Why to Hire a Professional | Denver Boulder Headshot Photography

First off, if your friend or a local students wants to photograph you and you’re up for it, then definitely go for it. Model for them, have some fun, be their muse. But if you need photos for auditions, promotions, your website or whatever, it’s always best to hire a professional. Here are 5 reasons why:

1. You’re in charge, not them

When you seek out a photographer and hire them, you are the client, and you are in charge. This doesn’t mean that you get to make all the rules. A professional photographer knows what they’re doing and you should listen to their advice. But, as the client, you get to customize the experience. If you need a photo of a certain person at an event, want a colorful wall as the background of a headshot, or have another specific idea for your session, your photographer can make it happen. Within reason, they’re job is to serve you and make sure you’re happy.

A great example of this is model sessions. Most photographers do model sessions when they wanna play with the camera or have a really cool idea. While client sessions are about bringing the client’s vision to life, model sessions are about the photographer’s vision. This is what you’ll get when you hire a friend. It’ll be fun, but it might not be what you really want.

denver-headshots, golden-colorado-headshots, denver-headshot-photographer, denver-portrait-photographer, golden-colorado-portraits

2. Money talks

No one wants to admit it, but money does talk. My paid sessions always come before my non-profit work, model sessions, and my personal work. This means they get priority booking, faster delivery, and more attention to detail. I run a business and I can’t pay for my cameras or groceries with exposure or experience. Money really can be that extra little push that makes someone put in more effort. It shows us that we are literally valued and worth it to our clients.

http://www.jamiekraus.com/

3. Insurance

A very practical reason to hire a professional is insurance. Professional photographers, like myself, have all kinds of insurance. Liability insurance keeps the photographer and the client safe. If you get hurt at a session, liability insurance can cover the cost of medical care and damages.

Professional photographers have all sorts of fail safes put in place to protect the client. Birth photographers have back up photographers. Wedding photographers have second shooters. Portrait photographers have back up cameras and assistants. All professionals have contracts and insurance.

http://www.jamiekraus.com/

4. Experience matters

Professional photographers have of experience and education under their belts. This makes a big difference. Photography isn’t just a gift that some people are born with. No one pops out of the womb a Pulitzer Prize winner. Talent is part of it sure but experience is most of it. Also, actually taking pictures is barely a quarter of our time as professionals. WE have to know how to edit, how to communicate with clients. We have to set up policies and systems for client management, bookkeeping, paying taxes, everything it takes to run a business. And most importantly for you, we have to know how make our clients feel comfortable and beautiful. This also takes time, education, and experience.

denver-headshots, denver-headshot-photographer, denver-portrait-photographer, denver-actor-headshots, colorado-opera-headshots, colorado-opera-portraits, denver-opera-headshots, boulder-opera-headshots

5. No hard feelings

If the shoot doesn’t go wonderfully or you end up not loving the photos, a friend might take your feedback personally. With a professional, you never have to worry about hurting anyone’s feelings or ruining a relationship. Professionals know how to handle criticism and use it to improve their business. You might just gain a new friend instead of lose an old one.

http://www.jamiekraus.com/

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

Opera Singer Danielle | Denver Headshot Photography

Danielle is a mezzo-soprano in the Young Artist program at Opera Colorado. This is her second season with the company. I get to work with the Young Artists a lot throughout the season but I don’t always have the chance to get to know them. That’s why I love headshot photography so much. I get to spend time with awesome people, like Danielle, one on one.

denver-portraits, denver-portrait-photographer, denver-portrait-photography, denver-headshots, denver-headshot-photographer, denver-headshot-photography, denver-portrait-photography, colorado-headshots, colorado-headshot-photographer, colorado-headshot-photography

We did Danielle’s portrait session at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. This is a great location for performing artists. It has an aspirational element to it, it provides a range of backgrounds, and if the weather isn’t great, we can stay under the glass dome!

denver-portraits, denver-portrait-photographer, denver-portrait-photography, denver-headshots, denver-headshot-photographer, denver-headshot-photography, denver-portrait-photography, colorado-headshots, colorado-headshot-photographer, colorado-headshot-photography

denver-portraits, denver-portrait-photographer, denver-portrait-photography, denver-headshots, denver-headshot-photographer, denver-headshot-photography, denver-portrait-photography, colorado-headshots, colorado-headshot-photographer, colorado-headshot-photography

denver-portraits, denver-portrait-photographer, denver-portrait-photography, denver-headshots, denver-headshot-photographer, denver-headshot-photography, denver-portrait-photography, colorado-headshots, colorado-headshot-photographer, colorado-headshot-photography

denver-portraits, denver-portrait-photographer, denver-portrait-photography, denver-headshots, denver-headshot-photographer, denver-headshot-photography, denver-portrait-photography, colorado-headshots, colorado-headshot-photographer, colorado-headshot-photography

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

Park Hill Dancer Portraits | Denver Dance Photography

Today is Dance Teachers Appreciation Day! I wanted to do a spotlight on a dance studio and a dance teacher I love: Park Hill Dance Academy! Last year, I photographed Park Hill Dance Collective. Here are the awesome dance portraits from that session.

More recently, I took portraits of all of the older students at Park Hill Dance Academy. It was a chilly day, but they were all such troopers and their portraits turned out wonderfully!

denver-denver-photographer, denver-dance-photography, denver-dancer-portrait, denver-ballet-photographer, denver-ballet-photography, denver-ballet-portrait, denver-headshot-photographer, denver-headshot-photography, denver-headshots

denver-denver-photographer, denver-dance-photography, denver-dancer-portrait, denver-ballet-photographer, denver-ballet-photography, denver-ballet-portrait, denver-headshot-photographer, denver-headshot-photography, denver-headshots

denver-denver-photographer, denver-dance-photography, denver-dancer-portrait, denver-ballet-photographer, denver-ballet-photography, denver-ballet-portrait, denver-headshot-photographer, denver-headshot-photography, denver-headshots

This is Karlyn, the mastermind behind Park Hill Dance Academy. She is a truly wonderful person and she runs an amazing dance studio.

denver-denver-photographer, denver-dance-photography, denver-dancer-portrait, denver-ballet-photographer, denver-ballet-photography, denver-ballet-portrait, denver-headshot-photographer, denver-headshot-photography, denver-headshots

denver-denver-photographer, denver-dance-photography, denver-dancer-portrait, denver-ballet-photographer, denver-ballet-photography, denver-ballet-portrait, denver-headshot-photographer, denver-headshot-photography, denver-headshots

denver-denver-photographer, denver-dance-photography, denver-dancer-portrait, denver-ballet-photographer, denver-ballet-photography, denver-ballet-portrait, denver-headshot-photographer, denver-headshot-photography, denver-headshots

denver-denver-photographer, denver-dance-photography, denver-dancer-portrait, denver-ballet-photographer, denver-ballet-photography, denver-ballet-portrait, denver-headshot-photographer, denver-headshot-photography, denver-headshots

denver-denver-photographer, denver-dance-photography, denver-dancer-portrait, denver-ballet-photographer, denver-ballet-photography, denver-ballet-portrait, denver-headshot-photographer, denver-headshot-photography, denver-headshots

denver-denver-photographer, denver-dance-photography, denver-dancer-portrait, denver-ballet-photographer, denver-ballet-photography, denver-ballet-portrait, denver-headshot-photographer, denver-headshot-photography, denver-headshots

denver-denver-photographer, denver-dance-photography, denver-dancer-portrait, denver-ballet-photographer, denver-ballet-photography, denver-ballet-portrait, denver-headshot-photographer, denver-headshot-photography, denver-headshots

denver-denver-photographer, denver-dance-photography, denver-dancer-portrait, denver-ballet-photographer, denver-ballet-photography, denver-ballet-portrait, denver-headshot-photographer, denver-headshot-photography, denver-headshots

denver-denver-photographer, denver-dance-photography, denver-dancer-portrait, denver-ballet-photographer, denver-ballet-photography, denver-ballet-portrait, denver-headshot-photographer, denver-headshot-photography, denver-headshots

denver-denver-photographer, denver-dance-photography, denver-dancer-portrait, denver-ballet-photographer, denver-ballet-photography, denver-ballet-portrait, denver-headshot-photographer, denver-headshot-photography, denver-headshots

Do you remember the maternity dance session I did on the beach? This little cutie is the “bump” from those photos! The dance students totally adore her and love having her around the studio.

denver-denver-photographer, denver-dance-photography, denver-dancer-portrait, denver-ballet-photographer, denver-ballet-photography, denver-ballet-portrait, denver-headshot-photographer, denver-headshot-photography, denver-headshots

Looking for engaging portraits of you or your company? Contact me at jamie@jamiekraus.com.

Author Mary D | Boulder Headshot Photographer

By far, my favorite part of being a Boulder headshot photographer is showing people that they really can look good in photos. I so often get clients who say they never like any photos of themselves. Mary was one of those clients. This was her reaction to seeing the final, edited photos.

What can I say!  I literally said very loud, OMG, when I looked at the three, especially the first one.  I’m speechless.  You did a beautiful job.  Thank you so very, very much.

Thank you for putting them in black and white also.  I never thought of that though it could come in handy to have B&W. Some of the ones I didn’t care for in color I really like in B&W.

In every way possible, you’ve been a total delight to work with.

Mary is an author and is working on a new book. She was such a joy to photograph. We met on the day of her session and chatted the whole time. We walked through Chautauqua Park together, taking portraits along the way. Then, we drove to a nearby garden and found some lovely spots to take a few more photos before the sun set.

boulder-headshots, boulder-portrait-photographer, boulder-headshot-photogrpher, boulder-author-photos

boulder-headshots, boulder-portrait-photographer, boulder-headshot-photogrpher, boulder-author-photos

boulder-headshots, boulder-portrait-photographer, boulder-headshot-photogrpher, boulder-author-photos

boulder-headshots, boulder-portrait-photographer, boulder-headshot-photogrpher, boulder-author-photos

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

New Years Resolution | Denver Headshots

It’s a new year and a great time to start thinking about some big goals and changes in your life. My main goal this year is to engage more. I want to give more of myself to my friends, family, and client and I want to be more involved in politics, my community, and activism. This all involves showing more of myself, more of my thoughts, words, and actions. And also, more of my face, in person and in photos. When people feel they know you through your image, the world opens up.

If any of your goals or resolutions involve showing more of yourself to the world, it’s probably time to get new headshots. Fresh, current headshots that truly show who you are, can make a huge difference for that next audition, that new job you want, or to attract clients to your brand. A photo is the first way someone is going to “meet” you, and often the most lasting impression from a resume or website.

denver-headshots, denver-artist-headshots- denver-portraits, denver-portrait-photographer, denver-portrait-photos, denver-portrait-photography, denver-headshot-photos, denver-headshot-photographer, denver-headshot-photography

Portraits can also be a celebration! We should all have the goal to love ourselves more and embrace our unique beauty. A portrait session can be the perfect treat for yourself or a loved one to show how beautiful you really are.

denver-headshots, denver-artist-headshots- denver-portraits, denver-portrait-photographer, denver-portrait-photos, denver-portrait-photography, denver-headshot-photos, denver-headshot-photographer, denver-headshot-photography

My main goal when making portraits is to make my client feel comfortable, relaxed, and like themselves. Standing in front of a camera for an hour can be so stressful. It’s my job to make it feel like a fun afternoon stroll, full of laughter and genuine smiles.

When you get to your session, we pick out outfits together and I walk you through the basics of posing, so you never have to ask “what do I do with my hands!?” Each hour-long session includes 2-3 outfit changes and 3 final, retouched photos of your choosing. The best part is that you get all the photos you see in your proof gallery and you can choose to have extra photos fully retouched after the session. Sessions are $250 and extra edited images are $50 each. If you do a session with a friend, you each get $25 off!

denver-headshots, denver-artist-headshots- denver-portraits, denver-portrait-photographer, denver-portrait-photos, denver-portrait-photography, denver-headshot-photos, denver-headshot-photographer, denver-headshot-photography

If you don’t want to risk the cold and snow, you can still book your session today. I have more availability in the Spring so book now, before it fills up.

denver-headshots, denver-artist-headshots- denver-portraits, denver-portrait-photographer, denver-portrait-photos, denver-portrait-photography, denver-headshot-photos, denver-headshot-photographer, denver-headshot-photography

denver-headshots, denver-artist-headshots- denver-portraits, denver-portrait-photographer, denver-portrait-photos, denver-portrait-photography, denver-headshot-photos, denver-headshot-photographer, denver-headshot-photography

denver-headshots, denver-artist-headshots- denver-portraits, denver-portrait-photographer, denver-portrait-photos, denver-portrait-photography, denver-headshot-photos, denver-headshot-photographer, denver-headshot-photography

denver-headshots, denver-artist-headshots- denver-portraits, denver-portrait-photographer, denver-portrait-photos, denver-portrait-photography, denver-headshot-photos, denver-headshot-photographer, denver-headshot-photography

denver-headshots, denver-artist-headshots- denver-portraits, denver-portrait-photographer, denver-portrait-photos, denver-portrait-photography, denver-headshot-photos, denver-headshot-photographer, denver-headshot-photography

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

boulder-branding-photos, boulder-branding-photographer, boulder-branding-headshots, boulder-headshots, boulder-headshot-photographer, boulder-headshot-photography

Writing Coach Megan | Boulder Headshot Photographer

Megan and I met at a female entrepreneurs networking event last winter. She is an awesome writing coach who has been helping me with my new website copy. One of the things I love most about headshot photography is getting to spend some time with such amazing people.

If you’re looking for some writing inspiration yourself, Megan is leading a Writing Retreat in Boulder from November 4th – 7th. Plus, I may be offering super special headshot sessions for participants! Send her an email at megan@meganwalrod.com if you’re interested.

We decided to do Megan’s headshot session at her house north of Boulder (where the retreat will be taking place) since she lives on some beautiful land with gardens, fields, and a pond. We did some fun photos to let out all the stress and jitters and then we did some more professional, but still warm and relateable, headshots.

boulder-branding-photos, boulder-branding-photographer, boulder-branding-headshots, boulder-headshots, boulder-headshot-photographer, boulder-headshot-photography

boulder-branding-photos, boulder-branding-photographer, boulder-branding-headshots, boulder-headshots, boulder-headshot-photographer, boulder-headshot-photography

boulder-branding-photos, boulder-branding-photographer, boulder-branding-headshots, boulder-headshots, boulder-headshot-photographer, boulder-headshot-photography

boulder-branding-photos, boulder-branding-photographer, boulder-branding-headshots, boulder-headshots, boulder-headshot-photographer, boulder-headshot-photography

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