Devin Lester, a professional photographer living in Douglasdale, with his beautiful wife of 13 years, their 2 kids and small zoo of 3 dogs, a cat, a chicken and some goldfish.
Four years ago he took the big step of leaving my successful and comfortable job as an actuary, to do something which ignited his soul and passion more. It had taken a few years to get to that point…
He had pretty much always carried around a camera (family trips, university, friend’s braais etc) – from a cheap film camera to an early point-and-shoot digital camera. It was always just a fun hobby and he taught himself most of the basics from online tutorials and lots and lots of practice after hours. But he had never considered photography as a viable alternative to his day job.
He decided in 2014 he’d like to possibly take it more seriously – even if simply to justify spending more money on better camera gear! He photographed friends’ maternity sessions, special celebrations and family shoots. Thanks to great word-of-mouth and the growing power of social media he found himself getting busier and busier. He kept on practicing, took some additional courses from a few industry leaders and started expanding his capabilities into food, corporate and product photography. He didn’t see a need to tie himself to a narrow niche – he genuinely enjoy all genres he worked in be it weddings, family, maternity, kids, corporate, events, products etc. Once he went full time he never looked back…he was able to take on more bookings, shoot for a wider variety of clients and focus on new and exciting opportunities. He is as comfortable shooting in studio as he is with natural light allowing him to produce consistently beautiful images for his clients.
Having had a business background has helped him when it comes to client service. It’s not always just enough to deliver great photos but also to provide a professional service from the moment someone gets in touch until the job is done (and even beyond). He loves working with and meeting new people and takes pride in treating each and every client like gold!
He’s been fortunate to have had images published in Elle Magazine SA, over 15 covers for Entrepreneur Magazine, portraits in Psychologies Magazine UK, styled shoots in Wedding Inspirations magazine and book covers for Bonang Mohale and Shaun Fuchs. He was also very honoured to be invited to judge the maternity category in the 2019 Africa Photo Awards.
Corporate clients have had the following kind words to say about his work together:
“We couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome. Your professionalism and courteous manner did not go unnoticed. You made us all feel comfortable and your skilful way allowed you to get what we needed without distracting from the fun.” – Spire Property
“Devin is not only extremely reliable and professional, but he brings an element of creativity to his images that is often lacking in corporate photography. Our profiled entrepreneurs have all loved their images, and the magazine’s overall look and feel is sophisticated and artistic – a winning combination for us. I could not recommend Devin highly enough – and have done so whenever anyone I know is looking for a photographer.” – Entrepreneur Magazine
“The talent, passion and energy you bring to our projects, capturing moments and personalities over the past 2 Years is contagious. Thank you for meeting our budgets and quick turnaround times, yet still ensuring attention to detail and best practice on projects. We now see you as an extension of our team.” CWDi