Hi, fancy getting to know me better? Well, make a cup of tea and get comfy…
It turns out video and film and even photography have been a love in my life much earlier than I realised.
I wasn’t a massive fan of being in front of the camera however and would regularly avoid being centre of attention…
From filming my Barbies and Sylvanians in my bedroom, to the dodgy dance routines I filmed with friends after school ( which reminds me, I really should burn those VHS’s), my love of film took me to media college in my hometown of Nottingham and then on to Liverpool where I found a love for editing. I also met the love of my life there…
Turns out Uni wasn’t really for me. Not only was I not great at sitting through lectures and writing about films instead of making them, I also got bullied…badly. So badly I actually took the opportunity to flea to America to work as a Camp Counsellor (also known as Camp America) and essentially avoiding everything.
But as we all know, with every cloud there is a silver lining and mine came in the form of Lee. We hit if off right away and he somehow made me forget about all the things I’d left behind. I don’t know if you’ve ever experienced camp but a few months there feels like years and friendships (and relationships) can form quickly compared to ‘real life’!
Our parents were pretty shocked when we came back totally smitten and claiming to be in love. And even more so when only a year to the day we met Lee proposed! But you know, young love and all that…we were only 19 and a little impatient!
It was thanks to his support I rekindled my love for film and TV and signed up to a different course. I made the right connections, put my hand up at the right times and was soon ‘running’ on local TV and Film sets for the likes of Channel 4.
Making an awesome cup of tea (and picking the best biscuits for the teams I worked with) got me far in the TV and film world. Keen to learn and eager to please I was very fortunate to get in front of (or politely stalk) some incredibly talented film editors who nurtured my excitement for Post Production. My favourite was working on Mr Bean’s Holiday with Tony Cranstoun and buying Rowan Atkinson far too many Crayfish and Rocket sandwiches from Pret!
But, moving to and working in London was a bit too fast paced and lonely for me being so far away from my family so I moved back ‘up north’ to Liverpool and fought my way in to some local film companies edit suites! It was there I was honoured to be asked to edit an amazing feature film called Charlie Noades R.I.P working alongside some Liverpool and North West comedy legends like Neil Fitzmaurice and John Thomson.
I definitely felt drawn to comedy over the years and it’s no surprise really that when it comes to your wedding day I look for the fun and laughter hidden between those moments of romance.
I love creating a film that shows off not only how awesome and incredibly wonderful your wedding was but also how much fun you guys have together.
Romance can be fun, right?
Photograph thanks to the talented Chapter Photography
We spend a lot of our time laughing and even during our wedding vows Lee took the opportunity to have a laugh by incorporating some of the famous lyrics from Boyz II Men in there (and even got his Best Men to sing ‘I’ll Be Thereeeeeee’ at the end)!
It did take 7 years to finally get married! You know how it is, life kinda gets in the way with buying houses and saving up all over again…but when we did finally set the date for August 2009 in the Wirral we couldn’t get things booked in fast enough (we do like to be organised!).
When it came to our wedding day I knew I wanted to have it filmed but it took me a while to persuade Lee…
He had preconceptions that wedding videos were all about soft focus and cheesy fades with huge cameras dominating the day. I wanted it to be anything but!
Fast-forward to a few months after the wedding when I showed him our finished wedding highlights film (that I’d edited myself) and it turns out he actually loves wedding videos, well, at least my wedding videos! He is now adamant that it is better than our wedding photos and it’s something I hear A LOT from my couples now too.
Have a peek at our wedding highlights film here. We celebrated our big day at the Hillbark Hotel in the Wirral. It’s crazy how much my style, both personally and as a filmmaker, as changed since then!
Lee liked our final wedding DVD so much that for our first Christmas together as a married couple he bought me a web address named after the song we shared our first dance to…Love Gets Sweeter.
All to inspire me to start up as my own business, making wedding videos for other couples who want to relive the fun from their wedding day. That was back in 2009!!
I’m so glad I made that leap to start this as my own wedding videography business. I honestly love weddings, I love nothing more than capturing all those beautiful moments and editing them into a perfect film that really reflects your amazing day.
I even love getting involved if things should need a helping hand and have been known to step in and sew bridesmaid’s into their dresses, pick stickers off new shoes, fix a million buttonholes…I’m quite multi-talented now and have lots of hidden wedding related skills. You only have to ask my previous Bride’s and Groom, you can read some lovely words from them HERE.
So there you go, from school to our wedding in the blink of an eye (though now I’m in my 30’s, it’s a really long blink haha).
Our daughter Paisley has now made our 2 a 3 and we love nothing more than going on adventures together and, of course, filming and photographing them all…
You’ll find me at our family home in Burscough (Lancashire) having fun juggling family and work as well as drinking tea, making and eating cake and finding any excuse to film and photograph people who I love.
Photo thanks to the talented Kelly Clarke at Image Splash
“You NEED to meet with these guys they are a friendly, caring and genuine team! When Charlene was at my mums house filming us all getting ready she just fitted in and became part of the wedding party, helping whenever she could.
They are easy to speak to and are open to any suggestions and concerns you may have. GO AND MEET THEM!!!”
Kate & Will
I do love to chat (well done for getting this far!) and I want to ensure you feel comfortable with me from the very beginning if you go on to choose me to be your wedding videographer.
I pride myself on ensuring everyone gets looked after from the first email to the final wedding DVD so that’s it’s more than booking a wedding videographer for the day, it’s an official fun wedding experience for you throughout! One groom even gave me the hashtag #morethanaweddingvideographer after I helped reshape his oversized buttonhole!
If you’d like to hear more about how I’d work on your wedding day or even meet me in person to chat more about your own day I’d LOVE to hear from you. Head over HERE to fill in your details in the handy form and I’ll be back to you as soon as I can.