For those of
you who never met me, this page gives you an idea of who I am and
what I'm about. Throughout this web site I have been referred to as
Charles J. Maley, yeah that's the name my parents gave me and that's
the name I use when referring to myself in a professional sense.
Everyone else who knows me on personal level, knows me as just plain
Chuck. When I am hired as a photographer, I take my assignment
seriously and Charles J. Maley sounds pretty damn serious. The rest of
the time I'm just Chuck. If you choose to have me work for you, I'll be
working as Charles J. Maley but I hope you will know me and refer to me
as Chuck or Charlie.
I guess photography has always been in my blood, I was probably born
with an eye for taking photos. My grandfather had a dark room in his
basement that I was fascinated with as a child. He also took an old
Keystone super eight movie camera with him on every trip or short
excursion we would go on. When I was eight years old, I was given his
old Brownie which I immediately used to take black and white photos of
my younger sister. My mom still has those photos in her album.
My own archive of photos dates back to my junior high school days. I
still have some photos of the infamous Blizzard of '77.
In 1984 I started to take small jobs, getting paid by friends of
friends who liked my "eye" and needed catalog pictures for their
businesses. Friends and relatives were getting married and were asking
me for favors all the time. Shooting weddings became second nature
after a year. Even though I took a semester of photography at the
University at Buffalo, I consider myself a self taught photographer. I
feverishly read every photography book I could get my hands on in the
mid eighties. Taking great photos became my passion.
Even though I taught myself the technical side of photography, I went
to work for another professional photographer for five years from
1988-1992, to learn more about the business side. It was here that I
learned how to interact with subjects on their level to achieve great
I believe all work and no play makes for heart attacks
and strokes. When I play I enjoy it to the fullest. I used to have
Buffalo Bills season tickets from 1988-2003. I was there for the whole
Super Bowl thing and we use to take that truck to all the games back
then. Those were the days, man.
That's my bike to the right. I enjoy riding
but I don't seem to get the time to ride as much as I used too. A lot
of my riding time gets taken up by golf. I'm working on a way to ride
Harley's on the golf course. I feel that that will be the next big
Below are links to some of my other web sites that have been out there
for a while. Also there are links to other sites that are of interest
to me and may be to you too.
The Buzzard's Buffalo Bills Hall Of Fame.
Inside the Old Rockpile.
My Central Terminal Site.
Inside the Metro Rail Tunnels.
It's Crazed Da Loon.