Chad David Kraus – Studio Owner / Lead Photographer
I love life. It’s what feeds my passion for
photography, ever since I was 12 when I traded in my lemonade stand earnings for a 35mm camera. For 20 years, that camera was an extension of me, capturing incredible travels around the world, the simple beauty of nature, and the pure joy of my children.
After photographing a relative’s bat mitzvah, I received such praise and encouragement that I realized it was time to share my love of photography with others. Chad David Kraus Photography was born in October of 2008.
Since then, I’ve shot over 500 weddings, bar & bat mitzvahs, and other special events all over the New York tri-state area and beyond. I’ve parlayed my love of the theater and my acting background into photography for numerous Broadway shows – namely, house photographer for the Tony Award winning musical, “Dear Evan Hansen”. I also shot on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and am proud to say that one of my photographs is hanging in the Clinton home in Chappaqua, NY.
My photos have appeared on billboards, newspapers and magazines, in marketing materials, and on countless mantelpieces, coffee tables, stairway walls, holiday cards, and office desks.
I will travel anywhere in the world to shoot a special event, but my home is in Pleasantville, New York, with my loving wife, 4 children, and that 35 mm camera sitting on a shelf and always reminding me of my roots.
Jeffrey – Principal Photographer/Team Member
View Jeffrey’s gallery of Mitzvah and Wedding photography here.
Since high school, I have had a passion for documenting life through the camera. Years later, as an award winning photographer, my images have widely been exhibited and have appeared in numerous national publications including Time, People, InStyle, EveryDay with Rachel Ray, American PHOTO, & Popular Photography. In addition, my lifestyle portfolio has been represented world-wide.
I would definitely describe myself as a “people person”. There is always a smile on my face and an enthusiasm for sharing the happy moments of life’s big events. I simply love capturing real moments, in a photojournalistic style, as each special event unfolds naturally into amazing keepsake memories.
Alba – Principal Photographer/Team Member
View Alba’s gallery of Mitzvah photography here.
It’s amazing how one road can lead to another. When I was a child in Brazil, I loved taking photos.
I even taught my mother how to take pictures, because somehow, I was the expert in the house. But when I grew up and moved to New York, I got away from photography. That is, until my path led me to Chad.
I met Chad Kraus a few years ago at a bar mitzvah he was shooting and thought, wow, I would love to reconnect with photography, and this is the person I want to learn from. So I contacted him, and he agreed to become my mentor, helping me to develop my photojournalistic style.
I love telling stories through my photographs and capturing the moment between the moments. It has been said, “If you find what you truly love to do, you won’t work another day in your life”. I can now believe that, because I am living it.
Nancy – Principal Photographer/Team Member
I have had a camera in my hand since I was 8 years
old. The picture, the moment, and the emotion have always had a special meaning to me. I am always intrigued by capturing a moment in time. I love the unexpected picture. The one that tells a story when no one is looking
About 3 years ago a picture appeared on my Facebook newsfeed. The post reminded me of a picture I would take. I followed the link and was continually drawn to the style of pictures that reminded me of myself. I liked the page and followed the photographer. I was so impressed I reached out to him and asked if he would be willing to work with an assistant, and that is how my relationship with Chad began.
I have had the pleasure of working with Chad for the last three years and it has been a wonderful journey. I am continually inspired by the moments that are captured at each event photographed and I look forward to freezing that moment in time for all of the clients we work with.