Excited to be here at the Wedding & Portrait Photographers International Expo & Conference!

It is my first time visiting the WPPI expo here in Las Vegas!  So far, so great!!!  After just one day, I’ve learned a bunch of new stuff and met some great people and their companies that will only help me to grow further as a photographer and studio owner.  Heading out in a few moments for a full day of meetings and seminars followed by some good food, drink, and a little blackjack!

What its all about!

Having photographed well over 300 events since starting my company 7+ years ago, I’ve been reminded of a few things about life along the way.  Most importantly – we are all on this earth a finite amount of time.  We all try to make the best of it that we can.  We have obstacles and road blocks along our journey, but with some perseverance, a little luck, and a lot of love and support – we carve our path.

I’ve photographed cancer survivors and holocaust survivors.  I’ve photographed many that have since passed away – some way too soon – like the brother of a groom and the father a bat mitzvah girl.

I am more convinced today than ever of the importance of the role I play in capturing the life of the memories for these families.  We all can relate.  For what brings us together as humans more than love?  Without it, we would be lost.  And without the photographs of the fleeting special moments, the memories can fade – especially beyond generations.  We want to leave our mark.  To say “I was here.”  And I have helped to build the next generation.  Here I am…

It is all about the CUSTOMER SERVICE!!!

Prospective clients interviewing me to be the photography studio for their wedding or Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah will sometimes ask “what do you feel sets you apart from other photographers?”

I never need to hesitate to answer that question because I know – 100% – it is all about the customer service!  I tell potential clients that in all honesty, there are lots of good photographers out there.  There are plenty that are artistic and have a good eye and know what they are doing and do a good job of capturing the event.  But I also know that many of those photographers aren’t even close to what we provide in the way of your overall experience.

Before starting my own event photography company, I worked in sales and customer service for an independent record label in NYC called Putumayo World Music.  I worked there for over 15 years straight out of college and learned a ton.  What I learned the most, was that people want to be treated with kindness and respect and feel a friendly connection.

That is why when one of my associate photographers or myself go home from shooting a wedding or Mitzvah, I cherish feeling that we were another one of the guests at the party.  Sometimes we go away feeling like we are a part of the family!

Capturing the moments is certainly important.  But capturing the moments while everyone around you is comfortable with you and likes the way you work and appreciates your smile and demeanor – is why we get an A+!

And it also goes beyond the day of the event.  Because unlike every other vendor you work with for your wedding or Mitzvah party who go home after the event and you never need to work with again for that particular day – with us you will be in touch quite a bit.  Especially when it comes time to design your album.  And I pride myself on the fact that I return emails or calls within a day – often times within the hour!

Don’t even get me started on the horror stories I’ve heard about first hand.  So be sure that you not only like the photographic style of the photographer you are going to go with for your big day – but just as importantly that you connect with them and get a good feel for the way they will be working with you the day of and in the days/weeks/months that follow.

-Chad David Kraus
Chad David Kraus Photography
Voted Best of Westchester in Westchester Magazine 2014 & 2015.

Bar Mitzvah Photography, Bat Mitzvah Photography, Wedding Photography, Event Photography all over New York including Westchester, Long Island, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Staten Island.  New Jersey and Connecticut too!

Bar Mitzvah Photographer, Bat Mitzvah Photographer, Wedding Photographer, Event Photographer.  Family Portraits.  Baby Portraits.

 

What makes for a great Bar or Bat Mitzvah party?

I’ve gotten this question posed to me from a few clients in the past looking for my opinion and experiences.  As recently as yesterday I had a prospective client ask me for my feedback on the subject for his son’s Bar Mitzvah in 2016.

What I’ve always felt in having witnessed tons of Bar and Bat Mitzvahs is that having a great DJ Entertainment company with a fun and outgoing MC and motivators to keep the kids (and adults!!!) engaged is priority #1.  That is of course if you are having that type of party.  I’ve shot a number of fantastic Mitzvah celebrations that hardly had any dancing – but had great games and puzzles and trivia.  But if you are looking for a dance party celebration – then you obviously need to invest wisely in your entertainment company.

I’ve got several that I truly enjoy working with and feel they do a top notch job but aren’t “factories”.  Check out ESPDancetime DJ, and Jimmy Dee Entertainment.  And definitely let them know that Chad David Kraus Photography sent you their way!

Of course the other vendor you should be putting at the top of your list is your photographer.  And I’m not just saying that because it is my business and my passion.  I’m saying it because when it is all said and done – when your guests have gone home and the music stops playing and the decor has been taken down – all your memories from the day and the history for future generations are going to be captured by your photographer.  The photography from your son’s Bar Mitzvah or your daughter’s Bat Mitzvah is what you will have to hold on to and look back on the day with fondness and smiles and much naches!

So give us a call or send an email when you are ready to talk about photography for your child’s and your family’s big day!

-Chad David Kraus
Chad David Kraus Photography
Voted Best of Westchester in Westchester Magazine 2014 & 2015.

Bar Mitzvah Photography, Bat Mitzvah Photography, Wedding Photography, Event Photography all over New York including Westchester, Long Island, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Staten Island.  New Jersey and Connecticut too!

Bar Mitzvah Photographer, Bat Mitzvah Photographer, Wedding Photographer, Event Photographer.  Family Portraits.  Baby Portraits.

Welcome to the brand new website!

I am incredibly excited to be launching a full refresh of our website here at Chad David Kraus Photography!

For those of you that have been following the growth of my studio, you know how proud I am of where I started and the on-going journey.  I started my studio about 6 1/2 years ago by just listing myself on Craigslist and immediately booked a Sweet Sixteen.

That was followed by my shooting several family portraits and then my first Bat Mitzvah.  I had always felt that my out-going and fun loving personality coupled with my numerous years of customer service experience would allow the word of my event photography to spread.  And spread it did!  In just this short amount of time, I have had so many inquiries and bookings that I added one photographer, then two, and now three, that all shoot lead at multiple events each year.

The 4 of us will photograph over 100 weddings, bar mitzvahs, bat mitzvahs, family portraits, and corporate functions all over the tri-state area this year alone.  And we are on track to increase our number of events in 2016 by at least 25%!

It has been an amazing ride and I thank all of my past clients, friends, and family, who have helped to spread the word.  Over 90% of our business is good old fashioned word of mouth referrals!  So thank YOU!

If you are not already following Chad David Kraus Photography on Facebook – I invite you to come along for the ride!  Just go to Chad David Kraus Photography and click “like”.  And please check back here on our website “News” page to hear about our goings-on, announcements, and even some tips for planning your special event and photography!

-Chad David Kraus
Chad David Kraus Photography
Voted Best of Westchester in Westchester Magazine 2014 & 2015.

Bar Mitzvah Photography, Bat Mitzvah Photography, Wedding Photography, Event Photography all over New York including Westchester, Long Island, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Staten Island.  New Jersey and Connecticut too!

Bar Mitzvah Photographer, Bat Mitzvah Photographer, Wedding Photographer, Event Photographer.  Family Portraits.  Baby Portraits.