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Kamloops photographer offers free grad photo sessions for Indigenous graduates

Devan Grace Storey is a photographer in Kamloops. She is offering free photo sessions for Indigenous high school graduates.
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June 10, 2021 - 7:00 AM

A Kamloops photographer is offering free graduation photo sessions to Indigenous grade 12 graduates this year.

Devan Grace Storey says the news of the remains of children found buried at the residential school grounds in Kamloops broke her heart. The photographer wants to provide support to the Indigenous community in the best way she knows how.

“I want to give something to our Indigenous community members who are going through so much pain right now,” Storey said. “Graduation is such an important time in a person's life. Some of the Indigenous graduates I have taken photos for in the past are the first in their family to not go to residential school and the first to even graduate high school. I want to make this a moment they will never forget and a moment they can be proud of.”

Storey is originally from Prince George. She is the owner of Devan Grace Photography, a business she started in 2012 and which really began to grow when she settled in Kamloops a few years later. She will be doing many graduation photo sessions in the coming weeks.

“I have always loved photography and have an artistic eye,” Storey said. “I started as a photographer at a young age just playing around with a film camera doing photo shoots of my pets and capturing tons of great memories.  Today I have a busy business and the opportunity to do all kinds of photography. I recently started shooting weddings.”

Storey says she is looking forward to making her best effort for Kamloops Indigenous graduates. She is available for June and July bookings at Devan Grace Photography. 

“I feel this is a great idea and will make for wonderful, cherished memories for the students,” Storey said. “The proceeds from the other graduation sessions booked with me will help sponsor this event. It is so important to be kind and give back whenever possible.”


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