Documentary photography by female photography Olivia Brabbs based in Leeds, Yorkshire - specialising in charity projects


If I had to choose one word to describe my photographic style it would be documentary.  For me, it's about quiet observation based around a relationship of trust and understanding with my subjects leading to the capture of that pefect moment.  A passion for black and white imagery matches well with the style.  Removing colour can help take away potential distractions leaving the emotion and action that the image is all about.  Looking through my portfolios you'll quickly pick up that many of the shots don't contain the obvious smiles - instead it's about looking for genuine atmosphere, emotion and personalities and waiting for those magic moments when my subject stops seeing me and my camera.

I've loved bringing my documentary eye to many weddings, family celebrations and corporate functions and so last year decided to take on regular charity commissions.  2008 saw me working with Sue Ryder Care Wheatfields Hospice in Leeds, West Yorkshire.  My brief was to celebrate the work of the  volunteer team at the hospice by documenting the many diverse roles they undertake.  From patient facing roles in the hospice through to management of weekly sales to generate much needed funds there are volunteers who work across every area.  Many of the volunteers have amazing stories to tell about their own personal reasons for becoming part of the Wheatfields community and are a source of inspiration. I can't say thank you enough to all of the volunteers, staff and patients at Wheatfields who made me feel so welcome.

I'd currently exploring options for some personal projects for 2010 so if you are involved with a charity based in and around Leeds I'd love to hear about your ideas.

All images copyright Olivia Brabbs Photography 2018

Welcome to the wedding website of female photographer Olivia Brabbs.

Based in York, I provide reportage photography services across Yorkshire including Leeds, Harrogate, Ilkley, Wetherby and Ripon and across the UK.  I offer natural wedding photography that tells the story of your day in a documentary style.

Commercial and editorial photography services are also available.  Please visit Olivia Brabbs Commercial Photography

The latest wedding stories featuring lots of images can be found on my blog - Olivia Brabbs Photography Blog




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