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"Well, that was so much easier than I thought it was going to be." That's been a recurring sentiment as people head home from their shoots. My approach has always centered on how I can make your experience as simple and stress free as possible. Your headshot is one of the most important tools you have as a professional actor. During the five years I spent working at two New York talent agencies, I often saw talented artists miss the critical opportunities that they deserved because of a poor headshot. Your headshot is your calling card and is what agents and casting directors see first. A strong headshot will help you get your foot in the door.

Your shoot begins with us going over what we want to achieve during your session. We will go through my portfolio and discuss what looks, environments, and lighting you like the best. My style of shooting does not limit you to a "one look fits all" mentality. Notice the variety of styles and locations in my portfolio? That's intentional. Everyone is different and the resulting combination of these elements is a major player in your final headshots. You and your headshot should never be boxed into a single trademark style of a photographer.

When we start shooting, my goal is to make you as unaware of the camera as possible. We'll put on your favorite music (no judgments, ever, promise). I throw all hints of ego out the window and boldly make an ass of myself to make you feel comfortable. My clients have lovingly called me a goob, a dork, and a slew of other endearing names. "I hate having my photo taken." Yeah, you're not alone. The shooting becomes secondary to our conversation. You look engaged and not like a deer in headlights. I'm not a headshot factory. I only work with one client per day, so I'm never rushing you out the door because someone else is on their way. There's nothing worse than feeling a number at the end of a conveyor belt. Since all of my sessions include two hours of shooting, we are able to shoot with studio and natural light (when available), while trying a number of different looks.

The night of your shoot, I'll color correct all of your images and pick out my favorites. Once that's done, I'll upload them to my website. I've built a private social network from the ground up to help you share and choose your photos. You can either log in via the web or from my iPhone/iPad app. You and your invited friends will be able to "like" and comment on their favorites photos. The experience is seamless, whether you're at home on your laptop or at lunch with your agent on your iPhone. Simple.

Once you've narrowed down your images, I'll personally retouch two to help get you started. I do all of my retouching by hand, not with automated software that'll make you look like an alien. It's incredibly important that your headshot look like you.

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About Chris

On my fifteenth birthday, my dad, a photographer, bought me a camera. I definitely would have preferred a video game at the time, but a little seed was planted that eventually grew into an unexpected and rewarding career as a photographer. I grew up at a performing arts elementary / high school in Cincinnati surrounded by actors, singers, dancers, and artists. That training led me to New York where I studied music and acting, meanwhile taking photographs of everything around me. My observant buddies, seeing that I had a camera plastered to my hip at all times, asked me to take some headshots of them. Turned out, I had a knack for it. Years later, I still get a thrill seeing a headshot of mine in a Broadway Playbill. To think, I may have contributed something towards their journey!

Aside from photography, I had the great pleasure of spending five years working at the bi-coastal talent agency BRS/Gage. Imagine my delight going to Broadway opening night performances and being immersed in the heart of the industry. That job also required me to shuffle through mountains of headshots, an experience that has proved invaluable as a headshot photographer. I still keep my Equity card as a reminder of my early beginnings. I've made some lifelong friendships along the way and wouldn't trade it for the world. These days, you'll find me living next to Central Park with my trusty rescue mutt, Astro.




Writing and mailing a thank you card means a lot. My clients are so awesome that I still find these pleasant little surprises in my mailbox. Check 'em out.
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Picture Yourself Working: Getting the Headshot That's Right for You
Dolan is a solid character actor with theatre, film, and TV credits on both coasts, including touring runs of "1776" and "Footloose." His last headshot session was with New York-based photographer Chris Macke... "The atmosphere was very relaxed, very friendly. Chris made you feel like you had known him for years... I have been getting lots of positive response whenever I submit my photo at auditions, and have been called in several times from my mailed submissions. Everyone seems to agree that my photo is a good reflection of not only what I look like, but who I am."


"Photographer Extraordinaire, Friend to the Hopeful"
Why Chris Macke of all the photographers in NYC? Because not all headshots are created equal. Because you will walk away from your two-or-so-hour session with Macke with finished prints of exactly the kind you need. Because you'll also walk away knowing a whole lot more about how The Industry works, thanks to Macke's experience as both actor and talent agent. Because you won't have to mortgage your soul to pay for the session, and the insider info comes free. Click here to read the entire article...
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What each shoot includes:
  • Two hours of shooting
    We can shoot indoors, outdoors, or both. It's completely up to you. There's no limit on looks.
  • Same day online gallery
    All of your high resolution images are available to download the same day. Social networking features are built in so that friends can "like" and comment on your shots.
  • Two retouched images
    I'll hand retouch two images from your shoot to help get you started. Extra photos are $35 each.
  • Photographer favorites
    I'll go through and pick all of my favorite images from your shoot. That'll give you a good starting point.
  • iPhone & iPad app
    Search "Chris Macke" in the App Store. The app allows you to view and share your images on the go.
  • Online backup
    Download and backup all of your high-res images to as many computers as you want.
Prices:
  • $595 regular price
  • $495 for full-time students
  • $495 if you book with a friend (separate shoots)
  • $445 student and book with a friend
  • $395 returning clients


Hair and makeup artist pricing:
  • $95 men for the beginning of the shoot
  • $145 men for the first half of the shoot
  • $145 women for the beginning of the shoot
  • $195 women for the entire shoot

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phone: (212) 537-5052
email: chris@mackephotography.com
Upper West Side, New York City