Louise Krafft is the award-winning chief photographer for the Connection Newspapers and has been with the papers since 1997.
Since 2009 alone, Krafft has won eight first place photography awards from the Virginia Press Association and 16 other top honors for her outstanding work in news, entertainment, portrait and special sections. In her years, Ms. Krafft has brought the paper back almost 100 awards of excellence.
In addition to her keen eye for photography, Krafft is blessed with a near-prefect photographic memory for the people, places and history of Alexandria and Northern Virginia.
Born, raised and educated in Alexandria, she began her career in a home dark room with her grandfather teaching her the patient technique of developing film. Following College at American University, Krafft worked for six years in a black and white photo lab, Washington House.
A lucky phone call to the lab from the magazine editor of American Banker landed Krafft her first professional free lance job to photograph the chairman of the Federal Reserve testifying before the House Banking Committee.
Within a short time, Krafft’s photos found their way into the business and A sections of the New York Times, Time Magazine, The New York Daily News, The Washington Post and numerous other trade publications.
Her outstanding freelance work allowed Krafft the flexibility to raise her son Shannon and several cats
Before joining the Connection Newspapers, Krafft covered Washington events for both Puerto Rican newspapers, El Nuevo Dia and the San Juan Star and worked for seven years as a photographer for the governor’s office of Puerto Rico in Washington.
In describing her photography, famed Washington journalist Bill Mayhugh said her photos “showed all subjects with dignity, regardless."
Zombies, firefighters, cheerleaders and frozen princesses filled the sidewalks with dozens of other costumed characters for an afternoon of Trick or Treating in Shirlington on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 1.
The Mount Vernon Community Band set up as volunteers heated up the grills for cooking German sausage in preparation of St. Aidan’s Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 11.
Mekhai Goodwin gets a feel for the weight of the fire hose that the firefighters carry into burning houses and buildings. Hundreds of residents toured the nine Alexandria Fire Stations during the annual open house on Saturday, Oct. 11.
Pictures from Art on the Avenue
Six historic Alexandria homes are featured on the 73rd annual TWIG Home Tour on Saturday, Sept. 27. The tour includes a recently restored home on the National Register of Historic Places that was home of George Lewis Seaton.
The 2nd annual MS Is BS Blues Fest got underway Saturday afternoon, Aug. 9, in South Arlington.
The back lobby at Boeing in Rosslyn was humming with activity as employees filled 875 elementary school backpacks on Friday morning, Aug. 8.
Signature Theatre held its annual open house on Saturday, Aug. 2.
Hundreds of lawn care and landscape professionals donated time and services on Monday July 28, to care for the grounds and trees of the historic Arlington Cemetery.
The Annandale Brass took the stage at Grist Mill Park to perform “A Slice of Americana” on Friday evening, July 11.