I studied Art History at the University of East Anglia and went on to study Graphic Design at the London College of Communications. During my time at UEA I was lucky enough to spend a term in Venice. Immersed in the magic of Venice and the Carnevale I became hooked on taking photographs with my father's Olympus SLR which he had kindly lent to me. As it happened, we were also fortunate to have our tutor's wife with us who was herself a photographer, and who promised to run an evening course to teach us how to develop our beloved black and whites when we returned to Norwich. The bug began here and a camera was never far from reach during my future travels and as a medium for graphic design projects.
Alongside the photography, life drawing and painting has always been a strong hobby and as children have become an increasing part of my life through family and friends, it felt natural for them to be the subject matter and the camera to be my medium. I have found that the fantastic responsiveness of children makes taking their photographs a very rewarding experience. The increasing amount of photographs I was taking eventually culminated in the creation of Charlotte Machin Photography in September 2010.
A great quote by Christopher Morley is:
'We've had bad luck with our kids - they've all grown up.'
And so it is that I hope to capture those moments before they have disappeared!