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.
I like to think of style as romantic. Its artistic, fine art and editorial whilst also trying to be natural, authentic and documentive 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 the couple in front of me what to shoot. 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 can be a time of catching their breath and soaking 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'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!
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!
Happy to travel for national and international Weddings
Charlie Westlake was the best decision we made for our wedding - from the easy-going shoots, to the outstanding pictures that he edited for us. He managed to capture my fiancé and I perfectly, helping us feel confident in front of the lens and accentuating our best features in the photos. His editing style and skills are incomparable to anyone I've modeled for in the past, and my fiancé who's never really done a shoot before absolutely loved that Charlie made him feel so comfortable. Cheers Charlie, thank you for such a wonderful experience!
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