Houston photographer- family, engagement and senior portraits, event photography: Blog http://www.nickievansphotography.com/blog en-us Nicki Evans Photography 2011-2017 nicki@nevansphotos.com (Houston photographer- family, engagement and senior portraits, event photography) Thu, 09 Nov 2017 18:52:00 GMT Thu, 09 Nov 2017 18:52:00 GMT http://www.nickievansphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u945919772-o474636071-50.jpg Houston photographer- family, engagement and senior portraits, event photography: Blog http://www.nickievansphotography.com/blog 120 80 Wedding at a treehouse in the city? Done! - Fall wedding at The Grove Houston http://www.nickievansphotography.com/blog/2017/11/wedding-at-a-treehouse-in-the-city-done  

If you told me last year that I'd be photographing a wedding in a treehouse in downtown Houston, I'd probably have a hard time believing you. But I did indeed photograph an amazing wedding at "Treehouse" at The Grove in Houston, next to Discovery Green. 

This wedding was on a sunny Sunday afternoon in October, with bright blue skies. Although autumn didn't seem to be happening in Houston (it was about 95 degrees), the beautiful floral arrangements in fall colors set the scene for this outdoor ceremony, with the skyline as a backdrop. 

A couple of hours before the ceremony begin, I met Chaille and Michael for their first look (and my absolute favorite part of a wedding). The look on the groom's face as he sees his beautiful bride for the first time is the best! We chose a poolside location above the city for the first look, since that was where the couple first met. It was the perfect setting for portraits with all of the greenery and incredible landscaping.

Stunning! Isn't this dress fabulous??

After portraits, we headed to The Grove for the ceremony. The grandchildren of the bride kept me entertained throughout the day. I think they had more fun than anybody!

As the sun slowly began its decent, the ceremony on the rooftop commenced.

With a few prayers, good laughs, rings and "I Do," Chaille and Michael began their "happily ever after."

And following the ceremony, the new Mr. and Mrs. celebrated with close family and friends.

Here's to many more years of laughter and love! Congrats Michael and Chaille!

 

Thank you to all the creative teams and vendors who made this day possible including...

Bridal consultant: Schwartz & Woodward

Hair and makeup: Hair by Liz

Dress: Mia Bridal Couture

Alterations: Linda Couture

Music: University of Houston

Cake: Who Made the Cake

Flowers and linens: Blooming Gallery

Invitations: Katie & Co.

Venue and catering: The Grove Houston

 

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nicki@nevansphotos.com (Houston photographer- family, engagement and senior portraits, event photography) tx houston weddings http://www.nickievansphotography.com/blog/2017/11/wedding-at-a-treehouse-in-the-city-done Thu, 09 Nov 2017 00:12:22 GMT
One year portraits, one year ago - First birthday and family portraits in Clear Lake http://www.nickievansphotography.com/blog/2017/9/one-year-portraits-one-year-ago---first-birthday-and-family-portraits-in-clear-lake First birthday and family portraits in Clear Lake--

This is a throwback post to a portrait session just about a year ago in one of my favorite Houston parks, Bay Area Park. Unfortunately the park was hit by the floods of Hurricane Harvey, as were many other great portrait locations in Houston. But hopefully the park won't be out of commission too long, so I can return to photograph more families this fall. As you can see in the portraits, it's a really beautiful location.

About three years ago, I met my friends out at Bay Area Park to photograph their then one year old daughter, Avery. Fast forward two years, and we returned to the same spot for little sister Raegan's one year portraits.

During her portraits, Raegan enjoyed playing with her big pink balloon, as well as checking out the flowers in the Bay Area Garden and reading a book with big sister Avery. If you visit Avery's one year portraits, you can tell she was totally not into the cake smash. We had to hide a Goldfish in the icing just to get her to touch the cake :) But Raegan was all over the cake, enjoying the icing and confetti candy on top too. I'm pretty sure Avery didn't mind getting a taste of the icing this time around. 

Hope you enjoy these one year portraits of Raegan, three year portraits of Avery and a few family portraits too. This was one of my favorite sessions last year, so I'm excited to finally share it!

It's a great time to start booking fall family portraits to use in your Christmas cards. If you have weekday availability, there are no session fees in October for sessions Monday through Friday. To book, email nevansphotos@gmail.com or call 409-267-1032. The special expires October 31, 2017.

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nicki@nevansphotos.com (Houston photographer- family, engagement and senior portraits, event photography) baby portraits bay area park children's portraits clear lake family portraits http://www.nickievansphotography.com/blog/2017/9/one-year-portraits-one-year-ago---first-birthday-and-family-portraits-in-clear-lake Tue, 12 Sep 2017 22:11:55 GMT
Project 18: The Senior Portrait Challenge http://www.nickievansphotography.com/blog/2017/8/project-18-the-senior-portrait-challenge It's hot and football season is here. What does that mean in Houston? Obviously, it means it's the start of the fall school semester, so welcome to the beginning of the end, Class of 2018! You're wrapping up one chapter of life and preparing for the next. And how better to document that final year of K-12 school? (Ahem...other than an endless streak on Snapchat??) SENIOR PORTRAITS!

For the class of 2018, I wanted to do something out of the ordinary. I wanted seniors photographed by Nicki Evans Photography to experience something different than what I've heard of any other senior portrait photographers offering. It's a project of sorts to make epic senior portraits. And I'm calling it...

Project 18: The Senior Portrait Challenge

Do you want to be challenged to create the greatest senior portrait you've ever seen? I certainly do. So here's how it works. You, the senior, challenge me, the photographer, to create whatever senior portrait you want. Be creative! Think outside of the box! And the best part...if you aren't happy with the result, the session is on me. That's right. It's free!

I always try to meet and exceed the requests of my seniors and have made some pretty great images for them, like some of the senior portraits (and fun portraits of University of Houston students...shot for the Bauer College) below. But I want you to get even crazier with your ideas. Think of all the elements you could add to up the game on your senior portraits...water, smoke, paint, extreme action. The list could go on, so start making it.

   

For more details about Project 18, read below:

Project 18 sessions will be offered on weekdays only. You'll pay $100 plus tax up front to hold your session date and time. If you're unhappy with the result of your epic image, that $100 will go straight to any purchases you'd like to make from the session. The average senior order includes a piece of wall art, an album, a few gift prints for grandparents, and custom graduation announcements. If you are completely dissatisfied, you of course do not have to make any purchases and your $100 retainer will be returned. But I doubt that will happen, because my seniors love their portraits! If you'd prefer a weekend session, you can add $150 extra to your retainer fee, but that is non-refundable and does not go toward any purchases.

Normal senior portrait sessions last about 2 hours, with the chance to change outfits a few times and locations within reason. With your Project 18 session, you'll still get all of that, but we'll also focus a good amount of time on making that one epic image you've dreamed up. Depending on what that image entails, it may be at the beginning or end of the session, but you'll still get the variety of images that your standard senior session would offer, so you can also wear that letter jacket, favorite dress or uniform from an extracurricular activity.

There will be some restrictions on Project 18.
• All ideas/activities related to your portraits must be legal! P.S. Photos on railroads are not legal.
• If a location you choose requires a permit or fee, you will be in charge of paying that. 
• If the location is outside of a reasonable travel distance, travel fees may be charged.
• Safety of you, the senior, and I, the photographer, will be taken into consideration before any challenge is accepted.
• A session contract and model release must be signed when booking.
• The epic image idea must be pitched before the contract is signed, to ensure it aligns with Project 18.
• I, the photographer, will not handle or touch any snakes for Project 18.

Ready to book your Project 18 portrait session? Call 409-267-1032 or email nevansphotos@gmail.com to book your session now. Book your session anytime in 2017 and receive a free set of 50 soft-touch paper rep cards (This is seriously the best paper ever! And I don't sell rep cards, otherwise.). 

 

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nicki@nevansphotos.com (Houston photographer- family, engagement and senior portraits, event photography) senior portraits http://www.nickievansphotography.com/blog/2017/8/project-18-the-senior-portrait-challenge Fri, 25 Aug 2017 21:07:32 GMT
Family portraits with furry friends - National Dog Day http://www.nickievansphotography.com/blog/2017/8/family-portraits-with-furry-friends---national-dog-day National Dog Day--

Did you know August 26 is National Dog Day? In my opinion, there's not much of a better reason to celebrate than for our furry friends. How will you celebrate?

You could buy your dog a new indestructible squeaky toy...although we know they'll all be destroyed anyway. You could spend a day at one of Houston's great dog parks playing fetch or frisbee. Maybe if you don't have a 4-legged friend yet, you could visit a rescue and save a life! Or you could do all of the above and put the cherry on top by having portraits made with your pup! Maybe I'm a bit biased, but who doesn't want to have a nice portrait with their pet?

One of my most prized possessions is a 30X40 Modern Art canvas of my husband and I with our three dogs hanging prominently in our living room. We even had it painted in the Masterpiece technique offered by Nicki Evans Photography. This portrait is more special now than when it was made, because since then, two of our dogs have passed away. Most of us will outlive our pets, but portraits that include them are something we can cherish for the rest of our lives. 

To celebrate National Dog Day, Nicki Evans Photography will offer a special for all pet lovers. Make a donation of $25 to Rescue Bank Houston (or a rescue/shelter of your choice) and receive 2 free 5X7 prints of you and your dog from your upcoming portrait session. Just show a receipt from your donation to claim the special. This offer is good for sessions booked through Sept. 26, 2017.

For a little inspiration, here are a few portraits made last year of two sisters and their fur-brother in Sesquicentennial Park off of Buffalo Bayou.

To book your portrait session with Fido or Lassie or whoever your furry friend may be, email nevansphotos@gmail.com or call 409-267-1032. The special expires September 26, 2017.

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nicki@nevansphotos.com (Houston photographer- family, engagement and senior portraits, event photography) family portraits houston portraits with pets tx http://www.nickievansphotography.com/blog/2017/8/family-portraits-with-furry-friends---national-dog-day Mon, 14 Aug 2017 21:20:09 GMT
High school sweethearts wed - Wedding at Bethel Church in Houston http://www.nickievansphotography.com/blog/2017/8/high-school-sweethearts-wed Wedding at Bethel Church in Houston--

As your read this blog and browse through these photographs, you might recognize Kailey from the previous blog featuring her bridal portraits. Now, meet Kailey and Leo! 

Kailey and Leo and I go back quite a while..much further than a bridal session in June or them contacting me earlier to hire me to shoot their wedding. Actually, it was through photographing high school sports about 8 years ago or so that I connected with Leo.

I was a photojournalist for The Baytown Sun right after college for a few years. I regularly photographed sports for about 6 high schools, included Ross Sterling in Baytown. It was while photographing either softball or tennis, I think, at Sterling that I met Leo...a spunky kid with crazy hair, cruising around on a longboard with a camera. I don't remember exactly how he came to work for The Baytown Sun, maybe I asked him if he was interested or maybe he asked me about a job. Either way, Leo began stringing for us on Friday night to help me cover football, since I couldn't physically shoot five football games in one night by myself...although I'm pretty sure I covered three on a few occasions. At some point during that process, I met Kailey too, probably as Leo was dropping photos at the newsroom or picking up a check. Fast forward to late 2016, early 2017 and Leo was texting me about wedding photography. And the rest is history!

Like always, it's a great honor to photograph couples I've had the pleasure of meeting here or there in life. It's fun to catch up and see where life has taken them. In this case, it was a beautiful occasion to witness two high school sweethearts uniting in marriage in front of friends and family. The day was filled with love and laughter, as I imagine their marriage will be for many years to come.

Now, enjoy Kailey and Leo's wedding!

Praying for many blessings to the newlyweds! Congrats Mr. and Mrs. Leo Garcia!

 

A special thanks to Lawrence Knox for assisting me as second shooter throughout the day with a great photojournalist perspective and doing a killer job on knocking out the reception details. Another special thanks to Ronnie Izon for stepping in last minute to be my rock/third shooter/backup.

Thank you to all the creative teams and vendors who made this day possible including...

Hair and makeup: Santos and Amanda of Excellence Salon and Spa

Dress: Essense of Australia at Houston Bridal Gallery

Wedding singer: Jon Finney

Video: Reverent Media, Houston TX

DJ: DJ Ben Phoenix 

Caterer: Armenta's Mexican Restaurant

Cake: The Cake Box, Mont Belvieu

Flowers: Pedro at Flowers by Ashley

Invitations: Minted

Wedding Venue: Bethel of Houston

Reception Venue: Armenta's Reception Hall, Channelview

 

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nicki@nevansphotos.com (Houston photographer- family, engagement and senior portraits, event photography) houston tx weddings http://www.nickievansphotography.com/blog/2017/8/high-school-sweethearts-wed Tue, 08 Aug 2017 16:16:52 GMT
A beautiful bride - Bridal portraits at Mercer Botanical Gardens http://www.nickievansphotography.com/blog/2017/7/a-beautiful-bride---bridal-portraits-at-mercer-botanical-gardens Bridal portraits at Mercer Botanical Gardens--

As I write this blog, I'm about 24 hours out from photographing Kailey and Leo's wedding. And by the time you read this, Kailey will have traded in the title of fiancé for wife. (Congrats Kailey and Leo!!)

I've been holding on to these photos for a few weeks now, and I'm so glad I can finally share them. After looking through a few, I'm sure you'll appreciate the reason I was so eager to share these. Kailey was a beautiful bride!! On top of that, she was a pleasure to photograph!

Kailey and I met earlier in June at Mercer Botanical Gardens for her bridal session. We were blessed with a fairly pleasant day, considering summers in Houston can be brutal. It was a nice 85 degrees with not too much humidity. We had blue skies, the scenery was super green, and there were tons of flowers in bloom. It was a beautiful day!

Visit this blog next, featuring Kailey and Leo's wedding photographs. And keep Nicki Evans Photography in mind for your bridal, engagement or wedding photographs. Email nevansphotos@gmail.com or 409-267-1032 to book your session or wedding.

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nicki@nevansphotos.com (Houston photographer- family, engagement and senior portraits, event photography) bridal portraits houston tx humble mercer botanical gardens weddings http://www.nickievansphotography.com/blog/2017/7/a-beautiful-bride---bridal-portraits-at-mercer-botanical-gardens Sun, 02 Jul 2017 03:55:08 GMT
Country roads, take me home - Engagement portraits in Chambers County http://www.nickievansphotography.com/blog/2017/4/country-roads-take-me-home---engagement-portraits-in-chambers-county Engagement portraits in Chambers County--

Leaving the Houston area and crossing the Old and Lost River Bridge, not long after entering Chambers County, is a always a breath of fresh air. You exit the interstate to head to the part of Chambers County I call home and life seems to slow down a bit. As you wind your way south on the farm roads, the fields open up, and you can really appreciate the "Big Texas Sky."

On the day of Haley and Jose's engagement portraits in Chambers County, just south of Anahuac, we didn't get a lot of blue sky. But it really didn't matter. We had a happy couple ready to be photographed in beautiful setting of open, tree-lined fields, a pond with a fishing pier and a view of the bayou. Those are pretty great elements to create engagement portraits. And that, we did.

In a little over six months, we'll get to meet again at this beautiful ranch, where Haley and Jose will tie the knot in the lush fields surrounded by friends and family. Outdoor weddings are some of my favorite ones to photograph, and I can already picture how beautiful this wedding will be! 

And now the countdown begins for Haley and Jose's big day...

        

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nicki@nevansphotos.com (Houston photographer- family, engagement and senior portraits, event photography) Chambers County Double Bayou couples portraits http://www.nickievansphotography.com/blog/2017/4/country-roads-take-me-home---engagement-portraits-in-chambers-county Wed, 12 Apr 2017 21:58:49 GMT
Keep your face to the sunshine - Anahuac senior portraits http://www.nickievansphotography.com/blog/2017/4/keep-your-face-to-the-sunshine---anahuac-senior-portraits Anahuac senior portraits--

"Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. It's what sunflowers do!"

Early last fall, when Madelyne and I began planning her senior portraits, she had two main requests for her portraits: an old truck and sunflowers. I do my best to make each custom portrait session the best that it can be, but sometimes it requires a bit of creativity. Since fields of sunflowers are not typical of the Houston-area, and I don't own an old truck, I wasn't sure if I could meet the requests. Through a few favors and answered prayers, we made it happen. Of course, I pulled out a few extra stops for my cousin too :) 

A high school friend, who responded to my Facebook request for an old truck, provided this fabulous Ford. Don't let that patina paint job fool you for a second. Under the hood, this truck is in pristine condition.

An announcement of Madelyne's acceptance to Texas A&M was included in the session too. Our family is certainly proud to have another college-bound senior, and if our Papa was still here, he'd be beaming to have an Aggie granddaughter. Gig 'em!

To complete the request for sunflowers, we used a few silk flowers for props. A tiny field of yellow wildflowers next to a church parking lot made the perfect backdrop.

An old Ford tractor that sits behind the home where our grandmother grew up, was another great addition to the rustic look of Madelyne's portraits. I love the blue dress on blue tractor color combination.

Madelyne enjoyed a long-run as an AHS cheerleader, ending her cheer career as captain of the squad. 

Portraits along the bay bank of our grandparents' home, including a few with a killer sunset, wrapped up Madelyne's senior portrait session. It's always an honor to step behind my camera to capture a few moments in a life, and even more sweet when it's making portraits of my own family members.

Looking forward to seeing what God has in store for your future, Madelyne! Happy graduation...in less than two months! 

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nicki@nevansphotos.com (Houston photographer- family, engagement and senior portraits, event photography) Anahuac, TX Chambers County senior portraits wildflowers http://www.nickievansphotography.com/blog/2017/4/keep-your-face-to-the-sunshine---anahuac-senior-portraits Tue, 11 Apr 2017 15:45:03 GMT
Sleeklens Photoshop Actions - A review http://www.nickievansphotography.com/blog/2017/3/sleeklens-actions---a-review Sleeklens.com contacted me a short time ago, asking if I would be interested in reviewing their Portrait Perfection collection that contains 56 Photoshop actions intended to enhance a photographer’s editing workflow when retouching portraits. So, I wanted to share a few of my thoughts after playing with the following three images (the left image is straight out of the camera and the right is edited).  

Installation was as simple as downloading the zip file onto my computer, double clicking the actions file, and then opening the info panel in Photoshop by selecting Actions from the Window menu. The process was about as intuitive and quick as it gets.  

Image 1:

I began with a base action, From Bright Sunny Days, and I was immediately impressed with the warmth it added to the image. The skin tones had a nice golden glow. Then, I darkened the exposure and added a touch of the vintage vignette, as well as a sunny light glow in the upper right corner. In the end, I added contrast (without using an action) because the image seemed a little too hazy.

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Image 2:

For the next image, I took a different approach and selected the From Cloudy Days base action, which added richness all around. I warmed the image and enhanced the tones using the Summer Love action. Being a bit closer up, I also played with the portrait retouch actions, which gave her lips a nice gloss, her eyes a little shine, and her skin a smooth look.

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Image 3:

Starting with the From Golden Hours base, I enhanced the tones with the Magic Garden action. I used a brown vignette and a soft warm glow, which added a beautiful color to the tops of the trees and created a greater sense of dimension. Lastly, the Rose Skin Brush gave her face and outer arm a beautiful glow. I like this brush better than the Soft Glow Skin that I used in the previous image, which seemed to darken the skin tone.

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Conclusion:

Overall, I do see where these actions are beneficial. One click of the mouse and your image changes quite drastically. However, if not careful, this can cause more harm than good. In my opinion, over-editing would be very easy to do when using this workflow. In all three of my images, I lowered the opacity of the base action to at least 75 percent. I set the opacity of the following actions much lower, generally around 20 or 30 percent. Even still, my edits appear more "Photoshopped" than usual (but perhaps this is due to my photojournalism background).

In a way, I feel as if this is cheating – not using Photoshop, but using actions. Yes, you have to adjust the actions, but I prefer to feel complete responsibility for my editing. Having said that, it completely depends on the type of job you are working on.

I do think it would be very helpful to use a mix of actions with manual editing to determine your style. There are a lot of actions in this collection, and it’s hard to know exactly how each action will change the look of your image without testing it first. For this reason, it may take awhile for you to establish your workflow, but in the long run, this certainly has the potential to be a time saver.  

Sleeklens.com has a variety of other collections, all custom-built for a specific purpose, whether you are shooting portraits or landscapes or whether you want an HDR look or a nostalgic vintage feel. To view all that Sleeklens offers, click here.

 

https://sleeklens.com/product/portrait-perfection-photoshop-actions/

https://sleeklens.com/product/professional-photo-editing-service/ 

https://sleeklens.com/product-category/photoshop-actions/

 

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nicki@nevansphotos.com (Houston photographer- family, engagement and senior portraits, event photography) editing photoshop http://www.nickievansphotography.com/blog/2017/3/sleeklens-actions---a-review Mon, 13 Mar 2017 16:08:33 GMT
Can't rain on their parade - Fall wedding at Houston's The Gallery http://www.nickievansphotography.com/blog/2017/2/cant-rain-on-their-parade---fall-wedding-at-houston-s-the-gallery Fall wedding at Houston's The Gallery--

It seems like outdoor weddings are now almost more common than those held indoors. I do love a good outdoor wedding, but there's always the dread of rain...

The weather seemed to have mixed emotions on Jeremy and Jackie's wedding day. There would be pretty blue skies dotted with non-threatening clouds, then rain clouds would appear and a shower would begin. But if you were hanging out with either side of the wedding party, you'd never known there was a threat of rain. Everyone was having a great time while prepping for the festivities of the day. 

After a toast to the bride-to-be, and some teamwork to fasten all the buttons on Jackie's beautiful gown, it was time for the first look. 

    

The first look is always my favorite part of the wedding day. It's the first time the bride and groom see each other that day, emotions are raw, and the soon-to-be newlyweds can enjoy a little time to themselves before the hustle and bustle of the wedding begins. Also, the time after the first look is when some of the best photos of the day are made.

With the first look and bridal party portraits finished (just as another rain shower began), the couple enjoys some fun with the bridal party before the ceremony.

After the last rain shower, the skies parted, seats for the ceremony were quickly dried, and the outdoor wedding proceeded. 

There was so much love surrounding this ceremony. I don't think there was a dry eye left by the time the vows were read and the new Mr. and Mrs. were introduced. 

Time to start the party...

Wishing many happy moments and a blessed future for Jeremy and Jackie. Congrats!

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nicki@nevansphotos.com (Houston photographer- family, engagement and senior portraits, event photography) Houston, TX The Gallery weddings http://www.nickievansphotography.com/blog/2017/2/cant-rain-on-their-parade---fall-wedding-at-houston-s-the-gallery Wed, 01 Feb 2017 16:41:12 GMT
The season of giving - Using photography to make a difference in a child's life http://www.nickievansphotography.com/blog/2016/12/the-season-of-giving---using-photography-to-make-a-difference-in-a-childs-life Using photography to make a difference in a child's life--

Throughout the year, I (along with numerous other photographers) are asked to shoot events and/or portraits for free. Sometimes the requests are for charitable events. Sometimes they are for groups who may not have much of a budget to spend, so they want to trade marketing/exposure for photography services. Although I don't feel like anyone is truly trying to take advantage of photographers, I also don't think people understand that shooting a couple hours worth of photos is not just that...a couple hours of work. There is so much more work that goes on behind the scenes to prepare for, work and then finish a two-hour job. 

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

It really does make a huge difference when your whole heart is in it. I've noticed that in the past when I volunteered out of a feeling of responsibility (i.e. I'm free that day, have the gear to do the job, think I should help out a good cause), my heart wasn't in it, and I've almost ended up resenting the planner/event/cause even though I was the one who agreed to work for free. On the other hand, I've worked photographing for 12-hour stints in the middle of a Houston summer for a cause I truly embraced, and I did it with a smile all day. 

So now I'll get off my soapbox (I apologize) and tell you about a few causes for which I do love to give my time and talent.

The first event is called "Wake the World." Their slogan is, "Caring through sharing the gift of water sports." Wake the World events are held all over the US, and I've been blessed to help with the past two events in the Houston area. Boat owners throughout the community gather for a day to provide watersports opportunities to abandoned, abused and neglected children, most of whom are living in group homes. These kids get to spend the day tubing, wake boarding and swimming, and just being a care-free kid. Not only does it benefit the kids, but I think the boat owners enjoy sharing their passion of water sports with kids who may not otherwise have had that opportunity. Of course, if you know about my love for the water, then you know that this cause is the perfect avenue for me to give with a cheerful heart. 

The second organization is called "The Heart Gallery." This organization works to find forever families for children through direct recruitment opportunities and education of foster and adoptive families. At the core of this outreach is simply a picture. "But there is nothing simple about it; our volunteer photographers truly capture a child’s spirit in every shot. These pictures speak louder than words. They say, 'I’m here and I am special.'" Adoption is near and dear to me because my cousin Scott was adopted. Unfortunately he is no longer with us, as he was killed tragically in a car accident in 2015. But knowing that I might be able to make a difference to a child who needs to find their forever family is a great way to honor his memory.

And the third cause and feature act of this blog 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." I don't remember really knowing what cancer was until I was 12. I know I had heard about people having cancer before, but I just didn't understand that it was the worst six letter word in the English language. That year though, my mom's best friend was diagnosed with cancer, and she passed away within the year. It was my first experience with a broken heart, and I've feared that six letter word ever since.

Fast forward 15 years or so, and I found out about Flashes of Hope (FOH). In that time, more people than I can count had been diagnosed with cancer, including my dad. By the power of the Great Healer, my Lord and Savior, he is alive and well today...something I thank God for each and every day. After discovering FOH, I immediately applied to be a photographer. To make sure the participants get the best images possible, the organization is very picky about who they choose to be a photographer, with priority going to members of the American Society of Media Photographers  (ASMP). Unfortunately, I was not an ASMP member and therefore was not chosen. I told them I'd be happy to volunteer as an assistant to other photographers instead but never got a call to do that either.

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 FOH. I was reintroduced to the program, and ta da, was soon accepted to be one of their photographers at MD Anderson. 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 for the 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@nevansphotos.com (Houston photographer- family, engagement and senior portraits, event photography) Houston, TX black and white children's portraits http://www.nickievansphotography.com/blog/2016/12/the-season-of-giving---using-photography-to-make-a-difference-in-a-childs-life Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:25:56 GMT
Oh Mercy, Mercer is beautiful! - Family portraits at Mercer Botanical Gardens http://www.nickievansphotography.com/blog/2016/11/oh-mercy-mercer-is-beautiful---family-portraits-at-mercer-botanical-gardens Family portraits at Mercer Botanical Gardens--

When the Ford family mentioned they would like to be photographed at Mercer Botanical Gardens in Humble, I was thrilled. It's a place I've heard about numerous times from other photographers, so I've always wanted to photograph there. And it was so worth it!! It's never-ending gardens with immaculate landscaping and a variety of sitting areas, fountains, walkways and more.

The combination of the beautiful fall colors, the perfectly coordinated outfits worn by the Fords, and of course, the Ford family themselves with their adorable daughter, made for some incredible family portraits. These were the perfect portraits to hang in their home and to show their love at Christmas by sending out cards to family and friends.

Consider Mercer Botanical Gardens for your next set of portraits...and of course, Nicki Evans Photography too. To book your family session, email nevansphotos@gmail.com.

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nicki@nevansphotos.com (Houston photographer- family, engagement and senior portraits, event photography) couples portraits family portraits houston tx humble mercer botanical gardens http://www.nickievansphotography.com/blog/2016/11/oh-mercy-mercer-is-beautiful---family-portraits-at-mercer-botanical-gardens Wed, 16 Nov 2016 18:34:47 GMT
Up, up and away - The Great Texas Balloon Race http://www.nickievansphotography.com/blog/2016/9/up-up-and-away---the-great-texas-balloon-race The Great Texas Balloon Race--

For quite a few years I've wanted to attend the Great Texas Balloon Race in Longview, TX. Every year, when it finally shows up on my radar, I realize I already have something planned for that weekend and can't make it. So last year, as soon as I knew the 2016 dates, I went ahead and put it on my calendar.

As the weekend approached, the weather was a little questionable. But since it was only about a 20-30% chance of rain, my husband and I decided to go ahead and make the trip. We arrive Saturday midday, visited some family, grabbed a Jucys Burger (famous in East Texas) then headed over to the airport early to make sure we had good access to the balloon glow.

The balloon glow was my main reason for wanting to attend this event. I've always thought the sight of hot air balloons against a blue sky was beautiful. But to see them all lit up at night...I was like a kid in a candy store, just thinking about the beautiful photos I would make.

As we approached the airport, the sky was starting to cloud up a bit, but the forecast still looked to be in our favor. We parked and began walking in, only to reach the gate and find out the balloon glow had been canceled. Long story, short...we ended up being stuck in a parking lot during a thunderstorm for about an hour, trying to exit the airport with not much luck, and we didn't get to see the balloon glow.

We were both pretty disappointed but still wanted to make the best of the weekend. We decided to wake up early Sunday morning to watch the actual balloon race, so we could at least see some balloons. I'm not much of an early riser. I rise for wake boarding, vacation and taking photos...that's it. This early morning turned out to be worth it though, because I was able to experience something new and photograph it too.

It took a few minutes before we began seeing balloons. This was the lone balloon for quite a while. He led the race by quite a large span.

Then, before you knew it, there were about 30 balloons all heading our direction.

As a sidebar to the race, a target drop is held along the “racetrack.” Each balloon pilot tries to drop a marker in a target area for extra prize money. If they are really on track, they can try their hand at tossing a ring onto a pole for even more money. 

While I was photographing this balloon, I noticed something wasn’t quite right. Then I heard the crowd start chattering and gasping a bit. The balloon was on fire. In the few seconds where there were actual flames, I was thinking like a photojournalist + getting a little scared that this balloon was going to engulf in flames and fall out of the sky right in front of me + praying that this guy would be okay. Luckily, prayers were answered, and the fire was gone quickly. The pilot made a safe landing a few hundred yards away. It was a bit scary for a few seconds though.

On a happier note, there was a penguin-shaped balloon. Now you’re smiling, right? 

Hope you enjoyed my trip to the Great Texas Balloon Race. Maybe I’ll have to add the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta to my travel list next.

 

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nicki@nevansphotos.com (Houston photographer- family, engagement and senior portraits, event photography) East Texas adventures photojournalism travel photography http://www.nickievansphotography.com/blog/2016/9/up-up-and-away---the-great-texas-balloon-race Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:02:22 GMT
#NEPStyleSesh - The senior portrait experience with "The Works" http://www.nickievansphotography.com/blog/2016/8/-nepstylesesh---the-senior-portrait-experience-with-the-works The senior portrait experience with "The Works" --

It's coming before you know it. It's the best of times for some and the worst of times for others. Either way, the majority of the population has to face it in some way, shape or form...

School is almost back in session!

Are you shouting cheers of joy? Screaming in fear? Pulling your hair out?

It's okay. We've all been there too. If you're a senior this year or the parent of a senior, you probably have a little bit of all those emotions going on because this year will be exciting and scary and bittersweet and another hundred emotions all wrapped up in a letter jacket and sealed with a diploma.

But all the crazy emotions set aside, this is a memorable year for seniors, and it should be one for the history books...one that is documented and recorded. To make your life just a little bit easier when it comes to senior portraits, Nicki Evans Photography has launched the Style Sesh. The Style Sesh is a portrait session package that covers all the details from hair and makeup before the portraits to the delivery of heirloom portrait pieces after the session. And best of all, senior girls love it! 

Watch this short clip for a look into a sample #NEPStyleSesh. (If you're at work, you might want to turn the volume down a bit before pushing play.)

To start off the Style Sesh, girls have professional hair and makeup applied. Hair styling and makeup is never required for a session, but highly encouraged. Most people seem to be happier with the outcome of their portraits after working with a professional, because makeup artists always know just how to make each type of skin camera-ready and how to accentuate facial features. Hairstylists can tease, curl and spray to perfection, so hair holds up in the Gulf Coast humidity.

After being properly primped, it's time to make senior portraits...my favorite part :) 

The Style Sesh can include both indoor and outdoor portraits, but for this session, the majority of the portraits were taken indoors with a fashion-inspired/studio-look to the images. 

If you have the perfect outdoor location, but want a few studio-like images to add to your album, the following photos (the ones on the white backdrop) are something that can easily be pulled off outdoors. It requires only a few minutes of setup time and works great in garages and barns, but can also be setup in a parking lot or pasture too.

Of course, natural light portraits taken outdoors are always a favorite both with seniors and moms, so we don't want to forget those either. (Lots of natural light images here too... Senior Portrait Gallery)

With the Style Sesh, each senior with have the option for a half hour #NEPEmotos session, free of charge. This is a great way to let loose at the end of the session with a few funny faces...perfect for a couple of your album pages or to throw in some variety to your graduation announcement. For more #NEPEmotos, click here.

     

Once your Style Sesh is complete, the images will be edited and prepped for an in-person ordering session. You'll then narrow down your favorite images, choose your 16X20 Modern Art piece and customize your 10X10 Portrait Book and graduation announcements. By the way, all of these items are included in the Style Sesh at no extra charge. Last, you pick out a few extra gifts like portraits for the grandparents or to display at your office and you're done. No more worries about adding one more thing to your plate senior year. 

How does that sound? Ready to book your Style Sesh? Call 409-267-1032 or email nevansphotos@gmail.com to book your session now. All bookings made before October 31, 2016 will receive 50 extra graduation announcements (OR a custom teal sparkly Yeti tumbler) and a slideshow with all the best images from the session.

 

Hair by Styled by Kelsey V
Makeup by Beauty by Jehan Said

 

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nicki@nevansphotos.com (Houston photographer- family, engagement and senior portraits, event photography) Baytown, TX senior portraits studio portraits http://www.nickievansphotography.com/blog/2016/8/-nepstylesesh---the-senior-portrait-experience-with-the-works Tue, 09 Aug 2016 15:13:43 GMT
Perfect timing - Wedding at First United Methodist in Anahuac, TX http://www.nickievansphotography.com/blog/2016/8/perfect-timing---wedding-at-first-united-methodist-in-anahuac-tx Wedding at First United Methodist in Anahuac, TX--

It always amazes me at how God works in our lives, connecting dots along the way that we may never have put together. You know like...maybe you randomly (or what seems random) meet someone and start chatting outside of a college auditorium and you become roommates and friends, or maybe you run into someone you know when you're on vacation in a different country. What are the odds? Better than you think if it's part of God's plan ;)

Well, Kelly and Nettie's story runs along the same lines. They met quite a while back and became friends. Over the years, timing and location would send them their separate ways, then bring them back together again. Then one day after running into each other again, they decided maybe they should just go on a date. And the rest is history. They dated, he popped the question, they married on July 9, and now they are celebrating life as newlyweds. 

Kelly and Nettie's wedding day was a beautiful, sunny July day. The ceremony was held at the First United Methodist Church of Anahuac...a church with stunning stained-glass. With a rustic, country theme, both bridesmaids and groomsmen wore boots, and of course, the gents top their outfits off with cowboy hats. Sunflower bouquets added beautiful bursts of yellow to the scene. And of course, the bride made the day with a beautiful lace-covered dress. 

Family and friends gathered at the church to celebrate the union of these two friends who fell in love and became husband and wife. 

After the ceremony, Kelly and Nettie were welcomed into their reception at White's Park with applause and blasts of confetti. They ate, drank and danced, then enjoyed cake. (By the way, don't forget to keep an eye out for photos of the groom's cake. It's definitely one of my favorites to date, and I've seen a ton.) After celebrating, the couple was whisked away through a walkway of sparklers to set off on the rest of their adventure...married life.

Wishing for many blessings in your lives, Kelly and Nettie, as you enjoy your happily ever after!

  
Trinkets from the bride's grandparents adorned her sunflower bouquet.         
Blue Bell ice cream anyone? Wait, that's all cake. Impressive, right?
      

A special thanks to Kaelyn Williams for helping create many of these awesome images by backing me up and assisting me as second shooter throughout the day.

Also, thank you to all the creative team and vendors who made this day possible...

Hair and makeup: Katelyn Rose with Mane Street Hair Studio

Dress: Allure Bridals from Weddings by Debbie

DJ: Robert Araujo - DJ Robs Mobile DJ Services

Caterer: Laura and Tim Wolfford (family friends)

Cake: Racquel Christiansen of Lil Lady Cakery

Flowers: Anahuac Florist

Venues: First United Methodist Church, Anahuac, TX
White's Park Community Building

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nicki@nevansphotos.com (Houston photographer- family, engagement and senior portraits, event photography) Anahuac, TX Chambers County Hankamer weddings http://www.nickievansphotography.com/blog/2016/8/perfect-timing---wedding-at-first-united-methodist-in-anahuac-tx Tue, 02 Aug 2016 17:45:19 GMT
Photos + emotions = Emotos http://www.nickievansphotography.com/blog/2016/7/photos-emotions-emotos Emotos--

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. 

Emotos are perfect for capturing the personality of your high school senior! They could make a fun piece of wall art or add a couple of colorful pages to your coffee table album or portrait book. When booking senior portraits for the upcoming Class of 2017, make sure to ask about adding Emotos to your portrait session. Or, if you book the #NEPStyleSesh, it will be included with the cost...along with hair and makeup. Could it get any better than that? Stay tuned for more about the #NEPStyleSesh in future blogs.

Seniors and Parents: Don't forget that booking senior portraits in the fall is much easier than waiting until springtime, so call or email soon...409-267-1032, nevansphotos@gmail.com

Hair by Styled by Kelsey V
Makeup by Beauty by Jehan Said

 

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nicki@nevansphotos.com (Houston photographer- family, engagement and senior portraits, event photography) senior portraits studio portraits http://www.nickievansphotography.com/blog/2016/7/photos-emotions-emotos Fri, 01 Jul 2016 15:57:43 GMT
Dreams come true - Wedding at St. Mark's United in Baytown http://www.nickievansphotography.com/blog/2016/6/dreams-come-true---wedding-at-st-marks-in-baytown About two months ago, I told the story of a beautiful couple who was deeply in love. And today, you get to see the next chapter in their story. 

After weeks of historic flooding in the Houston and surrounding areas, the sun came out and the sky was finally blue again on June 11...the perfect setting for a wedding. It was the day Angela and Steven were to be joined in a holy union.

Like most wedding days, this one was a flurry of activity from the time the bride and groom arrived at the church until they were bid farewell as newlyweds and off to their honeymoon. But the memories of the day are made in the moments amidst the chaos. It's the looks, hugs and kisses, tears of joy, whispered "I love yous," dances, toasts, and the laughter and camaraderie amongst friends that make a wedding day.

Here are Angela and Steven's "moments."

Angela and Steven, it was an honor to be able to capture your big day and to watch your dreams come true. Praying for many blessings in your life and marriage. May it be an everlasting love!

 

A special thanks to Kaelyn Williams for helping create many of these awesome images by backing me up and assisting me as second shooter throughout the day.

Also, thank you to all the creative team and vendors who made this day possible...

Hair: Kat Green with Twisted and Tangled
Hair color: Patrick Cervantes with Patrick Henry Salons

Makeup: Brandy Palacios

Dress: Alfred Angelo

Videographer: Scott Charlson

DJ: Tom Capetillo

Caterer: Master Chef Catering

Cake: Hattie Surrles

Flowers: Shari Sandlin

Stationery: Cassie Daniel

Venue: St. Mark's United Methodist Church, Baytown, TX

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nicki@nevansphotos.com (Houston photographer- family, engagement and senior portraits, event photography) Baytown, TX weddings http://www.nickievansphotography.com/blog/2016/6/dreams-come-true---wedding-at-st-marks-in-baytown Wed, 22 Jun 2016 00:54:17 GMT
A little country boy - One year portraits in Anahuac http://www.nickievansphotography.com/blog/2016/6/a-little-country-boy---one-year-portraits-in-anahuac One year portraits in Anahuac--

One of my favorite blonde hair and blue eyed little boy turned one in February. Happy belated birthday Jon Brooks! His family also built a new house this year. With that combination, it was the perfect time to schedule one year portraits and family portraits. 

You might remember him from his newborn session with alligators... Are your eyes wide open yet? You know you want to click the link to find out if I was crazy enough to photograph a newborn with a gator.

For this portrait session, there were no gators. But we had tractors and cowboy boots, books, a dog named Tex and a washtub full of bubbles. That's what little boy dreams are made of, right? 

On top of all those fun props, we had the main feature...a happy baby boy, a sweet couple...Jon Mark and Callie, and a beautiful country setting with warm afternoon light. With all of that goodness, you can't go wrong. Enjoy these portraits to commemorate Jon Brooks' first birthday.

Tex was a good sport. He tagged along for out photo adventure and made sure to help Jon Brooks smile. He especially loved when I pulled out my squeaky toys (that I use to get kids' attention). They were actually dog toys, so he really wanted to play with them. Not the first time a dog has stolen my squeaky toys.

Since Callie and Jon Mark had a new home, Callie had left the perfect spot on a living room wall for a Modern Art piece (canvas print) from this session. When I set this up, I knew it would be the perfect portrait for that spot...beautiful family and beautiful setting.

Jon Brooks began getting a little tired of all the posed family portraits, so it was time for a little fun for him. Mom drew a bubble bath in an old washtub, and he was happy as could be. He splish-splashed and made funny faces. I think he would've stayed there for hours if they had let him.  

Hope you enjoyed Jon Brooks' birthday portraits. Keep Nicki Evans Photography in mind for your next family portrait session, baby birthday party or event.

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nicki@nevansphotos.com (Houston photographer- family, engagement and senior portraits, event photography) Chambers County Wallisville baby portraits children's portraits family portraits http://www.nickievansphotography.com/blog/2016/6/a-little-country-boy---one-year-portraits-in-anahuac Tue, 07 Jun 2016 21:39:19 GMT
Limited edition (UH Edition) - Senior portraits for soon-to-be UH grads http://www.nickievansphotography.com/blog/2016/5/limited-edition-uh-edition---senior-portraits-for-soon-to-be-uh-grads Senior portraits for soon-to-be UH grads--

Your senior year of college is a lot of things...stressful, fun, full of anticipation and excitement, a chance for one last hurrah before you hit the real world and for some, a celebration of making it through college while juggling a family, a job (or two or three) and a life. 

Wherever you fit in that list, you should reward yourself for your accomplishments. Savor the moment, because before long, you'll be moving onto the next step in life. doesn't matter what age you are, whether you're a traditional student or coming back to school later in life, an accomplishment is an accomplishment. Grab your cap and gown, a favorite outfit or two and have your senior portraits made to capture the essence of your life on the UH campus. One day when your kids ask you about college, you'll have something to show them (you know...photos you can actually show them, unlike those late night SnapChat screenshots). 

To book your senior portrait session, click "Buy Now" below. The UH Limited Edition senior portrait session is $350 total and includes a 45 minute weekday session on campus (central), two outfit changes, 10 social media digital images, 25 graduation announcements and a $50 album credit. Other custom sessions are available at $350 and $450, and prints and albums can be added to any package.


Once payment is made, you will receive an email to book your actual session date. For questions, call me (Nicki) at 409-267-1032 or email me at nevansphotos@gmail.com


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nicki@nevansphotos.com (Houston photographer- family, engagement and senior portraits, event photography) Houston, TX University of Houston lifestyle portraits senior portraits http://www.nickievansphotography.com/blog/2016/5/limited-edition-uh-edition---senior-portraits-for-soon-to-be-uh-grads Wed, 25 May 2016 20:14:20 GMT
Getting schooled by Russ Harrington - A week at TX School of Professional Photography http://www.nickievansphotography.com/blog/2016/5/getting-schooled-by-russ-harrington---a-week-at-tx-school-of-professional-photography A week at TX School of Professional Photography - 

(Editor's note: If there seems to be "inside jokes" in this blog, I apologize in advance. This was originally written as an article for my local photography guild's newsletter, so it is geared a little more toward the photography crowd...specifically to those who have attended Texas School previously or are interested in attending).

Like most other photographers in Texas (and across the globe, I suppose), I anxiously await the day the Texas School of Professional Photography brochure arrives in my mailbox, so I can choose my instructor for the upcoming school. Once it arrives, it’s always a tough choice narrowing the list down to my top three classes, as there are so many incredible instructors. I do find that with each year I attend, choosing the instructor gets a little easier, because I know my skill level better, have narrowed my scope of work down a bit more and have met instructors at previous schools, getting an idea of their personalities and teaching methods.

This year, before my brochure arrived, I was already pretty set on my number one choice, so I really only needed to choose two backups. But when I opened the brochure, a new face popped up...Russ Harrington. The gears began turning, and I now had a dilemma. Do I go with my original choice or my gut instinct?

In 2015, Russ came to speak to the class I was attending (Tony Corbell’s) and had some really great stories to share about experiences working as a commercial photographer in Nashville. He seemed like a fun guy who could pass along quite a bit of knowledge. In addition, I had become a lot more interested in the commercial photography world over the past year. I read books, joined the American Society of Media Photographers and began assisting commercial photographers a bit. I’m not much of a webinar person, so I was really craving an in-person class related to commercial photography.

My mind was made. Russ Harrington, it was.

On the infamous January 3, I filled out my information and counted down until I could hit “send.” Much to my surprise, it went through immediately with no server crashing or Facebook drama. Since Russ was a new photographer to the school with quite the resume, I figured Russ’s class would be an instant sell-out and I may not get in. But alas, a few prayers and a few weeks letter, I had my answer in the mail. I would get to spend a week with Russ Harrington!

(For those of you outside of the photography world, Russ regularly photographs people like Keith Urban, Loretta Lynn and Reba...and probably any other big name country star who comes to mind.)

My week with Russ was everything I could imagine and more. If you’ve never met the guy, you should take the time to do so if the opportunity presents itself. He’s a geniuinly good person with a big heart, passion for his work, incredible talent to make anyone look amazing and to top it off (with a custom designed hat), he’s a great teacher as well.

Because of the nature of my day job (staff photographer at the University of Houston), I’m thrown into a lot of less-than-ideal portrait conditions ranging from outdoor portraits at noon to last minute portrait sessions thrown between between events. Russ works in a way that he can make something out of anything, so that was really helpful to me. He helped us add a lot of tricks to our “toolbox” just by knowing how to work in a variety of situations.

For example, Russ showed us how to overpower the sun with flash at various times of day. If we were wanting a natural lit portrait instead (in that same harsh lighting), he showed us simple tips to make great portraits with a white umbrella and a few pieces of foamcore.

Russ walked us through a variety of lighting modifiers and how they can be used for different looks. He talked about grip gear, assistants and the team that make up a larger production shoot, and how things work on that type of set. We talked some about pricing commercial jobs, contracts and usage rights.

I’m a visual learner, so one thing I really liked about the class was watching Russ work and interact with the models. The mood was always light and fun. He had an easy rapport with the models and could get a ton of great looks out of the same lighting setup and location all in the matter of about 5 minutes. It was definitely something I’ll have to work on more. I feel like once I get that rhthym going like Russ does, my images will become a lot more powerful.

Outside of the actual teaching, one thing I always enjoy about Texas School is hanging out with and networking with other photographers. I tend to be on the shy side, but I’m not near as timid at Texas School as I am in “real life.” It’s amazing how much you can learn and what tips you can pick up while having a quick conversation during class breaks or over dinner at the hotel.

In addition to the education and networking aspect, all of the evening events at Texas School were great as well. The barbecue was great (if you were at the front of the line), the costume party was entertaining as always and the speed-chalk-drawing-artist was pretty inspirational. Unfortunately, I didn’t win any big prizes at the giveaways, but I enjoyed shopping and came home with a pretty good stash of gear anyway.

All in all, I’d count my fourth visit to Texas School as a huge success. If you’ve never been before, I’d encourage you to make it happen. It will be worth it!

Thanks to the Professional Photographers Guild of Houston for helping me make the trip by awarding me with a scholarship this year. It was truly appreciated!


Thanks Dennis for the photo!

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nicki@nevansphotos.com (Houston photographer- family, engagement and senior portraits, event photography) Texas School photography education http://www.nickievansphotography.com/blog/2016/5/getting-schooled-by-russ-harrington---a-week-at-tx-school-of-professional-photography Wed, 11 May 2016 20:08:57 GMT