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.

Amber on the High Line | New York Dance Photographer

The last time I was in New York City, I reconnected with a few friends from Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. I did dance sessions with three of them while I was in town and Amber was the last dance session I did before heading home. It was a little chilly, so we met in the Chelsea Market to look over outfits and plan everything out. Then, we went up to the High Line to start shooting!

The High Line is such an awesome urban trail. It’s an industrial/nature walk built on the old elevated train tracks and runs through Chelsea in Manhattan. The last time, I was there, they had only finished the first couple sections of it. The last part goes up to the water and overlooks a rail yard. It was really cool to see the whole thing completed.

Amber did an amazing job at this session. Of course, I knew she would because this isn’t the first time I’ve photographed her. She was my student spotlight during the Contemporary Program at Jacob’s Pillow. Check out that session here! These sessions were two and a half years apart so it was amazing to see her again and see how she’s grown as an artist.

In that time, she has graduated from Julliard and founded a dance non-profit, Art Belongs to People. She also just finished her role in the Cirque du Soleil show “Paramour” on Broadway. I got all sorts of gossip about life as a Broadway dancer. And she was learning some aerials skills from the other dancers while she was there. What an awesome woman!

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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.

 

At A Crossroads Promo | Denver Dance Photography

One Sunday morning in February, about a dozen kids and a bunch of adults woke up at the crack of dawn and started running through the middle of the street. Did they all go crazy? Was there something in the water? Nope. They were just dancers.

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Park Hill Dance Academy and I planned out this elaborate dance creative session to promote their show, At A Crossroads (get tickets here!). We wanted to convey that theme of being at a crossroads in life, of decision making and turning points.

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Mary Chase Doll is one of the the guest choreographers for this work and she had the idea to do the photoshoot at the intersection by the dance studio. We had parents pushing the crosswalk buttons and watching for cars. I was up on a huge ladder, and Mary was shouting directions at the dancers from off camera. It was really fun to see everything come together to create Mary’s vision for the poster.

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We all had a super fun morning and got some really cool photos! I always love the behind the scenes shots too. Here are a few of the dancers practicing their moves and Karlyn talking to her students.

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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.

Aerial Dance in Colorado Springs | Colorado Dance Photographer

I have always wanted to do an urban aerial dance session, so when Sadie and I met up for our photo shoot in Colorado Springs, we started wandering around the city looking for a place to set up. Well, it turns out the cops weren’t as excited about our idea. We started by going to a fire house and asking if they could help up with our project. They said no, so we kept searching. We finally found the perfect bridge to suspend the silks from and just as Sadie was finished tying all the knots and making sure they were secure, the police pulled up. They kindly told us to leave so we went to a nearby park instead. At the park, there was a really cool, vine-covered structure so we set up there. Before ending our session, Sadie did some dancing on land as well.

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Want dance portraits that show off your creativity? 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.

Denver Art Show | Denver RAW Artists

Guess what guys! I’m going to be in an art show! I’m super excited since this is my first show and it’s an incredibly fun one. There’s going to be fashion shows and performances and drinks and dancing and a ton of awesome art. I have some really exciting stuff planned for the show and some gorgeous dance prints for sale (plus a special giveaway).

Please come and support me. I would love to see you there! The event is Thursday, March 24th at 7pm at City Hall in Denver. Get your tickets here: https://www.rawartists.org/tickets/purchase/1916/295565 and find out more about the show here: http://www.rawartists.org/jamiekrausphoto

The price goes up after March 17th so be sure to buy your tickets before then! Use the link above to support me directly.

Jamie Kraus-RAW-Denver presents SIGNATURE

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Freyja Movement | Denver Yoga and Dance Photographer

As a Colorado dance photographer, I have always wondered what a performance combining dance and yoga would be like. Freyja Movement showed me exactly how awesome it is. They performed at the StapletOM Yoga Festival and everyone loved their incredible performance. I was also able to pull them aside and take a few fun shots of the group.

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Want engaging yoga or 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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The Space Between | Boulder Dance Photography

I was invited to photograph The Space Between, a performance by Naropa University’s Somatic Counseling Psychology students. Even though these students were not dance students, they were incredible dancers and choreographers.

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Naropa’s website descibes the show much better than I ever could, so I’ll let them do just that. “Directed by MA Somatic Counseling Psychology students Gaelyn Powell and Stefanie Raccuglia , “the space between” is a collection of sixteen individual works delving into themes of contrast, relationship, intimacy, and authenticity.

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“The culmination of months of artistic exploration into the tension between polarities and the vulnerability of the human experience, this concert reflects creators’ commitment to honesty through embodied performance.

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“The presentation of this emotionally motivated work takes shape through a variety of modalities, including, dance, music, sound, spoken word and acro-yoga. The palpable courage and depth of each creator’s exploration ensures an experience for the audience that is far more than simply entertaining.”

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The show ended with a dance party, my favorite way to end any performance!

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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.