We Are Hiring A Marketing Director

Posted by John Keatley / Filed under News

12/23/2011 UPDATE: The position has been filled.  Thank you so much to everyone who helped spread the word and for your interest.  Merry Christmas.

We are looking to hire a marketing director, and I thought I would post the job listing here in case any of you are interested, or know anyone who may be qualified and interested.  The requirements and application process are described below.  Thanks in advance for your interest, and for passing this along.

Location: Currently we operate out of a small home office in West Seattle, but construction of a new West Seattle studio is underway and near completion.

About us: We are a commercial photography business that focuses on editorial and advertising photography, both locally and nationally. Our business has steadily grown over the past ten years, and the photographer has been recognized by multiple national and international contests and awards.  He has photographed Fortune 500 CEO’s, National bestselling book covers, and many celebrities.  His work has appeared in Time, Wired, Forbes, Inc., Fast Company, and Glamour to name a few.  We consist of one full-time photographer, a part-time office manager, and frequently work with freelance artists on a per-project basis.

About you: We are looking for a business-minded individual who is passionate about marketing, social media, and networking, who wants to make your mark on a business and help it grow.  Skills that are required for this job: self-motivated/driven, detail-oriented, organized, relational, flexible, an appreciation for creativity, and a sense of humor.  While this job will start as a part-time position (20-25 hours a week), through your efforts and tireless pursuit, the position can grow to full-time.  Your job duties will immediately include establishing a yearly marketing plan, managing the blog and social media, developing relationships with current and prospective clients and sponsors, handling press inquiries, and scheduling speaking engagements.
Are you the person at a Christmas party who can walk up to someone you don’t know and have an interesting conversation?  Then you would be our ideal candidate, someone who is great with people, and can make a great first impression.
Are you the person who can persuade a vacation rental owner with a no-pet policy to allow you to bring your pet?  Then we need you, because your strong communication skills and persistence will help us achieve and even exceed our goals.
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.

You will be a key contributor and play a pivotal role in determining the direction and the success of this business.  This job has tremendous growth potential, and we hope great personal satisfaction.

College degree required
At least one year of marketing experience (internships included).  However, if you blow us away with your resume, application, or interview, we would be willing to look past this.
Must be flexible and a hard worker
No third party agencies/recruiters

How to Apply:
Respond to this ad with an email containing your resume (inline or attached as a PDF) and cover letter.  Also, answer three (3) of the following four (4) questions in your response (your pick).  A short paragraph on each should be sufficient.  All inquiries will be replied to and kept in confidence.
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. A new bakery opened up in your neighborhood three weeks ago, but nobody is going to it.  If you were the owner, describe what you would do to attract customers, and keep them coming back.
3. What do you like about Arrested Development, and give us your opinion on why it was cancelled.
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.

  • Location: West Seattle
  • Compensation: Depends on qualifications – but negotiable
  • This is a part-time job with great potential to become full-time.
  • Principals only. Recruiters, please don’t contact this job poster.
  • Please, no phone calls about this job!
  • Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.

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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Bill Gates & Dustin Moskovitz for Forbes

Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Celebrity, Editorial Work, Lighting Technique

Why are Bill Gates and Dustin Moskovitz, the richest and youngest billionaires in America, laughing?  Let’s just say my joke was so funny, someone bought it, and I no longer have the rights to tell it…  I have wanted to photograph Bill Gates for a long time, and my opportunity finally came around a couple of months ago when Forbes called.  Dustin, is one of the four co-founders of Facebook, and since he is 8 days younger than Mark Zuckerberg, he is the youngest billionaire in the world.  As you would expect, time was extremely limited for this shoot.  We were given one and a half hours to set up the studio shot, and then I would have the first 10 minutes of the interview, and the last 10 minutes of the interview to take pictures.  Immediately after the interview we had 3 minutes for hair and makeup and 7 minutes to photograph both Dustin and Bill.  It was a whirlwind, but I am really happy with how everything turned out, not to mention it was a pretty cool experience to sit in on a conversation with these two.  You can read the Forbes article here.

Here are a couple of shots I took after the shoot of the studio lighting setup.

For the interview image I used a Canon 5D Mark II with an on camera flash which I bounced off a wall to fill in with the natural light coming in from the back windows.  The studio setup was a bit more elaborate, and I used my Hasselblad H3DII-31 Camera with the Hasselblad H 80mm Lens for the portraits.  For lighting, I used two Profoto Giant 150 Silver Reflectors.  One as the key, and one for fill.  The Wescott 45” Umbrella was used to brighten up the right side of the background, and I used two Profoto 1×3 Softboxes as edge lights for the subjects.  A lonely Elinchrom Ranger head on an Elinchrom RX 1100 Watt Battery pack snuck it’s way in, poking out over the top of the seamless as a hair light.  Aside from the Ranger, the Profoto lights were powered by Profoto Acute 2400 watt power supplys, and one Profoto AcuteB2 600Ws AirS LiFe Power Pack.


MiiR / ODW Event and Photography Show

Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Events

For those of you who attended the MiiR / ODW event this past summer, and had the time of your life, you can now relive every moment through pictures, and watch the documentary Beyond the Bottle which we screened that night.  It’s all right here in this post.  If you weren’t able to attend, you can still look too… just don’t expect to find yourself in the pictures.   If you didn’t attend and are really mad at yourself for missing it, ROAD TRIP!  We are doing it again this coming Saturday, November 12, in good ol’ Boise, Idaho.  Here are the event details and location.

I will be showing my Liberia prints again, as well as doing a silent auction.  The goal is to raise money and awareness for the ODW Horn of Africa Relief Fund.  There will be food, drinks, beats by DJ Domestic, and a screening of the documentary Beyond The Bottle, which I recommend watching if you want to find out more about the clean water crisis.  Hope to see you there.

The following event photos are by my good friends Gabe and Ashley Rodriguez, who are living legends and one of Seattle’s top power couples.  A very big thank you goes out to them for documenting this incredible night. Check out Ashley’s recipe and photography blog Not Without Salt, and Gabe’s photography site GabrielBoone.

John Keatley and Ian Goode.


Backyard Office: Siding and Drywall

Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Backyard Office

Things are moving along at a pretty good pace now.  Over the past couple of months, there were a few setbacks which held things up for a while, but it looks like we are in the home stretch at this point.  The last few windows were supposed to arrive today, but didn’t, which was a bit of a bummer.  I felt like a kid at Christmas waiting for those dang windows, but hopefully they will arrive tomorrow.  Maybe Santa got stuck in the chimney or something.  Who knows.  There is actually going to be another window on the front where the large area of wood siding currently is, so once that is in, it will look quite a bit different.

I am really happy with how the wood siding turned out, and I love the stain.  I went to great lengths to find that stain color, and even worked my way onto several construction sites before I finally tracked it down.  It was worth the extra effort though, and turns out it was one of the colors we thought we hated when we were going through small color swatches.

Hopefully the windows will arrive tomorrow, and I will post more pictures when they are in.


John McKay Seattle Weekly Cover

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

John McKay on the cover of Seattle Weekly. Photo by John Keatley.

This is the cover of the current Seattle Weekly featuring my portrait of John McKay.  We had some difficulties scheduling this one, and it went right down to the wire.  Thankfully we were able to get some time with John the night before the issue went to press.  I really like this picture.  It is a simple portrait, but there is so much about it that makes it fun to look at.  His eyes are bright and focused, as if he is looking right at you.  One eyebrow is slightly raised giving him a a strong sense of confidence, and maybe even a bit of mischeviousness.  The subtle tilt of his head, and parted lips seem like he is either about to say something profound, or even start laughing.  I never get tired of photographing people, and I love that I learn something new about expression, emotion, trust, interaction, light, and timing every time I take a picture.  As much as I always feel the need to try something different, I don’t think I will ever get tired of photographing faces, because there is always something new to see and learn.

You can read the corresponding story on the Seattle Weekly website here.


Backyard Office: Honey Bucket

Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Backyard Office

This is the kind of thing many people can only dream about.  I have seen Honey Bucket’s at fair grounds, Amos Lee concerts, and even dog parks, but now we have one in our driveway.  Wow, how exciting.  Not to mention convenient.  We don’t even have to bother going in the house now…  I can’t think of a better way to spend $500 friggin’ dollars.  What a waste.  Although, it is better than the alternative I suppose.  At least that is what I will keep telling myself.  If you find yourself in our neighborhood and you really have to go, fear not.  Now you don’t have to buy a $4 latte or a BigMac just to use the restroom.  You can use our Honey Bucket.  Just make sure you clean up after yourself when you’re done.

Last night, just before dinner, I looked out the window and asked Nichelle if she would watch Isla for a second.  ”The light is really nice right now.” I told her.  I threw on my shoes, grabbed a camera, and went out front to photograph the beautiful new green plastic toilet on our driveway.  I even moved around it for a few minutes trying different angles. ” This is what it has come to” I thought to myself.  After all the hard work these past 10 years, I am photographing a portable toilet.  Perfect.  My work here is done.

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Backyard Office: Concrete Forms

Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Backyard Office

It’s been a pretty busy week, and I haven’t had as much time to blog as I had hoped.  There are a couple days worth of progress to share, and the next phase is the forms for the concrete foundation.  It’s really impressive how they can make the forms so precise.  It looks like a big mess at first glance, but when you get up close, you can see just how precise it is all put together.  Like a surgeon.  The light blue stuff you see on top of the gravel is insulation.  We are going to have concrete floors which will be created with the same pour as the foundation.  The concrete will be poured on top of the insulation which will keep the floor at room temperature, unlike a garage floor which can get pretty cold.

Tomorrow is the inspection, so hopefully everything checks out ok!  More soon.

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Backyard Office: Plumbing

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This was probably the least exciting day so far.  No offense to our wonderful plumber.  He did a great job and is super nice, but there is just not as much visual gratification when it comes to laying down water and sewer pipes.  Next up is the concrete foundation and floor, so maybe that will feel more like a party.

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Backyard Office: Ground Breaking

Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Backyard Office

This was a big day.  No turning back now.  I took a deep breath and was finally able to relax once the construction crew began to break ground in our back yard.  We had to cut down a bunch of bushes and small trees, which we were a little sad about, but we will just have to plant new ones once the office is complete.

This process took a couple of extra days because our soil was too soft.  They had to dig deeper than usual, and fill the hole in with gravel before pouring the foundation.

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