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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.

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.

Support Systems and the Freelance Life

I got a text today that nearly made me cry. As a Colorado dance and storytelling photographer, and as a freelance photographer, I never know where my next check will be coming from. Literally. So when my aunt in Chicago had a potential high paying job for me (that is not the text I’m talking about), I took a serious look at it. It meant that I could see my family, make some money, and visit my favorite city. The catch was that the photos needed to be taken and edited before the end of the month. Oh, and my mom would be out of town during the second half of the month so I sort of needed to go during the first half. As I looked at my calendar, it became apparent that the only time I could go was during Valentine’s Day.

I love Valentine’s Day. I loved it when I was single, I loved it when I was in a long distance relationship, and I love it now that I live with my significant other. I did not want to miss out on spending that day with Mike. But this was a big paycheck. It would cover the cost of my flight and I didn’t have any plans to go home for a while.

So I asked Mike how he felt about me being gone that weekend. It was his response that nearly made me cry.

[Image Description: A screenshot of an iMessage screen. The first text (from me) reads “How much would you hate me if I went home for Valentines Day. Robbie might have a very well paying job for me.” The next text (from my boyfriend, Mike) reads “The roads should be much better now. If you go home for Valentine’s Day I wouldn’t be upset at all (besides missing you) You are a very successful photographer and I’ve come to accept that you will be asked to travel a lot. We can celebrate our love another day. You know I love you.”]2016-02-02 12.07.15

 

Freelancers, photographers, artists. We are hard people to be supportive of. Our lives are full of uncertainty, rejection, and failure. We are often unappreciated and unsupported by society, the government, and the general population. And then there are those few, special people who not only love us, but support us, are proud of us, and would never want us to give up our dreams. I am so lucky to have not one, but many of those people in my life. Everyone in my family is so supportive of me and my business and this text really showed me that.

Wanna chat about dance, family, photography, or life? Send me an email at jamie@jamiekraus.com.

Photo by Brianne Shaw of Heart Life Photography.