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May 13, 2014

Windy Estes Park Engagement Shoot


We met Lexy and Jonathan near Wild Basin Lodge just outside of Estes Park and I had a bad feeling we wouldn’t be making photos. The wind was howling but the day was an otherwise perfect Colorado backdrop for photos. The couple really wanted mountain snow for their engagement photos since their wedding was going to be at Brookside Gardens in Berthoud. So we grabbed our gear, strapped on the snowshoes and headed for the trees.

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We thought the wind would be a little better with the shelter of the trees. It helped but the thought of holding one of our large reflectors for the shoot made my arms hurt just thinking about it. The giant reflective disk turns into a sail in anything over a mild breeze.

As with most shoots, things started off slowly. A few awkward photos were made as we dialed in the exposure (no you can’t see them). Lexy and Jonathan tromped off into the snow having fun as they got their snowshoe legs. Soon, things started working and we were making nice photos together.

In my experience, great photos happen when a subject’s self consciousness melts away. They become themselves for a short time in front of the camera. Models have this. They turn it on and off at will. Us mortals have to work harder at it. Fortunately, I’m on the right side of the camera and all I have to do is recognize when people get into this zone. Lexy and Jonathan were there almost right away. They were able to lose themselves in each other while Eric and I traded off making photos. We were glad we stuck it out because we came away with some pretty fun engagement photos.

This year’s snows are almost gone, but if you want to schedule an engagement shoot based on a the weather, feel free to ask us what would work best for your vision. Chances are we’ve shot something similar to what you want and if we haven’t we’ve probably thought about it.

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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.