When Evelyn was only thirteen years old, a Mrs. Darragh, portrait painter and miniature artist of Philadelphia, discovered Evelyn's beauty and painted her head. Later Phillips, a photographer of Philadelphia, asked Evelyn to sit for several photographic studies. The pictures were printed in an art magazine and attracted attention. Soon, Evelyn found that she was being sought by such artists as Carroll Beckwith, F. S. Church, Carl Blender, and J. Wells Champney.
Demand for the privilege of photographing her beautiful face or portraying it on canvas became so great that the money earned by the girl by posing became the mainstay of the family. With her mother she moved to New York, took rooms in a low priced boarding house, and began frequenting studios of famous artists.