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Posts tagged “portrait photographer

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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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 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))


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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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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