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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.

I cannot thank her enough for everything she has done.”

Looking back it turns out video, film and photography have been a love in my life much earlier than I realised.

It’s always been about being behind the camera I should add. I have never been a massive fan of being in front of the camera. At all. 

Despite years of working in film and TV it still makes me squirm. I can totally relate to any worries you may have about being in front of the camera 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.

Clearly REALLY happy about being on stage and winning as you can see. Maybe the moody model look was all the rage in the 80’s?

A female videographer smiles with her sony video camera at a wedding

I could be found filming my Barbies and Sylvanians in my bedroom before progressing to the dodgy dance routines I filmed with friends after school.

Despite cringing at these old childhood memories I feel so grateful to have them to look back on now. 

Looking back there was always a camera in my hand and my Mum even mentioned my love of filming things in her wedding speech!

Even now, if there’s some gorgeous light and/or a special moment my camera or phone will be nearby ready for me to capture it!

From Filming Home Movies To 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 (long story). I took the opportunity to escape to Minnesota in America and work as a Camp Counsellor.

With every cloud there is a silver lining. It’s where I went on to meet Lee! I don’t know if you’ve ever experienced camp life but a few months there feels like years and relationships can form quickly compared to ‘real life’!

Our parents couldn’t believe our story and claims to be in love. Even more so when a year to the day we met Lee proposed! Ahhh, young love…we were only 19 and enjoying the whirlwind!

It was thanks to his support I was able to rekindled my love for film and TV. I made the right connections, put my hand up at the right times and was soon ‘running’ on local TV and Film sets for 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. With a positive attitude and occasional polite stalking I was very fortunate to work alongside 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 providing Rowan Atkinson with lots of Pret Crayfish and Rocket sandwiches!

a couple stand on the red carpet at a film premiere in London

Moving Back ‘Up North’ and Finding Love!

Working in London was a bit too fast paced 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 the feature film Charlie Noades R.I.P working alongside some Liverpool’s comedy legends including 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.

Our Wedding Day

When it came to our wedding day I knew it had to be filmed.

Persuading Lee proved the biggest challenge…

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.

“Charlene really was more than just a videographer on your big day & was so helpful.

We would’ve been a bit lost at times without her!

She spends time getting to know you in the run up, it’s like having an old friend on the big day.”