10
Dec

Merry Christmas From The Keatleys And A Yeti

Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Keatley Christmas, Personal Work

2010 Keatley Christmas photo.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.  Finally, a normal holiday picture from the Keatley’s, right?  I’ll admit last years holiday photo was a little strange, what with the accident and everything.  But the show must go on.  This year we have a couple of new introductions.  Our daughter Isla, and our yeti who is holding her.  We did look into more “traditional” forms of childcare, but everything is so expensive these days.

I had a lot of fun planning this shoot out.  I have been thinking about it, and planning for about 5 months, so seeing it finally come to life like this is a mix of pure excitement and a little relief.  Although, I am already starting to think about next year.  I just can’t help myself.  It’s a blessing and a curse.   I just think it will be so awesome to look back 10, 15, or 20 years from now and see all of the different holiday photos we have taken.  Not to mention, how many 6-month-olds get to say they had their picture taken with a yeti?  Isla is either going to think we are the coolest parents ever, or she won’t be able to get far enough away from us when she is older.  I’m hoping for the first, but only time will tell.

This has been a wonderful year for me, and I am very grateful for all of your continued support and interest in my work.  Thank you for reading my blog, and for coming out to hear me speak on occasion.  That is definitely something I hope to do more of this next year.  The next blog post you see from me will probably be me announcing my new website which I am very excited to share.  As much as I like my current one, and it was selected in the 2010 PDN Annual, I feel like there is always room for improvement.  Stay tuned.

10
Dec

Merry Keatley Christmas

Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Keatley Christmas, Personal Work

Awkward Keatley Christmas Portrait.  Ugly Christmas sweaters.

Now before you go freaking out sending cards and flowers, you should know Oliver and I are doing much better after the sledding accident.  It was unfortunate timing, one day before our 2009 Keatley office Christmas photo, but the show must go on!  We were lucky to walk away with only a few broken bones, a concussion and some mild dizziness.  The snowman however, did not fare so well.

Please allow me to introduce you to the Keatley team.  On the left is our bookkeeper Nichelle.  Now you have a face to put with the name next time you receive an invoice from her.  I am in the wheelchair, and on the right is our intern Allison.  Oh, and Oliver is on Allison’s lap.   He is the night janitor.  No job goes unrecognized around here.

Every time I look at this picture, it makes me laugh.  I like that, and it is a good reminder for me to continue making images that make me happy.  I decided after this shoot to make it a goal to get hired to shoot a ridiculous holiday portrait like this.  I know there may not be a big market for this kind of thing, but when someone wants it done right, I have full confidence my phone will ring.  I just hope my arm will be fully healed by then.  (Here) are the Christmas pictures I did last year.  The plan at this point is to make this a yearly tradition.

Merry Christmas everyone!  I hope this puts you in the holiday spirit, and gives you a good laugh.

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