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Park Hill Dance Collective | Denver Dance Photographer

When Park Hill Dance Collective came to me about a creative session, I was so excited to work with them! As a Denver dance photographer, I love working with dancers from different disciplines and backgrounds. Each new genre presents a new set of challenges and keeps me on my toes. This group had such a wide range of styles, yet they worked together so effortlessly.

I know Emily through volunteering with Presenting Denver and I photographed her once already. She was one of the fanatic anonymous dancers from this session for PD’s website.

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Amanda Tipton joined for for this session, as my amazing assistant. She took these wonderful behind the scenes photos for me and I love them. Thank you Amanda!

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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.

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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. 

Amber Pickens | Colorado Dance Photographer

Amber and I met at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival last summer, while I was the photography intern and she was a participant in the Contemporary Dance Program. She was also the recipient of the Lorna Strassler award, a Jacob’s Pillow student scholarship, and is currently a senior in the The Julliard School’s B.F.A. Program. It’s clear to me that she is going to go far in this world!

Amber Pickens at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

What struck me most while I was photographing Amber was her strength. Not her physical strength, but her strength as a woman and as a person. Each one of her movements was so powerful and emotional. Each pose told a little piece of her story. And that is what I think makes a great dancer.

Amber Pickens at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

When I photograph dancers during creative sessions like these, I rely on their creativity to bring the images to life. I try not to dictate the poses they do and instead help them find inspiration from their surroundings or give them vague ideas to go off of. In this way the images become a portrait of themselves as a dancer and a person. They show their imagination and personality through their own medium of expression and I capture it through mine.

Amber Pickens at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

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. 

Amber Pickens at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

 

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. 

Gallery

The Contemporary Program

It’s always sad to see a group of students leave. I had a great time photographing many of the Contemporary Program Participants in The School at Jacob’s Pillow and I wish I was able to have a photo shoot with each one of them. Here are some of my favorites from their time here.

Adventures in the Dark | Dance Photography

A few nights ago, I had a photo shoot with Adrian Hoffman, a Contemporary Student in The School at Jacob’s Pillow. I had an idea to incorporate dance into light painting, so we ventured into the woods in the middle of the night with some flashlights. Adrian put up with me duck taping the flashlights to his feet, getting attacked by mosquitoes, being flashed with bright lights while in midair, and creepy nighttime noises, but he still managed to look great and be super creative after a full day of dancing.

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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.