Breakthrough Artist Alison | Boulder Headshot Photography

Alison is Boulder’s Breakthrough Artist! She uses art to help women of all ages tell their story, learn more about themselves, and feel empowered. I loved connecting with her and talking to her about her work because this is exactly what I am striving to do with my Boulder headshot photography! I wholeheartedly believe that art is such a powerful tool that can be used to transform people’s lives and the world. I love seeing other women in my community using art for good.

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Alison runs the Honey Beadery, an energetic, innovative, creative art studio and garden. She hosts workshops and classes, and creates gorgeous work of her own. Her workshops are perfect for self-aware, open, and curious women who are interested in learning more about themselves. They are more than just craft events, they are a form of art therapy. Participants create beaded work while exploring themselves on a deeper level, through Alison’s guidance.

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We chose to do her personal branding headshots in her studio and garden since the place is so integral to her work. Her studio is amazing! It is full of light and bright colors. There are art supplies everywhere. I think it might be heaven. Her garden so clearly shows the love she has put into it. It is lush and beautiful. She went to Alchemy Face Bar for her make and did her own hair since she used to be a hairdresser. She looked amazing, don’t you think? I also loved the outfits she brought to the session. The bright colors she chose helped make the portraits so joyful and brought out the blue in her eyes so well. And since she makes jewelry, she picked out bracelets, earrings, and necklaces to go with each outfit.

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

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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.