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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

So, I was just playing around with Adobe Photoshop CS5 and CS4. I was endeavoring to recreate an infrared photography look (without using an infrared filter) with my Yosemite portfolio, since I shot so many photographs there, the day after Christmas (a few years ago). After tweaking some images, and experimenting, I came up with something completely different, some rad image (not the one below, and yes I did say rad), which I am not going to reveal until later. I don’t believe I have ever seen anyone like it, but I could be totally lame and ignoramous. However, I need a bride or bride/groom to make it look really good. And it has nothing to do with infrared. Now, if I can remember how I created the image, and do it again with different elements and subjects, well then, I hope to blow your socks off later.

I have photographed an engagement session here in the Spring/Summer seasons, but I would love to shoot a Winter Wedding here someday. If a couple is gutsy enough, I’m so down for it. If I’m shooting your wedding next year 2011 or even 2012, and you plan on having some engagement session in the next six months or so, think about having your engagement session in Yosemite when it snows! That would be brave and fun. I have 4WD. Most of you know I’m a mountaineer who has climbed mountains, like Denali in Alaska. I’m prepared to work in the snow. Last time in Yosemite, I changed a flat tire in the snow, on an uphill grade, so I think we can endure anything. Any takers?

Anyway, enjoy my half-breed version of an Infrared image from my photographer road trip to Destination Yosemite. Having an infrared filter would have made this image perfect, but I’m not complaining.

infrared wedding photograph possibility at Yosemite

  • Steffani Abercrombie - Wow! That really is beautiful. Can’t wait to see what else you’re working on!October 7, 2010 – 6:12 amReplyCancel

  • Charleton - Yes, I would love to go through all my Yosemite images and play with them…Thanks Steff.October 7, 2010 – 4:20 pmReplyCancel