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26
Jan

Animal People Can

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Family picture chaos with cats, a dog, and 3 teenage girls.

Who wore it best? Drag Queen style or Drag Dog style.

You don't need an alarm clock when you own a cat.

Little girl super hero and her super hero dog.

Dual Income No Kids living the good life with cats.

Photographer John Keatley on set for the Seattle Humane photo shoot.

One or our amazing pets for Seattle Humane.

Keatley and crew.

One of the adorable Seattle Humane kittens.

Seattle Humane kitten working it for the camera.

Keatley gettin' sassy.

Keatley setting up for the Seattle Humane drag queen shot.

It takes 3 guys to try to wrangle 1 cat.

Cat focused eyes.

Keatley & Lonnie with matching palm tree shirts.

Keatley and Lonnie testing the light with matching wardrobe for the Seattle Humane shoot.

That's a wrap!  Celebratory picture with the Seattle Humane crew.

As a youngster growing up in California, I always wanted to be a Hollywood dog trainer.  Well, that didn’t work out so well.  But I do still love dogs, and I love working with them, despite what WC Fields said, “Never work with children or animals.”  Being the rebel I am, I decided to work with both children and animals on this new ad campaign for Seattle Humane with The Hilt agency.  And why stop there!  Let’s also add a super wild drag queen, and a family with three teenage girls while we are at it.  You know, just to make things more interesting!

Seattle Humane is a wonderful organization and I sincerely hope these images make them a lot of money so they can save even more animal lives. And some human lives too…

17
Dec

iBobber commercial – “Fishes”

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Here is my latest directing work for iBobber.  I hope you enjoy the video, laugh out loud, and suddenly feel the urge to buy an iBobber.  The fishfinder that syncs with your smartphone or tablet.  🙂
Big thank you to Fred Hammerquist, Alex Lebedev, Jeff Siegel, and Sage Price.
I am looking forward to doing a lot more directing in 2016.  Merry Christmas everyone if I don’t talk to you in the next week.

Director: John Keatley http://localhost/keatleyphotos
Co Executive Producer and Production Company: Vacation Theory
Co Executive Producer: Redeye
Cast: Allen Fitzpatrick and Jake Ynzunza
Wardrobe Stylist: Alexis Steinman
Hair & Makeup: Haley Olsen
Gaffer: Casey Schmidt
Color and Sound by Post Nuclear http://www.postnuclear.co
Music Provided by Epidemic Sound http://www.epidemicsound.com/
Special thanks: Nina Kaseburg and Fred Hammerquist

02
Dec

Survival Guide Trailer

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Here is our first Survival Guide video sneak peek!  This is a glimpse into the workshop weekend, delving into the topics of marketing, branding, what to charge, style, running a business and much more.  We have a year of Survival Guide weekend workshops under our belts now, and I have to admit, I never could have imagined how amazing this adventure would end up being.  Not only is this the content and subject matter I am most passionate about teaching, but the relationships, stories, encouragement, fun, good food, memories, and incredible art we have been able to be a part of has made this so worth it.  I was reflecting on this past year, and how far Survival Guide has come, and I realized that coincidence or not, this has been by far my best year creatively.  No question.  Survival Guide has taught me to push the boundaries and create the work I have been setting aside for far too long.  That was our intention for those who attend, but I never thought about the fact that I needed to hear and experience this as much as anyone else.  Teaching Survival Guide has forced me to grow and learn, and I’m realizing I may have learned more than any of the attendees even!

Survival Guide is heading to Austin, Texas February 19-21, 2016.  Sign up for Survival Guide here, and find out how you, too, can push the boundaries of your art and business.

05
Oct

Cano Billboard for Sparkling ICE

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05
Oct

Kickin’ It With Michael Bennett

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Big thanks to Jane Sherman and Seattle Met for this fun shoot with Seattle Seahawks big DE Michael Bennett.  I am a huge Seahawks fan (ok, who in Seattle isn’t right now…), so making a portrait of one of my favorite players was an exciting opportunity.  Thanks also to Michael and Pele for letting us set up a studio in their home.  Go Hawks!

23
Sep

Members Only Club

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I have always been fascinated by faces.  Throughout my career, faces are what I gravitate toward.  But there have been many voices, external and internal, telling me to pull back and show more than just a face.  “You can’t just shoot portraits” the voices said.  I have experienced different periods of time where I have moved away from portraits, or at least tried to.  My general curiosities as an artist have taken me in other directions at times also, not to just make this all about a mental struggle.  I have explored environmental editorial portraiture, conceptual advertising (which I do enjoy), and many other types of photography.  Trying these other kinds of photography have allowed me to figure out what I don’t want to do, and at the same time hone my passion for the things I do want to do.  In that sense, I do not regret these periods of exploration.  If anything, this process has given me even more freedom and confidence to do what I want to do now.  This is the first time in my career that I finally feel like I have figured it out, so to speak.  I have rediscovered what I am most passionate about and what I must do, create the portraits that fill my head day and night.  I am filled with a whole new sense of excitement and creativity that I have never experienced before.  This project means so much to me, and I am excited where it is already leading me as an artist.

Thank you to my good friends, Cal, Ian, and the entire Wexley School For Girls family.

Hair and Makeup by Jennifer Popochock and Nancy Leonardi
Styling by Alexis Steniman
Retouching by Viktor Fejes
Digital Tech Lonnie Webb

20
Aug

GPP PopUP in Seattle

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Two years ago, John had the opportunity to go to Dubai for Gulf Photo Plus, where he joined a host of industry greats (David Alan Harvey, Greg Heisler, David Burnett, David Hobby, Zack Arias, Peter Hurley, and Joe McNally to name a few) to spend a week teaching all things photography and business.  He had a fabulous time seeing Dubai, meeting students, becoming friends with the other instructors, and shooting a portrait of Gregory Heisler in a wig.  It was awesome!  

And now GPP is coming to Seattle, our hometown!  Welcome, GPP PopUP!  We are excited for a slice of the 8-Day GPP event to be here in Seattle.  This 2-day event is September 19-20, and will feature David Hobby, Gregory Heisler, Zack Arias, Joe McNally.  

We are hosting a competition to give away two free tickets to attend PopUP.  The competition will be on Instagram, the subject is Portraits and Ice Cream.  Hashtag #keatleyicecreamcontest and #GPPSeattle.  We will select two winners on Thursday August 27. Let’s see what you can come up with!  Go!
Anyone who attends GPP PopUP will also receive a 20% discount code to download our DVD “DedPXL presents John Keatley.”  Have a great time!  Let the learning commence. 
30
Jun

The Value of a Photographer

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Somebody who can light, and show up, and make a portrait is of no value anymore.  It sounds like just another wild statement to grab your attention, but it’s actually true.  I interviewed my incredible rep Maren Levinson of Redeye for our Survival Guide workshop and what she has to say is so powerful, I wanted to share it with everyone.  This is such great advice for artists today.  The industry is changing rapidly, and it is really important to understand what your value is as an artist, and how you fit into the big picture.  I hope you find this exciting and inspirational.  If it strikes a chord with you, and you want to learn more about marketing, strategy and business for artists.  You can check out one of our Survival Guide workshops on our workshop page.  To receive updates on future workshops and opportunities, email nichelle@keatleyphoto.com.

02
Jun

Seahawks’ Derrick Coleman

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It seems like forever ago now, but I actually played football in college until a shoulder injury sidelined my aspirations of reaching the NFL.  I mostly played free safety, but I also moved to defensive end in my last season.  Needless to say, photographing athletes is something I really enjoy, as it get’s me back out on the field to some extent.

Here is a quick snapshot I found from back in my college days. But back to Derrick Coleman, because that’s really what this is all about.  Most of you have probably already seen the incredible Duracell commercial about his fight to get to the NFL, but if you haven’t or if you want to watch it again, here it is.  It makes me emotional every time I see it.  So good.

Thanks for a fun shoot Derrick and Go Hawks!

Possibly the biggest “studio” I have ever shot in.

 

15
May

Reflecting on Why We Do the Survival Guide

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Hello, blogosphere!  I want to introduce myself to you all.  My name is Nichelle, and I am the newest member of the Keatley team.  I’ve been working at Keatley for the last 8 years in a very limited capacity managing the finances, but about 9 months ago I stepped up my role at Keatley to now include post-production, office management, and workshops.  I have been having a blast getting the chance to be a part of the day to day workings of Keatley, getting to participate in the crazy antics and photoshoots that John and Taylor experience daily.  Oh, and one other pertinent piece of information: I’m John’s wife. 🙂

Being that workshops is a big part of my job, I wanted to take the opportunity to reflect on the first two Survival Guide weekends that have come and gone, and how we have come to where we are.  John, as some of you may know, is a man with many ideas.  Small ideas, big ideas, crazy ideas, fabulous ideas.  But there are a lot of them!  When we first were married, I would ride the roller coaster of emotions, as his mind produced idea after idea.  Until I realized, these are ideas, not necessarily every one of them is going to come to fruition.  I now try to be a supportive listener, and really only heed attention to those ideas that keep resurfacing.  It’s made for a much saner life for me, yet allows him to keep dreaming.  But I am also realizing through the Survival Guide, that sometimes what can start out as a small idea, can grow and flourish when seen through the eyes of other people.  Ideas don’t have to be dreamed by just one person.

Several years back, John et al came up with the idea of a 2-day workshop that focused on marketing the first day, and lighting the second.  It was in response to numerous people wanting to know “How do you do what you do?”  But even from the beginning of that workshop, John realized that doing what he does was more than just taking pictures.  It was and is about creating and understanding business.  That workshop (fondly referred to as the “Un-Workshop”) was successful, and John taught it around the world, in Seattle, Dubai, and the Bahamas.  Despite the great response from that workshop, though, John struggled with generating an excitement for teaching it.  Throughout many conversations, it just became obvious that teaching about lighting and technique was not where his heart was.  He creates images from a place of emotion and feeling, and that is not easily transferred into shutter speed and lighting technique.  The lighting class to him felt dry and boring, something he would be uninterested in attending.  And so the Un-Workshop just settled on the back shelf as his commercial photography business started booming.

About a year and a half after the first Un-Workshop, John received an email from an attendee, describing how the information he learned during the Day One / Marketing class had transformed his career.  He had managed to enter into full-time photography, was working with some large clients, and was feeling confident in how to market his current successes into getting his next job.   One month later, he got a second email with a similar tale.

John and I were driving around one day shortly after receiving those emails, and the idea began to occur to both of us.  No one was writing to say how their careers were dramatically changed by the information they had learned in his lighting class.  But careers were being changed by the information he was most passionate about, something he liked teaching and talking about: business and marketing.  That seemed significant, and something not to just dismiss without a second thought.  We needed to rethink this workshop, and teach to John’s passion for business.  And that’s really how the Survival Guide began.

We’ve now completed our first two weekends here in Seattle, and the support and response from those who have attended has been heart-warming and completely eye-opening.  I’ve heard attendees say there is no other workshop teaching what we are teaching in such a realistic and honest way.  Yet John’s take on this is that a person will never be truly successful if their business is built on secrets, because someone else will figure them out or create something better.  The information discussed at the Survival Guide is raw, pertinent, real, applicable, and very honest.  We have taken the information that we use on a daily basis to bid on jobs, the questions to ask when speaking with a client, our understanding of what it takes to find a space for yourself in the art world, how to build authentic relationships when marketing, and wrapped it up into an intensive 2.5 day course.  Our intent is to build the artistic community a solid foundation, so that we are all being pursued for jobs based on artistic ability and not undercutting one another based solely on the bids.

And so what started as a small idea a few years ago, is now building steam and support.  We are excited.  So very excited for the way this workshop is starting to impact lives and careers.  30 to count so far.  And in July, we are heading to St. Louis.  July 10-12 to be exact, being hosted by the gracious RGG EDU.  We are stoked to meet the city of St. Louis, to see the Gateway Arch, taste the local cuisine, and experience the hospitality of the MidWest.  We hope you will join us, or let us know if you would like to be kept abreast of future locations and dates.

“The workshop met my expectations because I needed help with every step that we covered. John explained everything in depth and took time to answer our questions. I loved all the personal assignments as well as the group assignment, where we had to put in a bid and explain our numbers. The workbook and handouts are awesome! I have confidence that when I am presented with a potential job, I won’t be undercutting the market, or myself, and I won’t look like an amateur. I already know that I will be referencing these materials for years to come.” – Joshua Huston

“John’s workshop answered a lot of my questions -and questions I didn’t know I had, about the business side of commercial photography. He runs you through a job from start to finish. He starts with how to market yourself to the work you want, bidding for the job, running all the way to how to thank your client at the end of a great shoot. He shows you how to be the best photographer and business manager you can be. This isn’t to mention all of the real world insights he slips in.   The information is worth it all by itself, but the relationships you’ll build and the fun you have will simply put the whole experience over the top!” – Cori Keady

“Exceeded (my expectations)!  The most overwhelming side of being a creative is how to be realistic, professional, and run a business.  Hearing and seeing the tools required to be successful is a huge weight off my shoulders.  Can’t wait to put these tools into session.  I would say that it took away the unknown aspects of running a creative business that often paralyzed my growth.  It has made me excited again to be an artist, and one that could make money and be happy.” – Lonnie Webb

A huge thank you to BlackRapid for hosting us in March and April.  Looking forward to future Survival Guide collabs in Seattle!

Photo by Jackie Donnelly

Photo By Jackie Donnelly

Photo by Jackie Donnelly

Photo by Becky Mohrlang

Photo by Anna Rajdl

Photo by Jackie Donnelly

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