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 students chattered and compared paint colors as they strolled along the path at the Winkler Preserve on Friday, May 10, to launch hand-crafted model sail boats and play the cigar box guitars they had made over the past semester in their class through a joint effort by the Alexandria Seaport Foundation and Alexandria City Public Schools.
Charlie, a rescued dog and an American foxhound, took top honors at the annual Gadsby’s Tavern Dog competition Saturday afternoon, April 27, in Market Square.
The Arlington Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual public safety valor awards luncheon on April 17 at the Fort Myers Officers Club.
A new twist on the classic musical about a girl named Dorothy, a tornado, her journey to a magical place "over the rainbow," friends and foes encountered, and lessons learned along the way, arrives at Yorktown High School next week.
A day to recognize the achievements and contributions made by Scottish Americans to the U.S., known as Tartan Day, was celebrated on Saturday, April 6, at Market Square in Alexandria.
Injured from an accident with heavy machinery and left with a broken back, Roderic Brame went back to school. He was admitted to Radford University were he completed a B.S in geology and a M.S. in science education.
Environment Virginia, U.S. Rep. Jim Moran and the BlueGreen Alliance offered springtime energy-saving tips during a tour at Scott Sklar’s super-efficient home in North Arlington on Thursday morning, March 28.
The church quietly filled with people as Dennis Edelbrock, Chuck Seipp and Paul Skevington performed a pre-concert recital on Sunday evening, March 31, at the Clarendon United Methodist Church in Lyons Village.
Mount Vernon CrossFit @ The D.A.M. Garage head coach and director of programming, Sean Dunston, was working up a sweat coaching the participants in the Saturday morning three-part work out in January.
The line started to form at 10:30 a.m. and worked its way down the sidewalk towards Monroe Avenue in anticipation.