Studio Westlake

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South West England | Will Travel | From: £2300

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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 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

Pure talent and excellence.

We are so happy that we booked studio Westlake for our wedding, the team are incredible. Firstly, we wanted wedding photos that were super natural and captured the true us and it’s safe to say they understood the assignment and delivered!! On the day studio Westlake just snapped away and there was no ‘now do this, do that’ it was just pure talent capturing each moment and wow did our photos show this. We absolutely love our wedding photos which captured our day and personality, perfectly! Their experience really shines through in the photography.

Secondly, the team were a joy to have around on the wedding day. There were no stresses and every single wedding guest has commented on 1) how discreet the team were (a big plus for on your wedding day), and 2) how talented they were.

Would not hesitate in recommending this wonderful team! Thank you so much Charlie, Beth and Tim!

Lacey Hill
Married in March 2022
5/5
Wedding at St Giles House

Studio Westlake was everything we wished for and more for our wedding photography. From planning meetings and emails to on the day and the editing process, Charlie could not have been better to work with - a thought echoed by all our wedding party and suppliers too. It was such a pleasure sharing our special moments with Charlie - he has the most amazing combination of soft rapport and excitable energy. He has the most wonderful eye and his photography is so beautiful, stylish and creative - we could not be more happy with our images, which Charlie turned around so quickly for us. Could not recommend more!

Lucy M
Married in February 2022
No Rating.
Honestly, the absolute best.

I don’t even really know where to begin. We planned our wedding in 6 months over lockdown and I emailed Charlie by chance, fully expecting him not to be free and couldn’t believe it when he was.
We chatted over FaceTime and he instantly just got us, he totally understood what we wanted from our wedding and how we wanted our pictures and video to reflect the day but also us as a couple. It was really important to us that we would look back at our pictures and that they would feel so special but also look like us, and not some overly glossy, airbrushed images that looked a million miles from who we are as people. We wanted something fun, almost editorial and definitely not ‘traditional wedding photography’.

Needless to say, we are over the moon. Charlie and Tim made everything so seamless and slotted into the day so well. They worked unbelievably hard and were there from us getting ready until everyone was dancing and getting to be past their best…! Charlie and Tim even came to the dinner the night before our wedding so they could meet our closest friends and family and get to know us before the ‘big day’. Incredible right?

The photos and video are beyond anything I could have imaged. They are beautiful, they truly captured the love, the fun, the excitement and the emotion of the day. We will treasure them forever. Thank you so much.

Rebecca and Ben
Married in December 2021
5/5
Incredible Photos and Amazing Photographer!! Magical!!

Words really cant express what Charley and Beth managed to capture of our beautiful day. We got married October 16th at Nancarrow Farm in Cornwall and we received our photos so promptly afterwards. Sitting down to view the photos was like re-living the day all over again. We honestly cant believe how they managed to create our journey, our day through these images. The photos so incredibly capture the emotion, the energy, the beauty, the fun, the magic it genuinely felt like were there again- something we all wish we could do after the best day EVER. We both said how we could almost hear the music and smell the food as we went through them. We will have these forever now to be able to take us back to that very special, truly magical day and that is all down to Charley and Beth.

On top of the results we had so much fun in the process. Charley and Beth are an absolute joy and we genuinely just loved having them there. Many of our guests ranted and raved about how great they were too which was lovely to hear we weren't the only ones who appreciated them! At times we had no idea they were there snapping away, capturing beautiful moments. They had such a creative, stylish and laid back approach and we thoroughly enjoyed feeling like movie stars! Even the quirky, arty shots paid off and we genuinely just had so much fun. Charley just made us feel so at ease and relaxed we didn't feel awkward at all in our intimate moments and you see how that translates in the photos. We had a couples shoot with Charley a few weeks prior which was so great to get to know him and understand his way of working.

I cannot recommend Charley enough- for he captures the true essence of your day, come rain or too much shine! We will treasure these forever and have had so much joy showing our friends and family. Never a dry eye by the end of our viewings. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!! xx

Nadia and Richard Green
Married in October 2021
5/5
Thank you so much. We absoutely love our photos and video!! Amazing photographer.

Charlie and Tim both did an amazing job as our photographer/videographer for our wedding at Minterne House, Dorset. The whole experience with Charlie was very easy and he really made us feel comfortable in front of the camera from the pre wedding engagement shoot to the actual day. He is incredibly creative and we are so happy with our candid stylish photos! On top of this he is just a really great guy and fun to hang out with. He was also a huge help on the day with some organizational issues!

We feel very very lucky to have booked someone so talented and he is definitely destined for big things. We were not planning on having a videographer, however we are so happy that Charlie mentioned that Tim could join him on the day to shoot a video. Everyone is amazed at how slick the production is and we are absolutely delighted with it. We couldn’t recommend them enough!

Rachel and Mark
Married in September 2021
5/5
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