We Are Hiring A Marketing Director

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12/23/2011 UPDATE: The position has been filled.  Thank you so much to everyone who helped spread the word and for your interest.  Merry Christmas.

We are looking to hire a marketing director, and I thought I would post the job listing here in case any of you are interested, or know anyone who may be qualified and interested.  The requirements and application process are described below.  Thanks in advance for your interest, and for passing this along.

Location: Currently we operate out of a small home office in West Seattle, but construction of a new West Seattle studio is underway and near completion.

About us: We are a commercial photography business that focuses on editorial and advertising photography, both locally and nationally. Our business has steadily grown over the past ten years, and the photographer has been recognized by multiple national and international contests and awards.  He has photographed Fortune 500 CEO’s, National bestselling book covers, and many celebrities.  His work has appeared in Time, Wired, Forbes, Inc., Fast Company, and Glamour to name a few.  We consist of one full-time photographer, a part-time office manager, and frequently work with freelance artists on a per-project basis.

About you: We are looking for a business-minded individual who is passionate about marketing, social media, and networking, who wants to make your mark on a business and help it grow.  Skills that are required for this job: self-motivated/driven, detail-oriented, organized, relational, flexible, an appreciation for creativity, and a sense of humor.  While this job will start as a part-time position (20-25 hours a week), through your efforts and tireless pursuit, the position can grow to full-time.  Your job duties will immediately include establishing a yearly marketing plan, managing the blog and social media, developing relationships with current and prospective clients and sponsors, handling press inquiries, and scheduling speaking engagements.
Are you the person at a Christmas party who can walk up to someone you don’t know and have an interesting conversation?  Then you would be our ideal candidate, someone who is great with people, and can make a great first impression.
Are you the person who can persuade a vacation rental owner with a no-pet policy to allow you to bring your pet?  Then we need you, because your strong communication skills and persistence will help us achieve and even exceed our goals.
Are you the first among your friends to get the flu shot when winter approaches?  Then you are the person we are looking for, who is always ahead of the curve and has gotten things done before others even realize it needs to be done.

You will be a key contributor and play a pivotal role in determining the direction and the success of this business.  This job has tremendous growth potential, and we hope great personal satisfaction.

College degree required
At least one year of marketing experience (internships included).  However, if you blow us away with your resume, application, or interview, we would be willing to look past this.
Must be flexible and a hard worker
No third party agencies/recruiters

How to Apply:
Respond to this ad with an email containing your resume (inline or attached as a PDF) and cover letter.  Also, answer three (3) of the following four (4) questions in your response (your pick).  A short paragraph on each should be sufficient.  All inquiries will be replied to and kept in confidence.
1. We are big believers that details make all the difference.  Tell us a couple details about your car (or the bus if that’s how you roll) that you especially like or dislike.  And then tell us what you would do differently if you ran Ford or Metro King County Transit.
2. A new bakery opened up in your neighborhood three weeks ago, but nobody is going to it.  If you were the owner, describe what you would do to attract customers, and keep them coming back.
3. What do you like about Arrested Development, and give us your opinion on why it was cancelled.
4. List two statements, rules, or principals that you have found invaluable in your life/work experience, explain why they are so important to you, and list examples of when they have applied.

  • Location: West Seattle
  • Compensation: Depends on qualifications – but negotiable
  • This is a part-time job with great potential to become full-time.
  • Principals only. Recruiters, please don’t contact this job poster.
  • Please, no phone calls about this job!
  • Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.

My 31st Birthday

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In just a couple of weeks, on September 22nd, I will turn 31 years old.  That’s right.  The big Three One.  I didn’t feel very old until I found this picture from my 5th birthday, and that really got me thinking.  Wow.

If you have been reading my blog from time to time, you have probably picked up on the fact that I went to Liberia this past January to photograph the people, and some clean water wells which were built by Well Done Liberia and MiiR.  That trip has made a lasting impression on my life, and has helped reinforce my desire to give of myself when possible to help those who can’t help themselves.  Giving up my 30th birthday last year was an incredible experience, and thanks to many of you, we were able to raise $1,000 to help fund clean water wells in villages where they only have access to contaminated water.

This year, I have partnered with One Days Wages to help fund the Horn Of Africa Relief Fund.  Instead of asking for gifts for myself, I am asking family, friends, friends of friends, and anyone reading this to consider giving anything you can to help care for more than 12 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia who are struggling to survive in the midst of a severe crises and famine.

HERE IS MY ODW BIRTHDAY CAMPAIGN PAGE.  From this link, you will be able to Donate, Like, Share, or Tweet this out to your friends and family.   I understand not everyone is able to help financially, but if you would consider helping to spread the word I would greatly appreciate it.  To make things a little more fun and exciting, I will be giving away a 20×30 editioned print from my Liberia collection to the highest donor to my birthday campaign.  An additional 5 random donors will also be selected to receive an editioned 12×18 Liberia print.  The top donor will have his or her pick of images, and the 5 random donors will receive one of my favorite images.  MiiR has stepped up and offered a limited edition water bottle to the second and third highest donor, and this morning Glassy Baby said they would also donate a Drinker to the second and third highest donor.  Pretty cool!  So we have prizes for 8 different donors.  Maybe some other prizes will pop up in the coming days too…

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, and thank you in advance to your willingness to help where possible in bringing relief to those struggling in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia.  Once again, here is my campaign page.


Come Say Hey In NYC

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I’m in New York this week for the Snyder/Redux launch party, and LeBook Connections.  While I am looking forward to both events, I want to direct your attention to another get together for those of you in the area.  The fine folks over at WTJ? have put together a great post about Snyder/Redux as well as an informal invite to anyone interested in grabbing a drink and saying hi.  This will take place Tuesday, June 7th (today) and the address of the bar is at the end of the post on WTJ?.  I hope to see you there.


Now Represented by Snyder/Redux

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I am pleased to announce I am now represented by Snyder/Redux, a new agency in New York.  They have a great roster of talented photographers, and the best reps and staff you could imagine.  In a few days I will be heading out to New York for the agency launch party as well as a few other events.  The company website is snyderredux.com.  I am looking forward to the new opportunities which will come from this relationship.  Here we go!


Chris Buck Has A Blog

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Steve Carell photo by Chris Buck.

Chris Buck needs no introduction, but I am going to say a few things about him anyway.  I had the chance to meet up with Chris in New York a few years ago, and he was very gracious to make time to meet with a young photographer such as myself.  I have always admired and been inspired by his photography, and over the past few years, he has had a tremendous impact on me from the business side of photography, as well.  He has taught me some valuable lessons I will never forget.  I will always be grateful to him for that.  Chris is an award winning celebrity, advertising, and editorial photographer, and he just started a blog which I can promise you will be worth following.  Do yourself a favor and check out his website chrisbuck.com and make sure to add his blog chrisbucknews.wordpress.com to your reader.  You will be glad you did.  Welcome to the blogosphere, Chris.  Do we still call it the blogosphere?

Image © Chris Buck


New Keatley Website

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I would like to officially announce with great enthusiasm the new John Keatley website is now live and open for business.  It features full support for all browsers and mobile devices, including the iPad.  One of my favorite features is the scalable image grid which sorts itself to fill the screen regardless of the users screen size and resolution.  Re-sizing your browser with the site open will also shuffle the grid on the fly.  The blog has been rebuilt and integrated into the site and there is a new video section as well.  The site is 100% Flash free.  Not that I have anything against Flash, but it seemed like the best way to move forward to maximize compatibility, as well as to avoid a separate mobile site.

It was a thrill to have my previous site published in the 2010 PDN Annual as one of the top photography websites.  Many people have commented that they loved that site and I shouldn’t change it.  I liked it too, and it was perfect for what I needed at the time.  But as I assessed my goals for moving forward and figured out what I needed from a website, I decided it was time to do something new.  Once I realize something can be made better, I have a hard time not acting on it.  I guess I am never satisfied.  It’s a blessing and a curse.

A very big thank you goes out to designer Greg Lutze for once again doing an incredible job, and developer Benjamin Borowski at Typeoneerror Studios who worked pure magic.

With all that being said, please click around and have a look at the site as well as some of my new work.  I am sure a few bugs will pop up here and there, as well as ideas for changes.  I would love to hear your feedback in the comments, good and bad.  Thanks.


It’s My Birthday

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I recently shot an ad campaign for a new water bottle company called MiiR.  The images turned out pretty amazing, but you are going to have to wait a little longer to see them.  I know, what a tease.  That’s not the reason I am writing today, though.  Besides making awesome bottles, one of the great things about MiiR is the one-for-one business model they work under.  Every bottle sold gives one person in a developing nation clean drinking water for one year.  This is done through an organization called Charity: Water.  Through working on this ad campaign, I have learned a lot about Charity: Water and the work they are doing to provide clean water to people in need by drilling sustainable wells.  The video above does a great job painting a picture of what is being done and what still needs to be done.  That being said, I decided to join the Charity: Water September Campaign, and give up my birthday.  In just a few days I will be turning 30, and rather than asking for gifts, I am asking people to donate $30 toward the goal of $5,000 which will provide a well for an entire village.  I know you were probably not going to get me anything for my birthday, but I just felt I should take advantage of the small platform this blog provides me to ask you to donate if you feel inclined.  Although the campaign says to donate $30, any amount would be amazing.  $1, $2, $5, whatever.  It’s hard to make a difference as one person, but if each reader this week gave just a few dollars, we would be funding a well, and then some.  To make a donation and contribute toward building a well, you can go to this link, John Keatley’s 30th Birthday Campaign.

Thanks for taking the time to read this.  It is something that has been on my mind lately, and I hope it resonates with some of you too.

I should also mention that 100% of donations go directly toward water projects.  Administrative costs are separately fund raised by Charity: Water.  They are a very transparent organization, and you can find out a ton more by visiting their website www.charitywater.org.


Intern For John Keatley

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*UPDATE* 8/20/2010 – The Fall internship position has been filled.  Thank you to everyone who sent in an application and expressed interest in working with us.  Check back often because we may have another opportunity in January 2011.

The office of John Keatley is now accepting applications for a fall internship.  It is unpaid, and it will run from August 31 to November 18, 2010.  The position is two days a week.  We work from a home office in West Seattle, and request that you have your own transportation (mileage will be reimbursed for any business related errands while on the clock.) We are looking for an intern who is passionate about commercial photography and has been actively involved in photography for at least two years.

Applicants must be professional, self-motivated, and have a sense of humor, physical ability to lift heavy equipment, and experience with PCs.  Internship duties will include working as 2nd or 3rd assistant at photo shoots, scheduling, marketing, general office work, work related errands, and assisting in pre-production of photo shoots.

Please submit resume with 3 references and a cover letter to nichelle@keatleyphoto.com.  We will contact you if we wish to arrange an interview; no phone calls, please.


Photography Talk And Q&A

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If you have been wondering what to do with your evening on March 8th, wonder no more.  It’s open mic night at Comedy Underground.  But if that isn’t your cup of tea, you could go to the Seattle Center hear me talk about my photography and ask me those burning questions you have been wrestling with (photography related of course).
Seating is limited, but admission is free.  This will be taking place at:

Studio H, TPS
4th Floor
Center House, Seattle Center
305 Harrison St. Seattle, WA 98109

March 8th is a Monday, and the start time is 7:00.  There are still about 25 seats remaining, and you must RSVP (HERE).

As an added bonus, photography consultant Amanda Sosa Stone has been kind enough to donate a couple copies of her book The Photographer’s Survival Guide:  How To Build And Grow A Successful Business which I will be giving away through a drawing.

I am going to see about recording the talk, so if you are out of town, or not able to attend, feel free to leave your questions here in the comments and I will do my best to address as much as I can.

I hope to see you there.

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One Year Of Blogging With John Waters

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John Keatley and John Waters

Can you believe it?  I sure can’t!  Today marks one year exactly since I posted my first blog entry on the John Keatley Blog.  I think I had 2 subscribers back then (thanks Mom and Dad) but I have been amazed and encouraged by the steady show of support during this last year.  If you are somewhat new here, don’t feel obligated to drop what you are doing and read my first post.  It is less than enthralling, and reads much like the screenplay for Gigli.  That being said, I guess this is as good a time as any to let you know that John Waters has actually been ghost writing my blog for about 9 months now.  Or since whenever it started becoming interesting.  Maybe that is why I felt inclined to leave him in the picture.

I was hoping to take a celebratory 1st anniversary portrait of myself to mark this big milestone, but John Waters kept poking his head into the frame.  As you can tell, I am less than amused.  It was funny the first time, but seriously!

This last year has really been wonderful, and I am very thankful I start blogging when I did.  I fought the blog for a while, but since I decided to take the plunge I have come to enjoy writing and it is something I look forward to each week.  I should sign off before I become too sentimental, but thank you everyone for your support and for taking the time to read.  I am looking forward to the adventures ahead in the next year.