in my journey of photography. My goal in starting this business has always been to bless people in any way that I can. If this means that I am simply a resource than so be it, but if this means that I am your photographer you better believe that I hope to go above and beyond to make your wedding day the best it can be.”
Devon started shooting film as a hobby in 2003, and was hesitant to take her passion for photography further, as she worked full time as a counselor. In 2009, her husband encouraged her to get her business license and since then they have worked together to build Devon Michelle Photography.
Devon is largely influenced by her family. She finds inspiration from her grandmother, who lives her life with immense grace, regardless of the circumstances. She also respects her husband, Shaun, for encouraging her to pursue her dream of wedding photography and for “putting up with her crazy ideas”.
On a more professional level, Devon looks up to photographers Ryan Ray, Bobbi & Mike, and Erik Clausen.
Devon’s advice to couples just starting their search for a photographer is to find one they absolutely love. Make sure that you love their vision, their work, their laugh, and how they run their business. Since you will be spending nearly all of your wedding day (and a good chunk of time beforehand) with your photographer in tow, it’s so important that you trust them.
“Your photographer is also one of the primary vendors that you still have to deal with after the wedding – be aware of how quickly they respond to your questions or call you back. Sometimes this can be an indicator of their work ethic.”
To see more from this lifestyle wedding photographer, visit Devon Michelle Photography.