Charles Ward started CWP back in 1985 after a career in the family shoe business - Barker of Earls Barton. Born and brought up on the family farm in Earls Barton, Charlie asked his father if he could borrow one of the farm barns to take some photographs - and 31 years later he is still there!
In 1997, the company was one of the first to embrace the new era of digital photography and invested in the new Leaf DCB camera, which was truly revolutionary in its day. With a black and white sensor of only 4 megapixels and a series of coloured discs in front of the camera to capture the colour information, it was quite a sight in the studio!
Local firm Doc Martens recognised that photographing their shoes digitally could save them thousands of pounds in scanning costs and so decided to place all of their photography with CWP. Over the years, we have probably photographed in excess of 300,000 DM boots!
Aerial photography has always been a big part of of CWP's business, whether from an 80ft pole called Highsight (we developed one of the first systems in the country back in 1988) or from a helicopter.
In 2013, Charlie Ward's son James joined the company before setting up his own motion film company called James Ward Films, but remains very much part of the team and is an excellent stills photographer in his own right.
These days, the company is flourishing and has undergone a huge investment plan to bring the studio and photographic kit right up to date and we look forward to the next 30 years!
This website is dedicated to the memory of Simone Newell 1974-2003. Simone worked for Charles Ward Photography for many years, until her untimely death in a tragic road accident 14 years ago. Simone was a truly wonderful person and a superb photographer. She is greatly missed by us all. Friends of Simone can see a few more photographs of her CLICK HERE.