By Heather Clower
The Parsons Advocate
Anyone who has planned a wedding knows how overwhelming and stressful the process can be. For many couples, it happens so quickly that it is hard to grasp what actually happened, but fortunately, a good photographer can help capture and preserve those moments for the newlyweds.
Online planning tools such as The Knot can be very useful in organizing all of the parts to a perfect day of matrimony. Each year The Knot compiles a list of the most highly reviewed wedding vendors as chosen by their users. According to a press release from The Knot, “In 2021, five percent of hundreds of thousands of local wedding professionals listed on The Knot received this distinguished award. In its fifteenth annual year, The Knot continues its long-standing tradition of supporting local wedding vendors with The Knot Best of Weddings 2021, an annual by-couples, for-couples guide to the top wedding professionals across the country. This comes as the industry prepares for an increase in upcoming celebrations due to postponed events throughout 2020.”
“To determine the winners, The Knot analyzed its millions of user reviews across various vendor categories—including venues, musicians, florists, photographers, caterers and more—to find the highest rated vendors of the year. These winners represent the best of the best wedding professionals that engaged couples should consider booking for their own unique weddings,” continued The Knot.
This year, the award went to Zoe Evans, owner of In His Image photography. Evans is a lifelong resident of Eglon and graduate of Tucker County High School. She continued her education at Potomac State College and West Virginia University where she received her Associates and Bachelors Degrees in Business Administration.
Evans officially opened her business in November of 2016 at the young age of 17. “After we lost my husband’s dad really unexpectedly in 2016, I remember us looking at the photos of him, they were all we had left to cherish his memory. So I started college that fall and felt a special call from the Lord to begin my business at only 17,” she recalled. “I know it might sound crazy, but I really had no idea what He had in store for my life.”
“There I was majoring in business wondering what in the world I was going to do with this degree and I remember sitting in my room reading my Bible one night and I prayed ‘God if this is your will for my life just give me a name for the business.’ Then I read Genesis 1:27 that says: ‘God created man in His Image…’ and right there it hit me, I said: okay Lord! That’s it. In His Image, In His Image is going to be the place where I serve everyone in a way that is pleasing to You and lets them know their worth in Christ,” shared Evans.
In the four short years In His Image has been open for business, Evans has captured photographs of 200 couples, families, and seniors. “I specialize in wedding and portrait photography but really enjoy getting to document wedding days.,” she said. “After marrying my high school sweetheart this August, I now know how special photos of your wedding day are.”
“My couples mean the world to me and they all become friends after I have photographed their wedding. Winning this award has meant so much for my business especially after the year we have had,” Evans stated. “Knowing that I have had the privilege to document so many amazing weddings is what keeps me going. I love getting to know new couples, documenting this special time in their lives and then seeing their kind words and appreciation for their experience.”
To see a sample of work performed by In His Image, visit her Facebook page by searching for In His Image Photography by Zoe, on Instagram listed as In His Image by Zoe, or visit her website at www.inhisimagephotographybyzoe.com. Evans will also be running a celebratory special to commemorate her recent achievement for anyone who books a session and mentions seeing this article.