29
May

Coffee Face Campaign

Posted by John Keatley / Filed under BTS, Personal Work

Coffee Face personal shoot by advertising photographer John Keatley.

Coffee Face personal shoot by advertising photographer John Keatley.

Coffee Face personal shoot by advertising photographer John Keatley.

Can you relate?  You wake up in a haze, thinking a cup of coffee will do the trick. Trying to start your day out on the right foot, but instead you get a mouthful of bitter disappointment.

I had several goals pinned on the wall as I began the process of putting together this personal series. Shoot in detailed environments. Experiment with backlight where a light source is visible, or has a prominent role in the image.  And finally, have fun with facial expressions.  That was the easy part.  The hard part was coming up with the concept to make all of the elements come together. Gives you a whole new appreciation for copywriters and art directors!
Thankfully I work with some incredible people, and after some brainstorming, the bad coffee face idea was born.

So how does a personal shoot like this come together? A lot of hard work, and a crew of talented and creative people. The car shoot was the first of the three, and this BTS video by Eric Becker is a good walkthrough of what it all looks like on set.

The second shoot was the kitchen image.  Locating and securing the home was by far the most difficult part. After finding and locking in the location, we received a text the night before the shoot, which said it was no longer happening with no explanation.  I knew that kitchen was perfect for this shot, so after a lot of leg work and negotiating, we were back on track.   There is a certain mindset I feel is invaluable and absolutely necessary to make it as a photographer.  Tattoo these phrases on your arm, and never forget them.  No excuses, always ask questions, politely don’t take no for an answer, and do whatever it takes to make it work. There is always a solution, no matter what the problems you are faced with.  Wrapping your mind around these ideas will help prepare you for the struggles you are guaranteed to face as a photographer on almost a daily basis.

I wrapped this series up with the park bench shot.  I scouted several parks in Seattle until I found a bench I really liked.  It ended up being in a large forested park, which was a perfect place to shoot.  The permit was affordable, and it was a wide open space without crowd’s of people and traffic to worry about.  After the shoot with the bench and model, I woke up at sunrise the next day, and shot around an urban neighborhood near downtown Seattle.  It is important to make sure the light and angles of the environment match the light on the bench and model so the finished product looks as realistic as possible.  I made sure all of the landscape images I shot had the sun in the correct place according to where I placed lights on the model shoot.  I also used a tripod so my camera height and angle was the same as it was during the model shoot.

I love working like this because it gives me complete control of the final image without being restricted by certain realities.

Thanks to my awesome crew for helping make this project shine.
Talent: JJ Kissinger, Gabe Rodriguez, Katelyn Price
Production: Elizabeth Atwood
Retouching: Ian Goode / Gigantic Squid
Assistants: Will Foster, Gregg White, Oliver Ludlow
BTS video and stills: Eric Becker
Hair and Makeup: Cara Aeschliman
Wardrobe: Bryan Carle

Thank you’s also go out to Seattle Parks and Rec and Windermere Capitol Hill.

18
Jul

Keatley Liberia Video

Posted by John Keatley / Filed under BTS, Videos

I feel really good about this video, and I think it presents an honest look at my trip to Liberia with MiiR this past January.  Several of my images were recently selected in the 2011 PDN Faces contest, and I thought this would be a good excuse to put together a video that shows a little more of what the experience was like and how the images came together.  I cannot say enough about my editor for this video, Andy Maier.  He put so much thought and hard work into this, and his efforts made all the difference.  I feel blessed to be able to work with wonderfully creative people, such as Andy and everyone else I have been creating with this past year.

The man at the beginning of the video is Pastor Kondoh, and he will be coming to Seattle in just a couple of weeks for a project MiiR CEO Bryan Pape and I are working on.  I can’t wait to see him again.  This will be a trip of many firsts for him, including his first time out of Africa, and his first time on an airplane.  Without sounding like a tease, I do have a little bit of freedom to talk more about the project I referred to above.  You can hear about it in greater detail on the podcast interview I did with Faded & Blurred recently.  I start talking about it around minute 40.

04
May

The Woodsman Production Stills

Posted by John Keatley / Filed under BTS

A short promotional film starring yours truly is in the works.  That’s right, I am the (burly) woodsman.  Editing will wrap up in a couple of days, but in the meantime, here are some production stills to pique your interest.  I don’t think these will give away too much.  It was a really fun project, and quite a different experience being on the other side of the camera.  After holding several axes on my shoulder for extended periods of time, I was rewarded with a really deep bruise.  Acting is hard and painful!  When I got home, Nichelle punched me in the shoulder and told me to suck it up.  She keeps me grounded.

I will explain this film a little more and talk about the wonderful team I worked with when I post the video next week.

Production stills by Dylan Priest.  Pictured: Rodrigo Valenzuela, Eric Becker, Brandon Hilliard, Michelle Chappron, John Keatley, and Oliver the dog.

*UPDATE* Watch The Woodsman Video Here.

09
Mar

Just Another Day In The Neighborhood

Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Blog

That’s my neighbor Mark Miller, reporter for ABC affiliate KOMO in Seattle, getting water thrown in his face.  No, I am not waterboarding him.  That wouldn’t be very neighborly at all.  I am simply teaching him a lesson.  Ok, I’m kidding.  Mark sees some pretty interesting stuff at his job, but I would guess this is the last thing he expected he would be doing when he woke up today.  ”Hey neighbor, would you be up for getting water thrown in your face while I take a few pictures?”  He did mention he expects nothing less when I call, though.  Fair enough.  Why did we throw 121 bowls of water in his face?  I just finished shooting an ad campaign and it is in post production this week.  Today we realized we needed a few more assets to really make this thing shine, so with Mark’s help, we made it happen.  Mark won’t be in the final image, but I needed to capture water splashing on skin.  It’s going to look great when it’s finished.

Thanks Mark!  You are a true professional and a good friend.