Bob Wheeler is a commercial photographer with more than 25 years experience and has a passion for shooting creative imagery for design, advertising and corporate clients. Based in London but working throughout the UK and globally, both on location and in the studio. He is equally at ease in the boardroom, on a production line, in a care home or on a construction site. Bob is known for his engaging, energising and approachable manner that puts people at ease whether they are the subject of a portrait study or an art director needing to get that little bit more out of a shoot.
Starting his career as a darkroom printer in the age of film, paper and chemicals, he then moved to assisting many of the photographers he was once printing for. Working alongside leading photographers in specialisms such as portraiture, fashion and beauty, architecture, still life, industrial, landscape and automotive photography allowed Bob to gain a deep understanding of the art, craft and style of creating great images for demanding clients. Bob has long since been working digitally, however his instinct for creating images with depth, tone, texture and balance originates from those years spent hand crafting prints in the darkroom.
Inspired by the stories of Laurie Lee, at the age of 21 Bob spent a year traveling through Spain photographing the working people he met along the way, the marginalized gitano community and the drama of the rural landscape. That body of work led to editorial commissions from magazines such as Harpers & Queen, Campaign and Management Today and in turn to many of the clients he continues to work with.
Bob lives in South London with his wife and two growing children. He enjoys travel and exploring London with the kids; reading, movies and cooking; time spent with friends over a good meal and a glass of wine; cycling in the country lanes of Kent and Surrey, the cobbles and bergs of Flanders or summitting the Alps; and listening to music from The Clash to Johnny Cash, Miles to Mary J, Dub to Disco.
"The very first time I picked up a camera I realized it was a tool that would allow me to explore the world I live in and to look at that world in a creative way. I love the way a photograph can turn the ordinary, mundane or overlooked into something unique and precious, that through the eye and craft of a photographer an everyday object, scene or event can become new and interesting, beautiful or provocative. The camera enables me to connect with our world in a new way and allows me to be a storyteller, a curator, an alchemist." BW
I have commissioned Bob over the past +20 years and we have worked together on many varied projects. He has consistently produced creative and beautiful photography and has the lovely ability to communicate with people from the factory floor to the Boardroom. He is great at following a brief and taking art direction, but also trusted to work directly with our clients when the situation arises, knowing he will get the shots required and keep everybody happy.
Design Director, Emperor
2020 Delivery, Aerium, Allianz, Arm, Bluebird Care, BP, Brendoncare, Bristol Laboratories, Corrigenda, Cyan Solutions, Financial Ombudsman Services, EasyJet, Fladgate, Hansteen, Harvey Nash, Impact Healthcare, Inchcape, Interserve, Linden Homes, Lloyd's of London, Lloyds Pharmacy, Marie Stopes International, National Grid, NDOE, Palmer and Harvey, Rolls Royce, Rothesay Life, Smiths Group, Savills, Softbox Solutions, Superior Seals, Terra Firma, Tata, Tesco, Transport for London, Vocalink, Young Epilepsy, Private Clients and many more.