Rochester Photographer Captures Musical Moments – Post Bulletin

ROCHESTER — Most pictures are worth a thousand words, but the photos taken by Kate Klaus are worth a thousand songs.

Born and raised in Rochester, she poured her soul into capturing musicians on film and even had a photo of the Jefferson Starship band published in Rolling Stone magazine.

Her interest in photography began when her children were born.

“I had fun taking pictures for my son’s first birthday. I got a picture of his smiling face and loved how it captured his personality so much,” she said. “I realized then that photos are so much more than just photos when you can capture the energy, the love, or the feelings associated with a moment in time.”

Pianist, violinist, saxophonist and clarinetist, Klaus said music has always been another of his passions. His passion for music and photography met.

“I love going to gigs and I started out taking pictures of my friend’s band, Waves Collide, in towns,” she said. Klaus enjoys capturing musicians in their element. “The energy of the shows is powerful and I love being able to capture that energy.”

Kate Klaus photographing the artists at Down by the Riverside on Sunday, July 24, 2022. Klaus is a Rochester-based music photographer.

Tucker Allen Covey / Publish Bulletin

One of Klaus’ big breaks as a music photographer came when she started working for Rochester Civic Music capturing photos at their concerts.

“Working with them was really my first behind-the-scenes look at great shows, and I’ve learned so much working with such a great team,” she said.

This led to stage photography gigs with Smash Mouth and meeting with The Revolution.

“My favorite photos are always at Down by the Riverside when I can take a wide angle shot of Mayo Park filled with people and lights. To see the city come together and fill the park with so many people to share that energy of a great show is magnificent,” she said.

Klaus’ music photography took her on the road with local band 9th Planet Out. She took pictures of them in 2017 and 2018 and really liked their style of music.

“After working with them and getting to know them, they asked me to come on tour when they’re on the road, and I was so excited to jump at the chance to get out on the road and see what the tour is like, especially with such a fun and supportive group,” she said.

Now, in addition to taking photos of 9th Planet Out when they’re on the road, Klaus said she’s also acted as the band’s “mom”, social media manager and even tour manager for the band. .

Last June, Klaus hit the road with 9am Planet Out for a multi-state tour with the bands Saliva and Otherwise which landed in approximately 15 states.

“Each day was a full day of loading, sound checks, merchandising setup, playing, teardown, meeting fans, then driving, sometimes four to six hours plus, to the next show. “, said Klaus. “It’s intense but so cool to see all their hard work pay off so they can chase their dreams.”

Klaus also shoots photos for a Minneapolis music review website called 1,013 Music Reviews. Recently, she took pictures of Puscifer, with Maynard James Keenan, Billy Howerdel of A Perfect Circle and the band Failure in a single week.

Kate Klaus
Kate Klaus photographing the artists at Down by the Riverside on Sunday, July 24, 2022. Klaus is a Rochester-based music photographer.

Tucker Allen Covey / Publish Bulletin

While Klaus can photograph well-known national touring bands, she says she enjoys photographing local musicians the most. “Rochester has so many talented artists and it’s been so much fun to see where their musical journeys take them and to support them by capturing the magic and energy of what they do,” she said.

Klaus believes his work as a music photographer is important because it helps share the “energy and life” of musicians who have the potential to bring them new fans and awareness of their music.

Besides his work as a musical photographer, Klaus also enjoys taking pictures of planets, comets and other celestial bodies. When she’s not busy taking photos or spending time with her family, Klaus works as a senior research technologist and supervisor in the Mayo Clinic’s Endocrine Research Unit.

“Every aspect of my life has different reasons to be exciting, from science to being a mom, to the excitement of being on tour,” she says.

Klaus hopes his musical photography brings people together.

“Music heals and connects,” she says, “and the capturing and sharing that hopefully helps bring that energy to a wider audience.”

  • What type of camera gear does Kate Klaus prefer? Klaus uses Sony cameras and owns a99, a99II and 7RIII bodies. His favorite lenses are 24-70mm f2.8 and 85mm f1.4. All of her lenses are low aperture because she shoots so often in low light conditions.
  • What makes being a music photographer difficult? Klaus says it’s the intensity of capturing moments that will never exist again. “Music photographers have two to three songs or about 10 minutes to capture the full energy of a show and there’s no reshuffling. It can be extremely nerve-wracking when you don’t know what the lighting will look like or how those 10 minutes are going to be.

Comments are closed.