Today we’d like to introduce you to CharlieP Windsor.
Hi CharlieP, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
As a lifelong artist, I’ve always seen the world a little bit differently. When I was a child, I would draw, cartoon, and paint a lot. I was always attracted to visual arts and thankfully I have a family who supports my artistic endeavors. About 7 years ago, while dabbling in different forms of artistic mediums, I became interested in the art of videography. I was so intrigued; I dove headfirst into learning all of the in and outs of shooting and editing video. In that same year, my younger sister got married. As a gift idea to her, I decided I would create a video montage utilizing all of the skills I’d learned. Unfortunately, things did not work out as I had planned, because I played a major part in the wedding. So, as a plan B, I decided to capture some still images during the formal portrait session for personal memories. Well, once I edited the images and posted them to Facebook, I was immediately inundated with requests for wedding photography. It was so unexpected and overwhelming, and I initially turned down the offers. I didn’t think it was something I had the capability of doing well, considering I had never photographed a wedding before. I at least understood the serious responsibility of documenting a wedding from watching my uncle, a wedding photographer, do it for many years. I wanted to make sure that if I accepted an offer, I would capable of the task. So, I took some time to learn as much as I could about wedding and engagement photography. I also studied the current trends and started following some of the top wedding photographers in the industry at that time. Long story short, I finally accepted an offer to document my first wedding and I didn’t disappoint. I fell in love with capturing couples and 7 years later I’m still in love.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It wasn’t an easy journey to get here… I had no experience being an entrepreneur and no idea how to start and run a business. I had to do a lot of research. I also reached out to other professional photographers for assistance. Not everyone was forthcoming with information, or willing to help. I had to learn a lot through trial and error. I made a lot of mistakes, undercharged for services, lost many hours of sleep building the business and designing a website. I had to create contracts, and then re-work them at the end of every year as I learned or experienced new things. This was in an effort to greater protect me and also my clients. It was a struggle but I really wanted to succeed. The hard work and struggle paid off in the end and I’m grateful to have consistent inquires to date.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I believe the experience I offer to my clients sets me apart from others. To achieve desired images, I have to connect with clients and make them completely comfortable with me first. I try to make sure they feel like they’re hanging out with an old friend who just happens to have a camera. When people don’t feel pressure to be anything other than themselves, they tend to perform better in front of the camera.
Are there any books, apps, podcasts, or blogs that help you do your best?
I get inspired by the most unassuming things. Sometimes through random conversation or the way someone is standing while waiting for the bus. I also find joy in couple watching… I sometimes watch how couples naturally engage with each other and try to replicate that in my visual storytelling.
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