Sip and Sing | Denver Performing Arts Photography

I love Denver performing arts photography. It takes me to new places and gives me an insider look into really cool events and experiences. I love going all over the city for my job and discovering new things. When I photographed Opera Colorado‘s Sip and Sing last year, I got to go to the Preservery for the first time. It is such a cool space and it was a great location for this event. They also provided a three course meal that looked so good, each course paired with wine.

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I’m not going to lie. This event was not easy to photograph. With Denver performing arts photography, I never use flash during a live performance. This can often mean I face difficult lighting situations that are completely outside of my control. I have to rely on the light available and outside of the traditional theater, it can be very hit or miss. The lighting at the Preservery is really cool. The space is filled with mismatched fixtures, Edison bulbs, and a wall of painted traffic signs. While the lighting looked really great, there was not a lot of it. It gave a wonderful, soft ambiance to the space but made photography difficult.

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I can deal with low light though, I can thrive in these situations. The one thing I had never encountered before was the wall of signs. I collect signed like this and I think they’re really cool. Their job is to alert drivers of necessary information, day or night, and they do this by reflecting light. They are really good at this. That means that no matter what I did, the signs would hog all the light and reflect it on the backs of the singers’ heads. But through experimenting with my exposure and editing, I made it work and highlighted the singers as best I could.

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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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Presenting Denver Ambassadors | Denver Headshots

I have been an ambassador for Presenting Denver since I moved to Colorado almost four years ago. I serve as a Dance Events Committee Member as well as an Ambassador Photographer. One of my roles as Ambassador Photographer is to take Denver headshots of other ambassadors for the Presenting Denver website.

Presenting Denver Ambassadors | Denver Headshots

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Presenting Denver is a wonderful, local non-profit that brings dancers and patrons together to support and uplift the dance community. This organization has been growing and changing a lot recently. They hosted their first dance festival this summer and are preparing for more big events in the coming years. Presenting Denver is a volunteer-driven organization, with an amazing team of ambassadors and board members donating their time and skills to keep this organization going. New ambassadors are joining all the time to help with marketing, event planning, writing, and more.

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Last year, we organized a few days dedicated to headshots so we could take portraits of everyone who helps make Presenting Denver a success. We did these portraits at Presenting Denver’s headquarters, some outside and some indoor, depending on the weather. Since then, I’ve been taking Denver headshots for new ambassadors as they join the Presenting Denver Community. I’ve been able to do take these portraits in my own photography space so that there is still a consistency between all the images. This also makes it very convenient to keep the website up to date as new people join throughout the year.

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I couldn’t forget about King, Presenting Denver’s ambassador cat! King attends every meeting and is very passionate about the organization’s mission to support the art of dance through increased public exposure and the appreciation of movement as an innovative art form. He is very good at taking notes on other people’s laptops, raising morale by demanding pats and keeping an eye on everyone by walking around the table.

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

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Those Who Attend Your Funeral | Colorado Performing Arts Photography

I’ve loved being able to capture Naropa’s student theater productions. I’ve gotten the chance to see some of these students perform throughout their years in graduate school and it is amazing to watch how they’ve grown. Not just in terms of their skills but in the way they think as well. Their productions and performances deeper and more impactful each year. At the end of each academic year, those graduating from the school’s theater program perform works that they created for their thesis, in order to fulfill their graduation requirements.

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The program for Those Who Attend Your Funeral is designed like a funeral program. on the back are the lyrics to Amazing Grace, which is sung during the performance. The starts with a funeral for a young woman and follows the lives of her father, sister, and boyfriend as they try to live after her death. The show is dark but full of sweet, beautiful moments.

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Cast and Crew:

Mark Gibson — Young Man

Dennis Kerr — Pastor

Mike Mayes — Dad

Fiona Small — Younger Sister

Ben Harrison — Stranger

Shiloh Shahan — Stranger

Victoria Gonzalez — Young Woman

Stage Manager — Cameron MacAlpine

Lighting Design — Isaac Eide, Cameron MacAlpine, and Malachi Tharp

Light Board Operator — Isaac Eide

Sound Board Operator — Jake Cacciatore

Assistant Stage Manager — Brandon Thomas

MFA Theatre Faculty:

Jeffrey Sichel — Chair

Erika Berland — Faculty

Ethelyn Friend — Faculty

School of the Arts & Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics Staff:

Sue Hammond West — Dean

Liz Acosta — Senior School Administrator

Amy C. Buckler Rusterholz — Academic Administrator

Carline Swanson (“Swanee’) — Administrative Coordinator

Charmain Schuh — Gallery and Events Manager

Hayes Moore — Graduate Academic Advisor

Malachi Tharp — Production Coordinator

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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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Personal Branding Expert Jessie May | Denver Headshots

This lady right here is such a badass! Jessie May has built this incredible empire of Boulder small business owners, grown her own business, and created an amazing life for herself. I was so excited when she asked me to do a personal branding headshot session with her. Jessie May is a personal branding and tribe building expert. She works with heart-centered solopreneurs who want to make a positive difference and have an important message to share. She is also the founder of Daring Divas, a networking group for women entrepreneurs in Boulder, CO. This is where I met her and the group has had a big impact on me and my business.

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Jessie May knew exactly what she wanted her photos to look like and feel like, which was so awesome. We chose to do the session at Boulder Reservoir, where she often goes for walks or takes her dogs to go swimming. It’s always great when a location has significance for you since it will make you feel more comfortable from the beginning of the session. For her personal branding session, we went for an edgy, elegant, and nature-inspired feel. The location certainly provided the nature feel, and her outfits combined with my posing provided the rest.

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Anytime I do a personal branding or headshot session, my goal is to bring out my client’s personality. In my opinion, having pretty pictures is pointless if they don’t show who you are inside. For Jessie May, I wanted to capture her warmth and openness, as well as her ability to be both serene and grounded, yet fierce and fiery. I love that contrast is her and it totally shows anytime she is speaking in front of the Daring Divas. I think it shows in these portraits as well!

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

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Marketing Arts Events | Denver Performing Arts Photography

A lot of people think that Denver performing arts photography is all about capturing photos of mainstage shows to be sent to newspapers. It is so much more than that! A lot of what I do is capture smaller shows and events for performing arts companies. I cannot tell you how important it is to have a professional photographer at events. Let’s go into some of the reasons why.

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Content

Content is king in marketing. Having lots of content is never a bad thing and photos are probably the easiest kind of content to show. They are engaging, great for SEO, and ideal for social media. Showing images from events on a regular basis shows that your company is active and engaged with the community. It’ll make people feel like there’s always something awesome going on and that they don’t want to miss out.

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Make your guests feel like VIPs

There’s nothing that makes an event feel classy like having a professional photographer there. Believe it or not, people love being photographed at events. They got dressed up and want to show off a bit. Being asked for a photo, by a professional makes people feel special. It’s their mini red carpet moment. To be fair, not everyone feels this way but I’ve gotten pretty good at gauging who loves the camera and who doesn’t. That way, I can focus on the right people without making others feel uncomfortable.

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Professionalism

You’re going to share photos of all your events no matter what. While Instagram stories and live videos are super important for engagement, you also need to show your level of professionalism. You cannot do that with amateur cell phone photos alone. Having professional photos of your events (meaning that they were taken by a professional photographer, not the accounting person with a nice camera) shows that your company is high end and worth spending money and time on.

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Professional Denver performing arts photography can uplevel your marketing and audience engagement. It provides your company with a constant stream of beautiful content, makes your event attendees feel like VIPs, and gives your brand a more professional feel overall. Are you ready to uplevel your arts organization? Get in touch today.

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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 photosContact me here or message me at jamie@jamiekraus.com.

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Opera Singer Leah | Denver Headshot Photography

Leah Podzimek took a really creative approach to her Denver headshot photography. She planned out three different looks, with different outfits, jewelry, hair, and makeup. Each look was based off a character from an opera, some of her favorite roles. It was amazing and totally genius! I recommend all my Denver opera singer and actor headshot clients do this too. When you’re presenting your portfolio for auditions, you want to show the different emotions and roles you can portray. You want to show that you are versatile and creative.

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I knew Leah through Opera Colorado where she worked as an arts administrator. When she left that job to start on an exciting new career path, working for Boulder Symphony and Meow Wolf Denver (so cool!), she decided it was time to update her headshots. With her new job flexibility, she was able to attend opera intensive programs and audition more and she needed a new portfolio to do so. Before her session, Leah told me that she wanted to capture the many facets of her personality – joy, laughter, seriousness, intensity, etc, so that is what we set out to do. I wanted to show how creative, versatile, and passionate she is as an arts administrator and a singer.

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We did her session in Lodo, which offered us a wide variety of backgrounds and locations. It was so much fun running around the city to all the different spots we had planned. We got a great mix of industrial, urban, and nature all within a few blocks of each other. I know all the great nooks and crannies in the area and I love taking my clients to them! We ended the session with some evening portraits, which was so much fun! I loved getting the chance to play with the city lights and Millenium Bridge was the perfect spot for it.

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

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Dance Warriors – Oil | Denver Dance Photography

The Dance Warriors project is an artistic response to political and social issues, in collaboration with dancers across the country. This project started as my response to our changing political climate and my desire to make an impact for the better. This is my way to use Denver dance photography to raise awareness about the issues that face us today.

This was the first session I did locally, in Colorado. For months, I drove past the Suncor oil refinery a few days a week. It’s very visible from the highway. Something about it intrigued me. It looked so cool, industrial, grungy, even beautiful, but it also made me sad. It may look beautiful but it’s function wasn’t. Knowing what it was and the harm it was doing to us and the environment made it frustrating to see every time I drove home. Knowing that there are better ways to create the energy we need but that those methods are being suppressed and blocked so these companies can stay in business, without the need to change or innovate. That was hard to deal with. And seeing this symbol of that damage so close to the city I call home was difficult too.

I knew this had to be the location of the next installment of the Dance Warriors project. Jessie Westbrook is a dancer, choreographer, and model. She contacted me about this project and was very passionate about the idea. Read on for more about her and her thoughts on the oil industry, plus the photos!

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Tell me a bit about yourself.

I have been dancing for 21 years. I’m trained in ballet, pointe, modern, contemporary, jazz, house, and bboy.  I love to spend my free time in the outdoors, hiking, camping, anything that brings me outside. We have a 5-year-old boarder collie aussie mix who is our ever loyal adventure buddy. I teach dance to kids and teens and hope to have my own dance company one day.

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Why are you passionate about the oil industry?

Even though I don’t know much about the oil industry I feel very passionate about changing it because I grew up hearing about the effects of global warming and now we are starting to see it. It is becoming very real and it strikes a huge chord with me when people continue to turn and look the other way, motivated by greed or manipulated by corporations.

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How has dance helped you express yourself? 

Dance has helped me find a way to express myself when words have failed. It has helped me through the hardest years of my life and has been a platform of communication and change. Dance is a part of who I am, helps me find direction and purpose, and empowers me to do the things that I didn’t think I could.

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What do you think is the intersection between art and politics?

Art is a platform to express any message that one feels is important. It is a different type of voice, one that commands a thought process, a conversation.

 

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Want engaging dance photos to reach new audiences and sell more tickets? Want to be a part of the Dance Warriors project? Contact me here or message me at jamie@jamiekraus.com.