Caitlin and Larson Heartwarming Brookside Gardens Wedding
We knew we would have fun at Caitlin and Larson’s wedding after shooting their engagement photos earlier in the year, but we weren't quite prepared for the heartwarming day that they had planned.
The stage was set for their Brookside Gardens wedding in Berthoud, CO. The venue bursts with color and the new arbor is a beautiful backdrop for any wedding, but the couple made it as much a part of their wedding day as if they were at their own home. Caitlin’s dress had hearts sewn into it made from the flannel of her grandfather's shirt and Larson wore a belt that was part of his grandfather's baseball uniform. The belt had broken a year bef ...
September 28, 2015
Lexy and Jonathan Family Brookside Gardens Wedding
Weddings are more than the joining of two people. They are also the joining of two families. That couldn’t have been more apparent than what I witnessed at Lexy and Jonathan’s wedding at Brookside Gardens in Berthoud, CO.
The couple also brought their Faith to the forefront during the ceremony with communion, prayer and worship. And a beautifully symbolic gift of keys from the father of the Bride to the Groom added a wonderful warmth to the union. The couple looked stunning. Jonathan, looking dapper in his dress blues, courtesy of the US Navy, didn't hurt.
Of course Lexy and Jonathan shared a quiet moment after the ceremony in one o ...
September 20, 2015
Adam and Nicole Pi Fort Collins Wedding
Adam and Nicole are chemists and they are also "planners and savers" as they told us when we first met about their Fort Collins wedding photography. They booked Stark Bellamy two years before their Pi themed Fort Collins Wedding. Yup scientists had a wedding themed after a number, but not just any number, 3.1415...
No wonder they planned ahead, March 14th, 2015 - Pi Day - was also the scheduled date of their wedding. They didn't stop there, instead of cake there were pies that were round, and, of course, plates are round. If you think about it, there are a whole lot of circles at a wedding, some intentional and others coincidental. Could ...
September 11, 2015
A New Look for Our Wedding Photography Website
So, you may have noticed that things are looking a lot different here at Stark Bellamy Photography. Over the last year we have changed our wedding photography website, our logo, letter head and just about everything else. I even grew a beard!
Our new site is big, bright and responsive. It is more easily navigated on whatever mobile device you choose, as well as in a browser on your laptop or desktop. We hope you will like the new site as you look for your wedding photographer.
After going through many different options for our new logo, we landed on what you see before you. Thanks to Rianna Riegelman at Riegelman Design for the new look ...
August 25, 2015
Our Best Wedding Photos of the Year: 2014
We want to thank all the happy couples out there. It was great year for us at Stark Bellamy Photography and we couldn’t have done it without you! So we have put together a months worth of our favorite photos. We used to do this every year at our respective newspapers so we thought it would be a fun tradition to continue.
So without further ado, here are our favorite wedding, portrait and engagement photos, one photo a day for the next 30 days...
Day 31: David jokes around as he places the ring on Kathryn's hand the final photo for our Best Wedding Photos of 2014. We love making photos of moments like this. It really brings out the ...
January 1, 2015
Fort Collins Backyard Wedding
I've learned not to rely too much on preconceived ideas before going into anything I shoot. As a young photojournalist I would spend hours poring over coffee table books filled with images from the masters. I would try to mimic them the best I could. If I was shooting a dog show, for instance, Elliott Erwitt's famous images of dogs would bombard me and I would try to come away with a photo on par with his great work. I would shoot hundreds of photos from every angle imaginable but the take always fell short and each time I felt crushed. Was I setting the bar too high? Expecting too much from myself?
With the benefit of hindsight, I see tha ...
November 6, 2014
Lets Get Technical: Using Strobes on the Dance Floor
I see a lot of photographers posting on social media and around the web asking how to light a wedding reception dance floor. This is something that we at Stark Bellamy Photography do on a regular basis. We honed these skills lighting dingy high school gyms and run-and-gun portraits in our newspaper days.
First of all let me apologize to the couples out there looking for a wedding themed blog, I am a lighting geek and some times I like to write about this stuff and help out my fellow photographers. Though this may give you an idea of where we come from and how we shoot your wedding, particularly the reception.
Disclaimer: To all ...
October 30, 2014
Photojournalist for Life!
Well kind of. When Chris and I started this business we went into it knowing that we would shoot journalism/editorial style weddings. There was no changing that. When you shoot a certain way five days a week for 12-years, it becomes as natural as breathing.
We always planned to keep shooting journalism style weddings, but in the marketing department we were advised to generalize our approach. So we went with a "we are wedding photographers first and our style comes later" approach to attracting new clients. We have found that many brides are not looking for our unique style.
Editorial style wedding photography was all the rage sever ...
October 10, 2014
Adam + Nicole E-Session in Old Town Fort Collins
I had spent a lot of time around Old Town Fort Collins while working at the paper but it was my first engagement session there. Going into Nicole and Adam's e-session, I thought I would have to see differently than I used to as a photojournalist wandering the streets looking for photos. Instead, I realized I had the opportunity to make photos I never had the time to make as a photojournalist.
As a news photographer who was constrained to an ethical code for years, I wasn't allowed to interfere with the situation I was photographing. With the exception of when I was making portraits, I couldn't ask a subject to act a certain way or move the ...
September 25, 2014
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 ...
September 11, 2014