Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Personal Work
My rep asked me to come up with an image for a valentines day promo this year and the assignment was to interpret the color red. I had the option of using an image from my archive, or I could shoot something new. I love excuses to create new work, so of course I jumped at the opportunity. Assignments like this are great because I enjoy having some sense of structure, or a goal, but it also allows your imagination to run wild by leaving things open. Taylor and I had some fun brainstorming sessions over this, and our ideas were all over the place. As usually happens with my personal work, we landed on one idea, and then the more we talked about it, the idea began to shift and change until we got here. Going into the shoot, the idea was to shoot a different angle, but when working with bulls or other crazy animals, there is an element of taking what they give you. I really didn’t want them to give me the horns so to speak… Plus I realized while shooting that I liked this angle better anyway. As much as we plan everything out, it’s always good to try to stay open to changes and improvements that come up along the way.
This shoot came a few weeks after working with Kodiak bears, and surprisingly enough, I was more scared of the bulls. Almost terrified even. It didn’t help matters that the rancher we were working with told me horror stories of people being disfigured and killed by bulls for about 15 minutes before he said, “Well, why don’t we hop in.” Sounds good. Let’s jump a fence into a field of bulls. Why am I doing this again?
So there you have it. This was a really fun project from beginning to end. Big thanks to Ryan Cleary on the beautiful retouching work as well. Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoy the image.
Posted by John Keatley / Filed under News, Personal Work, Press & Interviews
As some of you may know, last year I began a little portrait project with my iPhone and Instagram. It began almost as an accident, but quickly became a project very close to my heart. I have met some amazing people and heard some incredible stories along the way. Like Jordan’s story for example. Within just a few months, I got a call from KING 5 about going on New Day NW (watch video) as well as several other interviews. One of those interviews just came out this month in Professional Photographer Magazine as a full feature. As a photographer, it’s exciting to shoot for a feature, but a feature about my work is a whole new level of excitement. Thank you so much to Jade Price and everyone at Professional Photographer for your support and interest in my work. I feel like I am just getting started with my iPhone Portrait project, and I can’t wait to see where it takes me next.
Posted by John Keatley / Filed under BTS, Celebrity, Editorial Work
Another amazing shoot with Macklemore! Goes without saying, but The Source Man of the Year cover is a pretty big issue in the hip hop industry. I’m so happy for Macklemore and all the amazing things that have happened this past year for him and Ryan Lewis. The first portrait shoot I did with the guys was 2 days before The Heist came out. This shoot was just two days after The Heist World Tour came to an end, and that really put it in perspective for me just how far these guys have come in such a short period of time. Although, that’s not really accounting for the years of hard work they put in before the world started paying attention. Well deserved if you ask me. Now go get em at the Grammy’s!
Below are some of my favorite images from this shoot as well as some fun behind the scenes pictures. We have a behind the scenes video in the works as well, so stay tuned for that. Enjoy!
And that’s a wrap. Thanks to my great crew for making this big production come together so smoothly. I think we wrapped around 1:30 am, but everyone hung in there tough. Behind the scenes pictures by the wonderful Olivia Lazer. Makeup by Katya Gudaeva. Styling by Cara Aeschliman. Production by Taylor Reed and Pat Vong. Retouching by Gigantic Squid. Assisting by Gregg White. And thanks Macklemore for the hat!
One of people I had the pleasure of working with in 2013 was the beautiful and talented Mary Lambert. Many people know her as the featured vocalist on “Same Love” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, but I know her as Mary, easily one of the most beautiful voices I have ever heard. I had this old piano moved in for this shot, and Mary played and sang while we set up. I’m pretty sure everyone on set took extra long to set up because nobody wanted her to stop singing. It was one of those indescribable experiences, and a highlight of my year.
This shoot was for a great organization called Arts Corps in Seattle. They do incredible work with young people in low income communities where there is little or no access to art. It’s a program Mary was a part of when she was younger, and I was thrilled to work with them on this. You can follow the link above if you would like to find out more about Arts Corps. Special shout out to Art Director Patrick Mullins!
Here are a few behind the scenes images from the shoot. I don’t like to brag, but Mary was dying to sing a duet with me, and how could I say no. It was magical. People were crying and leaving the room so quickly. I think it was because they didn’t want ruin the moment.
Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Personal Work
It didn’t take long for the humans to panic. Government had been spiraling out of control for 60 years, fueled by greed and corporate corruption. Mankind had finally taken all it could from the earth, until the earth had nothing left to give. The humans had long embraced the idea, live for today and take what you want. The cries of those who recognized the consequences of such behavior were left to the minority and written off as crazy. Men had convinced themselves they were invincible. Once the Nelson Report came out, and Amazon’s infrastructure collapsed, people began hoarding resources and grabbing all they could for themselves. Telecommunications were quickly shut down, and in less than 18 months, the US population had been cut by over 75 percent. Riots, fires, murder, starvation and sickness spread with very little resistance.
As life has always demonstrated, sometimes it takes the loss of one thing to gain another. Ironic and painful as it was, it took man’s near destruction of the earth to bring about a new relationship between man and animal as it was in the beginning of time.
The Rider has not survived in the new world these past 5 years because of his strength, or because of things taken. He has survived because of relationships. Primarily a relationship with his bear and with nature. These things, which were seen as weak and useless before, have now become what is held most precious in the dark days.
Posted by John Keatley / Filed under News
I am very excited to officially announce I am now represented by Redeye. I spent the better part of six months doing an extensive search, including, meetings, phone calls, interviewing art buyers, etc. After all that, the stars aligned and I knew I wanted to be working with the wonderful people at Redeye. If you haven’t worked with Maren or Stephanie yet, you will love working with them. They are super lovely! I feel very blessed to be surrounded by such hard working, fun loving, personable and honest people. Here is to a great year ahead, and thanks to everyone for your ongoing support and interest in my work.
Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Ad Campaign, BTS
I feel like I am beginning to repeat myself a little, because each ad campaign I have done this year feels like one of those dream jobs. This one for Washington Healthplanfinder was no exception. With Obamacare rolling out I got to work with the folks at GMMB on this hilarious ad campaign. If these images don’t convince you to get yourself some health insurance, I don’t know what will.
The first shoot (the seagull attack) took place on our own private ferry at 4:30am on a beautiful Sunday. It was maybe one of the coolest things I have done on a shoot. Drifting around in the Puget Sound at sunrise. Beautiful!
The next shoot was a 4:00am call time, which feels so early to me! Not a morning person, but the show must go on. The skateboard crash was the hardest and most technical of all the shots. Although my assistants might disagree since I have no idea how they managed a 12×12 and two 7 ft. softboxes on a windy ferry.
The roofing accident shot was at the end of a very long 12 hour day, but it was so fun. The talent with the nail gun, Gabriel, had us all dying with his dialog. I like to give people scenarios to work with when shooting this type of work. I find it helps me work through the situation, and also helps the talent get into character and make the image more believable. There are a lot of little details to think about on a shot like the roofing accident. What are these guys doing? What is happening on and off camera that I want the viewer to think about? Are the interactions of the two guys on the roof believable? And so on.
So for this shot, I explained to Gabriel:
You are putting a new roof on your home before the winter hits, and your good friend is helping you because he owes you a big favor (You traded him Russell Wilson for Trent Richardson in your fantasy football league.). You are almost done with one side of the roof, when your neighbor walks by and see’s you up there. He gives you a puzzled look because he knows you are not the handiest guy on the block. Hey, what the heck are you doing up there!? he yells. Gabriel looks back at his neighbor with a big smile, and says… And this is where Gabriel took over with his improv. ”Oh, we roofin’ man! Yeah, we roofin’!” ”What’s it look like we doin’ up her man, we roofin’!” You might think over an hour of this might get old, but somehow it didn’t. We just laughed, took pictures and, yeah, we roofin’.
Here are some of my favorite behind the scenes images from this shoot. Big thanks to my new rep Redeye, Kontent Partners (who are super amazing people, and amazing at what they do), GMMB, Gigantic Squid, Cara Aeschliman, Gregg White, and so many more. I am blessed to work with such fun people.
Posted by John Keatley / Filed under News
We are very happy to announce the Keatley team is growing once again. We are officially opening up a new position in our studio for a Senior Retoucher. We could not be more excited to find our next team member to collaborate with. It’s gonna be a lot of fun! If you are a talented retoucher, or know someone who is, we hope to hear from you. The full job listing and application process is below.
Looking for a Senior Retoucher to work at Keatley Studio
Location: Our new West Seattle studio near Alki beach.
About us: We are a commercial photography studio that focuses on advertising, celebrity portrait and high end fine art photography, both locally and internationally. Our business has steadily grown over the past twelve years, and John Keatley’s work has been recognized by multiple national and international contests and awards. He has photographed International advertising campaigns for multiple major brands, award winning personal work, and many of the most recognizable celebrities in the world. Editorially his work has appeared in Time, Wired, Forbes, Inc., Rolling Stone, Fast Company, and ESPN to name a few. We consist of one full-time photographer, a full time creative producer, a part-time bookkeeper, interns, and frequently work with freelance artists on a per-project basis. We highly value creativity and collaboration, and can assure you that working here will not be dull. Neither will the photography you will be retouching. See further proof at www.keatleyphoto.com.
About you: First and foremost, we are looking for a Photoshop master who can hit the ground running. Someone who is persistent, motivated, organized, creative, and passionate about retouching. This position offers the opportunity to make your mark on an exciting business and help it grow. Skills that are required for this job: self-motivated/driven, detail-oriented, organized, relational, flexible, strong retouching skills, looks at the big picture, committed/responsible, an appreciation for creativity, always trying to improve, and a sense of humor. Your job duties will immediately include: Retouching, compositing, image prepping, color correction, digital asset management, digital tech on shoots, production, organizing and maintaining the photo archive. This job is a full time position.
Are you the person who can look at an old neglected house and, only see potential? Then you would be our ideal candidate, someone who is a dreamer, and can make ideas into reality.
Are you the person who always has the urge to create, experiment, and collaborate with others? Then you are the person we want because that’s exactly what you will be doing.
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. Organization is important!
Are you the person who brings doughnuts to work every Friday? Great! We like Top Pot Old Fashioned’s…
You will be a key contributor and play a pivotal role in the success of this business. Although we are a small business, we are involved in some really big projects with far reaching impact. We hope your role in this work will give you great personal satisfaction. We are looking for someone who will bring their own ideas and vision to the table. We want you to grab hold of opportunities and find ways to explore and improve upon already existing ideas with your own.
College degree is preferred, but not required.
Employment or volunteer experience that can demonstrate and highlight your work ethic and ability to get things done.
Must be flexible, dependable, and a hard worker.
How to Apply:
Send an email to email@example.com containing your resume (inline or attached as a PDF) and short cover letter. A link to your website or a site with your retouching work. You may also attach jpg images of your work if necessary. Also, answer four (4) of the following five (5) questions in your response (your pick). A short paragraph on each should be sufficient. All inquiries will be replied to and kept in confidence. In your email, please also provide your desired compensation.
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. Pretend you have 3 hours to complete 5 tasks, but you know there is only enough time to properly complete 3 of the tasks. What do you do?
3. What is your favorite TV show? Describe what you like about it, and why it is your favorite.
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.
5. How would you handle a situation at work where one of your co-workers who you work with closely is making you feel frustrated?
Location: West Seattle, Washington
Compensation: Depends on qualifications
This is a full-time job
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I am so proud to be included in the 2013 PDN Faces contest. Both of these portraits were selected and are in the September issue of PDN. I know what you are thinking. That is a whole lot of fur…
I first photographed Macklemore and Ryan Lewis two days before the Heist was released. It’s hard to believe that was a year ago now. A lot has changed since then.
My other furry friend is Colonel Meow. If you are not familiar with him, he is only one of the most famous cats on the Internet. So there you have it. That being said, he was terrible to work with. He showed up late, was rude and inconsiderate, and he reeked of Scotch. I have nothing kind to say about him. But I do like this portrait, and I am glad I won a contest with it.