Who are you, where are you from and where are you now?
I’m Devon Steigerwald, from Aurora, Ohio. I currently rest my head in Venice Beach for the past 15 years. I Built my Morals in Ohio, Grew my Backbone in New York, and learned my Lifestyle in Cali.
What do you do for a living and how long have you been in the line of work you’re in?
I’m a Photographer/Filmer for the last 22 years but a professional Trouble Maker for almost 40.
What inspires you to do what you do?
Its honestly the athletes and people I work with. I would be nothing if I didn’t have these people who inspire me to tell their story helping people see what I see. I work with some insanely amazing humans.
Being a Champion Trampolinist, my high flying past helps me communicate on a deeper level. I’m currently working on a documentary about a gold hearted man who broke his back while BASE jumping and it didn’t stop him. He came back to be a Guinness World Record Holder in BASE jumping and holds the current title of World Cup Champion of ParaBobsled. I like to break the rules, and these rule breakers are what make us look forward with positivity and passion. Altho I’m a commercial photographer, these athletes and creatives have become the underlying bedrock to my style.
Was there a pivotal moment in your life that you knew this was your calling?
Honestly, about 12 years ago, I submitted to get a booth at ASR (Largest Action Sports Retail Show at the time), and the heads of the show personally contacted me asking me if they could feature me as the trendsetter of what to expect in the future. It was shortly after I was named and advertised by Red Bull as one of the top photographers in the world, HUMBLING. It also made the nights of me sleeping in my car in freezing weather or using my last dollars for gas to go over state lines to get the shot……..WORTH IT!