Brides maids snow
Winter Weddings and Warmth
I'm gonna be perfectly honest. We have never done a actual winter wedding. Yes we've shot weddings in the winter, spring and fall ceremonies were it snowed, but never a snow on the ground, bride-in-a-jacket, horse-drawn-sleigh, winter wedding. You know what I'm talking about, the ceremony on the top of Vail or Beaver Creek, the snowy secluded ranch setting in the mountains of Colorado, or Wild Basin Inn (near Estes Park) buried in snow. We really want to shoot some for several reasons; First, we like working in the cold. We spent a large part of our newspaper careers shooting Christmas Tree lighting ceremonies, frigid football games ...
Pouring Rain at the USA Pro Challenge
As I packed up my photo gear, I looked up at the bike on top of my car and then to the clouds beyond. The rain held off just long enough for me to make some good rafting and kayak photos for a job I was doing at Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area near Salida. Now I had to make the one-hour trek north to Fairplay where the peloton of the USA Pro Challenge was bearing down on the town. If I timed it right, I would avoid the road closure at Highway 24 and make Fairplay in time to ride 11,542-foot Hoosier Pass ahead of the peloton. Hard rain pelted the car on the way there but as I entered Fairplay and pulled into the visitors center it turne ...
Cyclist couple engagement photo
Engagement Session in Fort Collins easy as… 3.1415
This E-session was a slice of pi! Nicole and Adam are scientists. They are organized and have everything for their 2015 wedding planned and saved for way ahead of time. I envy them and wish that I was that organized. It is no cake walk (wedding cakes are round) to plan a wedding.  You know that the couple you are working with are ahead of the game when you are shooting their engagement portraits almost a year-ahead of time (I hope their organization comes full circle and rubs off on me). We met in the Trial Gardens of Colorado State University and we circled the location taking a bunch or great photos (flower pots are round). There ...
composite photo of wedding couples and senior photos
Stark Bellamy Photography: This is Only a Test
As I enjoyed my morning coffee the other day I heard the tornado sirens go off. It was only a test, but that sound never fails to spike my adrenaline. As wedding season warms up I can't help but occasionally feel a similar rush. Granted, the onslaught of brides, grooms, best men, maids of honor and flower girls is seldom compared to a tornado, but when you're moving from wedding to wedding in the heart of the season it sure feels like one. As my coffee cooled, I flashed forward to the busiest months of our calendar when laughter, sniffles, hoots, hollers and pulsing DJs would become the soundtrack to my life. Then I imagined the weekdays b ...
couple kissing among the pines
Windy Estes Park Engagement Shoot
We met Lexy and Jonathan near Wild Basin Lodge just outside of Estes Park and I had a bad feeling we wouldn't be making photos. The wind was howling but the day was an otherwise perfect Colorado backdrop for photos. The couple really wanted mountain snow for their engagement photos since their wedding was going to be at Brookside Gardens in Berthoud. So we grabbed our gear, strapped on the snowshoes and headed for the trees.   We thought the wind would be a little better with the shelter of the trees. It helped but the thought of holding one of our large reflectors for the shoot made my arms hurt just thinking about it. The gia ...
Couple kisses with snowshoes
No Heels, Snow Shoes!
Some brides-to-be wear high heels, others wear boots and some stick to the comfort of the flip flop. Lexy on the other hand went for classic Colorado mountain footwear for her's and Jonathan's engagement session in Rocky Mountain National Park: Snowshoes!!! I don't think you'll see them on the runway in Paris or Milan, but Lexy and Jonathan's choice of footwear was the perfect choice for their engagement shoot at the Wild Basin trail head near Estes Park. What else would you choose for a late winter shoot in mountains. We had a great time with these two! It was beautifully warm day, a little windy (that explains the hats), but a gorgeou ...
couple's feet
Beautiful Light + Location = Beautiful Photography
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. The 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 ...
Happy Couple
Tips for Affordable Wedding Photography
With so many parts of the wedding budget screaming for attention it's hard to know where to put your money. We're of course biased so we think you shouldn't skimp on the photography. Here's a list of ways to ensure you get the best wedding photography possible without sacrificing what's important to you: 1.  Non-Primetime weddings - Most people get married on Saturdays in the summer. During these peak wedding times, vendors services are in high demand and getting a discount is nearly impossible. Just about any day other than Saturday and any month other than May, June, July and August is considered off peak. Most photographers, venues an ...
Happy Bride Dances at Reception
Photo Story: Happy Bride
So I was going through the archives and I found this little gem. Katie along with her bride's maids and guests dancing late into the night at Della Terra Mountain Chateau in Estes Park. You can just see the pure joy on her face. Katie and Shane had an amazing fairytale mountain wedding near their Longmont home. The whole wedding went of without a hitch and by the time the reception started, everyone was in full party mode. The dance floor was packed with sweaty bodies as the music thumped and pulsed. At one point the bartenders were even cutting loose in the middle of the dance floor in a masterful syncopation. You can see how much fun K ...
couple kissing at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts
Engagement Session at the DCPA
Other than the occasional show or concert, I hadn't spent much time at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts complex since I was in high school. I used to escape the suburbs with my brothers and skateboard downtown. I remember skating down the parking garage at the DCPA one Sunday back when downtown was pretty much deserted on the weekends. During my senior year I worked as a call screener for talk show host Mike Rosen when the studios of 850KOA were in the building next door. Back then I had aspirations of working in radio and I would spend my breaks hanging out under the arched roofs of the complex. How times have changed. Once again ...