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Who are Julia and Kurtis?

They are a husband and wife photojournalistic team, who travel nationally to photograph anything. They do more then document your wedding; They capture the essence of the day. Shooting as a team they give you thorough coverage while capturing the candid and major moments at the same time. Professionalism and creativity are the hallmarks that Kracke Photography strives to give all their couples, all the while maintaining a a unique male and female perspective to your wedding. Professional and unobtrusive, they give you the freedom to enjoy your day. 

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Kurtis has an extensive
career as a professional photographer. After receiving his Bachelors of Fine
Art in Photography from the internationally acclaimed Kansas City Art
Institute, he went to work for the prestigious commercial studio of Vedros and
Associates for six years. Through out his varied and extensive career he has
faced many situations from celebrities to products to locations to animals. His
clients have included; Kodak, Corning, Columbia Records, Sony, Hallmark,
Purina, Mars Candy, and many other fortune 500 companies. Today he enjoys
working on his personal fine art work in between the hectic schedule of a
professional photographer.




After graduating from high school in Lawrence Kansas, Julia was invited to study at the world famous photography school, F.A.M.U., in Prague, Czech Republic where she worked with some of the world’s finest photographers. This experience led her to the Kansas City Art institute where she received her Bachelors of Fine Art in Photography. She continued her education and received a Masters of Fine Art in Photography from SUNY Buffalo. She also worked, for 8 years, as Manager of Exhibitions and Program Design at George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film. She has had the opportunity to work with many of today’s top photographers and has curated exhibitions for, Jeff Bridges David Byrne and Jessica Burstein from Law and Order. She also developed an award winning lecture series working with some of the most notable photographers of our time from National Geographic, Magnum Photos, VII Photo Agency and The Associated Press.

Category Archives: Esperanza Mansion

Claire and Bobby’s Wedding

The Team Photography – The amazing team of Julia and Kurtis Kracke – Kracke Photography Ceremony Venue – Garrett Chapel Reception Venue – Esperanza Mansion Florist – Rosewood Floral Cake – Premier Pastry DJ – DJ by Design

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Sarah and Raphael’s Wedding

The Team Photography – The amazing team of Julia and Kurtis Kracke – Kracke Photography Venue – Esperanza Mansion Florist – Garden of Life Flowers Cake – Flour Shop Café and Bakery DJ – Fingerlakes Entertainment

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Josh and Heather’s Wedding

The Team Photography – The amazing team of Julia and Kurtis Kracke – Kracke Photography Venue – Esperanza Mansion Florist – Hopper Hills Floral and Gifts DJ – Fingerlakes Entertainment

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Katy and John’s Wedding at Esperanza Mansion

The Team Photography – The amazing team of Julia and Kurtis Kracke – Kracke Photography Venue – Esperanza Mansion Florist – The Topiary DJ – Fingerlakes Entertainment Cake – Premiere Pastry

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Garrett Chapel and Esperanza Mansion – Bobby and Claire

Our third wedding of the season was another Esperanza wedding – but with a twist! Bobby and Claire tied the knot at the historic Garett Memorial Chapel. Built as a memorial for the last heir of the Garrett family, owners of Garrett and Company winemakers, the chapel is now in the possession of the Episcopal Diocese […]

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Scott and Melissa’s wedding at Esperanza Mansion

We started off our wedding season at a venue we have had the pleasure of working at many a time – Esperanza Mansion. Built in 1838 in the Greek Revival style that was popular during that time period, the mansion now serves as a hotel, restaurant, and event venue. Deep in Finger Lakes country, the […]

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Susan and John’s wedding at Norton Chapel and Esperanza Mansion

Susan and John are high school sweethearts and we photographed their engagement session at the school. Their wedding was a beautiful elegant event at Esperanza Mansion surrounded by all their family and friends. Susan and John’s team: Ceremony: Norton Chapel Reception: Esperanza Mansion Cake & Treats: Premier Pastry Floral Design: The Topiary Florist Gown & […]

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Kip and Kelly’s Wedding at Esperanza Mansion

Kip and Kelly were married at St. Michaels in Penn Yan, NY and danced the night away with their family and friends at Esperanza Mansion. Beautiful flowers by Stacy K Floral and a full dance floor with Finger Lakes Entertainment always make for a picture perfect day! Kip and Kelly’s amazing wedding team Ceremony – […]

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Jonathan and Stephanie’s Wedding at Esperanza Mansion

Jonathan and Stephanie were married June 18 on a beautiful sunny summer day. Their ceremony was at St. Michaels in Penn Yann and the reception was at Esperanza Mansion. Kurtis and I also had the honor of celebrating our 6th wedding anniversary with Jonathan and Stephanie on the day of their marriage. We are honored […]

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Heath and Ashley – January 1, 2011

Heath and Ashley were married on a cold snowy day at Esperanza Mansion on New Years Day 2011. We had the enjoyment of photographing their engagement session as well earlier in the fall with their cute little dog Bella. Ceremony and Reception Location – Esperanza Mansion Florist – Stacy K Floral D.J. – Finger Lakes […]

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