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Gerado – New Legacy High School | Denver Senior Photography

Gerardo and I met at the Denver Nature and Science Museum as part of a senior portrait event with New Legacy High School. New Legacy High School is a Denver charter school for young parents. It’s half high school/half early learning center so the students and their children can learn at the same time. When I saw the opportunity to volunteer to photograph senior portraits for these students, I went for it. It was a great opportunity to dip my toes in the Denver senior photography world, while giving back at the same time.

Gerardo was one of the 3 students I photographed that day. When he showed up, I immediately noticed his awesome shoes. I loved the little pop of color on the backs. (check them out in his last photo). He and another student at the school have a daughter together. This little kid is a total daddy’s girl. The whole session, she was trying to play with him and following him around everywhere we went. The three of them are such a cute family.

We had a lot of fun at our session! We did half the session outside, in the park and the other half in the museum. There are some cool modern areas with great natural light in the Museum of Nature and Science. And with City Park right there, we had the perfect mix of nature and modern.

I’m so glad I participated in this event. I approached senior portraits similarly to my headshot sessions. For me, it’s all about creating a fun and relaxed experience and bringing out my client’s personality. I love senior photography and I cannot wait to do more!

For more senior fun, take a look at Layla’s session here.

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

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Women’s March on Denver | Colorado Photographer

On Saturday, January 21st 2017, I marched on Denver with my brother and two friends. We joined almost 200,000 people, marching through the streets of Denver.

This was probably the most positive, respectful march I’ve ever been to. I saw a woman with a backpack that said First Aid on it. Everyone cheered any time a helicopter flew above us. I drove past the park after the march was over and it was spotless, aside from a few barricades left over. People were asking each other to pose for photos, all along the way. Everyone was kind, respectful, and caring. It felt incredible to be a part of such a big movement and moment in our history.

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The most emotional, inspirational, moving part of the day was that hundreds of thousands of people in other counties, across the world, marched with us and for us. People who will never be directly effected by most of our laws and policies, protested the ones that could hurt people they will never meet, on the other side of the world. Click here to see a great compilation of photos from marches around the world.

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This is absolutely my favorite photo of the day. It was so incredible to see young kids participate in the march. It was especially inspiring to see kids with their own signs and outfits, laughing and smiling and chanting. This supergirl wasn’t just along for the ride. She clearly knows the power of girls!

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I just love the sentiment of this sign. We are the storm!

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The most important thing to take away from this event is that this is the start of a marathon. From here, we move forward, we work harder, we keep fighting.

  • We have to give what we can (time, money, skills, resources) to organizations like the ACLU, CAIR, and Planned Parenthood as well as to candidates running in local elections.
  • Stay vigilant and informed. With the spread of fake news and other lies, it is so important to stay informed, find sources we can trust, fact check, and be skeptical of un-cited information.
  • We need to engage in conversation, even when it’s uncomfortable (especially if it’s uncomfortable), so that we expand our own views and help inform others.
  • We must vote! Midterm elections are in two years. There may be local elections before then. We need to vote any time we get the chance.
  • Write and call your representatives. Voting is not the end of your part in democracy. You still have influence and power to change laws and government policies. When enough people write and call about the same issue, it absolutely can pressure a representative enough to take action. To start, here are the phone numbers for Colorado Senator Cory Gardner. womens-march-denver, denver-social-justice, denver-event-photographer, denver-womens-photographer, denver-womens-march-photos
  • If you can, run for office. There are plenty of small, local government positions across the country that need filling. Many of them don’t even require a huge time commitment, so you can keep your day job.
  • Comment below with your suggestions on how to move forward and make waves.

Interested in working with me? Send me an email 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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Want engaging event 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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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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Wanna meet me and chat sometime? Send me an email at jamie@jamiekraus.com.