Composite photo of 24 smaller photos of kids reading books
February 11, 2014

Kinder Books: SBP doing our part to help kids read


Kai Abelkis approached me to see if I would help his fledgling website get off the ground. His vision for a website that would offer age-appropriate children’s books has been ten years in the making. Now that his project nears the reality phase, I was more than happy to jump on board to help.

We chose Longmont Yarn Shoppe as  a location for the shoot, not only because it would offer a warm and cozy environment for shooting, but also because my wife, Jane Anderson, works there. I knew we could get in on a Sunday morning when the store would be closed and have the place to ourselves. I set up my lighting equipment as Kai piled books on a nearby table. He had invited a friend’s children to be a part of the shoot as well as children from Shepherd Valley Waldorf School where my daughter, Sequoia, and Kai’s children go to school. Once we had the lights in place and I dialed in the exposure, I was ready for a marathon session of photographing child after child reading book after book. The idea was to prominently feature the book as each child read, or in this case, pretended to read the book. I had a great time and the shoot was over before I knew it.

While we concentrate on wedding and portraiture, Stark Bellamy Photography will take on most kinds of photography. We’re trained photojournalists, remember, so we are well versed in most types of photography and can make beautiful images to suit your needs. So if you need photos of any kind, feel free to contact us. Odds are we will have experience shooting what you need shot.

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.