Horsham Serpent Gin!

Fun shoot today with @CratesLocal and @CabinPresSpirit A combination of the greats creating the new #horshamserpentgin #photoshoot #commercialphotographyn #phaseone #mediumformat #profotolighting

Interior show home photography

I thought I would share some finished examples and before and after image of an interior photo shoot commission I recently completed. The shoot was for a one bedroom apartment and I wanted to make it look as light and airy as possible in the photographs. As a professional photographer of many years now, I can see problem areas that will need supplemented lighting on location and with careful blending with ambient light, this can be overcome to look natural to the eye.

The apartment took most of the day to shoot using a remote camera on a tripod with pocket wizard triggers for flash activation and capture. I shoot tethered into a laptop for reference to view and assess the multiple exposures and flash frames to check I have a full range of options to edit in Photoshop for the final product.

Thank you for looking enjoy the images

Botanica Restaurant at South Lodge Spa

We had the pleasure of shooting the new restaurant Botanica at South Lodge on the outskirts of Horsham for future magazine advertising and for a meal review editorial feature.

The restaurant is Mediterranean inspired and run by head chef Jonathan Spiers. There is a vegetarian prominence to most of the dishes but there are meat options too for those that can’t do without!

I photographed the restaurant inside and out before setting up the studio lights for the food shots. We were then traded to ten dishes suggested by chef followed by two deserts. I can honestly say, I have never had such delicious vegetarian food, and I am not swayed lightly on the subject!

Here are a few images from the photoshoot at Botanica and spa.

Feria de Horsham

Feria de Horsham was a new event for the town this year. This was in addition to the usual excellent events held in the town throughout the summer, including Piazza Italia, Americarna, Pium Jam etc.

The Spanish themed festival came to Horsham courtesy of Feria de Londres in partnership with Horsham District Council.

As you can see from the images below, there was an amazing display of colourful Rumba and Flamenco dancing, traditional Spanish street food stalls and children’s play/workshop areas for face painting, hair styling, velvet rose making and a portrait artist if you were happy to sit for long enough!

The crowds enjoyed the entertainment right through the day and were a great addition to add to the Spanish vibe making it a true festival experience.

Here are some of my official event photography photographs from the day. The full set can be viewed here https://tobyphillipsphotography.pixieset.com/spanishfestivalhorsham2019/

OXO Tower, London Event Photography

We enjoyed photographing an awesome evening for Yellow Fish events and CITA at the OXO tower London.

This is an amazing event space and as a commercial photographer, a real treat to shoot!

Lick Me bespoke ice creams were there as a supplier and also the magical Lewis Fuller who is a singing magician and part of the magic circle group. The delegates at the OXO tower London clearly enjoyed the evening.

Here are a few images of the venue and suppliers on the night. Stunning views across London I think you will agree!

Horsham District Tour 2018

A fantastic day yesterday photographing the Horsham District tour event for Horsham District Council in beautiful sunshine with Horsham Time Well Spent, Silvertip Films, Lisa Brace and ByJove Media. Editing into the night for a quick turnaround for press etc #dedication

I love photographing events like this when the people and the atmosphere really make the day. Plenty of amazing cars to photograph and happy faces too! Although I photograph all over the UK for corporate, commercial and advertising shoots, I really enjoy photographing closer to home now and again! Please enjoy the images and take a look at the link if you would like to see the full set from the day!

Full set can be seen by clicking the link below!


Nafisi Studio editorial shoot

We had a great little shoot @NafisiStudio this week. Lovely couple with great skills and output in the world of wood creation! 

Here is a small collection of my favourite images taken on the shoot.

#studio #profoto #canon #canon1dxii #editorial #locationshoot #workshop 

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Triathlete Yasmin Akbay location shoot

Little location shoot for Triathlete Yasmin Akbay today for an editorial magazine piece. We had to improvise with a quickly darkening cricket pitch for our location to give a sense of the outdoors in what was otherwise a built up area. I always enjoy photographing these sportsmen/women as the clothing is always colourful and there is usually a sports prop to hand to make things interesting! Here are a few images from the location photoshoot.  #upandcoming #triathlete#phaseonephoto #phaseonexf #profoto #locationshoot #sports#portrait #cycle #triathalon #fitness #editorial

Sussex Street Food Finals 2018

What an amazing day to photograph the street food finals 2018 in Horsham town. The 21st of October and bathed in glorious sunshine!

As a professional event photographer based in Sussex but travelling internationally for assignments, it is always nice to shoot something nice and local once in a while.

Here are a few images to give you a flavour of the day, delicious food and the crowds flocking into Horsham to soak up the sunshine and atmosphere, along with the live music provided.

The full set of images can be viewed in the link below and will be live for a couple of months. https://tobyphillipsphotography.pixieset.com/sussexstreetfoodwards2018-7780/

Thank you for looking.

The Loxwood Joust

The Loxwood Joust is an amazing spectacular medieval event held every year in August.

The event is held in two large arenas with a small woodland area in-between the two main fields. There is plenty to see and do for all the family, including blacksmith workshops, learning how to make chainmail, pewter badge making along with many other skills like archery, swordsmanship etc.

If you make it past the witches at their caldron in the woods, you will find their resident executioner on hand to tell you of frighting times of old!

I have added a very small selection of images I took for a magazine on the day. Thank you for looking!


Thakeham Homes show house Interior shoot

I have been asked to photograph quite a few interiors/exteriors for various building companies and property developers in the Surrey and Sussex area over the years. It is always a challenge to shoot interiors as you often have to battle with the lighting available in the room and then subtly add your own. Some of the shots below are created by a montage of up to 10 different parts of the image photographed separately with Profoto B1 studio lights triggered remotely. This particular shoot was for Thakeham Homes based in West Sussex.

Here are just a few from the finished set. Thank you for looking!!


Event photography at the Manchester Museum

I had the pleasure of photographing the annual APAM conference (association of Physicians of Great Britain and Ireland) at the Reynolds centre, Manchester University and then on to the Manchester Museum for drinks reception and dinner. The image below is the reception area, perfect for drinks and networking!

Lifestyle shoot for Marley Mattresses

We had a fun shoot in March 2018 with models Alexa and Juan along with Clare Pinkney (make up artist) in a hired barn in the depths of West Sussex!

The brief was to create light and airy lifestyle images with a young couple on these new high tech mattresses created by Southern Foam.

I had visited the barn in previous weeks with the client to assess the best angles and areas within the given space to shoot in. The images came out well and everyone was happy with the results, which is always good!

I decided to use the 30 megapixel Canon 5d mrk4 for this shoot as we needed a good depth of field to show off the mattresses as well as having the models in focus. My medium format camera is better for subject isolation and would have been a compromise in this situation.

Lighting heads were Profoto B1s and 120cm/70cm octoboxes with inner diffusion panels to create even softer light. Lights were balanced with the exposure of the window light to keep things looking natural.

Here are a few basic edits of images taken on the day.


Editorial portraits with the Phase One XF digital medium format camera

I am often asked if I am a 'Canon' or a 'Nikon' man! The answer to that is Canon for some things, Leica for others and Phase One digital medium format when ever I can!

It still amazes me the quality of images and files that come out of this camera. With 16 bit RAW files to work with and high dynamic range, every capture is a treat to work with.

For this editorial assignment, I decided to use the Phase one to enable colour reproduction and sharpness isolation on the subject. Medium format has a certain look and gradual sharpness fall off is one of the advantages over the average DSLR camera.

Enjoy the images below and thanks for looking!


Corporate event photography at the Stanhill Hotel in Charlwood, Surrey

I always enjoy event photography commissions, especially at the end of the year when companies generally start to relax and unwind, starting with the Christmas parties!

This event was held at the Stanhill Court Hotel in Charlwood Surrey. Stanhill Court is a delightful old manor house and grounds, lending itself perfectly to events and weddings.

The evening started with a drinks reception with the accompaniment of a steel band who were upbeat and good to start the party feel! This was then followed by the meal and further entertainment by the Blunter Brothers on stage (fab soul band!), a mobile casino and of course the essential Photo Booth stacked full of accessories to make you look your best!!

There were plenty of great candid photography opportunities to be photographed and I enjoyed documenting the event for the company. Here are a few photographs of the evening

Magazine cover shoot for Smart Aviation

I was recently commissioned to photograph a magazine cover shot for Charter Broker Magazine which is the leading magazine for business aviation charter professionals throughout the world.

We had the use of a private jet hanger owned by Zenith Aviation LTD based in Biggin Hill for the photoshoot. I wanted to create sharp clean well lit portraits utilising parts of the jet to give a sense of location whilst overpowering the available light in the hanger to give more emphasis on the subject

I used a mixture of Profoto b1 lights with associated soft boxes and grids to light the subject and a 1200w Elinchrom rangerRX for a general wash of light over the aircraft. All the images are shot with the Phase One digital medium format camera and Schneider prime lenses.

I am used to photographing cover shots for a monthly magazine I shoot for so I know how to compose an image allowing for headings and sub headings on the cover.

Here are a few of the images below, along with a behind the scenes shot of me in full swing!



Office Christmas Party Photography at The Buxted Park Hotel

It is always fun to photograph social events and downtime for companies I shoot for during the rest of the year. Events, portraits and commercial shoots can still be fun but not quite the same as the office Christmas party!

This one was no exception! The venue was the Buxted Park Hotel in the Ashdown Forest. The evening started with a mobile cocktail bar in one of the reception areas of the hotel, providing delicious mojito, whisky sours or whatever took your fancy. The cocktails were accompanied by the amazing Graffiti Classics who are a traditional String Quartet with a twist! Beautiful classical music to start the evening off with, followed by their surprise comedy set just after dinner,  breaking out into Irish jigs, a very unusual version of the Bumble Bee and lots more! 

After dinner there was a fireworks display outside (best place for fireworks!) followed by some oversized arcade classic games to play whilst having more cocktails. It was a great evening to photograph and presented itself with some great photojournalistic opportunities to capture. Please enjoy the small collection of images I have posted to give you all a flavour of my work and please do get in touch should you have and event that you would like documented!  


Cabin Pressure Spirits

Cabin Pressure Spirits has been created by David Howard of Horsham. 

David makes the gin in a cabin in his own garden, created specifically for the distilling process. The shed consists of various glass flasks and vacuum machines to aid the distilling process and to make this all possible at a lower temperature.

David is one of a few 'craft gin' creators in west sussex that have popped up in recent years. I photographed David's business for an editorial piece in All About Horsham Magazine. As the photographer for the magazine, we photograph a business each month to feature, along with many other subjects. David was pleased that his main photograph featured as the front cover for the June edition of all about Horsham, a nice surprise!

We did get to have a taste of the gin and would recommend trying it for yourself. Just right with a slither of fresh lemon and ice!

London corporate location portraits

CWT Meetings and events (based in London) contacted me to photograph their staff. The images are going to be used not only as business profile shots but also for prints on acrylic panels to decorate the office. I did a recce down Brick Lane in London prior to the commercial photoshoot and noted suitable backdrops to use for the set. I used my Phase One XF medium format camera and IQ260 digital back to capture the portrait images along with an Elinchrom RX Ranger studio light and power pack. This combination ensures the best image quality available in the industry. Perfect skin tones and eye watering resolution will mean the final prints will look amazing on the office walls.

We didn't start the shoot until 2pm which was a little risky with the light on a January winter day! I blended flash exposure with available ambient light to highlight the subjects against the urban backdrops. I have posted the results below. Thank you for looking. Toby.