I'm Nicky Ebbage (they/them): a queer, affordable and inclusive photographer based in Bristol, UK. As you may have noticed, I more commonly go by "Nicky Takes Photos" - a very literal, slightly silly name which I think gets across my personality and approach to photography: informal and relaxed!
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!
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.
A central aspect of my approach to life these days is that I want the people around me to feel comfortable and safe, whoever they are, whatever the situation. This approach is something that I carry over into my photographic work, and one of the main things I try to keep in mind when working with my clients.
As a transgender, asexual person in a polyamorous relationship (Read: a Big Queer™) I’m particularly sensitive to the needs of the Queer/LGBTQ community. 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. I also understand that it can be difficult to know whether a business is queer friendly or not; hiring a photographer for a family photo session can be a real source of anxiety when, for example, you’re not sure how the photographer might react to your partner being the same gender as you.
When you book me, you’re booking a photographer who’s genuinely invested in creating a judgement free zone. Difference is exciting, and I want my images to show just how wide and varying human identity can be. 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 interesting and beautiful, and I would love the opportunity to tell your story with my camera.
When not taking photos of people I enjoy fine art photography. I especially like creating minimalist images, and stalking sheep with my camera! You can buy a number of my fine art photographs online here, through LAND Gallery, and you can also find them for sale at craft fairs and markets in Bristol.
Nicky Takes Photos is a queer, transgender photographer. Available for lgbtq weddings, gay or same-sex weddings, polyamorous weddings, short weddings under £500, small weddings, professional headshots, family portraits, lgbtq family portraits, community events, public events, and private events in the South West including Bristol, Bath, Weston-Super-Mare, Clevedon, Portishead, Wells, Glastonbury, Swindon, Newport, Cardiff.
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