Photographer Tim Wallace has built up over the years both ground and flight experience working with helicopter-based operations such as HELMEDS 21, 56, and 60 as well as with Bristow Search and Rescue, SAR, and HM Coastguard. He is familiar with the Sikorsky S-92, Leonardo AW169 and Airbus models such as the H135.
Working within Aviation there is sometimes the requirement for photography to be completed whilst airborne and, in some situations, such as work with HEMS and SAR, CAA regulations require that all personnel involved meet a certain level of training requirements. Photographer Tim Wallace has all the required certifications that meet current CAA regulations. These were last updated in September 2021 are valid for 3 years and were completed through Babcock International Aviation Training at Gloucestershire Airport.
• HEMS Technical Crew Member Theory - Babcock Mission Critical Services Onshore | Aviation
• Aircrew Fire and Smoke Training – EASA Regulation ORO.FC.230 and ORO.TC.115
• Dangerous Goods Onshore (Helicopter) – EASA Regulation EC 965/2012 SPA.DG105 – IATA-DGR 62 version – Scandlearn
• Crew Resource Management Training - Babcock Mission Critical Services Onshore | Aviation
• Escape Door Training – Airbus Helicopter H135 / H145 – Babcock Mission Critical Services Onshore | Aviation
• Aircrew First Aid - Babcock Mission Critical Services Onshore | Aviation
Commercial photographer Tim Wallace has been working within the advertising and marketing industry for many years and is a well-respected photographer.
AmbientLife is very much a brand that is recognised for working commercially to produce digital assets for marketing and advertising within the field of prestige transportation. Our work here is a sample of our aviation and aircraft photography featuring a varied range of aviation-based subjects from small light aircraft,
through to private jets work that we produce for charter clients such as TAG Aviation, and vintage aircraft photography that we have undertaken for clients like BBC Studios. We also have experience of Helicopter-based and operations work through projects successfully completed for Bristow with their Search and Rescue Operations (SAR) in the UK as well as with HM Coastguard, as well as working with the Air Ambulance Service. Tim was the first UK photographer to ever undergo full CAA training allowing him to go on live operations with a HELIMED crew and document their day-to-day operations fully.
Our work here hopes to demonstrates how our creative lighting, shooting style and approach has been successfully applied to the aviation and aerospace, sector.
Aviation and Aerospace photography in many ways is very comparable with automotive photography in as much as the 'scene' is often created by the use of lighting and location. Clearly, we never shoot the aircraft in a studio although perhaps one day with the right aircraft and the right studio we may do just that. The majority of our client aviation work is shot on location where we have access to the aircraft. That could be a airfield or hanger in the UK or a location in Europe or anywhere in the world. When we shoot charter-based jet work we work very closely with our client and the operational staff to ensure that impact to the operation is kept to a minimum as well as helping to plan through the shots required so that items such as GPUs and cherry pickers, if required, can be organised to fit into a solid shoot schedule. Planning is very much the key to a successful aviation-based shoot and Tim has a great deal of experience in helping our clients so that everything from pilot access and ramp moves are seamless.
Tim is well known for the impact of his photography and will often search out airfield locations around the world so that we can shoot a series of 'backplates' that can then be used later on a aviation commission to stand the aircraft in a better location more appropriate to the client's needs. The aircraft is then lit completely for the backplate scene that is to be used so that it will blend seamlessly in every way even down to the final shadows on the ground. Just as cars often evoke a passion in people, we believe that aircraft can do this also through the style of the work that Tim produces getting that emotion across to see the aircraft in its essence.
Over the last few years commercial photographer Tim Wallace has spent time with the Bristow SAR Operation (Search and Rescue) based at Prestwick in Scotland for HM Coastguard. The SAR previously operated two state of the art S-92 helicopters which are the most advanced aircraft in Sikorsky's civil product line, with the necessary speed, capacity and operational range to meet the needs of the UK search and rescue environment, later in July 2017 the SAR moved over to the new Leonardo AW189 and they have enjoyed great success with this new helicopter. The AW189 aircraft is state of the art and has the agility and flexibility to respond to the wide spectrum of search and rescue tasking within the SAR operating area.
Bristow Helicopters was awarded the contract to operate the civilian search and rescue (SAR) helicopter service for the UK on behalf of Her Majesty's Coastguard in 2015. The contract represents a continuation of Bristow’s British heritage of providing first-class SAR services in the UK. It is a great success for Bristow Helicopters and a huge endorsement of the company’s reputation for excellence in SAR.
This is a service that people rely on in a time of need. Bristow fully understands the responsibilities that go with providing search and rescue in the UK and the company is committed to delivering a service that meets and exceeds the high expectations demanded. Bristow work closely with national and local agencies such as the coastguard, police, fire service, mountain rescue teams and voluntary community groups, to ensure the delivery of a world-class SAR operation in the UK.
The crews are experienced and highly skilled, and are trained, qualified and certified to the highest standards to coordinate and execute SAR operations.
The company has enormous respect for the service that its military colleagues have provided over the last 70 years of UK Search and Rescue. Their legacy, heritage and experience are being honoured and carried forward by Bristow in the new contract. Bristow Helicopters has welcomed many ex-military personnel to its civilian SAR workforce after delivering SAR with the Royal Air Force or Royal Navy. Their experience and local knowledge is a vital part of maintaining exceptional service in the UK.
Tim - "Shooting the SAR in Scotland is always a project that takes time to carefully arrange properly and I am always very keen to ensure that we show the work of the SAR to the best of our ability. The work of the men and women of the SAR is vital and I have the greatest respect for both their professionalism and skill, as well as the fact that they put their lives at risk on a regular basis to fly in all weathers for the good of those that need them most when they are in distress."
Photographer Tim Wallace has worked very closely with several HEMS based operations over the last few years such as HELMEDS 21, 56, and 60 to document the work of these organisations, spending time with their pilots, paramedics and doctors to capture the day to day lives of these amazing crews that work tirelessly to provide rapid response emergency medical care with their helicopters and rapid response vehicles.
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance are a client that we work with on a regular basis to capture and record the work that they do through their Air Ambulance operation HELIMED 56. Tim has worked closely with the team over the last few years and completed all the required CAA authorised training that was required so that he can work directly with the HELIMED team during operations to get a first-hand view of what their day can entail and be fully embedded into the online crew during active service. All the work produced from this will be used to raise awareness of an operation that is entirely funded by donations from supporting businesses and members of the public. In 2023 we also took on work with Kent Surrey Sussex Air Ambulance, KSS, that operate HELIMEDS 21 and 60, working with the KSS teams and crews at their base at Redhill in the UK. Kent Surrey Sussex Air Ambulance has been saving lives and providing cutting-edge, pre-hospital critical care for the last 34 years and covers a massive 7,390 km2 area in the south of England. The KSS fleet consists of helicopters and Rapid Response Vehicles that transport their doctors and paramedics to patients 24/7, 365 days a year, that brings the emergency room to the scene to deliver life-saving critical care. At the scene, they provide an advanced level of treatment and have the ability to transfer patients rapidly to a hospital where they can be given the best available care for their condition. Their current fleet consists of three state of the art Leonardo AW169 helicopters and when circumstances prevent them from flying, their rapid response road vehicles mean they can still provide specialist life-saving care by road through their four Rapid Response Vehicles (RRVs).
Tim - "I remember taking the initial call from the guys at Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) back in early 2021 and we discussed working with them to do a library of new photography to show all aspects of their operation, from the training scenarios that they run on a regular basis, through to their rapid response vehicle and finally the air ambulance itself. After several meetings we opted to approach this in a way that had not been done before in the UK, with myself actually going through CAA approved training so that I could stay with the HELIMED crew and go on live operations with them.
After a few weeks we had the required approval to move forward and over the course of a few weeks I completed a series of training courses and tests that would qualify me officially to be an active crew member, these were things like HEMS Technical Crew Member Theory, Aircrew Fire and Smoke Training, Escape Door Training for the Airbus Helicopter H135, Crew Resource Management Training, and the infamous Dangerous Goods Onshore (Helicopter) course. After completing these I worked closely with the team at HIOWAA and we worked out a plan so that over the period of a week I would be able to access and capture the varied elements to what they do. These were to cover everything from the regular critical care training sessions that they undertake with HEMs Doctors and Paramedics in training, through to the Rapid Response vehicle operations and finally the Air Ambulance itself."
"Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance recently commissioned AmbientLife to completely refresh the charity's photographic marketing assets. Tim completed our airframe provider's comprehensive training programme to allow him to fly onboard live missions, and we ultimately embedded Tim with our crew over 3 days. Tim worked hard to build rapport and relationships with our doctors, medics and pilots. Ultimately, he won them over by being overwhelmingly considerate of their needs while trying to portray their work in an honest and enlightening way. Tim was able to setup and capture scenes quickly and with minimal fuss or intrusion. He insisted that crew did not add drama to scenes or do things that they wouldn't ordinarily do. Ultimately, the photographs are of a quality that we could only dream of. Whether it is shots of the crew's training sessions or on board our Air Ambulance, they give the viewer remarkable access to the world of Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine, represent our crew perfectly and were delivered in just days of the shoot. Throughout the process, Tim was a delight to work with. He became one of the team and totally understood what we needed." - Keith Wilson, Director of Marketing and Communications, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.
Over a number of years, we have worked closely with some of our clients shooting and documenting heritage and warbird aircraft. We have successfully worked with BBC studios and UKTV on many projects, the first was to create the digital assets as they were filming the first series of 'Warbird Workshop' that was based around several key legendary vintage aircraft that each featured in separate episodes. The initial project commenced with the lead aircraft for the entire series, the Spitfire MJ772 at Biggin Hill in London and went on to include all the remaining aircraft in different locations across the UK.
Following Tim’s work at Biggin Hill for the BBC we were asked by the Heritage Hanger Company based there to shoot exclusively for them and we went on to complete a major photography project for our client documenting their company and its work to both preserve warbird aircraft as well as their comprehensive flight experience service, and aircraft restoration business.
Some of our work shooting all the stills photography for BBC and UKTV for both series 1 and 2 of the Warbird Workshop television series as well as a behind the scenes interview on camera with photographer Tim Wallace while he was working on the BBC project.
Spitfire T.9 MJ772. Built at Castle Bromwich in late 1943 it was delivered to No. 341 (Alsace) Squadron of the Free French Air Force then based at RAF Perranporth, Cornwall on January 20, 1944.( With the squadron moving to RAF Merston on April 17, 1944 in preparation for D Day, MJ772 with pilot Sergeant Habib flew a sortie on June 6 over the landing beaches of Normandy. He reported chasing a FW190 which eventually disappeared into cloud after which he landed safely. On June 18 772 suffered Cat Ac FB (Operational Loss) damage which was repaired by June 22 when it was allocated to No. 340 (Ile-de-France) Squadron based at the Advanced Landing Ground at Funtingdon in Sussex. Given the code GW-A it then flew two further sorties over the beaches flown by Sergeant Trouillet.
All of the project shoots for the first series were location based and these were all completed over the course of 8 months across the UK. It was a pleasure for us to work with the BBC team to achieve some really dramatic imagery from the many locations, all of the work produced was used within the actual series episodes and well as for its international marketing and TV EPG placements and indeed was so well received that it was given an exhibition in London to launch the series.
In 2021 driven by the success of the first Warbird Series a second series was commissioned and filmed and once again we were tasked with the production of all the stills photography for use within the series launch, EPG and magazines, as well as for UKTV and Yesterday Channel marketing.