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Darren McMahel Photography

HI, I am Darren McMahel. Photography is and always has been my passion in life.


I was born in Greenville, South Carolina. My family moved to Jacksonville, FL when I was a teenager.  I was fortunate enough to be accepted into a premier magnet school - Douglas Anderson School Of the Arts (DASOTA) - where I joined their newly developed photography program.

Upon graduation from DASOTA, I continued my education in photography at DBCC South East Center for Photographic studies in Daytona, Florida. After graduating, joined the staffs of two master photographers - Art Smiley and Terry Walberg - in Jacksonville, Florida. This work expanded my experience and expertise in many types of photography. I gained priceless knowledge in wedding, portrait, landscape and many other areas of photography. Upon completion of my tenure with Art and Terry, I took a position with WJXT Channel 4/CBS in Jacksonville as the studio photographer and lighting manager. At the same time I continued to freelance many weddings, corporate events, family portrait sessions and more. In 2002 I met my wife and moved to her hometown of Raleigh, NC. We currently reside in the Pinehurst area of North Carolina.

I specialize in product, event, portrait and website photography. My skills and experience give me the opportunity to photograph multiple subject matters as well as meet and form relationships with new and interesting people. For me, photography is not just capturing the image, it is understanding and relating to my client in order to create their vision beyond expectations.