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Darren Charles


Wedding and Portrait Photographer

Welcome to Darren Charles Photography, servicing South East Queensland, Australia and the world.  Thank you for visiting my site.  I’m extremely passionate about the photographic work that I do.  If I didn’t have to support a family and pay bills I would offer my services for free, I enjoy doing what I do that much. It’s so rewarding when I see the joy and appreciation on people’s faces when they receive my final crafted images.  I always strive to be an affordable, creative, and an easy going professional with passion and integrity.   I’d love to chat about your up and coming wedding or portrait needs.

Awe Inspiring

It’s such an awe-inspiring and enriching feeling when I‘m asked to photograph someone’s wedding day. It’s an honour knowing that I will be capturing truly magical and intimate moments. I love telling a unique story of one of the most astonishing days in a couple’s lives.   I’ve been a professional artist for over twenty years of my life. This inlcuded being a photographer, TV camera operator and animator/3D artist on world renown AAA computer games. Whatever I was creating at that time, I gave my all to deliver everything that the client had imagined. I’m passionate about delivering a beautiful record of your incredible wedding day which will last a lifetime.

Beautiful Love Story

You can feel relaxed and be yourselves as I like to remain largely unnoticed throughout the day. I’ll document everything in a candid way capturing your unique and beautiful love story.  I’m also happy to step in and craft shots if required.  This might be the case when we go out and have some fun creating some amazing bridal party pictures. I’ll not only capture all the major moments of the day, but also the small details too which you may not appreciate until the later.  I’m happy to travel where I’m required so if you like my work and would like to hire me, please reach out and let me know.

Contact me


Lets chat about your upcoming photography needs.

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Below are a bunch of weddings  shoots I had the pleasure of photographing.  Click on the images below and see a small sample of photographs from each.


Below are a bunch of  portraits shoots I had the pleasure of photographing. (lots more to come, busy processing them) Click on the images below and see a small sample of photographs from each.

Full Day Wedding Service

From the first hours of preparation to the last toast of the night, I’ll capture every moment of your wedding, creating lasting memories.

Professional and Courteous

Enjoy the peace of mind of working with a professional.  Choose experience, training and best practices for reliable service on your big day.

Pure Quality

I use the latest tools and techniques to create the best possible images for you. Receive expertly processed images on a high quality laser engraved crystal flash drive.

What my clients are saying…

“So many great and memorable shots it was hard to pick the best for our album! Everybody thinks of the family photos and the ceremony (which Darren captured perfectly) but he also takes the time to also capture the other memories – the smaller things – that are often overlooked but matter so much in building the overall picture of the event. Besides this he is friendly and a pleasure to have around. Would absolutely hire him again”. Nadia and Cory

Wedding Photography, North Island, New Zealand

“My husband and I cannot thank Darren enough for being our wedding photographer. Our walls at home are covered in his beautiful images of our special day.  His personal approach made us feel comfortable, and listened too when it came to the style of images we were after.  He has captured life long memories for us.  We are so grateful. Thank you Darren. You are an amazing photographer with a great eye”.

Lisa and Khan

Wedding Photography, New South Wales, Australia

“We thank you so much Darren for being part of our wedding day. You made everyone feel so comfortable and relaxed as well as making it fun to have our photo’s taken. The actual photo’s were truly amazing and beautifully unique. We loved the artistic touches you added to some of the photos, giving it a very personal touch. Thank you for sharing this special day with us and creating our beautiful and everlasting memories”. Trina and Gary

Wedding Photography, South East Queensland, Australia

Post Production and SFX

I’ve spent many years as a digital artist beautifying images of one sort or another.   I use licensed versions of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.
Original Image
This image is straight out of camera from a studio shoot with no post production used.
Basic Retouch
This image has the basic elements tweaked like exposure, colour temperature and tones.
Advanced Retouch
This image incorporates all the basics plus all other tools at my disposal – paint brush, curves and frequency separation.
Advanced B&W
This image is everything thus far with the added conversion to black and white and tone tweaks.

About Me

I find it truly satisfying capturing real moments in real time and enhancing them to full effect.

I started as a photographer’s apprentice in the late eighties in Jersey, Channel Islands, in the days before digital cameras and Photoshop. Hours and days spent either in darkrooms or waiting for your images to come back from the labs.



More about me

My desire to seek advancement took me to foreign lands in new and challenging career paths.  During my university years, I was a Light Technician and a Camera Operator, as well as other roles. I filmed live games of American college football, worked on news broadcasts and also helped film the first ever Q &A for Star Trek Voyager.

I‘ve successfully completed a Master of Arts degree in Animation and Special Effects at Bournemouth University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Media Systems at Kansas State and Sunderland Universities, and a Diploma in Media. 

What pursued was a sixteen year career as a Digital Artist in the computer games industry.  I have worked around the world for world renown companies like Electronic Arts (EA), Rockstar and 2K, and on massive game franchises including Bioshock, Grand Theft Auto (GTA) and Borderlands.

My career in the games industry ended in June 2015 as the game studio I worked for closed down. Around the same time I became a full time dad to my beautiful daughter, which I will admit is the most challenging job anyone can do.   Now that she is in day care I’ve gone full circle back to where I started as a photographer. But this time combining it with my unique digital artist skills and years of photography knowledge, as my camera has never left my side.

I love how overwhelmingly passionate I become when behind the lens. I believe it shows in the images I capture. I am a true artist, I live not for the money but for the praise and enjoyment my work brings, without that I am nothing! I would love the opportunity to photograph your special day, or your portrait, so please contact me today to secure your booking.


Darren Charles Photography

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Darren Charles Hatton BSc. MA

City of Ipswich, Queensland, Australia 4305

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