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."
The Annandale Brass took the stage at Grist Mill Park to perform “A Slice of Americana” on Friday evening, July 11.
There was no shortage of suds as volunteers for the Unity Day Festival washed cars in the parking lot of Advanced Auto Parts...
The City of Alexandria hosted its annual birthday celebration at Oronoco Bay Park on Saturday evening, July 12.
More than 100 Arlington County students participated in the first Operation Ready Rescue workshop on Thursday, June 26, at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center in South Arlington.
The Alexandria Food & Wine Festival returned to Carlyle on Saturday afternoon, June 21.
More that 200 people attended Energy House Showcases highlighting energy efficiency at 4033 N. 22nd Street and 2200 N. Military Road.
The Blues returned to the Pike on Saturday afternoon, June 14.
Visual and performing arts by Alexandria’s youth were showcased at the 5th annual Youth Arts and Father’s Day Festival on Saturday afternoon, June 7.
The West Potomac Business Association hosted the annual Taste of Del Ray on Sunday afternoon, June 8, in the parking lot behind the United Bank in Del Ray.
The garden at The Lord Fairfax House on Cameron Street overflowed with guests at the annual meeting and garden party of the Historic Alexandria Foundation on Sunday afternoon, June 8.