the photos don’t even show the faces of all
(or occasionally any) of the teens. Churchill
wants to convey the identity of these teens
by their interactions with one another. “Indi-
vidual shots are nice, but having a group ses-
sion where they all feel part of a community
makes the design even stronger,” Churchill
says. “The images feel more important.”
An adventurist at heart, Churchill was
inspired to learn more about photography
while preparing for his climb up Alaska’s
Mt. McKinley, where he knew he’d want
to capture the mountain’s pristine beauty.
Two years later, he started his studio and
was named Sacramento’s Best Photogra-
pher in the 2010 KCRA 3 A-List contest.