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Gerado – New Legacy High School | Denver Senior Photography

Gerardo and I met at the Denver Nature and Science Museum as part of a senior portrait event with New Legacy High School. New Legacy High School is a Denver charter school for young parents. It’s half high school/half early learning center so the students and their children can learn at the same time. When I saw the opportunity to volunteer to photograph senior portraits for these students, I went for it. It was a great opportunity to dip my toes in the Denver senior photography world, while giving back at the same time.

Gerardo was one of the 3 students I photographed that day. When he showed up, I immediately noticed his awesome shoes. I loved the little pop of color on the backs. (check them out in his last photo). He and another student at the school have a daughter together. This little kid is a total daddy’s girl. The whole session, she was trying to play with him and following him around everywhere we went. The three of them are such a cute family.

We had a lot of fun at our session! We did half the session outside, in the park and the other half in the museum. There are some cool modern areas with great natural light in the Museum of Nature and Science. And with City Park right there, we had the perfect mix of nature and modern.

I’m so glad I participated in this event. I approached senior portraits similarly to my headshot sessions. For me, it’s all about creating a fun and relaxed experience and bringing out my client’s personality. I love senior photography and I cannot wait to do more!

For more senior fun, take a look at Layla’s session here.

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

Presenting Denver Website | Denver Dance Photographer

Back in September, Presenting Denver and I collaborated on a photo session to create images for their new website. They wanted to convey dance without focusing on faces or individuals. As a Denver dance photographer, this was a really fun challenge for me. It forced me to take a step back and get really creative.

Around the same time, I walked all over Denver, capturing the essence of the city. As I went through the images from both projects, I noticed how well the photos paired together to show Denver and dance through similar compositions.

Dance : Denver

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Be sure to take a look at the beautiful website designed by Mary Lane: www.presentingdenver.org

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.

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Dance by Design in Pilsen | Chicago Dance Photographer

I love being able to work in a shoot or two when I go home to Chicago. I thrive when I can capture its vibrancy and all it has to offer. I’ve always said that Chicago is my first love so this shoot is a bit more personal for me than the other Dance by Design shoots I’ve done.

Pam is a family friend who I’ve known her for years and has even joined us for Thanksgiving dinner. She helped me make a skirt out of ties while I was going through my Avril Lavigne phase and invited me to fashion shows when I was in high school.  Trinity and I were both interns at Jacob’s Pillow. Trinity was the food services intern, so I made sure to be extra nice to her. We ended up keeping each other awake while we drove all night to Chicago after the summer ended.

We decided to do the shoot in Pilsen, a predominately Mexican neighborhood, just south of where I grew up. It has beautiful murals, great thrifting, and of course the best Mexican food in the state. Chicago is definitely a city of neighborhoods and cultures, so I think Pilsen shows the essence of the city in a way that the downtown cannot.

Pam was so generous and she designed and styled the pieces that Trinity wore for the shoot. I asked each of them a few questions about what inspires them.

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Tell me about the company or school you are associated with?

I’m a senior at Columbia College Chicago. I will be graduating in May 2016 with a BFA in dance with a concentration in dancemaking.

How would you describe your style of dance?

My favorite styles of dance are Modern and West African Dance. My movement is influenced by both of these styles as well as my training in floorwork and gaga techniques.

What is your connection to Chicago?

I’m originally from Sun Prairie, Wisconsin and moved to Chicago for school. My mom’s side is from Chicago so I’ve been to the city many times growing up. It nice to live here, I’m such a city girl.

What is your favorite thing about Chicago?

I enjoy the diversity and the art and food culture here. There is so much packed into this beautiful city.

What does dance do for you/mean to you?

Moving my body in relationship to music is my favorite thing to do. Dancing is when I’m happiest, it’s my outlet and source of communication. I love being in the studio creating and working with other dancers through this beautiful language.

Pamela Kosanovich

What was your inspiration/thought process when you designed these pieces?

Knowing that your model had dark skin, incredible features and such an amazing figure , I thought light color, sheer with hints of gold would not distract from her beauty or her movement. She looks stunning and the location is quite colorful and urban so I like the contrast.

How would you describe your design aesthetic?

For this project I chose soft, flowy and very unconstructed. Pieces that would move with her and not distract from your photos or her dance.

What is your connection to Chicago?

Born and raised in the area. I had a bridal design company in Bucktown for many years and taught fashion design at SAIC.

What is your favorite thing about Chicago?

I have lived in NY and many other cities but Chicago will always be my favorite. The diversity of the neighborhoods and the friendly attitude that you normally encounter is what always brings me back.

What does fashion do for you/mean to you?

I guess being able create something beautiful, functional and lasting is my first thought when I create something. Each person I design for always has something unique about them that inspires me.

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Dancer: Trinity Bobo

instagram: @lovetrinitybobo

Designer: Pamela Kosanovich

Location: Pilsen, Chicago, IL

I am always looking to collaborate with more dancers and designers. If you’re interested in working with me and other local artists, send me a message!

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. 

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Dance by Design in the Santa Fe Arts District | Denver Dance Photographer

Once again, I am just blown away by all the amazing artists in this city. I love collaborating with all these creative minds for my Dance by Design project. It’s a collaborative, multi-shoot project involving local dancers, fashion designers, and locations around Denver.

For this shoot, ballerina Molly Klug wore two sets of jewelry by MKaltenbach in two different locations. This is part two of the shoot, in the Santa Fe Arts District with Molly wearing MKaltenbach’s Bone Squash Blossom necklace, along with turquoise earrings and a bunch of fun bracelets.

Part one took place in an amazing field of sunflowers. You have to see these photos!

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Molly is in her second season with Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company and has been living in Denver for just over a year.

“Dance is first and foremost a way to express myself. I, and I think many dancers, find it so freeing to be able to express my emotions physically. I would also say that in many ways dance is a safe haven for me, in that it is familiar and I know that I can always have it with me if I choose to. I have been dancing for a very long time (started when I was 3) and so it has been a constant in my life for so many years.”

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“Megan Kaltenbach started designing jewelry during her free time while she was a full-time model living in the Financial District in Lower Manhattan. In May of 2010 she started making necklaces to fulfill her love for fashion. She chose MKaltenbach for the name of her company to keep the legacy of her last name alive. Meg currently lives in Denver, CO with her husband, blogging and designing for MKaltenbach full time.”

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Dancer: Molly Klug

instagram: @mollklug

Jewelry Designer: MKaltenbach

instagram: @M_Kaltenbach

facebook: /MKaltenbach

website: www.mkaltenbach.com

Location: Santa Fe Art District, Denver, CO

I am always looking to collaborate with more dancers and designers. If you’re interested in working with me and other local artists, send me a message!

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. 

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National Dance Day | Denver Dance Photographer

I thought National Dance Day was the perfect day to officially reveal my new dance photography project! It’s called Dance by Design and it’s a collaborative, multi-shoot project involving local dancers, fashion designers, and locations around Denver.

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My first shoot for the project was with Paul Morland and RBClassics in LoDo. Paul was born and raised in Denver and is now attending NYU’s Tisch school. RBClassics is a new company that makes loud shorts for bold men.

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Paul wore the Prarie House and Mesa styles for the shoot.

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Dancer: Paul Morland

insta: @paulmorland

Shorts Designer: RBClassics

insta: @rbclassics

website (under construction): www.rbclassics.com

Location: LoDo Denver, CO

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. 

Kody and Nat | Chicago Dance Photograher

Fun fact: I was born and raised in Chicago. Every time I came back to visit throughout college, I never felt truly home until I went to Millennium Park. I’m moving to Colorado tomorrow but before I moved away for good, I just had to have a photo shoot there.

Kody and I met at Jacob’s Pillow where he was a Contemporary Program participant and I was the Photography Intern. We did a little photo session with Christine while we were there, which was a lot of fun. He lives in Chicago and is a dancer with DanceWorks Chicago so we decided to do a dance photo shoot on our home turf.

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He brought his boyfriend Nat, who dances in the Joffrey Studio Company and the three of us had a blast.

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Some of my favorite buildings are in the background of the image below and I love how Nat and Kody became part of the skyline for this shot.

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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.