composite photo of wedding couples and senior photos
June 12, 2014

Stark Bellamy Photography: This is Only a Test


As I enjoyed my morning coffee the other day I heard the tornado sirens go off. It was only a test, but that sound never fails to spike my adrenaline. As wedding season warms up I can’t help but occasionally feel a similar rush.

Granted, the onslaught of brides, grooms, best men, maids of honor and flower girls is seldom compared to a tornado, but when you’re moving from wedding to wedding in the heart of the season it sure feels like one. As my coffee cooled, I flashed forward to the busiest months of our calendar when laughter, sniffles, hoots, hollers and pulsing DJs would become the soundtrack to my life. Then I imagined the weekdays between weddings when we would be editing, toning and delivering wedding photos for our clients. We can now add to that list: Photographing high school seniors.

Yes, it’s one of the odd quirks of the photography business that wedding and senior portrait season overlap. And, now that Eric and I are getting more and more demand for senior photos, we’re confronted with the challenge of making it all work with our schedule. We’re confident in the direction our work is taking us. We love meeting with our clients to find out what their vision is for their senior photos. Then we make it a reality. Much as the tornado warning test foreshadows a possible disastrous event, our filling schedule warns of a full summer.

For now, my thoughts are turned back to my coffee and the current moment. I reveled in the quiet that my backyard offered. I listened to the cooing of the mourning doves and chattering of squirrels. This isn’t a bad soundtrack either.

If you want to get in on the fun and contribute to our crazy summer schedule, give us a shout.

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.