Aviation Photographer
Commercial Aviation, Jet and Aircraft, Helicopter and Operations Photography
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. The work featured in this section of our website is a sample of our recent aviation work featuring work shooting small light aircraft thorough to more prestigious private jets as well as helicopter work with Bristow Search And Rescue (SAR) in the UK. This page is dedicated to demonstrating a sample of creative aviation aircraft based work, and looks at that Tim's car and commercial lighting and shooting style and approach being applied to the aviation aircraft sector.

Client Industry Sample Work - TWENTY19

Digital online versions of our new Client Industry Portfolios are available for view by agents, buyers and clients here or you can browse through to our Books below. The books are compatible across all devices from iPhone and iPad to normal computer platforms and is updated each quarter throughout the year and contains all our latest work, requests to see our full printed book in person can be made by contacting us here.

BBC Studios (UKTV) 'Warbird' Series 2020

BBC studios and UKTV contacted commercial photographer Tim Wallace earlier in 2019 as they were in the process of filming a 7 part series 'Warbird' that is based around 7 key legendary vintage aircraft. Tim was asked to work with the team to produce all the stills photography for the series and work commenced with the lead aircraft for the entire series, Spitfire MJ772 at Biggin Hill in London.

D-Day Veteran

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.

On August 3, 1944 MJ772 was moved to No. 84 GSU (Ground Support Unit) at Thruxton before being moved to No. 33 Maintenance Unit at RAF Lyneham. Further allocated to No. 83GSU on September 9 it again suffered Cat Ac damage and was repaired on site by No. 49 MU. Returned to No. 83 GSU February 16, 1945 it remained there till January 1946 when it moved to No. 29 MU and was the subject of a Home Census on December 12, 1949.

In July 1950 MJ772 was sold back to Vickers for conversion to a two-seat trainer for the Irish Air Corp after which it arrived at the Irish base of Baldonnel in 1951. Carrying the number 159, it served with ‘A’ Flight Fighter Squadron until withdrawn from use in 1960 when it was sold to Film Aviation Services Ltd. March 1964 it was sold and moved to Ostend till 1965 when it was sold to Simpson Aero Services Ltd registered as G-AVAV and first test flown in 1967.

Used in the Battle of Britain film it again suffered damage and was repaired at Duxford. Simpson Aero then sold it and it was taken to Shoreham and re-painted in the colours of 341 Squadron. It then moved to America 1974, suffered another forced landing and was rebuilt at Mesa finally flying again in October 1985, Registered in Germany as D-FMKN it suffered a wheels-up landing in a field at Woodchurch in Kent and was then rehomed at the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar where it underwent a full restoration to flying condition and now operates as part of the fleet offering 2 seater Spitfire flights.

Project Search And Rescue
Bristow Operations & HM Coastguard

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 taskings 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.

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 is being honored 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 has been a project that has taken some time to carefully arrange properly and one that I was very keen to ensure that we fulfilled 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. It was an honour to spend time with the team at Prestwick. I would like to extend my very great thanks to Jamie Murray GCGI SAR Pilot for helping the project and shoot as well as Lloyd Shanahan MSc MCGI SAR Pilot."

Tim is well known within the automotive and transport industries for his creativity as well as his open approach and he is regarded by many as one of today's leading commercial automotive car photographers with a unique strong style of work and creative approach that inspires not only his clients but also their customers, something that was reflected recently when he was awarded, 'International Commercial Advertising Photographer of the Year' and 'Car Photographer of the Year' at the Industry Awards.
Tim Shoots campaigns for such clients at Peugeot with their recent 'Fractal' concept car for its campaign and launch at the Frankfurt Motor Show and in line with the brand of his company AmbientLife he has recently turned his mind towards the aircraft and aviation industry to continue that strong creative style and apply that within this field.

Tim Wallace
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