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Studio Westlake


South West England | 6+ Years Experience | Will Travel | From: £2300

Hi, I'm Charles

Candid photography coupled with a characteristic and creative flare. Offering a wide range of wedding packages from local to international. Stylised to natural.

Based out of a ramshackle old shed in the heart of rural Devon, surrounded by geese honking, ducks quaking and two rather troublesome Dartmoor ponies, that’s where you’ll find me. Who am I? I’m Charlie, A simple self taught photographer with a love for the dramatic & romantic things of life! (hence the rather elaborate introduction).

One thing you’ll notice very early on about me and my work, is that I am entirely occupied with the concept of narrative and the uniqueness of a moment. In my mind the power of photography is its ability to capture a snapshot in time that can never be re-created, thus the importance of every shot being unique and full of drama. This plays a massive role throughout my creative process particularly in the way I edit my photos. My aim is that every photo I publish evokes a feeling, emotion or story.

I like to keep things as upfront and as simple as I can with pricing. So I offer three easy options depending on your budget and on how much coverage you’re after. You can book me for 6, 9 or 12 hours. If you’re not sure which option is best for you or you’d like to chat about designing a more bespoke package to suit your needs please don’t hesitate to drop me a line.

Message Studio Westlake for a quote and price for the day and to check their availability.

How would you describe your style?

I like to think of style as romantic.

It's artistic, fine art and editorial whilst also maintaining a natural, authentic and documentary in its approach.

I'm very relaxed and easy, I'm constantly watching to capture natural moments whilst also thinking how can I capture the mood and atmosphere in front of me.

When it comes to portraits I love to experiment but what matters most to me is reading how at ease my clients are. Sometimes my clients like to experiment, other times they'd rather be positioned and given direction. I'm comfortable with both. I ultimately try to keep things chill. For Couples most of their day is jam packed with welcoming guests, getting into position or generally being pushed around from pillar to post, so I'm very aware that my brief hour or so with them, is one of the only times within the day that they are afforded a chance to catch their breath and soak up the atmosphere.

When I edit my photos I try to edit them through the eyes of nostalgia, keeping true to how things were on the day whilst also adding a touch magic to the memory.

What do you love about weddings?

What's not to love...?!

The celebration, the excitement, the coming together of communities that haven't seen each other as well as those that have never met before!

It's a significant milestone in the lives individuals - I'm someone who intrinsically believe in the institution on marriage and its importance!

Its a time when rite of passage for so many! I love the celebration of people and their future!

I could come up with 101 reasons! There is nothing quite like it. Its a timeless!

Advice for couples planning their wedding?

As someone who was only a couple months ago searching for a photographer for their own wedding the first thing is would say is be fussy!

1. Find someone that appreciates their art. - This way you really get photos that Wow!

2. Find someone that's genuine. Genuine as a person but also in their work, stay clear of fussy and formal photos, its painful in the moment and especially when you look back at 2 dimensional shots absent of memory. Candid documentary style photography is non intrusive and sure fire way to capture those precious moments that last a life time.

There are tones of excellent photographers out there, some are brilliant at big dramatic shots, some at capturing candid moments, one thing I often find in this industry is there is a considerable lack of authentic photography, and by that I mean photos that accurately capture their subject. It's all well and good when having a great landscape behind you but when the photo doesn't look like you... that is something really disconcerting. As a photographer my number one mission is to capture that person for all their natural and authentic beauty. Choose someone that you can see truly appreciates the natural. Photoshop is the downfall of many great photographers!

Your Travel policy?

Happy to travel for national and international Weddings

The most breathtaking wedding film & photos!

We cannot thank Charlie and Tim enough for the most incredible wedding photographs and film.

From the very beginning they took the time to get to know and understand us a couple. They are both lovely people and looked after us on our wedding day and made us feel relaxed whilst being discreet and totally focussed on the job at hand.

We were blown away by the final products and we are so glad we let them guide us to ensure the end result was perfect. They are both artists and complete professionals at what they do.

We would recommend Studio Westlake to anyone getting married. It was a fantastic experience all the way through and they are a notable highlight of our entire wedding experience.

Thank you so much - simply stunning!

Grace & Drew xxxxxxx

Grace & Drew
Married in September 2023
Beautiful photos and a fantastic team

We couldn't be more delighted with our wedding photos and film - they really capture the day and took our breath away. On the day, Charlie, Tim and Beth bought so much energy and so many creative ideas for photo and film opportunities. They were such fun to work with and our guests adored them too. In the run up to the day, Charlie was so responsive and had so many helpful suggestions as to the running order and photo opportunities (so glad we got the confetti cannons!). Couldn't recommend Studio Westlake highly enough!

Lily & George
Married in July 2023
What a talent!! Loved every single picture!

We booked Charlie to help us recreate our wedding photos 2 months after actually getting married.

We had a call to discuss what I was looking to try to achieve from having a second shoot and he was able to give us ideas on outfits, he had created and saved a Pinterest to share show me what he had understood about the brief.

On the day, he was amazing. He was running around to find the best light, backdrop, and as much as everyone wants candid sometimes what you actually need is a bit of direction to create something epic. By the end of the shoot my Husband and I were so relaxed, running in the water, spinning around and just having an absolute blast!

We went with the aim to get that one special photo which you can look at with a full heart and ended up loving every single last one!

Thank you so much!

Married in June 2023

Well, what can I say… our photos and video from Studio Westlake absolutely took our breath away. We are incredibly over the moon with the finished result - our already high expectations were exceeded by a country mile, and then some.
But it isn’t only about the finished result. The process, the journey, from start to finish with Charlie and Tim was impeccable. Incredibly professional yet so friendly and warm.
Our photos and film from the day came back a lot quicker than we’d expected too, which was such a wonderful surprise the day we came back from our honeymoon, and certainly helped with the wedding blues, as the photos and videos helped us relive the day again. Our day was captured perfectly and we will be able to look back on our wedding forever thanks to the wonderful Westlake team. 100/10 - THANK YOU GUYS!!! 🤍

Georgette & Cody
Married in May 2023
Stunning photos and a joy to work with

Studio Westlake were a delight to work with from the moment we made our first enquiry to the very speedy delivery of our beautiful images.

We first engaged with our photographer, Charlie, a year before our wedding date and he was incredibly responsive and informative throughout the whole process.

On the day itself, Charlie made us feel so incredibly comfortable. I am not a natural in front of the camera, but he put us at ease from the moment he arrived and quickly became an integral part of the day. We had so much fun working with Charlie and all of our guests commented on what a nice guy he is. A supreme professional, he put everyone at ease and was so good and patient with our flower girls!

We couldn’t believe how quickly SW turned around the photographs, and despite the weather not being in our favour, Charlie definitely made the most of what he was working with in terms of backdrop and lighting.

I 100% recommend Charlie, his editorial style is stunning and he made us feel like rockstars on the day of the wedding. I can’t stress how important it is to like your photographer, you spend quite a bit of the day with them and Charlie just felt like a mate we’ve known forever throughout the day.

Married in April 2023
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