Creating visual permanence in a world of relentless motion.

Portrait

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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Portrait of an Author

Portraits of authors and artists are among my favorite to create. In these situations I often find myself asking and listening, thinking and adjusting my visual efforts to better capture the artist before me. Photographing Denver based author, Bart Schaneman, to coincide with the release of his short novel, The Silence is the Noise, was one of these wonderful collaborations. I had known and worked with Bart before, but not until our portrait session did we ever chat about art, inspiration or life on a farm. His book is wonderful, and here are a few portraits of the author from that evening.

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New gallery of portraits on my website!

It’s been a long time since I did a major website overhaul.  Always overdue, actually because a good portfolio is a constantly morphing, changing entity.  However – I did recently add a new gallery of portraiture that I’m proud of.  Mostly recent work for magazine and commercial clients.  Take a look, let me know what you think!

http://www.matthewstaver.com/#/portraits-1/

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Moody, Powerful Athlete Portraits

Troy Isley just won a bronze medal at the AIBA world championships in Hamburg. I was commissioned to photograph him before he left Colorado. He is a great human;  someone to watch and root for all the way (think Tokyo 2020).  Congratulations Troy!

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Portrait Photography in Colorado

I always love meeting new people and it was a joy to spend time with Angela and her family.  We made these portraits at her home on assignment for a healthcare publication.

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Angela at her home in Aurora, Colorado.


Portraits of an Olympic Silver Medalist

Portrait of Olympic MarathonerOlympic Marathoner TrainingOlympic athlete training in ArizonaCandid Portrait of Olympic RunnerMoody Portrait of Olympic RunnerI had a fantastic assignment recently to spend the day with Ethiopian marathoner  and Olympic silver medalist, Feyisa Lilesa.  He now lives in Arizona, not returning to his homeland after finishing second in Rio and displaying a protest gesture as he crossed the finish line, for fear of what might happen to him upon his return.


Colorado Mountain Portrait

I had the wonderful opportunity to meet and photograph actress Katie Barberi this fall here in Colorado.  She was willing to head to a location I had scouted earlier in the day and even traipse through the woods a bit to stand in what looked like an odd choice for a portrait.  However, I’m glad she trusted me and was willing, because that location and her cooperation made the best photographs of the afternoon.

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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


Portrait of Olympic figure skater, Jason Brown

After a full day of training and just days before he left Colorado for his Olympic debut in Sochi, U.S. figure skater Jason Brown agreed to go outside in below freezing temperatures and some serious snow to pose for a few portraits for me.  We made a several wonderful photographs, the best two are below, and through the entire day of training and freezing outside Jason was generous with his time and energy, friendly and helpful, and a true pleasure to meet and work with.

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A cute shark photograph

To ease into the weekend I thought I’d post 2 cute portraits I shot last week.  RMFSC_2013_Staver_0086

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