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January 5, 2016

Favorite Wedding Photos of 2015: Part 1


One of the most painful and best parts of being a photographer is forcing yourself to look back from time to time to get a sense of where you are as a photographer; to see how far you’ve come and to get better at what you do. Even though the New Year is really an arbitrary mark in time, we usually take advantage of this moment to reflect on the past season’s work and reset for another busy year. This year Eric and I decided to switch things up a bit in our year end wrap up. I’ve taken a look at his work and selected 10 of my favorite wedding photos of 2015 and he’ll do the same.

Starting off, Eric made a great photo of Nicole and Asher while in the back of a limo on the way to their ceremony. There’s so much going on in this photo. I love the way my eye travels from the couple’s great expressions to the reflections surrounding them and back to their faces. And Eric’s choice of Black and White gives the photo a classic feel.

First look for aunt of the bride

I love Aunt Pat’s reaction as she sees Brittany for the first time. Eric was in the right place for this one and he waited for the Decisive Moment and pressed the shutter. Sometimes that’s all it takes. In the industry we call it “F8 and be there.” That’s just another way of saying be in the right place with the right setting and you’re gonna get a good photo. It also helps to have Eric’s years of experience so you don’t blow the timing.


ring bearer drags sign down the aisle at ceremony

This photo makes me laugh. I love the way the ring bearer is confidently strutting down the aisle dragging the sign. I’m also glad Eric had the presence of mind to get this photo. I was photographing the groom and was unable to get this from the front – another great reason to have two experienced photographers. As an added bonus, Eric even captured the father of the Groom’s thumbs up!

groom kisses bride as he dips her

Eric captures a great moment of Casey and Brenden during a portrait setup at a wedding at Lionsgate Events Center. I’m always impressed with his ability to think on the fly when it comes to lighting a photo. Must have been all those years at art school that helps him create dramatically lit portraits like this (Second Shot with Kevin Cox Photography).

first look for father of the bride

Another great reaction captured by Eric. As a father, I can imagine this moment as a father sees his daughter in her wedding gown for the first time. Such a great image and Brittany will remember this time forever thanks to Eric’s fast thinking.

bride smiles during ceremony

I love the warm tones of this photo and the pensive look on Emily. The backlighting and highlighted dust motes give a dramatic feel to this portrait (Second shot with Steve Tinetti Photography).

couple dance for first time

This is a great moment of the couple’s first dance as their friends and family watch. Here Eric uses the light from two flashes to illuminate the scene giving a beautiful rim light that gives shape and form to nearly everyone in the image (Second Shot with Kevin Cox Photography).

couple bathed in golden light

More great light, this time at the Evergreen Lake House for Emily and Dave’s wedding. The sun setting and the loving look between the two really mark this as a moment they will never forget (Second shot with Steve Tinetti Photography).

hot bride

Eric ended up in the gutter making this image. I love the use of color and fast thinking when it comes to making something interesting happen in a parking lot. This image proves that nearly anywhere can be photogenic if you work the scene hard enough.

garter removed by teeth

A colorful take on an old tradition. Nicole and Asher wanted their wedding to be filled with fun but also wanted it to reflect their unique approach to life. Eric captured this beautifully in one image of Asher removing Nicole’s garter.


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.
jennifer 17:58 January 10, 2016 Reply
What a fun year in review, I love all the favorites, you wedding work speaks for itself, you are very talented.
Jenny Storment 13:07 January 10, 2016 Reply
Those are some great photos from 2015! Can't wait to see what 2016 brings you.
Dawn Hindman 23:06 January 9, 2016 Reply
What a neat recap of your 2015 wedding sessions! Each of the photos tell a different story about the weddings. Look forward to what you 2016 brings you!
Jennifer 21:56 January 9, 2016 Reply
Wow Eric, these images are truly stunning. I got so many laughs out of some of these moments captured, I will say truly priceless moments. You truly have a knack for weddings, I can't wait to see what 2016 has in store for you! Keep up the amazing wedding photography!
Samantha 21:56 January 9, 2016 Reply
Wow, truly there are no words to capture how killer this moments were from 2015. You can tell how relaxes and comfortable your couples are with you. I am just loving the action, excitement, and passion captured in each of these moments! Beautiful Colorado wedding photography!
Harshita 20:13 January 9, 2016 Reply
Stunning wedding the ones with backlighting and black & white conversions!!! Love your work :)
Christine D 19:33 January 9, 2016 Reply
Wow! These are all incredible wedding images and very edgy and artsy! I love the rich colors in them and the moments you captured. Longmont, CO residents have some local stars to photograph their weddings!
Dawn 18:49 January 9, 2016 Reply
What a wonderful year you had! Such beautiful couples and great images, Eric. I love the one with the ringbearer dragging the sign-priceless!
Patty 12:01 January 8, 2016 Reply
These are amazing!! I cannot stop looking at the first one. It is for sure my favorite of all 10.
Brenden 01:44 January 8, 2016 Reply
The lighting in your favorite wedding photos are so cool. Your photojournalist style is definitely unique and I'm looking forward to favorite wedding photos part 2!
    Chris Stark 09:24 January 8, 2016 Reply
    Thanks Brenden. Glad to hear the good feedback. Part two out really soon.
Connie 19:12 January 7, 2016 Reply
I really enjoyed your storytelling in this blog and how you picked each other's favorite wedding photos. And each and everyone one of these images are amazing! I would recommend you to anyone in Longmont Colorodo.
    Chris Stark 09:28 January 8, 2016 Reply
    Thanks Connie. We'll have to look you up of we make it to the Northwest.
Jenny 19:11 January 7, 2016 Reply
Great favorite is the first one in the limo, seeing the reflection...amazing!
    Chris Stark 09:29 January 8, 2016 Reply
    Thanks Jenny. That's my fav too. And why I put it at the top!
Corey 10:31 January 7, 2016 Reply
Fantastic photography - and what a great recap of 2015 weddings! I look forward to seeing what 2016 holds for you!
    Chris Stark 09:30 January 8, 2016 Reply
    Thanks Corey. We're pretty stoked for 2016 too!