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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… 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

photography workshop in Yosemite for wedding and portrait photographers

For wedding & Portrait Photographers
Mt. Everest base camp Wedding Photographer, Charleton Churchill

Adventure is life. Take it to everywhere.

Oct. 24, 2017
12 people maximum
Cost: $1175


OCT. 24, 2017
7a.m. to 6p.m. (sunrise to sunset) Full Day
Meeting Place @ 7a.m. will be shared after all booked.
Light hiking involved
4000 ft. to 8000 ft. in elevation
Epic Locations
Be ready for Adventure
Be ready for beauty

adventure wedding photographer workshop in Yosemite national park

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Adventure Sessions and Adventure Weddings
Planning your Adventure photo shoot
Packing for your Adventure Shoot & Essentials
On wildlife
Safety & wilderness 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 shot
On standing out & separating yourself
Pricing yourself and your business



Cost: $1175

I have a valid Guide Permit with Yosemite National Park.
Non-Refundable price to reserve your space now: $600
The remaining $575 is due October 1, 2017

Credit/Debit Card accepted
Direct Deposit Accepted via CASH app

TRAVEL to YOSEMITE (Flights and Car)

Lodging in the Yosemite
Lodging in Yosemite Valley is preferred, but not necessary.
Majestic Yosemite Hotel is a beautiful lodge, but costs $$$
Yosemite Valley Lodge is good, less $$
Half-Dome Village has cheap $ tent Cabins for the rugged enthusiast.
Yosemite View Lodge & Rush Creek Lodge are outside Valley but are close.

Click here to see a list of Hotels/Lodging in the area.



– Pack for the fall weather outdoors (Temps average 40F to 70f)
– Bring light gloves, light jacket, head warmers, hiking boots, outdoor pants, wicker underwear, etc.
– Slight chance of rain, so plan for it. We’ll see weather as we get closer.
– Trekking poles are good for support.
– A small backpack with food, water, some clothes, and light camera gear.
– Bring $$ for lunch & Dinner.
– Bring minimal photo gear, wide and portrait lenses are good, 1 camera.
– a Speed-light is fine, but not necessary. I’ll have one & Profoto B2.
– I can provide more specifics on what to bring.

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Charleton Churchill
Adventure Wedding Photographer worldwide
Published in People magazine, the Today show, Live Kelly and Ryan show to name a few.
Seasoned Mountaineer who’s climbed many mountains, including north America’s highest Peak, Denali, Alaska 20,320 ft.
Mt. Everest Base Camp Wedding Photographer 2017
Named in Top 100 Wedding Photographers in the USA/Canada by SLR Lounge
Named in Top World Wedding Photographers by PROFOTO Lighting
Published in top wedding & photography magazines and Blogs
Speaker @ NIKON WPPI 2017, PROFOTO WPPI 2016, IMAGING USA 2018, MYSTIC 2016 & 2018,
TEDx Talk Speaker November 2017



If you have questions, please contact me at the CONTACT PAGE.




  • Jason Smelser - This workshop looks amazing! Would have totally gone but looks like it sold out pretty quick! Hope to catch the next one!August 25, 2017 – 5:01 pmReplyCancel

    • Charleton Churchill - no there’s still room, what made you think that?August 25, 2017 – 5:41 pm

  • Julias Roy - Love this Yosemite adventure photography workshop. This is the great expert lesson about photography. This post is informative, helpful, friendly, top guidelines and direction, and great gear list about Yosemite photography. I think to love and follow your instruction to all photographer and outdoor enthusiast. Thanks for your best efforts on this post.August 30, 2017 – 12:56 amReplyCancel

  • Fotobox mieten Wien - Nice wedding photography, very nice pictures.November 8, 2017 – 4:20 amReplyCancel