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Environmental Portrait session with Liz

I had the wonderful opportunity to meet in person and spend the afternoon with Liz in her studio in Boulder the other day.  It was a true pleasure watching her work, chatting with her and (of course) photographing her as she created.

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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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Inside a Marijuana Grow Facility

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

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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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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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Photo Essay: Entrepreneurship

I’ve introduced entrepreneur and restaurateur Ryan here: https://matthewstaver.wordpress.com/2013/01/17/a-portrait-of-entrepreneurship/

Below are a small selection of photographs capturing Ryan’s journey through creating and opening DiFranco’s in this quintessential tale of entrepreneurship. I believe they offer insight into this often overlooked process – revealing emotion and risk while weaving threads of the economy, the quest for a better quality of life and community betterment into the seemingly simple process of opening a small restaurant.

This was a self-assigned personal project that has yet to find a good home in print.

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A Portrait of Entrepreneurship

I am drawn to entrepreneurship.  Being present at the start or early stages of a new venture is exhilarating.  The air is so thick with excitement, possibility and mission that the atmosphere changes, thickens almost, and can permeate anyone who pushes into its sphere.

Ryan DiFranco conjured this sort of atmosphere as he created his new restaurant, DiFranco’s.  He was gracious and generous and allowed me to be a part of his process, inside the sphere of entrepreneurship.  While inside, I made a documentary style picture story that begins to capture and convey this spirit and process of entrepreneurship through the undertaking of opening a small restaurant.

As an introduction to Ryan and this unpublished picture story, here are two portraits of the entrepreneur himself.

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Full page photograph

I’m a little behind after spending 16 of the last 32 days in the oil boom area of North Dakota and Montana on various projects; so today is catch-up Friday.  I was really pleased at the display of this photograph of an AR-15 type rifle that I made in a rather small room in a gun shop here in Colorado.  I had very little time to set-up and execute this shoot, extremely limited space to arrange the lighting, etc., but I think it turned out well – and ran huge 🙂

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Fun shoot made the magazine cover

I am pleased to share the August 2012 cover of Golf Business magazine with my photograph on the cover.  Yep – this is a real portrait made during an actual fireworks display on July 3rd.  And moving that huge buffalo head on a golf cart to the location  for the photograph they used as a spread inside sure did get me some interesting looks.  Happy August!


Photographs of Colorado Craft Beer Breweries

 

A day of hanging out and photographing young, creative entrepreneurs brewing beer in Denver = fun + interesting pictures.  I intend to visit each of these breweries (and hopefully some of the others in the area) again, for sure.

All the fun and photography reminded me that there is something about buying a product/service usually procured from a large corporation directly from an individual producer that is quite satisfying to me.

 

 


Moody portraiture

Two of my favorite portraits from a recent assignment.  I love the mood and tone created by each.

 

 


A nice surprise! – It made the cover

The magazine hired me to create an environmental portrait of Larry Gold at their Boulder, Colorado headquarters.  I knew there was the potential for this story -and a photograph from the shoot- to appear on the cover.  Because of that, I created 3 different lighting + location setups to give the magazine a variety of options to work from.  So, with some advanced planning, (I was able to read a draft of the article beforehand which allowed me to better integrate elements of the story into the photographs) Larry’s cooperation and a little luck, we made the cover.

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The story behind the photograph

I am in the process of sending out a new promo piece.  This photograph is the dominant picture, and I want to share a bit of the story behind the picture.

Bob Cain, Forest Entomologist with the USFS, is standing in a section of forest about 40 miles west of Denver, Colorado, that was hit particularly hard by the mountain pine beetle. The mountain pine beetle, a species of bark beetle, Dendroctonus ponderosae, is native to the forests here in the western United States.

If you look down by his feet, a young tree is still green, unharmed and growing.  This picture shows destruction at first glance, but also reveals a glimpse into the future.