Hello, and thanks for checking out my website! My name is John Kraus; I’m a 18-year-old photographer from Satellite Beach, Florida.
Living on the Space Coast my entire life, I've always appreciated my community's heritage as America's premier gateway to space. But when I first picked up a camera in 2015, my drive to capture rocket launches greatly increased my appreciation for the immense preparation, coordination, and engineering prowess required to conduct spaceflight operations at the Cape, as well as the meticulous attention to detail required to capture the perfect moment in one still frame.
My passion to tell the story of spaceflight in imagery has taken me to incredible places, such as the roof of NASA's 525-foot-tall Vehicle Assembly Building; to New York City to work with a rocket startup company; deep into the wilderness surrounding Cape Canaveral to capture the perfect middle-of-the-night shot; and to historic launch sites such as LC-39A, the launchpad that sent humans to the moon.

On-site at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, during remote camera setup for a classified spy satellite launch atop an Atlas V rocket, October 2017. Photo: Tom Cross

After my first year of photography, my work covering launches from public locations was noticed by an space news media outlet at Cape Canaveral, and in February 2016, I was granted an opportunity to cover a launch on-site as a launch photojournalist. Starting then, I worked under AmericaSpace — one of the leading space news websites covering American spaceflight — and I've continued covering launches as a freelance photographer in the time since.
Along with other credentialed members of the media, I am typically granted access to Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to set up cameras at the Cape's launch facilities to capture stunning closeup views of launches. Often very close in proximity to the rockets, these cameras are sound-triggered and must capture photographs without human intervention. Other times I photograph launches off-site to take advantage of the beautiful scenery the Space Coast has to offer.
In July 2018, I had the pleasure of working with Launcher, a New York-based rocket startup on a ten-year timeline to build a commercial small satellite launch vehicle. I created imagery of Launcher's E-1 engine during its static test fires in Long Island.
Put on display in September 2017, one of my most popular photos is displayed two-stories-tall at United Launch Alliance's headquarters in Centennial, Colorado.
I had the honor of volunteering for Buzz Aldrin’s ShareSpace Foundation in July 2017, working as an event photographer at the ShareSpace Foundation Apollo 11 Gala at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, which commemorated the 48th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission in July 1969.
Apart from photographing launches, my interest in other genres of photography — particularly landscapes — has given me a newfound admiration for the beautiful area I'm lucky to call home. In addition to photography, my other interests include classical music and music in general (eight-year violinist), NBA basketball (go Magic!), and speedcubing (I average about 12 seconds for 3x3).
You may have seen my work here:
United Launch Alliance company headquarters: Two-story-tall image mural
Bloomberg Businessweek magazine, cover: July 2018
Aviation Week magazine, cover: February 2018
SpaceX founder, CEO Elon Musk's Instagram, Twitter
National Geographic: Online feature, July 2016
3x NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day: August 15, 2018April 21st, 2018January 13th, 2018
WIRED magazine: October 2016
WIRED.com: August 2016
Fstoppers: July 2017
Observer: April 2017
Digital Photo magazine: October 2016
Digital Photography Review: September 2016
Inverse.com: Feature 1, Feature 2. August 2016
Pro Photographer Magazine: August 2016
DigitalRev Bokeh: June 2016
Resource Mag Online: June 2016
Fast Co Design: February 2015