portrait of commercial and branding photographer Olivia Brabbs

Welcome to my blog

I am a commercial, editorial and advertising photographer working across Yorkshire and the UK.  I photograph people, places and food for lifestyle, heritage and hospitality brands.  Storytelling is at the heart of my work and I love bringing a documentary approach and eye for detail to create very natural images.  My blog shares shoot stories giving a behind the scenes insight into each shoot.

Commercial Photography

I help lifestyle, heritage and hospitality businesses tell their brand story by creating impactful visuals for websites, marketing, advertising, editorial campaigns and for content greedy social media platforms. 

I love commissions that need a range of different photography genres and a typical shoot will see me covering off people, interiors, food and lifestyle.

Recent blog posts

documentary food photography of street food galettes

Documentary Food Photography – Krep

This documentary food photography shoot was a gem of a commission!   Krep are a street food business who create artisan Crêpes and Galettes using traditional techniques and exciting fresh flavours.  My brief for the shoot was to build a strong set of images to be used for website and for engaging social media content. The

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supersonic fitness york view of gym with people working out

Supersonic Fitness branding photography shoot

I loved creating this portfolio of lifestyle images to showcase the facilities and ambience at Supersonic Fitness in central York.  The images were captured across a full day covering off people, details and member experience.   The images were shot with a dual purpose.  They will be used by Motive8 who design, install and manage gyms

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two girls discovering silver objects on display at york mansion house with reflections in glass

Heritage Photography for York Mansion House

I absolutely loved this heritage photography commission for York Mansion House.  Two days packed of photography to capture interiors, artefacts and documentary people images to showcase the visitor experience. In a nutshell, my brief was to create a portfolio of images to be used for venue branding.  The Mansion House is a stunning property in

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fashion photography at york minster featuring female model and ballerina in Jaeger clothes en pointe walking to rolls royce phantom

York Fashion Week shoot with Rolls Royce Phantom

It was such a privilege to have the opportunity to display some of my fashion photography during a recent preview event at York Mansion House.  The shoot was a commission by the York Fashion Week team and marked an exciting new collaboration with Rolls Royce Motors Leeds.  I’m so thrilled that I can now share

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wooden bowl full of bettys fat rascals held by shop assistant

Photography for Bettys – The Fat Rascal

As Bettys pips past it’s 100th birthday I thought it would be a great opportunity to share some images of one of their best loved bakery products – the Fat Rascal.  It has been such a privilege working with Bettys over the last 2 years.  I’ve loved the diversity of the commissions which have covered

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artist ros johnson at work in water house studios in york

Waterhouse Art Studios York

Documentary shoot of artists at work I was in documentary heaven on this recent shoot for Ros Johnson Design on location at Water House Studios in York.  ⁠ I always adore getting behind the scenes and documenting work in process.  It always feels such a privilege to observe people at work and record the passion and

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