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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…


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

amy lynn hiking out

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

Alaska photography assistant Kevin with bride and groom

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

charleton and Kevin in the Ice Cave

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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Awesome Tahoe wedding at the Cedar House Sport Hotel! Awesome couple, Nate and Brianna. Awesome location for a wedding in Truckee. Awesome solar eclipse (and I did get it)! Awesome mountains (yes, I do have an earthy love for the mountains. If I could, I would live in the mountains and shoot all my weddings in the mountains). This wedding reminds me of the “style me pretty” weddings I see with all the trees, forest, and rustic look.  I met with Nate and Brianna in Belmont last year before a wedding I was shooting in Half Moon Bay. At our meeting, I asked Nate if I could take a picture with him because he looked like an actor off of Lord of the Rings, so I got one, just in case.

Here are some images from the Cedar House Wedding!

Wedding Venue: Cedar House Sport Hotel
Catering: Stella Cedar House Restaurant
Photographer: Charleton Churchill Photography
DJ: AA Music Events
Floral: Patty Baird
Make-up and Hair: keely Bresnahan & Diana Alouise
Wedding Coordinator: Patty Baird

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  • Susan Rotter - Awesome pictures. Charleton has captured Brianna at her best.
    Can’t wait to see all of them.June 11, 2012 – 7:52 amReplyCancel

  • Ann M. Eastman - These are some of the best wedding pictures I have seen. Charleton, did a great job of capturing the beauty of the day and the bride.June 11, 2012 – 10:09 amReplyCancel

  • Lisa Pimentle - I love the black & white pictures. The dress is beatiful.June 11, 2012 – 10:55 amReplyCancel

  • Amit Saxena - Brianna and Nate, you look the most beautiful people on planet. Good job selecting Charleton.

    Charleton, man you are amazing and really good at what you do. Your finish is amazing.June 11, 2012 – 11:03 amReplyCancel

  • Maggy Durrenberger - As someone who could not attend, these pictures are such a gift, not only the beautiful bride and handsome groom but so many wonderful details. Makes me feel like I’m there!June 11, 2012 – 11:37 amReplyCancel

  • Charleton Churchill - Thank you kindly for all the comments!June 11, 2012 – 11:40 amReplyCancel

  • Cyndy Churgin - Brianna and Nate….what a great wedding album! I love the pictures, the setting and ambiance are just so idyllic! Your photographer really caught it all perfectly.
    CyndyJune 11, 2012 – 1:19 pmReplyCancel

  • Jean Fredin - absolutely beautiful pictures. Sorry we had to miss it.June 11, 2012 – 5:43 pmReplyCancel

  • Kenny - Baller StatusJune 11, 2012 – 6:32 pmReplyCancel

  • Linda Hall - What beauriful pictures, they both look so happy,I love every photo, wish we could have been there….June 12, 2012 – 5:05 pmReplyCancel

  • Karen Hagert - Beautiful pictures, wish we could have been there to share your special day.
    Paul and KarenJune 13, 2012 – 9:44 amReplyCancel

  • Aunt Bronya - I am so thrilled to have shared this magnificent marriage of the beautiful Bri and Nate, married by brother Kenny.
    These photos capture the magic within and without.
    Thank you, Charleton!June 13, 2012 – 3:21 pmReplyCancel

  • Tasha Hagert - These photographs are beautiful, I am especially jealous that you were able to capture an image of the Solar Eclipse.June 13, 2012 – 5:51 pmReplyCancel

  • Becky Carlotti - Thanks so much for sharing this site with me, what beautiful photos. Bri, you were a beautiful bride and the location was so nice. The pics were so well done that I felt like I was there sharing this great day with you all. Best of Luck Nate and Bri.June 13, 2012 – 8:45 pmReplyCancel

  • Lori - Congratulations to a beautiful couple! The pictures are just wonderful. Everything looks perfect! Wishing you all the bestJune 14, 2012 – 9:33 amReplyCancel