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Jessica Riggs | Presenting Denver In the Spotlight | Colorado Dance Photographer

This is the last part of this magical golden hour collaboration with Presenting Denver. The session was over a year ago and I’m still in love with the dreaminess of the images we made. Each of the four dancers photographed brought something unique to the session and their personalities shone through their dancing.

That is what I love the most about being a Colorado dance photographer. I love meeting all these incredible artists and getting to know them through their favorite form of expression.

With this project, I got to know them a little bit better through their interviews with Presenting Denver’s talented writers. It has been amazing to read about all the dancers’ backgrounds and how they are contributing to the community.

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Jessica Riggs is the founder of Life/Art Dance Ensemble and truly embodies the fusion of life and art. “Both the name and concept behind [Life/Art Dance Ensemble] stem from Riggs’ belief that there is no separation between art and life. Certainly for her, there isn’t.” Soma Feldmar interviewed Jessica Riggs for Presenting Denver‘s In the Spotlight, and I photographed her for the piece. Read the full interview.

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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.

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Opera Colorado’s The Scarlet Letter | Colorado Opera Photographer

One of the most amazing things so far about being a Colorado opera photographer, has been witnessing the development of a world premier. The Scarlet Letter was in the works for over five years! The book we all read in high school had never before been made into an opera. It took an incredible team of people at Opera Colorado to bring the show together, from the ground up. After seeing the full performance, I photographed the Student Matinee. This version was altered for a younger audience of students from all over the state and it was performed by the fantastic Opera Colorado Young Artists.

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William Lee Bryan and Charles Eaton

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Benjamin Werley and Emily Louise Robinson

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Opera Colorado Chorus

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Emily Louise Robinson

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William Lee Bryan

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Emily Louise Robinson

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Emily Louise Robinson, Benjamin Werley, and William Lee Bryan

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Charles Eaton, Hazel Kachline, and Kyle Erdos Knapp

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Benjamin Werley

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William Lee Bryan and Benjamin Werley

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Danielle Lombardi and Benjamin Werley

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Benjamin Werley and Danielle Lombardi

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Benjamin Werley and Danielle Lombardi

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Benjamin Werley

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Hazel Kachline

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Emily Louise Robinson and Hazel Kachline

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Benjamin Werley and Emily Louise Robinson

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Benjamin Werley and Emily Louise Robinson

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Opera Colorado Chorus

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Benjamin Werley and the Opera Colorado Chorus

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Hazlel Kachline, Emily Louise Robinson, William Lee Bryan, and Benjamin Werley

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Emily Louise Robinson, Benjamin Werley, and Hazel Kachline

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Emily Louise Robinson, Benjamin Werley, and Hazel Kachline

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Opera by Lori Laitman
Libretto by David Mason
Conductor: Ari Pelto
Stage Director: Jordan Braun
Chorus Master: John Baril
Scenic Design: Erhard Rom
Lighting Design: Robert Wierzel and Amith Chandrashaker
Projection Design: Topher Blair
Costume Design: Ann Piano
Wig and Makeup Design: Ronell Oliveri
Accompanist: Alaina DeBelleview
Young Artist Director: Cherity Koepke

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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Park Hill Dance Collective | Denver Dance Photographer

When Park Hill Dance Collective came to me about a creative session, I was so excited to work with them! As a Denver dance photographer, I love working with dancers from different disciplines and backgrounds. Each new genre presents a new set of challenges and keeps me on my toes. This group had such a wide range of styles, yet they worked together so effortlessly.

I know Emily through volunteering with Presenting Denver and I photographed her once already. She was one of the fanatic anonymous dancers from this session for PD’s website.

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Amanda Tipton joined for for this session, as my amazing assistant. She took these wonderful behind the scenes photos for me and I love them. Thank you Amanda!

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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.

My Dad’s 60th Birthday Present

I spent months thinking about what to get my dad for his birthday this year. It’s his 60th so it had to be good. I had a genius idea, that I was sure would work… until I found out someone else already got it for him. But then I had another genius idea.

Before I was born, my dad had an Irish Setter named Jesse. He got him in college, and his roommate adopted Jesse’s brother. That dog was his life! My dad had him when he started dating my mom, when they bought their house together, and during the first few years of their marriage. Even though I never met him, knew how important Jesse was to my dad.

There are tons of photos of this dog (way more than of our dog, Hershey) but they are all over the place. So, I decided to put together a photo album of Jesse for my dad’s birthday. I scanned all the photos I could find, and put them together in a gorgeous photo book with a linen cover.

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Albums are so amazing because you can pick them up whenever you want and relive your favorite memories. You get to feel those feelings you had all over again. And aren’t snuggley puppy feels the best kind of feels?

I don’t have any evidence to back this up but I really feel like seeing a physical print of an image can create a stronger emotional connection to the memory than just looking at it on your phone or laptop. Photos are so powerful and prints really enhance that power.

Now my dad can relive the days he spent with his favorite dog, whenever he wants. And, when I come home to visit, I can experience the love he had for Jesse through these photos too.

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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 legs, or four. 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.

I offer albums as a product option for all of my photography sessions. Contact me today and we can start planning your session and album now!

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

Summer Travel | Dance and Family Photographer

It’s almost summer and that means lots of traveling! I travel two different ways. The first is traveling to visit friends or family. The second is traveling to a place where I know no one and exploring on my own. I’ve done plenty of the first kind, but it has been so long since I’ve gone somewhere new and discovered it for myself. This summer, I am going to a bunch of new places and I am so excited.

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N’Jelle Gage-Thorne in Rochester, NY

I love traveling! It is so much fun to explore an unfamiliar place, plus, it is a wonderful opportunity to work with people I would not otherwise be able to work with. I will be available for dance photography and storytelling sessions everywhere I am traveling this summer. So, if you live in any of the places below, send me a message and we’ll see what we can get set up!

Places I will be exploring this summer and fall.

  • May 27nd – 30th: Road Trip to Moab, Durango, Silverton, and everywhere in between
  • July 8th -10th: Cleveland
  • August 15th – 22nd: Breckenridge
  • September 2nd – 5th: New Orleans
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The Mason Family in Denver, CO

Places I will probably visit this summer but don’t have planned yet. If you want to book Chicago dance photography or Chicago family photography, let me know and I can plan my visit around it!

  • TBD: Chicago
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Trinity Bobo in Chicago, IL

Upcoming potential trips for the future!

  • May 2017: Boston
  • August 2017: North Carolina
  • Fall 2018: South Africa
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Do live in any of these places? I would love to photograph you. Fill out the form below so we can get started!

Snow Dance with Amanda | Denver Dance Photographer

As a Denver dance photographer, I can always rely on the weather… to be totally ridiculous! 75° in January. Snowing in April. That makes perfect sense! So when I found out that we were having another spring snowstorm, I knew I wanted to make dance photos in Denver.

Amanda Sergo and I got connected and I couldn’t have asked for a better dancer to work with. She was happy to meet me early on a Saturday morning, dance for two hours in the cold, wind, and snow, and happily complied with my super weird requests like dancing with a random stove in the middle of the sidewalk. We had so much fun dancing through LoHi in the snow!

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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.

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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

7 Alternatives to Meeting Over Coffee | Denver Photography

I am a weirdo and here is one of the many reasons why. I don’t drink coffee. I don’t drink lattes, or frappuccinos, or cappuccinos, or americanos. I don’t even eat coffee flavored ice cream. As a photographer, I’m always meeting new people, and we usually end up chatting at a coffee shop. It makes sense. They’re quiet, we can sit down, they usually have free wifi. And I can always find something to order. Lavender sugar cookie and a caramel apple cider anyone? But what if our auto-reply wasn’t always “let’s meet up and grab coffee.” Here are 7 alternatives to meeting someone in a coffee shop:

  1. Grab some ice cream. Who doesn’t love ice cream? There are even some vegan, lactose free, and low sugar options at many places.
  2. Get some sandwiches. I don’t know about you, but I am much more pleasant to talk to on a full stomach.
  3. Go on a doughnut date. Especially in Denver, amazing doughnut places abound. They’re delicious, cheap, and did I mention delicious?
  4. Explore a library or bookstore. What better way to network than by being surrounded by knowledge! Libraries usually have a group work area and bookstores often have a place to sit and hang out. These options are absolutely free and usually have wifi as well.
  5. Visit your local art gallery. Meeting at an art gallery provides loads of inspiration and can even make you happier. This is the perfect idea if you’re networking with another creative professional.
  6. Enjoying an outdoor, public music performance. Listening to music also makes you happier and more inspired. If you sit toward the back or farther away from the stage, you can have a lovely conversation with some nice, live background music. Plus, you get to enjoy the fresh air and some fun people watching. Buy the band’s CD and you’re supporting local artists as well. Bonus!
  7. Hang out in a park. Connect with nature and a new person at the same time! Parks are free and quiet. They have ample seating and some of them even have wifi.

 

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So the next time, you’re planning to meet someone, break out of the coffee shop box and try something new!

P.S. These all happen to be awesome date ideas as well.

Wanna meet me and chat somewhere other than a coffee shop? Send me an email at jamie@jamiekraus.com.

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National Opera Week 2015 | Colorado Performing Arts Photographer

Happy National Opera Week! I love photographing performances of every kind and Opera Colorado‘s Young Artist production of the Magic Flute was no exception. I got to see the full version of the show and photograph the abridged, young artist version. This version was adapted for a younger audience and kids from schools all over the state came to see it. I love seeing kids engaged in opera.

It was so cool to see the Ellie filled with young student, teachers and parents. The show had romance, drama, and humor so there was something for everyone. This version was all in English and the students learned the story-line in their classes before seeing the show (something I like to do when I go to the opera as well).

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Cherity Koepk, Director of Education & Community Engagement/Young Artists, introduces the opera.

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The three ladies (Amy Maples, Young Artist Katherine Sanford, and Marcia Ragonetti) and Tamino (Young Artist Brett Sprague)

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Papageno (Young Artist Andrew Paulson) and Pamina (Young Artist Leah Bobbey)

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Sarastro (Young Artist Daniel DeVicente) and Pamina (Young Artist Leah Bobbey) with the Opera Colorado Chorus

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Tamino (Young Artist Brett Sprague) with the four elements (Matt Cantwell, Thomas Lynch, Luke North, and Ammon Swofford)

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Sarastro (Young Artist Daniel DeVicente) with the Opera Colorado Chorus

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Pamina (Young Artist Leah Bobbey)

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Queen of the Night (So Young Park) and Pamina (Young Artist Leah Bobbey)

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Papageno (Young Artist Andrew Paulson) and Papagena (Young Artist Katherine Sanford)

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Pamina (Young Artist Leah Bobbey) and Tamino (Brett Sprague)

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Tamino (Young Artist Brett Sprague) and Pamina (Young Artist Leah Bobbey) with the Opera Colorado Chorus

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Papageno (Young Artist Andrew Paulson), Tamino (Young Artist Brett Sprague), Sarastro (Young Artsit Daniel DeVicente), Pamina (Young Artist Leah Bobbey), and Papagena (Young Artist Katherine Sanford)

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Papageno (Young Artist Andrew Paulson) and Papagena (Young Artist Katherine Sanford) with the Opera Colorado Chorus

Conductor – Joseph Mechavish

Stage Director – Jordan Braun

Chorus Master – John Baril

Scenic Design – Stephen D. Mazzeno

Lighting and Projection Design – SeifAllah Salotto-Cristobal

Wig and Makeup Design – Ronell Oliveri

If you or your company want engaging production photos to help you reach new audiences and sell more tickets, please send me a message.