Creating visual permanence in a world of relentless motion.

Portrait

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

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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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Portrait Photography of a chief justice, in the middle of the street

South Dakota’s Chief Justice, poses for a portrait with a sign he had made in the middle of a road near Pierre.  My picture editor was open to the idea, the Chief Justice was willing, and the result was a photograph that tells the story of a lack of lawyers in rural areas of the state in a visually interesting way.

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New Portrait Commission: DAM Director

A wonderful recent commission to photograph the Denver Art Museum (DAM) Director, Christoph Heinrich, allowed for creative composition, less conservative lighting and the opportunity to craft some visually interesting portraits of an executive in one of my favorite buildings in Denver.  The biggest challenge during this shoot ended up a tie between the snow that began falling the moment we went outside for that portion of the shoot and the difficulty distilling such a complex and striking building into one or two portrait locations.

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Black and White Portraits of Artists

I couldn’t hope for better subjects to capture in moody black and white portraits than talented artists. Below are portraits of 3 of Opera Colorado’s Young Artists.