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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.

Opera Colorado Gala 2015

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.

Opera Colorado Gala 2015

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.

Opera Colorado Gala 2015

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.

Opera Colorado Gala 2015

Cynthia Clayton on the Ellie Caulkins Opera House stage – Opera Colorado Gala 2015

Opera Colorado Gala 2015

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.

The Pillow Parties

Jacob’s Pillow likes to party. We started the season off with a huge Gala DJ’d by the amazing DJ BFG and every week, we throw a Cast Party to celebrate the fantastic shows and artists. I love capturing the DJs and the off-stage dance moves at these parties.