A BIT ABOUT ME


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WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

I grew up in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia, and went to school right there in Center City. I graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of the Arts, then moved to NYC to pursue a career as an actor.

WHAT DO YOU DO?

Like most out-of-work actors, I moved here to the city and found a job waiting tables. Since then I’ve spent the past 16 years balancing two parallel careers — one in the arts, and the other in hospitality. In time I transitioned from performing to directing to producing to writing, which is what I do now. I have a full time collaborator, and together Roseberry & Klose are hard at work on two original musicals and a musical short film titled “STILL HERE.” The interesting thing is, for a long time I worked hard to keep those two worlds separate.

WHEN DID IT ALL COME TOGETHER?

I first learned how to develop images in the dark room at my high school. Photography was something I’ve always loved, though I didn’t really come back to it until 2009 when I got my first DSLR. For a while I was content to keep photography as a hobby. 2015 was the first time I considered taking on clients of my own. As social media grew in popularity I suddenly realized that my creative skillset was in demand. I began shooting for some of the restaurants where I’d worked. Eventually that led to me managing their social media accounts. As word of mouth spread, my client list grew… and the rest, as they say, is history.

WHAT SETS YOU APART?

I now shoot all over the city, capturing food for restaurants, managing their digital marketing strategy, as well as shooting actor headshots in my studio in Brooklyn. These days I believe it’s important for individuals and companies to think of themselves as brands. It all starts by answering this one question: “What are the stories only you can tell?” That means figuring out what sets you apart from the competition, and being able to communicate that clearly to an audience.


PREPPING FOR HEADSHOTS

HOW DO I BOOK A SESSION?

Visit the Contact Page, fill out the form, or e-mail me directly at chip@chipklose.com. I’m currently booking about 3-4 weeks in advance, though cancellations do come up so if you need something sooner just let me know. Get in touch!

INDOORS OR OUTSIDE?

There are pros and cons to both… it depends on what you’re looking for. Shooting outdoors can give us a lot more variety, but there will also be unknown variables like weather, crowds, and limited privacy. The studio setting can provide a lot more intimacy (not to mention temperature control). It’s all about what you’re looking to achieve, and what you’re comfortable with. As we’re planning your session this is something we’ll discuss.

PAYMENT OPTIONS?

Cash or Venmo

DO YOU REQUIRE A DEPOSIT?

No deposit is required. The full payment is due the day of the shoot before we start taking pictures.

HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY SHOOT?

Think about how you want to market yourself. Consider what roles or projects you fit into. This, more than anything else, will inform our session. The thing I always ask is this: What sets you apart from other actors? What makes you unique or remarkable? Put another way: “What are the stories only you can tell?” The photo shoot is all about that. Choose clothing you love. It will put you at ease and free you up. Stay away from patterns and stripes. Solid colors are best. Layers give us tons of flexibility. In a typical two-hour shoot we’ll have time for 3-5 different looks. Come prepared with a bunch of options so we can play. The night before, be sure to get lots of rest, lots of water, and PLEASE try to avoid alcohol. It makes all the difference!

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE SHOOT?

I’ll go through all of the photos, get rid of the duds, and upload the proofs to an online gallery where you can narrow it down to the best images. After you’ve chosen the finals, I’ll get to work on final edits and turn them around within 5 business days. At that point I’ll upload all of the files to a Dropbox folder for you to access. For an additional cost I’ll also provide the RAW unedited images as well. You can then touch them up yourself for use on your website, social channels, or other promotional materials.