Banff, Canada – Landscape photographs from a recent vacation

personal, travel

Landscape photographs from a recent vacation
by Houston commercial photographer – Nicki Evans Photography

My husband and I, with a group of friends, traveled to Banff, Canada earlier this month. If you haven’t had a chance to venture that way, I’d highly recommend it. The country (at least the small part we were able to see) is full of beauty in every direction.

Lake Louise is probably one of the most recognizable features in Banff. We thought it was so nice that we visited twice. The first day was rainy and overcast with a few glimpses of sunlight here and there. Since I’m pregnant with twins, I wasn’t able to hike up the trails for any upper views, so I trekked around the lake with my camera for the lower elevation views while the rest of our crew did the teahouse hike. Being from Houston, I’m always amazed to see such beautiful colors in water and how many shades of blue and green you can find, depending on the location and the light.

Another favorite on our trip was the gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain. I wouldn’t recommend it for those with fears of heights, but we loved it. The views from the lookout points at the top were incredible. You could see the whole little town, the castle-like Fairmont Banff Springs hotel, the Bow River, Lake Minnewanka and miles and miles of mountains. Luckily, we were able to enjoy this little touristy gem on a sunny day. We wished we could have caught the full sunset, but the last gondola back down the mountain is about 9:15 p.m. and the sun didn’t set until 10 p.m.NEvansPhotos_Travel_Photographer_Banff_Alberta_Canada_Houston_Landscape_Nicki_Evans_Photography-7
After visiting Johnston Canyon for a shorter hike the next day, we were close enough to go back to Lake Louise to see it on a blue sky, sunny day. We didn’t stay long on this visit, but it was worth it to see the lake again while the sun was shining. If you didn’t see the snow in that second image, I bet you could be fooled into thinking it was the Caribbean.NEvansPhotos_Travel_Photographer_Banff_Alberta_Canada_Houston_Landscape_Nicki_Evans_Photography-10NEvansPhotos_Travel_Photographer_Banff_Alberta_Canada_Houston_Landscape_Nicki_Evans_Photography-11And last, I’m throwing in a wildlife image. Since it isn’t a landscape, it’s the oddball of the blog. But we were able to see quite a bit of wildlife on the trip…a few black bears, lots of deer, some elk, chipmunks and a fox. The black bear was my favorite animal that we spotted, but this elk was our best wildlife sighting that I could capture with my 70-200. NEvansPhotos_Travel_Photographer_Banff_Alberta_Canada_Houston_Landscape_Nicki_Evans_Photography-12

Nicki Evans Photography – 2018
Have camera. Will travel. 

Nicki Evans Photography – Houston, TX – Commercial Photographer

Class of 2018, graduation – Event photography for UH Bauer College


Event photography for UH Bauer College
by Houston commercial photographer – Nicki Evans Photography

Over the past 4 years, I’ve photographed a lot of events for the University of Houston…hundreds, I’d say.  Photographing those events has kept me fairly busy, so I’ve never taken much time to sit down, sort through and share those event images on the blog. I’d like to change that, so I’ll be posting a few of my UH events over the next couple of months.

Starting with a more recent event, here are some favorite images from the UH Bauer College of Business’s spring commencement ceremony held at NRG Stadium mid-May. These images range from behind-the-scenes coverage of grads prepping for the ceremony to “grip and grin” shots, from memorable mortarboards to the final grad crossing the stage.

Superheroes or grads? Both wear capes.BB-NEvansPhotos_Houston_Commercial_Photographer_Nicki_Evans_Photography_Event_NRG_Graduation_UH_University_Bauer_College_2018_0005BB-NEvansPhotos_Houston_Commercial_Photographer_Nicki_Evans_Photography_Event_NRG_Graduation_UH_University_Bauer_College_2018_0010BB-NEvansPhotos_Houston_Commercial_Photographer_Nicki_Evans_Photography_Event_NRG_Graduation_UH_University_Bauer_College_2018_0012BB-NEvansPhotos_Houston_Commercial_Photographer_Nicki_Evans_Photography_Event_NRG_Graduation_UH_University_Bauer_College_2018_0011BB-NEvansPhotos_Houston_Commercial_Photographer_Nicki_Evans_Photography_Event_NRG_Graduation_UH_University_Bauer_College_2018_0013BB-NEvansPhotos_Houston_Commercial_Photographer_Nicki_Evans_Photography_Event_NRG_Graduation_UH_University_Bauer_College_2018_0014BB-NEvansPhotos_Houston_Commercial_Photographer_Nicki_Evans_Photography_Event_NRG_Graduation_UH_University_Bauer_College_2018_0015BB-NEvansPhotos_Houston_Commercial_Photographer_Nicki_Evans_Photography_Event_NRG_Graduation_UH_University_Bauer_College_2018_0017
Being pregnant, I might be partially biased to this particular mortarboard. BB-NEvansPhotos_Houston_Commercial_Photographer_Nicki_Evans_Photography_Event_NRG_Graduation_UH_University_Bauer_College_2018_0021BB-NEvansPhotos_Houston_Commercial_Photographer_Nicki_Evans_Photography_Event_NRG_Graduation_UH_University_Bauer_College_2018_0019BB-NEvansPhotos_Houston_Commercial_Photographer_Nicki_Evans_Photography_Event_NRG_Graduation_UH_University_Bauer_College_2018_0022
And the crowd roars as the final grad crosses the stage!BB-NEvansPhotos_Houston_Commercial_Photographer_Nicki_Evans_Photography_Event_NRG_Graduation_UH_University_Bauer_College_2018_0024
Go Coogs!BB-NEvansPhotos_Houston_Commercial_Photographer_Nicki_Evans_Photography_Event_NRG_Graduation_UH_University_Bauer_College_2018_0018

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Nicki Evans Photography – 2018
Have camera. Will travel. 

Nicki Evans Photography – Houston, TX – Commercial Photographer


Bob Marley lyrics in a photograph – The day I shot (photographed) the sheriff

Chambers County, People in Places

The day I shot (photographed) the sheriff
by Houston commercial photographer – Nicki Evans Photography

NEP_0207-Edit-2“I shot the sheriff, but I did not shoot the deputy…” I hear these lyrics every time I look at this portrait of Sheriff Brian Hawthorne of the Chambers County Sheriff’s Department.

As a small business owner, I’m a member of a few of the local chamber of commerce groups. I attend as many events as possible to meet fellow business owners and members of the communities where I work and live.

Each of these groups has a yearly awards gala of some sort. When that awards banquet was coming up for the West Chambers County Chamber of Commerce earlier this year, I thought it would be nice if they had a portrait of the “Person of the Year” to reveal when his/her name was announced. The timing didn’t work out to photograph the award winner beforehand, so instead, the chamber president and I worked out an arrangement for me to photograph Sheriff Hawthorne after the event. The portrait will be displayed in the chamber office throughout the year until the 2019 “Person of the Year” is named.

Sheriff Hawthorne and I met early one morning during spring break outside of the Chambers County Courthouse in Anahuac, TX to make his portrait. It was a beautiful, blue sky, sunny day but also about 50 degrees with a blustery wind. A large pile of sand bags and an assistant were needed so I could “shoot” the sheriff while avoiding “taking him out” with a heavy duty light stand and 60″ diffuser (a.k.a. giant kite, in this situation). I would not want to be known as the local photographer who impaled the sheriff with a light stand.

The portrait turned out just as I had pictured it, and I’m pleased to share the results of the time “I shot the sheriff…”

Nicki Evans Photography – 2018
Have camera. Will travel. 

Nicki Evans Photography – Houston, TX – Commercial Photographer