I love telling stories. Photography is my way of telling them.
As an event photographer I aim not only to capture the speakers on stage or the audience in their seats but also the vibe, the feel & the energy of the event.
As a commercial photographer my aim is to provide clients with images which they can use to help convey their story to their audience in the most beautiful and effective way possible.
As a portrait photographer my aim is to provide you with images that you love. Where you can really see the personality of each subject in the shot.
Every time I work with a client I throughly research and communicate with them so I understand not just what they do or who they are but also why they do what they do what and why they are who they are. I then use photography to bring this to the forefront.
I love working with people who are working to make a positive difference to the world they live in. I also understand that these people, organisations and groups need access to quality content and often don't have the money to invest into it when they are struggling to get by. I do what I can to help these amazing people do the best work they can and therefore if you want to work with me and are worried about the costs please get in touch. I'll do what I can based on how much I love what you're doing and your financial circumstances. If you're doing something I truly believe in we'll find a way to make it work.
Birmingham Design Festival
European Journalism Centre
University of Birmingham School
Birmingham City Council
Brum Zine Fest
I Choose Birmingham
Harborne Food School
Variety, The Childrens Charity
Eat 4 Less
The Spice Club
Variety, the Children’s Charity
Oxbridge Home Learning
The British Council
Impact Hub Birmingham
Mitchells and Butlers
Verve Poetry Festival
Apples and Snakes
Select Model Management
The School of Social Entrepreneurs
The Children’s Society
“Thom Bartley is an outstanding photographer and a downright ace guy to work with. Down to earth, friendly and professional, he tirelessly captured four days of our arts festival and blended right in without much creative direction. We just trusted him to crack on, which he absolutely did. Plus, his turnaround and range of photographs were even better than we could have imagined and we’re so delighted. Work with him, now.”
- Cynthia Miller - Co-Founder and Director of Verve Poetry Festival
“We love working with Thom at UoBSchool. He’s friendly and approachable, instantly putting our different stakeholders at ease, whether he’s photographing or filming them. What we enjoy most about working with Thom is that he takes time to really understand the brief, and as a result he always produces beautiful work the first time round.”
- Anneka Deva - University of Birmingham School
"As always a pleasure to work with Thom, who energetically captured the festival and took the time to fully immerse himself in the work and understand the audience. We were left with beautiful photos that will support us well as we look to promote the festival over the next few years."
- Daniel Alcorn - Co-Founder and Director of Birmingham Design Festival
“Easily the best photographer I’ve worked with, sometimes I need him to do quick events at short notice with fast turn around, other times long term stuff. Always makes my life a lot easier & that matters. Also cares about making you feel comfortable.”
- Immy Kaur - Founder of Impact Hub Birmingham
“Thom is a warm, engaging photographer and videographer, sensitive to the contexts he works in. The work he has done with us on numerous projects is much loved and frequently used.”
- Lorna Prescott - Founder of CoLab Dudley