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Yosemite Adventure Elopement

Wedding Couple Travis & Liz
Yosemite National Park, CA.
Adventure Wedding Photographer Charleton Churchill

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The Beginning

Adventurous couple, Travis and Liz, reached out to me wanting to elope with small number of family in Yosemite. They wanted something epic and unique. They were willing to camp out in a tent overnight. Both were willing to hike whatever miles to get dreamy photos. Further, Travis and Liz were willing to do whatever it took for the best adventure wedding photos. And because they were committed to try anything, they gained quite a few images that I’m proud to share here.

Just before sunset, they hiked to Taft Point with an intimate number of people for a short elopement ceremony. The booked me for two days, so after their ceremony, I was to meet up with them to hike, explore, and capture their love together as a wedding couple around Yosemite. And it seems like the longer I guide couples around adventurous destinations, the more crazy stories I collect along the way. Yes, I will explain later.

Adventuring in Yosemite

As we started our journey, I wanted to attempt something with my couple that nobody had done before in the park. First, it would take more time, and second, more logistics in planning the shot. It had been in my head for a while. It was a massive cliff face where I would have to get to the other side of the canyon for the image. So we did it. I have included the image below as a vertical if you want to view from a desktop.

Later, after discussing which waterfalls were actually flowing this time of year and getting input from locals, we decided on one. Our couple threw their backpacks on and hiked in their wedding attire like beasts. They are involved in quite a few athletic circles. When we arrived, the waterfall was slim, but I was planning on it and I brought the appropriate lenses to get more oomph out of the images. The images turned out better than I expected.

Accident at Taft Point

Later on that day, our plan was to head up to Taft point for sunset photos on Glacier Point road. We decided to forgo it until the following evening. I had some new ideas I wanted to try out on my couple that would require hiking back in the dark. The following morning, we got word that a couple fell to their death from Taft Point (which is where we were originally supposed to be when that happened). Had we followed through with our plans to take photos at Taft Point until after dark, we might have been a part of a rescue situation. That would be have been very emotional.

After experiencing the massive 7.8 earthquake on Mt. Everest back in 2015 which killed nearly 10,000 people and caused emotional trauma to my adventure wedding couple, I’m thinking it would have been not good for us to be there when it happened. It’s not something a wedding couple should experience for their wedding memories, unless there was an opportunity to save a life. It was sad enough just hearing about it in the park. With my couples, we are always promoting safety. At Taft Point, you can stand 10-15 feet away and still get that cliff photo without having to stand at the edge.

Exploring Photos at Yosemite

That being said about safety, you have to know your boundaries and the people around you on your journey. Travis and Liz are both adventurers and great people to be with on the trail. We had good conversation and I trust their judgement. We captured a few images that required more thought, safety, and communication, so we played it safe.

On the short way down the 4-mile panorama trail, off to the side of the canyon, before sunrise, I was hiking. I saw a guy with a wing-suit who was just about to base jump. I scared him as I came through the bushes. He thought I was someone else, as I learned it’s illegal to base jump in Yosemite. As he jumped, I got a few images.

The last part of the day, we headed up to both Sentinel Dome and Taft Point for some image during sunset, which was amazing! By the time the sun had dipped and it got dark, everyone had left except us. We were excited to experiment with a new idea for a photo (or maybe I was; I think by this time, we were a little tired and hungry). Plus the joy of hiking back in the dark and stars above us.

As I left in my Tacoma, I saw Travis and Liz pulled over on the side of the narrow road ahead. I stopped in the middle of the road, rolled down my window, and asked if everything was okay. They smiled and said they were just sitting and staring at the rise of the full moon together through the mountains. And that was coolest end to my time with them.

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Piper’s Angels

Lastly, Travis and Liz are amazing, not only because they are good people, but because they started a non-profit organization called Pipers Angels Foundation, with a mission to support and improve the lives of families in the cystic fibrosis community. They want to make a huge difference in the lives of those who are living with CF day to day. Why? Because you need to hear his story on Tedx. Their daughter’s name is Piper. Listen here in the first three minutes and you’ll be hooked.  If you would like more information on how you can get involved or would like to donate to the cause, you can go here:  www.pipersangels.org

 

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Below are the images where I photographed the wing-suit base jumper just as he was jumping as I explained above.

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Rangefinder Magazine featured photographer

I was featured in Rangefinder Magazine

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Rangefinder Magazine Feature

I’m excited to share that I’ve been featured in one of the top photography industry magazines, Rangefinder magazine. My work has been featured here before and I even wrote an article a few years back. However, this time they contacted me and ask me for my definition of success. When I received this question, I felt honored because there are many great photographers whom are successful. Am I viewed as highly successful in the photography industry? Am I viewed as someone who has achieved the dream? Regardless, I’m honored that I have been asked.  And for that I’m thankful.

When the magazine arrived in the mail, I was humbled to find out whom else they interviewed. Among the photographers in our competitive industry whom I respect were people like Chase Jarvis, Elizabeth Messina, Lindsay Adler, Robert Valenzuela, Kelly Brown, and others. Thank you Rangefinder, Libby Peterson, Jacqueline Tobin, and Brienne Walsh, for making me a part of your story.

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Mountain Elopement Photography Mt. Cook, New Zealand | Destination Wedding Photographer

Adventure Elopement Photography with Konrad and Cristine
in Queenstown, Mt. Cook, New Zealand
Adventure Wedding Photographer Charleton Churchill

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ADVENTURE ELOPEMENT

Mountain adventure couple Konrad and Cristina chose to elope in New Zealand. Hiking, adventure, and epic landscapes is how they wanted to define their wedding day memories and photography. Goal accomplished. Yet, while you enjoy the photography and wedding couple in their glory, there were also challenges. We spent a morning hiking up a steep mountain that was muddy and slippery from the rain. Cristina hiked covering her head and face with her Gore-Tex jacket while it rained, protecting her hair and make-up. As we climbed higher, the terrain became steeper, visibility lessened, the air more chilling, and it began to come down harder. The further we climbed, the more dangerous it became to turn around. On top of that, our epic view from the summit would have been non-existent.  So we turned around and called it a morning.

CHALLENGES

It almost felt like a waste of time. After all, we prepared and planned for this time of photos. The couple had event scouted the locations a few days prior. Expectations were assumed, but looking back, it made their story even more adventurous. They worked hard for their wedding photos. They earned themselves a true adventure wedding. So when they proudly hang their two large portraits on their wall (they purchased two epic wall canvas prints), they have more than just cute wedding photos to show off; they have an adventure story to share with everyone.

Not only that, there was bitter cold weather; Cristina’s veil kept twisting in the wind and we had to constantly unwind; our helicopter flight kept getting pushed back another day; and it almost seemed like nothing went as planned, but in the end, we captured many images not planned. The God-sent rainbow in the sky we chased was a perfect example. We didn’t plan for a rainbow, but we got some incredible photos with them.

Konrad and Cristina were both great and hungry for adventure. We woke up early and worked hard until sunset. In the end, we captured some gold nuggets I’m proud to share on this blog post. Congratulations to both Konrad and Cristina on their epic adventure elopement.

 

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Charleton Churchill is an Wedding and Adventure Elopement Photographer who inspired the adventure wedding movement with hiking couples wearing backpacks & rugged mountain boots in their wedding attire from Mt. Everest in 2015 & 2017.

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