Ella Evans – Iowa Nomination by Shalan Evans Photography by Andra Travis Photography Issue 72 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Ella Evans is inspiring because she has a heart of gold. She radiates lightheartedness and she uses her gifts to bring joy to others.
Ella is a senior enrolled in the baking program at a nearby community college. Baking allows her to express her creativity, while making the recipients of her baked goods feel special. She loves to make people smile any way she can.
Ella loves singing and playing all things strings. Harp, piano, guitar, and ukulele are her favorites. She plays harp for the symphony orchestra, various events, and weddings. She has used her musical talents to lift spirits in nursing/hospice homes, echoing the halls with beautiful music.
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? I like to think of myself as a light in this world. My relationship with Jesus has always been a priority in my life. I try to make the world a better place by being kind to others. I like bringing joy to people’s lives with music and baked goods! “Baking spirits bright!” is a fun motto for me.
I work as a barista at a local coffee shop. I love my job. I get to meet lots of fun people and have learned a lot of new skills. I enjoy writing encouraging messages on the cups that we use for drinks.
One day I hope to have my own bakery and coffee shop. I am loving baking school and can’t wait to use everything I am learning in my own business!
What else would you like to talk about? Aside from baking and music, I also compete nationally in competitive precision air rifle shooting. I meet weekly with my team at the American Legion to practice. We shoot ten quarter sized targets with a bulseye the size of pencil lead. We shoot from ten meters, three positions each. Standing, kneeling, and prone. Last year I qualified to compete nationally at Camp Perry in Ohio. It was such a fun experience and I hope to qualify again this year. Besides learning a fun new skill, competitive air rifle has also provided me with a collage scholarship. I would love to see more young people get involved in this sport.
What do you feel passionate about or could talk about forever? I feel passionate about music. I enjoy writing music, learning new music and playing the same old songs I play all the time. When I feel down, you can usually find me in my room playing my piano. If i’m going to Bible camp or to a campfire, I will always bring a guitar or ukulele along… maybe both! Playing music for people to sing along to is so much fun for me.
A year ago I was asked to be part of the worship team at church. I was happy to oblige. Every week I rehearse the music and help lead worship service. I really enjoy that.
How did you find your photographer, Andra Travis Photography? What was your experience like? What did you love most about it? I love my photographer! Andra has been a lifelong friend of my moms. I am friends with her daughter, Lily.
My mom is also a photographer and will be taking some of my senior pictures as well. We really wanted Andra to do some too because we love her work and I wanted the full “senior picture experience.”
I’m so happy with the pictures she’s posted for my sneak peek. I think she captured my personality perfectly. My session was very personalized. I cant wait to see the rest of them!
My senior session was an adventure to say the least. We knew that one of the locations we were going to was overgrown with weeds. My mom packed a hedge trimmers and a leaf blower so that they could clean up the place before taking the photos. Another location Andra wanted to go to happened to be in the middle of the Iowa River, out on a sandbar. We had to make our way down a steep hill through weeds and mud. Then we had to walk through mud and water to get to the sandbar. We laughed all they way marking these shots super memorable. Andra is so fun to work with and made me feel super comfortable.
Look for Ella in issue 72 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!