Thanks for checking out my website. My name is John Kraus; I’m a spaceflight photographer from Satellite Beach, Florida.
Living on the Space Coast my entire life, I've always recognized my community's heritage as America's premiere gateway to space, but when I started photography in early 2015 — basically on a whim — my drive to capture rocket launches greatly increased my appreciation for the immense preparation, coordination, and engineering prowess required to conduct spaceflight operations, as well as the meticulous attention to detail required to capture the perfect moment in one still frame. I treasure dearly the opportunity to share the wonders of spaceflight with individuals around the world who are otherwise unaware about what's occurring in the world of space. Awareness, education, and inspiration are the three things I aspire to bring to those who view my photographs.
Along with other credentialed members of the media, I am typically able to set up cameras at launch facilities to capture closeup views of rocket launches. My cameras are sound-triggered and must take images without human intervention, as humans can be severely injured or even killed at the same distances from which my cameras operate. While press access enables creation of stunning, detailed photographs, I frequently photograph launches off-site to take advantage of the beautiful scenery the Space Coast has to offer.
Photographing rocket launches full-time is an untraditional career — and it's made possible in part thanks to my Patreon supporters. Patreon is a platform on which individuals can make small financial contributions to creators on a monthly basis, enabling people to pursue their passions full-time. If you enjoy what I do and appreciate the effort that goes into my work, considering signing up; the base tier is only $2/month, and my patrons can access a slew of behind-the-scenes spaceflight photography content.
CLIENTS, PUBLICATIONS, AND FEATURES:
United Launch Alliance: Two-story-tall image mural
European Space Agency / ArianeGroup: Ariane 5 launch photo trip
AviationWeek 2018 Photo Contest: Overall winner / "Best of Best" award
International Astronautical Congress 2018: Presentation by SpaceX VP Hans Koenigsmann
Camera manufacturer Hasselblad
KSC 2019 Space Congress, "Launching Leaders" panel speaker
ALSO SEEN IN:
WIRED.com, Daily Mail, PetaPixel [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7], Fstoppers, Observer, Digital Photography Review, Inverse.com [1, 2], DigitalRev Bokeh, Resource Magazine Online, Fast Co Design, MyModernMet, WIRED magazine, Condé Nast magazine, Condé Nast Traveller magazine, Digital Photo magazine, Pro Photographer Magazine, "Tähdet ja avaruus" (Stars and Space, a Finnish astronomy magazine)