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Nicky Ryan Photography


I picked up my first camera in high school and enjoyed capturing the people and landscapes around me so much that a camera has never been far from my hands since. This newfound passion led me to study at the University of NSW where I graduated with a Visual Arts Degree majoring in photography, honing my skills in film and transparency. These pre-digital days of working untethered with only your eye and technical know-how as a guide definitely helped shape my style, knowledge and the attention to detail that I still carry with me today.


After transitioning into the digital world of photography, it was the overall lifestyle genre - food, portraits, interiors and travel - that called my name. I have travelled the world extensively shooting in locations such as the Maldives, Europe, Asia and the Americas for Vogue, Conde Nast Traveller and other notable publications. I have photographed Buddhist monks in Bhutan, captured the late great Anthony Bourdain for Vogue Entertaining & Travel Magazine, shot jaw-dropping interiors of luxury abodes, and I have put my stamp on a number of Australian cookbooks.

When I am not shooting, you can find me walking, boxing, drinking coffee (or wine - depending on the time of day) eating delicious food at Sydney’s latest cafes and restaurants, soaking up time with friends and family, and of course, travelling.


I’m a can-do photographer who loves collaborating closely with clients on their briefs, no matter how big or small, so that I can bring their vision to life. I believe it is this attitude and approach that has allowed me to build ongoing relationships with a wide and varied list of iconic companies and publications throughout my twenty-year career - something I am very proud of. 


I am an international Sydney based photographer and am available to shoot for you locally or overseas. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have an upcoming project that you would like to collaborate on and I would be happy to do up a free quote for you. 


I look forward to working with you!

My latest news is that my photographs are now available for you to purchase.

Winner of 2016 Sunset Category - IPPAWARDS

Third Place of 2015 Flower Category - IPPAWARDS

Third Place of 2015 Seasons Category - IPPAWARDS



Belle, Conde Nast Traveller, Vogue Australia, Vogue Living, Qantas Magazine, Home Beautiful Magazine, Centurion – American Express magazine, Gourmet Traveller, Departures, Good Weekend, Food and Wine NY, Habitus Magazine, NZ Life & Leisure, Elle, Inside Out, Men's Health,

GQ, Australian Traveller, International Traveller, Monocle Magazine, Travel and Leisure Magazine, the (sydney) magazine, Murdock Books, She UK, In Style Magazine.


Sofitel, McDonalds, Maggi, Phillips, Gaggenau, Domayne,

Bosch, Pernod Ricard, Leeuwin Estate Winery, Lipton Ice Tea, Discovery Channel, Virgin, Domaine Chandon, Mount Franklin, Torbreck Winery, Coca Cola, Arnotts, Tourism New Caledonia, Wedgewood, National Gallery of Australia.

Books Published

"Pasta Artigiana" by Nino Zoccali 

"More Fired Up" by Ross Dobson

"King of the Grill" by Ross Dobson

Pasta Artigiana Review

"The book not only looks good, it feels good, substantial and well produced. I like to compare Nicky Ryan's photography to the essence of Italian food: it's quality, simplicity and appetising. Congratulations to Nicky Ryan: you are a very large part of the making of this book!"

By Franz Scheurer for Australian Gourmet Pages

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