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.


Publicis Photography Show Recap

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Use the arrows to manually scroll through, or click the play button to start the slideshow.

If you are viewing this in a reader, you may need to visit the blog to see the video and slideshow.

I would like to start by thanking everyone who was able to stop by my show earlier this month, and also everyone who was not able to make it, or just didn’t want to.  You are reading my blog now, so I thank you for that.  Also a very big thank you to Publicis for hosting!  Especially Wade, Carrie, and Lauren.  I had a great time.

It’s an exciting thing to see your own work printed large, or at least larger than a portfolio.  I felt like I was seeing the images for the first time in a way.  Since the show is no longer open to the public, I thought I would share some pictures and a video from the party (above).  Below are the images that are on display, along with the titles and descriptions.  Email me at john@keatleyphoto.com if you are interested in purchasing a print.  I am also selling prints in different sizes than the ones at the show.

Hopefully this will be the first of many shows to come.

Albert And The Eggplant.  Photo by John Keatley.

Albert And The Eggplant – 18×24
Personal Work, 2004.  An afternoon with Albert is like no other afternoon you could imagine.  Albert has a unique way of doing just about everything, including cooking an eggplant.  It involves making a big mess and cleaning up with a spoon and a bowl.

Albert In The Basement.  Photo by John Keatley.

Albert In The Basement – 24×36
Personal Work, 2004.  Albert lives in Bellevue with his wife, and he marches to his own drum beat.

Roloff Twins.  Photo by John Keatley.

Rolloff Twins – 18×24
Zach and Jeremy Roloff are twins, although not identical.  I have been photographing the Roloff family for The Discovery Channel for the past couple of years.  They are the family on the TV show Little People Big World.

Street Youth: The Christmas Bunny.  Photo by John Keatley.

Street Youth: The Christmas Bunny – 18×24
In 2008 I set up a studio at a Christmas party for street youth in Seattle’s University District.  Not a Halloween, or costume party, but a regular Christmas party.  This guy arrived wearing a small bunny costume, and it very well could have been everyday outfit for all I know.

Street Youth: Fuzzy Hood.  Photo by John Keatley.

Street Youth: Fuzzy Hood – 18×24
Portraits are a luxury for street youth, and I know it meant a lot to them to be photographed.

The Writer.  Photo by John Keatley.

The Writer – 24×36
Every once in a while, when I am least expecting it, things just seem to fall into place and something exciting presents itself.  That was what happened when I photographed Josh Hornbeck in 2007.

Greg Lundgren.  Photo by John Keatley.

Greg Lundgren – 24×36
Greg Lundgren is a business owner and a prank artist.  This is a portrait of Greg conducting business.

The Nun.  Photo by John Keatley.

The Nun – 18×24
Personal Work, 2009.  Inspired by actual events which never happened and a love for classic paintings.

Annie Leibovitz.  Photo by John Keatley.

Annie Leibovitz – 18×24
This is my portrait of Annie Leibovitz, recently selected for the American Photography 25 contest which is one of the greatest honors in photography.

John Perkins

Dr. John Perkins – 18×24
I felt compelled to photograph Dr. John Perkins after hearing him speak in 2007.  His life story and message of love and redemption struck a chord with me.  John is the author of several books, including “Let Justice Roll Down”.

Buster Brown

Buster Brown – 18×24
Personal Work, 2007.  Bus is a close family friend and a farmer who lives in Woodinville with his wife Ida May.  This portrait was taken on their property just before fresh strawberries and ice cream was served.

Ida May

Ida May Brown – 18×24
Personal Work, 2007.  Ida May is the wife of Bus.  They live in Woodinville where they still have many acres of land.

Jeff and Karl

Jeff and Karl – 24×32
Personal Work, 2009.  The first in a series of many yet to be completed works.

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My Photography At Publicis

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You are invited to my photography show at Publicis in Seattle on Thursday October 1st.  This will be the only night the show will be open to the public.   I am looking forward to meeting many of you for the first time, and also seeing old friends.  Even if you can only come for 5 minutes, I would appreciate your support.  Feel free to spread the word, and bring your friends.  There will also be an illustrator showing his work.  Doors will be open from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.  Drawing for a free print is at 7:00, and you must be present to win.

Publicis: 424 2nd Ave West, Seattle Wa 98119

Thursday, October 1st from 5:00pm to 8:00pm

It’s in lower Queen Anne.  (Here) is a map.

I am looking forward to seeing you there!


Follow Me On Twitter

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John Keatley self portrait - Brushing Teeth

Rubbing alcohol looks like mouth wash this early in the morning.  Trying to get the taste out!
6:35 AM Sep 23rd from web

John Keatley self portrait - Heading Out

Trying to get out the door for a photo shoot.  Phone won’t stop ringing…
11:18 AM Sep 23rd from phone

John Keatley self portrait - Brushing Oliver

Brushing Oliver in the backyard.  80 degrees in Seattle!
5:01 PM Sep 23rd from web

I have been a bit slow in joining the Twitter community.  But with good reason.  Reading is fine and all, but who wants to read about what I am doing when you could see what I am doing.  You following me?  So I thought, why just write about what I am doing at random moments throughout my day, when I could break out my lights and take a really cool picture of what I am doing several times a day.  Sure there are some obvious obstacles to pulling this off smoothly, but it can be done.  I really think this is going to catch on soon.  Show the world what you are doing right now, in 140 dpi or less.  Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best ones.

It is probably going to take me a couple of weeks to raise the capital and develop a website to support this new idea, but in the meantime I did join Twitter.  My name is johnkeatley, and at the very least, I will be Tweeting each time a new blog post goes live.

So if Twitter is how you like to stay informed, you can now follow me at http://twitter.com/johnkeatley.
And (here) is the RSS Feed to my Tweets.

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Security At It’s Finest

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I recently spent a week in New York and DC, meeting with photo editors and art buyers.  In New York, many of the buildings that I visited require you to check in and wear a visitor badge.   Some places are more strict than others.  One security check point was so thorough, I thought they were going to require a blood test.

Another building, in particular, (which should be pretty obvious from the picture below) had a lengthy line at the security check in and did not move very fast.   When I finally made it up to the counter, I was told that my name was not on “the list”.  This meant that they had to call my contact, and my contact had to get someone else with clearance to put me on the list, so that security could let me through.   I also had to get my picture taken.  You can’t be too safe these days.  And here it is!  Are you serious!?  After all that, and all the high tech equipment that is available today, this is the best they can do?   Really makes a criminal think twice.   If I did anything illegal while I was in the building, they at least would have known what shape to be looking for.  I will admit, this is one of the best pictures ever taken of me though.  Right after my drivers license photo.
security pass


New Website

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The time has come.  After months of hard work, the new www.keatleyphoto.com is now live.  I would like to publicly thank graphic designer Greg Lutze who worked with me on this project.  I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with him.  Along with designing my website, he also did my new business cards, portfolio, email and postcard promos.  I am in New York for a couple of weeks now, and so far the portfolio has been received really well.

There are many things about the new site that I am excited about, but one thing inperticular are the blog links.  I really wanted a way to integrate my website and blog together.  When you are viewing a large image on my website, that has related content on the blog, a link to that post will show up in the lower right corner of the page.

I would strongly encourage you to take a look at Greg’s work.  Especially if you are thinking about branding or having a new site custom designed.  I would also like to thank and recommend Online Revolution Design.  They did the flash programming and backend to the site.  I am really impressed with how fast everything loads, and would love to send them more business.  Tell them I sent you.

In other news, I have started a Facebook page for all you Facebook users.  My plan is to post more casual updates, news items, and snapshots from my photo shoots.  I will also post updates when a new blog post comes out.  That way you never have to leave Facebook.  Except for when you are tweeting of course…


American Youth Book Launch Invite

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American Youth evite

You are invited to the American Youth book launch at The New York Photo Festival.  It is taking place Friday, May 15, 2009, 6:00pm (sharp!) – 7:30pm.  It will be at St. Ann’s Warehouse, 38 Water Street, Brooklyn, and you must RSVP.  Just click on the invitation above, and you can get all of the necessary information.  Unfortunately I will not be able to attend, so please take notes and pictures, and let me know how it goes.  I think it is going to be a great event, and I am really excited to see the actual book in my hands.

I photographed street youth, and NFL cheerleaders (not together) for this book as mentioned earlier.  I am planning a big post with all of my Sea Gal cheerleader images (including outtakes) along with some video footage from a few of the shoots.  I hope to do this around the book launch, so probably in a week or so.


New Online Portfolio At Redux

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My online portfolio with Redux just got updated.  I haven’t changed it much since we joined forces a couple of years ago, so it looks pretty different now.  It’s funny how arranging pictures in a new way can bring new life to images that I am already very familiar with.  So head on over and take a look (here). 
This is the first of many updates which will be rolling out in the coming weeks.  Soon, I will have a new website, and print portfolios as well.  I’ll write more about that when they are finished though.    
I’m hoping to have my portfolio done by the middle of May, so Photo Editors, let Marcel, Laura, or Jesi know if you want to have one sent over to you.