Ambientlife Celebrates 8 Amazing Years !


WOW its been 8 years….!

‘AmbientLife’, a company and concept that photographer Tim Wallace created and brought to life now celebrates its eighth successful year.

It had been an amazing journey so far with so many amazing projects and shoots, today we are very proud indeed, proud to have worked with some of the Worlds most recognised brands and names within the industry as well as working alongside some fantastic clients. The last 8 years have also seen Tim engaging audiences both in the UK, Europe and the US with his seminars and live shoot events and in 2014 he became an instructor on stage in Las Vegas at PSW delivering talks about his work, his methods and how he approaches the work that he produces from the standpoint of both lighting and style. These have gone from strength to strength and Tim also signed up this year with ‘Celebrity Speakers’ through which he delivers talks on stage about personal motivation and on industry and life from his own personal perspective and experience.

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Tim “WOW 8 years! this is something that I am very proud of indeed, its been a huge amount of hard work and many said that I would not achieve my goals when I set out to be the best prestige car photographer that I could but 8 years on I am still here, I have ridden the recession and hard times in car industry, stuck to my business goals and adapted also along the day to capture new opportunities such as the recent moves to also shoot high end truck world for clients such as Dennis Eagle and NFT.

None of this would have been possible at all without my amazing partner Angela, her devotion, love and belief in me and my dreams from the very early days so many years go when I first used to talk about wanting to start ‘AmbientLife’ have given me the strength and belief to carry on and keep striving for what I believe in and not be deterred from being ‘different’ .
Also I’m grateful for the support of some amazing true friends that are to me the very very best people that have stood next to me and supported me, the colleagues and clients I have worked with and that have become friends and all those along this journey of mine.

Years ago I ran away from home and lived on the streets of London for a while near Covent Garden, 15yrs old and full of drive with all I owned to my name in a small Adidas sports bag (I still have it) from there I joined the Daily Mail and worked in the Darkrooms, went on to be a photographer in London, worked in some Agencies then joined the Royal Marines. After that I went into Network and Media management for Orange and Virgin and after redundancy in 2006 I took my dreams and started ‘AmbientLife.

The last eight years have been a challenge thats is for sure, building a business up from the ground is never an easy task and in the middle of a worldwide recession makes it even more challenging but I have stayed firm in my beliefs for the direction that AmbientLife should take and as the years have unfolded the company, the work that we do and the quality of what we produce has taken the company into new area’s and has pushed the boundaries further and further to allow more creativity and more depth to our work, this year I am striving to really push the business in 2015 to make this the best year ever!

I can not thank enough the amazing people that I have worked with over the years and the amazing support and following that AmbientLife has achieved from a truly global audience, I am honoured and touched always by the feedback that I receive and the growing number of people and clients alike who say that they feel ‘inspired’ when they look at our work.

Thank you !”

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Pro Book Q4 – 2015 Launches

The ‘Pro Book’ represents a online copy of our automotive car photography work presented on screen as a portfolio but more in the traditional sense, a soft copy you could say of the actual Pro Book that we may use in client meetings or with agents and art buyers.

The book is updated four times each year and we are very pleased to announce the launch of the Q4 2015 version of the book which includes all the latest new work from commercial photographer Tim Wallace.
The Pro Book receives a vast amount of interest from clients and agencies alike and we hope that this new release of Tim’s ongoing creative commercial work inspires and demonstrates his unique style and approach as well as showcasing some of his recent work both in the UK and Internationally with our corporate business clients and agency clients.

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A online dedicated version is also available for agents and clients to view here at http://www.commercialphotographerportfolio.co.uk

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Dennis Eagle Trucks – 2015 Brochure Shoot


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Dennis Eagle have been one of our truck industry clients over the last 2 years, and in that time commercial photographer Tim Wallace has worked closely with the UK based company to produce their commercial advertising and marketing photography. This week we were shooting the new 2015 model brochure for Dennis Eagle at one of the UK’s largest vehicle studios.
The facility is one that we use for some of our automotive car work but also when the vehicle is somewhat larger and in this case it was the prefect location to allow Tim to complete the shoot on 3 new Dennis vehicles.

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truck photography lorry HGV photographer

truck photography lorry HGV photographer

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All the studio work was shot using a Hasselbald H5 medium format camera system, this gives our client the very highest quality image files for then to then utilise across their business whether that be in brochure and marketing material or being deployed in large format on posters at trade motor events or on billboards. Using a high end image capture system we feel is imperative to our clients to give them not only the flexibility of imagery use but also the very best image quality possible to project their product to their own customers.

Tim – “The day started early as I arrived at the studio not long after 7am, we had a lot of work to get through with quite an extensive shoot list from our client covering three vehicles and various detail / accessory images to capture too. When I arrived the first of the vehicles was already on site at the studio entrance and we had brought in a dedicated vehicle cleaning crew to work on all three throughout the day. When we shoot cars in this sort of situation it is normal that they would be cleaned and prepared in the factory and then transported via a covered transporter to the studio, however thats just not possible with vehicles of this sheer size and weight so each of the vehicles shot had to be driven to the studio directly from the Dennis Eagle factory and then cleaned and prepared on site. As with any shoot the devil is in the detail and its good solid planning and preparation that really makes the difference on a shoot like this.”

“We met with the Dennis Eagle marketing director to go over our planning of the shoot as this is always an essential in these situations, which vehicle would be shot first and in what positions and in what order, this is crucial to the shoot as you do not really want to be moving these very large vehicles around too much if you can avoid that to both save time and also keep your shoot location inside the massive studio infinity cove as clean and free from contamination as possible.
Our lighting on this shoot was all ‘continuous’ lighting equipment that gives us the control over the light that is required to get the right lighting over a vehicle of this size and complexity.”

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Equipment used:

Hasselblad H5 camera system
Hasselblad 28mm HC Lens
Hasselblad 35mm HC Lens
Hasselblad 50-110mm HC Lens

4 x Arri Fresnel 5K spot & stands
15 x Arri Fresnel 2K spot & stands
10 x Arri Fresnel 1K spot & stands
2 x Kino Flow lighting strips
18 x C Stands

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Over the last two years Tim has been shooting all Dennis Eagles commercial photography and the work produced has been unitised across different platforms such as corporate website, brochure and marketing, The work that we produced this week will be added to that library of work at Dennis Eagle and will now be formatted through their central advertising agency to create the final advertising campaigns and brochures.
Below is some of the previous work that Tim has created for the company now in place within their business and being used to promote the Dennis Eagle brand and products across the globe.

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2014 Wow what a Year!


As 2014 comes to a close its good to look back over what has been a pivotal year, and wow what a year it has been, both professionally and personally.
The year has seen some really amazing shoots featuring some of the rarest cars on the planet, amazing locations, and we’ve also been blessed with many new exciting clients coming on board as the business has seen continued growth both in the base area of commercial photographic work, and the supply of syndicated stock for advertising campaigns and commercial branding projects literally all over the globe.

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2014 started with the busiest first quarter that we have ever seen with major shooting projects such as the commercial photography that Tim shot for our new client ‘Triumph North America’ and ‘Castrol BP’ in January. This was continued as February came and went in a flash as we saw further new clients such as ‘Folwer Welsh’ come on board. We also saw a massive project in February to work with a new UK based Insurance company ‘Sure Thing’ to supply all the photography for their launch that came a few months later in April and this was closely followed by a 3 part major project for Jaguar UK to help market and promote the ‘Heritage’ element of their brand for commercial advertising as well as billboard use at such shows as the NEC Motor Show.

Probably one of the largest projects undertaken in 2014 was the completion of shooting for the Aston Martin Book, a massive undertaking and something that Tim has been involved exclusively with since its start in early 2013. The book is a celebration of Aston Martin through their 100 years and is a major publication of over 680 pages of stunning photography from Tim capturing each of their significant models over their first 100 years of building cars, from the very first Bamford Martin car all the way through to the infamous DB5 and onwards to the latest DBS and One77 models of recent years.

Designed and produced to be a general book for the market this publication reflects the history of design and how the cars have evolved over the years but is not a technical based book as many before it have had their base, bit more a book of simply beautiful photography to celebrate a iconic and world famous British brand that is as strong today as it ever was. Printing will commence in 2015 and their are discussions underway to also bring out a limited boxed edition.

Tim - “Being asked to create all the photography for the Aston Workshop 100 year book is indeed a great honour and its a project that we have been working on for just over a year now. The book will primarily be a ‘coffee table’ style book of great photography looking at each of the models through the history of Aston Martin design and endeavour to create cars that instil both passion and soul. Its a massive project and currently we are very close to completing the project now. Some of the cars that I have captured for this book such as the Zagato’s VEV1 and VEV2 that are very rare and today are in the same condition as the day that they drove out of the factory gates. For me personally it’s a joy to shoot these cars and we have been working with Aston in the UK and Europe for just over 7 years now so I am very familiar with both the company and the vehicles themselves which is a major benefit to the project for me personally. We are having the final design meetings for the project and we anticipate that the book will launch this year globally, I can’t wait to see all that hard work come together in what I hope will be a book that young and old will enjoy a like.”

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2014 also saw our work featured across the World in many magazine interviews and features, some months there were 2 or 3 articles running at any one time such as Professional Photographer Magazines, The Review in London, and Camerapixo to name a few, as well as recorded TV and Podcast interviews with people such as Photofocus in the US when Tim was asked to be an instructor for the infamous Photoshop World event held in Las Vegas with KelbyOne. The event saw Tim deliver 3 seminars including a live car shoot on stage and a business masterclass that received some of the highest feedback for any seminar at the event, resulting in Tim being asked to return to Las Vegas in 2015 to deliver a expanded business seminar over several sessions this time, a further live car shoot and also be one of the chosen instructors to deliver a major car lighting live event during the ‘precon’ for Photoshop World 2015.

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One of our proudest moments in 2014 was the launch of Tim’s very first exhibition which was sponsored by Fuji UK and Digitalab, featured exclusively a body of ‘personal work’ that Tim captured of the ghost town of Darwin that is set deep in Death Valley in the US. First built in 1877 and was once a thriving town for the miners and their families, now it is all but abandoned and lays deep within the central area of Death Valley with many mysteries surrounding why the townsfolk left and why they left so much behind in their shadow. The photography that Tim captured there work has been published around the world in various magazines and featured and in August Tim opened the exhibition of this work in Newcastle where it was so well received that it is still running currently having been ‘extended’ 3 times and has broken all previous gallery records for print sales, achieving this within its first 48 hours!

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Tim - “I found myself in Death Valley moving through the Valley from South to North. Death Valley has always held a fascination for me in its sheer scale and beauty. I had pulled off onto a small clearing by the side of the road to refit the power lead to my GPS that had fallen loose, pulling off the main road in Death Valley is something that signs warn you not to do as soft ground can leave you stranded and once you are in this position with the distinct possibility of not having anybody pass you on the road for the rest of the day, its a dangerous manoeuvre at best. I distinctly remember looking up from the dash and catching a glint of something far down the valley to my left, it was then that I decided to risk it and start carefully driving down the track that led in that direction. The town itself is very hard to find and it was a my second visit to Death Valley trying to locate it, laying so far off the road along a very dusty track with no signs it is a place where it is very easy to pass it without ever knowing that it ever existed, very much the town that time forgot in many ways. Darwin itself is a truly amazing place and I really didn’t know what to expect as I pulled onto the dirt track that carried me into this totally silent abandoned area in the middle of the valley. It was early evening and the sky was a golden colour as the heat haze dropped in front of me making viewing anything in the distance across the valley floor very difficult. 6 miles off the main road quite literally in the middle of absolutely nowhere I came across the town sat in the base of the mountains, abandoned and shrouded in the sheer deafening silence that you experience only in places like Death Valley, a barrier across the track warning me to stay out.

I loved shooting in Darwin with all the amazing items and homes that have literally just been left behind as they stood many years ago, the rich textures and the amazing light that you get in Death Valley made the project one thats was very inspiring for me creatively as a photographer. I believe that as a professional photographer, ‘personal work’ is something thats very important to do each year, it in many ways offers us the freedom to express ourselves more through our work than perhaps day to day commercial work can with its demands and constraints. This entire body of work in Darwin was shot on my Fuji XPro1 and a 14mm f2.8 lens, with nothing else at all, just myself and the camera to capture what I saw before me.

I think the three main things that will remain with me always from my visit there was the sheer deafening silence as the sun dropped across the valley and left me and the town in darkness, the US Army truck with the bullet hole in the windscreen parked out of sight, and noticing that every clock that I came across had stopped at 4:20 on Sunday the 13th even though they were all ‘mechanical’…”

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2014 was also a year that saw Tim’s business seminars make a shift to lead into the arena of motivational talks for the first time. In June Tim was in Wales to perform on stage at the Colwyn Bay Theatre for a charity event that was the brain child of both Tim and Sarah Jones from Cambrian Photography after a chance meeting a few months earlier where both Sarah and Tim came up with an idea to try and raise some much needed money for some charities that Sarah is deeply involved in, namely The King’s Storehouse Food Bank, that help provide food and support for families that are having financial difficulties and unable to feed themselves properly, and also ‘Lightbox the Young People’s Camera Group’ that Paul Sampson from Oriel Colwyn runs and is a group set up to help and support found disadvantaged children to enjoy photography.
The event was a huge success and lead to Tim being offered a place as a instructor with a European based ‘inspirational and motivational’ speaker organisation called “Celebrity Speakers’

Tim - “Earlier this year I made a decision that I wanted to try and do more ‘inspirational’ speaking as I really enjoyed it and it seemed to be something that people enjoyed listening to and connecting too from me. What I did not realise at that time was that a organisation that specialise in this form of ‘motivational and inspirational’ speaking were already aware of my seminars and the reputation that was building around these.
A few months ago I decided to do a charity talk to raise money in Wales with Cambrian Photography, this went really well and I was very happy to do it of course because it was simply the right thing to do. Recently they started to talk with me and shortly afterwards they launched me as a new speaker into their sites in the UK and Europe as a Inspirational and Motivational speaker.
In truth this is very surreal and sort of blows me away totally, can’t still now quite get over this as I sit now with people like James Cameron, Bob Geldof and Sir Sirling Moss not to mention Olympic gold medalists like Rebecca Adlington and David Coulthard but i feel very privileged to be in such good company and I look forward too making new friends and meeting new people.
I came from nothing 7 years ago and all I did was find my own path and work hard for what I believe in, so what am I saying here, be true to yourself, believe in yourself and if you really want something then GO FOR IT regardless of what anybody tells you, and most of all along that journey do good things for people be cause Karma works both ways and life is not about what you can get, its about what you can give.

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Tim -“I would say that 2014 has been quite simply the very best of years, and one that will drive me forward into 2015 with both excitement and motivation to continue to push the business forward and further develop new avenues along the way. Successful business is not just about making money, its about planting seeds for the future, and also about seeing opportunities and allowing things to ‘evolve’ and grow naturally.

From the very first week of January this year I can hand of heart say that its been a non stop full on year, sometimes challenging but always inspiring. I have had the continued pleasure of working with some of the most amazing people in my industry, I have met new colleagues and built new friendships along the way. I always feel very honoured to have the privilege of working alongside such amazing people and also very humbled by some of those I meet along this journey of life. One of the very best moments for me personally this year was having the opportunity to do the talk in Wales for charities that are very close to my heart, a moment in my year that left me feeling very wealthy emotionally to have been able to give something that would make a small, but important, difference to a few people.

All along this journey this year has been the woman that stands by my side, my partner Angela. A truly amazing lady that is my own personal inspiration, a professional, capable and motivated lady that is there always in the shadows to support me and keep me on a straight and true heading when the waters become rough and the storm is hard to navigate through.

So finally to her I would like to just say thank you, and I love you completely, you are my world and forever you are my rock !”

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F2 Freelance Photographer – Interview with Tim Wallace

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This week saw the release of the January / February 2015 Edition of ‘F2 Freelance Photographer’ Magazine
This edition features a article regarding the new VAT regulations that are set to come into force from January 2015 that will affect ‘digital’ sales for photographers, the feature looks at what the new regulations mean as well as talking to commercial photographer Tim Wallace and exploring his views on exhibitions and print sales.

TIM WALLACE is internationally known for his automotive photography, though it’s been built on a history of an award- winning military career and a diverse attack on the advertising and commercial markets in hius second incarnation. His highest profile projects today are Aston Martin calendars, poster prints and books and it’s his car photography in general which generates most print sales to enthusiasts.

“Print sales are something that I have been involved in since pretty much the very start of my business. They come in many forms and can vary from requests from private individuals for their own homes to corporate companies who wish to have hard hitting images in their board rooms”, Tim tells us. “I also have a selection of organisations around the world who sell some of my private non- automotive work – this is mainly landscape and street photography, and they sell those and pay a monthly commission.
“This year saw me stage my first exhibition of private work, of a personal project that I shot in Death Valley. The exhibition did so well that it is still in place after being extended by a further three months in the gallery and I am proud to say that the exhibition print sales broke all previous records for an exhibition – normal run time one month – within its first 48 hours…

“My prints sell across the world and I think over the years I have sold to just about every country, its also interesting to note that prints sell prints… what I mean by this
is that its quite common to see an order come in from, say, a New York address and then a week later another comes in from a separate address close to that original one.
“Good quality prints are the key here and you just can not beat a good sized well printed piece of work – done properly it will always attract attention”.

Tim’s recent work has been printed on analogue silver-based Fujifilm Crystal Archive colour papers, by Digitalab of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. His Death Valley exhibition in their gallery, previewed in our September/ October issue, was due to end on September 18th and they must have been well pleased with sales to keep it on show until Christmas.

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2015 Aston Calendar Launches

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For the past 6 years UK Commercial Car Photographer Tim Wallace has been commissioned to shoot the Aston Calendar, this has grown over the last 6 years and is now purchased by Aston Martin Owners and enthusiasts quite literally Worldwide with print runs in both Europe and now this year for the first time in China also to manage the demand for the calendar in that region also. Last year Aston launched the new 2013 collection and this has been so well received and favoured by Aston’s customers and and followers that it has been put in reprint as orders still flood in, a great accolade to the work and the enthusiasm of our followers with it now having a cult following around the world from the US to Russia and Japan.
The 2015 edition of the calendar is being shipped out by our client and represents a cross section of some of the most significant and desirable Aston models through the years photographed through out the World.

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ATS Euromaster 2015 Calendar Launches

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This week we would like to welcome new client ATS Euromaster.
Established in 1964, ATS Euromaster is a nationwide tyre retailer and comprehensive tyre service provider with almost 50 years of experience and a network of 345 Service Centres across the UK.

We have been recently working with ATS Euromaster over the last month to provide them with a series of automotive car photography images that capture the emotion and style of their international business for use in marketing and promotion through their 2015 ATS Euromaster corporate calendar that will be available Worldwide from this week.
We look forward to hopefully working with the company in 2015 on further corporate and commercial projects.

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Ambient Life Online

A selection of other online sites that offer a look into the work of UK Professional Photographer Tim Wallace.


Photographer Tim Wallace is the driving force and creative thinking behind Ambient Life.
An award winning photographer he is probably best known for his commercial car and advertising work.

Tim works with many well known brands and clients such as Aston Martin, Land Rover and Kenwood in the US, and has recently been named as one of the ten photographers to be selected by Hasselblad for the quality of his work and creative vision to represent their new 'Pro Team' to be launched in 2010.


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