Award-winning photographer Becky Nichols announces the opening of the new Becky Nichols Portrait Studio in St. Marys, West Virginia. Nichols is best known for magazine style portraiture that offers artistic style with timeless appeal.
The quality and appeal of Nichols’ work was acknowledged in March 2018 by the prestigious Portrait Masters photography competition, which had 6,583 entries. She brought home a bronze award in the Teen/Senior division.
Nichols’ goal with her photography shoots, both in-studio and on location, is to “ignite the fire in the souls of her subjects”. Her artist’s heart inspires her clients to reveal their best and most beautiful selves to her camera. The resulting portraits are bold and highly treasured by clients.
According to Nichols, “It's my job to truly see you, to take you to that place within yourself, and to capture that energy for you.”
Nichols says she loves working with women, because “we are always left out of the photographs, and most photographs we find of ourselves aren't ones we love.” Nichols was inspired when she realized that she couldn’t find any photographs of herself in her home other than one family portrait. “I guess I'm on a mission to change the way women see themselves, to exist in portraits, and to feel valued and beautiful,” she added.
One place where Nichols really sees her mission come to life is during high school portrait season. Many girls walk in, nervous from the stress of this important photograph. She coaches them through hair and make-up, mentoring them to bring their best self forward. By the time they step in front of her camera, they have relaxed and let their walls down, bringing smiles that brighten their already beautiful faces. When she reveals their finished portrait to them,“I see them in awe, quiet, smiling and in love with every portrait. Every girl deserves to have that experience.”
Nichols starts each shoot with a wardrobe consultation and styling designed to create a personal experience for her clients. She partners with professional hair and makeup artists to ensure her clients feel perfectly polished when they step in front of the camera.
It doesn’t stop with the photos. Nichols ensures that each portrait can be treated like the treasure that it is, offering her clients high-quality, Italian leather folio boxes and archival-quality matting. She also offers large art prints and canvas gallery wraps. Digital copies of each photo are included with every photo purchased.
To create her studio, Nichols and her husband Jeff converted half of their garage, adding a beautiful private entrance of french doors. Now, clients can mentally prepare for their portrait shoot by drinking in the beauty of the water along the two-mile country drive to the studio located just out of town.
A lifelong student, Nichols says she loves to learn, and that includes continuous classes on photography and editing. As part of her learning, Nichols has studied under renowned photographer Sue Bryce, whose portraiture style has inspired her.