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Dancer Luciana Da Silva | Denver Dancer Headshots

I’ve talked a lot about my work for Presenting Denver. One of my roles there is to take Denver dancer headshots. Each year, Presenting Denver chooses dance artists in the Denver metro area to feature in their In the Spotlight series. I take headshots for many of them to be used alongside an interview. 

In the past, I’ve taken dance photos of members of the dance community that Presenting Denver features as part of their In the Spotlight series. This season, I took headshots for the spotlights, as well as the ambassadors for the organization. We did these portraits on the rooftop of the Beauvallon building, where the Presenting Denver offices are located. This location gave us some wonderful spots, with nature, architecture, and beautiful views of the city.

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One of the featured artists from the season was Luciana Da Silva. After moving to the United States from Brazil, Luciana didn’t initially think of herself as a dancer. After training on her own in belly dance and flamenco, she started looking for ways to honor her own culture and rediscovered Brazillian dance. Luciana now performs and teaches Brazilian dance, specifically samba, which celebrates femininity, and forró, a fast paced partner dance. 

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Luciana is focused on teaching the culture and history behind each dance form, not just the dance itself. She feels they are inextricably linked and cannot be learned separately. “Women want the glamorous look of samba with the feathers and bikini, and to become this feminine, sensual goddess. Couples want the high energy and intricate partnering of forró. But it’s helpful to have cultural understanding.”

Read Luciana’s interview with Rebekah West, for Presenting Denver’s In the Spotlight series here: http://presentingdenver.org/in-the-spotlight-2017/luciana-da-silva/

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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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Electrical Engineer Yazan | Denver Headshot Photography

I love photographing passionate people. While most of my Denver and Boulder headshot clients are artists and entrepreneurs, anyone who is passionate about what they do is a perfect fit for me. I met Yazan at an Energy Storage Expo I was photographing for a colleague of mine, Kinser Studios. It was a huge conference but I ran into him a few times, while he was engaging with vendors, asking questions at seminars, and networking with his colleagues. It was very clear to me that he loves what he does.

Yazan works as an Electrical Engineer for American Electric Power in Columbus. While he was visiting Denver for the expo, he wanted to get some fun photos in the city. His mother’s birthday was coming up and he wanted to gift her a few portraits of himself. Isn’t that so sweet of him!?

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We met up after the expo, just outside the Colorado Convention Center. It was cloudy and rainy but that didn’t stop us from having a great portrait session. In fact, the rain really enhanced the color of everything and gave a very cool effect to the photos. Plus, we borrowed some cool umbrellas from the hotel Yazan was staying in and used them as fun props in some of the photos.

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The Colorado Convention Center and surrounding areas proved to be a great location. It’s modern and urban. There are lots of trees and plants around for a nature feel as well. And I just love the Big Blue Bear. It’s such an iconic Denver sculpture and it gives the photos a nice pop of color.

I loved working with Yazan and creating these fun portraits together. I know his mother with just love them and I hope his family will cherish them for a long time.

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

Presenting Denver Website | Denver Dance Photographer

Back in September, Presenting Denver and I collaborated on a photo session to create images for their new website. They wanted to convey dance without focusing on faces or individuals. As a Denver dance photographer, this was a really fun challenge for me. It forced me to take a step back and get really creative.

Around the same time, I walked all over Denver, capturing the essence of the city. As I went through the images from both projects, I noticed how well the photos paired together to show Denver and dance through similar compositions.

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Be sure to take a look at the beautiful website designed by Mary Lane: www.presentingdenver.org

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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Dance by Design in Pilsen | Chicago Dance Photographer

I love being able to work in a shoot or two when I go home to Chicago. I thrive when I can capture its vibrancy and all it has to offer. I’ve always said that Chicago is my first love so this shoot is a bit more personal for me than the other Dance by Design shoots I’ve done.

Pam is a family friend who I’ve known her for years and has even joined us for Thanksgiving dinner. She helped me make a skirt out of ties while I was going through my Avril Lavigne phase and invited me to fashion shows when I was in high school.  Trinity and I were both interns at Jacob’s Pillow. Trinity was the food services intern, so I made sure to be extra nice to her. We ended up keeping each other awake while we drove all night to Chicago after the summer ended.

We decided to do the shoot in Pilsen, a predominately Mexican neighborhood, just south of where I grew up. It has beautiful murals, great thrifting, and of course the best Mexican food in the state. Chicago is definitely a city of neighborhoods and cultures, so I think Pilsen shows the essence of the city in a way that the downtown cannot.

Pam was so generous and she designed and styled the pieces that Trinity wore for the shoot. I asked each of them a few questions about what inspires them.

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Tell me about the company or school you are associated with?

I’m a senior at Columbia College Chicago. I will be graduating in May 2016 with a BFA in dance with a concentration in dancemaking.

How would you describe your style of dance?

My favorite styles of dance are Modern and West African Dance. My movement is influenced by both of these styles as well as my training in floorwork and gaga techniques.

What is your connection to Chicago?

I’m originally from Sun Prairie, Wisconsin and moved to Chicago for school. My mom’s side is from Chicago so I’ve been to the city many times growing up. It nice to live here, I’m such a city girl.

What is your favorite thing about Chicago?

I enjoy the diversity and the art and food culture here. There is so much packed into this beautiful city.

What does dance do for you/mean to you?

Moving my body in relationship to music is my favorite thing to do. Dancing is when I’m happiest, it’s my outlet and source of communication. I love being in the studio creating and working with other dancers through this beautiful language.

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What was your inspiration/thought process when you designed these pieces?

Knowing that your model had dark skin, incredible features and such an amazing figure , I thought light color, sheer with hints of gold would not distract from her beauty or her movement. She looks stunning and the location is quite colorful and urban so I like the contrast.

How would you describe your design aesthetic?

For this project I chose soft, flowy and very unconstructed. Pieces that would move with her and not distract from your photos or her dance.

What is your connection to Chicago?

Born and raised in the area. I had a bridal design company in Bucktown for many years and taught fashion design at SAIC.

What is your favorite thing about Chicago?

I have lived in NY and many other cities but Chicago will always be my favorite. The diversity of the neighborhoods and the friendly attitude that you normally encounter is what always brings me back.

What does fashion do for you/mean to you?

I guess being able create something beautiful, functional and lasting is my first thought when I create something. Each person I design for always has something unique about them that inspires me.

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Dancer: Trinity Bobo

instagram: @lovetrinitybobo

Designer: Pamela Kosanovich

Location: Pilsen, Chicago, IL

I am always looking to collaborate with more dancers and designers. If you’re interested in working with me and other local artists, send me a message!

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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National Dance Day | Denver Dance Photographer

I thought National Dance Day was the perfect day to officially reveal my new dance photography project! It’s called Dance by Design and it’s a collaborative, multi-shoot project involving local dancers, fashion designers, and locations around Denver.

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My first shoot for the project was with Paul Morland and RBClassics in LoDo. Paul was born and raised in Denver and is now attending NYU’s Tisch school. RBClassics is a new company that makes loud shorts for bold men.

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Paul wore the Prarie House and Mesa styles for the shoot.

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Dancer: Paul Morland

insta: @paulmorland

Shorts Designer: RBClassics

insta: @rbclassics

website (under construction): www.rbclassics.com

Location: LoDo Denver, CO

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.