I first met Charlie five years ago, when he very kindly agreed to meet me and a few other mums to talk and practice photography and learn along the way. A number of us found his advice very useful and it ranged from camera settings, to suggestions about camera and lenses and how to understand and work with natural light.
Charlie operates from his Clapham base and has build his practice working with local couples and families doing weddings and family photography. More recently he has been doing more commercial work but also producing videos.
I took the opportunity to have a chat with him and learn more about what he’s up to these days and where he has come from in terms of his photographic journey.
Where do you come from Charlie and how did you get started in photography?
I was born and raised in New Zealand, so, like many Kiwis I’m a keen traveller. After living and travelling in Asia, the Americas and Europe I now live in Clapham, London.
I began shooting travel and landscape photography while living in Japan many years ago, progressed to selling some of that along with writing travel journalism. Then when I went professional about 10 years ago, I was shooting mainly weddings and family portraiture.
Now I’ve transitioned into shooting commercial lifestyle & portraiture of various types for advertising and PR, a fair amount of architecture/interiors, plus shooting/producing video for commercials, corporate events, food industry, music and various others.
What are you doing at this moment?
I’ve been shooting a lot of video and photography for Battersea Power Station – arts & corporate events in the new Village Hall at Circus West and lifestyle videos of their weekend street-food/family entertainment events.
Other recent work has been shooting street fêtes, lifestyle advertising images for a health charity, corporate portraits, a family portrait commission, and some interior architecture.
What are you plans for the business for this year?
Plans this year are to develop the video aspect even more – possibly some documentaries coming up to shoot/produce, more commercials, plus a short film/dance video project.
What would you like to do more of and less off?
Hope to shoot more music/dance videos (more for the fun than the money) plus creative, narrative commercials.
What motivates you?
Satisfaction of producing great images!
1 fact about your self?
I graduated with two degrees (BPhEd & BA) from university in NZ, neither related to photography!
What advice would you give to any budding photographers, wanting to turn their passion into a business?
Have an alternative source of income as you build your business, ideally something flexible. Eg. I did part-time supply (relief) teaching. You could even choose to only do profitable jobs in the weekends/evenings, if you have a Monday to Friday, 9-5 job. Meanwhile, of course you are doing personal projects for free to build your skills.
I want to say a huge thank you to Charlie and wish him well in his new undertakings. Certainly the Battersea Power Station project is likely to keep him busy for a while during construction phase and beyond completion.
Here is a video Charlie made for Battersea Power Station project about their June events and activities.
Also here is a showreel that shows some of the amazing work Charlie has done as a videographer
Please feel free to comment or drop a line about Charlie’s work or if you need any help with any aspect of photography, he is always happy to help.