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Best of 2016 | Denver Photographer

Wow, 2016. I’m not going to lie and say that 2016 was great. It was a very difficult year, for the world as well as for my personal life. But, of course, there were good parts and some really good parts. And now, it’s over! So let’s celebrate with some photos!

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This is my 2016 photo review. My favorite images from my favorite sessions throughout the year. My business, my work, my clients were consistently positive throughout the year. And for that, I am so grateful. When I was at my lowest, crying alone in an airport, I got an inquiry for a really fun photo shoot that I knew would fuel my soul. It didn’t lessen all the pain, but it did give me something positive to look forward to and something to be grateful for.

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In 2016, I started working more closely with Opera Colorado, taking portraits of the Young Artists, and working with Inside OC. I got to photograph one of my dream dance companies, Streb. I started offering headshot sessions and was able to work with some incredible people one-on-one. I was hired by Naropa University’s Theater Program and photographed three shows for them. I worked with a lot of dancers around the country, making creative portraits together. Perhaps most exciting, I started a new dance project, which will be announced later in 2017!

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Interested in working with me? Send me an email at jamie@jamiekraus.com.

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New Years Resolution | Denver Headshots

It’s a new year and a great time to start thinking about some big goals and changes in your life. My main goal this year is to engage more. I want to give more of myself to my friends, family, and client and I want to be more involved in politics, my community, and activism. This all involves showing more of myself, more of my thoughts, words, and actions. And also, more of my face, in person and in photos. When people feel they know you through your image, the world opens up.

If any of your goals or resolutions involve showing more of yourself to the world, it’s probably time to get new headshots. Fresh, current headshots that truly show who you are, can make a huge difference for that next audition, that new job you want, or to attract clients to your brand. A photo is the first way someone is going to “meet” you, and often the most lasting impression from a resume or website.

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Portraits can also be a celebration! We should all have the goal to love ourselves more and embrace our unique beauty. A portrait session can be the perfect treat for yourself or a loved one to show how beautiful you really are.

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My main goal when making portraits is to make my client feel comfortable, relaxed, and like themselves. Standing in front of a camera for an hour can be so stressful. It’s my job to make it feel like a fun afternoon stroll, full of laughter and genuine smiles.

When you get to your session, we pick out outfits together and I walk you through the basics of posing, so you never have to ask “what do I do with my hands!?” Each hour-long session includes 2-3 outfit changes and 3 final, retouched photos of your choosing. The best part is that you get all the photos you see in your proof gallery and you can choose to have extra photos fully retouched after the session. Sessions are $250 and extra edited images are $50 each. If you do a session with a friend, you each get $25 off!

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If you don’t want to risk the cold and snow, you can still book your session today. I have more availability in the Spring so book now, before it fills up.

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Looking for a relaxed, fun headshot experience? Contact me at jamie@jamiekraus.com.

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Christmas with Mike | Denver Family Photographer

I hope everyone who celebrates, had a very Merry Christmas and first few nights of Chanukah. I didn’t take too many pictures this year because I wanted to remain present, but here are a few that I did take. 

We celebrate early, in Colorado, by decorating our Christmas tree/Chanukah bush, opening presents and watching the fireplace channel on Netflix with some hot cocoa. 

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We always go back to Mike’s hometown to celebrate with family. We get up early on Christmas morning to open presents in our pajamas. Then we have breakfast and get ready. We spend the afternoon with Mike’s dad and grandparents and then we go to his other grandparents’ house to have a big, family dinner. Mike got a thermal camera for his phone. Just like a little kid, he played with his new toy all day. 

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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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SPILL | Colorado Theater Photographer

Naropa Unversity’s SPILL is a play about the 2010 BP oil spill and the Deepwater Horizon explosion that caused it. The play shows the tragedy from the perspectives of the oil rig workers, their families, scientists, lawyers, and residents in the gulf region. This piece told a emotional and honest story that delved far deeper than what was heard on the news at the time.

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SPILL is inspired by true events. I spent three years interviewing people affected by the DEEPWATER HORIZON explosion and the resulting BP oil spill of 2010, the largest environmental disaster in United States history. My artistic team has also studied court documents, media coverage, and other found text as source material in our investigation. While most of the dialogue comes directly from these interviews and documents, the piece also includes original writing based on these interviews, as well as conversations, observations, and our firsthand experiences.

The people we have met in the Gulf have changed our lives forever. I had been warned that we should be careful, that the people of Texas and Louisiana might be reluctant to participate in a project on this topic, particularly as an outsider. But in truth, the people we met welcomed us, they were incredibly generous with their time, and they made us feel very much at home. The story of this place and the people is far more complicated than I realized when I first began. Their stories speak to the very complicated and politically charged energy issues of our time.

—Leigh Fondakowski, playwright / director

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CAST

Sondra Blanchard: Narrator, Arleen Weise, Andrea Fleytas, Kerry St. Pé, Ensemble.
Jade Garisch: Shelley Anderson, Ensemble.
Mark Gibson: Mike Williams, Pat O’ Bryan, Michael Brune, Johnathan Henderson, Ensemble.
Joshua Lorris: Bill Anderson, Jimmy Harrell, Steve Bertone, Billy Nungesser, Ensemble.
Michael Sater: Bob Bea, Randy Ezell, Jorey Danos Ensemble.
Kevin Vaught: Keith Jones, Christopher Pleasant, Pat Cambell, Gary Bartholemy, Ensemble.
John Wittbrodt: Jason Anderson, Tony Hayward, Ensemble.
China Young: Lillian Meyer, Mary Landry, Jolene Danos, Ensemble.

CREW

Michael Blendermann: Video Operator
Jake Cacciatore: Set Carpenter
Karen Cruz: Assistant Stage Manager (Lead)
Emma Quarterman: Light Board Operator/Light Design Assistant
Brandon Thomas: Assistant Stage Manager

ARTISTIC COLLABORATORS

Ethelyn Friend & Lorenzo Gonzalez: Dialects
Gary Grundei: Composer
Sarah Lambert: Set Designer
Cameron MacAlpine: Sound Design/Sound Board Operator
Shevek Majors-Peer: Lighting Designer
Colleen Mylott: Assistant Director/Choreography
Jeffrey Sichel: Producer
Leo Soula-Hutchison and Malachi Tharp: Production Stage Manager

SPILL was written and directed by Leigh Fondakowski.
Dramaturgy by: Sarah Lambert, Kelli Simpkins, and Reeva Wortel.
Development: SPILL was originally commissioned by the Center for the Arts at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.
Commissioned and Developed with support from The Ensemble Studio Theatre / Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science and Technology Project.
SPILL premiered on March 14, 2014 at Louisiana State University’s Swine Palace, George Judy, Artistic Director; Kristin Sosnowsky, Managing Director, in Baton Rouge, LA, in association with The Study Group

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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.

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STREB in Breck | Colorado Dance Photographer

Over the summer, my family took a vacation to Breckenridge. It turns out we picked the perfect week to go because it was the Breckenridge International Arts Festival!  From public performances on the streets, installation art in the woods, live music on the trails, to shows in the local theater, there was so much going on all week.

This show was the highlight for me. STREB Extreme Action has been on my must-see list of dance companies for years. They performed two acts: Ascension and Quake. It was like nothing I’d ever seen before. I got to watch the show, photograph it, and even meet the creative director after. I’ll let the photos do the rest of the talking now.

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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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Fall Recipe | Denver Family Photographer

Around this time last year, I was kind of obsessed with watching the show Worst Cooks in America. In one of the episodes, they made ravioli uovo, and I knew I had to try it. It’s a large ravioli with an intact egg yolk inside. When you cut open the pasta, the yolk runs and mixes with the sauce. It’s hard to find the dish in restaurants so I decided to make it while I was at my aunt’s house, since she has a pasta maker. We used the recipe from the show, which I copied here, except we skipped the bacon and sage and we already had the pasta dough from the day before. Recipe credit goes to Chef Anne Burrell of the Food Network. The photo of me was taken by my boyfriend, Mike.

Ingredients
4 slices bacon
10 leaves plus 2 sprigs fresh sage
Kosher salt
2 cups ricotta cheese
1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano, plus more for garnish
1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
2 large eggs plus 4 large egg yolks (all heirloom or organic eggs)
All-purpose flour, as needed
Pasta Dough, rolled for ravioli, recipe follows
Semolina flour, as needed
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
1/2 cups chicken stock

Chef Anne’s All-Purpose Pasta Dough:
1/2 pound all-purpose flour
2 whole eggs, plus 1/2 egg yolk (all heirloom or organic eggs)
1/8 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon water or more if needed
Kosher salt

Directions
To a saute pan over medium-high heat, add the bacon and render until crispy. Remove from the heat and place onto a paper-towel-lined plate. To the bacon fat, add the sage leaves and fry until crispy, about 30 seconds. Season the sage leaves with salt. Finely chop the bacon, crumble the sage and set aside. Reserve for garnish.
In a medium bowl, combine the ricotta, Parm, parsley and 2 whole eggs; mix well and sprinkle with salt.
Dust a clean work surface lightly with all-purpose flour and lay out 2 sheets of pasta about 12 inches long; brush lightly with water. Equally space 4 dollops of the ricotta mixture on one of the pasta sheets. Then use a spoon to make a nest or small hole in the center of each dollop. Carefully separate the remaining eggs and put a yolk in each ricotta nest; the ricotta should lovingly nestle each yolk (if a yolk breaks, scoop it out with a spoon and don’t use it).

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Cover the ricotta nests and egg yolk with the remaining pasta sheet. Use your index fingers to press around each ricotta nest to seal the edges. Then use a fluted ring cutter or dough roller to cut around each ravioli (they should be 3 to 4 inches in diameter). Reserve the ravioli on a tray generously dusted with semolina.

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Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil. In a large saute pan, melt the butter and chicken stock. Add the sage sprigs and season with salt. Bring this to boil and reduce to simmer.
Add the ravioli to the boiling water and cook for about 2 minutes, no more. Using a spider and slotted spoon, carefully transfer the ravioli from the water to the pan with butter and chicken stock and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. If the sauce reduces too much, add a few drops of the pasta cooking water. The sauce should cling to the ravioli in a buttery hug.
Transfer the ravioli to serving plates, one per plate. Spoon a little extra sauce over each one, and finish with a sprinkey-dink of grated Parm, the bacon and then the fried sage.

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Cooking is a great activity to do during a storytelling session. 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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Remembering Nana | Denver Portrait Photographer

I spent last week in Chicago, with my family, even though I’m going back in a few days for Thanksgiving. I went home last week to attend my grandmother’s funeral and to sit shiva with my family after. (Shiva is the Jewish tradition of gathering with friends and family for a few days after the funeral to mourn.)

To honor her, I wanted to put together a blog post of photos I’ve taken of her, as well as the photos we displayed for shiva. I loved looking through the old photos of her when she was young, her and my grandpa, her with my brother and I as babies. I wish I had taken more photos of her in the last few years.

It took me a long time to realize her strength. My other grandma is a holocaust survivor so that was what I thought strength always looked like. But this woman recovered from a horrific accident, beat cancer three times, lived with one lung, and was recovering from surgery when her husband died. She still found motivation and joy in her life. She showed me that strength comes in many forms and I am so grateful to her for that.

This Thanksgiving would have been her birthday. We usually have a theme every year that we base our meal around. This year we will be cooking Nana’s recipe’s and playing her favorite music.

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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