Spring is a favorite season of mine in the Pacific Northwest. The world explodes in a rainbow of colors that lifts the spirits after our grey, wet winters. The only downside to blossoms is how quickly they disappear. Luckily for us, noted Vancouver photographer Jonathon E. Kraft captures these fleeting beauties each year in places around Clark County, and shares them with all.
Jon has lived in Clark County since 1976, and has been snapping photos since 1987, when the Daily Evergreen at Washington State University hired him to take photos for a story on beekeeping. “Since then, I’ve been taking photos and ever trying to capture that perfect shot and develop my skills,” John says. “I have three boys who are all young men right now so I got to spend plenty of time photographing them in sports, family get-togethers and their senior photos.”
Since that first assignment, Jon has photographed just about everything, from weddings to portraits, but he says his passion is landscape photography. Five years ago, he was hired as the Landscape Photographer for Cycle Oregon. “That gig combines my two passions of cycling and landscape photography,” he shares. “As an avid cyclist I spend many hours outdoors on the back roads of the Pacific Northwest. There is so much beauty out there and I can’t help but always stop and take a photo.”
His amazing photos have been published in many magazines, on social media sites, and sold as prints to individuals and businesses, like Mill Plain Medical on 87th Avenue that is currently having him print up a dozen photos for display. A photo of his was also featured in a PBS special on Fort Vancouver, which one an Emmy.
“I try to photograph all the seasons in Clark County,” Jon says, but adds that the blossoms get a lot of love from viewers. Want to enjoy this beauty year-round? Follow the Jonathon E. Kraft Photography Facebook page to see his most recent work, or to inquire about purchasing prints.