My name is Evan Whitney and I am a lifestyle 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 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) and enjoy telling stories, so photography makes sense as a way to can reconcile these things.
I didn’t seriously pick up a camera until my mid-20s, at the time, working in Harvard University’s Office of Public Affairs and Communications as part of their media relations team. When I wasn't managing media events, conducting media research or talking with producers, I spent my free time hanging out down the hall with our staff photographers. I enjoyed looking over their shoulders as they edited images, impressed and awed at how their photographic skills provided insight into life on campus. Never in a million years did I think they'd agree to let me borrow some of their equipment. They did and then some, providing encouragement, support and an informal education that I'll never be able to repay.
Some twenty years on I am now pursuing photography 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, a member of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), have seen my work selected for the 2018 Central New York (CNY) Photo Expo and am currently in the processing of developing some passion projects.
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.