About Tom Tolkien

Tom Tolkien is an education consultant, freelance photographer and web designer who lives and works in Cornwall in the United Kingdom. He is also the editor of a two leading children’s book recommendation websites: The School Reading List and K-12 School Reading List.

After 20 years as a highly successful teacher and senior leader in UK schools he now works in consultancy. Recent commissions include social media in education advice, assessment solutions, photographic commissions, prospectus writing/design, and website design.

Tom graduated from the University of Leicester with a BA (Hons) in History and Politics, and from the University of DeMontfort, Bedford, with a PGCE.

Photographic expertise

Landscape, Gardens, Macro, Reportage, Editorial, Creative Commons, Travel, Corporate. No weddings or portraiture. WRITING: Proofreading, copy-writing, original creative text, prospectus and marketing material origination, and production.


Tom Tolkien is also available for commissions. Recent projects have included photographing private gardens and creating original material for company websites and prospectuses.

Image Licensing

Images are available for licensing. Some images are available to use with a Creative Commons BY (attribution) license – please ensure the attribution is correct and complies with the license terms. A list of these images can be found here.
My images are monitored and administered by regarding copyright and licensing infringement.

Photographic equipment

Tom uses Nikon equipment, including a Nikon D7000 18-105 VR Kit. Lenses used include the Nikon 20mm f2.8, 35mm f1.8, 50mm f1.4, 60mm f2.8, 85mm f1.8, 105mm f2.8, 180mm f2.8 and the Sigma 14mm f2.8.

Photographic process

Tom uses Adobe Lightroom for workflow, including plugins by Jeffrey Friedl,  and Photoshop for processing.

Recommended photography books

50 Photo Projects Ideas, Creative Digital Photography: 52 Weekend Projects, The Photographer’s Mind: Creative Thinking for Better Digital Photos, The Photographer’s Exposure Field Guide: The Essential Guide to Getting the Perfect Exposure; Any Subject, Anywhere (Photographer’s Field Guide), The Photographer’s Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos, Elliott Erwitt Snaps, The Yorkshire Coast.


Newspapers, Magazines, TV and advertising: Independent (1), Marie Claire Magazine, National Trust, BBC, Yorkshire Post, Lonely Planet, Eurotunnel, Trivago, The South African, Malton Gazette & Herald, Malton Mercury, Driffield Post, Driffield Times, Scarborough Evening News, Rutland Times, Rutland Mercury, Stamford Mercury, Vancouver Courier, Colour Quotient, Yachts & Yachting Magazine, ICT Matters, Tenerife WeeklyThe Canary NewsMountain Home, Island Connections (Tenerife), Gardiners Travel, Rebelutionary Life.

Published in the following websites and publications:, Wikipedia, Pollensa Tourisma, Dunas Hotels & Resorts, (Croatia), The Daily Quirk, Frommers (Pauline Frommer), Buone-Vacanze,,, TV.Net (Russia)Anotaciones Viajeras,,,, (2), Excite.nlBotanika (Russia),,,,, AsWeTravel, Lotnicze-bilety, GoSpain,, Science-at-home, Deep Blue, Mother Jones, Micoliteraturas,, ElNuevoParquet, Indoor Gardening,, thepointeatprestonridge,, (Latvia), GardenWise, EnglishAttack!, Dohop, Kanarske-ostrovy,, flypoland,,, Dnevno (Croatia), Funshine Travel,, Visiting Austria, Fototelegraf, smallandsweet,, Book Drum, Jigsaw ExplorerLos Expertos, Paesi Online, Places Online, Take a trip, Big Picture, Rufun, Oesterreich Travel, Indigo Voyage, Des Forets, Gli-Esperti, Gruflas, Billege, Plantsinfo &, Featured On Why York, Discover Digital Photography, Science Buzz, Wild MammalThe Gay UK,

Social media

Tom Tolkien also designs websites and social media marketing solutions such as customised Twitter profiles, Ning sites and Facebook Fan pages. Examples of his website design work:,,,,, Woodleigh School website, Woodleigh School Extranet, Woodleigh School News Feed, Woodleigh School Twitter, School Alumni Facebook site.

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Tom lives and works in Cornwall and North Yorkshire. All images (c) Tom Tolkien. (All right reserved.)


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