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Theater Marketer Rachel | Chicago Headshot Photography

Last year, while I was home, in Chicago, for Thanksgiving, I hosted a headshot and wine event. I offered mini headshot sessions and we had some wine and cheese to mingle over before the sessions. It had been a few years since I did Chicago headshot photography (I work primarily in Denver) and it was so fun to get back to shooting there. I did the sessions in the neighborhood I grew up in. There were still some fall leaves that hadn’t fallen yet and I loved all the textures and backgrounds the neighborhood provided.

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Rachel is my oldest friend. Our moms are good friends and we were born only a few months apart, so we grew up together. Somehow, we ended up working in the same industry, although in completely different parts of the country. While I photograph a lot of performing arts and theater, Rachel works in marketing for theater companies. She is also a theater critic, writing for Broadway World and her own blog, Rachel Weinberg Reviews. She’s currently in school, pursuing her master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University.

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Rachel has always been obsessed with purple and I love the purple top she brought to her session! The timing of our session was perfect. I hardly get to see Rachel anymore, now that we live so far apart and it was great to spend some time with her at our session. She even brought her mom so our moms could hang out while the two of us got to catch up. Plus, pretty soon, she’ll be looking for a new job when she graduates and now she’ll have a fresh, new headshot to promote herself with on Linked In!

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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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Dance Warriors – Climate Change | Chicago Dance Photography

The Dance Warriors project is an artistic response to political and social issues, in collaboration with dancers across the country. This project started as my response to our changing political climate and my desire to make an impact for the better. This session took place just a few weeks after Trump won the 2016 presidential election.

I usually try to schedule a photography session when I visit home over Thanksgiving break. This time, I knew I wanted to do a Dance Warriors session in a particular part of Chicago. There were a couple of old coal plants that were set to be demolished and I thought they would be the perfect backdrop for a session about climate change. This is a topic that Kelleigh McIntosh is very passionate about, and we were able to connect thanks to the power of the internet. At our session, we talked a lot about climate change deniers and the negative impact they can have on the planet, especially when they are in positions of power. The fact that the coal plants were coming down was a sign of change for the better but the recent election left us less than hopeful for the future.

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Tell me a bit about yourself.

Kelleigh Harman McIntosh graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Dance and Biology. She has performed works choreographed by Taylor Craver, Kiefer Otto, and J Lindsay Brown Dance. Kelleigh’s passion for choreography began to grow after premiering her work “Phantasmagoria” at the American College Dance Association. Since then, she has had the opportunity to present work at Eisenhower Dance’s New Dance Festival, choreograph for “Goliath” a dance film produced by Ben Richmond and work with Esoteric Dance Company through their choreographic mentorship program. Her goals as a choreographer include using movement as a vessel to explore an individual’s physical and emotional limitations through a collaborative process.

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Why are you passionate about climate change?

Our environment is important. Its health and stability majorly influence access to basic human needs such as fresh water and sustainable food sources. Although scientists and climatologists are able to convey research of environmental concerns, those messages are not always heard or understood.

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What do you think is the intersection between art and politics?

Dancers have the unique ability to communicate through a different type of physical and artistic voice. It is my hope that artists are able to spread information about climate change to a larger audience and promote the movement to heal our planet.

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Want engaging production photos to reach new audiences and sell more tickets? Want to be a part of Dance Warriors? I would love to help tell your story through photos. Contact me here or message me at jamie@jamiekraus.com.

World Series Champions | Chicago Dance Photographer

I am a very proud Chicagoan and while I grew up on the south side, I will still root for the Cubs (unless it’s a crosstown classic), because they’re my home team too. I honestly didn’t think they would win the Word Series last year. I was shocked! I was so excited! And then I was really sad that I wasn’t there to celebrate. So to make up for not being at the game or the rally, my friend Hannah and I got together and did a Cub’s inspired Creative Dance Session in Wrigleyville.

Just like dancing, being a dance photographer is a great way to express yourself. November was a really shitty month for me, so being able to celebrate the Cub’s World Series win and express my joy and pride, was pretty therapeutic for me. Hannah also grew up in Chicago and moved away, so this was really the first time either of us were able to celebrate in our hometown.

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Want engaging dance portraits for you or your company? 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.

The Balan’s Thanksgiving | Chicago Family Photographer

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The time my family spends together and our ever-evolving traditions are so important to me, especially now that I live far away from my hometown. Thanksgiving is by far my favorite family holiday. We always have it at my aunt and uncle’s house. We spend two days prepping and cooking. Everyone pitches in to cook and bake and clean. We all cram into the kitchen, trying not to step on the dog or cat. For dinner, we invite friends over from near and far, we eat, drink, and talk (mostly about inappropriate things). After dessert, we belt out old songs and watch terrible movies. It’s chaos, it’s crazy, it’s perfect, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Because these memories are so important to us, I wanted to make sure they were preserved. So, since I’m a family photographer, I photographed my own family during one of my favorite holidays.

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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