Who is Nikki McLennan?

Lion & Cub Photography is headed up by acclaimed photographer Nikki McLennan, whose work has been commended for its technical and artistic strength for over 22 years. An alumni of National Art School, Nikki has won several awards, including GOLD in the NSW Creative Entrepreneur (2021) hosted by Ausmumprenuer; the City of Sydney Excellence in Microbusiness (2021) and the Project Wall at the Australian Centre for Photography, Shutterbug, (2007) in Paddington, City of Sydney’s seminal Art & About, program in Hyde Park (2004, 2016), and the Mono awards.

Her work is routinely exhibited in Australia and overseas, and she is a published writer for Capture magazine, detailing her experience as a photographer.

The Lion & Cub team are resourceful, meticulous and knowledgeable, and we are industry leaders in style and technical approach. Alongside all relevant training and certification [Working w/ Children/OH+S etc], Lion & Cub’s photographers are trained in the safety of newborns and posing babies appropriately, and attend a yearly Newborn Photography conference. Our props are sourced from around Australia and most are handmade in neutral tones from natural fibres, which will compliment any styling choices and interiors.

“With over 20 years experience in photographic portraiture, I’ve learnt that my talent lies in soulful, imagery that tells a story, your story. I have always found it easy to connect with people, and knowing that I can capture a moment of their lives for ever is all the inspiration I need to do what I do with love and gratitude. Having two gorgeous boys of my own I also know how to best evoke kids and babies emotive and playful sides, and, I adore documenting couples in love.” 
Nikki McLennan



Winner GOLD Medal - Ausmumpreneur / NSW Creative Entrepreneur


Winner City of Sydney - Business Australia/Excellence in Microbusiness


Winner Bronze Medal - Ausmumpreneur / NSW Business Excellence Awards


Highly Commended - Monochrome Photography Awards


Finalist - Paddington Shutterbug Photography Awards


Winner - Australian Centre for Photography / Project Wall



Tortuga Studios - St Peters / Kaleidoscopic


Tortuga Studios - St Peters / There goes the Neighborhood


Tortuga Studios - St Peters / Dystopia


Art & About - Hyde Park / Australian Life


Incubator Studios - Redfern / Rock & Roll Photography


Art & About - Hyde Park / Australian Life


First Draft Gallery - Sydney / Emerging


National Art School - Darlinghurst / Graduate Show

Published articles


Capture Magazine - The Art of Newborn Photography


Capture Magazine - The Digital File Dilemma


Capture Magazine - Contemporary Trends in Nude Portraiture

Our Creative Studios

Tortuga Studios