Local Lab 2017 | Boulder Theater Photography

Local Theater Company, in Boulder, puts on an incredible new-works festival each year called Local Lab. On Saturday of this year’s festival, they had a mainstage reading of Shostakovich, or Silence by Jason Grote and directed by Pesha Rudnick at the Dairy Arts Center. After the reading, the writer and director had a talk back with the audience, followed by an after party with food and an awesome DJ. The talk back was really constructive and Jason and Pesha revealed how the show all came together at the last minute.

boulder-theater-photographer, boulder-theater-photos, boulder-event-photographer, boulder-performing-arts, colorado-theater-photographer, colorado-theater-photos

The party was a lot of fun, with great food and amazing music by DJ Savior Breath. Everyone was in chatting and laughing and discussing the reading. The party spilled out into the lobby and gallery of the Dairy Arts Center. Right as I was leaving, the lights went low and everyone started dancing!

boulder-theater-photographer, boulder-theater-photos, boulder-event-photographer, boulder-performing-arts, colorado-theater-photographer, colorado-theater-photos

I loved that Local Lab had me come in for the talk back and after party. Since there was no rehearsal for the reading, I would have had to photograph it live, with the audience, which could have been disruptive. This way, I still got photos of the production team speaking on stage and of the ambiance in the room. Plus since the lights were on in the audience, I was able to get photos of the patron engaged and happy.

http://www.jamiekraus.com/

boulder-theater-photographer, boulder-theater-photos, boulder-event-photographer, boulder-performing-arts, colorado-theater-photographer, colorado-theater-photos

It’s always good to have a photographer at events like after parties too. These photos are great for drawing crowds to future events, sharing with attendees, and posting on social media sites like facebook. They can also be used in future marketing materials to show happy patrons, crowds, and ambiance.

boulder-theater-photographer, boulder-theater-photos, boulder-event-photographer, boulder-performing-arts, colorado-theater-photographer, colorado-theater-photos

boulder-theater-photographer, boulder-theater-photos, boulder-event-photographer, boulder-performing-arts, colorado-theater-photographer, colorado-theater-photos

http://www.jamiekraus.com/

boulder-theater-photographer, boulder-theater-photos, boulder-event-photographer, boulder-performing-arts, colorado-theater-photographer, colorado-theater-photos

boulder-theater-photographer, boulder-theater-photos, boulder-event-photographer, boulder-performing-arts, colorado-theater-photographer, colorado-theater-photos

boulder-theater-photographer, boulder-theater-photos, boulder-event-photographer, boulder-performing-arts, colorado-theater-photographer, colorado-theater-photos

boulder-theater-photographer, boulder-theater-photos, boulder-event-photographer, boulder-performing-arts, colorado-theater-photographer, colorado-theater-photos

boulder-theater-photographer, boulder-theater-photos, boulder-event-photographer, boulder-performing-arts, colorado-theater-photographer, colorado-theater-photos

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

Advertisements

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.

colorado-arts-photographer, colorado-performing-arts-photography, colorado-concert-photos

Two Roads | Colorado Arts Photographer

Some of the coolest parts of last summer’s Breckenridge International Art Festival were the trail performances. Along a few trails were art installation, often made out of the woods themselves. Throughout the festival, musicians would come and perform in the woods near the art installations. The Breckenridge International Art Festival is hosted in Breckenridge each August. They did such an incredible job combining various artforms together and with the stunning nature the town is known for. From acrobatic dance pieces to giant dinosaurs in the streets, there was an incredible variety of art at this festival.

We hiked up a mountain just outside of town to get to this spot, just in time for a live show. On the way up, we passed bikers and got some great views of the town below. We know we had made it because we could see the bright red of Konstantin Dimopoulos’s outdoor installation, “Two Roads,” through the trees.

From the festival’s website, Dimopoulos’s piece “is composed of branches collected from the forest floor, repurposed into chair-like structures. The skeletal quality of the frames provokes contemplation of negative space, or what is seemingly missing, while the branches, colored red, produce a vibrant contrast to the natural forest. The installation is both playful and thought provoking.”

We were then treated to a guitar performance by a local musician before hiking back down into town for some beignets, the perfect post hike food, at The Lost Cajun. Being serenaded in the woods, surrounded by nature and art is pretty incredible. I think if this were part of every hike, I would probably get way more exercise!

colorado-arts-photographer, colorado-performing-arts-photography, colorado-concert-photos

colorado-arts-photographer, colorado-performing-arts-photography, colorado-concert-photos

colorado-arts-photographer, colorado-performing-arts-photography, colorado-concert-photos

colorado-arts-photographer, colorado-performing-arts-photography, colorado-concert-photos

colorado-arts-photographer, colorado-performing-arts-photography, colorado-concert-photos

colorado-arts-photographer, colorado-performing-arts-photography, colorado-concert-photos

colorado-arts-photographer, colorado-performing-arts-photography, colorado-concert-photos

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.

colorado-opera-photographer, colorado-event-photography, colorado-performing-arts-photos

Family Day Part 2 | Colorado Performing Arts Photographer

Opera Colorado puts on a ton of awesome events to get kids excited about the opera. One of the biggest events they host is Family Day. On Family Day, kids and their parents come to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House to watch a show and do crafts relating to the story. The shows are all abridged, kid-friendly, English language versions of classic operas and there is a Q&A session after each show.

Family Day is a big event so I split it into two blogs. This show was the Elixir of Love. It a great show about love potions and conniving salesman and it has the perfect mix of humor and drama. The kids made their own elixirs of love and colored some root beer kegs. Part of this opera takes place in a bar so to make it kid friendly, the bar in this version only served root beer! The show was followed by a question and answer session and then the kids got to come up to look at the set and take pictures with the Young Artists. They loved playing with the costumes and props.

Opera Colorado’s season is officially over. That means the Young Artists are off on their own again, and the halls of the Ellie won’t be filled with singing voices for a while. I get to meet the new Young Artists in September and then the first opera of the season is in November. Next season brings another exciting line up of three unique operas! The season opens with La Bohème, the opera that inspired the Broadway musical and then movie, Rent. Then in January, there will be a world premier of Steal A Pencil for Me, a true story about two people who fall in love in a concentration camp during the Holocaust. The season will end with Falstaff, a tale of greed, seduction, and buffoonery

colorado-opera-photographer, colorado-event-photography, colorado-performing-arts-photos

colorado-opera-photographer, colorado-event-photography, colorado-performing-arts-photos

colorado-opera-photographer, colorado-event-photography, colorado-performing-arts-photos

colorado-opera-photographer, colorado-event-photography, colorado-performing-arts-photos

colorado-opera-photographer, colorado-event-photography, colorado-performing-arts-photos

colorado-opera-photographer, colorado-event-photography, colorado-performing-arts-photos

colorado-opera-photographer, colorado-event-photography, colorado-performing-arts-photos

colorado-opera-photographer, colorado-event-photography, colorado-performing-arts-photos

colorado-opera-photographer, colorado-event-photography, colorado-performing-arts-photos

colorado-opera-photographer, colorado-event-photography, colorado-performing-arts-photos

colorado-opera-photographer, colorado-event-photography, colorado-performing-arts-photos

colorado-opera-photographer, colorado-event-photography, colorado-performing-arts-photos

colorado-opera-photographer, colorado-event-photography, colorado-performing-arts-photos

colorado-opera-photographer, colorado-event-photography, colorado-performing-arts-photos

colorado-opera-photographer, colorado-event-photography, colorado-performing-arts-photos

colorado-opera-photographer, colorado-event-photography, colorado-performing-arts-photos

colorado-opera-photographer, colorado-event-photography, colorado-performing-arts-photos

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

colorado-opera-photos, colorado-opera-photographer, colorado-performing-arts-photographer, denver-performing-arts-photography

Family Day Part 1 | Colorado Opera Photographer

Opera Colorado puts on a ton of awesome events to get kids excited about the opera. One of the biggest events they host is Family Day. On Family Day, kids and their parents come to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House to watch a show and do crafts relating to the story. The shows are all abridged, kid-friendly, English language versions of classic operas and there is a Q&A session after each show.

Family Day is a big event so I split it into two blogs. The first show was Barber of Seville. It a comedy about love triangles and rectangles and trapezoids and it’s full of mischief, deception, and humor. The kids made glasses and mustaches so they could have their own disguises like the main character in the opera.

It’s almost the end of the season for Opera Colorado. This week, is their last week of mainstage shows until November. There are a couple other events before the season closes for good though. The Spring Tea, on May 20th is a fundraiser with tea and balloons at Grant Humphrey’s Mansion. I have donated a special session so be sure to bid on it! Get your tickets here.

The Young Artist Celebration is one of my favorite events of the year and is on May 21st at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. It is the final performance before the Young Artists say goodbye. I love it because I get to see how much they’ve learned and improved since their first concert. This is a great event if you want to see what opera is all about but are on a budget. Tickets are cheap and the event is kid friendly (but there will also be wine)! Get tickets here.

colorado-opera-photos, colorado-opera-photographer, colorado-performing-arts-photographer, denver-performing-arts-photography

colorado-opera-photos, colorado-opera-photographer, colorado-performing-arts-photographer, denver-performing-arts-photography

colorado-opera-photos, colorado-opera-photographer, colorado-performing-arts-photographer, denver-performing-arts-photography

colorado-opera-photos, colorado-opera-photographer, colorado-performing-arts-photographer, denver-performing-arts-photography

colorado-opera-photos, colorado-opera-photographer, colorado-performing-arts-photographer, denver-performing-arts-photography

colorado-opera-photos, colorado-opera-photographer, colorado-performing-arts-photographer, denver-performing-arts-photography

colorado-opera-photos, colorado-opera-photographer, colorado-performing-arts-photographer, denver-performing-arts-photography

colorado-opera-photos, colorado-opera-photographer, colorado-performing-arts-photographer, denver-performing-arts-photography

colorado-opera-photos, colorado-opera-photographer, colorado-performing-arts-photographer, denver-performing-arts-photography

colorado-opera-photos, colorado-opera-photographer, colorado-performing-arts-photographer, denver-performing-arts-photography

colorado-opera-photos, colorado-opera-photographer, colorado-performing-arts-photographer, denver-performing-arts-photography

colorado-opera-photos, colorado-opera-photographer, colorado-performing-arts-photographer, denver-performing-arts-photography

colorado-opera-photos, colorado-opera-photographer, colorado-performing-arts-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

Jordan Sawyer & The Fifth Star | Denver Concert Photography

I had so much fun playing concert photographer for Jordan Sawyer and The Fifth Star. While I do a lot of performing arts photography, I rarely get the chance to photograph a band. Jordan got this session as a present from his mom (because his mom is a genius!) and he was so excited to finally have professional photos.

If you have a friend or relative who’s a performing artist, consider getting them a photo session as a gift. As artists, it can be hard to find the money to hire a professional, but those photos can mean so much to them. Plus, it shows that you value their art which is probably the highest honor an artist can receive from someone close to them.

denver-band-photographer, denver-concert-photographer, denver-music-photographer, boulder-band-photographer, boulder-concert-photographer, boulder-music-photographer

denver-band-photographer, denver-concert-photographer, denver-music-photographer, boulder-band-photographer, boulder-concert-photographer, boulder-music-photographer

denver-band-photographer, denver-concert-photographer, denver-music-photographer, boulder-band-photographer, boulder-concert-photographer, boulder-music-photographer

denver-band-photographer, denver-concert-photographer, denver-music-photographer, boulder-band-photographer, boulder-concert-photographer, boulder-music-photographer

denver-band-photographer, denver-concert-photographer, denver-music-photographer, boulder-band-photographer, boulder-concert-photographer, boulder-music-photographer

denver-band-photographer, denver-concert-photographer, denver-music-photographer, boulder-band-photographer, boulder-concert-photographer, boulder-music-photographer

In addition to photographing the concert, we also did a few band photos in the alley behind the bar. We had so much fun with these photos and they look like total badasses, don’t they!?

denver-band-photographer, denver-concert-photographer, denver-music-photographer, boulder-band-photographer, boulder-concert-photographer, boulder-music-photographer

Want engaging concert photos to reach new audiences and sell more tickets? Or do you want to give the gift of professional photography.  Send me a message at jamie@jamiekraus.com. I would love to help tell your story through photos.

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!

denver-dance-photographer, denver-dance-photos, denver-dance-photography

denver-portrait-photographer, denver-portraits, denver-portrait-photography

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.

colorado-theater-photographer, colorado-theater-photos, colorado-theater-photography

denver-portrait-photographer, denver-portraits, denver-portrait-photography

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!

colorado-opera-photographer, colorado-opera-photos, colorado-opera-photography

denver-dance-photographer, denver-dance-photos, denver-dance-photography

denver-portrait-photographer, denver-portraits, denver-portrait-photography

denver-dance-photographer, denver-dance-photos, denver-dance-photography

denver-portrait-photographer, denver-portraits, denver-portrait-photography

denver-dance-photographer, denver-dance-photos, denver-dance-photography

denver-portrait-photographer, denver-portraits, denver-portrait-photography

denver-dance-photographer, denver-dance-photos, denver-dance-photography

colorado-opera-photographer, colorado-opera-photos, colorado-opera-photography

denver-dance-photographer, denver-dance-photos, denver-dance-photography

denver-portrait-photographer, denver-portraits, denver-portrait-photography

colorado-opera-photographer, colorado-opera-photos, colorado-opera-photography

denver-portrait-photographer, denver-portraits, denver-portrait-photography

colorado-opera-photographer, colorado-opera-photos, colorado-opera-photography

denver-portrait-photographer, denver-portraits, denver-portrait-photography

colorado-theater-photographer, colorado-theater-photos, colorado-theater-photography

denver-portrait-photographer, denver-portraits, denver-portrait-photography

hcolorado-theater-photographer, colorado-theater-photos, colorado-theater-photography

denver-portrait-photographer, denver-portraits, denver-portrait-photography

denver-dance-photographer, denver-dance-photos, denver-dance-photography

denver-dance-photographer, denver-dance-photos, denver-dance-photography

colorado-opera-photographer, colorado-opera-photos, colorado-opera-photography

denver-portrait-photographer, denver-portraits, denver-portrait-photography

colorado-theater-photographer, colorado-theater-photos, colorado-theater-photography

denver-portrait-photographer, denver-portraits, denver-portrait-photography

denver-dance-photographer, denver-dance-photos, denver-dance-photography

denver-portrait-photographer, denver-portraits, denver-portrait-photography

denver-portrait-photographer, denver-portraits, denver-portrait-photography

colorado-theater-photographer, colorado-theater-photos, colorado-theater-photography

denver-dance-photographer, denver-dance-photos, denver-dance-photography

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