“Happy, soulful and journalistic.”
That’s how I would describe my photographic style. I’ve been shooting for 16 years, ten of which were spent travelling the world with a camera on-hand. I worked at sea and in the tourist industry where I got to experience & photograph the most magnificent places and people from all walks of life. Perhaps that’s how I have developed the deep understanding of human dynamics and a sense of intuition that lets me “see” special moments before they take place.
Photography has taught me a few things. The best moments are the real ones. For me, nothing is more humbling and rewarding than to make beautiful, honest and timeless images of two people crazy in love and families that love each other hard. Something forever.
I have discovered recently, just how much I enjoy the process of creating some powerful content for small business owners. Shared enthusiasm of seeing an idea come to life.
Just like you, I love to document life as it unfolds, what we love and what makes us tick. I share your passion for seeing the beauty in everyday life and sometimes, not to take it too seriously. I get excited about the little things, beautiful light on a road trip, devouring fish and chips at Hout Bay harbour in Cape Town, counting the kites on a windy day at Bloubergstrand, finding inspiration in the arts and latest design. And the sea – it is my greatest inspiration.
If you care deeply about photography, you found the right place!
A few highlights of my career…
Sipping margaritas in Mexico, seeing the splendour of Angkor Wat at sunrise, eating unknown snacks at a dodgy local bar in Nagasaki, photographing weddings on a glacier somewhere in Alaska and hanging out of a helicopter taking aerial shots of the Great Barrier Reef
Charlene, your talent is breathtaking. We couldn’t have imagined a more perfect photographer and you captured the day with such grace and attention to detail – helped us find the rings and brought such a joyful and calm spirit to the day. It was a joy to have you there with us and thank you for posting this gorgeous preview shot of Gav and I tricked out as our girls Iris and Hermione. I can’t shout your praises enough – but I’m sure going to try!
When planning our wedding, the toughest part was choosing someone I’d trust to document our day. I am a wedding photographer myself and this was the single most important provider for me. I instantly fell in love with Charlene’s work and was so incredibly happy with that intangible quality of warmth and confidence that one feels when working with her. Thank you so much for bringing your sparkle to our wedding and giving us the most beautiful memories!
Thanks so much Charlene, we just finished looking… No, wait… rather … Finished being in absolute awe of the portraits that you took!!! I doubt that awe will ever end!!!! It was absolutely breathtaking, from beginning to end. It was art! Words cannot begin to explain how gifted you are, how beautiful your soul is to capture these moments as you do and how grateful we are for that. Thanks so much for sharing your gift with us! Shay is right, you’re a genius. It’s been such a pleasure getting to know you. Thanks again so much!
We are immensely grateful and our hearts are overwhelmed by the love we received on our best day ever!
We are so lucky to have met you and that it was possible for you to capture this incredible moment in our lives. You are the loveliest person. You made the experience so much fun and unforgettable. We cannot begin to express how happy we were with both the engagement shoot as well as our wedding shoot.
Charlene captured the most candid, precious moments of our wedding day with incredible skill and artistry. In addition, she brought such warmth and positive energy to the process. Choosing Charlene as our photographer was one of the best decisions we made in planning our wedding.