couple kissing at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts
March 6, 2014

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 I found myself looking up at the arched roofs thinking back to my youth as I dialed in my exposure for Kathryn and David’s engagement session. As Eric mentioned in a previous post, the snow came down heavily on our way from Longmont to Denver so we knew the partially enclosed location was a good idea. Our original idea of shooting at Red Rocks sounded like it could be magical if the snow fell just right but it offered only a limited exit strategy if the wind picked up.

I’ve always loved the lines and architecture at the DCPA but until now had never shot there. I was surprised by that because it’s such a great spot to make photos with a cosmopolitan urban feel. We had a great time making photos and David and Kathryn were in their own little world as we moved from location to location. I could have stayed their all day but my frozen shutter finger said it was time to wrap.

So with mixed emotions we said our goodbyes and parted ways. But I walked away much happier for having rediscovered, not only a great shooting location, but a great place to come and watch a great show and admire the architecture.

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Chris Stark
Wedding Photojournalist at Stark Bellamy Photography
Chris Stark is an award-winning photojournalist and former news photographer who honed his craft at several Colorado newspapers. Documentary wedding photography translates perfectly into Chris' fly-on-the-wall style. Chris lives in Longmont, Colorado with his wife and daughter and spends his free time on the bike or hiking with his family.