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Amazing Drone Photographs

I have been commissioned to fly a few drone sessions at large construction sites here in Colorado recently.  My client wanted mostly HD video, but also a few photographs, too.  Below are two of the photographs that jumped out at me – what an amazing perspective the drone can offer!

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New business portraits

I had a wonderful time meeting and photographing the team at Flitch Studios the other day here in the Denver area.  We made some environmental portraits and captured some documentary photography as they worked.  Their craftsmanship is amazing, and I’d LOVE to just sit in the chair they were working on at the time.

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New Photography @ The Denver Puppet Theater

I was finally able to photograph Annie at The Denver Puppet Theater the other day.  She is always amazingly busy, I found.  That makes sense because Annie is not only a wonderful puppeteer putting on a variety of fantastic shows. She also creates all of the puppets, is a kind human being and provides a wonderful service to all of the children who attend.  I believe that her method of helping people think creatively and open their mind is treasure to all those who attend.

A documentary, environmental portrait of artisian, craftsman and entrepreneur in her workspace (studio and theater and office)

 

A documentary, environmental portrait of artisian, craftsman and entrepreneur in her workspace (studio and theater and workshop))

A documentary, environmental portrait of artisian, craftsman and entrepreneur in her workspace (studio and theater and workshop))

A documentary, environmental portrait of artisian, craftsman and entrepreneur in her workspace (studio and theater and workshop))

A documentary, environmental portrait of artisian, craftsman and entrepreneur in her workspace (studio and theater and workshop))

A documentary, environmental portrait of artisian, craftsman and entrepreneur in her workspace (studio and theater and workshop))


Urban Gardening photo project

I’m eager to begin sharing my Urban Garden project with the world. I’m posting selected photographs to a new, dedicated Instagram account @matthewstaver in banner format. Here is the first photo posted, others will appear as I can post them.  For more information, or if you have a unique urban vegetable garden in the Denver area that might make a good fit for the project send me an email!  –   mattstaver(at)hotmail.com

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New construction photos added

I’m pleased to share this new gallery of construction related photography at my online portfolio:  http://www.matthewstaver.com/#/construction/

This is a gallery showcasing some of my recent photography work for construction, developer, hotel and contractor clients.  If you are a construction company with projects in Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs or even into Wyoming, North Dakota or beyond that you wish to document or highlight, take a look.  Yep, I own a pair of broken in steel-toe boots, hard hat and other PPE.  I understand construction timelines and don’t mind taking off those boots when the project if finished and we head inside to photograph the finished interiors.

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Portrait outside, midday?OK!

Below are portraits from a recent assignment in Boulder.  We needed to make the environmental portraits outside around 1 or 2pm in mid-June (harsh light and it was hot, so we had to move quickly)  A little scouting and subject/light placement kept him cool and made the light flattering.

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New environmental portrait in Boulder, CO

Here is a new environmental portrait I created while on assignment recently in Boulder, CO.

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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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Portraits of a wind turbine technician in rural Colorado

Below are 3 portraits of a wind turbine technician in rural Colorado.  I brought out the lights for this final environmental portrait of Chris.  Earlier in the day we climbed up a turbine (basically a looooong ladder straight up the base) and walked around on top of the Nacelle.  That was something I have wanted to do for a long time…   now I’d love to rope-up and rappel down a blade 🙂

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Great display in Fokus Magazine

Many thanks to the editors at Fokus, Sweden’s weekly news magazine, for this amazing display of my photographs created recently on assignment for them.  I spent 2 days documenting the business of cannabis here in Colorado.

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Inside a Marijuana Grow Facility

A few new photographs from inside a Cannabis (marijuana) grow facility in Colorado.

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(final) new photograph – In The Yards

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To see more from this project, a more comprehensive gallery is on my website: http://www.matthewstaver.com/in-the-yards/


In The Yards – new documentary photograph added

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To see more from this project, a more comprehensive gallery is on my website: http://www.matthewstaver.com/in-the-yards/


In The Yards – washing

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To see more from this project, a more comprehensive gallery is on my website: http://www.matthewstaver.com/in-the-yards/


New photograph In The Yards

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To see more from this project, a more comprehensive gallery is on my website: http://www.matthewstaver.com/in-the-yards/


In The Yards (new photography)

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To see more from this project, a more comprehensive gallery is on my website: http://www.matthewstaver.com/in-the-yards/


In The Yards

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To see more from this project, a more comprehensive gallery is on my website: http://www.matthewstaver.com/in-the-yards/


In The Yards (a new documentary photograph)

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To see more from this project, a more comprehensive gallery is on my website: http://www.matthewstaver.com/in-the-yards/


In The Yards

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To see more from this project, a more comprehensive gallery is on my website: http://www.matthewstaver.com/in-the-yards/


In The Yards (new) photograph #6

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To see more from this project, a more comprehensive gallery is on my website: http://www.matthewstaver.com/in-the-yards/


In The Yards photograph #5

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To see more from this project, a more comprehensive gallery is on my website: http://www.matthewstaver.com/in-the-yards/


In The Yards photograph #4

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The 110th National Western Stock Show (NWSS) held here in Denver, has concluded for the year. I spent most of the show in the historic yards again, adding to my documentary photography project, “In The Yards”, set there. Last year my focus was portraiture. This year I created reportage style documentary photographs. ©Matthew Staver All rights reserved. Do not copy, download, post or distribute. Photographer: Matthew Staver 303-916-6155 http://www.matthewstaver.com mattstaver@hotmail.com

To see more from this project, a more comprehensive gallery is on my website: http://www.matthewstaver.com/in-the-yards/


Dramatic sunrise over Lake Estes and an elk

Two photographs from a quick trip up to Estes Park, Colorado this weekend.  The sunrise was wonderful, and I found some elk eating and meandering through the outskirts of town.

Estes Park, CO – October 4, 2015 A view a portion of Lake Estes and a portion of Estes Park at sunrise before the Elk Bugling Contest that is part of the 17th annual Elk Fest in Estes Park, Colorado, U.S., on Sunday, October 4, 2015.    Photographer:  Matthew Staver

©2015 Matthew Staver    –    all rights reserved                                                                                                           Estes Park, CO – October 4, 2015
A view a portion of Lake Estes and a portion of Estes Park at sunrise before the Elk Bugling Contest that is part of the 17th annual Elk Fest in Estes Park, Colorado, U.S., on Sunday, October 4, 2015.
Photographer: Matthew Staver                                                                                                         

Estes Park, CO – October 4, 2015 Elk eat and wander in Estes Park before the Elk Bugling Contest that is part of the 17th annual Elk Fest in Estes Park, Colorado, U.S., on Sunday, October 4, 2015.    Photographer:  Matthew Staver

©2015 Matthew Staver all rights reserved                                                                                                                   Estes Park, CO – October 4, 2015
Elk eat and wander in Estes Park before the Elk Bugling Contest that is part of the 17th annual Elk Fest in Estes Park, Colorado, U.S., on Sunday, October 4, 2015.
Photographer: Matthew Staver


This made my week!

This made my week! Elaine found the April edition of Smithsonian Magazine with my photograph as the double truck opening spread for their America’s Best Small Towns feature while we were shopping at the Tattered Cover Book Store yesterday.  It’s an honor to have my work in Smithsonian Magazine, and a pleasure to have it illustrate a feature on America’s small towns. (I always enjoy spending time and photographing life in small towns)

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