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.

Structures in the Landscape

This project is a landscape photography project with a difference. I look at the relationships between man made structures in the landscape in which they stand. These structures, mostly in SW England span history from ancient archaeological stones to old light towers, abandoned mines right up to modern navigation markers.

You may also be interested in my Quintessential Westcountry folio.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you are interested in prints, frames, canvasses, etc or for digital file licensing. 

If you are a keen amateur photographer, I can help you to improve your coastal and landscape photographs with photography tuition & workshops Fine art prints of many of my landscape and documentary photography can be bought at Tony Cobley Prints