Duys and Campfield

Certified Public Accountants

I love doing professional business photographs.

Executive portraiture and business head-shots are both a challenge and a joy.  It’s fun as a photographer/director to elicit the real character of the of executives and entrepreneurs while simultaneously allowing them to look their best in a professional photograph.

When you Google “executive portrait photographers” you’ll see lots of young hip faces. But those are mostly actors dressed up to look like business executives. Lets face it, there aren’t many 25 year old model-like executives.

So the job of the photographer is to refine and educe in a very subtle way, the persona that the executive wants to project.  And part of that task is understanding the nature your client.  The same posing idea used for a young bride might work once for an established professional, but not every time.

A good photographer is continuously aware of lighting and background — the mechanics of professional photography must serve as the foundation to every image.  But to make interesting pictures, the photographer must foresee and prompt expression. Find a good location within a location. Remember to think about angles.  And then allow you client to interact with you. The key to good directing is freedom within parameters.

And of course, the final key to good executive photography is in the touch-up.  Executives are not 25 years old, so learning subtle retouching techniques is vital.


Pamela Duys and Tamara Campfield were a blast to photograph.  Warm, personable and patient, Tamara and Pamela showed the same grace and professionalism during our photo-shoot as they do in their business.  Their CPA firm provides outstanding service to their clients because of their dedication to three underlying principles: Professionalism, Responsiveness and Quality.



Professional photography of business executives is sometimes done while the photographer is on his belly in a parking lot.


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Super-Model to be Elise Tucker

Elise and I had a blast doing these model portfolio photographs in Denver.

We started out with fabulous make-up by Jennifer Nolt, then did tons of head shots and several wardrobe changes.  But the shots that everyone liked best were from the train-yard part of the photo-shoot.  The sun was soon setting so we moved quickly to a location we only hoped to find.

But we struck location gold just as the light was perfect.

The following week, I invited Elise to the studio were we did dance photography portfolio photography and more head-shots for her modeling portfolio.

Hope you like them.



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These two women physician portraits and the office exterior photography come from a business photo-shoot in Denver for the Colorado Arthritis Center.

Here’s a riddle from my grade school days.

A boy and his father were in some sort of accident and taken by ambulance to the ER where the doctor says “I can’t treat this boy, he’s my son”

Now the catch is that in those days, female doctors were rare.  So believe it or not, people would actually have to stretch their minds to answer the riddle.


Dr. Leslie Rose (left) and Dr. Anita Zachariah of the Colorado Arthritis Center in Englewood.

Office exterior photography of the Colorado Arthritis center.




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This site for is built for SEO (search engine optimization) and for showing my latest photography projects.  Having a blog is all about inviting the bots and spiders to crawl through your keywords, tags and metadata in order to rank higher on search engines like Yahoo, Google and Bing.  I’m happy to say I’ve had some luck with SEO, but I’m not naive enough to think anyone actually reads my blog.

So this post is just for fun.  It’s written solely as an indulgent Broncos fan.

Broncos-Seahawks Predictions

The twenty-forteen Super Bowl matching Seattle’s awesome defense against Denver’s record-breaking offense is the most anticipated and most hyped football game since Joe Montana retired.  Or is that just for the folks in Seattle and Denver?
No, it does seem this Super Bowl is getting more attention than normal.  And having the game played in New York or even NEW JERSEY only adds to the speculation.
The teams are like mirror opposites of each other.  They each lost road games to the Colts and to their biggest conference rivals.  Both were upset late in the season at home by division foes.
My cousin Phil Anderson, is a Seattlite and a HUGE Seahawks fan (actually he’s not that large but he does LOVE his home team).  After the Hawks won the NFC, I told him that I’d be rooting for his team if they were playing some other AFC team (especially the Patriots) in the super bowl.   And it’s true, I’ve loved the Seahawks since Brian Bosworth.
The Seahawks used to be in the AFC west along with the Chargers, Chiefs and Raiders.  The Denver-Seattle rivalry was also a fun family rivalry. Seattle cousins traveled to Denver to see the game live at the old Mile High stadium and the Denver clan went to Seattle’s Kingdome.  As I remember it, the Seahawks beat Elway’s Broncos regularly in Seattle.  The Hawks defensive star, Brian Bosworth, was adored in Seattle and admonished in Denver.  So when T-shirts with the slogan “Bozz Busters” were sold at one of the Denver games, fans snatched them up and proudly roared their distain for “the Bozz”.  A tag inside the t-shirts read something like “this shirt made by Brian Bosworth enterprises”.
The Bozz spirit lives on in Seattle.  It’s evident with the resurgent Seahawks who now find themselves poised to claim the top NFL prize.  Whereas Denver’s players have, through the years, been sometimes great on the field, their personalities are mostly quiet.  Seattle’s seems to attract more outspoken players.

Wesley Woodyard, Demaryius Thomas, Champ Bailey and Von Miller pose as waiters for Woodyard’s 16Ways foundation benefit.



16Ways Foundation


These pictures come from an event I photographed pro-bono two years ago.  The Broncos were at 1-4 and had just been blown out AT HOME by the Lions.  Their season was all but over.
The event, hosted by Wesley Woodyard, benefitted his 16ways foundation for at-risk youth.  For $250 a plate, admiring fans were waited on by some of their favorite Broncos.
The players aspirations for the season were pretty low that night, but this was the season when Tebow-mania soared in Denver.  Tim Tebow got the attention, but the Broncos defense got confident.  The Broncos won the AFC west and then, in the playoffs won the shortest overtime game in NFL history game against the Steelers.

Demaryius Thomas. Broncos players waited on worshiping fans who paid $250 a plate to be served by the broncos.

Wesley Woodyard serves dinner to Broncos fans. The benefit dinner was held to support at-risk youth.



The Seattle Seahawks are a wonderful team who will garner a lot of support from many corners.  But this post is written by a fan who remembers the 1960s when the Broncos were the only game in town — a fan whose stomach ached for weeks (or at least days) after Super Bowl  losses in 78, 85, 87 and 90.  And who watched taped versions of Bronco Super Bowl wins well into the spring of 98 and 99.  So of course, this post heavily skewed in favor of the home team.

Top reasons why the Broncos will win


The 13-3 Curse is Broken.
The first time I noticed that a 13-3 record is a bad omen was in 1996 when the lowly Jaguars came in and beat the heavily favored 13-3 Broncos at home.  Next to the super bowl losses, that game was the worst — even worse than last year’s loss to the Ravens, the loss to the Jaguars left Bronco fanatics in tears.  At first I blamed the loss on my favorite sports writer Woody Paige, who referred to the Jacksonville team as the “Jagwads”.  Then I started noticing that other 13-3 teams were similarly cursed.  The Broncos went 13-3 again in 2005 but were defeated in the playoffs at home by the Steelers.  And then there was last year’s 13-3 season… that Raven game when the Manning led Broncs were upended in double overtime.  The 13-3 curse isn’t just a Bronco phenomenon.  The falcons were 13-3 last year and made a quick exit.  In fact, the only time a 13-3 team won the super bowl is when in 2000, the 13-3 Rams beat the 13-3 Titans.  Manning’s Colts were also 13-3 that year.
History Repeats
It’s uncanny — the similarities between the 1997 Broncos and this year’s team.  Both teams went 13-3 the prior year and were upset at home.  Both teams avenged regular season losses in the playoffs.  In 1997 in was Pittsburgh and KC.  This year it was NE and SD.  The 1997 team had 38 year old John Elway the helm.  The 2013 Broncos are led  by 37 year old Peyton Manning.

Legion of Boom

The Seahawks defense is awesome.  Not since the orange crush has Denver possessed a defensive squad that accumulated the accolades as Seattle’s Legion of Boom.  No doubt that they’ll make it tough on Denver’s great offense.  The Legion of Boom WILL make big plays and possibly force at least one turnover.
But after checking into this years stats, one fact looms large for the Boom.  They haven’t faced many great offenses.  In fact only one of Seattle foes was a top-ten offense.  And Hawks played the 4th ranked Saints in Seattle where the 12th man gives the home team something like a 14 point advantage.  Nine of Seattle’s victories were over offenses who ranked in the bottom 1/3.  Based on total yardage gained, the Legion of Boom played against inferior offensive teams.  Seattle’s foes averaged just 22nd in total offense while Denver’s opponents averaged 16th in the league for total offense.
Now, to be fair, it should be told that Denver’s vaunted offense did not play many games against the top-ten defenses either.

Denver’s D

Unbelievable as it may seem, Denver and Seattle are exactly tied in rushing defense at 7th.  Both teams have allowed an average of 101.6 per game.  Marshawn Lynch is a beast of a running back.  He WILL be a difficult task for the Broncos front.  But Denver has done well against the running game all year.  And last year the Broncos were the #2 overall defense allowing only 91 yards per game running.  Denver’s defense it seems, would be more vulnerable to a more traditional passing attack than a run-on-first, run-on-second, throw-on-third type offense.  The difference here could be the nimble feet and escapability of Russell Wilson.  If the Broncos can’t control the Hawks QB, Seattle will score a lot of points.
But Denver’s defense has been incredibly stout in the playoffs.  Excluding the fourth quarter, they allowed only 3 points in the two games.

Peyton Manning

Need I write more here?  Like John Elway before him, Manning will end his career with two or three consecutive championships.
The weather could be problematic for the Seahawks — have they EVER played a cold game?  For Manning and the Broncos, the weather will only matter if it’s wet.
Sports writers are great at writing cliches and for repeating whatever someone before wrote.  They love to talk about Manning’s poor record in cold games but never mention that all those Colt losses were AWAY games.

Year of the Horse

Today, Friday January 31 is the Chinese new year.  ….. Year of the horse.

The mural was painted on 8 1/2 x 11 sheets of paper at the DMIS School Chinese New Year festival




Seattle’s Revenge

The NFL loves to play up prior season big games.  I remember old Howard Cosell and Frank Gifford talking about how the Steelers would get revenge against Dallas or how badly the Vikings wanted to beat the Raiders.

The 2013 season opened on a Thursday with the Broncos whipping the Ravens.  The home team always wins these games.  Next year the AFC west plays the NFC west so Seattle and Denver will face each other again soon.  If next fall’s matchup was scheduled to be played in Denver, it would seem almost certain that the Seahawks would win the super bowl and the Broncos would then exact their revenge next season.

BUT… the game next fall is in Seattle.


Champ Bailey super bowl MVP.

Ok, my prediction for the Super Bowl goes like this.
Seattle scores first and second.
The halftime score will be something like Seahawks 16, Broncos 14.
But the Broncos offense is just too powerful and they score loads in the second half.
The final score will be something like 26 to 38 in a Broncos victory.
The surprise MVP will be Champ Bailey who scores 2 pick sixes.
Alright…. if the Broncos win the MVP will be Manning, you’re right.
  • Philip M. Anderson - Very well written blog post. I would expect nothing less from Edward DeCroce.

    First of all, I have known the author of this post for many years. I actually thought I knew him rather well until this blog post highlighted how much he LOVES the Broncos. I always knew he liked them but not at this level. In fact, I went to a Denver/Seattle game with him in 1989 in Mile High Stadium (the game that Steve Largent broke Don Hutson’s 44 year old record with his 100th career TD catch). So, kudos for you, Edward!

    It’s hard to argue many of the points in the post. You did your research and due diligence in coming up with pertinent facts to support your prediction. Let’s be honest, this is about as close to a toss up game as it comes. Sure, one team could catch fire and ride a wave of great bounces for a lopsided Super Bowl 48 win but I don’t see that happening. If there WAS a team that would be intimidated by the size of this game it would be Seattle because there isn’t one player on the team that’s played in a Super Bowl, which is really quite remarkable. I would say that might be a concern for me, however, this team seems to be mature for their age.

    With the teams being SO close in terms of talent it would make sense for any OBJECTIVE fan to go with their own team, just as you did. But 45-26? Really? I don’t see that happening. I think it’s a higher scoring game than people have been predicting and I see Seattle winning, 30-28, as they kick a field goal in the closing minutes (not necessarily last second).

    As much as I will enjoy a close game, I would be ok with a lopsided Seattle victory. Not because it’s against Denver but because it is less likely to snap a defeat at the jaws of victory if it’s a lopsided game.

    Edward, thank you for writing this post. Because I admire you and your family so much I can’t get into trash talking too much about this game. Plus the older I get the more I understand this is just a game. The fact your players do the charity work like they do is wonderful. The Seahawks have guys that do the same thing. Those sort of things aren’t reported as much as a player opening his big mouth for 8 seconds right after making the play of the year, thus causing the spotlight to be aimed right at him for much of the two weeks leading up to this game. It’s funny, Sherman gets in trouble for TALKING and Lynch gets in trouble for NOT talking. Fickle media!

    To a great game on Sunday! May the best team win! I hope it’s the Seahawks but if has to be ANY other team in the league, I’d like it to be Denver. But you won’t find me admitting that anywhere…except maybe this comment section of THIS blog post.

    Phil Anderson
    Seahawks FanReplyCancel

    • Edward DeCroce - Excellent reply cousin Phil. And thank you for your edit of my writing. So if Brian Bosworth is the correct name of the Seattle player, who in the hell is Brian Boswell? Is that the guy on Happy Days?

      You’re probably right about the score being closer than I projected. But you forgot to mention your MVP should the hungry Hawks humiliate my team.ReplyCancel

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What I like most about this year’s crop of photographs is the variety.  This post started out as a top ten list of photographs of 2013.  But it soon evolved into a photo-collection that reflects an incredibly diverse and active year.


Old interests in photographic series, like dance, corporate library photo-shoots and model portfolios have resurfaced, while new photography opportunities have been presented.  This year’s photographs include more editorial work for big companies like Quest Diagnostics and OldCastle, pharmaceutical companies, energy companies and ski companies — not to mention a plethora of executive portraits for some of the top CEOs from a wide cross-section of businesses.  In short, my job is a blast.  I get jazzed with every gig, big or small.

The collection of top 2013 photographs demonstrates I feel as comfortable in the plush boardroom with CEOs, in a construction yard or with roughnecks.  The goal is always the same — to reach in and allow my clients to portray themselves as they are.

Twenty-Thirteen …(still sounds like a future date) ended with a personal sadness so deep, I could hardly force my mind to focus on the task at hand.  The passing of my sister Olivia gripped my whole family and she will be forever missed.  Olivia was one of the people I could ask to critique my work.  I miss that.  I miss you Olivia!  She’d be the first to see it — how much fun I’ve had in 2013 with new work and diversity of clients.




Technically, this was a 2012, photograph. But it wasn’t published until 2013.

Dancer Elise Tucker in studio for model portfolio photography.

After an exhausting day of executive portrait photography, I spotted this scene from the parking garage. I just had to get out the gear one more time.

Family portrait in home.

IntraWest executive in environmental business photography.

I love the unique style of this executive portrait. John Cleveland of SFC Energy was so interesting to photograph that I never noticed his shirt sleeves were unbuttoned.

May Snow In Denver. While on assignment for SFC Energy in Denver, I shot this image from the lobby window.


Sunrise industrial photography shot on location in Pennsylvania.

Roughneck Photography on energy (oil) platform.

After making billions for Corning Co, Mark Newhouse moved to Colorado looking for new business adventures.

This composite of three industrial yard photos was shot on location in western Colorado for the paving division of the Irish firm OldCastle.

Layered boudoir photography.

Wedding bride shoes shot at window of Four Seasons Hotel.

Model/dancer Elise Tucker in studio for portfolio photography.

Road worker near Telluride photograph (left). Speech and performance coach Lynda Spillane (right) has worked with such dignitaries as Queen Elizabeth and President Obama.

Environmental portrait for IntraWest executive Ian Arthur in office

Outdoor executive photography for entrepreneur Keller Hayes.

Roughneck on rig portrait.




Bride On Steps is one of my all-time favorite wedding day photographs.

Asphalt recycling plant near Grand Junction Colorado.

Supermodel to-be Elise Tucker for model portfolio photography in Denver.

Dawn fog in Pennsylvania

Wedding day close-up photograph Bride Hands And Ring .

Quest Diagnostics VP Everett Cunningham in corporate / editorial photograph.

Energy roughneck workers on derrick platform

Headshot portraits of IntraWest CEO Bill Jensen (left) and Jeff Grayson.

Boudoir style portrait.

Kat and Dom — October leaves

Business speaker photography of Quest Diagnostics CEO Stephen Rusckowski.

Wedding photo at the Denver Country Club. Love the pinky.

Botanic gardens wedding ceremony kiss.

International negotiator Joe Hernandez at Denver Capitol.

Professional executive photography — not conservative.

Landscape in western Pennsylvania

Louie has been driving front loaders, backhoes and the like for over 40 years. Photographed on the west slope of Colorado for OldCastle.

Executive portrait for SFC Energy.

Road pavers near Telluride Co. for Oldcastle

Girl in leaves.

Attorneys pose for group of two photo

One of my all time favorite executive head-shots.

Recycled paving material plant on west slope.

Model and freight train

Wedding at Boulder Barn

Girl and hand

Intrawest executive Travis won an Olympic silver medal.



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