The gift of giving- 2017 Fall/Winter issue of Inside Bauer Magazine

Faces, Houstonians, People in Places, Publications

2017 Spring/Summer issue of Inside Bauer Magazine
by Houston commercial photographer – Nicki Evans Photography

Last week, I finally had the chance to open an actual printed publication filled with my photographs, and it thrilled me just as much as the previous times I’ve seen my work in print. It was one of my two favorite UH days that I look forward to each year…the day I receive a copy of Inside Bauer Magazine. Making the photographs for each of these stories will always rank No. 1 for me in the process of creation, but seeing months worth of hard word and collaboration in the form of a 114-page magazine is the icing on the cake.

The fall/winter 2017 edition of Inside Bauer focuses on giving. It features students, alumni, faculty and donors who give in some form or fashion to the University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business, to the community of Houston, and to the greater good of humanity. It also features a few success stories coming out of the amazing programs that the college offers. The stories are well worth the time to read, the videos are captivating, and hopefully you will appreciate my portraits as well.

In no certain order, here are some favorite portraits made in the fall for Inside Bauer. Some of these photographs are published in the magazine, and some are never-before-seen. Enjoy!

 

First up is Edith Rubio, a current student who uses her passion for painting to serve others. In her interview, she said, “Whenever you figure out you have a talent, you shouldn’t keep it to yourself.”

For her photograph, we wanted to have two sets of portraits…one that obviously showed that Edith was a painter, and a second set of images that was a little more simple in styling…a blank canvas (pun intended), per say.

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I love the Calvin Klein look of the white, simple outfit and Edith’s beautiful, dark eyes and curls on a grey backdrop.

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Walter Johnson, founder of Amegy Bank, has lived a life based on hard work, so he’s now giving back to three banking students a year at Bauer who also work hard through their volunteer efforts.

I photographed Mr. Johnson in his “Founder’s Room” at the new Amegy Bank building on 610. I think all of us who attended his interview enjoyed his stories. He had stories about his childhood, career and one for each piece of memorabilia in his office. But the one story that stood out the most to me was about his efforts in getting all of the LifeFlight helicopters updates that were critically needed. Since my Dad had been LifeFlighted earlier in the summer, I personally thanked him for his contributions to that cause.

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I really like the serious look of the image below, but Mr. Johnson seemed like a pretty happy guy, so I had to include one with a smile as well.

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Roger Shao and wife Daisy are UH alums who love the Coogs, so they are also giving back to the Bauer College in the form of a scholarship. Their portraits were made outside of TDECU Stadium to emphasize their school spirit.

“If every alumnus gives back to this great university, no matter how big or small, the combined impact would be huge.”

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Marie Flanigan is a successful Bauer MBA alumna who leads her own luxury interior design firm, Marie Flanigan Interiors, in Houston. Her work has been recognized both locally and across the US with awards, as well as being featured in various magazines and on HGTV.

I photographed Marie at her home studio, which features a fabulous 1-bedroom apartment. The studio is used as a showroom and was perfectly suited for her portraits. The large windows let in tons of beautiful, natural light, so there was hardly any setup required for these portraits, other than adding a bit of bounced light back into the scene.

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We spent a good amount of time in The Heights for this round of Inside Bauer, which didn’t bother me at all. I love The Heights! So, I was super excited about being able to make Marcos Martinez’s portraits in front of the giant American flag in Manready Mercantile.

Marcos is a current EMBA student at Bauer with his ambitions set on bettering his career at the Dow Chemical Company. After surviving an explosion in the plant in 1998, he returned to the same plant and same office with a new desire to learn as much as he could about the business.

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AJ Jain, an oil-and-gas executive and Bauer MBA alum, works as a mentor in the college’s SURE program, a program that helps entrepreneurs in underserved communities start businesses.

This neon hashtag sign in Bear’s Teahouse and Eatery seemed like the perfect backdrop for AJ’s portrait, as the phrase speaks of the entrepreneurial spirit that SURE encompasses.

Side note here: If you’re ever in the Westchase area, stop by and grab a pork banh mi and a peach and melon green tea. You can thank me later!

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Anne Yu and Melissa Torres are two Bauer students who had the opportunity to intern at Google over the summer. Since the chances of being selected are so little, we wanted to feature Anne and Melissa in a way that showed perspective and made them “large and in charge.”

Additionally, I had a few examples on my “mood board” of some natural lit and candid portraits. The three of us had a good time chatting about their internships, restaurants we like and photography, while walking from location to location around campus to make each set of portraits.

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Wayne Payne is another great giver to the Bauer College, and his gift is in the form of a teaching award. When he was growing up, Mr. Payne was blessed by those who gave to scholarships, so he wanted to do something similar and invested in faculty.

I photographer Mr. Payne in the library at his retirement community, which was certainly a fitting location for portraits of someone who invests in education.

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Jake Milan not only works as a volunteer in the community regularly, but he has created a website, MyVolunteerLink, so that others can find ways to volunteer as well.

Since Jake volunteers a lot of his time, we wanted some photographs that spoke of time. The second two photographs in this set show Jake’s watch to hint at a time theme. But the main photo here ended up being a favorite of mine, because of the coincidence of Jake’s tie matching a building near our location. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make a fashion-esque portrait of Jake with that matching backdrop.

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Even though outsiders may not get the love for Houston, Houstonians love their city. And that love was definitely on display during Hurricane Harvey and the aftermath that followed.

Since Jessica Navarro, Director of the Bauer College’s Office of Communication, wanted to speak in her editor’s letter of the hurricane and the beautiful of show of humanity afterwards, she wore her favorite Houston T-shirt for her portraits. The Color Condition, a temporary art installation in Discovery Green was the perfect backdrop for these super-fun portraits.

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I was overly excited when I found out that a dog would be included in one of my portrait sessions for this issue of Inside Bauer. Big, hairy, 4-legged friends are my favorite! And Luke, the Australian Shepherd, was no exception. He was a perfect model for his portraits, even though I think he really wanted to play with all of the squirrels at Oyster Creek Park instead.

Everette Gardner, faculty director of the Bauer Business Honors Program, and Luke, the dog, give back to the Houston community by volunteering with Caring Critters Houston, and visiting people such as patients with Alzheimers.

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Luis and Amber Rabo met while both attending the Bauer College as MBA students. Now, they run We Olive & Wine Bar in The Heights.

Luis’s history in the hospitality industry was definitely noticeable as we setup for the We Olive photo/video shoot and interview. Before we wrapped the job, he made sure we were able to get a taste of what the gourmet food side of the business offers. I can’t remember what the exact combination was, but we had ice cream, topped with a bit of olive oil, cilantro and pineapple, if I’m correct. It was strangely fabulous!

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For the cover story of Inside Bauer, “In Good Hands,” I photographed a few different donors who were recognized, both with more of a typical studio light setup and with a natural light look.

These photos of Greg Harper turned out to be two favorites. I wanted to give this particular set of images the look of a portrait shot with natural light on a backdrop. Because my location didn’t provide the necessary natural light, I had to get creative. I was quite happy with how these turned out.

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The last set of images I’ll be sharing from Inside Bauer is a set of black and white headshots of students who have participated in the Bauer in DC program. My art direction for these portraits had a few varying looks, so I setup lights in a way that I could shoot three looks on a single backdrop within a matter of minutes.

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This image is my favorite of the set. I feel like it should be a movie poster.

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If you’ve enjoyed viewing these images and hearing about the work I’ve done for the Bauer College at the University of Houston, check out these previous blogs:

Bauer Leadership- 2017 Spring/Summer issue of Inside Bauer Magazine
UH Bauer in Action – 2016 Fall/Winter issue of Inside Bauer Magazine
Fabulous Faculty of Bauer – Spring/Summer Issue of Inside Bauer Magazine
(Mostly) Women of Bauer – Fall/Winter issue of Inside Bauer Magazine

Nicki Evans Photography – 2018
Have camera. Will travel. 

Nicki Evans Photography – Houston, TX – Commercial Photographer

Style on “Snow Day” – Test shoot with Houston creatives

Faces, Houstonians, personal, style

Test shoot with Houston creatives
by Houston commercial photographer – Nicki Evans Photography

This didn’t technically happen on “snow day” in Houston, but it was quite frigid…and I like alliteration in headlines.

A couple weeks ago, on a cold and dreary Houston morning, I met up with a group of creatives/small business owners to network and hone our skills. I planned to photograph a high school senior during the allotted time of the styled shoot, since that’s an area of work I really enjoy and was hoping to promote in my retail photography. Unfortunately, the senior model booked for the day didn’t arrive in the time frame I was available.

But, lucky for me, there were a couple of lovely ladies on hand who took a few minutes to step in front of my lens for some test shots. One is a model who happens to work as another photographer’s assistant…Brittany. In her free time (is there any?), she is also an aspiring photographer herself. And the second, Karissa, is a travel blogger who promotes solo travel for the female variety through her blog, workshops, and vacations, of course. Check out She Flies Solo.

Bloggers in need of a fresh 2018 portrait? Seniors, Class of 2018, who haven’t booked those senior portraits? Here is a tiny sample of what NEP can offer you.

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For more stylish portraits by NEP, visit the Style section of the portfolio.

Nicki Evans Photography – 2018
Have camera. Will travel. 

Nicki Evans Photography – Houston, TX – Commercial Photographer