John Kraus is creating spaceflight photography
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Who I am:
Hi! I'm John Kraus, an 18-year-old Florida-based photographer. I've been doing photography for a little under four years now. I recently graduated high school in May 2018 and I'm now focusing on making photography a full-time career.

What I do:
I work as a freelance rocket launch photojournalist at Cape Canaveral, Florida. As a member of the press, I set up sound-activated cameras at the Cape's launch facilities — often very close to the rockets — to capture stunning closeup views of launches. I also photograph some launches off-site to take advantage of the beautiful scenery the Space Coast has to offer. I've recently expanded my list of photographed launch sites to include California's Vandenberg Air Force Base, where I've now shot two launches, and plan to do so more often in the future! I also enjoy shooting a variety of additional subjects including landscapes, astrophotography, and more around Florida.

Want to see some of my work?
You can view my website and portfolio here.

Where has my work been featured?
I've accumulated a few specific achievements I'm quite proud of in my short photography career: My images have appeared on the covers of magazines such as Bloomberg Businessweek and Aviation Week, one of my photographs is displayed two-stories tall at United Launch Alliance's headquarters in Colorado, and I've been featured in numerous online publications including National Geographic and CNBC, and even SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's Instagram! You can see more places my work has been featured on my website's about page.

Why am I on Patreon?
$2, or even $5 doesn't sound like a lot — but what happens when hundreds, or even thousands of people make small pledges to a content creator monthly? That money adds up, enabling that creator to support themselves while concentrate on being creative. I work for myself — no entity pays me simply to attend launches. While I sell prints and license my photos to outlets and entities around the world, that income is neither consistent nor guaranteed. But monthly financial support from Patreon is both. Even covering launches close to home can get expensive: the gas, equipment, and time expended adds up, and traveling out of state for launches gets even costlier. I believe that with small monthly contributions from individuals around the world who see value in the work I create, I can grow my Patreon to a point where it is a large majority of my monthly income.
The world's launch cadence is rising; with it I want the quality of my photography to rise as well. New companies are entering the world of spaceflight and existing companies are doing things we previously considered impossible — and I want to be there to document it all!

What's in it for you:
By becoming a "Stage 1" patron ($2+), you get access to my exclusive Discord server, as well as my patron-only feed on Patreon. Discord is a Skype/Teamspeak-like chat service where my patrons can interact with me directly, and is a place where I frequently share behind the scenes content leading up to launches, such as real-time coverage as I set up remote cameras bear rockets! If you frequently find yourself wanting to ask questions about my work, my Discord server is the best place to chat with me live.
My "Stage 2" patrons ($5+) also get access to my Post-Launch Blogs, which are extensive recaps posted to Patreon following each launch I photograph. Stage 2 patrons get an exclusive look at the planning and thought processes behind the photos I capture at every launch, insight to the intricacies of capturing stunning rocket launch imagery, as well as the learned experiences that come with photographing such a unique subject.
Tiers
Stage 1 Patron
$2 or more per month
- Access to my exclusive Discord server, where you can chat with me directly about spaceflight and photography, help me plan future photo shoots, and have direct input into what spaceflight content I create.
Includes Discord rewards
Stage 2 Patron
$5 or more per month
- Access to my Post-Launch Blog: Get a first-hand account of what it's like to photograph rocket launches as a member of the media. See my extensive planning and thought processes going into each launch, look at how my pre-launch plans compare to what I end up capturing, and see what I learn following every launch I photograph.


- Access to my exclusive Discord server, where you can chat with me directly about spaceflight and photography, help me plan future photo shoots, and have direct input into what spaceflight content I create.

Includes Discord rewards
Who I am:
Hi! I'm John Kraus, an 18-year-old Florida-based photographer. I've been doing photography for a little under four years now. I recently graduated high school in May 2018 and I'm now focusing on making photography a full-time career.

What I do:
I work as a freelance rocket launch photojournalist at Cape Canaveral, Florida. As a member of the press, I set up sound-activated cameras at the Cape's launch facilities — often very close to the rockets — to capture stunning closeup views of launches. I also photograph some launches off-site to take advantage of the beautiful scenery the Space Coast has to offer. I've recently expanded my list of photographed launch sites to include California's Vandenberg Air Force Base, where I've now shot two launches, and plan to do so more often in the future! I also enjoy shooting a variety of additional subjects including landscapes, astrophotography, and more around Florida.

Want to see some of my work?
You can view my website and portfolio here.

Where has my work been featured?
I've accumulated a few specific achievements I'm quite proud of in my short photography career: My images have appeared on the covers of magazines such as Bloomberg Businessweek and Aviation Week, one of my photographs is displayed two-stories tall at United Launch Alliance's headquarters in Colorado, and I've been featured in numerous online publications including National Geographic and CNBC, and even SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's Instagram! You can see more places my work has been featured on my website's about page.

Why am I on Patreon?
$2, or even $5 doesn't sound like a lot — but what happens when hundreds, or even thousands of people make small pledges to a content creator monthly? That money adds up, enabling that creator to support themselves while concentrate on being creative. I work for myself — no entity pays me simply to attend launches. While I sell prints and license my photos to outlets and entities around the world, that income is neither consistent nor guaranteed. But monthly financial support from Patreon is both. Even covering launches close to home can get expensive: the gas, equipment, and time expended adds up, and traveling out of state for launches gets even costlier. I believe that with small monthly contributions from individuals around the world who see value in the work I create, I can grow my Patreon to a point where it is a large majority of my monthly income.
The world's launch cadence is rising; with it I want the quality of my photography to rise as well. New companies are entering the world of spaceflight and existing companies are doing things we previously considered impossible — and I want to be there to document it all!

What's in it for you:
By becoming a "Stage 1" patron ($2+), you get access to my exclusive Discord server, as well as my patron-only feed on Patreon. Discord is a Skype/Teamspeak-like chat service where my patrons can interact with me directly, and is a place where I frequently share behind the scenes content leading up to launches, such as real-time coverage as I set up remote cameras bear rockets! If you frequently find yourself wanting to ask questions about my work, my Discord server is the best place to chat with me live.
My "Stage 2" patrons ($5+) also get access to my Post-Launch Blogs, which are extensive recaps posted to Patreon following each launch I photograph. Stage 2 patrons get an exclusive look at the planning and thought processes behind the photos I capture at every launch, insight to the intricacies of capturing stunning rocket launch imagery, as well as the learned experiences that come with photographing such a unique subject.

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Tiers
Stage 1 Patron
$2 or more per month
- Access to my exclusive Discord server, where you can chat with me directly about spaceflight and photography, help me plan future photo shoots, and have direct input into what spaceflight content I create.
Includes Discord rewards
Stage 2 Patron
$5 or more per month
- Access to my Post-Launch Blog: Get a first-hand account of what it's like to photograph rocket launches as a member of the media. See my extensive planning and thought processes going into each launch, look at how my pre-launch plans compare to what I end up capturing, and see what I learn following every launch I photograph.


- Access to my exclusive Discord server, where you can chat with me directly about spaceflight and photography, help me plan future photo shoots, and have direct input into what spaceflight content I create.

Includes Discord rewards