Travis Percival

Travis W. Percival

I grew up in a somewhat rural area of Massachusetts, about an hour outside of Boston. Our house was surrounded by apple and peach orchards and was backed by a huge wooded area where our treehouse was located. I spent most of my childhood covered in mud, clutching my Star Wars action figures and running around those woods behind my house. I loved to draw (monsters mostly) and to build things out of scrap wood or cardboard boxes. I always stuck my belly out when I posed for pictures. Later on, I attended Boston College, where I studied Psychology and Fine Arts and then went on to work in Advertising and Graphic Design. Then one day, in 2004, after almost a decade of big city life, I decided I needed a change. That muddy little boy inside of me wanted to go run around in the woods again. So, I quit my job, packed up my truck and drove straight from Boston to Colorado. Two-thousand miles later, as those snow-capped Rocky Mountains rose on the horizon, I immediately felt more at home than any place I had ever been. I now live in Boulder with my wife (Grace Marie), little boy (Miles), baby girl (Clara) and crazy dog (Ollie). I work part-time as a photographer and designer. I spend my spare time running around in the woods and climbing on rocks.

Art and design have always been an integral part of my life. Whether a boy, drawing monsters with magic markers, or an adult, conceptualizing designs in Illustrator, I have always felt a drive to create. I have also always taken pictures. I remember being overjoyed as a kid when my parents would let me use their Olympus camera and the anticipation I felt when I opened up that envelope of 4×6 prints from the pharmacy. A few years ago, when I bought my first fancy, non-point-and-shoot digital camera, I was re-introduced to that world, this time on a whole new level. I completely dove in, reading every photography book I could get my hands on and teaching myself the technical ins and outs of my new camera. It took some time, but gradually the camera felt more natural, and the shots came more easily. It is now my favorite tool for creative expression and one I hope to turn to more and more as I find new ways to capture the world around me.

As you can see from the work posted on this site, my photography tends towards a candid, documentary style. I don’t work out of a studio and don’t do very much formal portrait work. I prefer to capture people when they are in their most natural state, whether that is in their kitchen cooking dinner or relaxing in the backyard playing with their newborn baby. It is during these honest moments, when people forget that there is a photographer in front of them, that I find I get the best pictures. There are often times when I wait for people to look away from the camera before I take the shot. I sometimes work informal portraits into my projects, but I rarely use any artificial light or studio equipment.

I process all of my photos in Adobe Camera Raw and Adobe Photoshop and apply a range of subtle finishes to my processed photos. I might choose a cleaner and brighter look for one project, while applying a much more rough and raw look to another. How those photos are processed depends on both what my clients ask for and what I feel best suits each image. If you are interested in a specific technique or look, please refer to one of my past projects when you get in touch. For a more in-depth discussion of what goes into processing, check out this blog post: My Workflow

Cameras

  • Canon 5D Mark III (Main Camera)
  • Canon 50D (Backup Camera)

Lenses

  • Canon 70-200mm F/2.8
  • Canon 24-105mm F/4.0
  • Canon 85mm F/1.8
  • Canon 50mm F/1.4
  • Canon 35mm F/1.4

I also work with both a Canon 600EX-RT and 430EXII Speedlite Flash for projects that require additional light.

On-Site Portrait Session: [Starting at $300]

  • 1 hour of on-site photography (one person/pet)
  • Digital transfer of fully-processed photos (high & low-res. JPEGs)
  • 6-month archival backup of digital files

Maternity Session: [Starting at $300]

  • 1 hour of on-site photography (expecting mother & partner)
  • Digital transfer of fully-processed photos (high & low-res. JPEGs)
  • 6-month archival backup of digital files

Engagement Session: [Starting at $300]

  • 1 hour of on-site photography (couple)
  • Digital transfer of fully-processed photos (high & low-res. JPEGs)
  • 6-month archival backup of digital files
  • Discounts for booked wedding couples

Family Photo Shoot: [Starting at $300]

  • 1-2 hours of on-site photography (including all family members)
  • DVD of fully-processed photos (high & low-res. JPEGs)
  • 6-month archival backup of digital files

Small Event/Documentary: [Starting at $800]

  • 2-3 hours of on-site photography
  • DVD of fully-processed photos (high & low-res. JPEGs)
  • 6-month archival backup of digital files

Wedding/Large Event: [Visit the Weddings Page]

  • 4-10 hours of on-site photography
  • Optional Photography Assistant/Second Photographer
  • DVD of fully-processed photos (high & low-res. JPEGs)
  • 6-month archival backup of digital files
Additional services available upon request. All prices are dependent on individual needs. Unlimited, non-exclusive use rights granted for all photography services. For alternate use rights, please contact me with your specific needs.