A K Nicholas is an American art photographer with a passion for collaborating with models and sharing knowledge. It’s almost never his intent for the photographs to be a technical tour de force or to flatter, but rather to celebrate the subject. Although the work is often about beauty, other themes are at play, too.

One of the most important things about any creative work is the discussion that surrounds it. The purpose of art is not to just please as many people as possible.



A K Nicholas was born in the United States but raised in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. He comes from a family of artists and grew up visiting museums in dozens of countries. Although exposed to a great deal of art as a child, he did not have a personal interest in it until taking a surrealism art history class in the tenth grade. He learned traditional media such as painting and drawing in art school, but now works exclusively to produce photography.

A K's initial training with anatomy was figure drawing class. He earned an art degree from Fort Lewis College in Durango CO.

After college, he supported himself by clerking and working the darkroom of a photography store. Soon after he became a freelance artist and professional photographer. He went back to school and got an MBA and tried a few different things, including managing large corporate teams and even getting licensed as a stockbroker. But art kept calling. A few years back he quit the day job. He doesn't shoot advertisements, weddings, or celebrities; only artwork. He makes his own sets and props and is constantly scouting locations and subjects.

Photographer and model

A K Nicholas Artist and Photographer Saatchi Art Catalog One Blue Fingernail

A K Nicholas, a camera, and model
A K Nicholas, a camera, and model

First Figure Shoot

As an art student, A K made figure drawings and paintings from live models. His first figure photo shoot occurred quite unexpectedly. After asking a classmate if he could photograph her, she entered the studio and fully disrobed, assuming that is what he had intended. 


A K Nicholas sold his first artwork at the age of nineteen, from a gallery exhibit near where he was attending college. He has held various other exhibits in Colorado, Texas, Arkansas, New York, North Carolina, and South Carolina. However, the bulk of his work is directed toward on a global audience online. Less than two percent of his sales are in South Carolina, where he resides.


A K Nicholas has written how-to books on figure photography and numerous thematic photobooks of his creations.  The pictorial books explore and celebrate beauty. Pictorial books are mainly launched through Kickstarter and sold on the gallery site, Bella Nuda.

His artwork has been distinguished in catalogs and feature exhibitions by art dealers such as Saatchi Art and ArtFinder.


Figure Art Photography and Books