11
Sep

Bus and Ida May

Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Personal Work

Buster Brown

Ida May

Bus By The Barn

Bus and Ida May are good family friends of ours, and they live on a farm near Seattle.  Their farm used to be even larger than it is now, but there is now a major highway, several off ramps, businesses and condos where the cows used to graze.  Every summer for the past several years, my wife Nichelle and I have enjoyed homemade desserts with them on their back porch made from ingredients picked just several yards away.  After spending time with them one evening, I felt compelled to photograph them.  To make things as comfortable as possible, I set up in their back yard, while friends and family came over for dinner.  A good  amount of my studio work is actually done on location like this.  Not necessarily on a farm, but in a place that my subject feels most comfortable.  In this case, it was a farm.  Not to mention, I would choose to work outside on a warm summer evening instead of in a studio any time given the choice.

I have a photography show opening in a few weeks, and the headshots of Bus and Ida May will be two of the 12 or so images on display.  I will have more information about the show shortly, and after I wrap up a few large projects, I will be able to get back to a more regular blog schedule.  Thanks for taking a look, and I hope you are enjoying what is left of summer.

05
Aug

Wexley School For Girls

Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Editorial Work

Cal and Ian of the Wexley School For Girls at the Wexley office in Seattle.  Assigned by BusinessWeek.  Photo by John Keatley.

Cal writing on Ian of the Wexley School For Girls at the Wexley office in Seattle.  Assigned by Seattle Business Monthly.  Photo by John Keatley.

Headshot of Ian Cohen of the Wexley School For Girls.  Assigned by BusinessWeek.  Photo by John Keatley.

Headshot of Cal McAllister of the Wexley School For Girls.  Assigned by BusinessWeek.  Photo by John Keatley.

Cal and Ian of the Wexley School For Girls going up for a header in Sounders FC uniforms.  Photo by John Keatley

Behold.  The Wexley School For Girls.  What!?  An all girls school run by these guys?  Yes.  Wexley is a very exclusive all-girls school (Ad Agency) run by these two guys.  Cal and Ian.  And one of the highlights of my job is working with these fine people.

When I first met Cal and Ian, they didn’t know anything about advertising.  They were a lounge singer duo in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood.  I was hired by BusinessWeek to photograph them for a story about the resurgence of lounge singers in Metropolitan areas.  That is how the sexy lounge singer portrait came about.  At some point during the shoot, I said,  ”This should be great advertising for your act.”  And Ian said, “What the hell is advertising?”  I laughed, but he wasn’t joking.  He had no idea.  I told him to look it up, which is exactly what he did.  They read everything they could find about advertising, and before long they decided to open up their own ad agency.

The next time I photographed them, they were no longer singing Elton John, but they were making ads.  And good ones at that.

In the last year, I have photographed Cal and Ian a few more times, as well as worked with them on a handful of ad campaigns.  It’s not every day that an assignment or ad campaign comes around that allows you to work with such creative people who are willing to experiment and have fun.  You might look at the quirky Wexley office, and think that it’s all fun and games.  But they take what they do very seriously, and they are dang good at it too.  Just look at the success the Seattle Sounders FC (a client of Wexley) have enjoyed.

I have a couple of earlier posts about ad campaigns that I have shot with Wexley.  (Here) is the post about the Seattle Sounders FC billboard I shot earlier this year, and (here) is the post about the Human Wrecking Balls print campaign from late last year.  In just a few short weeks, I will have some new Wexley related content and videos that I will be able to share.  In the meantime, (here) is a hilarious video called “Winner Take Steve” written by Wexley, and directed by Jared Hess.