Category: Commercial

lifestyle photography celebrating christmas on the coast in yorkshire by Olivia Brabbs

Marketing photographer – Christmas on the Coast

The brief:  I was commissioned for this project as a marketing photographer to create a series of lifestyle images to promote the Yorkshire Coast Christmas campaign.  Working alongside marketing consultant Paul Whiting from PW Does I undertook production roles including location and prop sourcing, model casting and styling.  Photography approach:  There is always a lot

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Front of house staff preparing tables in the Clocktower Brasserie Rudding Park Hotel

Hotel photographer – Rudding Park Hotel

The Client:  It was wonderful to be back working again with the team at Rudding Park Hotel in Harrogate.  As a hotel photographer it was a real treat to photograph the newly refurbished Clocktower Brasserie.  The Clocktower offers a relaxed informal dining experience during the day shifting to a glamorous feel in the evening.  This

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Heritage photographer – Ryedale Folk Museum

The Client: One of my core areas of work as a heritage photographer is supporting museums with their marketing imagery.  Ryedale Folk Museum is based in the beautiful village of Hutton Le Hole in the heart of the North York Moors National Park.  It is such a unique place with featuring over 20 perfectly preserved

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seafood restaurant photography of mussels and a glass of white wine

Restaurant photographer – The Fish Cottage

The Client: One of the biggest perks of being a restaurant photographer is the privilege of visiting some stunning locations.  The Fish Cottage is nestled just off the beautiful beach at Sandsend near Whitby on the Yorkshire Coast.  From Sandsend there are amazing views to enjoy across the beach towards Whitby and it’s iconic pier

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Artisan brand photographer – BE SO Soaps

As an artisan brand photographer this commission was an absolute joy to work on.  BE SO Soaps are handmade and packed with natural ingredients.  The company is based in York in North Yorkshire. The brief: To create a portfolio of  images for website and social media platforms.  Images for PR and editorial were also requested. 

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portrait of sommelier at the vices luxury hotel in York

Hotel photography – The Vices

I’ve loved working on this hotel photography commission for new hospitality brand The Vices in York.  The independent hotel is due to open later in 2021 and so to have been involved from the concept and development stages is such a privilege.  The Vices will feature just a handful of stylishly designed suites for a

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York City Walls – Heritage Photography

The York City Walls will always be central to any experience of the City for locals and visitors alike.  I have always loved the walls and will often find an excuse to take the scenic route along them when out and about in the City.  Walking along them gives an new experience of the City. 

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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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Fitness business photographer – Supersonic

I loved creating this portfolio of lifestyle images to showcase the facilities and ambience at Supersonic Fitness in central York, in Yorkshire. Length of shoot: Full day covering people, details and member experience. Client brief: Create images for local marketing, PR and social media content for Supersonic. Images will also be used by parent company

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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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branding portrait for murray hurst interiors in designer kitchen in Leeds

Murray Hurst Interiors

Personal Branding Photography in Leeds This was a gorgeous personal branding commission to work on.  Natalie is the designer behind Murray Hurst Interiors and works with clients across Harrogate and Leeds. This shoot is a brilliant example of how choice of environment can really elevate a shoot to another level.  Due to the nature of

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branding portrait for harrogate audiologist for the hearing suite


LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHY FOR WEBSITE AND BRANDING It was wonderful to be commissioned to undertake some lifestyle and branding photography for the launch of The Hearing Suite in Harrogate.  The Hearing Suite is an independent hearing clinic led by expert audiologist Emily Balmer.  Working in collaboration with brand and web design consultancy NIMA the shoot focused

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Bunny Hill Weddings – Venue launch branding shoot

BUNNY HILL WEDDINGS Venue launch branding shoot Bunny Hill Weddings is a brand new wedding venue situated in North Cliffe in Yorkshire.  I was delighted to be commissioned to photograph a styled branding shoot to support the launch and ongoing marketing of this stunning wedding venue.  It was wonderful to tie together 12 years in

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Commercial Photography Harrogate – Bettys Craft Bakery

COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY HARROGATE BETTYS CRAFT BAKERY   I’ve been working with Bettys over the last year on a series of and lifestyle shoots supporting a new brand focus for their tearooms.  Well before I started working with the company one of my dream client commissions was to photograph at the Bettys Craft Bakery in Harrogate

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Lifestyle brand photography – Naked Dye

LIFESTYLE BRAND PHOTOGRAPHY NAKED DYE   It always wonderful to work with a client to support the launch of a business and so I loved this lifestyle and brand photography commission for Naked Dye.  Naked Dye creates a gorgeous range of handmade textile goods including table linens and aprons.  The pieces are all hand dyed

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Bishy Road Street Party 2018 – Music, fun and people

BISHY ROAD STREET PARTY 2018 MUSIC, FUN & PEOPLE   Every couple of years Bishy Road throws a massive street party and this year was absolutely brilliant.  Cars are banished and the street fills with stalls, food and of course people.  Bishy Road has been home for us now for 6 years and I adore

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York Fashion Week 2018 – Photography Highlights

YORK FASHION WEEK 2018 PHOTOGRAPHY HIGHLIGHTS   I could write so many blog posts about my experiences of being the official photographer for York Fashion Week 2018.  I’ve been a busy bee though since the event and so actually thought a highlights feature would be a lovely way to share some of the amazing people

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Antonia Houston Couture – From Mill to Model

ANTONIA HOUSTON COUTURE FROM MILL TO MODEL   Antonia Houston Couture opened York Fashion Week 2018 in style on Monday night with a catwalk launch of her new Yorkshire Dandy Collection in the beautiful Belmont Rooms at Bettys York.  Over the last few months I’ve been documenting Antonia’s journey from fabric sourcing all the way

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Branding and food photography for Baba Ganoush Catering

BRANDING AND FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY FOR BABA GANOUSH CATERING   I absolutely loved working with Yorkshire catering company Baba Ganoush on a recent branding and food photography commission.  The shoot was booked to support a website rebrand with the brilliant team at See Green.  The core of the shoot was about styled food photography which will

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International Women’s Day – Charity fundraiser for IDAS

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY Charity Fundraiser for IDAS   It was wonderful to mark International Women’s Day this year in great company.  I have worked with IDAS on a few different photography campaigns so it was lovely to be able to give some time to document their fundraising event – ‘Make Some Noise for International Women’s

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Branding photography for a creative business – Silver & Stone Jewellery

BRANDING PHOTOGRAPHY FOR A CREATIVE BUSINESS SILVER & STONE JEWELLERY DESIGN   I always adore branding photography commissions for creative businesses.  There is so much scope for documentary photography which sits so well alongside more styled set ups to showcase products and tools.  In these days of crowded digital platforms it is so important to

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personal branding portrait for nutritionist anna kitts of authentic nutrition

Personal Branding Photography – Branding portraits for Yorkshire nutritionist

PERSONAL BRANDING PHOTOGRAPHY Branding Portraits for a Yorkshire Nutritionist Personal branding photography is such an important consideration for any new start up business.  It was therefore so great to work with Anna as she recognised the importance of being really visible across her website and wider marketing activities from day 1.  Personal branding portraits are

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portrait of textile artists in their studio

Photography for Makers – Meiji Designs

  PHOTOGRAPHY FOR MAKERS MEIJI DESIGNS As a follow up to my previous ‘Look Book’ fashion shoot at Grays Court I was delighted to be commissioned again by Meiji Designs for a ‘Photography for Makers’ session at their studio in York.  It’s always such a privilege to see behind the scenes and observe first hand

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Food blogger branding portrait shoot – The Freelance Cookbook

FOOD BLOGGER BRANDING PORTRAIT SHOOT THE FREELANCER’S COOKBOOK   There are some amazing brands developing on the food blogger and Instagram scene at the moment.  At the heart of these brands are individuals who are passionate about their subject and are exploring social media platforms in really exciting ways.  Engagement is so important for these

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documentary photograph of textile mill worker by yorkshire photographer olivia brabbs

Yorkshire Tweed – Fabric sourcing with Antonia Houston Couture

YORKSHIRE TWEED FABRIC SOURCING WITH ANTONIA HOUSTON COUTURE I was thrilled to be asked to accompany and document couture fashion designer Antonia Houston on a fabric sourcing visit to Marton Mills.  The mill is situated in Pool in Wharfedale near Leeds and is a  family owned business with a heritage linking back to 1931.  Antonia

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detail image of hands weaving

Photography for Creative Businesses – Hand Woven Rugs

PHOTOGRAPHY FOR CREATIVE BUSINESSES JACQUELINE JAMES HANDWOVEN RUGS I always love undertaking photography for creative businesses.  My documentary photography approach is perfect for this type of commission as it enables me to capture a sense of process and expertise alongside equipment details.  I also love bringing in a feel for the artist or craftsperson and

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branding photography for mobile wine bar

Location Branding Photography – mobile bar launch

LOCATION BRANDING PHOTOGRAPHY LIQUID LIBERATION MOBILE BAR It’s always great when businesses are proactive about photography opportunities.  My client Liquid Liberation are a great example of this and spotted an opportunity for a location branding shoot at a planned event at The Shambles Food Court in York.  The company were launching their new mobile bar

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detail of branding for gift box company ginny and joy

Start up branding photography – Ginny & Joy Luxury Gift Boxes

START UP BRANDING PHOTOGRAPHY GINNY & JOY – LUXURY GIFT BOXES I always love start up branding photography commissions.  It’s such an exciting time as the new business owner pulls together their final visions for their branding and marketing.  Ginny and Joy curate beautiful luxury gift boxes which make the perfect alternative to the normal

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site manager anaerobic digestion plant olivia brabbs photography

Branding Photography for Amur Energy

AGRICULTURAL PHOTOGRAPHY AMUR ENERGY Following on from previous agricultural photography shoots undertaken for international company AB AGRI it was great to be commissioned for a branding project for Amur Energy.  Amur is one of the leading companies in the Anaerobic Digestion marketplace.  The location for the shoot was their digestion plant near Sherburn in Elmet

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model portrait showcasing meiji designs silk scarf shot in gardens at Grays Court York

Fashion photography shoot for Meiji Designs

FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY SHOOT MEIJI DESIGNS   Meiji Designs create stunning hand crafted silk scarves and kimonos that are influenced by Japanese design and traditional hand dyeing techniques.  Their approach to creation is a stand against the fast fashion culture and means that each of their products are unique.  The pieces are so beautiful and each

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Bishy Road – Summer party and Dog Show

BISHY ROAD SUMMER PARTY AND DOG SHOW PHOTOGRAPHY I adore living just off Bishy Road in York.  It’s officially Bishopthorpe Road but now fondly known as Bishy Road.  It has won the coveted Great British High Street of the year award in 2015 and has also been nicknamed the Notting Hill of the North.  Underneath

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close up aerial photograph of vegetarian sharing board for CGC Caterers

Food photography – CGC Events at The Hepworth

NATURAL LIGHT FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY CGC EVENTS AT THE HEPWORTH CGC Event Caterers recently commissioned me to undertake a natural light food photography shoot of the newly launched cafe menu at The Hepworth in Wakefield.  CGC are long established catering company with an impressive client list including York Racecourse.  The Hepworth is a recent addition to

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Photography for independent shops – Kemps General Stores in Malton

PHOTOGRAPHY FOR INDEPENDENT SHOPS Kemps General Stores in Malton My work with small businesses takes me into many different industry sectors, one of which is offering photography for independent shops.  Kemps General Stores is a stunning new independent shop run by Liz Kemp and is situated in the market place in Malton in North Yorkshire. 

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drinks photography showing gin flight at pairings wine bar in york

Drinks Photography – Pairings in York

DRINKS PHOTOGRAPHY Pairings in York This was another fantastic commission undertaking drinks photography for the Pairings in York.  This was my third shoot for the wine bar and it was great to add more work to their portfolio of images for website, social media and general marketing. The brief was to capture a fresh interior of the wine bar and then focus

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rolls of marquee canvas during manufacturing photography shoot for wills marquees in yorkshire


MADE IN BRITAIN Manufacturing Photography for Will’s Marquees I always know a commission is going to be totally up my street when the photography brief includes the phrases; handcrafted, made in Britain and artisan.  I know the team well at Will’s Marquees through my wedding photography so it was great to be asked to work

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portrait of fashion designer paul costelloe

Paul Costelloe – photography for Fashion City York

PAUL COSTELLOE Photography for Fashion City York I was absolutely honoured to be lead photographer for Fashion City York this year for their annual showcase event.  This year it was titled ‘Six Days of Style’ and covered an exciting array of events across the city.  I’ll try and share as much as I can of

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interiors photography luxury holiday cottage dining room

Holiday Cottage Photography – North Yorkshire

HOLIDAY COTTAGE PHOTOGRAPHY North Yorkshire I was recently commissioned to undertake some holiday cottage photography for an exciting new website re-brand.  The photography was for luxury holiday property Cherrygarth Cottages which is located near to Castle Howard in North Yorkshire.  It was wonderful to be working alongside a brilliant team with Nima Consultancy managing the

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festive table setting with gold and red

Dine Catering – Christmas Ambassadors’ Dinner in Leeds

DINE CATERING Christmas Ambassadors’ Dinner in Leeds I have worked with Dine Catering on several occasions in wedding world so it was lovely to be commissioned to photograph their Christmas Ambassadors’ Dinner last week.  The dinner was hosted in the beautiful Mansion in Roundhay Park in Leeds where Dine are based. The photography brief was

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van repair in action by mechanic

Commercial Photography Selby: Turners Garage

Commercial Photography Selby Turners Garage The wonderful thing about documentary photography is that you can take it into any environment and use it to capture a sense of facilities, people and services whilst retaining a very natural and authentic feel.  I was recently commissioned by Turners Garage in Selby near York to photograph their accident

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grays court hotel room interior

Hotel Interiors Photography: Grays Court in York

HOTEL INTERIORS PHOTOGRAPHY Grays Court in York It was great to be back at Grays Court in York last week.  I was there to take some images of their new Somerset Room.  I’m putting a strong case forward that this has got to be one of the best hotel views in the city of York! 

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raw cacao beans flat lay photograph

Commercial Photography – Food photography for Choc affair

COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY Food photography for Choc affair Commercial photography that involves food and the need for high end detail is my kind of gig!  This was the final shoot in a series of commissions for Choc affair who are a fantastic chocolate producer in York.  I shared a glimpse of behind the scenes at the

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chocolate factory worker on production line at choc affair in york

Commercial Photography – Choc Affair in York

COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY  CHOC AFFAIR IN YORK This was a fantastic commercial photography commission that I worked on last year for Choc affair in conjunction with United by Design.  I’m always very sensitive to the needs of commercial clients – particularly in the context of a rebrand – and so where appropriate always keep images top

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exterior view of the rattle owl restaurant york

Restaurant Photography: The Rattle Owl in York

Restaurant photography commissions are always a dream for me as they really enable me to combine my two favourite photography styles.  Firstly, documentary photography to capture a sense of staff and the kitchen in action.  Secondly, beautiful editorial style images of details including food, interiors and decor.  These two elements combine wonderfully to support branding

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website screen shot of arty hand shot with brochure

Commercial Photography – AB AGRI website branding commission

I’ve worked with AB AGRI several times over the last few years on commercial photography commissions and so it was great to be invited down to the company’s Head Quarters in Peterborough to undertake a 2 day shoot to support re-branding work for the website and associated marketing campaign.  AB AGRI are an international agricultural

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portrait of teenage girl for charity campaign for domestic abuse charity

Commercial photography York: IDAS – domestic abuse services

I’ve recently undertaken a series of 3 shoots for IDAS as part of their new public awareness campaign.  IDAS are a domestic abuse charity and offer support including refuges and outreach services across York and North Yorkshire. This was my second body of work for IDAS as I worked with them 2 years ago on

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Boutique hotel photography: North Star Club

So August was quite a momentous month as it saw me reach the big 40 landmark!  A highlight of my celebrations was a stay at the new North Star Club near Beverley in Yorkshire.  Launched by the owners of Jollydays Glamping near York, the North Star club takes woodland lodges to a whole new level. 

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period wooden door at boutique hotel grays court in York

York Commercial Photography: Grays Court Interiors Part II

YORK COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY Grays Court Interiors Shoot Another fantastic shoot for boutique hotel Grays Court in central York.  Adding some further bedrooms to their image portfolio along with the Sterne Room and decor details.  Bringing a fresh modern feel that highlights the period features of the property. More images and information for hospitality photography for

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afternoon tea grays court york

Food Photography – Grays Court, York

Sharing some recent natural light food photography taken for boutique hotel Grays Court in central York. The afternoon tea is so delicious and I love how it is presented in a more contemporary style. The images will be used by the hotel on their website, in brochures and for social media campaigns.   For more

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close up view of brewers hand during real ale brewing process

Brewery Photography: The Hop Studio

The Hop Studio is an independent craft brewery based in Elvington near York.  They recently commissioned me to create a portfolio of images for use across their website & social media profiles.  I spent some time with the guys on a brewing day documenting behind the scenes.  A new brew was on the cards featuring

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cumberland suite bedroom at grays court boutique hotel in york

Commercial Photography York: Grays Court Boutique Interiors

So lovely to be back shooting interiors for beautiful boutique hotel Grays Court.  It’s such a hidden gem of a venue – tucked away behind the Minster in central York.  Lovingly restored with a stylish decor that compliments original features perfectly.  The shoot covered interiors photography for bedrooms, bathrooms with a good focus on period

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personal branding portrait of 2 female business owners on location at York station

Commercial Photography York: Research Matters

Decisions about photography are always at the core of any rebranding project.  Words are of course crucial to get across key messages about a business but it’s images that give immediate meaning and emotion.  Whether it’s atmospheric images that evoke a sense of mood or place or a set of personal branding portraits that really

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Editorial Photography: Dales Life Magazine

Swinton Park is one of my favourite Yorkshire hotels so I was thrilled to be commissioned by Dales Life Magazine to do a shoot for the Winter Issue at the Swinton Cookery School.  The shoot documented Chef Director Stephen Bulmer leading the ‘Ultimate Sunday Lunch’ course. The full feature can be found on the online

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grays court boutique hotel in York photographed by Olivia Brabbs

Commercial Photography York: Grays Court Hotel

Grays Court is one of York’s hidden gems and I love hearing people’s reactions after they’ve discovered it for the first time.  The garden is just gorgeous with amazing views of York Minster.  Inside, the boutique interiors combine sympathetically with the building’s history and heritage.  I’ve photographed some weddings there as well as used it

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open farm day Yorkshire-documentary photography showing education talk from farmer

Open Farm School Day – Molescroft Grange

I was thrilled to be asked by the team at Molescroft Farm in Beverley to document one of their open farm days last week.  The scheme was started in 2011 and is now run on a nationwide basis by LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming).  The event featured several experts from across Yorkshire and the primary

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north star club luxury woodland retreat holidays - business card with branding

North Star Club – luxury interiors & lifestyle photography

There’s an exciting new Yorkshire launch on the horizon and I’m so delighted to have been commissioned to help with the photography.  The owners of Jollydays which was the original (and many would say best!) glamping site in the UK are set to launch The North Star Club this summer.  It will feature luxury cabins

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wensleydale brewery beer casks by yorkshire brewery photographer olivia brabbs

Yorkshire Brewery Photography

This is the latest shoot in a series of commissions for Yorkshire producers and makers.  Recent shoots have seen me documenting the work of jewelers, bakers, farmers and a particular favourite, brewers.  I spent a day with Geoff and Carl from Wensleydale brewery last week capturing a sense of the brewery at work but also

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Honeywell bakes photograph of baker at work by yorkshire photographer olivia brabbs

York Documentary Photography: Honeywell Bakes

This was another shoot for the ‘We Make: We Do’ collaboration with United by Design.   Honeywell Bakes makes rather lovely biscuits and is run by my good photography buddy Rebecca Honeywell and her sister Rosie.  I spent a morning at Honeywell HQ as Rebecca and Rosie were working hard on their Halloween collection for Selfridges. 

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welsh gold ring in production by York jewellery designer Charmian Ottaway by photographer olivia brabbs

York Documentary Photography: Jewellery Designer Charmian Ottaway

This shoot was part of the ‘We make: We Do’ documentary photography series in collaboration with United by Design.  We’ll be launching a website soon to showcase the great people we’ve been working with so watch this space. Charmian Ottaway is a super talented jewellery designer based in York.  My favourite element of this series

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beer cask at treboom brewery by yorkshire photographer olivia brabbs

Brewery Photography York: Treboom

I’m really excited to be part of a great new collaboration with Owen and the team at United by Design who are based just round the corner from me in York.  The collaboration was started to meet the creative needs of breweries, independent food and drink producers and other makers.  It’s all about top end

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