Whether they make you laugh or cry, those simple moments in the lives of regular folks carry notes that together create a symphony of experiences.
Through years of covering news and features as a professional photojournalist, Craig has developed an authentic style that carries over to all other work. In short, it’s part of who he is. Craig excels in news, sports, portraiture, environmental, entertainment and event photography for all editorial news services. He has accepted assignments from news outlets across the country, covering national events, tragedies, presidents and other heads of state. Through this work, he has found that the most important stories told through his lens are of the everyday people who make the world go round.
FRESNO, CA 3/5/2011 CRAIG KOHLRUSS/THE FRESNO BEE
FRESNO, CA 12/14/09 MTD CEK MOUNTAIN SNOW
The downtown Fresno skyline is seen in the foreground as snow caps the Sierra Nevada mountains and clouds hug the foothills in the background Monday, December 14, 2009. Several days of precipitation have given the mountains east of Fresno a much-needed dumping of snow.
CRAIG KOHLRUSS/THE FRESNO BEE
President Barack Obama waves from the top of the stairs of Air Force One before leaving Fresno and after touring the west side of the Central San Joaquin Valley, at Fresno-Yosemite International Airport, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.
Travis Briscoe of Edgewood, NM, gets confronted by Harlem Shuffle after falling off the bull during the Pro Bull Riding competition at the Clovis Rodeo Thursday, April 25, 2013.
NEW YORK, NY 9/16/01 MTD CEK WTC SHELL -- The shell of World Trade Center 1 rises above the heap of destruction while a flag waves on a building across the way Sunday, September 16, 2001. (Fresno Bee photo by Craig Kohlruss)
Fresno Bee Staff Photo
The shell of World Trade Center 1 rises above the destruction while a flag waves on a nearby building. New Yorkers were asked to resume their daily routines today.
Derek Carr, Fresno State QB
CRAIG KOHLRUSS/THE FRESNO BEE
Mike Grill, a scientific aide for the California Department of Fish and Game, releases an adult fall-run Chinook salmon into the San Joaquin River as a large crowd of people watch from the bank during SalmonFest at Lost Lake Park near Friant Saturday, November 9, 2013. Three fish were transported to Friant after being trapped downstream near Newman, so that they can spawn near their historic spawning habitat. The CDF has been transporting fish past obstacles in the river regularly over the last few weeks and will continue to do so into December. This is the second year for the trap and haul program. Saturday's event was held to celebrate the San Joaquin River restoration project and the return of salmon to spawning grounds near Millerton Dam. This was the first year for SalmonFest which included a fishing clinic, casting competition, river education and the release of adult fall-run salmon on the San Joaquin River.
Jackie Aldern, assistant director and aerialist with NOCO, the Fresno Dance Collective, rehearses on an aerial rig in the sculpture garden at the Fresno Art Museum Friday, August 8, 2014. The dance group is collaborating with the Fresno Philharmonic for a Summer Soiree featuring dancers and aerialists from NOCO performing with a live string quartet from the philharmonic at the Fresno Art Museum on August 17.
Zoobillation - Fresno Chaffee Zoo, June 4, 2016
Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter, at right, is hugged by player Dylan Detwiler at the conclusion of the Mountain West Conference championship game against Utah State at Bulldog Stadium Saturday, December 7, 2013. Fresno State won 24-17.
FRESNO, CA 2/1/2011
Members of the Hmong community meditate and pray while burning incense during a candlelight ceremony for General Vang Pao at the Hmong and Lao veterans memorial at Courthouse Park in Fresno Tuesday, February 1, 2011. Candles were lit and speeches were done for the General whose funeral will begin on Friday.
CRAIG KOHLRUSS/THE FRESNO BEE
FRESNO, CALIF 7/14/00 METH CEK METH USER -- Twenty-five year meth user "Rudy" smokes methamphetamine on a piece of aluminum foil held over a lighter. Rudy, who now only smokes every few days, says he used to feel so good when he first started on crank and now only takes it to feel "normal." He said that he would use the drug more often while he was working full time to keep up with his work schedule. Since he's been out of work as of late, his drug use has dropped off. To smoke the meth, Rudy holds a lighter beneath a strip of foil with a small amount of the drug on top. As he burns it, the meth begins to liquify and give off a smoke which he inhales through a hollowed-out pen. He continues to take hits off the meth smoke until it burns out into black-charred residue. (CRAIG KOHLRUSS/FRESNO BEE)
THE FRESNO BEE
A MADNESS CALLED METH
CRAIG KOHLRUSS -- THE FRESNO BEE
The growing epidemic of methamphetamine production, distribution and use has strong ties to California, where it has become a social, medical and environmental nightmare. Stories about its swath of destruction -- as well as stories of hope for recovery from its abuses -- were chronicled in a special 18-page report produced by the Bee newspapers in Fresno, Modesto and Sacramento.
FRESNO, CALIF 05/13/99 SPT CEK WAC TOURN-CATCHER - Fresno State catcher Jennifer Slaney takes some pitches before the start of WAC softball tournament play at Bulldog Diamond. (CRAIG KOHLRUSS/THE FRESNO BEE).
CEK cekpoy sptpoy
Jenn Martinez, A Guide to Chemotherapy magazine
Grilled peaches with alumond paste filling prepared by chef Adriana Oropeza at Sierra Nut House in Fresno Thursday, July 11, 2103.
A cast member touches a sign that reads "Have a good show" before going on stage in "Fiddler."
“Craig is a true pro and is somehow able to coax ‘the human’ out of people to turn a typical boring headshot into a professional photo that captures a bit of personality.”
– Yelp review