Charles Vincent McDonald

Back Photographer

Charles Vincent McDonald was born in Spokane, Washington, and later moved with his family to Arlington, Virginia. Like many others, Charles first began photographing with an 35mm film camera for his high school newspaper and yearbook publications. After high school, Charles enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard. When asked what he wanted to do in the service he gave the same consistent answer: to attend the U.S. Naval School of Photography. He did and was actually recognized with the “First-in-Class” award upon graduation.

Charles has an extensive technical background involving the daily operation of a photographic film darkroom in positions as a darkroom technician. His past employers include General Electric Company, NASA’s Goddard Space Center, Chartmasters, and Allen Photo Service. Charles retired from staff positions at UC Davis in 2011. His employment on campus ranged from the UC Davis Bookstore, the Art & Photography Group at IET Mediaworks, Accounting & Financial Services.  He ended his career in support of Extramural Grant Funding.

Charles used his full-time career positions at UC Davis to return to photography in the role of a freelance/contract photographer. His photography has received multiple ribbon awards, and public exhibitions of his work include the Buehler Gallery, UC Davis Alumni Center, Woodland’s 1st Friday Art Walk, 2nd Friday Davis ArtAbout, Gallery 1855, Gallery 625, and Gallery 1075 in Yolo County. 

His list of volunteer photographic assignments for local nonprofits include Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Greater Sacramento Area, Sacramento Roller Derby, Yolo Arts Council, Gallery 1855, Women’s History Month Committee, and the UC Davis Retiree Association.

In 2017, Charles self-published Roller Derby Pictured in both book & magazine formats.


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Sacramento Self-Help Housing: Let Them Eat Cake

Sacramento Self-Help Housing hosted its 17th annual Let Them Eat Cake fundraising event at Beatnik Studios in downtown Sacramento on July 11. Community members and partners raised $90,000 for the nonprofit organization, which works to eliminate homelessness in the region. 

Sep 1, 2019 Charles Vincent McDonald

Christmas Wreath-Laying

by held its annual Christmas Wreath-Laying on Dec. 15-16 at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon. Volunteers laid 23,000 wreaths on the graves of every fallen veteran at the site. is committed to ensuring that each grave site at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery is recognized and honored with a Christmas wreath during the holiday season.

Dec 20, 2018 Charles Vincent McDonald

Hope Cooperative Ribbon Cutting

Hope Cooperative, formerly TLCS held a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open Possibilities, Hope Cooperative’s new program for transition-age and homeless youth, on Dec. 10  at the new facilities on Del Paso Blvd.  Hope Cooperative’s Possibilities program is in partnership with Wind Youth Services and will serve 30 youth each year who come directly from homelessness.

Dec 13, 2018 Charles Vincent McDonald

Swearing-In Ceremony: Mayor Xóchitl Rodriguez

The City of Woodland held a swearing-in ceremony for the new Mayor Xóchitl Rodriguez on Dec. 4 at the Woodland Community and Senior Center. Rodriguez is the first woman to hold the position since 1998. Rodriguez is replacing Enrique Fernandez.

Dec 10, 2018 Charles Vincent McDonald

We Can’t Stop Improving Our  Innovation Ecosystem

It may seem like it snuck up on us, but the Capital Region has a healthy startup ecosystem that has been growing for over 25 years, starting with the establishment of the Intel and Hewlett-Packard campuses in the early 1980s. There have been many milestones along the way and we expect many more to come. We are definitely on the map as a city where you can build a startup.

Dec 3, 2018 Laura Good & Jeff Bennett

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Greater Sacramento

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Greater Sacramento held the 2018 Light The Night Walk on Nov. 3 at Raley Field in West Sacramento. The event honored blood cancer survivors, supporters and loved ones lost with music, food, fireworks and festivities.

Nov 9, 2018 Charles Vincent McDonald

Think Pink Granite Bay Luncheon & Fashion Show Fundraiser

Think Pink Granite Bay held its fourth Luncheon & Fashion Show Fundraiser on Oct. 14 at the Granite Bay Golf Course. The event raised over $67,000 for research grant research in early detection of breast cancer through the Sutter Roseville Medical Center Foundation. The sold-out event hosted 220 attendees with a luncheon, live and silent auctions, a raffle and a fashion show with twelve breast cancer survivor models wearing clothes from Button Up Roseville!

Nov 1, 2018 Charles Vincent McDonald

Woodland Chamber of Commerce Farm City Dinner

Woodland Chamber of Commerce held the 51st Annual Farm City Dinner on Oct. 18 at the Woodland Community and Senior Center. Attendees enjoyed ag-related games, a live auction, beverages and a buffet-style dinner by Anderson’s family catering. Mark Mezger, owner of Farmers Grain Elevator and Mezger Trucking Co, was honored as the 2018 Agri-Business Person of the Year.

Oct 24, 2018 Charles Vincent McDonald

Rock The Block

Habitat For Humanity/Leadership Sacramento

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento, in partnership with the Metro Chamber Foundation’s Leadership Class of 2018, kicked off the first ever “Rock the Block” event on October 19 and 20 in South Oak Park. Over the course of only two days, 250 volunteers repaired 14 homes, restored a community garden and added amenities to the local park and collaborative in the neighborhood.  

Oct 24, 2018 Charles Vincent McDonald

SacTown 5 Launch

SacTown 5 recorded its pilot episode on Oct. 8 at The Diplomat Steakhouse in downtown Sacramento. SacTown 5 is a new YouTube series with raw perspectives about California’s current political affairs and its impact on the rest of the nation. Created by Katrina Rosseini, a financial news personality and global strategist, the show also features Dan Weitzman, CEO, Daniel C.

Oct 19, 2018 Charles Vincent McDonald

Sac Open Studios Launch Party

Verge Center for the Arts

The 13th annual Sac Open Studios event kicked off on Sept. 6 with a launch party at Verge Center for the Arts in downtown Sacramento. Attendees enjoyed live music, art in action, hands-on children’s activities and a preview of the new “KOKO’s Love” video installation at Verge. The launch party was followed by two weekends of open studios with nearly 250 artists and approximately 75 studios participating throughout the region.

Sep 26, 2018 Charles Vincent McDonald

Hard Hats & High Heels Gala After Party  

Habitat For Humanity

Habitat for Humanity held its Hard Hats & Heels Gala after party on Sept. 14 at the Diplomat Steakhouse in downtown Sacramento. Approximately 150 attendees from the gala kept the party going with dancing and music by Beat Fleet DJs, complimentary caviar and foie gras appetizers and light bites. The Hard Hats & High Heels Gala is Habitat for Humanity’s premier fundraising event.

Sep 26, 2018 Charles Vincent McDonald

Preservation Sacramento: Historic Home Tour

Preservation Sacramento held its 2018 Historic Home Tour in the Capitol Mansions Historic District neighborhood on Sept. 16. This year’s tour showcased six homes in the neighborhood bound by 22nd and 27th streets, Kayak Alley and Matsui Alley.

Sep 18, 2018 Charles Vincent McDonald

Visit Sacramento’s Partner Mixer

Visit Sacramento held a partner mixer on Aug. 27 which featured the 2018 Tower Bridge Dinner lead chefs and menu release at Canon in East Sacramento. The 2018 Tower Bridge Dinner is scheduled for Sep. 30, culminating Farm-to-Fork Month.

Photos: Charles Vincent McDonald 

Aug 30, 2018 Charles Vincent McDonald

16th Annual “Let Them Eat Cake”

By Sacramento Self-Help Housing

Sacramento Self-Help Housing held its 16th Annual “Let Them Eat Cake” event in celebration of Bastille Day on July 12 at Beatnik Studios in Sacramento. Attendees partook in a Bastille Day celebration showcasing outstanding local cuisine, adult beverages, cake tasting, upbeat music and more.

Jul 25, 2018 Charles Vincent McDonald

Entrepreneur Issue Mixer

Comstock's Magazine

Comstock’s magazine celebrated the 16 entrepreneurs, representing 12 businesses, who graced the July cover with an issue release party on July 11 at Cowo Campus in Midtown Sacramento.

Jul 17, 2018 Charles Vincent McDonald

Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Class IX Graduation

The Nehemiah Community Foundation was pleased to introduce the graduating NELP Class IV on June 25  — a group of 10 young professionals who have undergone an extensive 9-month program to prepare them for effective and ethical leadership within their organizations and communities. The graduation ceremony was held at the Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg and included 140 business and community leaders, program alumni and a keynote address by Assemblywoman Dr. Shirley Weber.

Photos: Charles Vincent McDonald 

Jun 27, 2018 Charles Vincent McDonald

Big Bang! Business Competition Finalist Presentations + Awards Ceremony

UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship held its 2018 Big Bang! Business Competition Finalist Presentations & Awards Ceremony on May 24. The top five BigBang! Business Competition teams pitched their business ventures to compete for funding.

Jun 13, 2018 Charles Vincent McDonald

Memorial Day Ceremony

By Davis Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6949 and the Davis Cemetery District

On Monday, May 28, the Davis Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6949 and the Davis Cemetery District hosted their annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Davis Cemetery & Arboretum. The ceremony featured Davis Poet Laureate Dr. Andy Jones, an introduction by Mayor Pro-tem Brett Lee with a keynote by Jerry Coker, a U.S. Marine Corps rifleman in South Vietnam with the 2nd Battalion, 26th Marine Regiment.

May 31, 2018 Charles Vincent McDonald

Midtown Love

The Midtown Association held its annual Midtown Love event at Faces Nightclub on May 17 in Sacramento. Approximately 400 attendees enjoyed mermaids, dance performances and a lip sync battle at the showcase for Sacramento’s vibrant urban core.

May 22, 2018 Charles Vincent McDonald