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Meet Donovan Wells of Calvin Crest Photography in Fort Worth

Today we’d like to introduce you to Donovan Wells.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started my photography business by my noticeable interest editing photos of myself when I was younger. I went from adding simply adding filters to exploring and creating more personalized images.

After discovering some cool styles, I began taking photos of nature and looking to tell stories through what I see and how I edit. It wasn’t until 2017 when I actually had a physical camera. All of my photos taken before were taken from whatever phone I had at the time. I spent countless hours watching YouTube videos learning about apertures, ISOs, shutter speeds, lighting, you name it. I’ve spent even more hours actually applying what I’ve learned (and I’m still learning). Occasionally I would ask some friends to hop in front of the camera to really test my knowledge and by posting those pictures online, I would find other people who found interest in my style and collaborate with them on projects. It’s through this method that I continue to build my business today.

Has it been a smooth road?
It’s been a pretty normal road in my opinion. I’ve taken jobs that, in my opinion, I haven’t been ready for. I’ve had to find creative ways to work through problems that I would encounter such as finding the right programs to use, working around lighting situations, storage issues, client satisfaction, scheduling issues, payment issues, etc. However, all of that seems pretty normal to me.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Calvin Crest Photography story. Tell us more about the business.
Well, I’m a photographer, I specialize in taking photos and telling stories through an image… I take photos for events, real estate, corporate portraits, etc. I like to focus on images for marketing and branding purposes but I provide services in any and all categories.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
People spend countless hours on social media so for the next 5-10 years the only changes I see are more people being forced to find creative ways to grab and hold the attention of others to show or tell some sort of message because that’s what being social is all about. The exchange of information in creative and appealing ways. It’s lead us to the point to where everybody must know something about somebody to stay relevant and bring awareness to something so that more people feel involved. The possibilities are endless it’s hard to say exactly what will come next only more of what already is here.

Pricing:

  • For Personal sessions my prices start at $150 for the first hour and $50 for every hour after.
  • For events my prices begin at $300

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Image Credit:
Models involved: Kayma, Palmer, Izaeyah, Tim, Miah

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