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Farm Studios
London End, Earls Barton, Northampton, NN6 0EZ
United Kingdom

01604 812465

Charles Ward Photography is one of the most versatile and innovative photographic studios in Northamptonshire. As a commercial photographer for over 30 years, Charles and his team been fortunate enough to work with a whole range of clients, from leading blue chip brands to small and medium-sized local companies in all kinds of sectors to private individuals. And we’d like to work with you.


Professional Training Packages

How to use your camera

Your company owns a digital SLR, but nobody knows how to use it properly! That's where we can help. Our 6-hour workshop is designed for up to six people and will teach you how to take your camera off 'Program' mode and take control of your photography. Our non-technical course will briefly take you through the basics of photography and then it's a hands on session where you will see exactly what is happening on screen.

A passionate, patient and personable photographer, Charlie provides outstanding training that is incredibly helpful and responsive to one’s needs. I thoroughly enjoyed the session and would certainly recommend him to anyone who wants to delve deeper into the wonderful world of photography!!!
— Holly Lamb


Milton Keynes Hospital own a digital DSLR that is used by the staff to take photographs of presentations and activities around the hospital for use in newsletters and social media. The Communications Department recently invited Charles to train five members of staff to use the camera properly and, ultimately, improve the quality of their photography. 

Training the staff at Milton Keynes Hospital

Training the staff at Milton Keynes Hospital

Charlie’s photography workshop was excellent. He explained the basics of good photography clearly, patiently and gave us plenty of time to put his teaching into practice. I would highly recommend him to any company seeking to improve the quality and range of their photography
— Alison Marlow, Communications Manager, Milton Keynes University Hospital

From amateur to Pro in just six months

Training a school marketing agency

Training a school marketing agency

You are a keen amateur, or staff photographer, who can handle a camera well, with a good 'eye' for a photograph. Now you would like to make photography your career. But where do you start? This is a 6-month course is designed for us to meet for one day per month, both at the studio and on location, and we will cover a whole variety of subjects: setting up and running a studio, photographing on location, food, products, digital workflow, copyright, costings, accounts and marketing.

Photography tutor, Charlie Ward, has extensive experience in all areas photographic and is very generous with sharing his vast knowledge and expertise. Whether you are a novice or an experienced photographer thinking of becoming a professional, the training that Charlie provides is first class. I would highly recommend Charlie’s services.

Richard Mitchell
Director, Mitchell-Armstrong Limited
Marketing in Education

Doc Marten Boot

Doc Marten Boot

HOW TO photograph products - module 1

This is a one-day course run from our studio in Earls Barton and can be run in conjunction with our Studio 2 modules. During the day, you will learn everything about product photography, colour calibration and digital workflow, providing you with the knowledge to photograph products properly.


Retouching training at CWP

Retouching training at CWP

A more advanced one-day course for those who have attended module 1. Again, the course is run from our studio in Earls Barton, and on this course we will spend more time on raw image processing and retouching your images.

STUDIO 2 Business

Molomi Ladies Footwear, Chipping Camden

Molomi Ladies Footwear, Chipping Camden

Do you run a small business that requires regular photography? Perhaps you have a number of tabletop sized products that are needed for your website, but you do not have the budget to employ a professional photographer on a regular basis. That is where we can help you. We will organise everything you need, train your staff * and will have you up and running within days.

studio 2 PROfessional

The Harvey Nichols Studio

The Harvey Nichols Studio

Studio 2 Professional is our studio installation and training service that provides you with your own in-house photography service. With over 30 years of expertise in commercial photography, we can provide you with everything you need to photograph your own products. Not only will this save you money, but more importantly, it means your products will be back on sale in a very short space of time, lessening the chance of damage or loss.

We will take you through the process of locating the best space for your studio, the equipment, the digital workflow and even finding you the best photographers and designers to run it for you. Even better, within a relatively short space of time, your studio will also be able to commission photographic and design work from external sources, providing you with the opportunity to meet new customers, who may also take advantage of your core services. A good example of this would be someone in logistics business, who initially offered a shoe customer the chance to photograph their products and was then able to provide a complete fulfilment service of the same article.

Approximate cost for Studio 2 Professional (excluding Mac and software) £30,000 plus VAT


Harvey Nichols, founded in 1813, is an upmarket department store with its origins in London (although you might know it as Harvey Nicks from Absolutely Fabulous, since Edina and Patsy were regulars there). The company started out as a linen shop, but now sells many international brands of clothing for women and men, beauty products, furniture and other household goods, wine and food. When Harvey Nichols were looking for a solution to their product photography needs, they chose Charles Ward to assist them.

Harvey Nichols had the need to get a high quality studio environment set up and working in a relatively short timescale. A chance search for photographers in the Northampton area led us to Charles Ward. What followed was a simple, painless and even enjoyable process covering advice, selection of equipment, installation and the provision of actual photographic services. I would have no hesitation in recommending the services provided by Charles Ward as being friendly and professional. I would be happy to work with them again.
— Martin Schofield - Director


We have been using Squarespace websites for over two years and have recommended the company to many of our friends and clients. This website has been created using Squarespace and we have full control of every aspect of the content, allowing us to make changes on a daily basis. We love it!

If you would like to try Squarespace, simply download a trial template and give a go for a month - it's completely free and there is no obligation to sign up. Having tried it out, you may be happy to carry on and design your own site - after all, it's designed to be really easy to use. However, if you would like some help, we can train you up in no more than four hours.

A half day Squarespace introduction costs just £295 plus VAT. (For in-depth training, we also have an industry expert available)

Digital Asset Mangement - Picturepark

Digital media asset management isn’t as complicated as it sounds. It simply means that all of your digital images, data and documents can be stored online in a single place and accessed from anywhere in the world. It gives you complete control because you can decide who can access your digital assets and use them. You can also allow different people access to different areas of your online asset database. Best of all, there’s no limit to the amount of images, data and documents you can store like this.

“Sealed Air have been using Charles Ward for around 25 years for their corporate photography and digital asset management. The combination of professional photography and one of the world’s best digital asset management systems has ensured our brand assets are always photographed properly and distributed to anyone with web access. We would thoroughly recommend Charles Ward Photography to anyone.”
— Lisa Robus, Sales and Marketing Manager, Sealed Air