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La Boheme Opening Night | Denver Event Photography

One of the best parts of Denver event photography is getting to go to swanky parties! When La Boheme opened at Opera Colorado, there was an opening night dinner at Kevin Taylor’s in the lower level of the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. It was so much fun photographing this event. I loved seeing everyone in their best formal wear, ready to enjoy a classic opera! The same night, I also got to photograph the pre-show talk that was open to all the opera attendees. I love when companies include educational pieces like pre-show talks and Q&A’s. I think it really adds to the overall experience of seeing a show live.

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Just a bit of a photo nerd out here. This was the first event I photographed with my new lighting setup. I had just bought three brand new flashes. light stands, umbrellas, and the little bits that go with it. This was the first event I was able to use it for after lots of playing around in my apartment. I was definitely still getting used to it and playing around with different setups for everything, but I love how the images turned out. I remember getting home that night and downloading the photos to my computer. It was so exciting to see what a difference the lights made and so proud of the images I created.

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Kevin Taylor’s at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House is a really cool space, but it is very difficult to photograph. The ceiling looks like the night sky, with tiny spots of light throughout and there are some really cool paintings by Vance Kirkland. But the lighting is very low with weird spotlights and a low, dark ceiling. I used to dread photographing events in this space but my new lighting setup made it so much better.

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Want engaging photos of your next event? I would love to help tell your story through photos. Contact me here or message me at jamie@jamiekraus.com.

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Whiskey and Doughnuts Festival | Denver Event Photography

This was such a fun event to photograph last year! Denver event photography brings me to so many new spots around the city and introduces me to so many fun things to do. The Whiskey and Doughnuts Festival is exactly what it sounds like, a day-long festival full of whiskey and doughnuts from local vendors across Denver and Colorado.

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I loved seeing some of my favorite doughnut shops on display, like Habit Donut Dispensary. I don’t drink so I have no input on the whiskey selection but there were some really cool displays and a huge selection of distilled goodness. Last year’s event took place at Denver Rock Drill, a huge old warehouse on the north side of the city. The decorations of the event were bright, fun, and colorful (like donut sprinkles) so I felt right at home!

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Each whiskey vendor was paired up with a doughnut vendor and together, they had to come up with a boozy doughnut to serve at the festival. Toward the end of my time shooting, in between sessions, I setup photos of each of the pairings. They were so fun and I loved how they turned out. I love that the festival used the photo above for the Facebook event this year. It’s always so exciting to see my photos being used for marketing. Seriously, it never gets old!

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11 Creative, the company who puts on these events, just announced this year’s Whiskey and Doughnuts Festival! Tickets go on sale soon so if you want to go (and why wouldn’t you) get on their waitlist before they sell out. The festival will be in downtown Denver on May 18th, from 2pm to 9pm. The event also helps support, Minds Matter of Denver, a local non-profit that makes college dreams a reality for low-income high school students in the Denver area. Get your tickets here.

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Want engaging photos of your next event? I would love to help tell your story through photos. Contact me here or message me at jamie@jamiekraus.com.

Revolutions | Denver Dance Photography

I have been photographing Park Hill Dance Collective and Academy for a number of years now. When their yearly production, an evening of pieces performed by the Collective dancers and Academy dancers, was approaching they asked if I could photograph is. I love Denver dance photography and I really wanted to see and photograph this show, but I knew I would be out of town on the dates they needed me.

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That’s when Amanda came in! Amanda Tipton and I work together a lot throughout the year. Anytime, one of us cannot photograph a show or event, we call up the other one to help us out. Amanda was able to be my associate photographer for the event. She photographed the show, then sent the photos to me to edit and deliver. This works out really well because my clients don’t have to deal with a new business, new contracts, or new pricing. And their events are still covered even if I’m unavailable. Plus, I only hire associates I trust to photograph at the same level as my own work.

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I really wish I had been in town the see this show myself! Looking through the photos to edit them was so much fun because I was really seeing this work for the first time. It looks like an amazing show! I always love how Park Hill combines their studio and company dancers into one performance.

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I also thought it was really cool that the male dancers wore long, red skirts in one of the pieces. I was talking to another male dancer last year who was upset that there are so few opportunities men have to dance in flowing clothing. He felt that a big part of the movement could be missing with tight-fitting clothes. So, I was so excited to see the whole company, men and women, in flowing skirts during this production!

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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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Denver Mac and Cheese Reviews | Wynkoop Brewing Company

Mac and cheese is one of my greatest loves so I decided to start a blog series reviewing Denver mac and cheese dishes from restaurants around town. I’m on a mission to spread the word about the best and worst mac and cheeses in the area. My quest is to find the best in town. Join me as I eat my way through Denver, one mac and cheese review at a time. Today, I’m reviewing Wynkoop Brewing Company’s mac and cheese entree. Enjoy!

Denver Mac and Cheese Rating

Flavor – 3/5
Consistency – 2/5
Presentation – 3/5
Price – 3/5
Topping – 2/5
Mix in options – 4/5
Total: 19/30
Conclusion: Good

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I’ve been to Wynkoop Brewing Company before and I had an appetizer size of the mac and cheese. This time, it was time to try the real deal. The main flavor I got from this mac and cheese was a green chile flavor. This is a common ingredient in many dishes in Denver, but it was not listed on the menu, which I would have appreciated. I’m not a big fan of green chile but it didn’t turn me off to the dish too much.

The consistency of this mac and cheese was a bit disappointing. It was not as creamy as I expect from a good mac and cheese. The dryness didn’t necessarily come from a lack of sauce, although it could have used more overall. It mainly came from the sauce itself. The choice of cheeses and other proportions left a bit of a dry feeling in my mouth after each bite.

The default topping for Wynkoop Brewing Company’s mac and cheese included breadcrumbs, herbs, and parmesan. While it wasn’t gooey and melty, it was quite tasty and the breadcrumbs added a nice crunch.

The “mix-ins” were not actually mixed in but instead put on top, which seemed like an afterthought. I took one point off presentation because I think it took away from the overall look. There were great protein mix in options but no other options like veggies or different cheeses. I went with bacon, which always makes everything better!

In terms of price, $11 was a good value for the quantity (I took half of it home for leftovers), but the quality wasn’t outstanding and some topping prices were almost as much as the dish itself. Overall, Wynkoop Brewing Company offers a good, solid mac and cheese, with options to mix it up each time you visit.

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Where’s the best mac and cheese you’ve had in Denver? Comment below so I know where to try next! Click here (link coming soon) for all my Denver mac and cheese reviews. And check out my About Me page to see what else I’m obsessed with!

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Djedi Admin Services | Denver Business Headshots

I was introduced to Schuyler, president and owner of Djedi Administrative Services, through Chireya Fox. Chireya did the branding and web design for Djedi and she knew that they needed excellent Denver business headshots for their website and social media. The company consists of Schuyler, the Business Development Director Brandi, and Schuyler’s dog Malachi so we made sure to include all three of them in the session.

The goal for these headshots was to create branding imagery that reflected the energy, heroism, courage, and integrity that are at the core of Schuyler’s business. Djedi Admin Services works mainly with companies in the music festival industry. Because of this, we wanted to make sure the festival vibe was reflected in the photos as well as show a sense of professionalism.

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We chose to do this session at my space in downtown Denver. The space is just blocks away from Confluence Park so we split the session between indoor and outdoor. The lush greenery of the park gave a nature-inspired, holistic feel to some of Schuyler’s portraits. We also worked with one of the sculptures that are part of the park to give a sense of strength and reliability. For these outdoor portraits, we were able to include Malachi as well.

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Then we met up with Brandi for the indoor set. Since the space has a bit of an office feel to it, we were able to get headshots of Schuyler and Brandi as well as photos of them working together. The outfits also reflected their business well. They chose to wear festival attire, including an eclectic suit jacket from one of their clients, Freeborn. The jacket even had a hood. How cool is that!

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Djedi Admin Services | Denver Business Headshots

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Opera Talk | Denver Performing Arts Photography

Every once in a while, I’ll be looking back through some of my Denver performing arts photography from years ago and think, “why have I never blogged this? I should totally blog this!” So sometimes I end up blogging old photos from events that happened years and years ago. It’s kind of fun to have a throwback post every once in a while! This is one of those throwback posts. This was an Opera Colorado event from a few years ago that never ended up on the blog. I was not nearly as consistent or organized about blogging back then so it probably got lost in the shuffle. 

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Opera Talk was a really cool event that was part of the Inside OC program, so I thought I should bring it back and show it off a bit. This was a TED Talk style event held at the Denver Art Museum. People from various aspects of the opera world, from history to costumes to stage combat, spoke about what goes on behind the scenes to make an opera happen. Hint: there’s a lot that goes into every opera! It was a fun, informative, and interactive event. 

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Opera Talk was also a great opportunity for people to catch a special sneak peek of a really exciting opera that the company was putting on later that year, As One. As One is a opera about a trans woman’s journey through transition and self-discovery. It was the first in Opera Colorado’s Scene Change series of important new works in venues throughout the Denver metro area. Two of the Artists in Residence performed an excerpt from the show at the event. 

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Dancer Luciana Da Silva | Denver Dancer Headshots

I’ve talked a lot about my work for Presenting Denver. One of my roles there is to take Denver dancer headshots. Each year, Presenting Denver chooses dance artists in the Denver metro area to feature in their In the Spotlight series. I take headshots for many of them to be used alongside an interview. 

In the past, I’ve taken dance photos of members of the dance community that Presenting Denver features as part of their In the Spotlight series. This season, I took headshots for the spotlights, as well as the ambassadors for the organization. We did these portraits on the rooftop of the Beauvallon building, where the Presenting Denver offices are located. This location gave us some wonderful spots, with nature, architecture, and beautiful views of the city.

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One of the featured artists from the season was Luciana Da Silva. After moving to the United States from Brazil, Luciana didn’t initially think of herself as a dancer. After training on her own in belly dance and flamenco, she started looking for ways to honor her own culture and rediscovered Brazillian dance. Luciana now performs and teaches Brazilian dance, specifically samba, which celebrates femininity, and forró, a fast paced partner dance. 

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Luciana is focused on teaching the culture and history behind each dance form, not just the dance itself. She feels they are inextricably linked and cannot be learned separately. “Women want the glamorous look of samba with the feathers and bikini, and to become this feminine, sensual goddess. Couples want the high energy and intricate partnering of forró. But it’s helpful to have cultural understanding.”

Read Luciana’s interview with Rebekah West, for Presenting Denver’s In the Spotlight series here: http://presentingdenver.org/in-the-spotlight-2017/luciana-da-silva/

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Looking for a relaxed, fun headshot experience, with a lot of character? 

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