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 commission.

Recent blog posts

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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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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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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