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Back in Print – Gay Weddings and Marriage Magazine
  We were pretty jaded back in the day. Chris and my photos have been published in national and international magazines and newspapers in addition to the local papers we worked for but this... this is different! Gay Weddings and Marriage   Gay Weddings and Marriage Magazine saw Asher and Nicole's wedding on Two Bright Lights and asked if we'd like to have it published in their glossy and beautiful magazine. Of course we would! It was hard waiting to see the finished product but it was worth it! What a great spread. We even got a double truck (one photo across two pages) and it's in black and white. Who publishes b& ...
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Estes Park Engagement Session
Many weddings happen in Estes Park and we’ve shot a few. But, Brittany and Nick liked the idea of engagement photos done in the small town at the base of Rocky Mountain National Park. After making photos in town we talked about heading toward the National Park or perhaps to the Chapel on the Rock at the St. Malo Retreat Center. We loved the idea. We met behind the shops along Big Thompson Avenue and made our way along the walking plaza that follows the river, stopping whenever a background caught our eye or the light was just right. Once we exhausted all the spots along the river, we decided to chase the light to the Chapel on the R ...
Sara and Eric among the rocks at beautiful Arrowhead Golf Course
Heartfelt Wedding at Beautiful Arrowhead Golf Course
It was a whirlwind weekend making photos with Kent Meireis, another wedding photojournalist. We pulled a double header, shooting a Saturday wedding for Sara and Eric at beautiful Arrowhead Golf Course, then it was onto Edwards for a Sunday Mountain Wedding with Mimi and Lauren. It was a bit of a blur but it was fun to see how two couples put together weddings so differently. Here's a link to Lauren and Mimi's Edwards wedding if you would like to see the contrast. The weather was great. A hot day gave way to a warm evening. Her non-traditional flowered dress set the tone for this wedding. But Jewish tradition was in full effect as the c ...
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Lauren and Mimi’s Beautiful Same-Sex Mountain Wedding
This is day two of my whirlwind weekend with fellow wedding photojournalist Kent Meiries (take a look at day one here). But this time we got to photograph a beautiful same-sex mountain wedding in Edwards. Lauren and Mimi are such a fun couple and their Jewish faith was front and center during this warm, late summer Mountain Wedding. What a beautiful day we had to celebrate their day. The crisp mountain air gave way to a warm afternoon that provided the perfect atmosphere for their union. From the signing of the Ketuba, the traditional marriage document, to the ceremony under the chuppah, the ceremony was steeped in faith and tradition. ...
Hip Urban Wedding – the Studios at Overland Crossing Denver
I had the good fortune of working with fellow photographer Hardy Klahold for Carly and Drew's beautiful urban Denver wedding at the Studios at Overland Crossing. We have a big network of friends that do what we do and, occasionally, Eric and I like to shoot with other photographers. It always feels strange shooting with someone other than Eric (at one point I texted him that I felt like I was cheating on him). We've shot together for so long, I kind of take what he contributes for granted. We have a way of communicating without words that can't be duplicated if you don't know the other photographer. That being said, working with Hardy ...
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Favorite Wedding Photos of 2015: Part 2
In my newspaper days I never liked doing "best of's". I always preferred to look forward not back at the year. Since Chris and I started our wedding photography business my feelings on it have changed. It is great to look back and see how far we've come over the year and even from the very beginning. These photos also bring a lot of joy. I love seeing happy people and it brings a bit of warmth to think back on couples reactions to our photos. Now it is my turn to pick my favorite wedding photos of 2015, the Chris Stark edition... Ok, so this is not a typical wedding photo (above), but it is probably my favorite photo that Chris shot all ye ...
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Favorite Wedding Photos of 2015: Part 1
One of the most painful and best parts of being a photographer is forcing yourself to look back from time to time to get a sense of where you are as a photographer; to see how far you've come and to get better at what you do. Even though the New Year is really an arbitrary mark in time, we usually take advantage of this moment to reflect on the past season's work and reset for another busy year. This year Eric and I decided to switch things up a bit in our year end wrap up. I've taken a look at his work and selected 10 of my favorite wedding photos of 2015 and he'll do the same. Starting off, Eric made a great photo of Nicole and Asher w ...
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My Engagement… From My Wife’s Perspective
So I'm blushing already! My wife Khalana had a great idea. She wanted to share her engagement experience with everybody out there. She accuses Chris and I of always being guys and what can we say she's right. But her point is that Stark Bellamy needs a feminine touch occasionally and what can I say, she's right (see how said "she's right" twice already? I learned to say that after 10 years of marriage)! So without further maleness... Here's her memory of when I proposed to her: StarkBellamy wife here... You may not be able to tell by Eric Bellamy's cool exterior, but he's actually a bit of a romantic. Our 10 year anniversary is coming up in ...
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One Wedding, Two Photographers-Here’s Why
Ever wonder why there are two photographers at a wedding? Why do even one photographer businesses hire a "2nd shooter" for most weddings? Its because there is way too much happening at one time for one photographer to get it all. But there are other more important reasons... You simply can't be in two places at once! How can one photographer get the bride and groom getting ready at the same time in separate locations? He/she can't so either the groom gets neglected or there needs to be another photographer. And, that's just before the wedding, what about the ceremony and reception? During the ceremony there are multiple things going on ...
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Rain or Shine- How to Prepare for a Rainy Wedding Day
Planning a summer wedding in Colorado? If you are, take a look at Brittany and Nick's rainy wedding, these two are proof that you can plan everything perfectly, have mother nature throw you a curve ball and still hit it out of the park with your wedding! You just have to accept that Colorado weather truly can change in 5 minutes and be ready for it. Summer weddings in Colorado are always a bit of a gamble. The weather here is quite gorgeous most of the time, unless of course you plan to have your wedding ceremony between 2:00 and 7:00PM and any day between May and August. If you are from the mile high state then you know that there is a be ...