Shakespeare’s Illustrious Photographer / Lady Killa’ Gets Interviewed
When not traveling to amazing places around the U.S. with BMXer’s. You can catch Devon Hutchins snapping the freshest party photo’s at Shakespears Bar in Austin, TX Thursday – Saturday Night. Devon Hutchins is one of those dudes that loves to live life and has been lined up with a lot of amazing oportunities to make a living off his photography. Devon is only 24 years old and in my eyes is a made business man. Cheers to you Homeboy, you deserve it!
Boy-Cott: How’s life been treating you?
Devon: Life’s been amazing lately. Just got back from a roadtrip with Aaron Ross, we drove to Chicago and then to New York and Boston. Was one of the most fun trips I’ve been on in awhile. I’ve been on a couple Cult trips shooting photos too. Now I am in Austin working on a couple of new web videos and always taking pics for shakespearesaustin.com.
Boy-Cott: What camera are you currently using?
Devon: I mainly use a Canon 5D mark II. When I take pictures at Shakespeare’s Pub I use a 20D so I don’t have to be as scared of breaking it or getting drinks spilled on it. I also do point and shoots with my Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 (that I recently lost but plan on getting another) and a Holga.
Boy-Cott: More than photography, you also do videography of famous BMX riders. Did you ever think you would come this far with your passion?
Devon: When I decided to upgrade from my 5D to the 5D mark II I was excited about being able to video. I used to make videos in high school when I had a TRV-950. I got tired of logging mini dv tapes and just kinda gave up. You still have to convert all the video clips now but it’s a lot simpler. You just put the memory card in your computer and have all the individual clips there for you. I never had an idea of how far photography would take me but I really can’t think of anything else I’d be doing. I couldn’t be one of those 9 to 5 cubicle jobs kinda guys. I have a hard time waking up before 2pm. It all just started out as my brother taking photo journalism in high school and that got me into it. We would go out and ride and I would just take pictures with his camera of all my friends. Since I live in Austin I became friends with pro riders and that turned into their sponsors and magazines needing photos. I have to thank Aaron Ross, Chase Hawk, and any other person for shooting with me and hooking me up with photo jobs. I never set out to become a professional photographer it really just kinda evolved into my career naturally.
Boy-Cott: How does it feel to be only 24 years of age, and to be a well established business man?
Devon: I don’t know if you would call me a well established businessman, haha. I still have a long way to go but it does feel great to make a living off your passion. I have a hard time telling people that I’m working when I’m taking photos. I don’t see it as work but as what I would be doing regardless if I was getting paid or not. Life’s not too bad when the work week involves hanging out and riding with your good friends everyday.
Boy-Cott: What’s one of best, worse, and most interesting photo shoot’s you’ve been on?
Devon: It wasn’t really a photo shoot but the worst time taking photos was when I fell onto my 5D. I was working at Shakespeare’s and at the end of the night I was walking back to pack up. I fell and ended up breaking my Canon fisheye lens in half and my 5D wouldn’t turn on. I felt pretty irresponsible for breaking the one thing that was making my income. In the end it cost me about $1000 to get everything fixed, but after its all said and done it could always be worse. I’m still convinced I got roofied that night and thats why I fell, but who knows…
Boy-Cott: What’s your definition of a picture perfect moment?
Devon: I don’t know if I really have a definition. When looking at a photo I can just tell if I like it or not. You just have to look at some certain things I guess like composition, lighting, etc… If the rider is psyched on a photo that always makes it easy to know if you took a good photo.
Boy-Cott: You’ve had your photography published in DIG BMX numerous times. How did you land those deals?
Devon: My first photos in a magazine were in the two part Austin article that was in RideUK 70 and 71. I have to thank my friend Jed Rogers for that hookup. He was the main photographer for that article and asked me if I had any photos I would like to submit. Without hesitation I said yes and was obviously very excited. They ended up running a good amount of my photos and even got some of my childhood friends pictures in the article even though they were unknown and unsponsored. From then on out I would email the editor of RideUK with ideas for articles and that’s how I got started in magazines. Now RideUK has changed editors and I’ve been sending more stuff to Dig which is awesome. I’ve always loved Dig so I can’t wait to get my hands on the newest issue, especially if I have some photos in it.
Boy-Cott: Out of all of your travels, what has been one of the most memorable things that comes to mind?
Devon: There are too many to really narrow it down to one. One trip I will always remember is a trip we took from Austin to Ohio. It was Joel Moody, Adam Roye, James Belk, and I. We took a two seater truck and a trailer. We made a cot setup in the bed of the truck and two people would be in there at all times. After hanging out at Steven Hamilton’s house with the Maynard crew we decided to drive to NYC. So I was basically in the bed of a truck from Austin to Ohio to New York then back. It sometimes got really scary on the highway back there but made for a really fun trip. Partying in Ohio with Jake Finley and Pants then with Darryl Nau in New York will make for some memorable moments, haha.
Boy-Cott: What makes a party amazing for Devon Hutchins, besides the music.
Devon: I can pretty much have a good time anywhere. As long as I’m with my buds with some buds and some drinks and some girls and no drunk assholes thats all I really need. Hot tub/ pool parties are always good too.
Boy-Cott: Most of your photography is of BMX and Parties. Do you see yourself taking pictures of anything else in the near future?
Devon: Yeah for sure. I really enjoy taking pictures of my dogs which is pretty cliche but whatever. I’ve been shooting a lot of cityscapes and landscapes lately as well. I always enjoy taking portraits of people too so who knows what I’ll be shooting in the future.
Boy-Cott: What celebrity, actor or famous person would you love to do a photo-shoot with? Dead or Alive.
Devon: I really like Larry David so that would probably be pretty sweet. I wouldn’t say no to shooting with any famous girl models too.
Boy-Cott: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Devon: At the moment I really enjoy living in Austin. I am so comfortable here and can’t think of anywhere else I would rather live. So I feel like my home will always be here. That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t want to travel and live somewhere else for part of the year though. I really enjoy visiting New York City and the Northeast in the Summer. I haven’t really done much traveling outside the US but I am hoping that will all change soon. I really want to visit Europe, Japan, Costa Rica and really any place with warm weather and a nice beach.
Boy-Cott: Looking back in your early photography days, is there anything you wish you would have done differently?
Devon: Sometimes I wish I didn’t drop out of Savannah College of Art and Design after a year and just finished my 4 years there. I did pretty well in school but just lacked motivation and didn’t like living in Savannah, GA. It’s not that big of a deal to me though, no regrets.
Boy-Cott: Who would you like to give a shout-out to?
Devon: Always have to thanks my parents for being the best parents ever and all the support they have gave me in my photography endeavors and life. Also my two brothers and sister. My oldest brother Ty always helps me with my website and in turn I am super grateful for that. My other brother Taylor for getting me into photography and for just being an all around amazing brother, thanks bud. My sister is a really great person and has a positive outlook on life that inspires me. My two dogs Cody and Larry, best dogs ever. Tina and Tom at Empire BMX for being great friends and hiring me to do photo and video jobs for them. Robbie Morales at Cult for having me shoot the Cult trips and being hilarious. Adam Roye for being a good dude and incorporating my photos in his designs. Chase Hawk and Aaron Ross for being amazing friends and roomates and shooting photos with me. My best friend Colt for giving me one of the sweetest jobs around and always helping me out. I really just have to thanks all my friends because I hang out with some of the best motherfuckers around. Thanks!