Charles Graves is an experienced and degreed photographer (BFA). He learned photography as a creative tool and views the lens as his canvas. Charles has used photography throughout his career both behind the camera and directing the need for its use in positions as Merchandising, Marketing and Creative Director in various companies and entities including National Geographic, Better Homes and Gardens (Meredith Corp.), and HGTV (Scripps Interactive), a museum, and consumer products companies. Charles takes pictures because he loves to. His photography is a passion as well as a calling.
I love using my camera to tell a story. Whether that is a story about the home you might want to buy, a trail through the mountains, an event downtown, or a feeling that my subject shows in their face. My camera is my eye. I compose and create through the lens.
What types of shoots have you done and how did you make them special?
My real estate photography is special in the way I see a home and compose the image; its flow, its structure, and its livable space. I try to show the reality of the house at its very best without exaggeration. My images should make a person want to learn more in a very honest way. My nature photography focuses on the grand and sometimes intimate scale that is in front of me. I try to experience what I see through my lens. When working with people, I attempt to show them in ways that are honest and moving. We each have our strengths and as a photographer, I try to expose those strengths and the depth of the individual.
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A fun fact about this photographer
I am a trumpeter and play with a local community orchestra. I've played music all my life and have been an active performer of classical, jazz, and blues. I also enjoy building projects including refurbishing my home, building decks, and designing and constructing furniture.