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Charis Talbot

Portrait Photographer, Pentaxian · 12-01-2012 · By PF Staff in Pentaxian Profiles
Charis Talbot

It's been a while since we've featured a professional Pentaxian on our homepage, but today, we're happy to bring you an article about Charis Talbot, a talented model photographer from the UK (forum username CharisVega)!  Throughout the biography you fill find many samples of her work.  We're happy to have her as our first female Pentaxian!

When I was a child I was obsessed with books and stories. My parents photo albums to me were a story to which I didn't know the words. I spent hours looking at old weathered black and white photos of almost forgotten family members trying to work out what they could tell me, hoping they'd surrender their secrets to me. My love of imagery blossomed in my teenage years when amongst my random doodling it appeared I had a startling talent for painting portraits. I went to university to study fine art but soon became disenchanted with painting. Photography rescued me.

I learned photography using my dad's old army issue Yashica and spent endless happy hours in darkrooms tinkering. During my last year digital became a ‘thing’. My work was mostly photographs of abandoned houses in the rural countryside of Wales, I did do a few portraits here and there but because they didn't look magazine standard I wasn't interested and we didn't have Photoshop to experiment with.

After graduating I took the (not so) obvious choice of working in finance, singing in bands, modelling and generally ignoring my degree. This was mostly because I didn’t have any faith in my own ability. Eventually five years later, I’d got a job managing a small photographic shop in the Cotswolds. I was sitting in the repair workshop cleaning out a mouldy lens and thinking about the ‘professional photographers’ who came into my shop and suddenly I knew I could do better. I knew I wanted a Pentax K-x as they were my favourite models to demonstrate to customers. The Pentax rep popped in around this time and recommended the Pentax K-r.

White Pentax K-r

I was immediately sold as it came in white and I loved the features. I believe when choosing a camera it’s a little like Harry Potter in that the wand chooses a wizard and a camera chooses the photographer.

I use old Pentax A-series lenses I have nabbed from charity or second hand shops. Or have even been given people's old lenses when they've upgraded. My lights are secondhand, my beauty dish was a lucky gift and my props are usually made by me or happen to just things I have lying around. When people make faces at me when I say what camera I use and tout their 5d Mk IIs, etc., I just smirk inwardly because my little K-r does just fine for me and my work is very well received across the globe. I do want to upgrade soon though for the extra pixels (requirements for magazine publications).

For me my photography is influenced by Victorian paintings and illustrations in dusty old fairytales. The upside of my time at university is the endless hours of art history- they have taught me how to critically approach an image. My projects start with a feeling, song lyrics, paintings, a colour or the way the sun is coming through a window. My ideas are abstract but the end result never is. I want my images to be evocative, mysterious and charming.

Please give me site a visit at!

More sample photos:

Click on any photo for a larger version!

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Tags: charis talbot, pentaxian, professional photographer, pentax k-r, photography

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fizzyvimto [Delete] Aug 24th, 2013 3:50PM

Great photos. It just shows if you are a good photographer and have a vision you don't need thousands of pounds worth of equipment. Look forward to hearing more about you!

MSL [Delete] Feb 22nd, 2013 1:55PM

Fantastic portraits. As much about making the subject comfortable as the actual photographic skills.

DragonLord [Delete] Dec 7th, 2012 11:57AM

Wow! Outstanding images. You'll be very happy when you upgrade to the K-5 IIs.

timmijo [Delete] Dec 4th, 2012 4:40PM

This is very inspirational to those with a K-r. Thanks!

CharisVega [Delete] Dec 4th, 2012 8:05AM

Franklin, a lot of my stuff is over on my blog there's an entry called 'what's in the bag' and there's a link on my website to it. I'll be a doing a few more entries over the next few days :)

Franklin [Delete] Dec 3rd, 2012 5:43PM

How awesome to see this feature here. Just earlier today I bookmarked your website so I could keep up with your work. Lovely, imaginative photo art... Thank you
Could you share with us which lenses you mostly use? Also, do you use any studio lighting? It always looks so soft - lighting or photoshop. Again, honored

CharisVega [Delete] Dec 2nd, 2012 12:35PM

Thank you all so much for your lovely comments! You've certainly made my Sunday and massive thank you to Pentax Forums for featuring me. Very sorry about my typo ('visit me website' what am I a pirate? Silly Charis) and thank you for all the new facebook likes, blog and Twitter followers. It means the world to me, it really does!

Scootatheschool1990 [Delete] Dec 2nd, 2012 5:07AM

Wow, if that doesn't inspire you! Thanks so much for sharing!

Rocketboomer [Delete] Dec 2nd, 2012 1:07AM

I love the classic painterly compositions and lighting. There's also a touching sincerity that comes across in both your story and the photos. Absolutely wonderful.

tigerzen [Delete] Dec 1st, 2012 9:53PM

12 megs is enough for magazine print many fashion photogs use a nikon d2x and they is only 12 megs

brntoki [Delete] Dec 1st, 2012 6:40PM

A magazine that turns down images like these because a lack of pixels isn't worthy of displaying your work.

qblade [Delete] Dec 1st, 2012 6:08PM

Thanks for sharing your story, Charis! Very nice photos; I especially like the one with the out of focus rose in the forefront of the woman. Beautiful.

Konstantinos [Delete] Dec 1st, 2012 4:16PM

Great story and pictures.

causey [Delete] Dec 1st, 2012 3:50PM

Inspiring story! And great to hear about a successful photo-lady who's using a Pentax camera to produce superlative images. (Happy to see the little K-r can do so well; I'm still using my K-x, although I too want to upgrade soon.)

hcc [Delete] Dec 1st, 2012 3:38PM

Great stoty. Great photography. Inspirational. Thank you for sharing with PF members.

icywindow [Delete] Dec 1st, 2012 1:12PM

Your photos have such an Impressive mood about them. They really make me think, because they're not typically what I think of when I think portrait photography. Great work!

GibbyTheMole [Delete] Dec 1st, 2012 10:11AM

Love your work! Your eye for lighting & composition is outstanding. Just goes to show it's the photographer that takes the photos and not the camera. You're an inspiration. Keep up the great work! :-)

jva59 [Delete] Dec 1st, 2012 9:25AM

Terrific story! Look forward to seeing more of your work, Charis. Was especially taken with first picture of Alice Cat on your site.

ivanvernon [Delete] Dec 1st, 2012 9:20AM

Beautiful work. Thank you for sharing your experiences and route to becoming a professional photographer. I will look forward to seeing more of your postings in the future.