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Ninki Nanka_Day3_ ASledge_BTS_6408_edite
professional photographer with over a decade of experience + a passion to make a positive impact on my community through my profession.

As a Richmond-based award-winning freelance photographer, I spend my days capturing a diverse range of subjects from news and events to food, restaurants, lifestyle editorials, portraits, music, performances, and product photography.

My passion for photography began in high school and my journey continued in college at Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Arts, where I pursued a BFA, majoring in photography complemented by a minor in media studies. During my time at VCU, I immersed myself in a semester abroad in Bristol, England, where I continued my photography studies. Over four years, I dedicated my lens to capturing the essence of campus life, serving as a dedicated photographer for The Commonwealth Times, eventually rising to the position of Photo Editor.


Since earning my degree, I have spent nearly seven years honing my craft as a photographer and have actively contributed to a variety of Richmond publications such as Richmond Free Press, Richmond Magazine, and Richmond Times Dispatch. Over the years, my work has been deeply fulfilling as I've seized opportunities to document protests in Virginia's capital and showcase the culinary delights of renowned local eateries. I've had the privilege of spotlighting influential figures within Richmond while freezing timeless moments in my images at some of the city's iconic events such as the Folk Festival, Pridefest, and Riverrock.


My dedication is to storytelling through the lens, capturing authentic candid moments of everyday life.


Richmond Free Press

Richmond Magazine

Commonwealth Times

VIEW HERE photographs taken on assignment with these publications


1st Place Sports Photo | VPA News & Advertising Awards | 2023

Finalist in Feature Photography | SPJ Region 2 Mark of Excellence competition | 2016

Finalist in Best Use of Multimedia | SPJ Region 2 Mark of Excellence competition | 2016

1st Place Sports Photo | Virginia Press Association | 2016

2nd Place for Portrait/Personality Photo | Virginia Press Association | 2015

2nd Place in JEA Feature Photo Contest | 2013




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