Medical Photography & Personal Injury Legal Evidence Medico-legal Photography in Devon & Cornwall:

I can provide professional medical photography and patient photography for medico-legal evidence purposes in Plymouth, Exeter, Devon and Cornwall and other parts of the South West. I can set up either in my South Devon studio, at the patient's home or at a law firm or medical practice.

I have been trained in medical photography by Dr William Anderson, FRCS, LLM, FFFLM, FBIPP in Medical Photography and establishing a medical photography service.
I have a standard operating procedure (SOP) and certificates which can be provided.

I also have an enhanced DBS disclosure, full insurance, formal professional photography qualifications and I work with discretion and sensitivity using high quality photography equipment and lighting.

The aim is to represent the injury or condition in an unbiased and objective way, showing scale and context of the injuries and as specified by the law firm, medic, insurer or patient.

I am happy to be commissioned by law firms, their clients or by medical or insurance companies to help provide the best patient photography evidence for their cases. I can also provide medical photography for medical training purposes.

Patient Personal Injury Photography, in Devon & Cornwall - Technique

A neutral background is used with colour calibrated equipment and a lighting set up which shows texture without creating excessive shadow. Focal lens of lenses if selected to avoid misleading perspective and attention given to plane of focus and depth of field. Sometimes a telephoto zoom lens is used if the patient isn't comfortable with proximity.

Scale can be demonstrated through use of a "Forensigraph" scale positioned next to the injury, context can be shown with wider shots and a headshot as proof of identity. These types of patient photography are usually captured:

  • Overview and context image - to orientate / appreciate where on the body the injury is. If required a comparison image (eg for feet).
  • Close up image of the injury.
  • Close up image with a measure scale next to the injury.
  • If appropriate and patient is happy to do: Re enactment of position of injury. 
  • Identifier headshot or patient with case ref card.

Medical Photography in DevonImages are shot in RAW format, calibrated for colour etc and no adjustments / retouching is done then supplied within at most 2 to 3 working days in high and low resolution TIFF or JPEG format. The commissioning client (and their patent if required) receive images via download link with license for perpetual unlimited usage for unlimited time.

Patient privacy, space and dignity are always respected as is data protection. An impartial chaperone (not a friend or relative) should be provided for photography of sensitive parts of the body and for under 18s. More details in my SOP.

Gloves and facemask are used during Covid and all scales etc are sanitised, backgrounds and gloves disposed of.

Prices are always bespoke, depending on the requirements and location. Please contact me for a quote and more details. You may also be interested in my commercial photography for medical & scientific clients.

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Example of medico-legal medical photography in Devon of a scar on patient's back (with patient's permission to use here).

Holiday & Tourism Photography in Devon & Cornwall

I shoot lots of promotional work for the holiday, leisure and hospitality industry here in Devon & Cornwall. Covid has reduced the types of work I have been able to do lately but bookings are coming in for a far more "normal" summer! My promotional tourism Photography is for holiday parks, area tourism partnerships and all sorts of other hospitality and leisure businesses. I've worked on commissions from East Devon to The Isles of Scilly.

Fun Lifestyle Approach to Tourism Photography

I enjoy working with client organisations to photograph people having fun and interacting with these businesses / organisations. This allows customers to see not only what you have, but what it is like to be on holiday there. We have lots of fun shooting this work and often work with children and animals at the same time!! You can see more examples of my tourism photography via this webpage or maybe watch our Youtube tourism photography Slideshow:
No matter what you are promoting, showing it with people is the way to go! I work on promotional photography in Devon on all sorts of varied marketing campaigns in South West England. These campaigns can be to promote services, products, spaces or even concepts for any organisation.

Things, Brands, Experiences, Situations

No matter what the “thing” to be promoted, showing people interacting with it will bring it to life and communicate how the potential customer would experience it. Many of my clients have brand guidelines which ask me to show what it feels like to experience their offering. “Lifestyle” photoshoots are the most obvious solution but similar human involvement can also happen in industrial situations, education environments and even close up details. Using just parts of a person such as hands can also bring photographs to life and provide scale and context.

Fewer Words, More Images

In the age of new media, the fewer words used, the better. Because we scroll through so much content and only stop when something catches our eye, images are initially more powerful than words. So images with people can describe a product or service without having to include lots of words.


When working as a photographer in Devon or wider afield, models for photoshoots come in many guises: Some clients hire professional models or extras, other use their own staff and some use volunteers or family and friends. I am experienced in working with all of these individuals, each requiring slightly different management on shoot.

"Happy Models Make for a good shoot!"

I like to work on the basis that “Happy models make for a good shoot” so it's always good to make sure they are relaxed, comfortable and fully aware of what’s happening.

Promotional Photography in Devon

A browse through the commercial photography folios on my website will show how people come in to most aspects of my commissioned work. See if you can guess who the people are and how they became involved in helping on the shoot. If you have an organisation with a brand to promote, I would be very pleased to discuss creative photography ideas for working with people to get your brand message out there. Tony

What does a Devon Commercial Photographer do During Lockdown?

Devon commercial photographer, Tony Cobley has been keeping busy during the Coronavirus lockdown. Between volunteering in his local community and the occasional safe home product photoshoot, Tony has also been providing virtual photography tuition for hobby snappers anywhere in the world via Zoom. He’s also giving free on line consultations with business owners and marketing professionals to discuss photography plans for the other side of lockdown. This week, Tony has done a product photo shoot for a new client in Devon. “Allies of Nature” are a start-up emotional wellbeing business making flower essences who have put lots of effort into their branding and design. They needed quality images to show off their brand across all marketing material and social media. Tony who is a location commercial photographer was able to build a studio at his home near Plymouth in South Devon to do the product shoot. This maintained maximum social distancing and he handled the products with gloves to be extra safe. Tony shot individual images of all 22 flower essence products and then made some creative group shots. Simon Blackler, owner of “Allies of Nature” was thrilled with the resulting images and said: “I have just downloaded all the pics, what an awesome photoshoot, looks like you had some fun!! Great group shots as well as the individual bottles. I couldn’t have asked for any more. I’m looking forward to showing off your fantastic work. Brilliant job, first class effort.” Tony is keen to talk to anyone involved in marketing about future plans for the other side of the current lockdown and offers free photography consultations via Zoom for business owners and marketing / comm's professionals. See Tony's full portfolio via the folio links at Tony Cobley Photography  


Working as a commercial photographer in Devon and Cornwall really does provide me with a varied and diverse working life; every day is very different! Although the purpose and the techniques are always similar, the subject matter and location environments can be assorted and very mixed. I meet lots of interesting people, go to places I never realised exist and learn about all sorts of organisations. I love my work.


Last month my work as a commercial photographer in the South West included: Antique chairs in a country house, a health & safety director in a petrol terminal, contemporary kitchen interiors, working portraits of trainees in a college, some corporate business headshots, product images of horse riding boots and an aerial drone shoot of a school!

Environments & People

The environments for these locations are all so different - from industrial docks in Plymouth, to a rural Dartmoor home, to a factory in Cornwall, to a large college campus, to a modern office complex. And the people involved can be anyone from trainee to CEO - all fascinating in their own way. So I never get bored or tired with my work and the people I work with.

Common Links?

The common link to all of these apparently different commercial photography projects (other than Devon & Cornwall) is that we are capturing brands. All of my work is for marketing & communications purposes, commissioned by marketing professionals or business owners. So my job is to create images which use the environment, the people and the subject matter to give power and reality to a marketing campaign.

Where do the Images End Up?

The petrol terminal images will end up in an annual report, the headshots on a website team page, the kitchens in a brochure, the boots on an e-commerce site and the trainees in an apprentice event promo poster and social media. Just a few examples of different ways to use images as marketing assets.

Commercial Photographer - Who & How?

Professional commercial photographers like me are trained and experienced experts at getting the best out of subjects, locations and people, no matter what and where they are. We create marketing assets to get your organisation and message noticed. See more of my Devon & Cornwall commercial photography and many more varied images on the Tony Cobley Photography website. You can also see more examples on this youtube video on photographing people in business. Please feel free to Get in touch if you'd like to discuss creative ideas for photographing your unique organisation and creating new, powerful marketing material. Tony

Student Lifestyle Photography

This is something a little different. This style of student lifestyle photography was commissioned for various marketing campaigns in Devon. The creative brief was to show students out and about in real situations rather than in subject environments. We shot outdoors on location one year and then built a studio in the college with a specially designed background the following year.

Collaborating on Student Lifestyle Photography

I worked closely with a creative agency on most of these shots. I am able to recommend such agencies for various types of photography. I mostly cover Devon & Cornwall but am happy to discuss projects further afield. View a video slideshow for one such campaign... You may also wish to view my folio of prospectus photography for colleges, universities and training. Please don't hesitate to make contact to discuss creative ideas for student lifestyle photography.

Plymouth Hoe Foreshore Documentary Photography 

The once magnificent lower foreshore of Plymouth Hoe shows signs of a bygone era of seaside splendour with disused bathing areas, changing rooms and sun decks. I am always fascinated to go exploring below the main promenade of Plymouth Hoe and see what I can find, old and new.

Shapes, colours and textures fight the elements for survival in this unforgiving environment, bathed in ever differing light from sky and sea. The area must be home to many memories from many eras.

This personal photographic project explores the details of this beautiful but often un-noticed area between the tide and the city. I really love this spot as it is but also feel that it could become an amazing world class amphitheatre in the future, but I quite like the Hoe foreshore as it is!

Documentary Photographer in Devon

I would be very pleased to discuss documentary photography commissions in Devon or Cornwall or provide more information on my services so please don't hesitate to contact me. Or check out my Prints & Digital License Prices

Fine art prints of many of my landscape and documentary photography can be bought at Tony Cobley Prints

Quintessential Westcountry Images from Devon, Cornwall, Somerset & Scilly

I love living and working as a photographer in the characterful South West of England. In this portfolio I am concentrating on Westcountry images with a traditional, quirky, romantic or timeless quality, something that can easily be found in this wonderful part of the world.

This project shows some of the quintessentially Westcountry images that I have captured around our beautiful region from West Cornwall to North Somerset, From seaside scenes and piers to quaint villages and from traditional country events to beautiful sunset silhouettes.

You may also like my Plymouth Hoe Silhouettes folio.

Photography Rates for Commissioned Work: Please don't hesitate to contact me with your photography requirements and brief. I will then be pleased to provide a prompt written quotation. I can provide rates for commission photography or special prices for image licensing or for prints, framed prints and canvasses.

Fine art prints of many of my landscape and documentary photography can be bought at Tony Cobley Prints

Photography of Artists, Artwork and Reproduction Work in Devon & Cornwall

I enjoy photographing artists, their work, their galleries and studios across Devon & Cornwall.

I have photographed painters, sculptors, jewellers, glass makers and all sorts of other arts & craft people in the South West

The fourth image in this Portfolio is of the Devon sculptor, Sam White. This was a photo shoot for Sam's project of creating monolithic sculptures inspired by standing stones on Dartmoor. So we photographed Sam with his work by a stone row on Dartmoor at sunrise on the winter solstice!

Photography of artists can be extremely interesting and I like to show them in their environment.

You may also be interested to see my photographs of musicians & entertainers.

Reproduction Artwork Photography in Devon

I also do reproduction artwork photography - supplying colour calibrated high resolution images for you to make prints from and use for promotion / portfolio. This can be done on location at your studio, home or workplace.

Commercial Photography Rates:

Please contact me to discuss your specific artist and artwork photography requirements and I will provide a prompt quotation and availability.

Sports & Outdoor Pursuit Photography in Devon & Cornwall

Outdoor pursuit photography enables me to capture some exciting and dynamic subjects. I often photograph these activities in the Westcountry for colleges, schools, PR campaigns or other organisations and events.

Creative photography of these activities in Devon & Cornwall will ensure that your subject is presented in a creative and exciting way to help your marketing, communications and publicity.

I like to get close to the action from all sorts of angles - such as photographing whilst hanging from ropes and lying on beaches!

Commercial Outdoor Pursuits Photography Rates:

Please contact me to discuss your specific photography requirements and I will provide a prompt quotation and availability.