Salt Flats wedding with floating lanterns-Photography by Dawn Charles

Photo by: Dawn Charles

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I'm Desiree, a Hawaii & New York City wedding and elopement photographer


Prior to taking pictures of weddings, I used to plan them! I was a banquet coordinator here on Oahu for 3 years then worked as an event manager for over a year in NYC. In 2016 I decided to take the plunge to quit my day job to pursue photography full time. 

I moved back to Hawaii at the end of 2016 after living in NYC for a year and half. Although I was raised in Hawaii, I definitely feel more like a New Yorker. People probably find it weird that despite having gorgeous beaches in Hawaii, my favorite place ever is Central Park lol.  It was one of the best experiences of my life. Since moving back I can't seem to pull myself away, and visit regularly, which is also why I'm happy to offer no travel fees for weddings in NYC.

If I am not out doing something photography related then most days you can find me at home, cuddled with my babes, coffee in hand reading a book or watching my fave shows.

I truly value connection and being present in the moment. I honestly enjoy getting to know people-not the small talk, but the heart and soul of what makes a person.


Top Of The Rock Girl Overlooking the Empire State Building

5 facts:

  • INFJ is my Myers Briggs personality type, and find it so interesting learning what others' personality types are

  • I'm recently engaged to my boyfriend of 7 years, who is my best friend and number one supporter

  • I have two dachshunds who's names are Frankie & Bella that I am OBSESSED with, but who make it hard to work from home sometimes with how needy they are lol

  • My favorite book is Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed. So. Good.

  • I'm not a movie person but love binge watching shows. My favorites are: The Handmaids Tale, This Is Us, and rewatching all of the old episodes of Grey's Anatomy