My name is Evan Whitney and I am a professional photographer currently residing in the Village of Skaneateles, New York. A native of Lake Placid, NY, I have also lived in New Orleans, Boston and Washington, DC.
Unlike many professionals, I didn’t grow up with a camera in my hand nor did I seek a career behind the lens. My time was spent with a soccer ball at my feet; headphones on listening to New Wave; working towards an advanced degree studying geo-politics at Harvard (really); and professional workplaces where I helped manage the news media without aspiring to be a working member of it.
But I’ve always had a good eye and have my parents to thank for that.
Both were, at one point, working artists and I grew up exposed (pun intended) to any number of creative professionals including photographers. Whether looking up to them as a child or over their shoulder as an adult, I was fascinated by how they saw the world and could translate it through visual imagery. I possess neither formal training nor a degree qualifying my skills, but my self-taught education owes much to the encouragement and active engagement from these professionals I’ve sought out along the way.
So, while my career has previously seen me producing press releases and pitching reporters, I now find myself operating from the other side of the media landscape. I am currently a member of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), a contract freelancer to Advance Media New York, and was recently honored at the 2017 Central New York Photo Exposition. I have photographed the NCAA Championships, the 2017 Women’s March in Washington, DC, not to mention countless families, retirement ceremonies, landscapes and more.
When not looking through the viewfinder of my Canon 6D you can find me at home with my wife, daughter, and rescue dog “Happy” who takes me on walks around the block if I’m good. I’m also a former, deployable member of the Arlington County (VA) Community Emergency Response Team and lament not getting to play hockey growing up.