Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are back on tour, folks. The new album, “This Unruly Mess I’ve Made” comes out in February 2016, and they are currently doing “An Evening with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis” tour in the US. Some of my favorite projects over the past couple of years have been with Ben and Ryan, and this image was no exception. This might be my favorite conceptual landscape image to date. Hope you enjoy the sneak peek at how it all came together. I’m already looking forward to whatever comes next.
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Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Ad Campaign, BTS
As a youngster growing up in California, I always wanted to be a Hollywood dog trainer. Well, that didn’t work out so well. But I do still love dogs, and I love working with them, despite what WC Fields said, “Never work with children or animals.” Being the rebel I am, I decided to work with both children and animals on this new ad campaign for Seattle Humane with The Hilt agency. And why stop there! Let’s also add a super wild drag queen, and a family with three teenage girls while we are at it. You know, just to make things more interesting!
Seattle Humane is a wonderful organization and I sincerely hope these images make them a lot of money so they can save even more animal lives. And some human lives too…
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Here is my latest directing work for iBobber. I hope you enjoy the video, laugh out loud, and suddenly feel the urge to buy an iBobber. The fishfinder that syncs with your smartphone or tablet. :)
Big thank you to Fred Hammerquist, Alex Lebedev, Jeff Siegel, and Sage Price.
I am looking forward to doing a lot more directing in 2016. Merry Christmas everyone if I don’t talk to you in the next week.
Director: John Keatley http://www.keatleyphoto.com
Co Executive Producer and Production Company: Vacation Theory
Co Executive Producer: Redeye
Cast: Allen Fitzpatrick and Jake Ynzunza
Wardrobe Stylist: Alexis Steinman
Hair & Makeup: Haley Olsen
Gaffer: Casey Schmidt
Color and Sound by Post Nuclear http://www.postnuclear.co
Music Provided by Epidemic Sound http://www.epidemicsound.com/
Special thanks: Nina Kaseburg and Fred Hammerquist
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Here is our first Survival Guide video sneak peek! This is a glimpse into the workshop weekend, delving into the topics of marketing, branding, what to charge, style, running a business and much more. We have a year of Survival Guide weekend workshops under our belts now, and I have to admit, I never could have imagined how amazing this adventure would end up being. Not only is this the content and subject matter I am most passionate about teaching, but the relationships, stories, encouragement, fun, good food, memories, and incredible art we have been able to be a part of has made this so worth it. I was reflecting on this past year, and how far Survival Guide has come, and I realized that coincidence or not, this has been by far my best year creatively. No question. Survival Guide has taught me to push the boundaries and create the work I have been setting aside for far too long. That was our intention for those who attend, but I never thought about the fact that I needed to hear and experience this as much as anyone else. Teaching Survival Guide has forced me to grow and learn, and I’m realizing I may have learned more than any of the attendees even!
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Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Celebrity, Editorial Work
Big thanks to Jane Sherman and Seattle Met for this fun shoot with Seattle Seahawks big DE Michael Bennett. I am a huge Seahawks fan (ok, who in Seattle isn’t right now…), so making a portrait of one of my favorite players was an exciting opportunity. Thanks also to Michael and Pele for letting us set up a studio in their home. Go Hawks!
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I have always been fascinated by faces. Throughout my career, faces are what I gravitate toward. But there have been many voices, external and internal, telling me to pull back and show more than just a face. ”You can’t just shoot portraits” the voices said. I have experienced different periods of time where I have moved away from portraits, or at least tried to. My general curiosities as an artist have taken me in other directions at times also, not to just make this all about a mental struggle. I have explored environmental editorial portraiture, conceptual advertising (which I do enjoy), and many other types of photography. Trying these other kinds of photography have allowed me to figure out what I don’t want to do, and at the same time hone my passion for the things I do want to do. In that sense, I do not regret these periods of exploration. If anything, this process has given me even more freedom and confidence to do what I want to do now. This is the first time in my career that I finally feel like I have figured it out, so to speak. I have rediscovered what I am most passionate about and what I must do, create the portraits that fill my head day and night. I am filled with a whole new sense of excitement and creativity that I have never experienced before. This project means so much to me, and I am excited where it is already leading me as an artist.
Thank you to my good friends, Cal, Ian, and the entire Wexley School For Girls family.
Hair and Makeup by Jennifer Popochock and Nancy Leonardi
Styling by Alexis Steniman
Retouching by Viktor Fejes
Digital Tech Lonnie Webb
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Two years ago, John had the opportunity to go to Dubai for Gulf Photo Plus, where he joined a host of industry greats (David Alan Harvey, Greg Heisler, David Burnett, David Hobby, Zack Arias, Peter Hurley, and Joe McNally to name a few) to spend a week teaching all things photography and business. He had a fabulous time seeing Dubai, meeting students, becoming friends with the other instructors, and shooting a portrait of Gregory Heisler in a wig. It was awesome!
Somebody who can light, and show up, and make a portrait is of no value anymore. It sounds like just another wild statement to grab your attention, but it’s actually true. I interviewed my incredible rep Maren Levinson of Redeye for our Survival Guide workshop and what she has to say is so powerful, I wanted to share it with everyone. This is such great advice for artists today. The industry is changing rapidly, and it is really important to understand what your value is as an artist, and how you fit into the big picture. I hope you find this exciting and inspirational. If it strikes a chord with you, and you want to learn more about marketing, strategy and business for artists. You can check out one of our Survival Guide workshops on our workshop page. To receive updates on future workshops and opportunities, email email@example.com.
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It seems like forever ago now, but I actually played football in college until a shoulder injury sidelined my aspirations of reaching the NFL. I mostly played free safety, but I also moved to defensive end in my last season. Needless to say, photographing athletes is something I really enjoy, as it get’s me back out on the field to some extent.
Here is a quick snapshot I found from back in my college days. But back to Derrick Coleman, because that’s really what this is all about. Most of you have probably already seen the incredible Duracell commercial about his fight to get to the NFL, but if you haven’t or if you want to watch it again, here it is. It makes me emotional every time I see it. So good.
Thanks for a fun shoot Derrick and Go Hawks!
Possibly the biggest “studio” I have ever shot in.