My name is Evan Whitney and I am a lifestyle, sports, and general-purpose photographer based out of the Village of Skaneateles in the Finger Lakes of Central New York.
Unlike many of my peers, I did not set out to be a photographer, let alone foresee a career as one. I didn’t grow up with a camera in my hand or go to school for formal training. My formative years were spent with a soccer ball at my feet, New Wave blasting through my headphones, a vague interest in the news media and government, and more often than I care to admit, coming up with new ways to tell my middle-school teachers “No, I don’t have my homework.”
But, I’ve always had a good eye (I come from a family of artists), enjoyed telling stories, and appreciate how creative professionals can create something magical from both.
I didn’t seriously pick up a camera until my mid-20s, then working in media relations for Harvard University’s Office of Public Affairs and Communications. I wanted to see if I could harness my passions by exploiting any innate abilities… that, and play with some really cool gear. Thankfully, our photo services staff trusted me enough to borrow some, and were generous enough to provide an informal education over the years that continues to serve me to this day.
Some twenty years on I am now pursuing photograph full-time, a camera in my hands as I pivot professionally from one side of the media landscape to the other. I am currently a contract freelancer for Advance Media New York and a member of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA). While my appreciation for photojournalism has seen me photograph events ranging from The Women’s March on Washington to the Skaneateles Football Team’s run to a State Championship, you’ll most regularly find me shooting weddings, birthdays, families, children, events, and landscapes of the beautiful region I now call home.
When not looking through the viewfinder my free time is most often spent with my wife, daughter and rescue dog “Happy.” I am a massive soccer fan, a former member of the Arlington County (VA) Community Emergency Response Team, and geek out over extreme weather; one day I ’ll go storm chasing.