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So finally we found time to make the team portrait.

Chief Photographer Charlie was, as usual, reluctant to be in front of the camera instead of behind it. The other Charlies were causing their usual mischief…

Some of you will recognise someone who usually accompanies me on family photoshoots, see if the kids can spot her…

Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for 2014, from Team Charlie!

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Autumn came late this year. But we found a pile of leaves for little Jacob here to play in, even though the trees on Wandsworth Common were still mostly green.

He certainly appreciated the leaves – he seemed to want to eat them, which kept his parents and I on our toes!

We finished off with a few photos back at home after a little nap by the star of the show.

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A couple of months ago I shot this wedding in Provence, south of France, at the wonderful Crillon le Brave near Avignon. The food was great, the staff pampered us wonderfully and the setting was stunning. But it was the people that made for a fun weekend, we literally took over the place.

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Hotel Crillon le Brave, wedding, south of France, Provence, destination wedding photographer, Mont Ventoux, Bedoin

The Tour de France often passes close by and heads up the imposing Mont Ventoux in the background.

This has a tough reputation (an English cyclist died at the top) and at the peak I experienced first hand another infamous local – the Mistral wind. (See my shot from the peak on my other blogsite). It also created some great sunset cloud formations (see shots towards end of blog post).

The Mistral prevented us actually eating outdoors for the wedding dinner, but otherwise we enjoyed the great outdoor summer Provencal lifestyle. I quite liked the ‘windswept and interesting’ conditions, to quote Billy Connolly the well-known Scottish comedian and character. I thought this quite appropriate considering many of the guests were Scottish. Though having said that, the American contingent held their own – Bob’s parents were I think the first on the dance floor. This was an American-Scottish wedding in Provence!

I’d met many of them before at a previous family event I photographed for them, and this was the third time Bob & Jenn (the now married couple) have had me along to do photos for them and the boys. Needless to say, they always make me feel at home and it was a great laugh as you can see. Too many great characters to mention, but Rhoda the grandmother made a great impression on me (this the second time we met). She’s like the warm heart at the centre of this fun group of people. She speaks Highland Gaelic too, very cool in my book. 🙂

OK enough waxing lyrical from me, on to the photos!

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A perfect sunny summer evening on Tooting Common, a fun family – just need a camera! But I had to fight the kids for the cameras on this shoot – another reason I carry two cameras… 😉

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Four-year old George was particularly enthusiastic behind the camera – I was impressed he could hold it up, let alone steady. I saw these guys again last Sunday at the Ickle Pickles charity summer fair – George took ANOTHER photo of me, which I will make my new profile photo on Facebook right after posting this.

Still some great summer sun, make the most of the summer evenings and weekends – get in touch for a photoshoot!

Then we’ll be getting ready for the autumn portraits season – October and November is when we need to shoot to get products and greeting cards ready by Christmas.

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OK, so I’m posting a spring photoshoot in the middle of summer… but I have a summer family shoot to blog soon too.

Not everything can get blogged but I have been remiss sorry. (I did add some of these to my portfolio though).

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This was about two and half years on from an autumn shoot with the same family. Both were great fun and challenging – like all photoshoots with kids.

Of course, we had to reenact the portrait of the twins with their elder sister, back then was autumn leaves, now it was daffodils.

I love the expression on Daisy’s face (on the right) – kind of saying, ‘Charlie, you’re an idiot, though an amusing idiot…’ – as I made a clown of myself to get the smiles.

Those of you who have had photoshoots with me before will recognise the puppet that always ends up IN the photos after it gets confiscated by the kids…

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This is a companion post to Dancers in the Dark over on my commercial site. This couple are excellent dancers (salsa) and I have an ‘artists’ photography section on the other website, moreover any photography I do of singers/dancers etc tends to be commercial. However, this was a simple portrait session around London, hence the cross-over. We had unusually sunny weather too!! 😛

I love working with the graphic shapes provided by the Millenium Bridge and the Shard in the background.

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I am a bit of a perfectionist with my photo editing. A lot of people probably don’t notice or care what tone there is to an image, but for me, it has to be just the right shade of eg. slight sepia, or split-tone as in the image above. I like split warm-cool tone for modern architecture black & white images.

I also did a little ‘blending’ – see image further down the post…

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WELCOME! THIS IS A PERMANENT POST, SCROLL DOWN FOR MORE RECENT POSTS, or explore the portfolio galleries from the menu above…

Charlie specialises in relaxed, fun family portraits – usually in the park or elsewhere outside, but indoors is also great as well/instead. He uses portable studio lighting equipment when needed.

Charlie presents these fine-art portraits in the very best, hand-crafted frames and albums. Do get in touch for more info.

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Last year I did some photos of a university friend’s new baby girl, Sophia. I used to flat with Scott back in the day, now we’re living on the other side of the world, but still in the same part of the city. Kate’s parents were over from New Zealand as well which was a bonus. We did some photos indoors, then went to one of the local parks in Wimbledon. I had been meaning to post these photos soon, and as I looked through them again, I saw the nice one of Sophia with a single red rose (me the lover of black ‘n white imagery has converted it sorry 🙂 ). It’s appropriate that I post it today then!

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A little over a year ago I shot a wedding just before Christmas for Sophie and Nick (coincidentally I did some business profile photos for Sophie last week). A year later almost to the day, I was shooting the wedding of fellow Kiwi Alan – he’s been my massage therapist for many years, putting me back to rights after every wedding or job I shoot, evening out the muscle knots from carrying heavy camera bags for hours. Now I was shooting him and his lovely bride Caroline!

Alan was for years the driver of the New Zealand Olympic bobsleigh team, so there were a lot of big strapping guys – no problem for them to lift the slight frame of Caroline in the air (see further down the post). I had suggested they pick her up, but they got a little carried away (or should I say Caroline was – sorry, weak pun).

We started at Threadneedles for getting ready shots, then to Marylebone Old Town Hall for the ceremony, then back to Threadneedles again. The weather was pretty rubbish but nearby Leadenhall Market saved the day again and the interior of Threadneedles Hotel is stunning. The lovely flowers were by Sophie (a different Sophie). And if you’re looking for a massage therapist, personal trainer or life coach, Alan is your man.

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I photographed Mike (from the same hometown in NZ as me) and Anita for:

1. their pre-wedding shoot

2. their wedding

3. this quick shoot a couple of weeks ago with little Milo (they needed Christmas cards)

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The weather & light was disagreeable but Milo’s grin kept the mood bright (sorry! excuse the sentimentality! 😉 )

I hadn’t seen them for several months. Three days later, by chance I happened to be in the Bank area of London. I thought to myself, ‘Mike works around here, wouldn’t it be funny if I bumped into him…’ Three minutes later (maybe 2 min, but allow me some poetic license), who should walk around the corner…

I told Mike, ‘You’re never going to believe this…’

‘Well, there’ll be a third time soon…’ he said. Sure enough, end of the same week, we meet with some other friends for a Friday-night drink…(OK, that wasn’t exactly a coincidence – I claim poetic license again)

PS. I remembered Anita took a photo of me at their cousin’s wedding. The day after this autumn shoot, I used that photo as my personal Facebook page profile photo.

I think that is enough coincidences for one week, but this sort of thing happens to me all the time…

 

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