I am very excited to officially announce I am now represented by Redeye. I spent the better part of six months doing an extensive search, including, meetings, phone calls, interviewing art buyers, etc. After all that, the stars aligned and I knew I wanted to be working with the wonderful people at Redeye. If you haven’t worked with Maren or Stephanie yet, you will love working with them. They are super lovely! I feel very blessed to be surrounded by such hard working, fun loving, personable and honest people. Here is to a great year ahead, and thanks to everyone for your ongoing support and interest in my work.
Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Ad Campaign, BTS
I feel like I am beginning to repeat myself a little, because each ad campaign I have done this year feels like one of those dream jobs. This one for Washington Healthplanfinder was no exception. With Obamacare rolling out I got to work with the folks at GMMB on this hilarious ad campaign. If these images don’t convince you to get yourself some health insurance, I don’t know what will.
The first shoot (the seagull attack) took place on our own private ferry at 4:30am on a beautiful Sunday. It was maybe one of the coolest things I have done on a shoot. Drifting around in the Puget Sound at sunrise. Beautiful!
The next shoot was a 4:00am call time, which feels so early to me! Not a morning person, but the show must go on. The skateboard crash was the hardest and most technical of all the shots. Although my assistants might disagree since I have no idea how they managed a 12×12 and two 7 ft. softboxes on a windy ferry.
The roofing accident shot was at the end of a very long 12 hour day, but it was so fun. The talent with the nail gun, Gabriel, had us all dying with his dialog. I like to give people scenarios to work with when shooting this type of work. I find it helps me work through the situation, and also helps the talent get into character and make the image more believable. There are a lot of little details to think about on a shot like the roofing accident. What are these guys doing? What is happening on and off camera that I want the viewer to think about? Are the interactions of the two guys on the roof believable? And so on.
So for this shot, I explained to Gabriel:
You are putting a new roof on your home before the winter hits, and your good friend is helping you because he owes you a big favor (You traded him Russell Wilson for Trent Richardson in your fantasy football league.). You are almost done with one side of the roof, when your neighbor walks by and see’s you up there. He gives you a puzzled look because he knows you are not the handiest guy on the block. Hey, what the heck are you doing up there!? he yells. Gabriel looks back at his neighbor with a big smile, and says… And this is where Gabriel took over with his improv. ”Oh, we roofin’ man! Yeah, we roofin’!” ”What’s it look like we doin’ up her man, we roofin’!” You might think over an hour of this might get old, but somehow it didn’t. We just laughed, took pictures and, yeah, we roofin’.
Here are some of my favorite behind the scenes images from this shoot. Big thanks to my new rep Redeye, Kontent Partners (who are super amazing people, and amazing at what they do), GMMB, Gigantic Squid, Cara Aeschliman, Gregg White, and so many more. I am blessed to work with such fun people.
Posted by John Keatley / Filed under News
We are very happy to announce the Keatley team is growing once again. We are officially opening up a new position in our studio for a Senior Retoucher. We could not be more excited to find our next team member to collaborate with. It’s gonna be a lot of fun! If you are a talented retoucher, or know someone who is, we hope to hear from you. The full job listing and application process is below.
Looking for a Senior Retoucher to work at Keatley Studio
Location: Our new West Seattle studio near Alki beach.
About us: We are a commercial photography studio that focuses on advertising, celebrity portrait and high end fine art photography, both locally and internationally. Our business has steadily grown over the past twelve years, and John Keatley’s work has been recognized by multiple national and international contests and awards. He has photographed International advertising campaigns for multiple major brands, award winning personal work, and many of the most recognizable celebrities in the world. Editorially his work has appeared in Time, Wired, Forbes, Inc., Rolling Stone, Fast Company, and ESPN to name a few. We consist of one full-time photographer, a full time creative producer, a part-time bookkeeper, interns, and frequently work with freelance artists on a per-project basis. We highly value creativity and collaboration, and can assure you that working here will not be dull. Neither will the photography you will be retouching. See further proof at www.keatleyphoto.com.
About you: First and foremost, we are looking for a Photoshop master who can hit the ground running. Someone who is persistent, motivated, organized, creative, and passionate about retouching. This position offers the opportunity to make your mark on an exciting business and help it grow. Skills that are required for this job: self-motivated/driven, detail-oriented, organized, relational, flexible, strong retouching skills, looks at the big picture, committed/responsible, an appreciation for creativity, always trying to improve, and a sense of humor. Your job duties will immediately include: Retouching, compositing, image prepping, color correction, digital asset management, digital tech on shoots, production, organizing and maintaining the photo archive. This job is a full time position.
Are you the person who can look at an old neglected house and, only see potential? Then you would be our ideal candidate, someone who is a dreamer, and can make ideas into reality.
Are you the person who always has the urge to create, experiment, and collaborate with others? Then you are the person we want because that’s exactly what you will be doing.
Are you the first among your friends to get the flu shot when winter approaches? Then you are the person we are looking for, who is always ahead of the curve and has gotten things done before others even realize it needs to be done. Organization is important!
Are you the person who brings doughnuts to work every Friday? Great! We like Top Pot Old Fashioned’s…
You will be a key contributor and play a pivotal role in the success of this business. Although we are a small business, we are involved in some really big projects with far reaching impact. We hope your role in this work will give you great personal satisfaction. We are looking for someone who will bring their own ideas and vision to the table. We want you to grab hold of opportunities and find ways to explore and improve upon already existing ideas with your own.
College degree is preferred, but not required.
Employment or volunteer experience that can demonstrate and highlight your work ethic and ability to get things done.
Must be flexible, dependable, and a hard worker.
How to Apply:
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org containing your resume (inline or attached as a PDF) and short cover letter. A link to your website or a site with your retouching work. You may also attach jpg images of your work if necessary. Also, answer four (4) of the following five (5) questions in your response (your pick). A short paragraph on each should be sufficient. All inquiries will be replied to and kept in confidence. In your email, please also provide your desired compensation.
1. We are big believers that details make all the difference. Tell us a couple details about your car (or the bus if that’s how you roll) that you especially like or dislike. And then tell us what you would do differently if you ran Ford or Metro King County Transit.
2. Pretend you have 3 hours to complete 5 tasks, but you know there is only enough time to properly complete 3 of the tasks. What do you do?
3. What is your favorite TV show? Describe what you like about it, and why it is your favorite.
4. List two statements, rules, or principals that you have found invaluable in your life/work experience, explain why they are so important to you, and list examples of when they have applied.
5. How would you handle a situation at work where one of your co-workers who you work with closely is making you feel frustrated?
Location: West Seattle, Washington
Compensation: Depends on qualifications
This is a full-time job
Please, no phone calls about this job!
- Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests
Posted by John Keatley / Filed under BTS, Celebrity, Editorial Work
I am a huge fan of Jeff Garlin. I really liked his work going into this shoot for NY Times Magazine, and I am an even bigger fan after working with him.
My friend Sara Coates was recently cast in a movie called Laggies. They just wrapped up filming, so it should be in theaters next year. On one of the first days of filming, Sara sent me a text message with a picture of Jeff. ”I’m acting with Jeff!” I immediately thought to myself, “I would love to photograph Jeff Garlin!!!” That was a Sunday night. The next day, I got a call from my rep Julia, and she asked me if I wanted to shoot an assignment for New York Times Magazine. The answer to that question is always yes, and then she said, “It’s actor Jeff Garlin.” No joke!
This is actually the 3rd time this has happened to me in my career. Anthony Hopkins, Annie Leibovitz, and now Jeff. So naturally I am a big believer in the power of positive thinking, and “putting it out there”. I always tell my daughter, you’ll never know unless you ask. And now, she has learned the benefits of asking for stickers at any store we walk into. Who knew Chevron had stickers. But that’s another story. I can’t take all of the credit for many of the great opportunities I have had come my way, but this is the type of job where you have to make things happen, and tell people what you want. Even if it’s just declaring to your wife on a Sunday night while watching Netflix that you want to photograph one of your favorite actors.
Jeff walked into the shoot with a Leica around his neck, and I knew right away this was going to be fun. Thank you New York Times Magazine, Gabrielle Plucknette, Clinton Cargill for a wonderful assignment, and thank you Jeff for bringing the magic!
Here is the photo and interview of Jeff Garlin that ran the NY Times Magazine. I was thrilled they chose my favorite image.
Posted by John Keatley / Filed under BTS, Editorial Work
Wait! You mean, there is a 3rd cosmonaut outfit? I’m going to need to wear that… It only makes sense. It will help me understand my subjects and connect with them better. I’m a method photographer, what can I say.
It seems like it was just yesterday I was in this very same room at Wexley School For Girls with Cal and Ian for my first shoot with them. They were flexing on the white baby grand piano. It was magical. Since then, we have done I don’t know how many shoots together, but this is definitely one of my favorite ones.
Thanks to AdWeek for a fun assignment, and thanks to Wexley for keeping the magic alive.
Posted by John Keatley / Filed under News
Click the image above to watch the full interview.
It’s those three words every mother dreams of hearing. Well, maybe not in all cases, but this time its pretty exciting. And I’ll admit, I am still pretty giddy about this opportunity. Thursday of last week, I was featured on New Day NW (King 5), along with Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, and designer Jonathan Adler. Thank you to Su Ring, Meeghan Black, and Mark Klebeck for your amazing support and interest in what I do!
Thanks for watching everyone! Hopefully next time I am on TV, I will be talking about my new iPhone Portrait book. :)
Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Personal Work
A few months ago, on a Sunday afternoon, I accidentally started a new photography project when I snapped a portrait of a friend with my iPhone. Since that first iPhone portrait, I have photographed over 100 people with my iPhone, and my excitement for this project continues to grow (you can see some of the images on my Instagram stream as well as under the Projects section). I was in Hollywood for work last month, and I photographed my cousin’s roommate Jordan while staying with them. Jordan wrote a short story about his experience of being photographed, and I am so excited to share it with you. Please enjoy, and thank you Jordan!
On Having My Picture Taken
There are certain people that like having their picture taken. They enjoy it because they are good at it. They remember to smile and lift chins so they don’t look fat. They can look happy even if they are not happy. It is comfortable for them to hang arms over the shoulder of the person they are standing next to. When people tell them to scoot closer, they do it happily.
I am not one of those people.
Not that I don’t want to be one of those photogenic people, it just doesn’t come easy to me.
I come home tired from my job and commute. There’s an air mattress in the living room, which seems vaguely familiar. I am struggling to remember something that my roommate Lonnie had told me about–something about someone staying with us for a little while. It is all fairly hazy–I dunno, I’ve been drinking too much lately.
I pour myself some cold coffee left over from the morning pot. I look through the kitchen window and see Lonnie with another guy, presumably our houseguest, and our downstairs neighbor. They’re all talking at the picnic table in the backyard.
I go out and meet John. John is Lonnie’s cousin. Like Lonnie, John is a photographer. I shake John’s hand. I’m trying to be friendly. Lonnie asks me how work was. I growl that it was rough and excuse myself to do some chores. I don’t totally nail being friendly.
Then I’m sorting through a bunch of dirty clothes, trying to break out of my 9-5 work headspace, and getting ready for the writing I’m going to do this night.
Lonnie knocks on my door. This sort of uncommon at our place.
Lonnie asks,”Hey man, would you mind having your picture taken?”
I open the door. Lonnie explains, “My cousin John is a photographer and he really wants to take your picture.”
I say yes, because only celebrities can say no to having a picture taken of them. And also, no one has ever seen me and said, “I want to take your picture.” I can’t quite escape the mixture of compliment and embarrassment that goes along with this.
John is enthusiastic. He has already shot Lonnie earlier in the afternoon. He tells me about this iPhone portrait project he’s been working on as he looks at my shirts–not the dirty ones on the floor, but the few that are still hanging in my closet. I push for a red Pendleton camp shirt, but he isn’t interested in it. He knows what he’s looking for. So I put on an old 70s polyester flannel, which I like, but it is missing the third and fourth buttons from the top. I am slightly worried about this, but it doesn’t seem to bother John.
I follow John around the apartment as he looks for the lighting he needs, which is in Lonnie’s room. I sit on Lonnie’s army cot. John and I talk as he holds his iPhone with both hands. He stares intently at the screen. He puts the phone close to my face, about twelve inches, maybe sixteen inches away from me.
It’s got to be a delicate thing, the iPhone portrait. Like everybody else, I’ll snap off some pictures with mine, and occasionally they’ll look alright, but it’s just a phone, and I don’t care too much. But John’s really working here, looking for a specific thing to show up on his screen. He gives directions like: shoot your chin forward, or look at the top of the phone, or look off to one side. I move my head a centimeter one way, then the other. Later, we move around the room, chasing the light.
John takes, I dunno, less than a thousand photos but more than five hundred. They’re all about the same–I’m not doing much here, just sitting and doing what he asks me to do. At some point, he tells me to look concerned. And my eyebrows squeeze together a bit. Later, he asks me to pretend like I’m about to say something.
At some point, I try to smile, because it’s a photo, and you’re supposed to smile in photos. John immediately tells me to cut it out.
Eventually, John decrees that we’ve gotten it and he says thank you and I say thank you and that’s it.
Later that evening, he shows Lonnie and I some of the shots he had taken that afternoon.
We see the photos from Lonnie’s shoot. They are great, unmistakably great. Lonnie looks earnest and charming, like he might be on his way to sail to Patagonia or propose to his girlfriend.
We look at my photos and they’re the best photos I’ve ever seen of myself. The lighting is warm, my shirt looks better than it looks in real life, all of what anyone could ask for in a portrait, anything you could possibly want. But I look very unhappy in these pictures. My looks range from concerned to sad to angry. I look like someone I do not want to be. John, in the few minutes I had known him, had keyed in on this emotional thing inside me. This was me on a Monday after work.
I thought about this a lot. Weeks later I quit my job, not exactly because of this, but certainly because life’s too short to be a miserable Monday-hating-sonofabitch.
Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Celebrity, Personal Work
This picture just makes me happy. I feel like I say that a lot, but I have been staring and laughing at this portrait for weeks now. I don’t think Nichelle is going to let me frame it in the house just yet, but I figured I could at least share it with you on the blog. This is one of those images that I don’t really want to talk about very much because I feel like it is enjoyed best as it is, without spoiling it with too much information.
A very big thank you and congrats goes out to my wonderful model in this portrait and my good friend Sara Coates. Obviously she is extremely talented, but she also just landed her first major roll in a major motion picture called Laggies. Go Sara!
Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Ad Campaign, Tear Sheets
Whoop whoop! Here are 3 of the 6 new ads I just photographed for Snoqualmie Casino with ad agency Green Rubino. I’m really proud of how these images came together. Lot’s of firsts on this project. I had my first 3:00am call time, first time shooting models jumping on a trampoline in high heels, and first time winning $100 on slots while working.
There are a ton of casino’s fighting for business these days, and most of the ads I have seen all pretty much look the same. A dude eating a big hamburger, a pretty lady rolling dice, and a group of friends out to dinner. Not to mention the photography is usually pretty bad. It’s easy, and what I am sure people have come to expect from casino ads. That is why it was so refreshing to work with Green Rubino on this campaign because it was a well put together concept with high production value. Snoqualmie Casino is going to stand completely apart from the competition. At least until the competition has time to scramble and try to copy this.
As always, a very big thank you to the wonderful people at Green Rubino and Snoqualmie Casino for working with us on this ad campaign. Dennis Budel, Jason Vargas, Joe Quatrone, Peggy, and Michelle Hendrickson, congrats and well done! Time to celebrate.
Agency: Green Rubino
Creative Director: Joe Quatrone
Associate Creative Director: Dennis Budell
Photographer: John Keatley
Producer: Taylor Reed
Hair & Makeup: Cara Aeschliman
Wardrobe: Morgan Dillon
1st Assistant: Gregg White
2nd Assistant: Oliver Ludlow
Retouching: Gigantic Squid
CGI: Vitamin-E Studio
Talent Agency: All About You, Bell Agency
Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Ad Campaign
Blogging has been a little less frequent than usual these days, but it’s only because I have been so busy shooting some pretty awesome ad campaigns. We have 3 new campaigns coming out in the upcoming weeks, but before we get to those, I want to share with you this recent ad campaign. It is for the Ski & Ride School at Heavenly Mountain Resort, and worked with Hammerquist Studios. What a fun and hilarious concept. In total, there are 6 different diagnosis profiles, and you can see them in the advertising section of my site. Big thank you’s go out to Fred Hammerquist, Dylan Kahler, and Nick Berry. It was a blast working with you guys on this.
We got to do our own casting for this project, which is something I have really been enjoying. The characters and types of people I like to photograph are a little harder to find, but the thrill of the search and the reward when you find that perfect person is so worth the extra effort.
Thanks to our friends at EVO for the amazing wardrobe and gear we used in the ads. If you haven’t been to the new EVO store in Fremont, you should check it out. It’s an incredible retail space and beautifully designed. Even if you aren’t into outdoor adventures, the store and restaurants next door are worth a visit.
Styling: Morgan Dillon
Hair & Makeup: Cara Aeschliman
Assistant: Gregg White
Retouching: Gigantic Squid