ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! I've never had this much fun and felt so relaxed taking headshots in my life! Always struggling with "on camera" nerves, I always looked tense on all my previous headshots. Charles made me laugh so much I felt I was in the studio with a friend. Beautiful quality head shots, so many good ones, that I for the first time had trouble picking out which one I liked best! Charles understood exactly what I was looking for and captured the perfect expression in just a few shots! Almost no retouching was even needed, such good lighting and angle! Lovely to communicate with to set up an appointment and got the retouched images back almost straight away! I'd go back to Charles for new head shots in a heart beat! Highly Recommended!!!! - Tasha Heggem

After years of waiting (and finally settling on a primary hairstyle), it was time for me to receive new headshots. Trying to find someone whose style I loved and who wouldn't cost more than half a year's rent was an exhausting process for me. Then, I discovered Charles Aydlett. From the photos in his portfolio, I was drawn in by the personality that bled through each of the photos. Upon inquiring about his services, I was met with an email response in less than an hour. Our correspondence was quick, efficient, and very informative for me. During the actual headshot session, Charles provided an extremely comfortable, professional, and fun environment. He kept me laughing throughout our session and allowed plenty of different looks and angles for my photos. I received proofs within a day or two. The proofs were almost perfect and I had such a variety of looks to choose from, I had a hard time choosing my retouches. Once I did choose, however, he had my final photos to me (in multiple resolutions to use across IMDB, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.) in less than a business week. This, by far, has been the most enjoyable professional photography session I've ever had. Any time I need new headshots, I'll be sure to be a repeat customer of Charles Aydlett's.

I've gotten more compliments on both my business headshot and the casual of myself and my husband than I have ever had on any photograph. Both professional and personable, Charles makes the whole process comfortable and easy. Get in there quick before the world beats a path to his door! - Jane Grenier


I LOVE CHARLES. He is a mad photographer genius. I work at an interior design firm, and we shoot a TON of apartments + offices -- all with varying degrees of tricky lighting, odd angles, and, this being NYC, weirdly-shaped spaces. Charles maximized the potential of each space and was meticulously detailed throughout - photographing small details and vignettes we may have missed. Truly, a real talent and an absolute pleasure to work with. I know he does awesome head shots, portraits, and family photos, so you're in good hands whatever your needs may be. - Alisa Richter

Charles did a great job documenting hair salons in Brooklyn to accompany an article I'm writing. He's great to work with: very easy-going and accommodating with great ideas for making projects stronger. He's also good at making subjects feel comfortable. Highly recommended. - Sarah Wesseler

Charles is an old friend of mine who expressed an interest in coming out to the BMX Trails we had on Long Island. He wanted to experiment a little and hone his skills at some action shots. It was a beautiful fall day, with the leaves turning a gentle amber and yellow among the more robust greens. The Trails were running perfectly, and there wasn't a whisp of a breeze. It was perfect. Charles brought along a ton of equipment that garnered a lot of interest from the group, and once he had swiftly set it up, he began shooting. There was no pressure, just feel good vibes. Try that one more time, cobbled in with a quip that Charles is famed for. Always with a smile and always impassioned. Never in my life have I asked for a print of a photograph that I was in, but as I was moving away from the area, I wanted a keepsake and Charles' photograph fit the bill perfectly. In truth, it is far more than just a keepsake, and it's not just a beautiful photograph. It is perfectly captured, by a friend, in the woods I called home for many years, among some of the most incredible people. What Charles captured was the soul of what it is I love to do. And I am truly privileged to have it hanging on my wall down here in Brazil today. - Dan Clifford

I was dreading getting my headshots done but Charles made it fun and easy. I ended up with a number of great photos to choose from and am extremely happy with the final pics. Thank you Charles! - Stephanie Yu

Charles just took our little business to the next level. We own a small b&b in Bocas Del Toro, Panama and his photos being on our website has created an incredible response. The photos are just stunning and finally we feel we have photos that truly evoke the magic our place exudes. His knowledge is mind blowing and he uses creative techniques to get the shot. His "hip", intuitive sensibilities fit exactly with what we wanted the photos to convey. We can't thank him enough. Search for The Firefly" and check them out yourself. He's amazing.  - The Firefly Bocas del Toro

Charles is a very talented and professional photographer. He responded quickly to my e-mails, accomodated my schedule, and was very patient with me, especially with regard to experiementing with a variety of poses and backgrounds. He provided several high-quality proofs and completed the retouching very quickly. I would highly recommend charles for business headshots and any other photography needs. - Jacob Korder

Charles is someone who you can trust to be as professional and responsive as possible while providing a chill and fun atmosphere.  Inquiries or the initial set up is quick and easy. And once you're in front of a camera, he makes it easy to laugh, smile, smize, and just be yourself.  So if you're new to getting headshots done, Charles is able to direct you without feeling like you're a puppet.  The turn around time is so fast for proofs and finals, so don't worry about sitting like a duck!  I ended up with a clean, clear, and wonderful headshot and even enjoyed the process - Thanks, Charles! - Sarah Burke


Let's be honest. Having your picture taken professionally can be a nerve-wracking experience.  The build up to the moment along with questions like, 'What do I wear!?" can be overwhelming.  Charles has an especially calm approach, to diffuse even the most worried of worriers. He provided quick & responsive correspondences, lots of informative feedback during the shoot & even advice after the shoot while selecting winners.  I ended up really enjoying the headshot process and because of Charles' warm demeanor & simple, clean visual aesthetic I had all confidence that we would get 'the shot'. - Bradley Ellis