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Here’s a snowy winter adventure elopement at Yosemite National Park with a few family members gathered for my last wedding of the year.  I received a call from a wonderful Nashville couple, Victoria and Richard, who wanted to elope in Yosemite and they were hoping for a winter wedding.  The week prior to their wedding it snowed and provided some epic landscape photos for us to explore and experience. They opted for the adventure, intimate and small, which is what I do often in the mountains.  They stayed and got ready at the Tenaya Lodge and then met me down in Yosemite Valley for their wedding at the famous Yosemite Chapel.  After they exchanged vows at the alter, they celebrated with the ringing the bell that echoed in the wilderness  As they walked out of the church, the traffic of vehicles congested along the main road celebrated in unison with honks.

I had a rad time hiking in the snow with my couple and enjoying the beautiful flavor the wilderness around us.  Here are a few images from their snowy wintery wedding Yosemite.

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Alaska Adventure Winter Wedding Photo Shoot.

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This all started with an idea. I needed to get out of my studio where I was stuck working non-stop. I needed to leave and shoot a personal project for me, to grow and stretch myself. I decided to fly to Alaska. I called my good friend Kevin who lives there and who was a climbing partner on our Denali expedition. I asked him to scout a location for me, which he kindly did. I had other ideas, but wasn’t quite sure what was possible. So, within three weeks, I put the word out on Facebook seeking a couple and makeup artist/hair stylist to travel to Alaska with me on their dime.

I honesty didn’t know what kind of images we would get, how our team would perform in cold weather (in the 20’s), or even if we could get anything worth our time. I did have a fear of failure, that I might return only with few nice photos in the snow. I even hesitated announcing it on Facebook, but I knew better than to let fear have a voice. Plus, no matter what, it was going to be an adventure. I had also never worked with my engaged couple before, Kyle and Caitland, as I didn’t want any professional models for this shoot, but rather a real couple. All these variables kept me guessing.

When we arrived in Alaska, a chilly snow storm dumped on us. My own breath came out like smoke. Arriving to my hotel made me want to sink in a hot tub and make excuses why we can’t shoot. But we came for a purpose, regardless of whether it would rain or snow, and we were packed.  We had a small window of light to travel and shoot.  We hiked into the mountain seven miles round trip while it was snowing off and on, quickly setup for our ice cave shoot, and then headed back. The remainder of the shoot was photographed at another location where we saw quite a few bald eagles while it snowed. I even photographed under my gortex jacket for some of it.

I’m excited to have worked with such a great team on this adventure and I will continue to shoot more. I’m also thankful to BHLDN who sponsored us with an amazing dress and accessories. The dress is the Calla Gown, the sash Pearly Primrose, the headpiece Honeysuckle Halo , and the Monterey Shawl wrap.

Also, I brought along my powerful Profoto B2 Light, which is portable when you’re hiking, as I did on our Everest Base Camp wedding. I bring the B2 light almost everywhere I go.

Couple: Caitland Brooks + Kyle Wolf
Makeup/Hair: Amy-lynn Hair Design
Dress and Accessories: BHLDN
Lighting: Profoto USA
Friend and Assistant: Kevin Sellers
Photographer and Project Leader: Charleton Churchill

(The first six images were taken with my Apple iPhone 6plus. The rest were taken by my Nikon D750.)

 

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Here are some behind the scenes images…

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Above: My friend Kevin and climbing Partner on Denali, Alaska, assisting us for our shoot!

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Above: Amy-Lynn, who joined the team for Makeup/Hair, worked hard and hiked hard.

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Above: Amy-Lynn staying warm while assisting with makeup and hair.

checking out the glacier and testing strength

Above: Testing the edge of the lake to make sure we have solid ground.

Assistant Kevin testing glacier

Above: Burnt orange stands out

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Above: Kevin, Caitland and Kyle at the end of the shoot.

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Above: Me and Kevin hanging out

  • Clarissa Stadnick - These are so cool! If only I were recently engaged, I would have loved to do it 🙂 Such an adventure, and what a beautiful couple!December 3, 2015 – 7:31 amReplyCancel

    • Charleton Churchill - Oh Clarissa, I know you both would definitely be up for something like that, miss you both.December 3, 2015 – 4:15 pm

  • Harry Who - These are just amazing. What a fantastic work. I don’t think anyone can pull this off like you did, Charleton.December 3, 2015 – 7:59 amReplyCancel

  • Billie Wilson - As an aspiring photographer, I commend you for pushing outside of your comfort zone! These are fabulous shots. Amy, you’re the best! I can’t wait to hear about it when I see you next!December 3, 2015 – 8:46 amReplyCancel

  • Dana - Over the top amazing Charleton. I love that you strive for something more challenging with each project and you never let obstacles get in the way. God Bless you my friend.

    DanaDecember 3, 2015 – 9:21 amReplyCancel

  • Devin Robinson - Wow bro! You killed this! Great job! What a cool couple and what a great shoot! SOOO GOOD!December 3, 2015 – 3:19 pmReplyCancel

    • Charleton Churchill - Thanks man, much appreciated, hard work pays off.December 3, 2015 – 4:18 pm

  • Mary Kraft - Absolutely breathtaking and awesome – well worth your trip. God has certainly blessed you with this adventuresome talent.December 4, 2015 – 11:25 amReplyCancel

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