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
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 ...
August 27, 2014
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 ...
August 25, 2014
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 ...
June 12, 2014
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 ...
May 13, 2014
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 ...
April 24, 2014
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 ...
March 26, 2014
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 ...
March 19, 2014