Richard “Racehorse” Haynes

April 3, 1927 – April 28, 2017

Rising from the legal arena, Richard “Racehorse” Haynes was a true Texas legend! In 1999 befitting his formidable reputation, I photographed him on the Houston courthouse steps with his signature pipe, cowboy boots, and briefcase (the one he used for 30+ years). His popularity among his peers was evidenced by the fact that everyone who passed by while I was photographing him (bailiffs, sheriffs, lawyers) came up to shake his hand or give him a hug. He was admired and he had his own special way of connecting with people both in and out of the courtroom.


A Houston native and decorated war hero, Haynes earned both college and law degrees at the University of Houston. His achievements in the courtroom as a Texas criminal defense attorney included notable cases like The State of Texas vs. John Hill, the basis for the book Blood and Money by Tommy Thompson and a made-for-TV movie, “Prescription Murder”. The trials of T. Cullen Davis, said to be the wealthiest man ever tried for murder, were the basis for Texas vs. Davis by Mike Cochran and Blood Will Tell by Gary Cartwright. Haynes represented Vicki Daniel, who was accused of killing her husband, Price Daniel Jr., Texas Speaker of the House. Deadly Blessing by Paul Salerno was based on this case. In a book by Emily Couric, The Trial Layers, Haynes was listed as one of the 10 best trial lawyers in America, won numerous awards, and was a highly sought after speaker. Haynes spent much of his time, when not in trial, addressing organizations nationwide. He continued to practice law well into his 80s, a racehorse to the end.


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Mother’s Day Photos

April 28, 2017

Houston Photography StudioThe mothers in your life want you to know what is really important to them on Mother’s Day. Take a guess; it isn’t chocolates, flowers or a day of pampering at the spa, although those are very much appreciated. What is really most important to moms is their family! Being together and having a professional Houston photography portrait allows them to cherish those memories for a lifetime.

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So no matter if it is a large family portrait hanging grandly over the fireplace at home or a desk size family photo at her office, it lets her stay close to her family 365 days a year. Seeing those beautiful faces of her loved ones will give her a moment of happiness and peace every time she looks at it. Never underestimate the power of visual stimulation. Media and marketing companies bank on imagery every day. A single photo can make us feel such strong incredible emotions. And this is why family portraits are so very important. Mother’s Day is all about what Mom wants and that means photos of her family!

Gift certificates are the perfect gift for all the moms in your life. It may be for your wife to have the whole family photographed, your mom to have that portrait of all the grandkids she’s always wanted, your sister with her beloved dog or your friend who is about to have her first baby. So give the gift they will be able to enjoy year round. And they’ll feel loved every time they view this beautiful photographic artwork.

Giving a photography gift certificate allows the special people in your life to plan out their photo session when it is convenient for them and have the opportunity to meet one on one with Evin Thayer to get the most out of their Houston photography session. Gift certificates come in any denomination and can be used for sessions at their home, favorite outdoor photography locations, ranch, beach house or our Houston photography studio located near downtown Houston off of Westheimer. Call 713-524-0199 for gift certificates or to schedule your photo session.

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Do you offer digital copies of the portraits

April 27, 2017

You’re searching for the best Houston photographer for your family and you know the importance of researching so that you get a quality portrait that will last for generations. Before interviewing potential photographers you make a list of what is important to you and your family. Whether you have small children or pets, you want […]

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Backing up your smart phone images

April 7, 2017

Many say that this new digital age of high speed internet and instant gratification is the highest point in our civilization thus far. Clicking away on your iPhone, documenting your latest trip to our city’s fabulous Centennial Gardens? With but a wiggle of your fingertips, your Houston photography can be shared all over the world […]

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$199 Spring Mini Session

April 6, 2017

Houston photographers love spring time! The weather is perfect, Easter outfits have been purchased, flowers are in full bloom…must be time for the most adorable photo sessions all year at Evin Thayer Studios! And this year we are celebrating with $199 Spring Mini Sessions! But before you try to talk yourself out of doing more […]

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Let’s Talk About Price!

March 17, 2017

Image of a Lifetime The images that your photographer creates for you will be around for a long time! When you put it in that perspective, you realize that you want the images created to be a good as they can. That’s why you hire someone like Evin Thayer, Houston photographer. He has 40 years […]

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Gene Cernan, the Last Man on the Moon

February 15, 2017

Though Captain Gene Cernan has died, the mark he left on history will never be forgotten.  And those of us fortunate enough to have a personal memory of him know for certain that this modern day explorer was one of a kind. Here is my experience that I wrote about in my photography book “Houston’s […]

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Pinup portraits are on Houston’s hottest gift list

February 8, 2017

These delightful Pinup photo sessions have everything you could want; they’re flirty, sensual, whimsical, colorful and full of naughty fun!  Pinwheels, parasols, candy hearts and a lot of collaborative creativity plus YOU are the recipe for incredible art. Evin is no stranger to thinking outside the box but this year he’s exploded the typical heart […]

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How often do you update your profile pictures?

January 6, 2017

If it’s been so long you can’t remember when you last changed your Facebook profile picture, LinkedIn, Twitter, professional website or other social media profile picture, then it’s been too long.  It is fun to do a #throwbackthursday photo once in awhile but your photo should reflect what you currently look like. Take for example […]

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Tips On Selecting the Right Photographer

December 7, 2016

Houston is an amazing and eclectic city made up of beautifully diverse people! This diversity is reflected in art and business, including photography, so let’s take a moment to focus on the variety of Houston photographers and how to find the one who is your perfect, artistic fit. For starters, I recommend checking out your […]

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