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Photo Story: A Bright Future
I love this photo from Jo and Paul's wedding in Denver a few years ago. It may be a bit egotistical but this photos is one of the moments when years of having to be quick on my feet (and my exposure) as a photojournalist payed off. It was a dark ceremony lit only by candles, I was at the limits of what was possible, for my camera at the time, to shoot at. High ISO and a slow shutter speed, a tough place to be if you don't have a steady hand and steadier mind. It was going to be a quick ceremony and I only had a few minutes to shoot as much as possible in the low light. Shooting the ceremony went of without a hitch and it was fun if no ...
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A Snowy Denver Engagement Session
OK this may come as a shock to the TV meteorologists but it snows in Colorado every Winter. So when snow fell on the morning of Kathryn and David's engagement shoot, we didn't even think of postponing. We just changed the location to an inside/outside venue. I knew the perfect spot! Originally we were heading to Red Rocks but we thought The Denver Center for the Performing Arts has great architecture with amazing lines and a roof that would provide partial cover from the snow. We met David and Kathryn around the corner at a coffee shop and headed out into the elements. These two are clearly in love and not afraid to show it. Chris ...
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Winter Family Photos
I hear it all the time: the winter is no good for family photos. The weather is bad, nothing's green and the holidays are stressful. I like to turn these three objections around and say winter is the perfect time of year for taking family photos. True, the weather can be a challenge in Colorado, but, come on, 300+ days of sunshine and storms that come one day and leave the next? It's a perfect scenario for making great photos, especially if you and your photographer are flexible enough to move when the weather is right. I know, nothing's green. Good. Then your photos might look different from everyone else's. Winter's color palate can b ...
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5 Factors to Consider When it Comes to Wedding Prices
How much does wedding photography cost? There is no denying it, wedding photography is not cheap. Well, it can be, but we all know what happens when Uncle Frank brings his nice new camera to the wedding... Here is a list to consider when you start pricing wedding photography, whether you look at packages or alacarte, these are some factors that you should keep in mind. 1. What is the photographer's base price? Just remember that if the price is too good to be true... it is! 2. Does the photographer offer packages? If so is he or she married to those prices? No two weddings are exactly the same, so we at Stark Bellamy offer packages ...
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Photochop
The video below is not our style! We use Adobe's Photoshop and Lightroom almost everyday, but we use them sparingly. In our former lives as photojournalists it was against our ethics to add remove or otherwise alter a photo aside from slight exposure, color correction and cropping. Had we altered a photo in anyway by cloning, adding content, heavy dodging and burning or anything else, not only would we have been fired, but we would have been ostracized by the journalism community. Never working at a paper or magazine again. We carry that ethos into our wedding photography. We don't use filters or plugins to create a stylized "look" to ...
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Bench made from Champion Cottonwood
Olberding’s Champion Cottonwood Bench
As a photojournalist and wedding photographer, I love photographing people. But, some of my most memorable shooting days have been in the studio shooting inanimate objects. Two weeks ago I had the honor of making photos of a beautiful piece called "Transition" created by Boulder County craftsman Chris Olberding. Chris was one of a handful of woodworkers asked to create pieces from Boulder County's Champion Cottonwood tree located just outside Longmont in the little hamlet of Hygiene. The tree, known for being the largest plains cottonwood in North America, was pronounced dead in 2012 by Boulder County officials after a nearly 50-year rei ...
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Photo Story: No Groom Left Behind
The more I photograph weddings, the more I realize how much of the industry is geared to appealing to the bride. Just take a look at bridal magazines or websites. Most of the time they are geared toward what she should wear or the latest trends for bouquets. Sure, you'll see ads for formal wear companies and some beer ads that may satisfy some grooms' interest in their own wedding. But in many of the weddings we shoot, the groom takes an active role in planning and making decisions about the big day. After all, there are two people getting married. Unfortunately, when it comes to photography, the groom is often left out or treated as jus ...
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Cowboy on the stairs
Photo Story: Blank Stairs
It happened organically like most good found photos do. I was walking back from shooting an assignment at a draft horse competition and saw the kids playing on the bright read stairs with a blue sky behind them. The assignment was fun, but like so many assignments in Greeley it involved horses and I was bored with shooting livestock. They had recently painted the stairs at Island Grove Arena and they were still bright red. It was early evening and I was running late due to a rain storm postponing the draft horse shoot. Then I saw a group of kids playing on the stairs. I knew there was a cool photo in there some where so I just walked up ...
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Photo Story: World War II Veteran Bob Forrest
I came across this photo while searching the archive. I had been working at the Loveland Reporter-Herald for a few months and hadn't had a chance to shoot a Veterans Day in Loveland. I was looking forward to it but parades can be daunting. With so much going on it's hard to focus. One thing I learned from working for the Golden Transcript, where the Town of Golden held a parade nearly every weekend in the summer, was to find something unique and work it like crazy. It wasn't particularly shocked to see a tank in the middle of the parade staging area but I had a feeling something might happen there. I overheard someone say that one of the ...
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Austin's Senior Portrait in Old Town Longmont
Senior Portraits in Downtown Longmont
Eric and I know Downtown Longmont pretty well. We both call it home. We were asked to find a spot for Austin's senior portraits and also some portraits with his sisters so we immediately thought about some of our favorite spots. Then we had a sudden realization that most of them were flooded out. I took it as an opportunity to scout Longmont with fresh eyes to find the perfect spot. As it turned out Austin and his family were looking for a fun, urban background rather than a natural scene. That was fine with us, since most of our scenic spots looked like a war zone. Downtown, however, was largely spared and we knew we would find some great ...
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