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Naropa Movement Portraits | Boulder Theater Photographer

Naropa University’s School of the Arts hired me to photograph two of their theater performances. After the first show, “By Any Other Name,” we did some theater portraits of movement from a part of the performance. Boulder theater photography can be done during a dress rehearsal or during a theater photo call. This was a photo call, which meant that it was done just for the purpose of photos. There are pros and cons to each, but this gave us a lot of flexibility, so we were able to set aside time just for these portraits. It also allowed us to make small changes and tweaks to make the best photos possible.

These movements were physical interpretations of different words, like “healing,” “death,” “witch,” and “translation.” It was so interesting to see how their different cultural and language backgrounds changed the interpretations. Each performer had a designated color throughout the show. Jade Garisch in pink, Teresa Veramendi in yellow, and Chie Saito in blue.

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Want engaging movement portraits for you or your company? Find out more about Creative Sessions and email me at jamie@jamiekraus.com. I would love to help tell your story through movement and photography.

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Young Artist Farewell | Colorado Opera Photographer

Opera Colorado is in it’s off season right now but there is still lots going on to gear up for season 16-17. With three operas, an additional Young Artist, and a ton more events, this season is really exciting.

Just a few months ago, the season was ending and the Young Artists were singing in their farewell concert. They put on a beautiful and fun concert that the whole audience enjoyed!

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General Director Greg Carpenter

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Young Artist Danielle Lombardi

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Young Artists Charles Eaton and Emily Louise Robinson

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This little girl loves listening to opera in the car and this was her first concert. She was in awe when the first aria started and she loved meeting all the singers after the show.

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Young Artists Charles Eaton and Benjamin Werley

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Young Artists William Lee Bryan and Benjamin Werley

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Young Artist Danielle Lombardi

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Young Artist Emily Louise Robinson

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Opera Colorado Young Artists

Want engaging production photos to reach new audiences and sell more tickets? I would love to help tell your story through photos. Contact me here or message me at jamie@jamiekraus.com

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N’s 5th Birthday | Colorado Springs Family Photographer

This TMNT-obsessed, Pokemon loving kid turned 5 years old in June. On the Saturday after his actual birthday, he had an awesome Pokemon themed party with all his family and friends. I was able to come early and capture all the preparations, play time, and a few quiet moments before the party started. Noah’s mom and dad baked a cake and decorated the house, while he helped and played with his TMNT action figures.

When I showed Noah’s mom the photos, we started talking about what an important birthday this is. Five is the age where some of your first memories are made. It’s the age where you start to gain some independence and branch out on your own. Five is when your personality really starts to take shape. I am so glad I was able to capture such a pivotal time for this awesome, little family.

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Noah’s mom ordered a beautiful album with a linen cover from this session as well as some gift prints for family.

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Every day is a story. I would love to help you share yours and document all of life’s little moments. Find out more about Storytelling sessions and tell me about your adventure at jamie@jamiekraus.com

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Travel Alert: New Orleans Sept. 3-5 | Dance and Family Photographer

I’m going on a super fun trip! Over Labor Day weekend, I will be in New Orleans with my best friend and a bunch of other cool people. NOLA has been on my travel wish list since the HBO show Treme came out. I love the richness and uniqueness of the culture there. My aunt once said that New Orleans culture represents what all of America should be. A mix of cultures that keeps the uniqueness of each, while creating a magic all it’s own.

While I’m visiting, I’ll be taking a limited number of dance and storytelling sessions on September 3rd, 4th, and 5th. I am offering in-home family storytelling sessions for all types of families and on-location creative dance sessions for individual dancers and companies, anywhere within the city of New Orleans. It could be years before I am back, so book now to save your spot. Fill out the form below, to book your NOLA session!

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Find out more about Creative Sessions and Storytelling Sessions and get in touch to book yours! 

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Hamilton Musical Workshop | Colorado Dance Photography

Have you heard!? Hamilton is coming to Denver! I’ve been listening to the soundtrack on repeat and I think I have most of the songs memorized by now. I’ve also seen some killer dance photography from the Broadway production. I am so pumped!

This show is familiar to me though. Two years ago, at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Broadway choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler workshopped Hamilton‘s “Yorktown” with the Jazz and Musical Theater participants. They performed it that summer at Inside/Out and A Jazz Happening.

I remember my first reaction to hearing that there would be a hip hop Broadway musical about American history. I thought it was such a cool idea but I had no idea how popular this new hit would be. It was so interesting to see this piece come together. As the dance photography intern that summer, I was able to photograph each step throughout the workshop.

It was even cooler to see it performed in it’s final form at the Tony Awards. I recognized so many of the same elements and moves from two years before. It wasn’t until then that I realized what these students had been apart of. Something historical. Something revolutionary.

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Want engaging dance portraits for you or your company? Find out more about Creative Sessions and email me at jamie@jamiekraus.com. I would love to help tell your story through dance and photography.

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M & J’s Summer Solstice Wedding | Colorado Couples Photographer

Half a year ago, I met Missy at a women’s networking group in Denver. We sat next to each other and were partnered up for some ice breakers. It turned out she was getting married about a month later, and I was able to photograph her winter solstice wedding in Boulder! Then six months later, I got to capture the next part of their ceremony on the summer solstice.

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Vendors
Venue: Lyons Farmette
Meal: Katie Baum with I Cook, You Eat
Dessert: Chef Chris and Chef Alex from Spruce Farm & Fish at the Boulderado
Florist: Helen Skiba
Dress Alterations: Maggie Evans Designs
Bridal Make Up: Sarah Pierce
Bridal Hair: Abby at West End Salon

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It was so amazing to see this couple’s wedding ritual come full circle through a six month long journey. For their summer wedding, Missy and Jaice had a few of their closest friends and family members join them in Lyons, where they live. Since they first met over tea, they started their rituals with a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. Missy and Jaice intentionally spilled the tea when they were pouring it, symbolizing that in life, shit happens and you just have to deal with it and keep going. (I might be paraphrasing a bit!) Then they exchanged rings by the river and celebrated with their loved ones.

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Food is very central to Missy and Jaice’s lives together. They had an amazing family style meal, using all local ingredients (some picked right from the Lyons Farmette). Everyone shared food, stories, and laughs around the table as the solstice sun began to set behind the mountains. They ending the evening the way all good evenings should end. With music and dancing under the summer night sky.

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Every day is a story. I would love to help you share yours and document all of life’s big moments. Find out more about Storytelling sessions and tell me about your adventure at jamie@jamiekraus.com

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By Any Other Name | Colorado Theater Photographer

I just loved photographing this work at Naropa University. “By Any Other Name” by Jade Garisch, Teresa Veramendi, and Chie Saito combined theater, movement, and social commentary. That is pretty much a trifecta for me! Plus, I got to be really interactive while photographing the piece.

As a Colorado theater photographer, I usually stay in the audience and photograph a whole show from the front of the stage. Teresa, Chie & Jade encouraged me to use the full stage and not worry about getting in their faces. I was all over the place, shooting from every angle. It really helped me connect with the piece on another level.

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Want engaging production photos to reach new audiences and sell more tickets?  Send me a message at jamie@jamiekraus.com. I would love to help tell your story through photos.