Charity Event Photography in Aid of Bliss

On Saturday 21st May we travelled up to Stoke to provide our Event Photography services for our good friend Marie Bailey at her charity ball in aid of Bliss, a charity that supports families with premature babies. Marie and her husband Richard’s daughter was born premature at 28 weeks weighing only 2lb 9oz.



For years now, Marie has continually travelled around the Midlands organising events to raise funds for this very worthy charity, including the annual extravaganza of Lilly’s Ball. Whenever Marie has a Ball, we are right behind her to capture everyone looking their best. Here’s Marie looking her best wrapped in ribbons and bows!



The Diamond Bliss Charity Ball was held at the Moat House Hotel, which is a stunning venue. The guests all enjoyed a cocktail arrival and us taking their photo, following by eating, drinking, raffles, auctions, and finished by dancing the night away. Fun was had by all, including ourselves. Over £4000 was raised on the night, which is amazing!

At events we take portrait photos of guests as they arrive. The photos are then available to purchase and printed on the night. A percentage of the sales is donated to the charity. If you would like to talk to us about our Event Photography packages, please contact us. Here are a few portrait photos from the evening.

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Secret Wedding – Cath & John’s Greatest Adventure

Back in March 2016, Cath & John dropped in to the Philip Charles Photography studio to tell us a massive secret, and wanted our help as they announced their news to their family and friends. Needless to say we were intrigued and honoured that they came to us. We took Cath & John’s portrait photo at the New Years Eve Gala at Sutton Coldfield Ramada, they liked the photos so much that they chose us to be part of their celebration.

They had booked Nuthurst Grange for 07 May 2016 to make their announcement. They gathered all of their family and friends, not one of them knowing the reason. A video was played to the guests explaining why they were all there – Cath & John married in secret before Christmas in America in a HOT AIR BALLOON!!

Following the video (and lots of hugs, tears and laughter), everyone was ushered outside with a balloon to where we were waiting. We arranged everyone on the lawn for a mass balloon release in honour of their wedding venue. This was one of the most nerve racking moments of our photography life! Picture the scene – 80 guests all with a balloon each (no spares), only 1 chance to get the shot! We spent over an hour setting up, and loads of test shots. Once the group was arranged and providing clear instructions to release on the count of 3, not after, not before, actually on 3 (and final check that the lens cap was off), the balloons were released. It was all over in less than 3 seconds – phew, we got the shot!

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Every guest received a mounted copy of the photo to take home. As we gave out the photo’s all of the guests commented on how good the photo was and how lovely that they received a copy.

We would like to thank Cath & John for choosing Philip Charles Photography, it was a real honour.

If you would like Philip Charles Photography to be a part of your celebration, whatever that may be, please get in contact.

Behind the Scenes of Wedding Photography

Weddings can be a dangerous place for photographers!

Picture the scene, you have a wedding party of 80 plus guests, and you need to get a group shot. The only way to do this is from height. The safest option (to a degree) is when we are at a hotel and can use a hotel room to hang ourselves out of the window – I did say to a degree it was the safest. When this is not an option, we use any means we can such as chairs, ladders, walls, cars etc….

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We love it when wedding guests send us pictures they have taken of us taking their photo – if you get what I mean.  Here’s one we received from a wedding guest of Phil up on a wall in Lichfield City Centre.



Here’s another couple of shots of Phil in action – by the way, he does not like heights, so hats off to him for his passion to give the happy couple the images they desire from their special day. If you catch us in some rather unusual places / positions taking photos please pass on your shots to our facebook page or

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If you would like take a look at our Wedding Photography page, gallery and packages please click here. If you would like to discuss your Wedding Photography, please contact us.



New Family Portraits

When 2 become 3 – New Family Portraits

Becoming parents for the first time, is one of the most precious moments you will ever experience. Having your first professional new family portraits is the perfect way to record the start of your new chapter.

Philip Charles Photography embraces and captures your emotions in our photography. So when you look at your family portraits, you will not only see the photo, you will remember the feelings of this special time with your new addition that has made you a family.

Below are some images from a recent family photo shoot, embracing their new family member. If you would like to book or discuss a family portraits photo shoot, please contact us
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Headshot Photographer

Professional Head Shots – Business, Actor, Author

Whatever profession you are in, the first impression your audience see these days is via the Internet, either on your website or Social Media page. Sourcing a Professional Headshot Photographer is a must have to draw in your audience. We have numerous professionals come to our studio for a Headshot, we’ve had business directors, self employed, Authors, Actors the list goes on. Images are created suit their line of business and personality.

We also attend your place of business to take headshots of all employees. Creating a ‘Meet the Team’  page on your website is a great way of offering that personal experience to your customers. They will feel that they already know you before they call.

Here’s some faces to look out for in the very near future, we have an Actor, an Actress and an Author all ready to hit the big time.

If you would like to discuss having Professional Business Head Shots,  please contact us.

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