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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!

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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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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

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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

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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.

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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

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.

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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!?

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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!

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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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Opera Colorado Poetry Workshop | Colorado Opera Photographer

I was going through some older photos and I happened upon the images from Opera Colorado’s Poetry Workshop last season. This workshop for high school students engaged all the senses and was full of inspiration.

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At Converge Denver in RiNo, the Opera Colorado Young Artists performed and a live artists painted in response. Scarlet Letter librettist and Colorado’s Poet Laureate Emeritus, David Mason, spoke about the text of The Scarlet Letter. There was a popcorn station with toppings like M&Ms and parmesan. There were giant pads of paper, crayons, and markers so the students could draw out what they were thinking and feeling. All the while, they were creating original poems inspired by The Scarlet Letter and their surroundings.

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Want engaging event 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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Choose Your Own Adventure | Colorado Storytelling Photographer

Today is the last day of Chanukah. Last night, I lit the menorah and sang the blessings with my boyfriend and my dad. Then we drove around the neighborhood to look at Christmas lights. Even though both my parents are Jewish, both of these activities are holiday traditions in our family.

I love being Jewish because there is no right or wrong way to do it. Judaism taught me to question everything and showed me that my identity is a Choose Your Own Adventure book. I don’t consider myself to be a religious person but I’ll always be a Jew. I had a Bat Mitzvah, I questioned everything, I celebrate Chanukah, and I chose my own identity.

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to start working with a Bar and Bat Mitzvah Photographer. Dave at InSync Photography and Design is a wonderful photographer (and person!) and I love photographing Mitzvahs alongside him. While working for Dave, I’ve been able to witness so many young Jews read the torah, question everything, and choose their own adventures. I am so grateful to be able to be a part of these milestones; they have brought me closer to my own Judaism. I’ve decided to share some photos of a few Bar and Bat Mitzvahs that I photographed with InSync Photography and Design, in honor of my favorite Jewish holiday.

Jason

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Samantha

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Zara

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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