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Posts tagged “photojournalism

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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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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Portraits of an Olympic Silver Medalist

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New, Important Magazine Cover

I’m eager to share the current cover of Headwaters Magazine with my photograph of Amanda and her daughter in their home in Security, Colorado. Their water supply was recently reported as contaminated and Amanda and family (as well as most everyone else in their community) had been drinking from that contaminated tap for years.  Now they rely on bottled water.  Read the entire magazine here.

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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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Yes, I am a licensed and insured commercial drone pilot :)

My friend Joe asked me to write up a quick blog post for him at his Mirrorless Photo Tips blog about what it takes to get a commercial drone pilot license.  Here is a link to that post:  http://mirrorlessphototips.com/how-i-became-a-licensed-commercial-drone-pilot/

And indeed, I am a licensed, insured commercial drone pilot available for hire (think video or aerial photography of a large construction project, industrial sites or even scenic real estate photography) here in the Denver area, throughout Colorado or anywhere, really.

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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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(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/