Journal of a Photographer



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“Charles is a consummate professional. He really puts people at ease – in fact he is so engaging you can almost forget he is taking your photograph! Charles took shots of everyone in the team and we all had a number of great photographs to choose from. When I next need to engage a professional photographer, Charles will definitely be the person I choose.” Annabel Perahia, February 11, 2011

“Charles took some photographs for a new website and I have to say, I was not looking my best when I went in! But the session was so relaxed, so natural and so seemingly effortless, it seemed our entire group (all nine of us!) had been photographed in the blink of an eye and without the squirming I had expected. The photographs were tremendous – flattered our vanity but true to us and more importantly, indicative of our personalities, despite the boardroom uniform. I’d recommend Charles without hesitation.” Karen Drury, February 8, 2011

“Charles produces superb photography. His skill will help ensure that your project – whether business or personal, corporate, wedding or high end catalogue – is presented in the best possible light. Literally! Better yet, Charles is great fun to work with. Top man, top photographer, very highly recommended.” Quentin Bargate, May 21, 2010

“What impressed me most about Charles was his meticulous planning prior to our photo shoot, especially his research and location spotting. He is a pleasure to work with and he made everyone feel relaxed and at ease during the shoot, and the end results were fantastic. I have recommended his services to many of my friends and professional contacts.” Philip Henson, June 14, 2010

“I first met Charles about nine months ago and was very impressed with both his portfolio of past work and his obvious passion for photography. So when I suddenly found I needed a decent photo of myself to go on the cover of Fusion ( I knew Charles was the man to talk to. With very short notice, Charles fitted me in for an afternoon of shooting corporate portrait photos at his studio in Hammersmith. Before we started, Charles took the trouble to sit down and chat to me to find out more about what sort of image I wanted to portray, what the photos would be used for, etc and explained how he planned to structure the session to ensure I got the photos I wanted. All this meant I was fully relaxed and at ease before we started. During the hours that followed, Charles took several hundred photos of me – some very formal, some more casual, some indoors and some outdoors – to give me a wide range of styles to choose from. With a less accomplished photographer, this could have ended up being both tiring and tedious, but Charles ensured that the whole thing was really fun and enjoyable. The shortlist of about 180 photos was online for me within 24 hours and I then had the difficult job of choosing four images for Charles to edit and give to me in a format suitable for the publishers to use. Charles showed tremendous patience throughout this process and was on hand to give me lots of useful advice to help me make the final selection. When the final photos were delivered (again in record time to meet the tight deadline I had from the publishers) they were even better than I had expected. If you need to present a professional image of yourself and your business – be it in print, on a website, or through your Twitter/LinkedIn/Facebook profile picture – then Charles is the man to go to. His knowledge of his subject, his technical skills, his attention to detail, and his friendly and professional approach mean he is second to none.” David Miles, April 28, 2011

“Charles is obsessed about photography, and he obsesses about perfection. He does not stop until he has the perfect shot – don’t worry if you want a portrait; that doesn’t mean he’ll be all day… He has worked in huge time constraints and still come up with the perfect angle. He puts his subjects at perfect ease and is well at home taking people shots, landscapes, objects, products, food, you name it. He loves the variety, and he is a wonder at post production. The pickiest graphic designers I know have been stunned and impressed by his portfolio and praised the attention to detail. If you want to make sure that you get what your business needs, get Charles Gervais. His photos will help set your firm up in a totally new light.” Anuschka Fritz, February 24, 2012

“Charles is a professional photographer in both senses of the word. We’ve worked with him on a number of occasions and have found him to be good value, easy to work with , technically very proficient. No hesitation in recommending him” Keith Graham, June 1, 2012

“I have known Charles for over 5 years and have been extremely impressed with the quality of his work. He is passionate about producing the perfect image for his Clients and is extremely methodical in his approach. His friendly manner makes his Clients extremely relaxed, enabling the final images to show them in the best possible light. Charles works extremely hard to ensure that he achieves 100% satisfaction . I have absolutely no hesitation in recommended Charles to any of our Clients.” Chandra Sharma, June 2, 2012

“I have known Charles for a number of years,but last year he was the photographer for my wedding. The results were fantastic. Everyone who has seen the image have commented on how well they captured the event. Charles worked extremely well with the family. Was unobtrusive and patient, and shot in exactly the style we had requested. I could not have asked for a better photographer.” Patric Senson, June 3, 2012

“I first encountered Charles in London when I needed a private photography tutor. Charles bravely took me on and diligently set about teaching me everything he new. I estimate that I absorbed about 2% of his talent which is a reflection of his immense knowledge. His technical skills both behind the camera and post production are absolutely first class. His polite, friendly and professional manner ensures that clients and subjects alike are delighted with their experience. His images speak for themselves – inspirational.” Steve Harding, June 1, 2012

“I have known Charles for many years and has been a great colleague and has recently become my mentor as I have endeavored to pursue photography as a hobby. He has tirelessly and patiently answered many emails and has provided amazing advice. His works speaks for itself: clean, strong compositions and vibrant use of colours (or in some cases a lack of colour). His portraiture work he brings out the personality of the individual being photographed, while his product shots evoke the senses so that you can almost smell, taste and feel the products in the photographs. I would strong urge anyone to call upon Charles’ creative skill, which he has honed over the many years for your next project(s). Jason Sturgeon” Jason Sturgeon, June 4, 2012

“I needed professional photographs of myself for marketing purposes and Charles produced a set of pictures which exceeded my expectations. I’ve had nothing but positive feedback on them, and am delighted with the results. Charles was a delight to work with, and delivered over and above my expectations.” Mandy Hetherton, June 5, 2012

“I wanted to say thank you to Charles Gervais from Both Hemispheres for his fantastic work with the recent photo shoot for my website. I was so excited and pleased with the result. I dread having my photo taken, but Charles has a way of making you feel incredibly relaxed and comfortable and I would even go as far as saying he made the process fun. I loved how creative he was with the various photos and ideas, but most of all his enthusiasm for his job is amazing. The main reason I would recommend to work with Charles is how much of a perfectionist he is. Shots that I was completely satisfied with, would be tweaked and changed even by the smallest amount to make them just right. He has the patience of a saint and doesn’t give himself enough credit for the amount of behind the scenes work he puts into making the finished product perfect. Thanks again Charles and can’t wait to work with you again in the future. Many thanks, Ali Irving” Alison Irving, June 7, 2012

“It’s always a pleasurable experience working with Charles. Consistent great results and super value.” Nigel Conway, June 6, 2012

“Charles is a great photographer. He lives and breathes photography and took some great shots of myself. Thank you very much Charles!” Licia Stewart, June 10, 2012

“Charles was our wedding photographer in October 2011. He exceeded our expectations in every way. Charles worked tirelessly from morning ’til midnight on the big day, and he captured beautiful moments and creative shots that we will treasure for many years. I would work with Charles again and again.” F. Darryl Burton, June 13, 2012

“For anyone that knows what I look like in real life , they need only look at my profile picture to recognise Charles’ talent. For those that don’t I can assure you he is talented both with his camera and the “people skills” that help his subjects relax. I can highly recommend Charles.” John Wright, June 15, 2012

“Charles is excellent. good value and very professional . highly recommend” Peter Petrou, June 21, 2012

“I have worked with Charles Gervais on a number of assignments. At Westbury Chartered Accountants, Charles provided all the photography for the partners and senior team members and satisfied our requirements for some innovative images. Charles has also carried out some portrait work for me personally much of which has been used on the websites of the Made Simple Group particularly at He is a pleasure to work with and has that uncanny knack of somehow making me look my best – not an easy task! I would strongly recommend Charles to anyone looking for a photographer who knows what he’s talking about yet can also work around you and is conscious of your time issues.” Howard Graham, June 22, 2012

“I was fortunate enough to hire Charles for my Linked in, Twitter and Facebook profile portraits. Having not had a professional shoot before he was reassuring as well as humorous and professional. When I saw the results I was delighted but more importantly have never had so many compliments as when I posted them on my public profiles. He was both good value for money quick and efficient with getting a range of pictures to me and as it was a windy day I was delighted with the way he smartened up my hair in the final edit. I am more that happy and wholeheartedly recommend Charles for your photographic needs.” Sarah Bowles, June 26, 2012



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