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 envision a career as one. I didn’t grow up with a camera in my hand and I did not go to school for formal training. My formative years (as they were) saw me with 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 and enjoy telling stories, so photography makes sense as a way to can reconcile these things.
I didn’t truly 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 events, conducting media research, talking with producers, or responding to press inquiries, you could find me down the hall, looking over the shoulders of our staff photographers as they edited images, impressed and awed at how their visual storytelling skills provided insight into life on campus. Never in a million years did I think they'd let me borrow some of their equipment, but they did, also providing a healthy amount of encouragement, education, criticism, and support that continues to serve me well to this day.
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), and a member of the Professional Photographers' Society of Central New York. My clients include the Child Center of NY, The Post-Standard, Syracuse.com, AP Intego, and Fox Run Vineyards. My work has been featured in exhibitions at the Davis Orton Gallery in Hudson, NY, and Gallery 54 in Skaneateles, NY.
When not looking through the viewfinder my free time is most often spent with my wife, daughter and rescue dogs Sunny and Happy.