The exquisite alchemy between the man, the camera lens and the subject, have made Nick Ghionis a Master Photographer. His images capture our dreams!
Nick’s meteoric rise in the international world of photography has been nothing less than remarkable. Although his career spans over 25 years, it was at the insistence of several Industry heavyweights that he was finally persuaded, in 2006, to present his work on a competitive level.
And so started the upward trajectory! Today a multi-international award winner, Nick’s most recent awards include ‘2013 Wedding Photo of the Year,’ awarded by the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, for his striking satirical take on the infamous painting ‘American Gothic’. It also won GOLD and First Place at the World Photographic Cup 2014, against numerous entrants from 22 countries across four continents.
His achievements include being awarded ‘Victorian Wedding Photographer of the Year’ (2014 and 2011) and ‘Victorian Photographer of the Year’ (2011). He has held the prestigious title of Master Photographer with the AIPP, for consistent award winning since 2006 and is a Double Master of Photography with the American peak body; Wedding and Portrait Photographers International, also for his consistency in award winning images.
When asked which, is his favourite image, he quietly whispers ‘…that’s like asking a parent to choose between his children…’ after a moment of contemplation he volunteers that he has a soft spot for ‘The Prayer’. A photograph of extraordinary beauty! Taken in a charming old church in Rhodes, Greece; bride and groom kneel in prayer on the ancient flagstones at the altar. The serenity of the scene is palpable, it lingers long after the album is closed!
‘The Prayer’ was awarded First Place in the United States; inspired the groom to change his chiropractic career and pursue his passion in photography, and placed Nick Ghionis firmly on the international map!
How did it happen? A trip to Fiji, a duty free camera and a tropical holiday; a couple of sunsets and Nick was hooked! From then on he devoured every available book and magazine in the relentless pursuit of knowledge; worked every kind of job to pay for what turned out to be ‘a lot’ of equipment and the single-handed construction of three photographic studios.
His tenacity paid off! The man became an artist; the artist became a Master Photographer; someone who captures dreams; records those memorable moments that give life its lusciousness, its bitter-sweetness, its grit and its beauty.
Today Nick Ghionis is constantly invited to deliver guest appearances, talks and workshops to seasoned professionals and up-and-coming photographers around the world. Since 2009 keynote addresses have been presented at the AIPP, National Convention in Sydney; the SWPP Convention in London; WPPI in Las Vegas, and PWS in Athens. His generosity in knowledge-sharing is renowned; apart from undertaking international photographic gigs; educational workshops have been delivered in Australia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Greece, France, Fiji, Vietnam and the USA.
Perceptive and unassuming, Nick is quick to mention, that although awards are important, they don’t define who he is. ‘…It is better to be remembered in how you have made someone feel, rather than what you have won…’ he says thoughtfully.
Since 2004, as Director of Xsight Photography, Nick has delivered an international photographic brand. Under his leadership, Xsight Photography can now be found in Melbourne, Sydney and Darwin in Australia and Sacramento, USA.
Seekers of exceptional photographic services can be assured that their precious moments will be skilfully captured by award winning photographers, specifically chosen to join the successful Ghionis Team. Plans to expand Xsight Photography further continue and more information can be obtained from the website.
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