Storycraft | Denver Performing Arts Photography

Storycraft is a live storytelling show produced by Denver Storytellers Project. Think of it as Denver’s own The Moth show. There are four shows a year, hosted at Syntax Physic Opera. Laura Condi, the mastermind behind this project and one of the storytellers, asked me to photograph their debut show, at the beginning of the year. My brother, Josh (you might remember him from our Bird Fur photoshoots), was also one of the storytellers. The other storytellers were Joe Fleenor, Erika Holmes, Andrew Curtis Forlines, AJ Pape, Colleen Leggett.

Denver Storytellers Project’s website summed up the process well.

Modern storytelling has made a name for itself with This American Life, The Moth or Denver’s own The Narrators. It’s hard to describe, but once you see it, you don’t forget it.

Way back in October of 2016, Denver Storytellers Project got started when about 13 writers, performers and storytelling fans gathered to a meet-up in a downtown winery. We wanted to hear each other’s ideas, hopes and goals for starting a new show. A new show where we wanted to do something different, something a little more polished and curated. Most importantly, we talked about what. makes. a. good. story. and what’s the best way to tell those stories to an audience.

Then we got to work.

With an in-depth creative process, 7 stories were selected, workshopped, rehearsed and then performed in front of our first audience on January 19th 2017.

And although Denver Storytellers Project had a nice ring to it, we wanted to put our creative minds together and vote on a name for our show…one that spoke to our collaborative process; taking a story from rough draft to stage ready…

So that’s how Storycraft came to be.

For their future shows, they’ll be stepping it up another notch. Each story will be paired with a multimedia slide show to help bring them to life and connect with the audience on a whole new level.

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Want engaging event 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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Family Day Part 2 | Colorado Performing Arts Photographer

Opera Colorado puts on a ton of awesome events to get kids excited about the opera. One of the biggest events they host is Family Day. On Family Day, kids and their parents come to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House to watch a show and do crafts relating to the story. The shows are all abridged, kid-friendly, English language versions of classic operas and there is a Q&A session after each show.

Family Day is a big event so I split it into two blogs. This show was the Elixir of Love. It a great show about love potions and conniving salesman and it has the perfect mix of humor and drama. The kids made their own elixirs of love and colored some root beer kegs. Part of this opera takes place in a bar so to make it kid friendly, the bar in this version only served root beer! The show was followed by a question and answer session and then the kids got to come up to look at the set and take pictures with the Young Artists. They loved playing with the costumes and props.

Opera Colorado’s season is officially over. That means the Young Artists are off on their own again, and the halls of the Ellie won’t be filled with singing voices for a while. I get to meet the new Young Artists in September and then the first opera of the season is in November. Next season brings another exciting line up of three unique operas! The season opens with La Bohème, the opera that inspired the Broadway musical and then movie, Rent. Then in January, there will be a world premier of Steal A Pencil for Me, a true story about two people who fall in love in a concentration camp during the Holocaust. The season will end with Falstaff, a tale of greed, seduction, and buffoonery

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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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M & J’s Summer Solstice Wedding | Colorado Couples Photographer

Half a year ago, I met Missy at a women’s networking group in Denver. We sat next to each other and were partnered up for some ice breakers. It turned out she was getting married about a month later, and I was able to photograph her winter solstice wedding in Boulder! Then six months later, I got to capture the next part of their ceremony on the summer solstice.

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Vendors
Venue: Lyons Farmette
Meal: Katie Baum with I Cook, You Eat
Dessert: Chef Chris and Chef Alex from Spruce Farm & Fish at the Boulderado
Florist: Helen Skiba
Dress Alterations: Maggie Evans Designs
Bridal Make Up: Sarah Pierce
Bridal Hair: Abby at West End Salon

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It was so amazing to see this couple’s wedding ritual come full circle through a six month long journey. For their summer wedding, Missy and Jaice had a few of their closest friends and family members join them in Lyons, where they live. Since they first met over tea, they started their rituals with a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. Missy and Jaice intentionally spilled the tea when they were pouring it, symbolizing that in life, shit happens and you just have to deal with it and keep going. (I might be paraphrasing a bit!) Then they exchanged rings by the river and celebrated with their loved ones.

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Food is very central to Missy and Jaice’s lives together. They had an amazing family style meal, using all local ingredients (some picked right from the Lyons Farmette). Everyone shared food, stories, and laughs around the table as the solstice sun began to set behind the mountains. They ending the evening the way all good evenings should end. With music and dancing under the summer night sky.

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Every day is a story. I would love to help you share yours and document all of life’s big moments. Find out more about Storytelling sessions and tell me about your adventure at jamie@jamiekraus.com

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Choose Your Own Adventure | Colorado Storytelling Photographer

Today is the last day of Chanukah. Last night, I lit the menorah and sang the blessings with my boyfriend and my dad. Then we drove around the neighborhood to look at Christmas lights. Even though both my parents are Jewish, both of these activities are holiday traditions in our family.

I love being Jewish because there is no right or wrong way to do it. Judaism taught me to question everything and showed me that my identity is a Choose Your Own Adventure book. I don’t consider myself to be a religious person but I’ll always be a Jew. I had a Bat Mitzvah, I questioned everything, I celebrate Chanukah, and I chose my own identity.

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to start working with a Bar and Bat Mitzvah Photographer. Dave at InSync Photography and Design is a wonderful photographer (and person!) and I love photographing Mitzvahs alongside him. While working for Dave, I’ve been able to witness so many young Jews read the torah, question everything, and choose their own adventures. I am so grateful to be able to be a part of these milestones; they have brought me closer to my own Judaism. I’ve decided to share some photos of a few Bar and Bat Mitzvahs that I photographed with InSync Photography and Design, in honor of my favorite Jewish holiday.

Jason

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Samantha

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Zara

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Every day is a story. I would love to help you share yours and document all of life’s big moments. Find out more about Storytelling sessions and tell me about your adventure at jamie@jamiekraus.com

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StapletOM Festival Day Two | Denver Yoga Photographer

Hopefully you all saw my last post about one of the life changing events I got to witness as a Colorado performance and event photographer. If you haven’t yet, absolutely check it out! That class was from the first day of the StapletOM Yoga Festival. Day two was a full day of yoga, music, beer, and tons of great vendors. Here are the highlights!

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These little yogis got to have some fun too in the Kids Yoga tent!

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I love Ian Maham-Neef’s Chicago flag shirt! Where can I get one Ian?

The Humbuckers ended the festival with a really fun performance, tambourine and cowboy hat included!

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If you are looking for engaging yoga portraits or have an event coming up, please contact me. I would love to help tell your story.

Namaste!

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Ema’s 92nd Birthday | Documentary Family Photographer

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My amazing grandmother turned 92 this month!

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My grandmother (I call her Ema, which means mother in Hebrew) is an inspiration to me. When she was 16, she left her whole life behind and came to this country to escape Nazi Germany. She knew no English when she got here and still managed to graduate at the top of her class.

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She has had such an incredible life and she met her 92nd year with so much joy.

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She still has her sense of humor too. After she opened all her presents, she said, “It pays to have birthdays!”

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Every day is a story. I would love to help you share yours and document all of life’s little moments. Tell me your story at jamie@jamiekraus.com.

Opera Colorado Champagne Gala | Colorado Performing Arts Photographer

For the past few months, I’ve been working with Opera Colorado’s Education department. I’ve photographed their behind the scenes workshops and the Young Artists production of Romeo and Juliet and I’ve got a some more, exciting projects coming up. I’m so glad I was able to dive back into the world of opera when I moved to Denver.

Opera Colorado Gala 2015

Opera Colorado Gala 2015

In February, Opera Colorado asked me to photograph their annual Gala and I jumped at the chance! It is such a treat to dress up and photograph a glamorous night full of VIPs, amazing performances, and dancing.

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Joyce de Roos, Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Opera Colorado Board Members Ellie Caulkins, Carol Crossin Whitley, and Dirk de Roos – Opera Colorado Gala 2015

Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Governor John Hickenlooper spoke before the performance, about the importance of the arts in Denver.

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Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Governor John Hickenlooper – Opera Colorado Gala 2015

During the performance, I was in heaven. The singing by Cynthia Clayton and the Young Artists was incredible. I was so happy to be running around the theater, capturing every possible angle and each beautiful moment.

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Cynthia Clayton on the Ellie Caulkins Opera House stage – Opera Colorado Gala 2015

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Cynthia Clayton on the Ellie Caulkins Opera House stage – Opera Colorado Gala 2015

The rest of the evening was so much fun. There were prizes, games, and lots and lots of dancing. Instead of being exhausted at the end of the night (like me body should have been), I was on a high and eager to go through the photos and relive the evening.

Opera Colorado Gala 2015

Opera Colorado Gala 2015

Opera Colorado Gala 2015

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If you have an event or performance coming up in the Denver/Boulder area, let me know. I would love to be a part of it and document all the best moments. Send me an email at jamie@jamiekraus.com.