We had the good fortune of connecting with Devin Woodall and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Devin, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risks are everywhere in this world and I think that scares people to their very core. I’ve seen it time and time again as the fear of failure stops some from ever doing anything worth a damn! But that fear that comes from taking risks is a power unrivaled in this world. – Believing in something so intensely that you jump headlong into it will always make you a stronger person, win or lose.

The most terrifying thing to me is to slowly walk myself to the grave of competency. I would rather spectacularly crash and burn then ever fade into the median. Never Fade Away.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a traveling professional photographer specializing in product work for the Spirits Industry. I’ve done product work for such clients as: Templeton Rye in Iowa, Altar Spirits in New Mexico, and Brush Creek Distillery up in Wyoming.

I shoot digital and Film photography. I work to make photographs that reflect the memories I want to have, something that transcends time itself. Working with both modern and vintage equipment (some dating back before World War 2) is a uniquely rewarding challenge. It does give my photos a look and feel that is completely unique in my professional field though.

I would like to believe that it’s less the equipment I use but the work ethic that I’ve adopted that’s lead me to my success though. I often grow marvelously obsessed growing my skillsets and turning in photosets that I can look back on in a decade and still be in love with.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
There is so much history and natural beauty in the area It would be hard to narrow it down, Let alone all the amazing food! That would be in the day though – at night we go see my Buddy JW.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Two people come to my mind in very different ways.

Photographically I will always say a YouTuber named Sean Tucker. His videos opened my eyes to the fact that photography had a soul to it. It was more than just the technical side and when I was my lowest with photography that was a godsend.

The second was Anthony Bourdain. He showed me how to live, how to eat, and how to see this world with my eyes wide open, as he did for many others. much like Sean Tucker I found Anthony Bourdain’s work at a low point in my life and I can credit that influence to the direction my life has taken.

Website: https://autumnpeak.co/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/devinsanluis/?hl=en

Other: https://autumnpeak.darkroom.tech/

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