Chris Cavallari – Owner, Lead Guide
Chris Cavallari is an award-winning Director of Photography and Digital Content Producer, with 20 years of experience as a professional cameraman in television, still photography, corporate video, and documentary video. His writing on new media, video, and photography has been published in Student Filmmakers magazine. For years, Chris has been an early adopter and active participant in social media, guiding small and mid-sized businesses in leveraging visual media and digital publishing.
With an avid love of culture, travel, and the outdoors, Chris founded Part Time Vagabond, a travel blog dedicated to the idea that anyone with a burning wanderlust can travel while still keeping firmly planted roots.
Chris produced the award winning documentary The Lakota Elders Project: Journey of the Generations, a collaboration with Tunxis Community College and the Lakota Sioux tribe. Chris traveled to Eagle Butte, South Dakota on the Cheyenne River Reservation, where he captured the stories, language, and traditions of several of the tribe’s elders so that it may be preserved and passed on to future generations of Lakota.
Chris graduated from Marist College in 2001 with a B.A. in Communications – Radio/TV/Film, and has worked both in the corporate environment (ESPN, AT&T) and as a freelancer via his production company Filmosity Productions (projects have included Verizon, American Express, a variety of small and midsized businesses). Chris has also spoken publicly on the topics of social media and video production.
Charlie Widdis is a freelance photographer in southern Maine focusing mainly on the dramatic landscape that the rugged coast offers. Having lived in Nebraska until he was five, Charlie developed a taste for harsh weather and the dynamic conditions it produces. After buying a camera for a family vacation 7 years ago, his passion for the medium was ignited and he went about documenting everything he saw.
I grew up a visual person, and learned by watching and doing rather than reading and writing. The pictures in books were more interesting than the words on the page. A photo can say so much and I strive for that story in every photo I make.
My mother saved just about everything I made in school—stored in bins and boxes in the attic—from handprint Thanksgiving turkeys to annual family portraits. Those projects set the stage for my visual creativity, and I continued the tradition of displaying my art. Small photo prints replaced finger paintings and began filling empty counter space, and framed prints were given as gifts for the holidays.
Image making started early on with a Mickey Mouse film camera, which may still be in one of those boxes in my mother’s attic. Today I’m drawn to portraiture and travel photography, and I strive to make images everywhere I go with whatever camera I have. An avid outdoorsman and hiker, my camera has been my companion from Hawaii to the top of Maine’s Mount Katahdin, and many points in between.
A self-taught photographer, with an eye for details, I have garnered several photography awards. I own Will Wohler Photography, a Portrait and Fine Art studio based in Portland, Maine. I focus on individual and couple portraits, classical musicians, and artists. I love using photography to tell their stories. Photography has quickly become a pursuit that will never end.