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Chris & Daniel Macke, Yosemite National Park

It all started when my dad, a photographer, bought me a camera for my fifteenth birthday. I haven't stopped shooting since. Before photography, my interests had centered mostly around music. I grew up in Ohio surrounded by the arts at Cincinnati's School for Creative and Performing Arts where I majored in voice and musical theater.

When I moved to New York City for school, my artist friends noticed the 35mm single-lens-reflex camera (translation: old film camera) hanging over my shoulder and I started taking their portraits for fun. My career as a headshot photographer evolved from hobby to profession as I spent five eye-opening years working at the bi-coastal talent agency BRS/Gage. In 2006, I left my job at the agency to pursue photography full-time.

Aside from headshots, I love photographing dancers and nature. One of my largest personal collections revolves around 9/11 [view gallery] and has been seen at The New York Historical Society, National September 11 Memorial & Museum, and internationally through various venues, including the Here Is New York exhibits. All of the photographs were donated to help raise money for families of victims.

Me and my dad at Yosemite National Park

In retrospect, all signs were pointing to photography as more than just a hobby. All of the time spent working and learning in the various areas of the industry -- acting and the agency -- proved invaluable for my new role as a photographer.

Partial client show list:
Orange Is the New Black, American Horror Story, Fear the Walking Dead, Boardwalk Empire, Nurse Jackie, Blue Bloods, Glee!, Smash, 30 Rock, Supernatural, The Good Wife, Person of Interest, Castle, Law and Order and the Broadway productions of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Aladdin, Come From Away, Wicked, Matilda, Falsettos, In Transit, School of Rock, Aladdin, Fiddler on the Roof, Finding Neverland, Tuck Everlasting, Bright Star, Motown, Les Miserables, Kinky Boots, Mama Mia, Rock of Ages, Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, Next to Normal, Shrek, and Lion King.