ABOUT ME Michel Berda

I am happy and honored to say that I am a wedding photographer in Our Holy City of Charleston, SC. Every client and their wedding are different to me. Each has the same purpose of unity but my clients and my way of capturing it the way I do, as I paint their story of that special day in being an image maker, a true storyteller, is what makes me different than most Charleston, wedding photographers. It is the connection between the story and the images, the artistry, the quality not quantity, the romance, the love, the relationship between the heart of the image maker and the camera and the want to create for every client, those compelling wedding images that they will cherish forever.   


People ask me all the time, what do you do for a living? I respond, I own King Street Photo Weddings, I am so blessed and honored to be an image maker, and that I capture joyful, emotional, happy people at weddings, for all of my fantastic clients. Of equal joy, I am a very proud father, being very grateful for having two amazing daughters, Chloe and Courtney.

My love for photography career began at age 16, working for a photo shop learning about the actual photography equipment, developing black and white in the darkroom, processing C41 color negatives, clients relations, sales for almost 3 years in Maui, Hawaii. But it was in Los Angeles, California that I truly learned the craft in capturing photography understanding both studio and ambient lighting, also adding strobes to create those special effects, location photography. While assisting as an apprentice with the best fashion and celebrity photographers. I also continue learning at workshops or trade show from all of the past and current mentors.

In 1985 I took my craft to South Carolina, first Myrtle Beach, then Charleston, SC which I have called home for 31 years! My passion for the art of wedding photography began here in Charleston, SC in 1994 with a small retail photography shop located on King Street called King Street Photo. But only just five years later, I received that memorable phone call, from Tally Attaway, the city's top wedding coordinator planner. She asked me to photograph one of her affluent client weddings – it seems that her client was looking for a wedding photographer that had a fashion style while incorporating the backgrounds memories of this Holy City of ours Charleston Sc. I agreed and they adored the results. Shortly after that wedding, I was the busiest wedding photographer in Charleston, SC and had the pleasure of capturing more than 125 wedding in that year alone. Since then, I brought this style into every wedding that I have photographed – taking clients out of the standard studio environment, church or reception to the indoors and outdoors of Charleston's historic style and amazing backgrounds. 

I remember working with Lex Opoulous, owner of Lowndes Grove Plantation, who was kind enough to list me as the #1 preferred wedding photographer, here in Charleston, SC for his venue (it was also not uncommon for me to photograph four weddings in a single weekend!). I also worked in the Bahamas, with some amazing venues, and photographed celebrities in Atlanta, Charlotte, NC and numerous destinations both here and abroad.

Five hundred weddings later, and 17 years in the wedding photography field, this remains my love and passion. I thank every single wedding client of whom have given me this huge privilege to capture their special day. Also, the pleasure of working with the comradery of hundreds of great wedding vendors from across the Lowcountry here in Charleston, South Carolina.

I am delighted to say that I am known by my peers as “One of the best image maker wedding photographers in the world.”  I am honored that my images have been published in the Knot, Real Wedding, Destination weddings & Honeymoon, Studio Design, Wedding & Honeymoons, Grace Ormonde, and Wedding Unveiled, Carolina bride, Hilton Head Monthly, Charleston Wedding Magazine, Charleston Style & Design Magazine,

I am also the recipient of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 USCA "Best of Local Business" Award Program which recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. More importantly I have earned by my clients reviews on numerous website including Google, The Knot, Angie's list, wedding photo love, I have also received the highest accomplishment award by the top rated wedding industry company Wedding Wire, for my now 105 clients reviews black badge award with my 4.9 glowing star reviews for my impeccable service and wedding photography. I am now one of the busiest destination wedding photographers both abroad and here in the U.S. I am based out of Charleston, SC – the 2nd largest wedding destination on the east coast.

Every wedding is very important to me that is why I call myself a professional. You must know your equipment inside and out on a wedding day it must perform at its best. Prior to a wedding, I love getting my entire gear checked out on that prior Thursday, cleaning it on that Friday, charging my batteries and checking my digital cards to make sure that every photography equipment is inspected and meticulously tested. I type "An" and your wedding is only one day.

I am always looking for fresh ideas and learning from my peers for the most trending wedding images to incorporate for my wedding clients special day because, every wedding for me is catered to that client's taste and needs (yes, these clients need to enjoy their day by relaxing while knowing those wedding vendors the team they hired will achieve the results they were looking for. That is the most important part!). Over the years, I have designed a wedding photography timeline that works in helping me capture my client's Magical Day, but doing it in a pleasurable and relaxing way. I know that these are moments that will be cherished for a lifetime. I bring that sense and caring into every wedding.

 Thank you for taking the time to read this. I hope that you will give me the honor of being a storyteller and capturing your Magical Day, in creating wedding photography images that will be cherished for a long time, through generations and generations.