22
Nov

Coach Romar

Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Celebrity, Editorial Work

Lorenzo Romar with the Dawg Pack.  Photo by John Keatley.

UW men's basketball coach Lorenzo Romar holding a giant picture of his face.  Photo by John Keatley.

Portrait of Lorenzo Romar by photographer John Keatley.

Go Huskies!  Ok, so I didn’t go to UW, but my wife did if that counts for anything.  Over the past several years, I have learned to enjoy Husky athletics because of my strong sense of Seattle pride.  I follow the football team a little more closely than the basketball team, but it was still really fun to photograph Lorenzo Romar, the Husky men’s basketball coach.  He is one of those people who commands your respect when he walks into a room, but I also found him to be very kind and personable.  I think a good gauge of success is when strangers carry around giant cardboard pictures of your face.  That’s when you know you have really made it in life.  Something I think all of us should strive for.

How was work today honey?
It was great!
Did you get that promotion they promised you?
No, but my manager did hold up a big cardboard picture of my face at lunch.
Oh, that’s wonderful!  Congratulations honey.
Yeah, it was awesome!

Many of you have asked about editing commercial work with VSCO Film, and how it looks with images lit by strobe.  I busted these images out after I started using VSCO Film, and gave them new life with just a couple of clicks.  All three of these images were lit with strobe, so hopefully this gives you an idea of what is possible.  I think it works just as well with strobe as it does with natural light images.  If you are unfamiliar with VSCO Film, it is a film emulator that plugs into Lightroom or ACR and makes digital images look like film.  Not to mention, it is an incredibly fast alternative to Photoshop actions and other Lightroom presets.  It really is an amazing tool for photographers.  So far I am editing images 10 times faster than I was before, and I am getting better results.  Here is the VSCO Film review I wrote last week.

I used Kodak Portra 400, and Orange Skin Fix + on these images.  You can see a cool video tutorial and find out more about VSCO Film here.

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04
Nov

Josh Smith

Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Celebrity

Josh Smith plays basketball for Kentwood High. Photo by John Keatley.

Josh Smith basketball.  Photo by John Keatley

Josh Smith SLAM tearsheet.  Photos by John Keatley.

Josh Smith and John Keatley

That’s me on the right side, down in the corner…  I’m sure Josh was standing on his tip toes.  What a kidder.  I am kind of a sports nut if you didn’t know, so I really enjoy working with athletes.  Actually, I really enjoy working with just about everyone, but a small part of me still thinks I might have a shot at the bigs.  I guess the reality of it for me is photographing professional athletes is as close as I’m going to get.  Now that I think about it, I seem to get hired quite a bit to photograph the big guys.  It’s probably because people know if an athlete goes crazy during a shoot or becomes too high maintenance, I can use my size to intimidate them and get the shots I need.  Like when I had to smack around Craig and Paul Pumphrey on the Human Wreckingballs shoot I did last year.  Just kidding Craig!  I would never think about crossing you.  I could probably take Paul though.

Josh Smith is a high school senior at Kentwood High in Washington State.  He stands at 6′ 9” and weighs in at 270 pounds.  Not bad, not bad.  As far as I can tell he is currently ranked as a top 5 college recruit in the country, but I think that changes frequently.

The day before the shoot (which was for SLAM), Josh was in New York playing in the high school basketball All Star game.  I am sure he is excited about what is going on in his life right now, but he seemed so calm and in control.  I tried to imagine what it would be like to be in high school and get this kind of national attention.  Not only that, but how crazy is it to know that there is a very good chance that you will be pro in just a few years while you are still living a somewhat normal lifestyle.  It sounds to me like he is actually a little tired of all the attention, which is understandable.  Anytime something big happens in a persons life, such as graduation, marriage, having a baby, etc., that event becomes an easy topic for discussion for everyone around you.  It’s the big easy question that allows people to engage you in conversation without having to think about what they are saying.

In addition to basketball, Josh is playing football this year.  Some might think he is insane given his potential in basketball, but he is doing what makes him happy.  Can’t argue with that.  You have to enjoy life, and live it to the fullest.  Best of luck to Josh in his final year of high school.  I am excited to see what the future holds for him, and selfishly, I would be excited if UW was in his future.  Forget UCLA, Josh!  :)

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