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Sip and Sing | Denver Performing Arts Photography

Denver performing arts photography is never boring. There are so many fun and unique events going on in this city, on any given night. Like an opera concert in a jazz club with food and wine! These events have become a staple of Opera Colorado’s season. They have events like these all throughout the year, not just their mainstage opera productions. And some of the events are actually free! Sip and Sing is a really fun event series that combines opera arias, wine, and food, in an amazing urban setting.

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This event took place at Nocturne, in the RiNo Arts District. Nocturne is a jazz club in an industrial building with a stage area and an upper-level atrium that overlooks it. They serve amazing food and drinks in the evening. There’s even a grand piano, which is always fun to photograph. It is such an eclectic and beautiful space!

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Similar to the last wine and opera event at the Balistreri Vineyards, there were three curated sets: each set included three arias sung by Opera Colorado’s Young Artists and was paired with a different wine, hand picked to complement the music by an in-house sommelier. This time, there were food pairings as well. Guests were treated to a three course meal during the concert, one course for each set of arias and each glass of wine. After the concert, was a little after party on the top level, with dessert and mingling, while a jazz band played for dinners below.

Opera Colorado is doing more of these Sip and Sing events throughout the year. They had one at the Preservery and another back at Nocturne, just last month. You won’t want to miss the next one!

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

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Meet the Jurors | Denver Headshots Photography

For the announcement of the new Presenting Denver Dance Festival last May, I photographed the Festival’s jurors for their website. They were all incredibly sweet and so excited to be a part of the first ever dance festival in Denver!

The Jurors

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Laurence Anthony Curry began moving at an early age as a national competitor in martial arts. He has since worked as a professional actor, dancer, and choreographer, working around the world. Mr. Curry is currently Artistic Director of Moving Truth (Modern Fusion) and Co-Director of Dance Doxology. “As a native of Colorado, I am so proud to have witnessed and been a part of the incredible evolving, momentum professional dance is gaining in the Mile High and around the country. I am so thankful for Meredith Hutson’s vision, leadership and the leveraged efforts of Presenting Denver Dance Festival.”

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Darrell Anderson is a painter and multimedia artist based in Denver, Colorado. Mr. Anderson has been involved in several juried and invitational exhibits such as the Cherry Creek Arts Festival. He is a Board Member of Celebrate Colorado Artists and a member of the new Mile High Stadium District’s Public Art Advisory Committee. His newest endeavor is exhibiting with the Colorado Ballet.

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Steve Seifert served for over 14 years as the Executive Director of the Newman Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Denver and founded its Newman Center Presents multi-disciplinary series.  He co-chaired the Local Steering Committee for the National Performing Arts Convention in Denver in 2008. Before assuming his duties at the Newman Center, Steve consulted the City of Denver regarding strategy and finances for the renovation of Denver’s Historic Auditorium Theatre, now the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. He was Executive Director of Opera Colorado from 1997-2001.

 

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

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Graceful Parent Janet | Lafayette Headshot Photography

Janet came to me looking to do personal branding headshots with water as her main background. Colorado may be landlocked but there are a few bodies of water in the area. When we were looking for a water location for Lafayette headshot photography, I found Waneka Lake. It had the water that Janet connected so strongly with and an adorable beach house, which offered her a nice place to change outfits. Plus, this photo shoot location doesn’t require any permit, which is so hard to find in the area. I knew it would be the perfect location when I got out of my car. I couldn’t even see the lake yet, but I could smell it! Growing up, I spent my summers in Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan so the lake smell felt so familiar to me. I haven’t found anywhere else in Colorado that gave me the same feeling.

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Janet runs The Graceful Parent, a website for parents of children with mental health, developmental, and learning disabilities. through her own experience, she helps parents and grandparents develop coping mechanisms to deal with the unique issues they face on a day to day basis. Her strong intuitive abilities and passion for her mission make her an excellent teacher in her community.

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For her personal branding portraits, we wanted to convey a sense of calm and contentedness. The calm, still water was one component of that and she has a naturally gentle face, which made my job easy! Together, we chose outfits that complemented her branding colors, so that the photos wouldn’t look out of place on her website or promotional materials. Throughout the session, I made sure to pose and photograph her in a way that felt very approachable. We even played around in the water for a some of the shots!

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Lucia di Lammamoore | Denver Performing Arts Photography

Each year, I photograph the Student Matinee at Opera Colorado. This show is performed by the Opera Colorado Young Artists for an audience of students from elementary and high schools around Colorado. It’s an amazing opportunity for students to see professional opera production on the main stage. In past years, students got the chance to see Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Lori Laitman’s The Scarlet Letter. Denver performing arts photography can present a few challenges so I wanted to go into my approach to photographing this show.

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The unusual thing about this performance is that there is no time for a dress rehearsal. The Young Artists only perform this show one time, on stage, and that is in front of a full audience. This is a huge challenge for them but you would never guess it. They always perform amazingly for the students! It’s also a challenge for me! Photographing with a live audience isn’t always preferred because it can be difficult to get the photos I need, without being disruptive. There are a few steps I take to make sure I stay quiet and out of the way, while still making the best images possible.

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I always dress in black, head to toe. If you know me, you know this is very out of character! I love wearing colorful clothes, but for these performances, I need to blend into the darkness. I also know this theater well, so I know where I can be that is out of the way and what paths to take. I set up a little home base, that is very out of the way of the audience. It’s also right in the center of the theater, so it’s perfect for getting wide-angle photos to show the whole scene and the set.

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Seeing a show before photographing it, is really helpful because I can plan where to be when and what angle and lens I want to use at each point in the show. I’m always able to see this opera (performed by the mainstage artists) before photographing the Student Matinee, which is great. I do move around the theater a lot when I photograph performances, but I’m able to gauge the best times to move without being disruptive. I also make sure I crouch down as much as possible, in the aisles so I’m not blocking anyone’s view. I’m always aware of the music and I try to click during the loudest points and keep it to a minimum during the quiet moments.

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It’s usually ideal to photograph a performance during a dress rehearsal, but that isn’t always an option. A lot of times companies don’t have access to the theater before the show opens. Sometimes, the show isn’t quite polished off until the audience is in their seats. Photographing with an audience can be the best option, in some cases. Using these methods, I haven’t heard any audience complaints, and I’m still able to get a wide variety of images for my clients!

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Lucia di Lammermoor Cast and Crew

Opera by Gaetano Donizetti
Libretto by Salvadore Cammarano
Conductor: Andres Caldera
Stage Director: Jordan Braun
Lighting Designer: Lucas Krech
Wig and Makeup Design: Ronell Oliveri
Accompanist: Parisa Zaeri
Young Artist Director: Cherity Koepke

Lucia: Allison Nicholas
Edgardo: Omar Najmi
Alisa: Danielle Lombardi
Narrator/Normanno: Ryan Bradford
Enrico: Charles Eaton
Arturo: Brett Sprague
Raimondo: Matthew Trevino

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

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Bird Fur in RiNo | Denver Brand Photography

Bird Fur Tees is the t-shirt company my brother, Josh, created. Josh has always had a quirky sense of humor and an entrepreneurial spirit and this company has been the perfect combination for him. His shirts are funny, weird, timely, and sometimes even philanthropic. He’s always posting behind the scenes photos, new designs, and funny memes on his Facebook page. Go ahead and take a look.

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All our shoots have been in urban parts of Denver with bright, colorful murals as our backdrop. These kinds of locations are my absolute favorites since I’m pretty much addicted to bright colors and patterns. This time, we went back to RiNo, the location for our original photoshoot. This neighborhood is full of awesome breweries, coffee shops and tons of cool murals.

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This awesome woman was just rollerblading by our photo shoot and we asked her to try on a tank for some photos. She was totally up for it and she even showed us some cool tricks! She and her boyfriend were in town from Ohio, where she’s part of a roller derby team. We asked her to pick her favorite shirt to model and she loved the aliens one.

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Of course, we stole another dog (which we returned again) to cameo in some photos. I think this little guy really identified with the “Please let there be a dog at this party” shirt! Plus, Juliet is the animal whisperer so we got some great photos.

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We found the perfect spot for our group photos. This little fabric shop looks like it’s been closed for ages but these signs are timeless and perfect for t-shirt brand photography! Plus, the sunset was pretty great. Typical Colorado!

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Need to spice up your website and up your social media game? I would love to chat about creating engaging, eye-catching photos for you and your company. Contact me at jamie@jamiekraus.com.

Park Hill Dance Collective in the Rain | Denver Dance Photography

Denver weather can change in an instant, which can make planning sessions a bit tricky. But I love Denver dance photography in all kinds of weather. I had a creative session with Park Hill Dance Collective planned for a Sunday in the Fall at City Park. A half hour before the session, Karlyn called me because it was pouring out. She knew her company dancers would be fine with dancing in the rain but we had also scheduled headshots for her youth company at the same session and she didn’t want the kids to get soaking wet and catch colds. We almost moved this session to a dryer location at the last minute but I am so glad we didn’t. We missed all the downpours and just had a light mist the whole time. Plus there were plenty of overhangs to duck under and places to run in to stay warm.

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This rainy, foggy day proved to be quite beautiful for our creative session with Park Hill Dance Collective. We did the last Collective shoot a few years ago, and they needed some updated portraits and photos from their new pieces. City Park is an awesome location to do a session of any kind. For Park Hill, it was perfect since it’s just a few blocks away from their studio. Karlyn and the company have always been very connected to their neighborhood, so I’m so glad we were able to incorporate that into our session this time.

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City Park has some great natural areas, but being the city kid that I am, I always gravitate toward the architectural features. We started out behind the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, where there is a super cool sculpture (I’m a sucker for public art!) and some fun windows. The male dancers could only stay for the first part of the session, so the ladies and I had some fun at the end. We went down to the lake, where there is this lovely little retaining wall and a great view of the fountain and boathouse. I thought we might get some epic skyline views too, but by the time we got there the fog was so thick, you couldn’t see the buildings anymore! I think we got some pretty epic photos none-the-less.

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I had to include this blooper, just for fun!

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

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.