David Altabev Photography


About David

Expedition & lifestyle photographer


David is a London-based expedition and lifestyle photographer whose work takes him around the UK and internationally.

His documentary approach captures the moments and the people that matter, and his love of the outdoors and running has been a key theme behind his photography, taking him to cover the Nepal International Marathon and the Uganda International Marathon, and adventure festivals around the UK. 

In London, David spends his time capturing the vast array of cityscapes London has to offer, and shooting lifestyle and portrait sessions. His work has been featured in books and magazines in the UK and abroad.


I have worked with David across three continents in London, Uganda and Nepal - each time being impressed with the energy he brings, the versatility of his photography and the fast turn around of the pictures. He goes above and beyond in order to help the event succeed as well as delivering the photography and in challenging environments from digging a water pipeline in the hills of Nepal, to hanging off the back of a motorcycle to deliver great race photos - he is always up for a challenge and adventure. Highly Recommended!
— Director, Impact Marathon Series

David’s one of the best photographers we’ve ever worked with. Super talented and always committed to improving his craft, he is also extremely reliable. David’s last shoot for us was at our annual charity fundraising run called Midnight-to-Midnight. David was talking photos during the final part of the day - in rain, cold and darkness. And yet, the photos came out great, capturing the amazing atmosphere of the event. I can’t recommend his services highly enough. Thank you very much David!
— Founder of Midnight Runners

We were absolutely blown away with the photographs David captured. He has a brilliant ability to find the subtleties and special moments at an event, always finding little stories, moments and not so obvious perspectives to bring the photography to life. We were out trail running all day and he brought both the experience and gadgets to capture the action. Thanks again for the awesome photos!
— Director, Love Trails Festival

David is a super photographer, easy to work with and always reliable.
He has caught memories at multiple events I’ve run and I’ll have him back again every single time.
— Founder of Say Yes More and Yestival

David visited Uganda with us in 2015 to record not only a week of adventure/festival, but was also principal photographer for the Uganda International Marathon event. We found him to be a great asset to the event, willing to really get stuck in, interact with all the participants and go the extra mile to get some great shots.
— Founder, Uganda International Marathon

David’s contribution to our community has been huge. His photography has helped us grow, made our members feel special and put a smile on all of our faces. It’s been core to our marketing. He makes people feel comfortable in front of the camera and puts a smile on their faces.
— Project Awesome

David’s friendly nature makes you completely relax as a subject, bringing out your best smiles for the photos. He goes above and beyond to capture your personality and prides himself on achieving the brief no matter what it takes.
— TV Presenter

I recently wanted to have some portrait shots taken and he knew my fear of the camera and that it might not be the easiest shoot. But David couldn’t have made me feel more comfortable and took the stress out of the whole process for me. He thought about locations for the shoot, ideal times of the day, and most importantly, ensured there was time for a couple of wines beforehand. The shoot was really enjoyable and captured exactly what I wanted - I’d definitely recommend him for any future shoots.
— Emma, Adventurer

David’s approach to photography is professional, creative, and friendly. I wasn’t entirely sure how to portray my brand to others but after discussing a few ideas with David and getting out with the camera, I was so happy with the results and how the brand was portrayed. He made the models feel welcome, as well as made me feel trusted to ensure he would produce fantastic images - which he did! I’ll be asking him for next season no doubt.
— Creative Director, Treasure Pocket

David provides the photography at our Adventure Travel Film Club events and always does a superb job. He gets interesting shots, mixes well with our guests and speakers, and knows the adventure scene better than anyone else as he’s also part of it. Would highly recommend for any events or adventure related activities.
— Founder, Adventure Travel Film Club