Inspiring Interview | featuring Melissa DeVoe Photography

Our Inspiring Photographer Interview for this week features Melissa DeVoe Photography. Melissa is one of our very own talented LSI Pro Members. You can follow more of her inspiring work on her blog and Facebook. Please meet Melissa…Profile Image

A Few Words From Melissa DeVoe Photography

I’m a newborn, baby and maternity photographer based in Raleigh, NC. I have three very busy little boys (ages 7, 5 and 1) who keep me on my toes, as well as an incredibly supportive husband who is my number one fan. I’m so very blessed that I get to spend my days with them and to be able to run a business that brings me so much joy and fulfillment.
*my profile image was taken by my dear friend Morgan Henderson*

If there was one thing you would want us to know about you, what would it be?

I have always been a “creative”. When I was a teenager, instead of posters, my walls were covered in collages that I made. I was always taking opportunities to create things and be crafty – from homemade envelopes that I mailed to friends, to colorful book covers for my school books. Now I use that passion to create art for my clients, but I also very much still love to be creative and crafty when I can – from decorating my home, to baking (I was actually in a baking club for quite some time and have taken cake decorating classes in the past!).


Studio, on location or both? If you have a studio, please include an image of your space.

All of my newborn sessions are done in studio, but I also often shoot outdoors for other sessions (older babies, maternity, etc.)


Natural light, studio light or both? Preference?

I use studio lighting for all of my indoor work.


Share with us your all time favorite image and why.

I took this photo almost 4 years ago and it still remains a favorite of mine! The only time I’ve ever been winked at by a newborn! :)


What inspired you to be a photographer?

It sounds cliché, but my own babies inspired me! I wanted to remember every moment as they grew, and it just fueled my passion for photography.


Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?

A paid professional.


Is photography your full time career?

Yes, it is!


What type of session do you look forward to the most vs what type of session you most often do?

Newborn sessions have always been my favorite, and fortunately they’re what I book the most of. I love that they keep me busy year-round and weather is never a factor.


On average, how many sessions do you have per month?

On a typical month, I’ll accept 8 bookings so I’m doing about 2 a week.


What has been your most memorable session and why?

One that comes to mind is a recent newborn session with a super sweet couple. They’d gone through a lot trying to conceive . They were SO excited and happy to be blessed with a baby girl, and it made the session so special to all of us.


What has been the best source of information along your photography journey (workshop, online forums, classroom, mentor, etc)?

Two things – when I first started out in photography I took classes at a local college that really helped me learn all the ins and outs of my camera. Also, forums have been a huge source of information for me over the years.


What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?

I find inspiration everywhere. I’m always looking at colors everywhere I go and how they coordinate and work with each other – when I’m shopping, even when I’m just driving around. Styling my newborn sessions is one of my favorite parts of the job and it never gets old for me.


Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?

I’m Canon. My favorite lens for newborn sessions is my 50mm f/1.2L lens. For outdoor sessions, it’s my 135mm f/2L lens.


How would you define your post processing style?

I love really sharp details and just a touch of a hazy feel to my images.


What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?

It’s helpful to have a background in business so you’re making decisions that are smart and will sustain your business for the long-term. Do lots of research, be yourself and do what’s smart for your business – not necessarily what your competitors are doing.


What is your favorite and least favorite part of owning your own photography business?

My favorite part is the flexible schedule and being available for my kids. My least favorite part is the millions of administrative things that come along with running your own business.


Who is the most inspirational photographer in your life?

I would say Kristen Mackey of Son Kissed Photography has always been my newborn idol! Her posing is always spot on, and no one does it quite like her!


Please include a funny outtake or blooper image from a session…

This one is a favorite of mine for obvious reasons. :)


And finally, please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.

I would say that my style is simple and timeless. I’m a stickler for all the little details – especially hand and finger placement. I really aim to produce images for my clients that won’t go out of style. I absolutely love some color, but try to incorporate it as simply as possible.


A Few Fun Questions:
Favorite TV show? Parenthood
Favorite movie? I love romantic comedies. How can I pick just one?!
Favorite musician/band? Adele
What is your favorite food? Anything Mexican
What is your favorite beverage? Sweet Tea
Your favorite item of clothing? Jeans
Your go-to pair of shoes? Flats
What is one word you catch yourself saying too often? Awesome!