A love affair with water, Part 2 – Get Salty

personal, Recreation, travel

Get Salty
by Houston commercial photographer – Nicki Evans Photography

If this is the first you’re hearing of my love affair, you might want to hear the full story. So start here: A love affair with water, Part 1 – Get Fresh 

If not, thanks for visiting my fresh blog. Now it’s time to add a little salt.

Like mentioned in my previous blog, I was born into this water life. I have memories of visiting the local Texas beaches as a kid, playing in the surf and picking up seashells. From a young age, I was always fascinated with surfing but don’t know what brought that on. For my family, the salt life was more about fishing than surfing. Maybe a movie or magazine article inspired that wonder.

But I think when I really became a saltwater soul was around age 10 or 12. We took a family trip to Pensacola, FL for my parents to go scuba diving. It was my first taste of white sand and blue-green, clear water. I was hooked.

Since then, I’ve been taking any chance I have to get away to those blue waters.

One of my favorite trips was to Ventura, CA, where my husband was working on a 6-week project. I flew out to spend 10 days with him. On the days when my husband was working, I would hop on my rental bike and just cruise around town, soaking up the West Coast life, reading on the beach and taking photos. It was pretty sweet!

Like with my wake boarding images, most of my beach photographs are from personal vacations, but I’d love to branch out with that type of photography as well and be able to work on some projects with those living the saltwater lifestyle. Whether it be surfing, sailing, kiteboarding or fishing, I’d love to follow the sun, capturing the magic that occurs within the deep blue.

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Nicki Evans Photography – 2016
Have camera. Will travel. Just add water.

Nicki Evans Photography – Houston, TX – Commercial Photographer

A love affair with water, Part 1 – Get Fresh

personal, Projects, Recreation

– Get Fresh
by Houston commercial photographer – Nicki Evans Photography

If you know me at all or have seen my Instagram feed, you would know that I have a love affair with water. I can’t really help it. I was born into it.

About 15-16 years ago and within the same year, I bought my first film SLR and my first wakeboard. Some might think these are two unrelated items, but for me, they tend to go hand-in-hand. Where I go, my camera goes. Where there’s water, I will follow.

There are many songs and quotes about water, but I think the first few paragraphs of Moby-Dick really capture the connection that I feel.

“There is magic in it. Let the most absent-minded of men be plunged in his deepest reveries- stand that man on his legs, set his feet a-going, and he will infallibly lead you to water…”


Fast forward a few years (add a digital SLR and a few more boards), and I’m approaching college graduation. I have great plans to move to Florida (wake boarding mecca) or to the Hill Country (first Texas cable wake board park and lots of lakes). I send out resumes and CDs of images to wake boarding magazines and newspapers all around those areas.

Unfortunately, my dreams were built on ambition, and not the incredible portfolio I thought I had. It wasn’t meant to be. So I became the sole photographer at a daily newspaper close to home, The Baytown Sun.

Ten years of photography experience, various photography gigs, and who knows how many shutter clicks later, here I am…still coming back to the water.

The majority of my water-related photography has been limited to my everyday life and personal vacations. But I recently began to think, “Why not make a project out of something I already enjoy?”

And so began, my personal project: Always Board. Never Bored.

The images in the blog are what I mentioned before, mostly snapshots of lake days with my husband and friends. But soon (prayers…stay away Houston floods) I’ll be shooting with local Houston wake boarders at lakes, rivers and cable parks. The images will feature portraits of riders, lifestyle images of all that makes up the wake boarding culture and of course, action shots of them riding.

Stay tuned for a blog series and more. Until then, enjoy these images.


Next: Get Salty


Nicki Evans Photography – 2016
Have camera. Will travel. Just add water.

Nicki Evans Photography – Houston, TX – Commercial Photographer