portrait of commercial and branding photographer Olivia Brabbs

Welcome to my blog

I am a commercial and advertising photographer who has created a niche from refusing to niche!  I work with a diverse mix of clients stepping from lifestyle, fashion and portraits across to food, products and interiors.  Sometimes all in the same shoot!  Storytelling is at the heart of my work and I love bringing a documentary approach and eye for detail to create very natural images.

Commercial Photography

I help commercial and lifestyle businesses tell their brand story by creating impactful visuals for websites, marketing, advertising and editorial campaigns as well as of course for content greedy social media platforms.  I adore the variety of my commercial work and always feel so privileged to be invited behind the scenes to capture process and expertise.

Recent blog posts

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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outdoor infinity pool with views of estate at the coniston hotel in north yorkshire

Spa photography for The Coniston Hotel

The commission for spa photography was undertaken as part of a 3 day branding shoot for the hotel and estate.  The Coniston Hotel is situated in stunning countryside in North Yorkshire near to Skipton.  The Spa is stunning and has breathtaking views across the estate lake and grounds.   Photography started with photography of interior rooms

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