About Gerard Charnley

Gerard Charnley is a Landscape and Automotive Photographer based in Brighton, UK. When he's not working for clients, he can be found sharing his work on Google+ and Facebook. He is actively involved in the photography community and arranges events for photographers of all abilities. He founded the UK Photography Community which has 600+ UK photographers and over 55,000 worldwide followers. The UKPC page is run by a team of 14 regional volunteers, all of whom are photography enthusiasts and love to arrange photowalks for photographers of all abilities.

Lara Mae’s 6th Birthday

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Last weekend my wife’s good friend Anna asked if I could provide a photo booth shoot at her daughter’s 6th birthday party. It was a bit last minute (my wife forgot to tell me until the night before!), but because I’d never done something like this, I leapt at the chance and said yes. I’m glad I did because it was really good fun. The children were queuing up all afternoon with various different props, from wigs and moustaches to police helmets and truncheons!

The constant stream of children didn’t leave much room for creativity so I only had time for one lighting setup (2 softboxes, front on, with a cloud background). However, the fun being had by the children more than made up for it and this is evident from all the smiles in the resulting photos.

I’d definitely recommend a photo booth shoot to other parents considering it. If you have a child that loves dressing up with friends, and this is of interest, then please get in touch. If you’re one of the parents who’s child attended Lara’s party, the password protected album is here and Anna has the password. Enjoy!

Anna and family

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Over the past couple of years, my wife and I have been working on a house renovation which included a photography studio in our basement.  Towards the end of 2015, that studio became a reality with the first client in the door being Anna and her family.  I felt a little rusty having not done much photography during the renovation, but I soon found my rhythm and enjoying photography once again!  Click continue reading to see a couple of my favourite shots from the session. Continue reading

Bodiam Castle

Bodiam Castle Long Exposure

A long exposure shot of Bodiam Castle’s south east corner

Bodiam Castle is possibly one of the most photogenic castles in the UK. With it’s simple square shape, four turrets, draw bridge and moat on all sides, it’s reminiscent of the castles all kids attempt to make on the beach. It’s probably this simplicity that makes this castle so charming and a wonderful photography subject. Read on to find our more about this castle, how to photograph it and when to visit. Continue reading