I'm Nicky Ebbage, or Nicky Takes Photos, a Bristol photographer who specialises in live performance (gigs, theatre, etc), portraits, headshots and events. I chose the name ‘Nicky Takes Photos’ because I'm a pretty literal person and I’m not particularly interested in creating a Serious Photography Brand™. I mostly just want to work with like-minded people, and be excited about what I do.
A central aspect of my approach to photography is that I want my clients to feel comfortable. Despite my name, I’m not interested in just taking photos; I’m interested in you, and in creating images that can really represent you as you are. As a transgender photographer, I'm particularly invested in representing the queer/LGBTQ community in my work, and in providing members of that community with a safe space in which they can have their photos taken. I love working with anyone and everyone though; human identity is so rich and varied and, for me, all those differences make photography even more exciting!
NICKY, HOW DO YOU LIKE TO TAKE PHOTOS?
I am judgement-free. Whoever you are, I want you to feel comfortable around me and my camera. Being in front of the lens shouldn't be about anxiety - it should be an opportunity for you to present yourself exactly how you want. When I create images, I want them to make you feel good. Because, you know, you smashed it when you woke up this morning, and you deserve to see that!
I favour a natural, documentary style approach. My favourite images are those which show people caught up in a moment; laughing, reacting to one another, and simply being themselves. I think there's such a thing as too much staging, and that it can often make photography feel awkward or inauthentic. I prefer to steer clear of that, working with natural lighting and familiar environments to help you feel relaxed and at ease.
I am affordable. The world is pretty expensive these days, and honestly I think that sucks. While I need to make a living out of my work, I run standard and reduced rate pricing structures so that those on low-income can still afford professional, empowering photographs. Most importantly: no one is turned away for lack of funds.
I work with you. All my photo sessions begin with a consultation, to give me the opportunity to understand who you are, and what you want you want from your photos. I want to create images that you want to see, and that you can feel excited about.
Music, theatre, performance art, professional headshots, actor headshots, portraits and wedding photography in the South West including Bristol, Bath, Weston-Super-Mare, Clevedon, Portishead, Wells, Glastonbury, Swindon, Newport, Cardiff.
Nicky Takes Photos is a queer, transgender photographer. Available for lgbtq weddings, gay or same-sex weddings, polyamorous weddings, transgender weddings, headshots and portrait photography.
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