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March 26, 2014

Beautiful Light + Location = Beautiful Photography

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Eric and I didn’t know what we had in store for us when we brought Caitlin and Larson into our photo world. While meeting them at a coffee shop to discuss their upcoming wedding, they told us they wanted to shoot their engagement session at her parents’ cabin near Estes Park. That is, if the road leading to it wasn’t washed out by September’s Floods.

happy couple soft lightThe floods were hard on the area but we got a report a few weeks later that the roads were passable so we set the date. We headed west from Loveland on Highway 34 – our first trip up the canyon since road crews reopened it to the public. The flood scoured the river banks of all flora, leaving only freshly unearthed stones washed round from centuries of flow. We passed one destroyed house after another that just months earlier had been a home. Now they looked like doll houses opened up for all the world to see. We put these visions out of our minds for the happier task at hand as we parked at the Drake cutoff to meet Caitlin, Larson and Caitlin’s father.

We hopped into her father’s truck for the final journey to the cabin. We thought it would be a fairly quick trip but nearly 40 minutes later, we had arrived. The road took us over a frozen river, through the woods and through two locked gates to where the cabin was located. When we got out of the truck we knew immediately it was worth the drive.

The area was beautiful and the weather was perfect for mid-January day. We timed it so the light would get good just as we were getting warmed up – and the light didn’t disappoint. We traipsed all over the property working each spot to the lights perfect apogee and moved on to the next location. Eric and I traded turns shooting and finally as the sun settled in the West, we both made photos as Caitlin and Larson lost themselves in the last light of the day. Eric worked the strobes as I played with the natural light – each of us glad the other had our back. As it turned out we both came away with some great photos with different feels to them.

We were stoked with the engagement photos and we can’t wait for their June wedding at Brookside Gardens in Berthoud. If you haven’t had a chance to visit Brookside, take a look. Another beautiful location that promises beautiful photos. If you’re looking for beautiful photography, we know what it takes to achieve it. We can’t guarantee beautiful light but if you pick a great location we can guarantee we’ll give you the skill and experience that’s sure to result in beautiful photography.

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Chris Stark
Wedding Photojournalist at Stark Bellamy Photography
Chris Stark is an award-winning photojournalist and former news photographer who honed his craft at several Colorado newspapers. Documentary wedding photography translates perfectly into Chris' fly-on-the-wall style. Chris lives in Longmont, Colorado with his wife and daughter and spends his free time on the bike or hiking with his family.
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