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I traveled to Iceland last year to photograph Mai and Kenny’s adventure engagement session. Being there as a photographer was a like a kid in a candy store; there was so much to hike and explore. We landed in Reykjavik and met at the Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls to start our adventurous couple’s photo shoot. We traveled together and photographed some of the top locations in Iceland from the glacial lagoon of Jokulsarlon to the black sandy beach of Reynisfjara with the most epic sights. After we finished our travel, I went back to the hotel. I was up until around 2a.m. still taking photos looking around, learning about the area. I went out to photograph the sky, and I saw green lights after I captured a few images. Even though it was cloudy and somewhat rainy, I saw a glimpse of the northern lights, Aurora Borealis. I texted Mai and asked if she would be up for a drive to the Jokulsarlon lagoon for a northern lights epic photo about 30 minutes away? She got Kenny and we drove about 30 minutes to the glacial lagoon for a few night photos. It was pitch dark in this new area we’d never been. We starting hearing noises in the water moving around the glaciers with icebergs everywhere, not sure what creature was roaming around us, but I’m not going to lie, it was a little scary. We were in the dark somewhere we had never visited in the daylight. Additionally, we were the only ones there at 2:30a.m., but it was no doubt adventurous.

After the engagement session ended, I left and traveled to as many destinations as I could hike and explore in the next few days. I traveled off-road in my tiny rental Toyota Yaris, and hiked near the Skaftafell Ice-caves at Vatnajokull National Park where they filmed Batman scenes at the glacier. I then drove to Gullfoss waterfalls at midnight, very slippery and dangerous in November. I caught myself on a few slips. After that, I headed for dinner at the local hostel for pizza, enjoyed a nice sleep.

I traveled north for hours visiting different areas of interest, eating a restaurants where it was oddly quiet, talking to locals around the areas. On my way back in the later evening, I pulled off to a side road leading to the beach. As I approached the beach, my car got stuck, felt like my car was stuck in quick sand.  I was in black sand with water everywhere, I took a wrong road. I kept peeling out, reverse, drive, back and forth, moving my wheels. Turn the car off, collect my thoughts. It was pitch dark again. I figured I would probably sleep in my car until morning and wait for help or maybe find help that evening by walking back to the main road. There was also another car with the lights out that I passed, not sure if anyone was in it. So I decided to get back in my car and attempt again to get out, this time, bouncing the car, quickly going from reverse to drive while moving the front wheels, rocking it to get out, and finally, my car jumped out of the sand, and back I was on the road.

After my travel, I headed back to the airport, stopped by the famous Blue Lagoon, where I enjoyed a nice relaxing dip in the massive hot springs, a facial mud-wrap, and dinner. My hope is to photograph a wedding or elopement there soon, and when and if I do, I will be returning to the Blue Lagoon.

For now, enjoy some of the images from Mai and Kenny’s adventure engagement session.

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ABOVE: We drove together at 2a.m. to get an image in the dark with the northern lights peering in the sky. We scored this image because the rest of the week, it was raining,…the Aurora Borealis never returned. There was a guy I was talking to at the hotel 30 minutes away who was like,…”I’ll wait until tomorrow night when it’s more clear.” Well, that never came, he missed his opportunity.

  • Katie Rebman - That red dress against the black is phenomenal!July 24, 2017 – 8:32 pmReplyCancel

    • Charleton Churchill - yes, the red dress definitely pops in the darker sand, thanks.July 25, 2017 – 8:57 am

  • Katie Rebman - That red dress against the black is phenomenal!July 24, 2017 – 8:32 pmReplyCancel

  • Jenn lewis - Charleston, these images are incredible. Your work always leaves me in awe.July 25, 2017 – 12:07 pmReplyCancel

  • Aleksandar - Oh my God ! Superb …July 29, 2017 – 12:29 amReplyCancel

  • Tocoi - Your work is truly amazing!!!!!August 14, 2017 – 8:06 pmReplyCancel

adventure photography workshop for weddings

ADVENTURE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
Adventure Wedding Photographer, Charleton Churchill

Adventure is life. Take it to every wedding.

December 6-7, 2016
HYATT REGENCY LAKE TAHOE RESORT
15-20 people maximum.

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino
(45 Minutes from the Reno Int’l Airport)
Hyatt Hotel Discounted to $105 + Taxes per night with Code.

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SCHEDULE

December 5    (Bonus + Optional)
Arrive/Check in after 4p.m. to Hyatt Tahoe
(Hotel discounted rate below)
RESERVE YOUR HOTEL ROOM HERE

Adventure Night Shoot with Charleton, slow shutter, star shooting.

December 6
Hyatt Hotel and Surrounding areas
9a.m. – 5p.m.
Lunch Provided
7p.m.-9p.m. evening

December 7
9a.m. – 5p.m.
Adventure Trip and Shoot
Lunch Provided
Free after 5p.m. and/or Dinner together somewhere

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Yosemite adventure wedding photos

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remote destination wedding photographer for explorers and adventures

 

 

EXPECT TO LEARN

Star Shooting & Slow Shutter
Adventure Sessions and Weddings
Planning your Adventure Shoot
Packing for your Adventure Shoot & Essentials
Lessons on Adventures in the wild
Safety & Rules
How to start Shooting Adventure sessions
Lighting w/ Speed-lights and Strobes
On finding Natural Light
Composing Your Shot & Lens Purpose
On Becoming a Visionary & Artist
on Achieving Natural and Organic Expressions
Directing your subjects
Posing for the Epic
On Standing out & Separating yourself
Discussion on Marketing and Branding
Pricing Yourself and your business
A Major Assignment given after booking
Later Evening discussions about anything regarding photography
and more…

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2 Full Days of Information (plus a Bonus night Shoot on Monday night)

Arrive Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 in the evening.
Depart Wednesday Dec. 7, 2016 – after 5p.m.

Cost:  $1450

Only allowing 15-20 people maximum.
Non-Refundable price to reserve your space now: $725
The remaining $725 is due November 21, 2016

Credit/Debit Card accepted
Direct Deposit Accepted via CASH app

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WHAT TO BRING:

– Pack for the cold weather, gloves, jackets, head warmers, boots, etc.
– We will probably have snow, but no guarantees. The roads are always plowed from Reno to Tahoe
– You may need to rent a AWD or 4WD to feel safe if you’re flying in.
– A small backpack with food, water, some clothes, and space for a few lenses and camera.
– Bring money to enjoy Tahoe. The Hotel has so many options, Spa, a nice heated pool and hot tub.
– Bring your photography gear, just minimal, wide and portrait lenses are good.
– You will have an assignment after booking, so you will have time to prepare on what to bring.
– Bring shorts for swimming in the hotel pool
– Your computer for editing your images (if you can)
– That’s it for now. I may think of things later.

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Charleton Churchill
Adventure Wedding Photographer worldwide
Seasoned Mountaineer who’s climbed many mountains, including north America’s highest Peak, Denali, Alaska 20,320 ft.
Mt. Everest Base Camp Wedding Photographer 2015  (As the Nepal Earthquake struck)
Mt. Everest Base Camp Wedding Photographer – 2017
Named in Top Wedding Photographers in the USA/Canada by SLR Lounge
Recipient of the Sony Impact Award
Named in Top World Wedding Photographers by PROFOTO Lighting
Published in and on the covers of Top Wedding and Photography Magazines and Blogs
Named in Top Junebug Weddings Destination Best of the Best Photographer
Instructor for BPSOP Photography School
Speaker/Teacher

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BOOK NOW

 

  • Ashley Teasley - This is AMAZING! Is certain equipment needed in terms of lighting? Flash and lighting is not my strong point.October 20, 2016 – 1:25 pmReplyCancel

  • Charleton Churchill - Ashley, yes, if you have any lighting, bring it. We are going to be working with speedlights for a little and big lights from Profoto. However, it is not required. I will have an assignment for everyone, so you will need whatever gear you can use to create.October 20, 2016 – 1:33 pmReplyCancel

  • Randy Jackson - I would love to be a part of this!October 20, 2016 – 2:11 pmReplyCancel

  • Charleton Churchill - You’re on the list Randy! Welcome.October 20, 2016 – 2:33 pmReplyCancel

  • Nichole Collins - This is so amazing! I cannot wait for this. Super excited to learn from the guy who took my senior photos so long ago!October 20, 2016 – 3:33 pmReplyCancel

  • Chrissy Perkins - I can’t swing it this round, but I’m already looking forward to your next one!October 21, 2016 – 6:55 pmReplyCancel

  • Tyler Vu - My Friend, Huy Pham, would like to sign up.
    Please let us know how.

    Thank you,
    Tyler Vu

    Please give me link to sign up…October 27, 2016 – 9:27 amReplyCancel

    • Charleton Churchill - excellent, good to hear. I’ll send you an email, get your deposits in, and put you both on the list.October 27, 2016 – 9:32 am

  • Huy Pham - Hi Charleton, my friend Tyler Vu and I would like to join this workshop. Please give me instruction on how to sign up.October 27, 2016 – 9:28 amReplyCancel

    • Charleton Churchill - got it, welcome to the club. I’ll send you an email, get your deposits in, and put you both on the list.October 27, 2016 – 9:32 am

  • Charleton Churchill - I’m taking deposits today.October 27, 2016 – 10:11 amReplyCancel

  • Charlie Walkrich - Unfortunately, I already committed to something on December 6-7 but I would love to be a part of it next time! Have fun!!!November 22, 2016 – 8:11 pmReplyCancel

  • Marcia Zeigler - Could I be put on a mailing list for future workshops?December 4, 2016 – 5:23 pmReplyCancel

  • Susan Beth Breuner - Any chance you are going to do a 2017 version? I would be interested in that, but need to know so I don’t commit my funds to another event.January 9, 2017 – 8:15 amReplyCancel

    • Charleton Churchill - absolutely, I will be planning some hopefully this 2017 year. Be watching on Facebook and Instagram.January 9, 2017 – 2:12 pm

  • Michelle Milan - Please put me on your mailing iist regarding upcoming events such as this, or any others that you do.March 1, 2017 – 12:27 pmReplyCancel

    • Charleton Churchill - absolutely, we’re looking to put on more photography workshops for adventurers!March 1, 2017 – 8:29 pm