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Photographing her children led to a full-time career for Shriver

 

Marione Martin

Evie Nusser Shriver photographs people and places. This month at Graceful Arts Gallery in Alva she is exhibiting scenes from a visit to Arizona.

What started as documenting her children's participation in sports soon became a full time career for Evie Nusser Shriver. The former Alva resident who now lives in Medford said, "I first started doing photography when my kids were in sports. I would photograph my kids playing baseball and doing other sports. Eventually I just started photographing other kids and sharing those with moms and dads for free."

Then people began asking her to photograph their families. "From there my business grew exponentially. I've been blessed ever since to be so busy that I cannot handle it," she said. In fact, she's so busy that she now has an assistant, Shadee Nettles, who is from Alva and attending Oklahoma State University. "She's a great help to me," said Shriver.

In her business as Comanche Spirit Photography, Shriver travels all over Oklahoma and other states. She's even gone overseas on assignments. "I love photographing people. Candid moments are my specialty," she said. Her subjects range from families and kids to landscapes. "When it comes to photography, anything during the sunset and during the sunrise is my favorite and my muse," said Shriver.

During June, Shriver has a collection of photographs on display at Graceful Arts Gallery in Alva. For this exhibit, she focused on landscapes from Arizona. In the past year, her brother moved to Arizona so she went to visit and found "the sunsets are just as gorgeous there as they are here in Oklahoma."

"I had the privilege of photographing the Grand Canyon at sunrise, and we ended at Saguaro National Park in Tuscon at sunset," she said. "My heart fell in love there, and I'm sure I'll be making more trips."

You can learn more about Shriver's work on her website at ComancheSpiritPhoto.com. She says she's also on about every social media platform. And throughout June you can see her Arizona inspired photographs at Graceful Arts Gallery in Alva.

 

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