A Little More About Me…
Hi, fancy getting to know me better? Well, make a cup of tea and get comfy…
“Charlene’s happy approachable nature, her obvious love for the job and her bubbly enthusiastic personality made me feel instantly at ease.
I knew straight away I would be happy for her to video our wedding.
Charlene’s general professionalism and personality is second to none.
I cannot thank her enough for everything she has done.”
It turns out video and film and photography have been a love in my life much earlier than I realised.
More behind the camera than being in front I should add. I wasn’t a massive fan of being in front of the camera. At all.
Despite working in film and TV for years it still makes me squirm now so I can totally relate if you’re feeling worried about being in front of the camera on your wedding day too!
Here I am avoiding being centre of attention. This delightful photo of me is when I won ‘Miss Golden Sands’ at Butlins in Skegness.
Dead happy about being on stage and winning as you can see. Maybe the moody model look was all the rage in the 80’s?
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), looking back there was always a camera in my hand.
Even now, if there’s some gorgeous light and an opportunity to capture a special moment the camera will be nearby!
From Filming Home Movies To Editing Hollywood Films
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.
Turns out Uni wasn’t really for me.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)..
But as we all know, with every cloud there is a silver lining and mine came in the form of Lee. I don’t know if you’ve ever experienced camp life 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 in Liverpool.
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!
Moving Back ‘Up North’ and Finding Love!
But, moving to and working in London was a bit too fast paced and lonely for me 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?
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.
But what worried him the most was the idea that being filmed meant being followed around by huge cameras and feeling like they were dominating the day.
I wanted (and knew it could be) anything but!
But I’m sure some of you know how hard it is to persuade someone when they have their wedding heels digging in…
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!
Our Very Own Hillbark Hotel Wedding Video
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!!
Even as someone who LOVES video and really wanted a wedding video, I don’t think I could even predict how important and special it’s become all these years on…
More Than A Wedding Videographer On Your Wedding 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.