Instagram Stories: The Woman Who Has a Way with Neutrals

Photographer Fawn DeViney creates arresting compositions out of quiet moments and simple pleasures

A self-portrait by Fawn DeViney, whose understated style sets the mood for her imagery.
A self-portrait by Fawn DeViney, whose understated style sets the mood for her imagery.

In a world of constant deadlines and relentless work pressures, we cherish the moments in our day we can spend with Instagram feeds like Fawn DeViney’s. The photographer and stylist has developed a soothing visual language that—much like an afternoon stroll or a milky cup of tea—has an instantly calming effect. Splitting her time between her native New England and her new home in Phoenix, Arizona, which she is currently restoring, DeViney captures the delicacy and nuance of daily life with evocative shadows and restrained palettes. “Rarely do I set up anything to photograph for Instagram,” she says. “I prefer images that are anything but perfect.”  

Instagram Stories: The Woman Who Has a Way with Neutrals
Instagram Stories: The Woman Who Has a Way with Neutrals

THE PASSION

“There’s a consistency between my images and the actual environments in which I live. I’m drawn to soft light and muted tones with touches of greenery. I wouldn’t use the term minimal for my spaces, as that sometimes translates to coldness, but I tend to keep my home or projects rather sparse to create the freedom for change and movement.

 As a young girl I dreamed of being a florist, baker, or photographer. When I began working with some of the most talented florists and flower farms in New England, it fed a part of my soul that had always appreciated that artistry. Some photographers find their muses with a particular model or designer; my muse has always been the romance and wildness of different blooms.”

THE EVERYDAY PLEASURES

“My favorite moments to capture in my daily life are the most authentic ones. Wax dripping from candlesticks, dried flowers I keep forgetting to throw away; even [the moment] when I have to sweep up a vase of cotton branches that had toppled over. I’ve always been in the mindset of owning things that still look good when messy. Sharing my world through photos, even when not perfectly styled, feels simple.”

Instagram Stories: The Woman Who Has a Way with Neutrals

THE REMODEL

“For the past year, I’ve been restoring and renovating my 1928 English Tudor in Phoenix. The first six months I was designing remotely from Boston, which was a frustrating experience because I wanted to be more hands-on in the construction process. But walking through the front door for the first time and seeing all the hard work, emails, and inspiration come to life was a very rewarding moment. Currently I’m in the process of converting a carriage house into my office/studio space—which will hopefully be complete by the time all the leaves fall off the trees. As for New England, once I find the perfect little fishing shack on Cape Ann, I’ll begin another project back east!”

Instagram Stories: The Woman Who Has a Way with Neutrals

THE HAPPY ACCIDENT

“Instagram has introduced me to some of the most talented and sweet people, truly, in the whole wide world. When I visit France or Vancouver, I have someone to grab a drink with. Even in the cities I live in, I meet people every day whom I would have never known existed, and now I can’t imagine not having them to inspire me. I hope to continue creating these relationships and travel to some of the obscure locations I’ve stumbled upon only because of this medium.”

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