The Heart Gallery – The gift of photography, Part 2

Faces, Giving

The gift of photography, Part 2
by Houston commercial photographer – Nicki Evans Photography

Over the summer, I had the opportunity to photograph children for the the Heart Gallery,  for the second time in as many years. I, along with a few other Houston photographers, have partnered up with this group through the Houston chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), as a way of giving back to the community.

The goal of our annual day with the Heart Gallery is to provide photographs that capture the personality of each child, so that families looking to adopt can get a brief glimpse into the hearts of these children. A professional portrait with a smile or laugh can go a lot further on a website than a biography alone, when potential adoptive families are looking to adopt.

On top of providing the adoptive agencies with a portrait, another goal of the day is to provide a fun outing for the kids to enjoy. The past two years, we’ve setup for portraits at Lakewood Church. Volunteers with the church have had a variety of games for the kids to play, like oversized Jenga, Connect Four and checkers. And a plethora of snacks are on hand for the children as well. Our part as photographers, in addition to capturing great expressions and delivering images to the agency, is to help the kids feel special…like a star of the show, with the spotlight on only them for just a few minutes.

The Heart Gallery portrait day is always a win-win, with everyone walking away better for participating.

Below is a sample of images from the group of kids I photographed. NEvansPhotos_Houston_TX_Wedding_Photographer_Portraits_Anahuac_Texas_Whites_Park_Events_Nicki_Evans_Photography_Haley_Jose_B_0054
This guy tried to play serious, but I was able to get a few laughs and smirks out of him eventually.NEvansPhotos_Houston_TX_Wedding_Photographer_Portraits_Anahuac_Texas_Whites_Park_Events_Nicki_Evans_Photography_Haley_Jose_B_0055NEvansPhotos_Houston_TX_Wedding_Photographer_Portraits_Anahuac_Texas_Whites_Park_Events_Nicki_Evans_Photography_Haley_Jose_B_0057NEvansPhotos_Houston_TX_Wedding_Photographer_Portraits_Anahuac_Texas_Whites_Park_Events_Nicki_Evans_Photography_Haley_Jose_B_0058
The whole time I photographed this twin, I was thinking of Bill Hader from Saturday Night Live. He had that eyebrow raise on par!NEvansPhotos_Houston_TX_Wedding_Photographer_Portraits_Anahuac_Texas_Whites_Park_Events_Nicki_Evans_Photography_Haley_Jose_B_0059Isn’t this boy adorable? I can totally see him in a Gap ad. NEvansPhotos_Houston_TX_Wedding_Photographer_Portraits_Anahuac_Texas_Whites_Park_Events_Nicki_Evans_Photography_Haley_Jose_B_0056
My initial plan with the portraits was to do a standard portrait on teal, then a set of images on different colored backdrops with the kids making funny faces. This little dude was the only one who wanted to go along with my funny face plan. I think he had the most fun!NEvansPhotos_Houston_TX_Wedding_Photographer_Portraits_Anahuac_Texas_Whites_Park_Events_Nicki_Evans_Photography_Haley_Jose_B_0060

To read the first installment of this blog series, visit:
Flashes of Hope – The gift of photography, Part 1

Nicki Evans Photography – 2017
Have camera. Will travel.

Nicki Evans Photography – Houston, TX – Commercial Photographer

Faces of Business – The #IamBauer campaign

Faces, Houstonians

The #IAmBauer campaign
by Houston commercial photographer – Nicki Evans Photography

Most of my photographs at the University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business are a work of collaboration. This particular project was no different.

My work for Bauer runs in one of four main ways…web galleries, social media, collateral and/or printed in a magazine. These photographs were instead created to be run mainly as a video for the #IAmBauer campaign.

I’m not exactly sure how all of the initial plans came together. By the time I was involved, I was shown a few sample video clips and asked to photograph Bauer faculty, staff and students for a similar style video. My first though upon seeing the sample was that I needed to attempt to photograph the subject in a Martin Schoeller-esque way…raw and real. In the end, the lighting and facial expressions were the only things actually used to mimic a Martin Schoeller portrait. We instead opted to use a dark backdrop, a less shallow depth of field, a wider crop and a longer zoom. But in essence, I think they had a touch of the same feel to those portraits that I admire so.

I photographed probably 50+ people over the span of a few days to display the diversity that is Bauer…people of all ages, ethnicities, walks of life, religions, and so on.

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I was really happy with how the photographs turned out. I think the collaborative process helped make all of our visions for this project come to fruition.

To truly appreciate these photographs though, you need to see the video, the final product, below. Props to my friend Charles Propst, Jr. for his amazing talent in storytelling through filmmaking.

 

Nicki Evans Photography – 2017
Have camera. Will travel.

Nicki Evans Photography – Houston, TX – Commercial Photographer

First impressions count. – The importance of executive portraits

Blogs, Faces, Houstonians

The importance of executive portraits
by Houston commercial photographer – Nicki Evans Photography

First impressions count. What kind of first impression do you make?

There are a lot of elements that play a part in first impressions, and those factors vary from meeting someone in person versus “meeting” them online.

When meeting in person, your appearance plays a part in that first impression, as well as your handshake, eye contact, attentiveness to the conversation and your social skills. On a job interview, for example, those items probably end up playing a stronger role in the meeting than what’s on your resume. Your resume probably landed you the interview, but you can’t pass “Go” or collect 200 dollars without making a good impression at the interview.

In this day of instant access to information via the Internet, the first impression you made on that hiring manager or future client or soon-to-be new co-worker could have been made far before that interview. It could have been made through a quick search on LinkedIn. So what did that first impression say?

Hopefully you’ve had your resume reviewed and you spell-check everything before posting your bio, employment history and list of accomplishments. And to put the cherry on top, you’ve made the investment in an executive portrait by a professional photographer. If so, the first thought when your name pops up on LinkedIn is, “Now, he is someone I’d like to have on my team,” or maybe, “If this person has the same level of professionalism that her profile exudes, I’d love to do business with her.”

I know that looks aren’t everything and you can’t judge a book by its cover, but with just a few seconds and a first glimpse on a LinkedIn profile, you certainly don’t want to risk deterring a future employee or potential client in any way with a sloppy profile photo or no image at all.

If you don’t invest in yourself and your career, why should someone invest in you?

Benefit Concepts, Inc. recently invested in executive portraits with Nicki Evans Photography for their teams across Houston. During a day-long conference at the Norris Conference Center in City Centre, we setup a temporary portrait studio where team members could stop by to have their portrait made…57 in total. In addition to providing head shots that team members could use on their LinkedIn pages, the MyBCITeam.com team pages were updated to include these portraits.

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If you haven’t made the investment in an executive portrait for your individual LinkedIn page, or if your business needs to boost the image they project with portraits on the “About Us” page, contact me, Nicki, to set up your portraits. nevansphotos@gmail.com

For more executive and environmental portraits, browse through these galleries:
Faces – Executive portraits (both traditional and a little more fun) of Houstonians
Houstonians – Environmental portraits of the great people of Houston

Nicki Evans Photography – 2017
Have camera. Will travel. 

Nicki Evans Photography – Houston, TX – Commercial Photographer

Flashes of Hope – The gift of photography, Part 1

Faces, Giving

The gift of photography, Part 1
by Houston commercial photographer – Nicki Evans Photography

Even though I’d love to help out each charitable cause that comes my way, it’s just not possible to do so while also running a business and providing quality work for each client. I’ve found the best way for me and my business to give back to the community it to truly give from the heart.

“So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity;
for God loves a cheerful giver.”

2 Corinthians 9:7

One cause that really speaks to my heart is “Flashes of Hope.” This groups “honors the courage of children with cancer by capturing a moment in time and funding research so they will have the chance to create a lifetime of memories.” About this time last year, I joined ASMP for various professional benefits and found that the local Houston chapter of ASMP is very active with Flashes of Hope (FOH). I applied to be a volunteer photographer and was soon accepted to the MD Anderson chapter. Just a few days before Halloween, I had the opportunity to photograph my first group of kids for this great organization.

I wasn’t sure what to expect going in, but the whole day it felt like I was photographing your average kid from the local elementary or high school. By their big smiles, happy demeanor and wonderful families who laughed along with my corny jokes and goofy faces, you’d never know that these kids were sick.

It made me happy to see all of them in such good spirits. At the same time, it broke my heart to know that these kids were in fact sick. I hope when I return to photograph again at MD Anderson, I’ll hear that all of these kids are well and in remission. After listening to the stories from the other volunteers, I know that won’t necessarily be the case. But at least I know that through the great work Flashes of Hope is doing, more and more cancer research is being funded each day, and the families who participate will go home with beautiful photographs of their children to cherish for a lifetime.

Take a moment and look at these photographs, say a prayer of healing for these kids, and if you have a little extra to give back this Christmas season, consider giving to Flashes of Hope or another cause near and dear to your heart.

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Nicki Evans Photography – 2016
Have camera. Will travel.

Nicki Evans Photography – Houston, TX – Commercial Photographer

Photos + emotions = Emotos

Faces

Emotos
by Houston commercial photographer – Nicki Evans Photography

Not too long ago, if you wanted to smile in a text message or email, you typed a colon and closed parenthesis, like this 🙂 Then emojis came along and advanced things quite a bit with colorful little smiley faces, hand signs, creatures and more. And now there are Bitmojis and probably a plethora more of customizable cartoons to portray your emotions via text, Snapchat or various social media platforms.

So along with emojis, I threw in a bit of Andy Warhol and The Brady Bunch to create a series of portraits that show emotions and/or the various faces we make…Emotos.

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Nicki Evans Photography – 2016
Have camera. Will travel. 

Nicki Evans Photography – Houston, TX – Commercial Photographer