Dvisuals Photography specializes in cultural shoots
Cherokee Nation citizen and photographer Devin Dry shot the cover photo for Native Max magazine for its Native American Heritage Month issue with CN citizen and tattoo artist Nathalie Standingcloud as the cover model. COURTESY
Cherokee Nation citizen Devin Dry started Dvisuals Photography in January and has since shot several cultural shoots in which citizens of different tribes show their cultures through regalia and clothing. Pictured are students from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah wearing their respective tribes traditional wear. COURTESY
TAHLEQUAH – What started as a hobby has turned into a nearly second job for Cherokee Nation citizen Devin Dry with his business Dvisuals Photography.
In less than a year, Dry has turned his photography passion into a small business, continually growing clientele.
DVisuals is a CN Tribal Employment Rights Office vendor specializing in family portraits, senior photos, wedding and engagement photos and cultural shoots.
After wanting to take photos at his wedding in 2019 and buying a DSLR camera, Dry said he read and researched the aspects of photography.
“I did a lot of reading and a lot of researching to make sure that I had the perfect ISO and lighting, how to use lighting, how to use natural lighting. I’m still learning,” he said.
When he discovered that this hobby could make money, he turned to a friend for advice on marketing, price packaging and communicating with people to learn their needs and wants.
Dry offers various packages to clients:
· The senior/graduate session for $120 includes a one-hour photo shoot, two locations and 30 to 40 edited images on his online gallery.
· The mini session is $100 for a 30-minute photo shoot, one location in or around Tahlequah with 10 to 20 edited images on his online gallery.
· The one-hour photo session for $150 includes a one-hour photo shoot, one location in or around Tahlequah, one to two outfit changes and 20 to 30 edited images in his online gallery.
· The local photo session is $200 and includes a two-hour photo session in two locations in or around Tahlequah with one to four outfit changes with 30 to 40 edited images on a USB drive or on his online gallery.
· The adventure photo session for $1,200 includes a two-hour photo session in two locations with travel outside of Tahlequah, one to four outfit changes and 30 to 40 edited images on a USB drive or on his online gallery.
The adventure package, which has yet to be booked because of COVID-19 restrictions, can be anywhere, including out of state.
“I can go anywhere,” he said. “Like if you want to go shoot at Colorado. It’s a travel one. It also pays for the me editing images.”
Once Dry edits images for a package, photos are uploaded to his PASS gallery on www.passgallery.com where clients can order prints from the site or download them.
To set himself apart, Dry began what he calls cultural shoots in which the subjects, who are Native American, can showcase their tribes’ cultures through regalia or clothing.
“That idea came to me actually on the second shoot I did,” he said. “It was actually with my cousins. I approached them and see if they could be my models. I wanted to call it a ‘cultural shoot’ and it can help them (clients) display their attire, traditional wear. It doesn’t have to pertain to just Cherokees. It can be any tribe.”
He recently had his work published in Native Max magazine, shooting the cover photo and other photos for a story about CN citizen and tattoo artist Nathalie Standingcloud for its Native American Heritage Month issue.
“I knew Nathalie Standingcloud, and because of COVID, they couldn’t come down with a photographer at the time,” he said. “So she was approached to do the cover, but they were looking for a photographer. So Nathalie asked and I was like ‘yeah I’ll do it.’ So it kind of went from there. So we did the shoot and the pictures look amazing.”
Dry also wants to take his artistic photography further by creating photos that highlight Native cultures. “I want to become an artist as well, too, for photography. I know of a lot of Cherokee photographers. They’re work is mainly of wildlife. Me, I want to do models.”
He wants photos of people highlighting their regalia in color with the rest of the photo in black and white.
“I think that’s what a lot of people are noticing,” he said. “There are so many Tahlequah photographers out here. I think that’s what puts me in a different category than them. It separates me from them. Being on a Cherokee reservation, there’s more people that want to show off their jewelry, show off what they made and so it gives them the opportunity to do that, to do photo shoots. I want to show the world this is us, this is what we do. This is what we like to traditionally wear.”
For information, visit Dvisuals918 on Facebook and Instagram, email Dvisuals918@gmail.com
or call 918-772-0209.