Creating visual permanence in a world of relentless motion.

Black and White

Moody BW Portraiture of an Artist

Congratulations Nick Kreider, Opera Colorado’s 2019 Norblom Award winner. Receiving this award prompted Nick and I to collaborate on a portrait session.  We created a few more traditional, conservative head-shots and some beautiful color portraits from this setting, of course. But what I enjoy most are these black and white portraits we created both in the studio and outside.

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Modern Architecture during the Denver Bomb Cyclone Blizzard of 2019

Modern architecture is holding its own here here in Denver today during the Bomb Cyclone Blizzard of 2019!

Architectural Photographer; Modern Architecture Photography - Denver, Colorado.

©Matthew Staver All rights reserved. Do not copy, download, post or distribute. Photographer: Matthew Staver http://www.matthewstaver.com


Downtown Denver by Drone (@Dawn)

A gloomy overcast morning helped me create some magical aerial photographs of Downtown Denver. You can’t quite see the mountains (a little disorienting for anyone who has lived here for even a short time) and maybe that helps elevate the moody tone in these black and white cityscapes.

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To see more of my aerial photography, feel free to check out my Denver Drone Photographer website.


Architectural photographs from Arizona

Elaine and I made a really nice (but much too quick, and a little too hot) trip down to Arizona this summer.  We had a lot of fun checking out some of the architectural gems there – everything from Paolo Soleri’s Arcosanti to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West, Mission San Xavier del Bac and even Biosphere 2.   Here are a few photos I took during our little adventure.

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New Portraits of an Opera Singer

Congratulations to Bass baritone Andrew Hiers, recently awarded the annual Norblom Award by Opera Colorado. Because of his selection for the award we did a portrait session.  Andrew is a great human, and a pleasure to photograph. I hope you get the opportunity to hear him sing some day.

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Empowering Portrait in Colorado

I was hired to photograph Julinda for a health care publication at her home in the Front Range here in Colorado. I always enjoy meeting and photographing real people (a much more authentic and engaging experience and portrait than a model portraying some character) and Julinda was a pleasure to meet and work with.

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New Portraits of a Denver area Designer / Maker

Below are a few portraits of Laura, working in her studio in Denver.  She graciously allowed me in to photograph her at work and create a few environmental portraits of her in her element.

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Black and White Wedding Photography

Congratulations to Linsdey and Josh!  Their wedding was beautiful and I’m honored they selected me to photograph such an important day for them.  They were married this August in the Denver Botanic Gardens and the reception followed at The Magnolia Hotel here in Denver, Colorado.

As you may know, I am accepting 5 weddings a year to photograph.  My background is in photojournalism and I continue to work regularly as a documentary, editorial photographer. So, I approach each wedding as an authentic wedding photojournalist, all the while understanding and appreciating the importance of capturing beautiful portraits of the couple and their family.

Below are my 6 favorite black and white photographs from the day. Yep, I used a camera set to capture in black and white.  I also used traditional high-end digital cameras and even created a few portraits using medium format film.An example of a black and white wedding photograph by Denver, Colorado based wedding photojournalist, Matthew Staver.

A black and white portrait of a bride and groom captured before their wedding ceremony at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

A black and white documentary photograph of the emotion of the bride before her wedding.

A black and white candid photograph of the bride and groom moments after their ceremony.

A black and white portrait of the bride and groom after their wedding ceremony in Denver, Colorado.

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If you are interested in having me photograph your wedding here in Colorado or abroad, don’t hesitate to give me a call or email.  I’d love to chat and see if we’d make a good fit!


On Assignment for Washington Post Magazine

My first assignment for The Washington Post Magazine went well.  I photographed Senator Bennet and his family as he was in Colorado for the long holiday.  We did some reportage and one family portrait.  Here is the result:  (there are some reportage photographs in the magazine as well, I just don’t have a paper copy yet of my own to photograph and share)

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Black and White executive portraits in Denver

3 black and white portraits from an executive portrait shoot here in Denver recently.  We wanted the portraits to convey his personality, style and commanding presence while still being approachable.

©2015 Matthew Staver                   all rights reserved Denver, CO Ð September 15, 2015 Ari Pelto stands for a photograph near The Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver, Colorado, U.S., on Tuesday, September 15, 2015.    Photograph by:  Matthew Staver http://www.matthewstaver.com

©2015 Matthew Staver all rights reserved
Denver, CO  September 15, 2015
Ari Pelto stands for a photograph near The Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver, Colorado, U.S., on Tuesday, September 15, 2015.
Photograph by: Matthew Staver
http://www.matthewstaver.com

©2015 Matthew Staver                   all rights reserved Denver, CO Ð September 15, 2015 Ari Pelto stands for a photograph near The Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver, Colorado, U.S., on Tuesday, September 15, 2015.    Photograph by:  Matthew Staver http://www.matthewstaver.com

©2015 Matthew Staver all rights reserved
Denver, CO  September 15, 2015
Ari Pelto stands for a photograph near The Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver, Colorado, U.S., on Tuesday, September 15, 2015.
Photograph by: Matthew Staver
http://www.matthewstaver.com

©2015 Matthew Staver                   all rights reserved Denver, CO Ð September 15, 2015 Ari Pelto stands for a photograph near The Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver, Colorado, U.S., on Tuesday, September 15, 2015.    Photograph by:  Matthew Staver http://www.matthewstaver.com

©2015 Matthew Staver all rights reserved
Denver, CO  September 15, 2015
Ari Pelto stands for a photograph near The Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver, Colorado, U.S., on Tuesday, September 15, 2015.
Photograph by: Matthew Staver
http://www.matthewstaver.com