Westlake Photography

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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.

Get in touch with Westlake Photography 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 best in the business

Myself and my now husband booked Charlie for our wedding at Tunnels Beaches in Ilfracombe, Devon and we have just received the wedding photos back.

They are breathtaking. The photos are full of emotion and capture the true essence of love and friendship, they are better than I had ever dreamed of, real pictures of Art!

We booked Charlie back in Feb 2020 after seeing some reviews and looking at his work- which I automatically fell in love with (it’s hard not to).

After our engagement shoot with Charlie back in April 2021 we knew we had made the right decision but after the wedding photos I would never recommend another photographer!

Charlie was nothing but professional but also so personable, he took time to get to know us so we would felt comfortable on the day and also took time to understand what it was we wanted to prioritise (couple/group shots).

Charlie made sure he stayed in touch throughout the build up which is so important when you are planning a wedding (especially during Covid). We had a catch up call the week before and turned up prompt and ready to go on the day.

In typical British fashion, the rain was very present on our wedding day but this didn’t stop Charlie creating amazing shots!

All of our guests loved him, he ensured he was there for every moment. Our gallery is a time capsule of the whole day.

Charlie even stayed later on in the evening to get our first dance after an extremely early start in the morning.

We couldn’t be happier with the outcome of the photos and we will certainly treasure them forever!

Charlie isn’t just the best photographer for weddings he also becomes a huge part of your experience and is certainly seen as a great friend.

Thank you so much Charlie!
Your talent and creativity will be valued by our family for generations to come.

Emma and Shaun x

Emma and Shaun Gough
Married in September 2021
No Rating.
Wow. Wow. Wow

Charlie is a consummate professional with a uniquely brilliant eye for the perfect, stylish shot.

He put in so much effort and consideration into the creative process before, during and after the day. From scouting locations and backdrops, to the impact of the lighting and his exquisite editing, ultimately culminating in our luxury photo gallery.

It was genuinely remarkable how Charlie was able to blend in, almost in stealth (so as not to interrupt proceedings or get in the way), but also retain FULL control of the guests and our wedding party; expertly directing people & extracting their full, fun character.

To say he captured the mood would be an understatement. He captured, in the most beautiful manner, the best day of our lives & for that we are incredibly thankful.

CB x

Callum & Charlotte Broom
Married in August 2021
5/5
The most beautiful photography!

Can’t recommend Westlake photography enough!

Charlie did the photography for our wedding and we could not be happier with the results. Charlie offers a 5 star service throughout, we had to change our wedding a few times because of Covid restrictions and he was understanding, flexible and willing to help at all times.

Charlie is extremely talented, professional, friendly, easy going, my husband and I felt so comfortable with him, totally free to be ourselves. We are not the kind to take many photos of us so I was a little bit nervous (don’t consider myself to be photogenic) but Charlie captured us on the most beautiful way, we were in awe when we saw the photos and we could not stop smiling when going over them, it felt like we were re-living the day.

The quality of the photography is impeccable, Charlie not just captured images of us he brilliantly managed to capture the energy of our wedding taking photos throughout the day. We took on the video service as well and I am so glad we did, it was beautiful, elegantly put together and something we will cherish forever.

Maria del Mar Gomez
Married in July 2021
5/5
Better than we could have dreamed of!

As a couple who very rarely take photos together (we have less than 10 photos in 10 years), we were a little apprehensive about the idea of being photographed on our wedding day. After a huge amount of searching and interviewing various people, we found Charlie and both of us knew he would be absolutely perfect!

His photos are stylish, luxury and fun without being staged in any way. In the run-up he was super organised and gave us loads of tips to make the photos run smoothly, taking all of the stress off us.



Charlies style on the day is very unintrusive to the point I forgot he was there even when we snuck off for photos just the two of us (which was actually one of our favourite points of the day). We had multiple people who mentioned how they wished they had had Charlie at their wedding, as he was so discreet and knew exactly when to do the group shots meaning we were only away from the reception for about 15 minutes.

The photos themselves are amazing and I cannot tell you the number of compliments we have had already! I’d book him again in a heartbeat and cannot thank him enough for making it such a relaxed process.

Alex McGregor
Married in September 2021
5/5
Just overwhelmed ...

Myself and my fiancé (Shaun) have just had an engagement shoot with Charlie.
To say we were both nervous and out of our comfort zone was not far from fact but as soon as we met Charlie, the nerves just disappeared, the whole shoot was so fun and relaxing.

I chose Westlake Photography because of Charlie’s ability to put creativity, romance and intensity into his photos and didn’t he just deliver!

Shaun and I both struggle with body confidence and have never done a shoot like this before, I explained to Charlie that we wanted the photos to show our romantic side and how close we are as a couple ... something that is never usually public and even if we have just one photo we were happy with then fantastic!

Charlie has just sent the photos through and to say I’m overwhelmed is an understatement. All the shots are amazing, they tell our story, they show our life, love and struggle but are so natural and thoughtful.

I cannot thank Charlie enough for his amazing talent, he’s made us both so happy and even made us love how we look (a first).

Thank you so much Charlie and we cannot wait to have you at the wedding x

Emma
Married in September 2021
5/5
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