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history of Evin Thayer Studios

A career that spanned four decades

Evin Thayer was a highly celebrated photographer in Houston for more than 40 years.  Evin photographed tens of thousands of people during his career and his work was characterized by clean lines, simplicity and versatility.

A third generation Houstonian, one of his passions was to give back to the city he grew up in. Evin always felt that each person can contribute in some way to making our community a better place to live and he put his 40 plus years of being in business to good use within the greater community.

Evin was the photographer for the Houston Astros Calendar benefitting the Houston Humane Society. For 13 years he photographed the Houston Firefighters Calendar, helping to raise over a million dollars for the Children’s Burn and Cripple Fund. Additionally he helped raise money for charities and non-profits including: AIDS Foundation Houston, The Animal Fund, Bering Community Service Foundation, Body Positive, Casa de Esperanza de los Ninos, Citizens for Animal Protection, DIFFA, Houston Ballet, Houston Symphony, KUHF Public Radio, and Spay and Neuter Assistance Program.

Many Houstonians recognize Evin Thayer’s name and associate it with celebrity photographs. He captured images of the Who’s Who of Houston during his career along with many national bold-face types ranging from actors, sports figures, scientists, politicians, artists and astronauts.

A partial list of his celebrity clients includes: President George H.W. Bush, Senator Lloyd Bentsen, the astronauts Gene Cernan, John Glenn and Alan Bean, Walter Cronkite, Ben Love, Robert and Janice McNair, Hakeem Olajuwon, Mary Lou Retton, singer Kenny Rogers, actress Jaclyn Smith, Miss Universe Chelsi Smith, Tommy Tune, Lynn Wyatt and Carolyn Farb.

Clients would comment on how pets and children gravitate toward Evin and how naturally he puts everyone at ease.  “One great thing about this business is to watch families grow and change.”

Evin’s legacy still lives on with the studio’s commitment to a client focused experience and creating heirloom quality artwork for our clients.