Tom van Schelven

On set, Tom van Schelven likes to create a fun, high-energy atmosphere with lots of noise, and movement. This vibrancy certainly transfers into his film and photography work which has an authentic, honest feel that differentiates it from the sort of cheesy lifestyle shoots you see elsewhere.

Growing up, Tom split his time between Manchester and the Netherlands and there’s a definite element of Dutch directness in his work. He likes to strip down commissions and find the simplest way of getting the message across. Whether he’s shooting surfers for The Wall Street Journal, top actors like Samuel L Jackson, or commercial campaigns for the likes of Virgin, Sony or Renault, Tom’s effervescent imagery stands out in a crowded field.
Rather than studying photography, Tom opted instead for an on-the-job training as an assistant where he learned what he liked (a friendly, boisterous atmosphere) and what he didn’t (moody, staged and overly-serious shoots). He revels in the collaborative nature of big commercial jobs – the high expectations and the pressure that comes with creating work that will be seen by millions of people.
Clients include Amex, Antler, Airbnb, British Airways, Cîroc, Channel 4, Diageo, ESPN, Esquire, ES Magazine, GQ Magazine, Harvey Nichols, Johnnie Walker, Molton Brown, New Era, Nikon, Smirnoff, Sony, Schön Magazine, TFL, TikTok, T-Mobile, Topman, Umbro, Virgin Holidays, Wonderland Magazine, Wrangler and Youtube. www.van-schelven.com

  • Channel 4 - It's a Sin

    Drama from Russell T Davies about five friends as they grow up in the shadow of AIDS.
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  • Wrangler

    The film and stills campaign shot in sunny Cape Town.
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  • Cape Town Sport

    Passionate athletes, across a range of sports, documented doing what they do best.
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  • Molton Brown

    They transformed a forest into an enchanted outdoor holiday banquet.
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  • In Flight

    'I wasn’t trying to shoot them at the apex of the backflip, it was more the moment slightly before and slightly afterwards'
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  • Harvey Nichols

    A vibrant series for the British department store.
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  • Harrington Street

    Tom's new personal series certainly transfers his vibrancy and contagious spirit.
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  • Carnival Cruises

    The 'Choose Fun' campaign shot in Mexico.
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