About - John Kraus Photos

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Thanks for visiting 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 at age 15 in early 2015, 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.

Along with other working members of the media, I am 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 up-close imagery, 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.  If you enjoy what I do and appreciate the effort that goes into my work, considering signing up to access a slew of behind-the-scenes spaceflight photography content, while supporting my work in the process.


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

VICE News HBO special 

Bloomberg Businessweek, cover 

AviationWeek, cover​​


National Geographic [1], [2]

International Astronautical Congress 2018: Presentation by SpaceX VP Hans Koenigsmann

Launcher: Engine test photography

Celestis: Heritage Flight photographer


Space Florida

KSC 2019 Space Congress, "Launching Leaders" panel speaker


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)

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