MTV News

Posted by John Keatley / Filed under BTS, Celebrity, News

Home stretch!  It is almost time, and this MTV News post is a nice little teaser that something amazing is about to drop.  Stay tuned.  This is what making a music video 24/7 looks like.

Self portrait by John Keatley.

Self portrait by Jason Koenig.

Late night sleep dep portrait of Macklemore by Keatley.



Drinks With Murray Stenson

Posted by John Keatley / Filed under BTS, Editorial Work, Tear Sheets

I hinted at a fun assignment I was working on last month on Twitter, and now I am excited to to be able to share the images with you.  I had a lot of catching up to do when I first got the assignment to photograph Murray Stenson from Art Director Jane Sherman at Seattle Weekly, but it didn’t take long for me to find out that Murray is widely regarded as the best bartender in the country.  Don’t believe me?Just ask Esquire, Playboy and Tales of the Cocktail.  It felt like when you get a new car, and all of a sudden you realize that just about everyone else on the road has the same car as you.  As soon as I got this assignment, it seemed like everyone I knew was going out to get a drink from Murray.  Apparently I was the last person to know.  I was quite excited to not only photograph Murray, but to also have a drink from him.

I did the shoot at Canon, which is a new bar in Seattle where Murray works, along with an all-star group of bartenders led by Jamie Boudreau who is also the owner.  There is a bit of a wait to get in, but I can tell you the wait is well worth it.  I filmed a short video of Murray mixing and explaining how to make an Absinthe Julep, which you can see below.  And yes, I did get to drink it after we were done filming.  Someone had to, and I didn’t want it to go to waste.  We did have to do 2 takes, but thankfully my assistant handled the second one since we were dealing with 124 proof.  For what it’s worth, I made sure the video was the last thing we did so my pictures wouldn’t be out of focus.

Although Murray has been written up in many other magazines, this article is the first time he has told his story.  It was written by Mike Seely, and is a really fascinating read.  Here is the link to the article if you are interested.  Along with the video, I also included a few behind the scenes pictures at the bottom.

Thanks to Jane Sherman for working with me on this, and thanks to Murray and Jamie for being such gracious hosts and subjects.  Photo retouching by the fine folks at Gigantic Squid.

Behind the scenes pictures by Lonnie Webb.


I’ve Been Framed

Posted by John Keatley / Filed under BTS, Press & Interviews, Videos

Thank you to everyone who wrote in and asked the fine folks at FRAMED to do an interview with me. It was very flattering to get the call to do this, and fun to spend the day with Melissa and the whole crew. I am blown away by what a great job they did with this video from top to bottom. They actually made me look somewhat respectable, which is no small feat.  In about 15 years, when Isla is an unruly teenager, I am going to make her watch this video, and then I will look her in the eyes, and say, “Respect”.

I know that 36 minute ticker may scare some of you, but I got several comments and emails today from people who said they didn’t plan on watching more than three minutes, and ended up getting sucked in and watched the whole thing.  Hopefully that is incentive enough to press play.  Even if you only have time for three minutes.  There are no axes, or wood carving in this video, but there are a couple of pretty funny moments with a (Spoiler Alert!) karate master.  Which reminds me, I am really excited you get to meet some of my creative companions who pop up in the video as well.

As always, thanks so much for your interest and support of my work.  It means a lot to me, and thank you again to FRAMED!


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.


John Keatley The Woodsman

Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Personal Work, Videos

I was asked to create a bio video several weeks back, and I immediately knew I didn’t want to do another interview-type video.  Don’t get me wrong, interviews are great and have their place, but this felt like a great opportunity to do something creative and show people a side of me often only expressed through my images of other people.  I think this short film is a good glimpse into my personality and how I think about life and work.  Sometimes words just aren’t enough, at least for us visual types.  So think of this as a creative bio/promo, rather than a literal account of my work and life.  I hope you enjoy it.

I posted several of production stills if you want a behind the scenes look at this video also.

John Keatley and Oliver

John Keatley // Writer, Producer keatleyphoto.com
Eric Becker // Director weareshouting.com
Brandon and Les Hilliard // Director, Editor, Writer, Producer braindancers.com
Rodrigo Valenzuela // Director of Photography weareshouting.com
Ian Goode // Graphics giganticsquid.com
Ryan Dunleavey // Motion
Michelle Chappron // Hair and Makeup michellechappron.com

Music by Björn Olsson bjornolssonmusic.com


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.


Photography Talk Video: Chapter Two

Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Press & Interviews, Videos

Photography Talk Chapter Two Video from John Keatley on Vimeo.

I hope you enjoyed the first video of my photography talk.  As promised, here is the second video, and number three will be rolling out very soon also.  The third one will be the Q&A session.  I cover a lot of ground in this video including working with celebrities, but the main points are focusing on what you are trying to show in your work, and taking control to make it happen.  Some of you have asked which camera these videos were shot on and although I have recently started to shoot video on the Canon 5D Mark II, I actually used this bad boy to film my talk.


Photography Talk Video: Chapter One

Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Press & Interviews, Videos

Photography Talk Chapter One Video – My Photography Story from John Keatley on Vimeo.

A couple of months ago I hosted a Q&A and spoke about my photography to a group of about 100 people in Seattle.  Many people who were not able to attend sent in questions, and expressed interest in watching a recording of the talk.  Well, the wait is over.  This is the first 15 minutes of the talk and I am going to do my best to have the rest up by the end of the week. So check back often.  Enjoy, and thank you everyone who came out to hear me, and to everyone else who is reading this for your interest in my work.


Photographer Video Profile: John Keatley

Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Press & Interviews

I made a quick stop in New York last November, and while I was there I headed over to Redux to do a video profile shoot.  They have been pumping out some great videos of many of the photographers on the roster, and you can see them all at the Redux site as well as the Redux Vimeo page.
This is a pretty cool idea, and hopefully will help art buyers get some insight into how each photographer works.  The videos should also make for some good marketing material in the coming year.

I hope everyone had a restful December, and you are looking forward to 2010.  I have really enjoyed taking some time off recently.  It has given me the opportunity to clear my head, and re-focus for the year to come.  I’m learning the importance of slowing down every once in a while, and just taking a rest.  With the way things are going these days, it’s easy to think you have to constantly be creating new material to keep up.  I suppose it is possible to keep up that kind of pace but it is also exhausting.  I want to make sure I am staying balanced so I can create through inspiration, rather than creating because I feel I have to.

Thank you everyone for your continued interest in my work.  I am working on some projects right now I am very excited about, and I am looking forward to sharing my photography with you in 2010!


Publicis Photography Show Recap

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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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