Father’s Day | Denver Family Photography

Shout out to all the dad’s out there! In just about two weeks, we get to celebrate all the fathers and father figures that make our lives so awesome. I love capturing all the joy and fun and love that dads have for their kids. From the quiet, emotional moments to the funny, ridiculous ones, here are my favorite father photos from the past year.

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Looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift? Storytelling sessions make wonderful gifts for all kinds of dads, whether their kids have two, or four legs. When you book your session as a gift, you will get a printable card to give to them on Father’s Day. Plus, book your session before June 19th, and get a complimentary 8×10 framed print of your choice.

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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. Find out more about Storytelling sessions and tell me about your adventure at jamie@jamiekraus.com

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17 Ideas for your next Storytelling Session | Denver Family Photography

Think your life is too mundane for a storytelling session? Not sure what you would do during your session? Sometimes, it helps to plan a couple of activities to do during a storytelling session, even if you don’t end up sticking to them. I especially recommend this for families without young kids. Denver family photography is all about capturing the connections between loved ones, whether you’re exploring a new area or cuddling on the couch. Here are a few ideas for any kind of session. (Plus, be sure to read all the way to the end. There is a special offer for you!)

Key:  Good for kids Good for pets  Good for couples or friends

  • Snuggle session ♥ ♥ 
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  • Grocery/clothes/hardware/decor shopping trip  
  • Antiquing in a small town 
  • Doggy endurance course 
  • Museum or zoo visit  
  • Cooking or baking together   
  • Walk through the park  ♥ 
  • Bookstore visit  
  • Story time ♥
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  • Pearl St. Mall  
  • Thrift store shopping  
  • Free, outdoor concert   
  • First Friday gallery walk  
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  • Morning routine  ♥ 
  • Bedtime routine 
  • Micro brewery tour ♥ 
  • Ice cream/coffee/doughnut/cupcake/tea/burrito date  ♥ 
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Remember, Mother’s Day is just around the corner! Storytelling sessions make wonderful gifts for all kinds of moms, whether their kids have two, or four legs. When you book your session as a gift, you will get a printable card to give to them on Mother’s Day. Plus, book your session before May 8th, and get a complimentary 8×10 framed print of your choice.


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

The Mason Family | Denver Family Photographer

I cannot believe how time flies! I photographed this amazing family almost a year ago as their pregnancy announcement and this week, their youngest is 6 months old. It’s easy to see how much baby C’s family loved her before they even met her. I love being able to capture all that love through family photography.

Looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift? Storytelling sessions make wonderful gifts for all kinds of moms, whether their kids have two, or four legs. When you book your session as a gift, you will get a printable card to give to them on Mother’s Day. Plus, book your session before May 8th, and get a complimentary 8×10 framed print of your choice.


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. 

The Balan’s Thanksgiving | Chicago Family Photographer

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The time my family spends together and our ever-evolving traditions are so important to me, especially now that I live far away from my hometown. Thanksgiving is by far my favorite family holiday. We always have it at my aunt and uncle’s house. We spend two days prepping and cooking. Everyone pitches in to cook and bake and clean. We all cram into the kitchen, trying not to step on the dog or cat. For dinner, we invite friends over from near and far, we eat, drink, and talk (mostly about inappropriate things). After dessert, we belt out old songs and watch terrible movies. It’s chaos, it’s crazy, it’s perfect, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Because these memories are so important to us, I wanted to make sure they were preserved. So, since I’m a family photographer, I photographed my own family during one of my favorite holidays.

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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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Vanessa, A, and Baby V’s Storytelling Session | Broomfield Family Photographer

I’ve been working with Vanessa for over a year now and I even photographed her daughter’s beautiful birth story! I was so excited when she asked me to document her and her kids last month. The plan was to come over when everyone was waking up from their naps and capture all the post-nap snuggles, but then A stopped napping so we had to think of a new idea. Instead we opted for a morning session after everyone woke up. When I got there, A was in his PJs and everyone else was getting over a cold. (Including me. ‘Tis the season!) We captured story-time, snuggles, a little bit of chaos, and lots of playtime!

Watch the whole story below.

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

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What I’m Grateful For | Chicago Family Photographer

Every Thanksgiving, my family writes down what we’re grateful for in our little Thanksgiving journal. This year, I thought I’d make my page a little more public and share what I’m grateful for on my blog. I’m writing about 5 things I’m grateful for this year, in no particular order and sharing photos from last year’s Thanksgiving.

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My Privilege: Over the past few years, I’ve learned what privilege really means, and along the way, I’ve realized just how much of it I have. While it is very important to be aware of the privilege you have and use it to help those without, I think it’s also important to be grateful for it. I owe so much of my success and ease of life to my many privileges, and for that, I am grateful.

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Facebook: What a cliche millennial thing to be grateful for, right? Let me explain. Facebook has not only allowed me to keep in touch with friends and family that I moved far away from, it helps me stay up to date with current events, have intellectual discussions, and broaden my worldview, it has been a key networking tool as I become a small business owner in a new place, and it has provided me with a support group as I continue my journey into adulthood. Facebook has gotten me gigs and jobs, it has helped my business grow and it has helped me grow with it.

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My Girlfriend: Morgan and I have been together for 4 years, but this past year has been a true test. It’s the first year we’ve officially lived together, had to figure out finances together, been away from our friends and family together, and the first year of my business. She has been incredibly supportive of it all. And despite my lack of kitchen cleaning, living together has been pretty amazing.

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My Family: It’s not easy to find a family that will be supportive of two freelance artists from across the country, but my brother and I just ended up with one. Our parents, and the rest of our family, have always encouraged us to pursue our dreams, rather than a paycheck. But they also taught us how to be smart about it, so that we wouldn’t have to live in their basement. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that! If I lived in Chicago, that’s probably where I’d be.)

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My Brother: My brother has always been a bit of a nomad. When we go to coffee shops together to have a work day, he can’t stay in the same place for more than a couple hours. I’m not sure he’s lived anywhere for more than a year post-college. Being this far away from home isn’t easy, and I’m so glad that I have him nearby, at least for now.

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What are you grateful for? Tell me below, in the comments!

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

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Baby V’s Birth Story | Colorado Newborn Photographer

I have been working with this amazing mother as a second photographer for about a year now, so when I asked if I could join her in the delivery room with my camera, she already trusted me and my work. Photographing a birth was an incredible experience. I have photographed in hospitals and ORs before but I’d never been a part of a birth aside from my own (which I don’t remember much of :P).

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I’m not sure births ever go according to plan. Mama V wasn’t planning on having a natural birth, but that’s what ended up happening and she rocked it! Baby V was out in minutes, so fast that I almost missed it! She was born at 7:11am happy, healthy, and with a full head of hair. It was very empowering to see someone work through so much to bring a new life into this world.

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I loved seeing the family’s reactions to their newest addition. Baby V’s brother was hesitant at first, but soon warmed right up to her. Next month, I’ll be photographing this wonderful family again for a post-nap time session. I can’t wait to show you those photos too!

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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. Find out more about Storytelling sessions and tell me your story at jamie@jamiekraus.com