The Photographer

Darnell Vennie is a wedding, portrait, and editorial photographer documenting gorgeous couples and families in Charlotte and the surrounding areas. Specializing in capturing candid and natural portrait photography, and those special moments that highlight your event or brand.

His work has been published in various publications, including The New York Times, Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, The Associated Press, and USA Today. A career of over 16 years includes stints at three portrait studios in Charlotte & the North Carolina Triad, and Publications Photographer for The Colonial Williamsburg Trend & Tradition Magazine.

A member of the UPAA (University Photographers' Association of America), Darnell is the College Photographer for Central Piedmont in Charlotte, a multi-campus college where students receive a combination of technical and soft skills training from quality faculty who prepare them to enter the workforce and make a difference in their family, business, community, and the world.

Photo by Aaron Kohns

“Photography is the recording of strangeness and beauty with beguiling precision.”


“Darnell was recommended to us by a very good friend of my husband and me. We found ourselves in a bind with seeking out great quality service for a price point that would fit our small, backyard fall wedding. Darnell was on point and flexible from beginning to end. We conducted our engagement shoot with him and did a full day of photo coverage on the big day (him and his fiancé). They were super professional from beginning to end, highly responsive on the correspondence, patient and produced quality work.”

—Nicole & Clarence

“Darnell is the ultimate professional. He maintained constant contact and even while vacationing he gave of his personal time to respond to my many inquiries. The quality of his work speaks for itself but even more important his level of engagement and professionalism is a rare find. He has been committed to capturing each meaningful moment from my engagement photos to my actual wedding. Thank you 1000 times over for your service. Wonderful job!”

—Valerie & Reggie

“Darnell is not just an amazing photographer but an even greater friend. I've always admired his work and have always wanted him to take pictures at my wedding. Even after plans got changed he was still awesome enough to adjust and produce great work. Thank you for being a part of our amazing journey.”

—Ashley & Andre

“Listen, when I tell y'all Darnell Vennie was working MAGIC with that camera! He was absolutely worth every penny. I'm so glad he was there to capture our day! #checkhimout #youwontbesorry #clickandsee”

—Shea & William

“It's one (if not the most) of my favorite pictures of us. It really shows how we feel about each other.”

—Whitney & Lafayette

“Exceptional quality provided by exceptional people.”

—Erin & William

“This is probably one of the best professional headshots I've ever had taken of me. I am not really into smiling on command but Darnell Vennie really did a great job capturing me, I think!”


“I absolutely love this picture of me lol! 🥹🧡”


My belief is that every person should be framed in the moments they’ve felt the most loved and cared for.

Your story, your vision...

Lifestyle Portraiture

I employ a lifestyle approach to my work. I believe that you in your element is the most beautiful way to relive a memory. Candids capture the memories of the day most vividly. You still receive beautifully posed portraits, but it’s the authentic expressions that win you over! Together with my wife Rësa, we also provide documentary photography and videography services for dynamic advertising and marketing campaigns for local businesses, colleges, and non-profit organizations.

Photo by Rësa Vennie

Darnell Vennie Photography, LLC


Charlotte Portrait, Wedding, & Editorial Photographer | P: 704.561.1560 |