Erica Nix lives and works in Austin, Texas, photographing queer weddings and running her rather excellent workout programme, Workout with Erica Nix. Here she talks more about what she’s about.
I actually live in the backyard that first hosted GayBiGayGay. I have nothing to do with that except that my neighbor and roommate own GayBi, but I’m pretty proud to live somewhere so gay. I started wedding photography after a year of doing retail for Thrift Town, Toy Joy and Wheatsville all at the same time and decided I should use my degree to make money. After some time shooting weddings with a good friend and excellent photographer Jessica Attie, I found myself, being fem, constantly ‘outing’ myself – or worse, not outing myself – and I realized I needed to work within my queer community. I also know that it can be difficult to look for photographers as a queer couple. I’ve heard stories of vendors turning people down or locations only allowing queers to reserve on non-Saturdays, fucked up shit like that.
Being queer isn’t everyone’s identity, but it’s mine. I have always photographed environmental portraits of my friends and my life. Now I just meet new parts of my community and do the same thing. I essentially do Austin Queer Weddings through word of mouth. What’s really cool is that straight people contact Austin Queer Weddings too. They tell me they’re queer allies and love what I do. Being from Arlington, TX it took me almost 10 years to really BE OUT. I was out in Austin, but I was still visiting family with my ‘roommate’ because my parents were embarrassed. Austin Queer Weddings has allowed me to be myself wholeheartedly. I also work for the badass Whitney Lee Photography and have volunteered for Project Transitions, I Am Equality and worked in collaboration with the Q.
As well as photography, I run Workout with Erica Nix. It’s also queer-focused, but not just queer-attended. I’ve always been a fan of diversifying, so having two passions / occupations works for me. Workout started as performance that was fun, queer and centered around body image, and now happens three days a week at the Center Spot. We’re still very silly and fun.