Total Solar Eclipse | Denver Photography

August 21st, 2017 had been saved in my calendar for two years. My partner loves space and watches astronomical events closely so when we realized that a total solar eclipse would be within a couple hours of us, we knew we had to be there. We tried looking for hotels and airbnb’s near Casper, but they were either sold out or out of our price range. Then we found a campsite, in the path of totality and even closer than Casper. It was perfect, but I was a bit worried. We had never been camping together and I hadn’t been since I was a kid. We’ve been through far more stressful experiences together, so I knew we could handle it, even if I’m not the most outdoorsy person in the world.

traveling-photographer, solar-eclipse-photos, total-solar-eclipse-2017, Wyoming-eclipse

Camping turned out to be lots of fun. There were so many other people there who were excited to see the eclipse! Our camp was in an old rodeo arena and within walking distance of the Oregon Trail ruts. The ruts are where over time, the wagons carved a path in the rock as they traveled across Wyoming. It was incredible to see stone so clearly altered by humans, hundreds of years ago. And yes, there were lots of jokes about dying of dysentery!

traveling-photographer, solar-eclipse-photos, total-solar-eclipse-2017, Wyoming-eclipse

Even though our campsite was in the path of totality, we wanted to get even closer. We drove to a spot where we would be on the line of perfect totality. That means we would get an extra few seconds with the black hole in the sky. We were also near a bunch of cows, which I was really excited about. I wanted to see how animals reacted to the eclipse. The farm was very large and they were probably scared off by all the people, so I couldn’t really see them but I did hear them mooing!

traveling-photographer, solar-eclipse-photos, total-solar-eclipse-2017, Wyoming-eclipse

I was intent on experiencing the eclipse unencumbered but my partner wanted to photograph the event so I set up a camera and left him to it. I had another camera on a tripod taking video of the cows and the 360 degree sunset. You can watch the whole video below, just excuse the shakiness from when I picked it up to get a glimpse of the eclipse itself.

There is no way to describing the sight of a total solar eclipse, that would do it justice. I had seen so many photos and videos and heard from people who had seen them before and I was completely unprepared. And being near the path of totality, but not in it, is not even close.

traveling-photographer, solar-eclipse-photos, total-solar-eclipse-2017, Wyoming-eclipse

The “diamond ring” shot

As it got closer to 100%, it started getting darker around us, but not quite like the sun was setting. The sky looked hazy, and the sun was still visible, high in the sky. Then the sunset in all directions started to appear and we could hear the cows mooing and crickets chirping. But when it got to 100% totality, I immediately started crying. It was the most incredible sight. We had about two and half minutes of totality, but I don’t think any amount of time would have been enough. As the sun came out from behind the moon, I was able to see the “diamond ring” effect and my partner was able to capture it! I then raced over to the nearest white car to see the “shadow bands,” the snake like shadows from the edge of the sun shining through the moon’s mountains and valleys. And just like that, it was over and we had to head home.

traveling-photographer, solar-eclipse-photos, total-solar-eclipse-2017, Wyoming-eclipse

A composite showing the sun’s corona

The trip home was not quite as easy as the way there. It took us 8 hours to get home. It would have taken 2-3 hours normally. Eventually, we made it back to Colorado and stopped in Fort Collins for some much needed tacos. We already have plans for the next one to go through the U.S., seven years from now!

traveling-photographer, solar-eclipse-photos, total-solar-eclipse-2017, Wyoming-eclipse

traveling-photographer, solar-eclipse-photos, total-solar-eclipse-2017, Wyoming-eclipse

Wanna meet me and chat? Send me an email at jamie@jamiekraus.com.

Advertisements

Hair Headshots | Denver Portrait Photography

A few months back, a client came to me with a new line of products they needed to market. They wanted a sleek, trendy website filled with eye-catching, creative images for Sasha Pure’s website. We set to work creating a shot list and finding models, make up artists, and coordinators for the session. We booked a studio for the day in Chicago (where the brand is based and where I’m from!) and spent the day creating images. They needed a multi-page website full of images and plenty more for advertisements, social media, and other distributors. This was a big project and we had a really fun day making some magic.

denver-portrait-photographer, denver-portrait-photography, denver-portraits, denver-headshot-photographer, denver-headshot-photography, denver-headshots

The product line is a hair care line for hairs of all types and textures. Some of the products even double as skin care products as well. All of the models had been using the products for a few weeks, so their hair and skin really reflected what the product’s results. We made a variety of media, including testimonial videos of the models reviewing their favorite products in the line. We also made timelapse videos of a hair stylist using different products on the models, and we made some images of products themselves.

denver-portrait-photographer, denver-portrait-photography, denver-portraits, denver-headshot-photographer, denver-headshot-photography, denver-headshots

My favorite part of the shoot was the glam shots. This was the part where I got to be the most creative and get out of my comfort zone. It was really fun to push myself and take portraits that were focused on the hair, rather than the face. Hair can be a big part of someone’s personality and I loved getting to focus on that. These hair portraits were so much fun and working with these wonderful women was a blast!

denver-portrait-photographer, denver-portrait-photography, denver-portraits, denver-headshot-photographer, denver-headshot-photography, denver-headshots

denver-portrait-photographer, denver-portrait-photography, denver-portraits, denver-headshot-photographer, denver-headshot-photography, denver-headshots

denver-portrait-photographer, denver-portrait-photography, denver-portraits, denver-headshot-photographer, denver-headshot-photography, denver-headshots

denver-portrait-photographer, denver-portrait-photography, denver-portraits, denver-headshot-photographer, denver-headshot-photography, denver-headshots

denver-portrait-photographer, denver-portrait-photography, denver-portraits, denver-headshot-photographer, denver-headshot-photography, denver-headshots

denver-portrait-photographer, denver-portrait-photography, denver-portraits, denver-headshot-photographer, denver-headshot-photography, denver-headshots

denver-portrait-photographer, denver-portrait-photography, denver-portraits, denver-headshot-photographer, denver-headshot-photography, denver-headshots

denver-portrait-photographer, denver-portrait-photography, denver-portraits, denver-headshot-photographer, denver-headshot-photography, denver-headshots

Are you looking for engaging portraits of you or your company? Contact me at jamie@jamiekraus.com.

A Horseman’s Magic 2 | Boulder Theater Photography

This year, the Theater Program at Naropa University was so big, they needed to do two versions of their showcase, each with a different cast. I love seeing this amazing program grow. This show was done in the style of Beijing Opera and was full of fun movement and awesome plot twists. Here is cast B of A Horseman’s Magic at Naropa University.

boulder-theater-photography, colorado-theater-photography, boulder-theater-photos, colorado-theater-photos, boulder-performance-photography, colorado-performance-photography

boulder-theater-photography, colorado-theater-photography, boulder-theater-photos, colorado-theater-photos, boulder-performance-photography, colorado-performance-photography

boulder-theater-photography, colorado-theater-photography, boulder-theater-photos, colorado-theater-photos, boulder-performance-photography, colorado-performance-photography

boulder-theater-photography, colorado-theater-photography, boulder-theater-photos, colorado-theater-photos, boulder-performance-photography, colorado-performance-photography

boulder-theater-photography, colorado-theater-photography, boulder-theater-photos, colorado-theater-photos, boulder-performance-photography, colorado-performance-photography

boulder-theater-photography, colorado-theater-photography, boulder-theater-photos, colorado-theater-photos, boulder-performance-photography, colorado-performance-photography

boulder-theater-photography, colorado-theater-photography, boulder-theater-photos, colorado-theater-photos, boulder-performance-photography, colorado-performance-photography

boulder-theater-photography, colorado-theater-photography, boulder-theater-photos, colorado-theater-photos, boulder-performance-photography, colorado-performance-photography

boulder-theater-photography, colorado-theater-photography, boulder-theater-photos, colorado-theater-photos, boulder-performance-photography, colorado-performance-photography

boulder-theater-photography, colorado-theater-photography, boulder-theater-photos, colorado-theater-photos, boulder-performance-photography, colorado-performance-photography

boulder-theater-photography, colorado-theater-photography, boulder-theater-photos, colorado-theater-photos, boulder-performance-photography, colorado-performance-photography

Cast B – Performed on 2/15/17 and 2/17/17

Zhuoma: Chie Saito
Jinma: Madelyn Rose Robinson
Horseman: Joshua Lorris
Landlord: China Young
King: Drew Piatek
Guards: Rebecca Buckley and Gabriela Petrov
Horsemen Dance: Rebecca Buckley, Michael Mayes, Landin Melendez, Gabriela Petrov
King’s Court Dance: Jade Garisch and Annabel Turrado

Crew

Directed by International Guest Artist Xu Jiali
Writen by William Huizhu Sun & Faye C. Fei
Stage Manager/Lighting Design: Jake Cacciatore
Assistant Production Manager: Michael Blendermann
Assistant Stage Manager: Leo Soula-Hutchinson
King’s Court Dance: Jade Garisch and Annabel Turrado
Composers: Jade Garisch, Mark Gibson, Michael Mayes,
Madelyn Rose Robinson, China Young
Musicians: Percussion by Michael Mayes and Ukulele by Jade Garisch
Choreographers: Joshua Lorris, Drew Piatek, Chie Saito
Set Design: Michael Sater
Sound Design Assistance: Landin Melendez
Props: Gabriela Petrov and Rebecca Buckley
Costume Design: Kristin Marie Stelter
Costume Crew: Rebecca Buckley, Landin Melendez, Ashley Rice,
Madelyn Rose Robinson, Michael Sater, K. Woodzick

boulder-theater-photography, colorado-theater-photography, boulder-theater-photos, colorado-theater-photos, boulder-performance-photography, colorado-performance-photography

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.

Dance Festival 2018 | Denver Dance Photography

Denver is getting its very own Dance Festival next summer! Presenting Denver is hosting the Presenting Denver Dance Festival with The Newman Center in June 2018 and I am so looking forward to it! The jurors are deciding what companies will perform as I write this. As a Presenting Denver ambassador, I serve on the festival committee that is planning the two day event. I also serve as a photographer ambassador, along with Amanda Tipton.

denver-art-scene, what-to-do-in-denver, denver-dance-photos, denver-dance-photographer, denver-performing-arts-photography

In preparation for the announcement of the festival, Amanda, Leslie Merrill, a Presenting Denver videographer ambassador, and I did a photo shoot at the Exdo Event Center with local dancers who volunteered for the shoot. We photographed three sets of dancers, in stations. We each photographed each dancer or company separately and then we had them collaborate together.

denver-art-scene, what-to-do-in-denver, denver-dance-photos, denver-dance-photographer, denver-performing-arts-photography

denver-art-scene, what-to-do-in-denver, denver-dance-photos, denver-dance-photographer, denver-performing-arts-photography

denver-art-scene, what-to-do-in-denver, denver-dance-photos, denver-dance-photographer, denver-performing-arts-photography

denver-art-scene, what-to-do-in-denver, denver-dance-photos, denver-dance-photographer, denver-performing-arts-photography

denver-art-scene, what-to-do-in-denver, denver-dance-photos, denver-dance-photographer, denver-performing-arts-photography

denver-art-scene, what-to-do-in-denver, denver-dance-photos, denver-dance-photographer, denver-performing-arts-photography

denver-art-scene, what-to-do-in-denver, denver-dance-photos, denver-dance-photographer, denver-performing-arts-photography

These photos are from the first set of dancers, Michelle Bernier and Cali Nass. Michelle is a contemporary dancer, while Cali does hip hop and modern fusion dance. It was so fascinating to see these two dancers, who had never met, and had completely different dance styles, improv and collaborate together. They made some pretty incredible photos!

denver-art-scene, what-to-do-in-denver, denver-dance-photos, denver-dance-photographer, denver-performing-arts-photography

Exdo was the perfect location for this photo shoot. We had access to the main indoor space all day, and the outdoor space, in the morning. The light and textures inside was so diverse and fun to play with. It changed throughout the day which gave each dancer a different look to their photos. For the collaboration part of the day, we went outside, in the graffitied alley behind the Exdo Event Center. When we were there, new murals were being painted, so the images had a cool “work in progress” feel to them.

denver-art-scene, what-to-do-in-denver, denver-dance-photos, denver-dance-photographer, denver-performing-arts-photography

denver-art-scene, what-to-do-in-denver, denver-dance-photos, denver-dance-photographer, denver-performing-arts-photography

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

Presenting Denver Dance Festival | Denver Dance Photography

Denver is getting its very own Dance Festival next summer! Presenting Denver and The Newman Center are co-hosting the Presenting Denver Dance Festival. The Festival will take place in June of 2018 and I could not be more excited! As a Presenting Denver ambassador, I serve on the festival committee that is planning the two day event. I also get to serve as a photographer ambassador, alongside Amanda Tipton.

denver-dance-photos, denver-dance-photographer, denver-performing-arts-photography, colorado-dance-photography, denver-dance-photoshoot

Here’s what Presenting Denver has to say about the festival.

“The 2018 Presenting Denver Dance Festival, co-presented by Presenting Denver and The Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts, will be a compilation of world premieres by performing artists, dancers, and choreographers living in the state of Colorado. It will take place on June 23-24, 2018. Selected new works will be premiered in the Byron Theatre. There will be additional dance activities over the weekend and throughout the year. Tickets for the Presenting Denver Dance Festival go on sale November 6, 2017, on the Newman Center Presents website.”

I was just at the Newman Center for an event this morning and I was reminded of what a beautiful space it was. I cannot wait to see the festival hosted there!

denver-dance-photos, denver-dance-photographer, denver-performing-arts-photography, colorado-dance-photography, denver-dance-photoshoot

In preparation for the announcement of the festival, Amanda, Leslie Merrill, a Presenting Denver videographer ambassador, and I did a photo shoot at the Exdo Event Center with local dancers. We photographed three sets of dancers, in stations. These images are from when Samba Colorado and Abby Bural came in for their photoshoots. Abby is a Jazz and Lyrical dancer and Samba Colorado is a Brazilian Dance company. Photographing everyone together was really fun. Together, they found a way to combine their styles and work together.

denver-dance-photos, denver-dance-photographer, denver-performing-arts-photography, colorado-dance-photography, denver-dance-photoshoot

denver-dance-photos, denver-dance-photographer, denver-performing-arts-photography, colorado-dance-photography, denver-dance-photoshoot

denver-dance-photos, denver-dance-photographer, denver-performing-arts-photography, colorado-dance-photography, denver-dance-photoshoot

denver-dance-photos, denver-dance-photographer, denver-performing-arts-photography, colorado-dance-photography, denver-dance-photoshoot

denver-dance-photos, denver-dance-photographer, denver-performing-arts-photography, colorado-dance-photography, denver-dance-photoshoot

denver-dance-photos, denver-dance-photographer, denver-performing-arts-photography, colorado-dance-photography, denver-dance-photoshoot

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

9/11 Stair Climb | Denver Event Photographer

We all remember where we were on September 11th, 2001. I was still young and I remember my 4th grade teacher telling us to sit on the carpet as one by one, my classmates got picked up by their parents. When my mom picked me up, she told me what happened. I could see the Sears Tower from my house and I was convinced that it would be the next target. I was also convinced that it would fall, from 2 miles away, onto our house. I made an emergency plan to hide under the coffee table in the basement. For years, I was scared every time a plane flew by the building. At that age, I wasn’t quite able to process the loss of life or the sacrifices the first responders and others made that day.

denver-event-photography, denver-event-photographer, denver-event-photos, colorado-event-photographer

In college, my partner was a volunteer firefighter. Every Friday night, he would be on duty crew, waiting at the station for calls to come in. Even though most of his district was a college campus where the biggest calls were for dumpster fires or alarms because students forgot to put water in their Easy Mac, there was always the slight fear that something worse might happen. That he might not come home that night. That is the reality for so many family members of first responders, especially those in New York City in 2001.

http://www.jamiekraus.com/

Each year, around the county, firefighters come together on September 11th and converge on the tallest building in their city. In teams, they climb stairs equal to the number of floors in the World Trade Centers. In Denver, they climb 1801 California St, twice, in order to equal the height of the twin towers. Stations from all over the state were represented. Each one wears the name tag of a firefighter who lost their lives at Ground Zero. Some of them represent the same firefighter each year and maintain a relationship with their families.

http://www.jamiekraus.com/

I photographed the ceremony before the climb and then waited on the stairs for teams to come up. Once some of the teams had finished, I went out to the roof, which has some incredible views of the city. My favorite part of the day was when the news crews on the roof interviewed the first woman to finish the climb. I was so moved by how many women were participating. The 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb is such an important event and I’m so honored I could be a part of it.

http://www.jamiekraus.com/

http://www.jamiekraus.com/

http://www.jamiekraus.com/

http://www.jamiekraus.com/

http://www.jamiekraus.com/

http://www.jamiekraus.com/

http://www.jamiekraus.com/http://www.jamiekraus.com/

http://www.jamiekraus.com/

http://www.jamiekraus.com/

http://www.jamiekraus.com/

http://www.jamiekraus.com/

http://www.jamiekraus.com/

http://www.jamiekraus.com/

http://www.jamiekraus.com/

http://www.jamiekraus.com/

If you have an Denver event coming up, let me know. I would love to be a part of it and document all the most important moments. Send me an email at jamie@jamiekraus.com.

denver-senior-photographer, denver-senior-photos, denver-portrait-photographer, denver-portraits, colorado-senior-photographer, denver-city-park-portraits

Austin | Denver Senior Photography

I met Austin at the Denver Nature and Science Museum as part of a senior portrait event for New Legacy High School. New Legacy High School is a Denver charter school for young parents. It’s half high school and half early learning center so the students and their children can learn at the same time. When I saw the opportunity to volunteer to photograph senior portraits for these students, I went for it. It was a great opportunity to dip my toes in the Denver senior photography world, while giving back at the same time.

denver-city-park-portraits, denver-senior-photographer, denver-senior-photos, denver-portrait-photographer, denver-portraits, colorado-senior-photographer

Austin and his girlfriend both attended New Legacy High School. His girlfriend graduated a year before him. Their daughter is five-years-old; such a fun age! The school leader, at the event could not stop bragging about how smart Austin is and what a good student he’s been. She kept saying he was their most motivated student. And after talking to him, it was clear to me that he loves school. He’s really passionate about science and could not wait to come back to the museum with his daughter.

denver-city-park-portraits, denver-senior-photographer, denver-senior-photos, denver-portrait-photographer, denver-portraits, colorado-senior-photographer

We had a great session together! Austin loved the nature that City Park had to offer and really wanted water in some of the photos. I love that we were able to capture so many sides to his personality. My favorite shot of him is the one where he’s sitting by the water, having a quiet moment to himself. At the end of the session, we made sure to get some photos of him and his girlfriend together.

denver-city-park-portraits, denver-senior-photographer, denver-senior-photos, denver-portrait-photographer, denver-portraits, colorado-senior-photographer

I’m so glad I participated in this event. I approached senior portraits similarly to my headshot sessions. For me, it’s all about creating a fun and relaxed experience and bringing out my client’s personality. I love senior photography and I cannot wait to do more!

denver-city-park-portraits, denver-senior-photographer, denver-senior-photos, denver-portrait-photographer, denver-portraits, colorado-senior-photographer

denver-city-park-portraits, denver-senior-photographer, denver-senior-photos, denver-portrait-photographer, denver-portraits, colorado-senior-photographer

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