We had the good fortune of connecting with Devin Egbert and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Devin, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I come from a family where both my parents were self – employed business owners. I saw their hard work, dedication, and integrity and how they handled trials throughout their careers. I also saw the flexibility they had when it came to the things they really wanted to do, whether that be family trips or trips with friends, being able to attend school functions for my sister and I, or being able to go to doctors appointments without having to worry about PTO or absences from work.
Seeing their work ethic and their commitment to their goals paid off in all aspects, made me want to get into a career that I could have the same flexibility and the same kind of dedication to my family.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I specialize in portraits, so I work with a lot of families, couples, children, etc. but two areas in particular really fire me up: working with business owners and empowering women through boudoir.
Working with business owners gets me pumped because I love helping people create content and branding material for social media, print marketing, etc. Growing up in the real estate industry, thanks to my parents professions, really showed me how hard business owners have to hustle to make money and help people. I love helping business owners create content that shows who they are as a person and showcases the product they are selling, whether that be a physical product or a brand they’ve created in themselves.
I have always been told I’m a great hype-woman. I love empowering other women and showing them that they are beautiful in their own skin. In a world where we see so much photoshopped beauty, it can be so hard to feel great about ourselves – the stretch marks, scars, cellulite, etc. but women’s bodies do and go through so much and I love helping women embrace their beauty!
I got to where I am today by hard work, goal setting, and dedication, along with humility and embracing “community over completion.” My biggest downfall has been self-doubt and imposters syndrome for sure. I get in my head sometimes about my work and think it’s not as good as someone else’s or get bummed out when someone chooses another photographer, but then I’ll do a shoot and when I edit I’ll look back on like “dang girl!! You did that!” and then all those feelings wash away. I know that I’m not everyone’s cup of tea, and know that my style isn’t what everyone searches for, so I have an amazing group of girls that I refer out to for shoots that I can’t accommodate or don’t match up with. I love to bounce ideas off of and collaborate with them too!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
This is a hard question – there are so many great places to check out! For outdoorsy stuff, if we went hiking, Usery Park or Lost Dutchman, easy trails and beautiful views, going out near the Salt River at Coon Bluff or Phon D Sutton are also great spots to relax, go fishing, or even camp at! Denim and Diamonds in Mesa, is a favorite for me, along with Downtown Gilbert (Culinary Dropout, Postino, and OHSO are some favorites). I also love exploring through Downtown Mesa- there always seems to be an event down there and the Arts Center is incredible as well! I love a good dive bar, so the Trough on Main Street in Mesa is a fun spot with cheap drinks and a different atmosphere.
My best friend and I both have kids, so no doubt we’d be at the Phoenix Zoo, Uptown Jungle, Crazy Air, the SeaLife Aquarium, the Idea Museum, or going on a stroll through the Riparian Preserve.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I actually have a few:
Barbara Egbert, mother and REALTOR,
Orlin Egbert, father and Home Inspector,
Paige Allen, sister and brow lamination artist
Jenni Vega, owner of Real Producers – East Valley (magazine for the real estate industry and a key piece to my motivation to help business owners create images for marketing and branding)
Sheila Holly- Hope and Healing, LLC (incredible counselor and someone who has helped me immensely with self discovery)
Stephanie Lee- Live FreeLee Coaching (my business and life coach)
Shane Baker – Shane Baker Studios (mentor and friend)
Courtney Ness- Footit – Seventh Avenue Beauty (friend and referral for all of my client’s hair and makeup needs)
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