Captivating Photography is run by me, Charné Hawkes. I’m originally from South Africa but have lived in the UK for 12 years, 10 of which I have been married to my amazing husband Chris, but more about him later.

Ever since 2004 when I acquired my first digital camera, a little Nikon Coolpix, I’ve had a passion for photography. It has given me the ability to see the world with wider horizons and I love the way it allows me to explore my creative outlets and express myself. Whether it is simply to capture what is beautiful about life or to portray the world in a creative manner I love watching life through a lens.

In 2009 I took the decision to set up Captivating Photography

Since then I’ve shot over 100 weddings. My experience allows me to intimately understand the flow of the day and offer advice on timings as well as the practicalities. Indeed more than one bride has described me as their stand-in wedding planner!

If I’m lucky enough to shoot your wedding you’ll see that I work quietly and unobtrusively behind the scenes, blending into the events of your day as much as possible.

I said I’d tell you more about my husband Chris. He’s a great support to me and as well as designing this awesome website he helps me on wedding shoots meaning I can focus on getting the best results for your big day.

We are a fun couple who love life, love our families (including our dog Daisy) and most importantly we love each other. Below you can see a few of our favourite memories…


What can I say I’m speechless the photos are absolutely amazing !!

“Wow honestly what can I say I’m speechless the photos are absolutely amazing!!!! They are just well WOW!!! Thank you so so so much. You’ve captured it beautifully I honestly can’t thank you enough it brought tears to my eyes seeing everyone so happy….”

Claire & Aaron

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Here are a few of our favourite memories…