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

Splendid job!

First of all we would like to say a big thank you to Charlie for his fun, friendly adaptable approach as a wedding photographer. One of the first moments we wanted captured was of a WW2 vehicle taking the groom and the best men down to the seafront for a pre wedding photoshoot. Charlie was well up for the challenge and produced some fantastic shots of the morning! Charlie then continued to produce natural relaxed photos of the ceremony capturing all of the emotions. as well as some more luxurious shots when we then went down to the seafront for a post ceremony couples photoshoot.
Charlie was able to capture the day the way we hoped he would and his photos expressed the emotion of the day perfectly. Considering ours was a covid wedding, this did not stop Charlie from creating some amazing individual and group photos using a creative approach.
All the guests complimented Charlie and said that he felt like one of the guests. This is so important at a wedding as it makes everyone feel at ease and the photos captured are so much more candid and natural and they are always the best ones!
We would highly recommend Charlie as a photographer and we will cherish our photos forever.

Lucy and Harry
Married in September 2020
5/5
What a dream! Thank you Charlie

I had the absolute pleasure of working with Charlie on a recent luxury shoot. For such a young talent, it was incredible to see someone so devoted to their work and someone with such a conscientious, creative approach.

His natural ability to capture things in their simplest form, and produce the most stunning outcome is inspiring. You really do see his passion, dedication and enthusiasm for photography shine through.

He is someone who throws himself in whatever the location, weather and situation and really commits himself to the job, bending over backwards (quite literally!) to get the perfect result in the most stylish way possible.

I cannot recommend Charlie enough and can’t wait to work with him again in the near future.

Hannah
Married in November 2020
5/5
Perfectly captured our special day!

Charlie was fantastic from start to finish. Via our calls and emails, he was very detailed, informative and helpful and always sent useful documents that answered my many questions! Charlie had lots of creative ideas and suggestions on how to achieve the look we wanted, whilst still keeping in line of the Pinterest board I shared - it was the perfect balance! On the day, Charlie was the best energy that we needed. After moving our wedding from 170 guests to 30 and then last minute to 15 due to COVID related guidelines, he reassured us that our day would still be beautiful and captured in the best - way, and he did just that! Charlie brought a lot of fun in capturing our photos, especially ‘The Parade’ part outside. Our families had such a good time and really bounced off that energy. He was very professional, innovative and a perfectionist in ensuring that we got the photos we wanted, even with the factors that were against such as lighting, weather etc.

The biggest thank you to Charlie for making our vision a reality! Couldn't recommend him enough!

Roshni
Married in October 2020
5/5
We love our beautiful wedding photos!

Westlake photography did our amazing photos for our recent wedding at Hestercombe Gardens. Charlie made us and all the guests feel comfortable and relaxed, adding in an element of fun and creativity to all our photos. He was more than happy to accommodate our requests and ideas with also directing us to make our photos stylish and to their full potential with his advice and experience. We couldn’t be happier and truly feel like the photographs tell a story of our day. Not only did he get many beautiful staged photos he also took lots of natural shots of the day as it unfolded. We really can’t thank you enough Charlie at Westlake Photography!

Hannah
Married in October 2020
5/5
Couldn’t be happier!

We could not be happier with the entire experience with Charlie and of course our photos!!!

From the start Charlie has been lovely to work with and really flexible, we changed our wedding plans and date about 3 times with Charlie and we are so grateful he agreed to move things around for us.

Charlie was very friendly right from the beginning and was very interested in understanding what we wanted our day to be about and what was important to us.

My husband and I don’t often take pictures together so I was a little nervous we wouldn’t know what to do in front of the camera but Charlie made it so relaxed and fun for us. At the end of the night I asked my husband what his favourite part of the day was, and he said the couples photos part - this was my favourite part too.

The pics came out so beautiful and everyone who sees them compliments the photographer. He also got all the pics back to us so quickly! The online gallery of our pics is also really lovely to use and Charlie organised the pics in categories to view which I freaking love!

We really are so pleased with his work and hope we get to work with him again in the future, I’ll find any excuse to!

Thank you Charlie!!!

Taryn & Hilmi
Married in August 2020
5/5
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