Stepping Out | Boulder Dance Photography

A few months ago, I had the opportunity to photograph a show by one of the biggest dance companies in the area. Boulder Ballet‘s show “Stepping Out” was a joyful, vibrant work. I was asked by Eli Akerstein to photograph the show alongside him. It can be very helpful to get a couple different perspectives at a dress rehearsal. I sat up in the seats, in the center to get lots of wide shots of the show, while Eli was up close, getting some interesting angles.

This show was a world premier of contemporary works. There were three pieces and they were each uniquely different from each other. The first piece was a light, classical piece full of pastels and fun interactions. This piece was accompanied by live music from Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony. The last piece was bright and upbeat, with an Irish vibe to it. There was lots of plaid and even some Irish step dancing.

While I normally gravitate toward anything vibrant and colorful, the second piece was my favorite. It was moody. It was emotional. It was dark, full of tension, and had the perfect amount of weirdness. It was set to an original piece of electronic music called Light Fandango created by Robert North. As much as I love color, weird is my favorite and when it comes to dance photography, tension is everything.

This show had something for everyone and definitely left you feeling happy, which was the whole point. The artistic director, Ana Claire, spoke before the show and noted that “Stepping Out” was created to bring joy to an emotional time post-election, without ignoring the problems at hand. I think it did a wonderful job and it certainly lifted my spirits.

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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.

Why to Hire a Professional | Denver Boulder Headshot Photography

First off, if your friend or a local students wants to photograph you and you’re up for it, then definitely go for it. Model for them, have some fun, be their muse. But if you need photos for auditions, promotions, your website or whatever, it’s always best to hire a professional. Here are 5 reasons why:

1. You’re in charge, not them

When you seek out a photographer and hire them, you are the client, and you are in charge. This doesn’t mean that you get to make all the rules. A professional photographer knows what they’re doing and you should listen to their advice. But, as the client, you get to customize the experience. If you need a photo of a certain person at an event, want a colorful wall as the background of a headshot, or have another specific idea for your session, your photographer can make it happen. Within reason, they’re job is to serve you and make sure you’re happy.

A great example of this is model sessions. Most photographers do model sessions when they wanna play with the camera or have a really cool idea. While client sessions are about bringing the client’s vision to life, model sessions are about the photographer’s vision. This is what you’ll get when you hire a friend. It’ll be fun, but it might not be what you really want.

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2. Money talks

No one wants to admit it, but money does talk. My paid sessions always come before my non-profit work, model sessions, and my personal work. This means they get priority booking, faster delivery, and more attention to detail. I run a business and I can’t pay for my cameras or groceries with exposure or experience. Money really can be that extra little push that makes someone put in more effort. It shows us that we are literally valued and worth it to our clients.

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3. Insurance

A very practical reason to hire a professional is insurance. Professional photographers, like myself, have all kinds of insurance. Liability insurance keeps the photographer and the client safe. If you get hurt at a session, liability insurance can cover the cost of medical care and damages.

Professional photographers have all sorts of fail safes put in place to protect the client. Birth photographers have back up photographers. Wedding photographers have second shooters. Portrait photographers have back up cameras and assistants. All professionals have contracts and insurance.

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4. Experience matters

Professional photographers have of experience and education under their belts. This makes a big difference. Photography isn’t just a gift that some people are born with. No one pops out of the womb a Pulitzer Prize winner. Talent is part of it sure but experience is most of it. Also, actually taking pictures is barely a quarter of our time as professionals. WE have to know how to edit, how to communicate with clients. We have to set up policies and systems for client management, bookkeeping, paying taxes, everything it takes to run a business. And most importantly for you, we have to know how make our clients feel comfortable and beautiful. This also takes time, education, and experience.

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5. No hard feelings

If the shoot doesn’t go wonderfully or you end up not loving the photos, a friend might take your feedback personally. With a professional, you never have to worry about hurting anyone’s feelings or ruining a relationship. Professionals know how to handle criticism and use it to improve their business. You might just gain a new friend instead of lose an old one.

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

Naropa’s Homeness | Boulder Theater Photography

Homeness was a beautiful, ethereal show centered around the spaces in the home. The play was born from a five day silent writing retreat that the Naropa students went on. When they returned from the trip, they compiled their different material into one cohesive piece of theater. Each scene took place in a different room of the house and told a different story about shelter, belonging, memories, and love.

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Cast/Creators

Rebecca Buckley
Landin Melendez
Gabriela Petrov
Ashley Rice
Madelyn Rose Robinson
Chie Saito
Kristin Marie Stelter
Annabel Turrado
K. Woodzick

Crew

Technical Director/Light Designer: Shevek Majors-Peer
Stage Manager: Michael Blendermann
Assistant Stage Manager: Emma Quarterman
Light Board Operator: Karen Cruz
Sound Board Operator: Cameron MacAlpine
Electrics and Staging: Brandon Thomas, Todd Bilsborough, Leo Soula-Hutchison, Jake Cacciatore

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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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6 Gift Ideas for Dance Teachers | Denver Dance Photography

Dance Teacher Appreciation Day is next Wednesday! Dance teachers work hard. Show your gratitude with these fun gift ideas. Below are seven gift ideas, from personal gifts to gifts from your whole class.

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Spa Day: Your dance teacher works hard and puts a lot of wear on their body. Treat them to a relaxing day at the spa or bring the spa to them. You can get them a gift card to a spa, like the Woodhouse Day Spas in Denver or DragonTree Spa in Boulder.

If you’re the crafty DIY type, you can make your own spa gift basket. Get some massage oils, lotions, bath bombs, and lots of Epson Salt. A dancer can never have too much Epson Salt.

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Leg Warmers: If you’re good at crocheting, handmade leg warmers is a very thoughtful gift for your dance teacher. Find out their favorite colors and make a pair they’ll love! Here are a bunch of free crochet patterns to get you started.

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Dance tickets: Gift your favorite dance teacher a night out. Get them a pair of tickets to a dance show they’ll love. The Newman Center in Denver always has a great season filled with dance companies from all over. There are tons of great local companies as well from Colorado Ballet to Cleo Parker  Robinson.

Dance Books: Misty Copeland’s “Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina
American Dance: The Complete Illustrated History by Margaret Fuhrer
Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet by Jennifer Homans

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Music: What dancer doesn’t love music? Getting your favorite teach a nice pair of headphones, a speaker set, or a subscription to Spotify Premium is a great way to give them the gift of music.

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Creative Session: A dance photography session can be a fantastic way to show your dance teacher how much you admire them. This gift not only shows them that you think they’re great, it shows them that you think their creativity is worth celebrating and showing off. Especially if your teacher doesn’t perform as much as they used to, a photo session is a ton of fun and a great way to get creative and “perform” in an out of the box way. I offer Denver and Boulder dance photography as well as session gift cards. Click here to find out more about creative dance sessions.

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Want to celebrate your creativity or honor someone else’s? Find out more about Creative Sessions and email me at jamie@jamiekraus.com. I would love to help tell your story through dance and photography.

Author Mary D | Boulder Headshot Photographer

By far, my favorite part of being a Boulder headshot photographer is showing people that they really can look good in photos. I so often get clients who say they never like any photos of themselves. Mary was one of those clients. This was her reaction to seeing the final, edited photos.

What can I say!  I literally said very loud, OMG, when I looked at the three, especially the first one.  I’m speechless.  You did a beautiful job.  Thank you so very, very much.

Thank you for putting them in black and white also.  I never thought of that though it could come in handy to have B&W. Some of the ones I didn’t care for in color I really like in B&W.

In every way possible, you’ve been a total delight to work with.

Mary is an author and is working on a new book. She was such a joy to photograph. We met on the day of her session and chatted the whole time. We walked through Chautauqua Park together, taking portraits along the way. Then, we drove to a nearby garden and found some lovely spots to take a few more photos before the sun set.

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

SPILL | Colorado Theater Photographer

Naropa Unversity’s SPILL is a play about the 2010 BP oil spill and the Deepwater Horizon explosion that caused it. The play shows the tragedy from the perspectives of the oil rig workers, their families, scientists, lawyers, and residents in the gulf region. This piece told a emotional and honest story that delved far deeper than what was heard on the news at the time.

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SPILL is inspired by true events. I spent three years interviewing people affected by the DEEPWATER HORIZON explosion and the resulting BP oil spill of 2010, the largest environmental disaster in United States history. My artistic team has also studied court documents, media coverage, and other found text as source material in our investigation. While most of the dialogue comes directly from these interviews and documents, the piece also includes original writing based on these interviews, as well as conversations, observations, and our firsthand experiences.

The people we have met in the Gulf have changed our lives forever. I had been warned that we should be careful, that the people of Texas and Louisiana might be reluctant to participate in a project on this topic, particularly as an outsider. But in truth, the people we met welcomed us, they were incredibly generous with their time, and they made us feel very much at home. The story of this place and the people is far more complicated than I realized when I first began. Their stories speak to the very complicated and politically charged energy issues of our time.

—Leigh Fondakowski, playwright / director

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CAST

Sondra Blanchard: Narrator, Arleen Weise, Andrea Fleytas, Kerry St. Pé, Ensemble.
Jade Garisch: Shelley Anderson, Ensemble.
Mark Gibson: Mike Williams, Pat O’ Bryan, Michael Brune, Johnathan Henderson, Ensemble.
Joshua Lorris: Bill Anderson, Jimmy Harrell, Steve Bertone, Billy Nungesser, Ensemble.
Michael Sater: Bob Bea, Randy Ezell, Jorey Danos Ensemble.
Kevin Vaught: Keith Jones, Christopher Pleasant, Pat Cambell, Gary Bartholemy, Ensemble.
John Wittbrodt: Jason Anderson, Tony Hayward, Ensemble.
China Young: Lillian Meyer, Mary Landry, Jolene Danos, Ensemble.

CREW

Michael Blendermann: Video Operator
Jake Cacciatore: Set Carpenter
Karen Cruz: Assistant Stage Manager (Lead)
Emma Quarterman: Light Board Operator/Light Design Assistant
Brandon Thomas: Assistant Stage Manager

ARTISTIC COLLABORATORS

Ethelyn Friend & Lorenzo Gonzalez: Dialects
Gary Grundei: Composer
Sarah Lambert: Set Designer
Cameron MacAlpine: Sound Design/Sound Board Operator
Shevek Majors-Peer: Lighting Designer
Colleen Mylott: Assistant Director/Choreography
Jeffrey Sichel: Producer
Leo Soula-Hutchison and Malachi Tharp: Production Stage Manager

SPILL was written and directed by Leigh Fondakowski.
Dramaturgy by: Sarah Lambert, Kelli Simpkins, and Reeva Wortel.
Development: SPILL was originally commissioned by the Center for the Arts at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.
Commissioned and Developed with support from The Ensemble Studio Theatre / Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science and Technology Project.
SPILL premiered on March 14, 2014 at Louisiana State University’s Swine Palace, George Judy, Artistic Director; Kristin Sosnowsky, Managing Director, in Baton Rouge, LA, in association with The Study Group

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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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Writing Coach Megan | Boulder Headshot Photographer

Megan and I met at a female entrepreneurs networking event last winter. She is an awesome writing coach who has been helping me with my new website copy. One of the things I love most about headshot photography is getting to spend some time with such amazing people.

If you’re looking for some writing inspiration yourself, Megan is leading a Writing Retreat in Boulder from November 4th – 7th. Plus, I may be offering super special headshot sessions for participants! Send her an email at megan@meganwalrod.com if you’re interested.

We decided to do Megan’s headshot session at her house north of Boulder (where the retreat will be taking place) since she lives on some beautiful land with gardens, fields, and a pond. We did some fun photos to let out all the stress and jitters and then we did some more professional, but still warm and relateable, headshots.

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