Welcome back to another installment of Real Weddings Magazine’s Partner Profiles!
This week, we highlight Charleton Churchill of Charleton Churchill Photography! This artist goes beyond snapping photos and provides his couples with visually stunning works of art. If you’re looking for a wedding wow-factor, Charleton’s your guy!
Take it away, Charleton…
Charleton Churchill Photography
Tell us a little about your company? Photographer, specializing in modern weddings infusing both photojournalism, and an editorial fashion based approach, capturing couples at their best, the candids, and the wow-factor. I’m based out of northern California, but I travel for destination weddings as well. Oh yes, and I’m nice.
What sets you apart from your competition? Really the only competition I have is me, and I need to be better this week than I was last week. Photographers are friends.
Where do you find inspiration? Right now, from dead photographers, dead painters, old movies, new movies, an abundance of magazine subscriptions I can’t get through, art history college books and the music I listen to. I bought a Korg keyboard to experiment with sounds because music brings visual impressions and stories. Trying to put an impression into a photograph is a battle.
What trend do you see coming for weddings this year? The non-trendy trend, which is planning your own unique wedding.
Do you regularly blog? If so, what’s your blog site? Yes, I blog, not as much as I’d like. I tweet and Facebook more. charletonchurchill.com/myblog
Do you Facebook? Twitter? Pinterest? Yes!
Can you share a funny/embarrassing/touching story about one of your clients (you don’t have to include their name)? Yes, actually a little bit of openness here. Whenever I see a father escorting his daughter to the dance floor for the father-daughter dance, and they are relationally close, it touches a nerve within me. I have three daughters of my own, young and beautiful. Someday I will have to give them away. I visualize dancing with my own daughters just as the father is dancing with his daughter. It never gets old.
What’s your favorite comment/compliment that one of your clients has given you? A father of a bride whom I photographed recently was a guest at a wedding last week. This father came up to me, put his hand on my shoulder and told me he had a hard time spending money on photography even up until the wedding. After they received their wedding images, he said he was blown away. Others said they wanted to use me. He told me his daughter’s wedding photographs became his best wedding investment. It touched me.
What’s your favorite local restaurant? Right now, I’m hooked on the Taco Trucks.
What’s your favorite local charity? Interfaith Food Bank.
What is your favorite fun thing to do locally? Actually I have invested much in climbing mountains (I was planning on climbing Mt. Everest a few years back until I dislocated my rear on a fall. I’ve climbed Denali (Mt. McKinley) in Alaska, and other mountains, but right now I’m just enjoying my time with my family in the mountains. We love Tahoe.
Do you have secret vice or indulgence? What is it? No secret vices, but I do indulge in Starbucks.
Do you have any hidden talents? I play a mean guitar.
If you were to plan your own wedding, or re-do your wedding, what elements would be most important to you? I would create my own story that is unique to us as a couple, a themed wedding based on what we liked. I would flip the boat; go almost completely unconventional and do something that has never been done before. I prefer to be a pioneer and start something new. I have some killer ideas for a mock wedding, but those ideas are still being fleshed out.
What advice would you can give to brides and grooms getting married today? Obviously, invest in a good photographer. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for. Plan your wedding well and then the day of your wedding let go. The more you enjoy guests, family, and most importantly, each other, the better the images.
Anything else you’d like to share with Real Weddings Magazine’s brides? Let’s make our own unique Pinterest wedding photos.
Photos courtesy of and copyright Charleton Churchill Photography.
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