This is quite a personal post today which I've wanted to do for a while but have been nervous about sharing! I want to tell you about my photography and what really gets me inspired!
Well... You inspire me!
Whenever I take portraits it makes me feel such freedom, joy and passion I can hardly describe it. I become a whole new person removed from my every day life and transported into a much deeper place. The usually quiet Charlotte becomes driven and excited and loses herself in the moment. I suppose a little like when you dance like no one is watching.
I have worked with so many people who tell me that they aren't photogenic or that they always hide from the camera. So often they are worried about what people see on the surface but I'm more interested to see who you are not what you look like. The outer beauty is not what is important it is what comes from within which I am most interested in and what really gets me excited.
It is such a great privilege for me to take someones picture, I feel like we enter such a personal journey together. When I'm behind my lens I am not judging or thinking with predjudice, I just have my eyes wide open to see you. My best images are produced when I'm invited to cross the boundaries of the 'outer shell', when we've laughed a little at ourselves and any every day armour that we've built is set aside for a short while. My main focus and greatest aim is for you to feel comfortable, safe to be yourself and to produce beautiful images that encapsulate you.
It is the same when I photograph couples or families. The natural interaction you have between each other is what I'm looking for not the 'stiffly posed' shots. I'll often ask a groom to whisper a cheeky comment in the brides ear so I can watch and capture her natural reaction and its these kind of shots that I feel truly capture your personalities and your relationships.
My photography often breaks all the rules, I love to shoot into the sun, overexpose an image and crop in unusual angles! However I am a stickler for detail and am only happy with what I consider to be 'the best'.
I not only love taking pictures but I also love to talk about it too! Do get in touch for a chat if you're planning a wedding or fancy trying a portrait session, I'd love to hear from you.
Thanks for reading, I hope you all have a lovely sunny day,
Yesterday I had the pleasure of photographing stunningly delicious Valentine's cupcakes at the Cherry Blossom Bakery! As you can imagine I was in my element! Photography, cupcakes and vintage cups and saucers! Bliss!
The Cherry Blossom Bakery is such a gorgeous little teashop on Church Street in Macclesfield. They really know how to do things properly and will serve you afternoon tea and slices of cake on beautiful vintage crockery! If there's a few of you do make sure you phone and book though as it's one busy little place!
Anyway I hope you enjoy the photos and that you all have a lovely Valentine's Day. Why not treat yourself or your other half to one of their yummy cakes you'll even get it beautifully gift wrapped? They are Yum!
Today I thought I'd share some pictures from my friends lovely wedding on the North Yorkshire Moors near Whitby.
The wedding took place last May and I was honoured when Emma and Chris asked me to design their wedding stationery! They wanted something really simple but that also reflected their lives and personalities.
Emma and Chris grew up in Whitby and have a very strong attachment to it. Chris is a Dairy farmer hence the milk bottles, his green tractor and 'Blizzard' the little cow who was aptly named because he was born in a blizzard! Emma's Dad is a fishmonger in Whitby, so little fishes on the design are also swimming about! The famous Abbey on the hill is where Chris proposed to Emma on Christmas Day and the Church on the left is where they got married and where Emma has been going since childhood. I threw in a few sheep too just for good measure!
Please do take a look at their official wedding photo's captured by the truly talented wedding photographer Chris Milner they really are fantastic. You can also see their engagement shoot by Chris here too.