Charles Michael Ballestamon is an emerging photographer based in San Francisco, California.

For Charles, taking a class in photography was just a way to fulfill a high school elective credit. Little did he know that it would eventually become his livelihood. 

Charles was born and raised in San Diego, California. After graduating from high school he moved to the Los Angeles area where he attended a university well respected for it's engineering programs. He quickly realized that engineering was absolutely not for him. However, it took 4 years to stir up the courage to take the leap from a "stable and practical" career path to one where there are no guarantees. 

Taking that leap was not only about leaving engineering behind, but also Southern California. Charles made his way to San Francisco where he attended the Academy of Art University and received his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Advertising Photography, as well as leaving with an award winning portfolio. His imagery became known for his sense of portraying "quiet moments"

At that point Charles was quickly thrusted into the photography industry, working with many clients in advertising, fashion, and portraiture. Everyday he's living his dream and making a life, not just a living.


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