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Desmond Charles Photography

Wedding Photographer
Main Office Location:
By Appointment Only
San Francisco, California 94116

Phone: 415/242-4339
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Service Area:

Greater San Francisco Bay Area and around the world! Desmond Charles Photography loves destination weddings and doesn’t charge additional travel fees beyond their actual travel expenses.

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Company Founded { 2003 }
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Services Offered

Desmond and Roxy are a husband and wife team that capture natural and candid moments, enabling their couples to relive their wedding day emotions time and time again. They truly understand the importance of capturing such an amazing milestone in their couples’ lives. Their journalistic-style photography is unique and creative, but also timeless.

According to their couples, Desmond and Roxy have amazing chemistry and are the perfect complement to both each other, and the wedding day. Roxy explains, “We help to put the bride and groom at ease, not only making sure we are capturing beautiful images, but also making sure that they’re able to enjoy their big day. We are super flexible and can deal with any scenarios and surprises that may come up. We just roll with the punches!”

Desmond Charles Photography offers complete wedding packages starting at $3495. All packages include an heirloom-quality wedding album beautifully handcrafted in Italy, as well as two photographers and professionally edited high resolution images on a DVD. They personally attend to their clients’ needs—from the planning process, to editing all of the images, and handling the album design. They take pride in the fact that their work is never outsourced.

Questions and Answers

Why should someone hire you?

We take great pride in not only capturing all of the planned moments, but also the unexpected moments in our client's wedding day. We love the idea that we're giving our clients, as well as their future generations, the documentation to relive their wedding day for many years to come. Nothing gives us greater pleasure than hearing things like "I can't believe you captured that image" or "I didn't even know that happened!" We love what we do!

What makes a wedding memorable for you?

Some of our favorite moments in weddings are Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dances, and speeches made by family members and close friends. We are both incredibly sentimental and often get teary eyed during these moments, imagining ourselves at our daughter and son's weddings someday.

What are the common misconceptions about your services?

The biggest misconception regarding any wedding photographer is that the day of the wedding is the biggest part of our job. The reality is that we often capture thousands of images and take the time to go through each and every one, professionally editing all images worth keeping. This means a lot more work for us (we know some photographers who only give you 50-100 professionally edited images). But we always try to think, "what would we want?" and know that we would want to receive as many great images from our wedding as possible.

What's your favorite marriage advice?

Given we've been married for almost 20 years, we have found the following to be critical to our happiness together: Always respect your partner. Never say anything hurtful in moments of anger and frustration (let's be honest…we all have them!) because you probably don't mean it, and once it's out you can never take it back!
Also, as life gets busier and more complicated (especially if children come into the picture!) always make time for each other. Make sure to get away alone at least once or twice a year to help you remember why you got married in the first place!

Extracurricular activities:

Spending time with our kids is #1, but traveling the world has been a long time passion and we try to do it as a family as often as possible! We also love entertaining and more often than not, host large gatherings with friends and family. And of course, living where we live, how can we not take advantage of all the great food and beautiful surroundings that the Bay Area has to offer!

If you weren't in your current profession, what would you do instead?

Would love to be a journalist for National Geographic!

What 3 words best describe your work?

Journalistic. Timeless. Artistic.

What drew you to this field/how did you get started?

Desmond: Seeing my father's old photographs from Ireland got me started in wanting to be a photographer when I was a teenager. I love being able to immortalize a moment, as well as capture an image of something that shows it in a completely different way then the average person would see it.
Roxy: I've always been the one that takes photos at our parties and gatherings because I want to forever capture the special moments and interactions I see around me, such as a group of friends cracking each other up or a tender (and fleeting) moment between a parent and their child. So when Desmond's photography business expanded into doing wedding photography, it seemed natural for me to be his second photographer and partner, just as we're partners in every other aspect of our lives.

What are some sources of inspiration or influences on your work?

From a photographic standpoint, we've always found a lot of inspiration from Journalistic Photographers, such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Doisneau and Alfred Eisenstaedt; as well as fashion photographers such as Richard Avedon and Herb Ritz. We also really love Steve McCurry's work for National Geographic.
On a personal level, our family is our greatest source of inspiration, and they constantly help us to keep perspective and balance in life. Having experienced so much joy from our own marriage and parenting, we're even more conscious of the magnitude of what is transpiring on a wedding day, and that inspires us to want to document it as if it were our own wedding.

Tell us about a favorite, unusual or very interesting moment at a wedding:

The first thing that comes to mind is something that happened while we were shooting a wedding in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. At midnight, after a very long day of festivities, the bride and groom invited everyone out on to the beach to launch "wish lanterns." There were quite a few newlyweds there, as well as several couples that were expecting babies. As we were walking through the crowd photographing people lighting the lanterns and preparing them to launch, we could see in the faces of many, that there were some VERY meaningful wishes being made upon sending off those lanterns out to sea. The whole experience felt magical.

What is the best advice you give a couple when planning their wedding?

To allow extra time in your wedding day schedule, because it's very rare that everything goes exactly as scheduled. And once the wedding begins, let go of any stresses regarding whether or not everything is going according to plan and schedule…just enjoy the day, because it can be very fleeting.

About This Company

Desmond and Roxy pride themselves in capturing the most important moments of your wedding. They promise, “Our attention to details and the special moments shared by you, your guests and family, will allow you to relive this momentous occasion for years to come.”

Desmond Charles Photography Covers These Areas:

Northern California
  - East Bay
  - Monterey and Carmel
  - Napa and Sonoma Wine Country
  - North Bay / Marin
  - Peninsula
  - San Francisco
  - Santa Cruz
  - South Bay / San Jose
  - Tri-Valley and Livermore Wine Country
  - And other areas by special arrangement.
Destination Weddings

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Verified Reviews from Real Brides & Grooms

“I firmly believe they were largely responsible for making my reception one of the best nights of my life.”

“Desmond is so stealth at getting those special moments, we hardly knew he was there half the time. Roxy was so helpful with the logistics before, during and after the wedding, that we felt confident the look and feel we were hoping for would be captured.”

“I gave Desmond and Roxy a clear list of the things I wanted them to shoot. They shot ALL of them. They did such a great job of capturing our wedding day. I loved everything about the photos.”

“To say Desmond and Roxy had a calming presence is an understatement.”

“During the wedding day, they were literally 10 steps ahead of us the entire process so we never felt we were unnaturally posing or forcing a shot.”

“I remember seeing Desmond and Roxy a couple of times during the festivities, and being impressed with their ability to take a shot without affecting the moment.”

“We liked the fact that we had both traditional as well as candid photos. And we appreciate that the photos did not make us look over-stylized; they were very natural looking.”

“They were there to direct everyone when group photos needed to happen, and when the reception started, they blended into the background.”

“Out of all of my wedding planning, I knew I had nothing to worry about with the photos.”

“When it came time for our wedding photos, I knew it had to be entrusted to someone special and I could not have found a professional photography team better than Desmond and Roxy.”

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