“Has it ever struck you that life is all memory, except for the present moment that goes by you so quick you can hardly catch it going?” Tennessee Williams
My name is Charlie; I love a good quote and I have a terrible memory! For me, the photographs I take of my family and important events in our lives are already so important, and will only increase in value as the years march on.
So; what to say about me? I’m not going to tell you I love photography and that I picked up my first camera whilst I was still in the womb, because that’s a given. I’m also not going to tell you that I’m a ‘tea drinker’, because I’m a Brit, and we all love a good brew!
I’m married, so I know all about the journey you’re set to embark upon. Sinead and I got married in 2013, almost exactly 8 years after we got together… What can I say? I’m not the most impulsive person when it comes to these life decisions! We had our wedding in Bali, with just 30 close friends and family; a tiny wedding party really, but that’s what you get when you drag people thousands of miles away!
We have two girls, Imae (5) and Quinn (2). They’re both wonderful and dreadful in almost equal measure! To say that your life (and priorities) change when you have kids is both true, and a monumental understatement! I love having a great excuse to pick up the camera when I’m not shooting weddings!
Along with Sinead, Imae & Quinn, I also live with a small(ish) furry family. My two boys, Bruno and Poppy (technically Poppy is a girl, but she doesn’t behave like one), and my two girls, Jemima and Puddle.
These are my boys. Poppy is on the left; she’s a Patterdale crossed with a Jack Russell, or a ‘Patterjack’ – a name I thought I coined, but it turns out many had beaten me to it :(. Bruno, next to her looking confused, is a little Border Terrier.
And these are my two girls, Jemima on the left, posing, and Puddle on the right, posing.
So, why weddings?
I believe that weddings are one of a very few huge life moments, and capturing them sympathetically is very important. I love the concept of immortalising these amazing events for people. Big life moments deserve to be documented in a way that reflects the day as it happened, without intrusive posing and directing. And it’s fun! The couples that book me are almost always relaxed, easy-going types like me, so the weddings I shoot are always full of love and laughter.