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Meet Hannah Kraus of Hannah Kraus Studios in Virginia Highlands

Today we’d like to introduce you to Hannah Kraus.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Hannah. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I first thought, I wanted to become a cinematographer, so I majored in Film and Television at Boston University. However, as time passed, instead of film sets, I found myself more and more on photography shoots. I was doing everything but be behind the camera, so I began taking night classes in digital photography. Several years later, wanting to chase my interests and perfect my skills, I received my MFA in photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design here in Atlanta.

Has it been a smooth road?
It has not always been a smooth road. It took me awhile to figure out what my niche was within photography. I had to learn to give into my personal strengths, instead of what seemed popular. I realized that I most enjoyed photographing objects, creating still lifes and capturing details. Once I became true to myself, was when I found my voice as a photographer and others became receptive to my vision.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Hannah Kraus Studios story. Tell us more about the business.
I am a freelance photographer and educator. My commercial photography is most concerned with products. I am recognized for my still lifes, which are bold in color and refined in their composition. I am most proud of my attention to detail and my devotion to craft. I love viewing items through my camera and finding the right element that makes their beauty and uniqueness standout to a consumer. In my spare time, I also focus on my fine art photography. Like the commercial side of my business, I love creating still lifes around a theme or topic that I find striking.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
At this very moment, photography is undergoing some major changes. As smartphone cameras become more powerful, the industry is shifting away from tradition, even in the digital sense. Instead, I think we will see more photographers going back to their origins and using film as well as alternative processes to express their artistry and craft.

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Handbags by Mel Boteri

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