Hello! I'm Nicky Ebbage (they/them): a queer, affordable and inclusive photographer based in Bristol, UK. My photography takes a natural, documentary style - I love capturing images which feel authentic, where people are lost in the moment and not even necessarily aware of the camera!
When I was twelve years old, my mum decided to start a photography business. She needed an assistant at events and, naturally, I assumed that role – because putting your own child to work is cheap, you know?
Back then, photography was a way for me to earn pocket money, but over the past fifteen years it’s become something of a passion. The camera is so versatile; I love exploring what I can do with it, and pushing myself to create new things!
Since that time, I have worked with a number of high-profile venues and organisations across the city, including Bristol Old Vic, Travelling Light Theatre Company and Bristol Folk Festival, and I am currently one of two house photographers at St George's Bristol. My work has also been published both in regional and national newspapers, and I was featured in the Bristol Pink List in 2020 and 2021.
Since January 2021, I have also been part of the Critical Friends group at the Royal Photographic Society - a small collection of photographers appointed to review diversity and inclusion within the organisation.
Outside of photography I'm essentially just a person who really loves the Lord of the Rings and thinks about food a lot. I spend large portions of my time watching sports anime, walking up and down hills for fun, and knitting things that mostly don't get finished. I also work part-time in two music venues and a theatre doing customer service, and I like to think this has helped me with my chronic awkwardness to such an extent that I am now able to talk to other human beings. Go me.
In my spare time I also enjoy fine art photography. I especially like creating minimalist images and stalking sheep with my camera! You can pop over to my shop to buy prints and postcards, and on rare occasions you can also find me selling them at craft fairs and markets around Bristol.
Queerness and its impact on my photography
As a transgender, asexual person in a polyamorous relationship, queerness plays a big role in my life. For me though, it encompasses more than just gender and sexuality. I view queerness as a rejection of various societal norms and conventions. It means celebrating bodies in all their variations, embracing a more ethical approach to work and business, and searching for ways to raise other people up. It also carries with it a deep sense of community and shared experience.
When I started out as a photographer, I decided that I wanted these principles to inform my professional and artistic practice.
Firstly, I want my portraits to be body-positive and empowering. The photography industry relies upon outdated beauty standards, where models are often white, cis and skinny. This norm needs to be subverted, and I intend to work with as many people as possible who don't ordinarily get to see themselves represented on camera.
I also want to ensure that I create a space where my clients can feel comfortable. I completely understand that your relationship to your body and looks might be very complex, and that being in front of a camera can often be an awkward or even scary experience. At every photoshoot I work to make sure I am setting people at ease and creating a judgement-free zone.
Secondly, I never turn anyone away for lack of funds. I run reduced rate pricing structures for those on low-income, and if my reduced prices are still too high I'm always happy to chat about non-monetary forms of payment (eg. a skill swap, or free modelling in exchange for free photography). Everyone should be able to access empowering photography, regardless of income.
Last, I am always open to bookings from the Queer/LGBTQ community. Celebrating queer identities brings me so much joy, and I love it when I get the chance to make this part of my photography. To this end I run the Bristol Trans Portraits project, and outside of that I try to ensure that I work with as many queer folks as I can! Whether you’re in a same sex relationship, one third of a triad, part-way through transitioning, or anything else under the sun: you are completely beautiful, and I would love the opportunity to tell your story with my camera.