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 in terms of what it allows me to create; 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 very old films (no seriously, like 1896 old), 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.
On a more personal level, I enjoy fine art photography whenever I'm not working professionally, including landscapes, cityscapes and much more abstract photography. At the moment I am working on an upcoming exhibition entitled ‘Home’, in collaboration with Jane Haslam Photography. Jane and I both grew up just outside the Peak District, but 10(ish!) years ago we each moved away – me to Bristol, and her to New York state. With ‘Home’ we want to explore, through our imagery, what the concept of home really is – what it means, how it feels, and whether those things have changed for us over time. This exhibition was due to be on display at LAND Gallery (Pawling, NY) from April 2020. Due to covid-19, this has now been delayed.
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. Check out the galleries below to see more of my fine art photography!
Fair warning: a lot of my products involve sheep. I bloody love sheep.
Music, theatre, performance art, professional headshots, actor headshots and portrait photography in the South West including Bristol, Bath, Weston-Super-Mare, Clevedon, Portishead, Wells, Glastonbury, Swindon, Newport, Cardiff.
Nicky Takes Photos is an inclusive, affordable and friendly photographer; LGBT friendly and polyamory friendly.
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