couple leaves through a lit doorway
January 29, 2014

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.couple kisses at altar in candle light

Shooting the ceremony went of without a hitch and it was fun if not stressful to shoot in such dramatic/dim light. As I followed Jo and Paul out of the ceremony I saw the door they were heading for had bright light pouring under it. I knew the moment they opened the door, light would pour into the room and drastically change the exposure and the mood. I had just a couple seconds to radically adjust my exposure for the photo that was going to happen.

I changed my exposure about 10 stops in a couple seconds, the door opened and suddenly I had a metaphor for a “bright future“.

OK, maybe I’m being a little corny, but I do feel that way. That the photos we capture at Stark Bellamy Photography tell a story of the wedding day and maybe a preview of your life to come. Give us a call if you would like to talk to us about photographing the second best day of your life (the first is when your children are born).

Eric Bellamy
Wedding Photojournalist at Stark Bellamy Photography
Eric Bellamy is an award-winning photojournalist whose work has appeared on the likes of ESPNHS, the New York Times, Denver Post and more. He now focuses on editorial-style wedding photography and portraiture. He lives with his wife and children, and enjoys climbing rock and ice as well as sampling good wine and food in Northern Colorado.