The Last Word: Toby Weller


Name: Toby Weller


Job title: Photographer

What did you want to be when you were young? A stuntman! No joke. As a nipper I was always jumping and diving around dramatically. Plus me, my brother and our friends used to make short movies and I always got the part of being killed. Hmm..

What was your first full time job? A waiter/wine waiter at The Falmouth beach Hotel. I went full time in the summer holidays after college. It was great practice for getting on with all sorts of people.

What is your best quality? Patience.

What is your worst quality? I’m a bit clumsy.

What is your favourite book? Richard Branson’s Biography, although Alan Sugar is slowly taking over (only half way through it).

What is your favourite film? Goodfellas.

What is your favourite restaurant? The Ferryboat Inn.

How do you like to relax? Sit in the sun, swim, or read.

If you could be a superhero, what superpowers would you like to possess? Flying and the ability to stop time… like in Bernard’s watch. 🙂 Oh and teleportation. Think of the petrol I’d save!

Who was your teenage pin up? The Spice Girls, aha. Yes I am that young!

Can money buy happiness? Not exactly. It can bring extra happiness and fun if you’re already fairly pleased with your life.

Most annoying TV personality? Graham Norton.

What do you begrudge spending money on? Heating! Always turning it off in our house, I get so hot.

What has been the best moment in your career? Leaving the office job and going freelance as a photographer when I was 21.

What has been the worst moment in your career? Not many bad moments spring to mind. I’d say doing a shoot for a huge American client (exciting) and still waiting for payment eight months later (frustrating).

If you could build a house anywhere in the world where would it be? Can I build two? One in Cornwall by the sea and one in Spain for some warmth… also by the sea.

If you only had £1 left in the entire world, what would you spend it on? £1 worth of shares in a very lucrative new company…or a king size Snickers.

What’s the best thing about Cornwall? Amazing scenery, fresh air and a great feel for quality of life.

What’s your favourite holiday destination? I like the Caribbean, or Australia.

What is the most valuable lesson you have learned in life? You’re never as good as you think as there’s always someone better.

What makes you happy? My family, friends, sunny days, new places, relaxation and adventure. Ale.

What makes you angry? Rude people with no manners and TV adverts encouraging people to claim for personal injury.

If you could invite any two people for dinner, who would they be and why would you invite them? Ricky Gervais and Steve Coogan (in character as Alan Partridge). No one is funnier than these two! Would be a hilarious evening.

What could you not live without? Cornish ale.

Describe yourself in three adjectives: Relaxed, Friendly, Silly.

This article first appeared in the April issue of Business Cornwall magazine