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Adventure Engagement Photography Session
Yosemite National Park
Charleton Churchill

Being an adventure wedding photographer takes me to many top wedding destinations around the world, but none of them compares to the calls I often receive for weddings, elopements, engagement sessions, and adventure sessions in Yosemite National Park. It’s because of the many trails, lookouts, back country locations, epic cliffs, rivers, waterfalls, wildlife, and so much more available for the backdrops of photos. Let’s put it this way, I never get bored. I have hiked half-dome’s 16 mile trail over forty times and have been around all of Yosemite, backpacking, camping and hiking, as well as photographing many couples. It never gets old. My Dad used to work in Yosemite National Park full-time and he galvanized in me a love for the outdoors and mountain life.

For this trip, I returned with my first engaged couple of 2018 for their adventure engagement session. Matt and Bailey were both excited to have their session at this specific National Park and with their dog, Dave. Not only do they love the outdoors, but Yosemite is special to them and their families because they go camping there every year. This adventure session symbolizes their perfect wedding story, which I am honored to photograph. We hit it off on the phone our mutual love for the mountains and Yosemite. When Bailey asked me how to prepare for an engagement photo session, I began discussing outfit options, color, and style, which is really important for me. They both came prepared and wore stylish outfits that complimented the scene and each other. On top of that, the weather was perfect giving us a beautiful sunset at the end of the day. I have quite a few couples coming to Yosemite this 2018 year for photos, and it’s good to start off the year with a bang. Congratulations Matt and Bailey.

 

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Yosemite Wedding at Glacier Point
by Charleton Churchill

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Nick and Ali married in Yosemite National Park at Glacier Point.  We met and arrived at 6a.m. for an intimate wedding with both parents, the makeup artist, the officiant, and myself. Nick was a little nervous, but was expectantly excited for his bride Ali to arrive being escorted by her father along the 7200 feet in elevation trail, over-looking the Yosemite valley, Half-dome, and bridal Veil falls. While hikers and tourists gathered to enjoy the epic views Yosemite provided, they were also entertained by this wedding ceremony taking place at the edge of the mountain.  It’s my passion to photographing these types of adventure weddings.

We were a little worried a few days before as the road to Glacier Point was closed due to the Yosemite fire. However, a day before their wedding, the road opened back up just in time.  Later we left Glacier Point and traveled through the fire and smoke that was lingering on our drive down. jumped out of our vehicles for a few photos in the middle of it, but then later smelled like smoke (bad idea). At last we ended up hiking to Vernal falls Mist trail for some photos for the last part of their wedding day.  Nick and Ali both hiked in their wedding attire up the rocky mist trail, and they did it with a smile. Congratulations and blessings to both of them and their adventurous future.

 

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  • sslluzanne - So much sensitivity in all these shots! Wanted to share in a private post that I am so moved when I take a look at your photo shoots. You capture the couples in such a way that I feel like I would know them if I ever met them. Love love this photo shoot. His red hair long beard her beautiful face dimples and lovely hair…..so enhanced by you and your magic! All this to say, so proud of you and I know this is only the beginning of your career…..that you glorify God in all of thisl is unique to anyone who is amassing so much acclaim…..and so well deserved…..Love you Charleton Always waiting for your next adventure. Also, want to shout out to your wife who supports you in all of your endeavors. She is also the bomb.October 26, 2017 – 7:09 pmReplyCancel

    • Charleton Churchill - Thank you Suzanne, most appreciated, kind words, yes, I always thank God for allowing me to do what I’m doing, and my wife definitely is supportive, thank you!October 27, 2017 – 1:02 pm

  • Mark Johnson - Love this photo shoot! Always impressed by the work you put into your shoots. Beginning at glacier point and then ending at what looks like Vernal Falls on the mist Trail. Those are two locations that aren’t all that close together. I see it looks like you used a flash on a couple photos(?), but most look like natural light. I’m impressed how you can balance the light in some situations that are high contrast. Are you exposing for the background and then bringing up the shadows in post? Appreciate the high quality results. Much admiration! Beautiful!October 27, 2017 – 12:21 pmReplyCancel

    • Charleton Churchill - Thank you Mark, yes, I’m using natural light mostly looking for where the light is reflecting, but I’m also using some external lights for a little fill light with my Profoto B2 light. I used a Nikon speedlight for the waterfall, didn’t want the B2 wet. And I do bring shadows up where it’s dark when I’m fighting both light/dark areas absolutely. Thanks Mark.October 27, 2017 – 1:01 pm

  • Roman Badeshko - Such beautiful photography) This wedding a huge inspiration for me. Thanks!November 2, 2017 – 11:20 pmReplyCancel

    • Charleton Churchill - Thank you Roman for the compliments, much appreciated!November 7, 2017 – 10:54 am

  • Deann Primicerio - Just happen to come along your photos as I was looking into wedding photographers. Wow….literally brought tears to my eyes looking at the Yosemite photos…amazing…thank you.January 12, 2018 – 10:34 amReplyCancel

  • Hoian Wedding Photographer - Wow! Amazing set in an amazing place. Good work!January 17, 2018 – 12:12 amReplyCancel

  • Paul Keppel - Such beautiful photographs, love those waterfall shots. I bet you were waiting ages so people weren’t in the pictures. 🙂March 15, 2018 – 5:55 pmReplyCancel

    • Charleton Churchill - Thank you kindly Paul, yes I do wait, but I also shoot in places where crowds don’t gather. Not sure which image you are referring to, but I try and skip the crowds as much as possible, but sometimes you can’t.March 22, 2018 – 10:09 pm