Meet sought-after architecture and interiors photographer, Toby Scott

June 20th, 2016 | By cedarsuede@admin

For Domain.com.au

 

It’s not until you work in the home design industry that you understand the true worth of a great interiors and architecture photographer. Brisbane-based Toby Scott is one of the best in an industry where the southern states reign supreme. Meet the man behind the lens.

 

 

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Toby Scott

 

 

What was the driver behind you becoming a photographer? 

I was always interested in photography growing up and when it came time focus on what I really wanted to do in life it was a rather naive step. I did one year of study before dropping out and going it alone. That was seven years ago and it hasn’t always been easy but looking back I wouldn’t change a single thing. I’m proud of my career and fortunate of the support I’ve had along the way

 

 

How did craft your career to specialise in interiors and architecture photography? 

I have always had an interest in architecture and design so after some encouragement from friends and family I made a conscious decision to focus purely on interiors, architecture and lifestyle. Simply put, shooting buildings and spaces makes me happy.

 

 

TobyScott | Shot for James Russell Architect 1

By Toby Scott for James Russell Architect

 

 

Apart from getting to see some pretty spectacular spaces, what is it you love about your job? 

All the lovely people I get to deal with on a day-to-day basis. The stories that can be told from buildings and the way people interact with them. Our connection with the built environment is really special. It’s just lovely to know that I get to be a small part of a greater tradition of photographers both past, present and the photographers still to come who get to capture lovely moments of light in and around buildings.

 

 

How did craft your career to specialise in interiors and architecture photography? 

I have always had an interest in architecture and design so after some encouragement from friends and family I made a conscious decision to focus purely on interiors, architecture and lifestyle. Simply put, shooting buildings and spaces makes me happy.

 

 

 

TobyScott | Shot for Conrad Gargett

By Toby Scott for Conrad Gargett.

 

 

TobyScott | Shot for James Russell Architect 2

By Toby Scott for James Russell Architect.

 

 

Apart from getting to see some pretty spectacular spaces, what is it you love about your job? 

All the lovely people I get to deal with on a day-to-day basis. The stories that can be told from buildings and the way people interact with them. Our connection with the built environment is really special. It’s just lovely to know that I get to be a small part of a greater tradition of photographers both past, present and the photographers still to come who get to capture lovely moments of light in and around buildings.

 

 

In a competitive industry such as photography, how do you position yourself so that you are in demand? 

I love what I do and try and keep it as simple as possible with an honest approach. Consistency and the relationships that are built up over time are what I hope keeps the demand alive.

 

 

TobyScott | Shot for Kevin OBrien Architects

By Toby Scott for Kevin O’Brien Architects.

 

TobyScott | Shot for Kokoda Property Group

By Toby Scott for Kokoda Property Group.

 

 

Who are your idols in your field and in life? 

There are always the ‘greats’ to look up to and be inspired by … but I believe there are some wonderful photographers, designers and architects in Australia that are producing amazing work. In life, both family, close friends and clients are who I constantly learn from, though my dad is someone I am constantly amazed by. His considered and gentle approach to life, work and family is something I will continue to admire and look up to.

 

 

Do you have any favourite people to work with in the industry? 

This is a tough question, as I get to work with some amazing and talented people every day. It’s never easy highlighting individuals, but interactions with Lynda Evans, John Ellway, Paul Owen and Kevin O’Brien are just a small handful of wonderful people that always impress and I’m incredibly lucky to work alongside.

 

 

Is there anything unique about Brisbane homes compared to the rest of Australia? 

I think Brisbane can be a little casual at times and this is sometimes reflected in our homes and buildings. Also, the warmer climate that allows architects and designers a little freedom to play with spaces and the connection to outdoors.

 

 

TobyScott | Shot for Owen Architecture 1

By Toby Scott for Owen Architecture.

 

TobyScott | Shot for Owen Architecture 2

By Toby Scott for Owen Architecture.

 

 

Carlene xx

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