Reviews {We love what our clients have to say!}

Family / Couples

“We had our family portraits taken with Charlene and we just love our images! We matched our last portrait and ordered a 16×20 framed portrait. The last time we had taken our portraits was 16 years ago. We’re so happy we chose Charlene Chavez Photography!”

Shannon DelGado

“I just want to say that Charlene Chavez photography is simply the *****BEST! After meeting with Charlene to talk about what I wanted to see in our family portraits, I was amazed to see that she not only surpassed my expectation, she added her own professional style which truly captured those moments. Charlene has been photographing our children and family for years and as I look back on the photos I can see the consistency of her style. I’m so glad that I chose Charlene Chavez Photography to capture all the beautiful moments in our life and highly recommend her work to anyone!”

Mia Burnham

“Charlene is great at capturing emotion and really helps you become comfortable in front of the camera! Her outdoor photography is creative and dramatic, perfect for any occasion ranging from family portraits to engagement photos!”

Courtney Yeager

“Thanks to Charlene and her amazing gift of capturing people’s spirit, I smile every single day as I walk down my hallway. The family photos she took are incredible. She is very creative in choosing location, lighting and in posing her clients. The portraits are beautiful and fun! We get many compliments on them. She met with me to discuss having them printed onto canvas and gave excellent suggestions as far as display arrangements. I highly recommend Charlene for all of your portrait needs.”

Tracy Quinn

“We love Charlene Chavez Photography. We do photos of my 2 boys every year and last year Charlene did a family session for us. These photos are a treasure hanging on our wall and these always get all the compliments!”

Denise D. Thanh

High School Seniors

“Charlene took pictures for my daughter’s senior portrait and my younger daughter turning 13. The pictures were amazing!!! They both looked beautiful and the different photos and creative shots that Charlene came up with were stunning. The most difficult part of everything was choosing what photos we wanted, because we loved them ALL!! I would recommend Charlene she is the best!!!”

Julie Thompson Madrid

“We are once again thrilled with Charlene’s photography. After an amazing family shoot several years ago, we had no doubt that we wanted her to create our son’s senior portrait. She did, yet again, an outstanding job!”

Linda Schwender Nollette

“Charlene took my daughter’s senior photo and I could not have been more pleased. Every photo captured her natural beauty and made it all seem effortless. We had a great time during the shoot and Charlene had put a lot of thought into locations, wardrobe and makeup that enhanced my daughter! I would definitely recommend her for your family!”

Amy Poplin Barker

“Charlene is professional and fun to work with. She thinks outside the box and the end result is a great photo layout. Charlene can shoot babies, animals, teenagers and families. She’s awesome! She produced an outstanding portrait of our son!”

Brad & Monique Bosomworth

“Charlene is a wonderful photographer. Her shots are not only beautiful, but always seem to capture the fun and candid side of any client or event she photographs! I love my daughters Prom pictures!

Thanks Charlene.”

Karen Zimmerman | Special Events Manager


“She started her business with such enthusiasm and passion and she continues to apply the same level to her business today. Charlene has taken photos of my kids since they were little tikes and they can’t wait to have another “fun” photo day again. What amazes me the most is how Char can transform her subjects into a work of art!”

Christina Bullard

“I LOVE Charlene’s work! She recently took some photos of my four year old son. They are adorable!!! She is super good with posing people correctly so they look natural and is so easy to talk to. I will be back!”

Sarah P.

“Charlene is an amazing photographer. For over two years, I have trusted Charlene to take family photos, christmas cards, and pics as my daughter grows up. She has always provided fantastic work with a positive attitude. Her creativity allows for great photos.”

Nathan L.

Professional Head Shots and Other Work

“Charlene Chavez Photography took my head shot, as well as my husband’s. As one who tries to avoid taking pictures, she made me feel so at ease and made the whole session fun. She took a variety of angles and showed us some during the session to help us identify which ones we liked so she could focus on taking more of those. As a result, it was difficult to pick just one because she was spot on with what we wanted. We have plans for a family picture and we will definitely go back to Charlene Chavez Photography for those. Thank you so much Charlene!”

Maria Maxwell

“Charlene has taken many photos of me over the many years and dress sizes. I always tease her and say she should use Photoshop to make me look like a size 8.
With that said, any photos have been edited professionally and although I am not a size 8, I have the correct lighting so my skin looks fabulous!
She makes her customers and friends feel at ease getting their pictures taken.”

Marjorie Moehrke

“I am a very happy client.

I first met Charlene at a charity event.  She was the official charity event photographer. She donated her services for the silent auction, and all the proceeds went to the charity.
I  took a card and looked her up.  I booked an appointment for a portrait session. I was nervous, but  within a few minutes I was totally at ease. The photo shoot was really fun. She took so many pictures I figured at least one should look ok.  I was pleasantly surprised when I returned to view the photos.  I was pleased with so many pictures.   I love that she took so many beautiful pictures.  I am going to have some portraits with my children next month.  I will post on Yelp so you can see for yourselves.  This woman loves her work. You can feel her passion when she is photographing.”

Brenda Blay

“We love our Valentine photos!!! Can’t wait to share them with our family & friends! Thank you!”

Andrea Edwards-Hutchings

” I have hired Charlene several times in the past for personal, as well as professional photography needs. Charlene is an amazing photographer! She is very creative and pays attention to the smallest of details. Her photos are a true art. Whether you are looking to capture a memory, have a self glam shot for someone special, or a professional head shot for your corporate site, I would definitely recommend Charlene Chavez Photography.”

Kelly Dippel | Founder of Silicon Valley Cares

“I just went to Charlene for a private photo session for my soon to be hubby…. She was great to work with she will be sending me the info to check out my photos soon…. I would work with her again for a session of photos!!
Charlene your the best!!!

update:: 4/09/10

So I viewed my proof gallery and was speechless! Charlene did a great job! She even had my album up and ready to view at the same time to approve it and be sent to be printed …… I couldn’t be any happier…. I would recommend her for any type of photo sessions or photography….. (Children photos, boudoir photo session etc.) Cant wait to hear what my soon to be hubby says!”

Elizabeth H. – Boudoir Client

“Looking for a extremely professional, patient, organized photographer? Well look no further because Charlene Chavez Photography is your answer!  She was super helpful during the photo shoot by suggesting how I should pose and never made me feel rushed when I needed to take the time to fix my hair during shots.  She was very friendly and overall made me feel really comfortable.  Overall I loved my experience with Charlene and would definitely recommend her to anyone who wants amazing photos.”

Rebecca S.

“Charlene produced some excellent professional photos for my Fresh Dialogues interview series. She is charming and a pleasure to work with and I have no hesitation recommending her, whether it’s a business or family shot you’re looking for. She’s very creative and fun.”

Alison RG van Diggelen | Host of Fresh Dialogues, contributor to PRI The World

“Charlene’s eye for light and setting made me love my headshot from last year so much that I hate to update it for fear I will never like another one as well. I know I am in capable hands, though, so I’m coming back soon!”

Shana McLean Moore | Writer, Coach

“Charlene shows initiative and drive while working on projects, both small and large scale. She has held several key positions in non-profit organizations, helping to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for our local schools and our community. She is cooperative and delightful to work with. I can always depend on Charlene to complete and excel in any task given to her.”

Leslie Reynolds | Board of Education Member

“I asked Charlene Chavez to photograph me for a professional photo shot for my linked in and other professional websites. She was very professional, prompt and has all the right skills to get the job done. I would highly recommend her for professional or personal photography work. “

Steve Bentley | Associate VP os Sales, Marvell Semiconductor

“I have known Charlene for over 15 years and am aware of the character she displays in her work ethics, family and friends. Charlene is a very talented woman who has started a career from an inner passion and it shows in her product. I have recommended clients, family and friends to Charlene and only consider her as an asset to have her as a venue that is available to share with confidence to my sphere.”

Linda Salah | Realtor at Better Homes and Gardern / Ventura Barnett Properties

“Charlene is a stickler for doing her research in order to achieve her desired results. She has proven this with her photography, and has carried it over to social media. It was natural for her to next instruct others how to work with the various applications of social media available. She taught a class with attendees that literally had “never before used” online marketing and it was well done. She made it easy for the students to understand.”

Chrissy Derksen | 95120 Lifestyle Magazine & LG Magazine, Owner


Head Shot reviews here:



“Charlene is a top notch photographer…best experience I’ve ever had.  She has worked for many charity events which is where I originally met her, and first I had her do head shots for all of the staff in my business.  The shots were beautiful, and the prices were fair.  Since then I’ve had her do the photography for all of our business events, and all of my family photos.  She is reliable, creative and patient…quality work!”

Krystal Woodworth

“I have had the chance to see Charlene in action and the results of her work many times, as she has contributed to my business with professional photos for fashion, senior portrait models and events. I can truly say that she is amazing, both in her ability to capture the incredible moment and in her creativity for portraying it on canvas. A recent wedding in which I attended was the icing-on-the-cake for viewing her breadth of work–the photography results were a true testament to her artistry and exquisite detail.  We love Charlene at The Studio. Awesome photography…Thanks Charlene for everything you do for us!”

Jill Amen – Boutique Owner of The Studio by Angi

“Charlene Chavez is an outstanding photographer. I have hired her to do events and have worked with her on many others. She is creative, organized, dependable, imaginative, very talented and overall a pleasure to work with. My clients have been impressed and thrilled with her results which makes me look good. If someone needs a photographer, Charlene is the first call I would make”

Bruce Finch | Chef/Owner, A Party For Your Palate

“We had a great time and the shots I saw so far were awesome. Definitely would recommend this business for in studio sessions or special events!”

Mia White – Shaker member from the San Jose EarthQuakes

“I can already tell our pictures are going to look AMAZING!!! Thank you so much for taking our pictures :)”

Alix Monique – Shaker member from the San Jose EarthQuakes

Charlene Chavez is owner of Charlene Chavez Photography located in San Jose, CA. Charlene operates a successful portrait studio that primarily photographs families, high school seniors, teens/children and professional head shots.  The studio serves all over the Bay Area including but not limited to San Francisco, Palo Alto, Oakland and down to Gilroy and Morgan Hill. Charlene  is owner of Charlene Chavez Photography located in San Jose, CA. Charlene creates timeless and fashionable images that capture personality and beauty with proper lighting techniques which is why clients return to Charlene Chavez Photography.