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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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Family Day Part 1 | Colorado Opera 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. The first show was Barber of Seville. It a comedy about love triangles and rectangles and trapezoids and it’s full of mischief, deception, and humor. The kids made glasses and mustaches so they could have their own disguises like the main character in the opera.

It’s almost the end of the season for Opera Colorado. This week, is their last week of mainstage shows until November. There are a couple other events before the season closes for good though. The Spring Tea, on May 20th is a fundraiser with tea and balloons at Grant Humphrey’s Mansion. I have donated a special session so be sure to bid on it! Get your tickets here.

The Young Artist Celebration is one of my favorite events of the year and is on May 21st at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. It is the final performance before the Young Artists say goodbye. I love it because I get to see how much they’ve learned and improved since their first concert. This is a great event if you want to see what opera is all about but are on a budget. Tickets are cheap and the event is kid friendly (but there will also be wine)! Get tickets here.

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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

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.

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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!

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

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Young Artist Showcase | Colorado Opera Photographer

Please meet the wonderful Opera Colorado Young Artists of the 2016/17 season! This year, there are two amazing alumni artists who joined the program for the second year, along with three new talented singers. It is a privilege as a Colorado opera photographer to work with this awesome group of people throughout the season.

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Young Artist Charles Eaton, baritone

The Opera Colorado Young Artists have a series of fun events coming up, whether you’re a die-hard opera fan or just want to get your feet wet. From Family Day, to OperaTalk, to free mall performances, the Young Artists stay busy throughout the season. They also perform a Student Matinee for local students on the main stage toward the end of each season.

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Young Artist Charles Eaton, baritone

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Young Artist Ryan Bradford, baritone

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Young Artist Omar Najmi, tenor

You might remember this little girl in the crown, from last year’s Farewell Concert. She loves opera and was so excited to meet Danielle again.

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Young Artist Danielle Lombardi, mezzo-soprano

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Young Artists Charles Eaton, baritone and Danielle Lombardi, mezzo-soprano

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Young Artists Charles Eaton, baritone and Danielle Lombardi, mezzo-soprano

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Young Artist Allison Nicholas, soprano

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Young Artist Allison Nicholas, soprano

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Young Artists Charles Eaton, baritone and Danielle Lombardi, mezzo-soprano

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

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

Inside OC | Colorado Opera Photographer

It’s Opera Week! I’ve been photographing for Opera Colorado for three seasons now and it has been amazing to watch the organization grow and take exciting steps forward like new operas and world premiers.

This season, I am the exclusive photographer for Inside OC, Opera Colorado’s Young Professionals Club. I’m also a sponsor for Inside OC! So far this season, I’ve photographed two of their events, Tour and Taste as well as Season Kick Off. I’m so excited for the upcoming events I have with Inside OC and the rest of Opera Colorado.

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Opera Colorado Poetry Workshop | Colorado Opera Photographer

I was going through some older photos and I happened upon the images from Opera Colorado’s Poetry Workshop last season. This workshop for high school students engaged all the senses and was full of inspiration.

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At Converge Denver in RiNo, the Opera Colorado Young Artists performed and a live artists painted in response. Scarlet Letter librettist and Colorado’s Poet Laureate Emeritus, David Mason, spoke about the text of The Scarlet Letter. There was a popcorn station with toppings like M&Ms and parmesan. There were giant pads of paper, crayons, and markers so the students could draw out what they were thinking and feeling. All the while, they were creating original poems inspired by The Scarlet Letter and their surroundings.

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