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Young Artist Welcome | Colorado Performing Arts Photography

As I wrap up editing on the Opera Colorado’s final concert for the season, the Spring Tea, I thought I should introduce you to these wonderful Young Artists by sharing their first concert of the season. Haha! I know, I know, I am very behind on my blogging. This is by design though since I plan the entire year of blogs each December. This means that my Colorado performing arts photography and all my other work gets shared six months to a year after I actually photograph it. I like this method because I can plan ahead and not have to stress about what to blog all year long. I also get to revisit sessions from last year! It’s always fun to look back and reminisce!

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Each year, Opera Colorado starts off their season with a concert to welcome the new cast of Young Artists. The Young Artist Welcome was held at the Studio Loft this season. I love this event because I get to photograph the Young Artists throughout the season and get to know them a little bit. It’s amazing to watch them grow and change from their first concert to their last. This Welcome concert is a great glimpse into who each of them are and it’s a great way to start the season.

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Every year, this little girl (in the photo above) comes to the Welcome concert and it’s so cute to see her enjoying the music and talking with the artists after the show. Her grandmother told me that she loves listening to opera in the car. I love that because of this concert, she gets to see opera performed live as well!

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Season Preview Concert | Denver Performing Arts Events

Capturing Denver performing arts events is such a fun way to gain insight into what’s happening around Denver. I love these opportunities to participate and contribute to the local art scene. Most of all, I love sharing the photos from events like these. Some Denver arts events are only open to a small group of people and even with events that are available to all, no one can make it to everything awesome that’s happening around town. Having photos of these events give people who couldn’t make it a chance to see it anyway. And I love that!

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Opera Colorado’s season preview concert was really cool because it gave attendees a sneak peek at the events for the rest of the year. This event gave season ticket holders a glimpse at the upcoming season so they could decide what shows they wanted to see. I think it really helped everyone get excited about what was in store!

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At the event, Greg Carpenter, the Artistic Director, announced the new season and gave some background about each show. But just having someone speak would be boring, right? I mean all that information was online anyway. Not only did he talk about the shows, the singers, and show the sets, and the costume designs, but there was singing! What Denver performing arts event would be complete without some performing arts? The Opera Colorado Young Artists gave viewers a preview of each show by performing a few songs from the shows they would be in throughout the year. It was a great evening and got everyone revved up for the upcoming season.

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By the way, Opera Colorado announced their 2018-2019 season recently. Check it out!

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Local Lab 2017 | Boulder Theater Photography

Local Theater Company, in Boulder, puts on an incredible new-works festival each year called Local Lab. On Saturday of this year’s festival, they had a mainstage reading of Shostakovich, or Silence by Jason Grote and directed by Pesha Rudnick at the Dairy Arts Center. After the reading, the writer and director had a talk back with the audience, followed by an after party with food and an awesome DJ. The talk back was really constructive and Jason and Pesha revealed how the show all came together at the last minute.

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The party was a lot of fun, with great food and amazing music by DJ Savior Breath. Everyone was in chatting and laughing and discussing the reading. The party spilled out into the lobby and gallery of the Dairy Arts Center. Right as I was leaving, the lights went low and everyone started dancing!

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I loved that Local Lab had me come in for the talk back and after party. Since there was no rehearsal for the reading, I would have had to photograph it live, with the audience, which could have been disruptive. This way, I still got photos of the production team speaking on stage and of the ambiance in the room. Plus since the lights were on in the audience, I was able to get photos of the patron engaged and happy.

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It’s always good to have a photographer at events like after parties too. These photos are great for drawing crowds to future events, sharing with attendees, and posting on social media sites like facebook. They can also be used in future marketing materials to show happy patrons, crowds, and ambiance.

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9/11 Stair Climb | Denver Event Photographer

We all remember where we were on September 11th, 2001. I was still young and I remember my 4th grade teacher telling us to sit on the carpet as one by one, my classmates got picked up by their parents. When my mom picked me up, she told me what happened. I could see the Sears Tower from my house and I was convinced that it would be the next target. I was also convinced that it would fall, from 2 miles away, onto our house. I made an emergency plan to hide under the coffee table in the basement. For years, I was scared every time a plane flew by the building. At that age, I wasn’t quite able to process the loss of life or the sacrifices the first responders and others made that day.

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In college, my partner was a volunteer firefighter. Every Friday night, he would be on duty crew, waiting at the station for calls to come in. Even though most of his district was a college campus where the biggest calls were for dumpster fires or alarms because students forgot to put water in their Easy Mac, there was always the slight fear that something worse might happen. That he might not come home that night. That is the reality for so many family members of first responders, especially those in New York City in 2001.

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Each year, around the county, firefighters come together on September 11th and converge on the tallest building in their city. In teams, they climb stairs equal to the number of floors in the World Trade Centers. In Denver, they climb 1801 California St, twice, in order to equal the height of the twin towers. Stations from all over the state were represented. Each one wears the name tag of a firefighter who lost their lives at Ground Zero. Some of them represent the same firefighter each year and maintain a relationship with their families.

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I photographed the ceremony before the climb and then waited on the stairs for teams to come up. Once some of the teams had finished, I went out to the roof, which has some incredible views of the city. My favorite part of the day was when the news crews on the roof interviewed the first woman to finish the climb. I was so moved by how many women were participating. The 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb is such an important event and I’m so honored I could be a part of it.

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If you have an Denver event coming up, let me know. I would love to be a part of it and document all the most important moments. Send me an email at jamie@jamiekraus.com.

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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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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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