About Me - Jon Nicholls

Hello.  Thank you for looking at my site. Here's a bit about me and my approach.  If you make it to the bottom I think we are a good fit!  Drop me a line using the 'Contact Me' page.


What I do: Empathy, Authenticity, Longevity, Professionalism, Humour, 'Moments between Moments', Reliability, InsightI'll photograph anybody anywhere, doing anything that reflects something of who they are or what they are going through - because it's people who fascinate me, not only the event or place they happen to be.  I am a photographer of people and lived experiences, so call me if you'd like your wedding, birth, recovery journey, daily life, weight loss progress, first day of school, last day of work preserved in visual form, forever.

In other words, I will use my skills and experience to find the story and humanity in everything from the epic or magnificent (e.g., you and your Knight in Shining Armour) to the mundane or quiet moments (e.g., you and your night in, shining armour)

What I don't do: False smiles, Photographic 'fads', overly processed images, babies in pumpkins, overly structured and overly posed, throwing leaves at children, peeking around a tree.  If the photographs are not of the authentic 'you', then there is no point. 

It's also natural to be hesitant or nervous before committing to a photo shoot.  I'll help make it a relaxing and natural experience. If we are relaxed and natural, you literally can't do anything wrong.

"What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare" - WH Davies


If you added up all the fractions of a second we have captured in every photograph taken and played them out like a movie, our lifetime could add up to just a few minutes of time.  What moments would you pick? For me it would not be all smiles, or pictures of me posing for a photograph,  but a mix of things that represented my life, the highlights but also the quiet times, maybe some of the challenges we overcame.    

"You are you, now isn't that pleasant'? - Dr. Seuss


Social Media, and even the photography 'industry' itself does a good job of fooling us into comparing other people's 'outsides' with our 'insides'.  Your life is yours, personal and memorable, so let's celebrate that, not try to make us all look equally normal, but the best of who we are, really.

"Why fit in when you were born to stand out?" - Dr. Seuss

School photos show me what my sons looks like photographed, not who they are.  I'd love to see him on his first day of school, nerves and all, and see him laughing at play time. Even more, for him, I'd like to show him photos of that happening.  These are your moments and memories. My approach is to try to take photographs that are about people, not necessarily of people.


When I try to remember my Nan I remember her laughing, her hands, when she blew her false teeth out into a bubble gum bubble, her face when she thought about my Grandad. 

You have better things to do than take photos all the time. Don't forget to actually take part. Too many of us experience life through a phone screen.  How many things have you seen or been to where you've said "I remember it happening, but not really being there"?  Let me help you enjoy your moments by taking care of the photos.   People and things change so quickly and photographs can be so powerful to help you savour those moments again and again. Pictures that you can look at in 5, 10 or 50 years time and remember what it felt like to be there that day.  The sights, smells, sounds. A good photo can evoke all these memories - if you were truly in the moment.

"Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans" - John Lennon


David Hurn, veteran photographer, said that photography is simple, it's knowing where to stand and when to push the button.  This is true.  But there is a lifetime of experience, learning, looking, reacting and empathizing that goes into those decisions.  I invest in photography education - theory, history and technique, and I take pictures every day to keep training my eye.  My photographs are a culmination of my experience, study and life experience and I would be honoured to provide you with a compassionate and soulful view of what makes you,  your event or subject so important.  The real difference between a professional and amateur is the ability to predict an outcome, to know what works and more importantly, why. This is what I strive to do and how I feel I bring value to the finished product.

"Something feels funny, I must be thinking too hard" - Winnie the Pooh


A technical acronym for 'Full Frame Sensor'..why, what were you thinking? :)



“We acknowledge that without you, the event would not have been such a success. Your photos were not only amazing, but extremely heartwarming. You truly have a talent. So from our team to yours, we thank you tremendously for all that you did” Queen’s University International Affairs Association

“They are just glorious, and I look forward to being able to share them with our community. Thank you for helping us to document this important community arts project” Melissa Mahady Wilton, Dance Education Coordinator, Grand Theatre, Kingston

“Wonderful shots Jon!” Peggy Baker, Order of Canada Winner

“Full credit to Jon on each shot for his FANTASTIC work” Colin Doyle, Actor, Writer, Director, Producer

“I wanted to start off by thanking you once again for the beautiful photos you took of the rehearsal for How We Are. We would love for you to shoot all the remaining shows of the festival” Kick and Push Festival, Festival Director

“Polly just sent me the link of your shots and I am blown away by your fantastic work. Thank you so much, you've managed to captured a real quality of the production. I hope you do work in Toronto as well, I'd love to keep your contact for future productions.” Mikaela Davies, Actor, Writer, Director, Producer

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