Even though Angie Devenney
's father was a photographer, she never imagined that she'd be spending her life working behind a camera.
How did you get started in photography?
Both of my parents are artists—my father, a professional photographer. Thus, my introduction to photography came pretty early on. My first experiences with photography were as a child, in front of the camera, modeling for editorial shoots and stock imagery. As soon as I could hold a camera, one was often in my hands.
Because of my father's work, our family traveled a lot, and I often enjoyed photographing alongside him as he shot. I processed my first roll of black and white film in a high school photography class, and spent any spare time at school between the darkroom and the art room, but never intended on becoming a photographer.
I attended Massachusetts College of Art & Burren College of Art in Ireland (initially, majoring in glass blowing). I was simultaneously taking a photography course, and the magic of silver gelatin printing pulled me back in, and won me over. After receiving my BFA in photography, I continued to focus on fine art photography, showing work in galleries and museums. It was at one of these opening receptions that I made a connection with a wedding photographer, who asked if I was interested in second shooting weddings with him for the summer. That is how I accidentally, and happily, fell into the realm wedding photography.
What do you love about wedding photography?
I love the happy anticipation of a wedding day! It is an amazing experience to spend a day submerged in that level of emotion and document those moments. As a wedding photographer, you get to learn a love story, and record one of the culminating moments within it. It's an honor to be a part of that.
What is the biggest challenge you face when shooting a wedding?
I enjoy the challenge of "on demand shooting" that a wedding brings. A wedding is a fast-paced event that is going to happen no matter what—regardless of the weather, the lighting conditions, the location, the last minute changes. As a wedding photographer, you need to be able to react quickly and creatively to adapt to these endlessly changing variables—it keeps our job even more interesting!
What should clients know about your style of photography?
I shoot in a candid and relaxed style. I strive to be unobtrusive as I capture both artistic images and fun moments that happen naturally as the day unfolds. While I am happy to photograph any formal photos that couples may request, my favorite images to capture are those that happen naturally, showing true laughter and love, smiles so big your face hurts, happy tears, bear hugs, and killer dance moves.
When you're not behind the camera, what do you like to do?
Ah, that could be a long list…I love passionate conversations with family and friends. I love being outside, particularly anywhere coastal. My newest venture is surfing. I fall down a lot, stand up once and a while, and have a hell of a grand time trying! I love camping out and sitting by a fire after a long day outdoors. I also love cooking elaborate meals from scratch (accompanied by my hilarious husband and glass of vino rosso!) I especially enjoy cooking with local ingredients, even better if it's from our garden! And, I must admit, I still play with cameras when I'm "not behind one.” I enjoy alternative photographic processes and toy cameras.
How has your photography style changed over the years?
Before photographing weddings, my photographic background existed in a place of spending hours on end in darkrooms, and lugging around a large format film camera to create artistic images—people were rarely the subject of my work. It goes without saying how important it is to connect with clients and make them comfortable in front of the camera as a wedding photographer. Over the past 6 years, I have become proud of the rapport I create with clients, and feel that it is reflected in my work.
Another experience that influenced my style was teaching photography at a small elementary school in the Midcoast. I found the spontaneity of the children's approach to photography (and the world in general) contagious. I brought my camera along whenever we would go out shooting, photographing alongside them. There was definitely some mutual mentoring happening during these times. Their carefree view of the world and curious approach to photography re-affirmed my desire to be experimental in my own work and pushed me to be more creative.
What sorts of things inspire you when you pick up your camera?
There are endless, and sometimes even surprising things that inspire me when I hold a camera in my hands! I love pattern and color, humor, nature, and little details that often go overlooked. Specifically at weddings, I love photographing images of the couple within their environment that capture all the love in the atmosphere—the kind of images that make it all come rushing back!
Where will your business be in the next 5 years?
If I said "flourishing" I would like to think my magic 8 ball would say "it is certain, " "without a doubt, " or "signs point to yes!" I'll keep you posted!