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Bird Fur in RiNo | Denver Brand Photography

Bird Fur Tees is the t-shirt company my brother, Josh, created. Josh has always had a quirky sense of humor and an entrepreneurial spirit and this company has been the perfect combination for him. His shirts are funny, weird, timely, and sometimes even philanthropic. He’s always posting behind the scenes photos, new designs, and funny memes on his Facebook page. Go ahead and take a look.

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All our shoots have been in urban parts of Denver with bright, colorful murals as our backdrop. These kinds of locations are my absolute favorites since I’m pretty much addicted to bright colors and patterns. This time, we went back to RiNo, the location for our original photoshoot. This neighborhood is full of awesome breweries, coffee shops and tons of cool murals.

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This awesome woman was just rollerblading by our photo shoot and we asked her to try on a tank for some photos. She was totally up for it and she even showed us some cool tricks! She and her boyfriend were in town from Ohio, where she’s part of a roller derby team. We asked her to pick her favorite shirt to model and she loved the aliens one.

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Of course, we stole another dog (which we returned again) to cameo in some photos. I think this little guy really identified with the “Please let there be a dog at this party” shirt! Plus, Juliet is the animal whisperer so we got some great photos.

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We found the perfect spot for our group photos. This little fabric shop looks like it’s been closed for ages but these signs are timeless and perfect for t-shirt brand photography! Plus, the sunset was pretty great. Typical Colorado!

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Need to spice up your website and up your social media game? I would love to chat about creating engaging, eye-catching photos for you and your company. Contact me at jamie@jamiekraus.com.

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Park Hill Dance Collective in the Rain | Denver Dance Photography

Denver weather can change in an instant, which can make planning sessions a bit tricky. But I love Denver dance photography in all kinds of weather. I had a creative session with Park Hill Dance Collective planned for a Sunday in the Fall at City Park. A half hour before the session, Karlyn called me because it was pouring out. She knew her company dancers would be fine with dancing in the rain but we had also scheduled headshots for her youth company at the same session and she didn’t want the kids to get soaking wet and catch colds. We almost moved this session to a dryer location at the last minute but I am so glad we didn’t. We missed all the downpours and just had a light mist the whole time. Plus there were plenty of overhangs to duck under and places to run in to stay warm.

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This rainy, foggy day proved to be quite beautiful for our creative session with Park Hill Dance Collective. We did the last Collective shoot a few years ago, and they needed some updated portraits and photos from their new pieces. City Park is an awesome location to do a session of any kind. For Park Hill, it was perfect since it’s just a few blocks away from their studio. Karlyn and the company have always been very connected to their neighborhood, so I’m so glad we were able to incorporate that into our session this time.

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City Park has some great natural areas, but being the city kid that I am, I always gravitate toward the architectural features. We started out behind the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, where there is a super cool sculpture (I’m a sucker for public art!) and some fun windows. The male dancers could only stay for the first part of the session, so the ladies and I had some fun at the end. We went down to the lake, where there is this lovely little retaining wall and a great view of the fountain and boathouse. I thought we might get some epic skyline views too, but by the time we got there the fog was so thick, you couldn’t see the buildings anymore! I think we got some pretty epic photos none-the-less.

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I had to include this blooper, just for fun!

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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

Breakthrough Artist Alison | Boulder Headshot Photography

Alison is Boulder’s Breakthrough Artist! She uses art to help women of all ages tell their story, learn more about themselves, and feel empowered. I loved connecting with her and talking to her about her work because this is exactly what I am striving to do with my Boulder headshot photography! I wholeheartedly believe that art is such a powerful tool that can be used to transform people’s lives and the world. I love seeing other women in my community using art for good.

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Alison runs the Honey Beadery, an energetic, innovative, creative art studio and garden. She hosts workshops and classes, and creates gorgeous work of her own. Her workshops are perfect for self-aware, open, and curious women who are interested in learning more about themselves. They are more than just craft events, they are a form of art therapy. Participants create beaded work while exploring themselves on a deeper level, through Alison’s guidance.

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We chose to do her personal branding headshots in her studio and garden since the place is so integral to her work. Her studio is amazing! It is full of light and bright colors. There are art supplies everywhere. I think it might be heaven. Her garden so clearly shows the love she has put into it. It is lush and beautiful. She went to Alchemy Face Bar for her make and did her own hair since she used to be a hairdresser. She looked amazing, don’t you think? I also loved the outfits she brought to the session. The bright colors she chose helped make the portraits so joyful and brought out the blue in her eyes so well. And since she makes jewelry, she picked out bracelets, earrings, and necklaces to go with each outfit.

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

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Vagina Monologues Headshots | Denver Headshot Photography

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Vagina Monologues! The iconic show is coming to Denver at the Mercury Theater this weekend and next so make sure to get your tickets. The group needed some Denver headshot photography done so they would have imagery for their programs and marketing. They were also looking for some behind the scenes type candids to use on social media.

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Kate, the girl boss behind the Denver show this year, found me through a mutual friend and we discussed her needs and set a date for the photo shoot. The rehearsals were in the basement of Blush and Blu (right next to Voodoo Donuts!) so finding a spot to set up headshots that was out of everyone’s way and looked good was tricky. I found a nice corner and set up my lights there.

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Women were rehearsing all over while we were doing the headshots. It is pretty hilarious to try and direct people over the noise of someone fake orgasming 20 feet away! After we finished everyone’s headshots, I got some candids of the groups rehearsing and chatting. I loved the main rehearsal room. The ceiling was covered with twinkle lights and rainbow fabric, with a disco ball in the middle! It was so pretty. I want that ceiling in my living room!

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I am so excited to be a part of this show. I have always wanted to see the Vagina Monologues and I’ve never gotten the chance to. Now, I get to have a behind the scenes peek at what goes into it. These women are all so amazing and badass. I cannot wait to see what they put together for the show this weekend!

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

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Dancer and Photographer Francisco | Denver Headshot Photography

One of the ways in which I volunteer my time is by donating my Denver headshot photography to Presenting Denver. Presenting Denver is a non-profit organization founded in 2013. Their mission is to support the art of dance through increased public exposure and the appreciation of movement as an innovative art form.

In the past, I’ve taken dance photos of members of the dance community that Presenting Denver features as part of their In the Spotlight series. This season, I took headshots for the spotlights, as well as of ambassadors for the organizations. We did these portraits on the rooftop of the Beauvallon building, where the Presenting Denver offices are located. This location gave us some wonderful spots, with nature, architecture, and beautiful views of the city.

Dancer and Photographer Francisco | Denver Headshot Photography

One of the featured artists, I photographed was Francisco Estévez. Francisco is a dancer and dance photographer in Denver. He has been dancing since childhood, when he took ballet classes with his sister in his hometown of Quito, Ecuador. In his professional career, he has performed with companies around the world. Francisco now dances for Colorado Ballet with his wife, Tracy Jones. They have been with the company for five years.

As Ali Weeks writes in her In the Spotlight interview with Fransisco, “Francisco had long been interested in photography, and once he landed in Colorado, this interest deepened. He soon moved on from watching his peers rehearse and perform and began capturing moments of movement preserved long after the performance was over. Recently, Francisco completed his exquisite Shadows & Dust series.” This photography project later became a collaboration with local painter Darrell Anderson. The photographs and paintings are on display at the Colorado Ballet building.

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

Naropa’s MFA Thesis Festival | Colorado Theater Photography

The Sonic Life of a Giant Tortoise: Youth is Not the Only Thing That’s Sonic was the first play I photographed for Naropa University’s MFA Thesis Festival. One of the things I love most about Colorado theater photography and photographing for Naropa is getting the chance to see these performing artists grow and develop over their years in school. I hope to see them out in the theater world too, now that they’ve graduated! Congrats to the graduates of the Naropa School of the Arts Theater Program!

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About The Sonic Life of a Giant Tortoise: Youth is Not the Only Thing That’s Sonic: “Give a performer time & space to express their authentic presence. This play does that, if nothing else, and there’s a lot else. It lulls us into a semi-sleep state, then surprisingly wakes us up to repeatedly question & challenge our realities. There’s something elegant about the way each character deals with their existential crises. The vehicles that carry us through our presence and language. As far as I’m concerned, I’m a vessel for what spirit & soul express through me. It never has been, nor ever will be about me. That’s something I often forget, then re-learn again & again the way humans do. The acting process is closely related to the cycle of life & death. We create an imaginary self and give it bodily form. Then that form dissolves once the show is over. If we’re aware, we learn something about what it means to be human in the process.”

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Creative Credits:

Written by Toshiki Okada
Translated by Aya Ogawa
Directed by Michael Mayes
Actor 1: Michael Mayes
Actor 2: Mark Gibson
Actor 3: Dennis Kerr
Actress 1: Victoria González
Actress 2: Karena Lyn

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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

Life Coach Donna | Boulder Headshot Photography

Donna and I met at a networking group for women business owners. She is a coach and psychotherapist who works with women going through major life transitions. Whether it be divorce, loss of a loved one, or a career change, her goal is to help the women she works with find balance in their lives so they can move past the trauma and emerge better than ever. I watched her speak and she is so compassionate and eager to empower more women through her work.

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Donna came to me looking for new photos for her website relaunch. She was starting a new journey with her business and everything needed a makeover. Her headshot session was scheduled right after an appointment with her hairdresser, which was perfect because she loved her new haircut and it looked great in photos (even though it was a little windy). I love the clothes she brought as well. The outfits we chose added great pops of color and patterns to the natural backdrops in the images. And they all stayed on brand and were super comfy and easy to change into.

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Bridges and water have an important significance in her work so we made sure to incorporate them into the session. Eldorado Canyon State Park made for the perfect location for Donna since it has a creek running through the park and two beautiful bridges. I love how she connected with the message that bridges hold during her session. Plus, it is a gorgeous location, between Denver and Boulder and usually is not very crowded. We had the whole park to ourselves at this session!

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I love working with clients to customize a session to their brand and personality. Personal branding sessions are a great way to jumpstart or restart your business with a new look and feel!

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