About Tom Tolkien


Tom Tolkien is an education consultant, freelance photographer and web designer who lives and works in Cornwall in the United Kingdom. Many years as a senior management teacher teaching in schools in the UK have lead to consultancy commissions including 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. He has taught English, ICT and History amongst other subjects and has held subject coordinator, head of department and senior management roles.


PHOTOGRAPHY: Landscape, Gardens, Macro, Reportage, Editorial, Creative Commons, Travel, Corporate. No weddings or portraiture. WRITING: Proof reading, 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.


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.


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


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,


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. For more information, please visit his business site. Tom specialises in  engaging current and prospective school parents in new media via social media marketing mediums such as Twitter and Facebook. In particular I specialise in automating social media processes to ensure real and useful content is indexed by search engines resulting in effective SEO to draw in genuine and targeted Internet traffic – ie people interested in your school. • Developing cutting edge learning platforms and VLEs using WordPress, Ning, Moodle, Joomla, Camtasia and Captivate – building and maintaining engagement with pupils, parents and staff to ensure maximum effective use is made of these facilities. • Providing in depth analysis of a school’s existing ICT, website and new media marketing provision and suggesting ‘next steps’ and implementation strategies – in the form of INSET, or bespoke eBook and video training. A full consultancy service for website development, coding and maintenance can be provided.

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


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