Dance Warriors – Gentrification | New York Dance Photography

I am so excited to finally share these photos! This is the very first session of my new project Dance Warriors! Dance Warriors is an artistic response to political and social issues, in collaboration with dancers across the country. These photos were actually taken over a year ago, but now that the project has been announced, I can show you the first photo shoot!

Anna Rogovoy and I know each other from Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. We both worked in the marketing department when I was an intern at the festival. Anna has been using dance to explore a lot of social and political issues. For this session, she wanted to focus on gentrification. We took photos in her neighborhood, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, as well as in her apartment.

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Tell me a bit about yourself.

My name is Anna Rogovoy and I’m a dancemaker and performer. My early training was in classical ballet, but I made a shift to contemporary/modern/postmodern technique/methodologies when I attended Bennington College for my undergraduate degree. I have lived in Brooklyn, New York for about five years and have presented my work throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan as well as upstate New York, Massachusetts, and Vermont. I am the child of entrepreneurial arts professionals and the older sister of a producer/DJ. And I am the great-granddaughter of an incredibly powerful woman who emigrated (alone) to New York City from a small village in Poland, narrowly escaping execution.

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Why are you passionate about gentrification?

Gentrification is something that I reckon with daily as a white person living in a predominantly non-white neighborhood — one that is rapidly undergoing transformation. It’s my home, it’s a mile away from where my mother was born, yet I am a newcomer, perhaps even an unwelcome one. Displacement and ghettoization are familiar concerns, having grown up with stories of the Holocaust, and I don’t want to be complicit in anything remotely like that.

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How has dance helped you express yourself?

My work deals very directly with the body as source material; I am interested in how movement patterns and habits emerge and shift, in how memory and sensation inhabit form. I hope that by turning the lens towards the body I can highlight our shared experiences as thinking beings housed in smart, curious flesh-bags. I have also found great freedom and power as a survivor of sexual assault in reclaiming agency over my own body through performance and physical training.

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What do you think is the intersection between art and politics?

I think that because artists so often work outside of a political and/or capitalist regime, we are able to put forth opinions and assessments that someone whose success relies on a more conventional power structure might hesitate to voice. In the same way that we are not supported by our government or our corporations, we are released from supporting them, or claiming to. We ask questions that others cannot.

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Want engaging production photos to reach new audiences and sell more tickets? Want to be a part of Dance Warriors? I would love to help tell your story through photos. Contact me here or message me at jamie@jamiekraus.com.

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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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Bird Fur Tees | Denver Brand Photography

Guess what everybody! My brother started a t-shirt company! It’s called Bird Fur and it is amazing. That handsome man in the photo above is Bird Fur’s founder. Josh has always had a quirky sense of humor and an entrepreneurial spirit so this is the perfect endeavor for him.

Last month we had our first photoshoot with some fabulous models (our friends). We went to RiNo, put on some funny shirts, kidnapped a few dogs (we returned them), and had a blast!

Check out the full line and be sure to get your favorites at www.birdfurtees.com. Use the coupon code “joshisreallycool” before Halloween to get 15% off your order!

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These two shirts are definitely my favorites!

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Need to spice up your website and up your social media game? I would love to chat about creating engaging, eye-catching photos for you and your brand. Contact me at jamie@jamiekraus.com.

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Beach Maternity Dance | Denver Dance Photography

Karlyn and I met at the Park Hill Dance Collective photoshoot we did in the spring. She is the artistic director of the company and owner of Park Hill Dance Academy. We were both really excited to make maternity dance portraits so a month or so later, we headed to the beach with her partner, Kevin.

First the two of them did some partner work and even a couple of lifts. I’m pretty sure lifting one person is hard, but lifting one and a half people in sand must be way harder. Then Karlyn braved the water and even rolled around on the shore, because she is one badass mama!

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Want engaging dance portraits for you or your company? Find out more about Creative Sessions and email me at jamie@jamiekraus.com. I would love to help tell your story through dance and photography.

How to Fill Your Wall With Art for Free

I love being surrounded by art. I love visiting art museums or seeing public art while I’m walking through a city. As a Colorado dance and portrait photographer, it’s important to have art around my work-space, so I made sure I was fully immersed in art and never without inspiration.

My office space is covered from floor to ceiling with art I’ve collected for the past 6+ years. My laptop is covered in stickers. My camera bag is covered in pins. I even have a hat that is covered in pins and jingles as I walk.

Below, I’ll walk you through the steps to make your own inspiration wall. It’s super simple and it won’t cost you a penny!

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How to make your own Inspiration Wall

What you’ll need:

  • Blue painters tape
  • Command strips
  • A measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Ample floor space for planning
  • A tall, sturdy chair or ladder
  • A large collection of posters, postcards, photos, prints, and small objects.

Collecting:

This step will definitely take the most time. Like I said, I’ve been collecting art for over 6 years, and I only started this wall a year ago. I also didn’t spend a single cent on any of it. (I do however spend money at art events and on other art pieces throughout my home, that I fell in love with.)

I get a lot of it from art shows and First Fridays. There are always business cards and postcards sitting out from the artists, and I grab all my favorites. Some of the pieces are my own work and some of them are from print trades with other artists. I also put up a lot of personal photos from my childhood or from my Instax camera. I got the posters for free from college events and guest lectures. I’ve ripped off the front of greeting cards and torn pages out of magazines for my art wall. Inspiration is everywhere!

My wall doesn’t have a lot of 3D art on it which is a shame, but don’t be afraid to incorporate all dimensions. You can include framed work or hanging objects, like dried flowers or records. This gives the wall a lot more texture and interest.

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Planning:

Once you have a sizable collection of art, you can start planning your wall. First you’ll want to measure your overall space. Then, if you are working around a piece of furniture (like my desk in this case), you’ll need to measure that. Make sure your measurements include where the furniture is, relative to the edges of your space. Also, don’t forget about outlets and other things you’ll have to work around.

Next you’re going to recreate that space on your floor. You can work in sections if you don’t have enough floor space. Don’t worry if you don’t have enough to fill the whole space. This is an ever-evolving project.

Once you have the space you’ll need to fill laid out on the floor, you can start filling it with art! This is definitely the hardest part but also the most fun. It’s like a giant puzzle without a reference picture. Feel free to trim things to size, so everything fits. I tried to keep about half an inch of space between each piece, to keep things consistent. You’ll want to make sure you mix small and large pieces, as well as 2D and 3D work. You don’t want a cluster of giant posters on one side and a bunch of tiny prints on the other. If you want, you can center everything around one prominent piece in the middle.

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Hanging:

Now you’re ready to start hanging everything up!

Before you start, take a photo of your layout so you can reference it later. Starting with the center, take once section at a time, and flip all the pieces over. Next, put tape on the back of each piece. For the bigger posters, I used command strip in each corner. For the smaller, lighter works, put a painters tape roll in each corner. For the really small pieces, I just used one piece of painters tape. If you’re hanging 3D work, use nails and string or wire.

Now put them on the wall, starting with the center and working your way out in sections. Use a chair or ladder to reach higher up the wall. You can refer back to the photo you took earlier, if you need to.

Once you’re done, step back and bask in the glory of your art-filled wall! You did it! Give yourself a high five and a bowl of ice cream. You totally deserve it.

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Mike and Ian | Denver Portrait Photogrpaher

One of the things I love most about being a Denver family and portrait photographer is capturing relationships. There are a lot of important relationships in our lives but our connections with our friends are so unique.

Mike is usually really shy and quiet in social situations. But when he’s around Ian, he’s a completely different person. Ian was Mike’s college roommate. They were in all the same classes together, they always did their homework and studied together. They like all the same things and have the same child-like sense of humor. They may not show it too often, but they have a really special connection. Seeing them say goodbye to each other at graduation was heartbreaking. I’m pretty sure Ian is Mike’s actual soul mate and I’m just third-wheeling it through life.

So, when Ian came to visit us in March, we went to the Forney Transportation Museum so they could nerd out over trains together. That place is awesome! I definitely recommend it for anyone who loves old cars, trains, planes or bikes, although the mannequins throughout the museum are a little creepy.

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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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Naropa Movement Portraits | Boulder Theater Photographer

Naropa University’s School of the Arts hired me to photograph two of their theater performances. After the first show, “By Any Other Name,” we did some theater portraits of movement from a part of the performance. Boulder theater photography can be done during a dress rehearsal or during a theater photo call. This was a photo call, which meant that it was done just for the purpose of photos. There are pros and cons to each, but this gave us a lot of flexibility, so we were able to set aside time just for these portraits. It also allowed us to make small changes and tweaks to make the best photos possible.

These movements were physical interpretations of different words, like “healing,” “death,” “witch,” and “translation.” It was so interesting to see how their different cultural and language backgrounds changed the interpretations. Each performer had a designated color throughout the show. Jade Garisch in pink, Teresa Veramendi in yellow, and Chie Saito in blue.

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Want engaging movement portraits for you or your company? Find out more about Creative Sessions and email me at jamie@jamiekraus.com. I would love to help tell your story through movement and photography.