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Black and White Wedding Photography in Colorado

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Color is distracting! There I said it! When you look at our site you may notice something, there is probably more black and white wedding photography than color. Why is that? Well the answer is pretty simple…

Black and White Wedding Photography

Depending on the photo, there are a lot of things going on: People are dressed in bright colors, flowers are every where, green grass, trees, etc., you get the picture, right? In that same photo is a woman in white and a man generally in black or grey. The white pops out but has to compete with all the color (by definition white is the absence of color) and the black blends in. This is why we like black and white wedding photography!

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Now if you strip the color out of the photo the viewer is forced to look at the content of the photo and they are drawn to the faces and the emotions and the shapes in the photo, with out all the distraction from the colors.

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Colorado Wedding Photographers Bride prepares with mother in dramatic light Black and White Wedding Photography

There is a reason why many of the most memorable photos are black and white. Why are Ansel Adams photos burned into the country’s collective memory. How many of Adams’ color photos can you think of? He shot in color. What about Alfred Eisenstadt’s “The Kiss”? What do you remember from that photo? The white nurse’s uniform right? In those photos the content is what is important not the color. This is why we love black and white wedding photography.

We Do Love Color Wedding Photography

Maybe just a little less. As Colorado Wedding Photographers we love our sunsets here and yes those photos are best in color. Why? It’s because color is the star of the photo and it makes it more dramatic. Just like a sunset, fall engagement photos in the aspens need the color. But those white aspen trunks are always calling for black and white, too…

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See, color has its place!

At Stark Bellamy we deliver every wedding and engagement in both color and black and white. Ultimately it is up to the couple which photo they like best. Our hearts however are going to be with the black and white.


Eric Bellamy
Wedding Photojournalist at Stark Bellamy Photography
Eric Bellamy is an award-winning photojournalist whose work has appeared on the likes of ESPNHS, the New York Times, Denver Post and more. He now focuses on editorial-style wedding photography and portraiture. He lives with his wife and children, and enjoys climbing rock and ice as well as sampling good wine and food in Northern Colorado.