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Arnold, California Woodsy Wedding
Mike and Laura

Driving into the woodsy forest back-roads for this mountain wedding was a great anticipation. I had met Mike and Laura earlier in the year and they told me they wanted a mountain photographer to document their wedding day event. Mountain weddings are my passion. I had photographed this charming backwoods venue before in Arnold, California back in 2010 and I was glad to experience it once again, the smells of pine and dirt, the surroundings of trees, the colors of earth, and the excitement of photographic possibilities. Not only did we capture their story with friends and family, but they allowed us time to capture their creative bride and groom photos in the forest where we ventured along a river and into the woods.  We also came upon a rather large tree of lady bugs; I have never fathomed I could see so many all at once. Later that evening, even though there were trees everywhere and the sky was like circular window above us, I was able to capture a night time stars photograph with our wedding couple just before leaving. I am excited to share these images because of the “nature” of this wedding. (wink).

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Here’s an extra credit photo from my cell phone I screen captured from a video I recorded of the tree covered in Lady bugs.

so many lady bugs in the forest

  • Shauna - Hello! These pictures are epic. Do you have the name of the venue?May 23, 2016 – 9:11 pmReplyCancel

    • Charleton Churchill - I’m not sure of the venue, but it’s Josh Heller who is the owner, contact me through the contact part of this page, and I’ll send you his email address.May 24, 2016 – 10:57 am

I enjoy the outdoors and photographing couples in woods. This is basically my backyard. Even though I travel often for weddings and other photo shoots, most of my couples drive here to Amador County for their photo session. There’s so much to photograph here in this county from Jackson, California up to the Kirkwood Hideout. Many couples are curious what my area is like before arriving, and even in the drought, this place looks good.

This was Scott and Mariah’s photo shoot, and they did well! Contrary to what many may believe, most of my couples are actually quite nervous at first, asking for advice on what to wear, what they should do during the shoot, where to put their hands, and are a little scared the photos may not turn out because they feel they are not “photogenic” as what they see on wedding blogs and magazines.  However, with a little direction, many of these same couples will appear here on my website or blog, not perfect, but enjoying themselves, relaxed, natural, and looking great!

I’m enthusiastic to share another one of my couples with you all.  Congratulations to Scott and Mariah on their upcoming wedding!

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