Kids Photo Shoot

Kids Photo Shoot before School 

We recently welcomed this lovely little man came to the studio for a kids photo shoot before he takes his next big step in the world – starting school.

Mum wanted photos of her little prince ahead of the next chapter of his journey. At 4 years old, he was so confident in front of the camera and loved every minute he was in the studio. Coming up with different sayings with Phil, instead of “cheese”, and shouting them as loudly as he could. Our favourite has got be ‘cheeky carrots’. We used several different backdrops and poses, which created an excellent set of images to choose from. Below are just a few of our favourites.

We wish our ‘cheeky carrots little man’ every success, fun and happiness in his journey through school.

If you would like to book a photo shoot session, please call Phil and Vicky on 01827 215 707, or scroll down to the enquiry form.


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Maternity Photo Shoot

Maternity Photo Shoot with Returning Bride & Groom 

We recently welcomed to the studio one of our 2015 Bride and Groom’s for a Maternity photo shoot session, along with their gorgeous little girl. 

Bex & Geoff married 1 August 2015, which we had the absolute pleasure to capture. Two years on, they are expecting (baby is due in October), and wanted Phil to capture this precious time for the family. The whole family are very excited, especially big sister. During the shoot, we used different backdrops and setups to create a variety of images to choose from. The main focus was of the family together, but we also got a few shots of just mum and dad, and big sister on her own.

We would like to thank Bex and Geoff for coming to us to record this very special time, and can’t wait to meet the little one. Below are a few of the images from the shoot, and also one of our favourite’s from the wedding. 

If you would like to book a maternity photo shoot session, booking fee only £20, please call Phil and Vicky on 01827 215 707 or scroll down to the enquiry form. 


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Baby Portraits

10 Week Old Baby Portraits

We recently welcomed the Redman family to the studio for baby portraits of their 10 week old gorgeous princess.

She was a little star throughout the shoot, with lots of smiles and happy with her different outfit changes. We got the studio nice and cosy so she was comfortable with her ‘au-natural’ shots. Using different textures of blankets and throws, we created an excellent variety of images. Mum and dad also had a few shots too, which were stunning. Below are a few images from the shoot.

Baby photo shoot sessions are only £20. If you would like to book your session, please call Vicky and Phil on 01827 215 707, or scroll down to the enquiry form.


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Bump to Baby Photography

Bump to Baby Photography, including the Family Dog

We recently had the pleasure of shooting the Fisher family’s very exciting time with our Bump to Baby Photography.

On 27th May, Mum-to-be came to the studio for a maternity photo shoot. She brought along her partner, 8 month old daughter and 5 month old Dogue de Bordeaux, Fury. This offered a great variety of images, as we captured photographs of the whole family’s excitement awaiting the arrival of their new edition. We produced some excellent shots of big sister on her own, and also with Fury. Whilst Fury wasn’t in front of the camera, he was in the office with Vicky, pulling her round on the office chair.  For the record, he is nothing like his name, absolutely soft as anything.

After the safe arrival of their little prince, the family returned to the studio on 5th July for their Newborn photo shoot. This shoot was focused mainly on the little man. However, we did capture some beautiful portraits with his big sister and mum. Below are a few of our favourite images from the two shoots.

We love seeing families grow. It really does mean so much to us when families return to the studio to update their family portraits. 

Maternity photo shoot sessions are only £20. As we would love you to return with your new addition, we offer a Newborn Photo Shoot voucher with every maternity shoot.  To book please contact the studio on 01827 215 707 or scroll down to the enquiry form.


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Christmas Family Portraits

Great Gift Idea – Christmas Family Portraits

This Christmas, give your loved ones a gift to cherish. Our Christmas Family Portraits are a great way to get the whole family together. Surprising grandparents with beautiful professional photographs of the grandchildren is always a guaranteed winner. Or, bring along the whole family and give a framed print or canvas to your loved one as a gift that will last for years to come.

To make the most of your photoshoot session, bring along all generations of the family, from Great Grandma to the newest arrival. With large family groups, once we capture the big family shots, we break the group down into smaller families. Therefore, everyone gets to update their family portraits at the same time. Once your session is over,  it is an excellent opportunity to carry on the family time at one of our nearby restaurants.

This Christmas season, with every shoot booked from 1st October to the end of November at the Philip Charles Photography studio, you can get in the festive spirit with a special shot for a Christmas card. Pop on a Santa hat or reindeer antlers and we’ll give you 5 Christmas cards of that shot. To really get in the spirit, bring along your Christmas jumper!

To book your family photo shoot, please contact us. Gift vouchers are also available, click here to purchase.

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Mother & Daughter Photo Shoot

Quality Mother & Daughter Time

We all need quality family time, which is exactly what this Mother & Daughter wanted. They decided to have a photoshoot of just the two of them during the school holidays, before the start of her High School journey.

At the beginning of the shoot, both were a little nervous. However, with Phil’s relaxed and friendly approach they soon got in to the swing of it and really enjoyed the experience. We started the shoot all dressed up on a white background. We then moved on to the casual shots, by which time, they had both relaxed and their smiles sparkled.

This was a lovely shoot and the bond of mother & daughter shone through.

If you would like to book a family photo shoot, please get in contact.

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Photo Restoration Project

Old Photo Restoration Collage

Our most interesting and challenging project to date. Photo restoration of photographs dating back to 1908, printing duplicate copies and creating a collage for framing.

Our client approached us with a selection of photographs that she wanted copies of for her twin sister. As a birthday surprise for her twin, she also asked us to create a collage of the photographs that she could frame. The photographs were of their parents and them as children. We relished the challenge. Despite the age of the photo’s, they were in very good condition. Carefully, we scanned the original images and sympathetically restored them to keep the look. Below is the original scan and restored to show the comparison:

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Once we had restored the images, we got to work creating the collage. Positioning the photographs was like completing a jigsaw puzzle. The mounting of the photographs was cut by hand, and done twice, one for each sister. There was literally blood, sweat and tears. A cut finger and a hot sweaty day, unfortunately ruined the first mount cut. We got there in the end. Our client was extremely happy with the finished product.


School Holiday Fun Kids Photos

Fun Kids Photos

During the summer holidays, why not come along to the Philip Charles Photography studio for a fun kids photo shoot. Dressed as their favourite Superhero or Princess, such as Spiderman, Thor, Elsa, Cinderella, Belle etc… and we’ll add the magic to your kids photos!

With our fun approach, our photographer Phil will have your little ones jumping and dancing away in the studio, whilst he’s clicking away capturing memories for you to keep forever. 

Every shoot receives up to an hour in the studio, presentation of images and a 7″x 5″ framed print, booking fee is only £20. We have a full range of ready to hang products, disks and prints available from £25.

Our passion is creating beautiful images that you will cherish for years to come. To book a shoot, or for more information, please contact us.

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An Engagement, a Wheelchair and a Photo Shoot

The Surprise Gift

A very proud mum contacted us recently to book a Photoshoot Package as a gift for her son, Alex who had just got engaged. She made us made aware that Alex uses a wheelchair which needed to be incorporated in the shoot. She knew that her son and fiancee would not be very willing to have a photoshoot if they knew in advance. So, she booked our Print Weekday Package and told them on the morning of the shoot what she had planned. An engagement shoot of the happy couple and family shoot with their 2 daughters. As they were at her house in Tamworth, and not dressed for the occasion, they drove back home to Derby to get changed – but forget their house keys! Therefore had to make a dash to the shops to get new outfits.

The Shoot

When they arrived at the studio, needless to say they were recovering from the stress of sorting outfits. They clearly were not overjoyed of  being in front of the camera. With Phil’s humour and relaxed approach, the family were soon laughing and enjoying the experience.

Alex was unfortunately in an accident a few years ago which left him paralysed. He did not want his wheelchair visible in every photo, which was no problem at all for us. With a little help from his mum and fiancee, Alex was able to sit in the tub chairs and also on the floor for some great relaxed shots. The shot they chose for their canvas was the four of them lying on their backs, which is shown below. This was a tricky shot for Phil as he had to get up the ladder and hang himself over the foursome. Thankfully he didn’t fall or drop the camera! It was worth it though as the canvas looked amazing.

This was a brilliant shoot, and a great experience for us working with Alex and his family incorporating the wheelchair in to the shoot. Our studio is located on the ground floor, with easy access and plenty of free parking in front of the entrance door.

If you would like to book a photoshoot, please get in contact.

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Family Portraits

Natural Family Portraits

We hear it more and more at our studio shoots, families want natural looking family portraits, not posed and stiff. These are the type portraits we are passionate to capture.

When the shoot is relaxed, not only do you get great images, everyone enjoys the experience. Many of us find being in front of the camera very uncomfortable, all eyes are on you. Before you’ve arrived at the studio you’ve had other members of the family saying you MUST smile. This gets you worried and you end up giving an awkward smile that is just not you. With our relaxed approach, and banter amongst everyone, the smiles and laughter we capture are real – not forced or fake.

A recent shoot with the Cain family was exactly that – fun and relaxed which radiates in the images below. If you would like more information on our Portrait Photography, please click here to visit our webpage or contact us.

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