Wine and Opera | Colorado Performing Arts Photography

Last year, Opera Colorado came up with a genius idea. They wanted to create an engaging, fun, and social experience that involved opera. So they teamed up with a sommelier and paired arias with wine at a Denver vineyard. Colorado performing arts photography is always so much fun but this was really something special.

To see two totally different disciplines come together and compliment each other was quite amazing. And the creativity that went into the pairings was incredible. Each aria and wine pairing fed off each other and enhanced the experience. They were paired with purpose.

The whole night was so much fun. The Balistreri Vineyards, a family owned, multi -generation vineyard in Denver, was a beautiful venue and guests even got a tour to see how the wine was aged. The Opera Colorado Young Artists paired three sets of songs with three wines. The songs were curated by Cherity, the Education Director and the wine was chosen and paired by the grandson on the the Vineyard’s founder. I love that the Young Artists end each performance with a full group aria. It is always amazing to see them all sing together.

Events like these are such a great way to draw in new audience members as well as partner with other local businesses. Having great images of these events really helps to draw people in and get them excited about your organization.

Inside OC will be doing more of these events in their upcoming season! The next two events will be at Nocturne and The Preservery with the new cast of Young Artists. You won’t want to miss them!

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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

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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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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StapeltOM Festival Day One | Denver Yoga Photographer

As a Colorado performance and event photographer, I’m not able to experience a show or event in the same way as someone who is participating or watching it would. (That’s why I love getting tickets to the shows I shoot.) I’m okay with this because I’m able to document everyone else’s experiences instead.

After I finished photographing this yoga class at StapeltOM, I overheard someone say that it was a life changing experience. It’s not hard to see why it had such a profound impact on people.

Yoga is a powerful experience, but when you combine that with crisp autumn air, a stunning sunset, a crescent moon, glowing lights, and an inspirational instructor talking directly to you through your own glowing headphones, it becomes so much more.

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After the class, instructor Reace Daniel led the group in meditation. With the sound of his guitar and everyone huddled together on stage, it was pure heaven. There was such a feeling of love and community that I’m sure everyone there felt.

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I’m so glad I could be a part of this, and document everyone’s transformative experience.

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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.

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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

Opera Colorado Gala 2015

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.