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Oct 06, 2006

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About Me


My clients have found me to be endlessly energetic and easy to work with a great sense of humor and comfort, while always bringing outside of the box ideas to shoots for maximum benefit to their project. I treat every project as if it will be my first, and my last. I am available for bookings across the US with paid travel and accommodations. Photography is my career and the only way I make a living, so ask me about traveling to you, as I'm regularly traveling to clients. I have been shooting for many years, and I love what I do. There really is no better job than being able to help execute and build on a clients vision, and regularly help other professionals take their vision to the front of the echelon. As a reward for this work ethic and care for my clients concerns and visions, I've been fortunate enough to create with some of the top models, entertainers, musicians and companies in the country, and I am very grateful for these opportunities and being able to live my dream as a career.

***My time is valuable, and I hope yours is as well... as such, I do not accept TFP or TFCD, I've got more portfolio material than I know what to do with... I DO look forward to collaborating with other artistic minded individuals to give them something vibrant, different and over the top to make their portfolio or project stand out. I've worked with numerous models, families, entertainers, musicians, groups, companies and events across the country over the years, allowing me the experience to streamline a complete, but never unnecessary combination of equipment and have developed a very efficient workflow with the utmost concern for the end product.***


While I love my job, it is not a service that comes without cost. With airfare, hotel, vehicle and transportation expenses, and especially equipment, expendables, rent, maintenance, insurance, etc..., there are many costs I absorb and some that I have no choice but to pass on. Also, with travel, the average trip costs me well over $1000! Because of these considerations, I do require payment for my services, which is usually just a small investment in your future if you are a like minded, serious working professional. I love being part of the creative process and I am very well prepared for shoots. I work tirelessly to make sure that there is mutual benefit in every project I undertake, and will not embark on any shoot that I can not give at least 100% to. Anyone I have worked with will tell you the same. I have an extensive art background, resulting in an extensive understanding of concepts and composition. I also have an extensive background in photofinishing, studio management and prep, and equipment integration, making me a very versatile professional, heavily invested in not only my success, but the success of those I work with.

My rates vary by project, location, and my availability. My rates are sometimes negotiable, depending on if I am booking multiple jobs in one location, or a variety of other factors. I am first, and foremost, an artist rather than a capitalist, as such, I work to make sure that my rates are the best value in the industry. I never undercut those in my industry to get clients, nor I am not unreasonable in my rates to clients, because I believe in fairness. I check my rates against those in my various markets regularly, and they are an incomparable value for the artistic, monetary and time investment I make in each project.

I require a deposit of half down, half upon appointment to all clients. This has never been a problem to any of my serious clients in 21 years. If, for some reason, you need special arrangements, please let me know.
For travel: cancellations within 7 days, there is a 50% fee (of our agreed on rate), and for those within 48 hours there is a 100% fee. This is due to the fact that when I travel I have already covered a majority of the expenses. This is my full time job, and if I fly myself to another city, I rely on the jobs you book me for to pay for that flight, hotel, and other travel expenses.

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John Knappe took up photography in 1991, and started shooting professionally in 1997. In 2001, John Knappe Photography was born. A modest, driven, creative, and easy going, yet hard working professional, he strives to use his client's needs to mold his own ideas and create images that evoke euphoria, spark thought and emotion, test limits and make people want more. He often makes people wonder, laugh, smile, cry, think and appreciate. With endless energy, and a very unique, while constantly developing style, he has photographed some of the hardest working, most notorious and famous individuals in America, as well as, more than likely, some of your neighbors. "I enjoy quickly making my clients at ease, energetically engaging them and collaborating together to make their visions come to life". Clients and critics alike have praised his natural ability to effortlessly inspire his clients and exceed their expectations. Over a decade of experience in the photographic equipment and photofinishing businesses gives Knappe the knowledge base to apply the latest in equipment and printing technologies to further meet the ever-changing needs of his clients.

John Knappe has worked with countless radio stations, newspapers, websites, magazines, entertainers and professional models, as well as clients such as: Yelawolf, Boyz II Men, Calvin Klein, Macys, The Cool Kids, Glen David Andrews, Rakim, Trombone Shorty, Benassi Brothers, Crooklyn Clan, Evan Christian, De La Buena, Northern Room, Kermit Ruffins, Rebirth Brass Band, Shamarr Allen, Gucci Mane, Afrikaa Bambaataa, Mannie Fresh, Black Sports Online, Joan Jett, Chaka Khan, Buddy Guy, Nas, The Roots, Bootsy Collins, Wanda Sykes, Common, PUMA, De La Soul, Kathy Griffin, APRIME/Automatic, GE, Haz Solo, Def Harmonic, DMC, R. Kelly, The City of Chicago, Pabst, Juvenile, Talib Kweli, Gnarls Barkley, Tony Touch, Grandmaster Caz, Slick Rick, Doug E. Fresh, Biz Markie, Rhett Tyler, Rick Ross, Red Bull, Miller Brewing, SPIN, MOJO, Rolling Stone, The Onion, P. Diddy, Wu-Tang Clan, Gil Scott-Heron, Keziah Jones, Mos Def and many more...

Second to photography, the most important thing to John is being able to utilize his time and/or talent to be able give back to the citizens of our communities and assist with charities that foster the development of youth and rehabilitation of adults, and the neighborhoods they both inhabit. He is currently, or has been, involved with: Latino Community Center (Milwaukee), Feed the Needy (New Orleans), Trumpets Not Guns (New Orleans), Harlem Children's Zone (NYC), Gadzuric Foundation (Milwaukee), Cinderella Project MKE (Milwaukee), 4H (nationwide), Project Heartland (Milwaukee), American Cancer Society (Cedar Rapids) and the Arizona Humane Society

John Knappe recently completed his fourth photo coffee table book of portraits, entitled "Abre Los Ojos", available at in both a full-sized and abridged version.

He is available for projects nationwide, after completing several working residencies in Milwaukee, Chicago, Minnesota, Iowa, San Diego, Los Angeles, Mexico, Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn and New Orleans spanning the last fifteen years. For booking, distribution, fine art prints or other business inquiries, please send a private message. Thanks for your time and consideration, and I look forward to working with you soon!

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