HI! MY NAME IS CHARLOTTE!
I am a portrait, food and lifestyle photographer working between
San Francisco, Bend and Copenhagen.
Oh boy. This is a long one. I grew up in my mother's art studio. It was a converted horse barn. Wooden beams. Incredible light. My mom's work spattered around. Hung up on the wall. Paints of every color garnished her table. Our laundry room was used as her dark room for developing photos. This is where I grew up. This is where it all started. My mom died when I was 11. Though she has left a lasting impact on who I am, my work and the way I see the world. Perspective I guess. Losing my mom created such darkness in my life. Every single day since she left this earth, I have seeked beauty in the mundane, small moments of life. This is what brings me joy. I see the beauty in the small, passing moments. The moments that may not mean much but those that make you feel wildly alive. My work is filled with both light and dark elements, often together. This is a reflection of who I am; a reflection of my soul. My work is expression of who I am at my core.
Well, I always was drawn towards capturing moments. But I really learned to use a camera and develop a journalistic way of capturing moments thanks to an inspiring professor at the University of Oregon, where I studied photojournalism and design at the School of Journalism and Communications. Ever since the day I learned to shoot manually, I have taken images every day since. I often imagine what it would be like to have my camera stolen, a true fear I deal with. To me, losing my camera would mean losing my voice. I'd feel suffocated as it is the truest way I can express myself.
How long have you been a photographer?
I've been a photographer my whole life. I truly started to hone-in on my craft is 2014 thanks to personal motivation and some incredible mentors.
What is visual storytelling?
Visual storytelling is telling stories through imagery. Often times words aren't necessary, but they certainly do enrich a story. But how can you tell a story without words? Solely through imagery? This is visual storytelling. This is what I specialize in.
Who do you work with?
I work with everyone. But mainly focus on people and things that inspire me. I work with large brands, small brands, private clients, friends, family and everyone in between. The most important thing is that we jive energetically. So I always plan a phone call with potential clients before agreeing to anything just to make sure our energy is on point. Because working together means creating magic together.
What do you mean you work between three different locations?
I'm an extremely heart-guided person. I'm sensitive. And I feel deeply. Because of this, I've left my heart in many different places around the world. I will always have heart-ties to the bay area in northern California because it's where I was raised. I feel a huge calling to Oregon, where I have spent the last seven or so years. I love Eugene, Bend and Portland. Lastly, Scandinavia (and largely the northern hemisphere) is very inspiring to me and calls to my heart. I spend a couple of months a year in Denmark and Sweden.
Do you travel for work?
Absolutely! That is one of the most joyous parts of my job. It takes me to corners of the world I have never even dreamed about.
Rodale Inc., Sunset Magazine, 1859 Media, Statehood Media, Virgin Atlantic, E! News, SAS Airlines, Go Visit Denmark, Core Power Yoga, AIRBNB, Portland Monthly, Visit Faroe Islands Travel Bureau, Pacific Foods, Pura Utz, Leaves + Flowers Co., Stedsans CleanSimpleLocal, Luminance Skin Care, Conferize, FindersKeepers, Wanderlust Festival Series, Ambrosia Magazine, Travel Oregon, San Francisco Travel, Sseko Designs, Whole30, Visual Supply Co., Eat Beautiful Cookbook, Autoimmune Wellness Cookbook, Mission Heirloom, Hatchery, Mornings Like These, Plus Gum, Four Bridges Advisory, Mizuba Matcha, IQS, MySisters.Dk, Politiken, Roskilde Festival, Wonderful Copenhagen, Sycamore Street Press, Candice Kumai Lark and June, SUITCASE magazine, Rolex City Guide, ZEITmagazin, 100+ private clients.
Want to connect? Drop me a line via my contact page.