Category: Lifestyle


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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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