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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…

01
Apr

2013 GPP Shootout

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Last month I had the great pleasure of traveling to Dubai to speak and teach at GPP 2013.  It was an incredible experience and I was able to meet some awesome people and photographers.  GPP was an incredibly well planned and exciting week of workshops and seminars by some of the top teachers in the industry.  I tried to pop in on a few different workshops when I had 10 minutes or so to spare, and I learned so much, even in such a short amount of time.

I had many great experiences and interactions on this trip, but perhaps the best part of the whole trip was dinner each night.  Not because the food was incredible (Well, Ravi’s was), but it was the people I sat next to at dinner: David Alan Harvey, Greg Heisler, David Burnett, David Hobby, Zach Arias, Peter Hurley, Joe McNally, and on and on.  Wow.  How fun!  Talk about great conversations and stories.

In addition to being one of the teachers, I was also asked to participate in the shootout on the last night of the week.  The GPP shootout is a fairly new tradition that has caught on like wild fire.  3 photographers competing against each other under less than ideal circumstances.  The rules are explained in the video, but basically you are given an assignment in front of 350 people, and from that moment, you have 20 minutes to think, light, shoot and edit a picture from start to finish.  After all 3 photographers have finished, the crowd votes on who they think won.  My competitors were Zack Arias, and Lindsay Adler.  It was intense, but I have to say, after feeling nervous for about 30 seconds, I really enjoyed it.  Not to mention, I love how my picture turned out!  Now I have Leibovitz and Heisler in my collection.

So what was the assignment?  Create a portrait of one of the greatest portrait photographers of all time, Gregory Heisler.  Fortunately, I had gotten to know Greg over the course of the week, so I knew he was an awesome guy, and that helped a bit.  Before I packed my bags for Dubai, I had anticipated, or at least hoped the assignment  would involve shooting a portrait, or at least photographing a human one way or another.  To be at least somewhat prepared, I brought a few props just in case (turtleneck and wig).  I only needed 2 of them as it turned out, so I’m going to keep the other options a secret for now.

The video above is condensed quite a bit, so there is a lot you aren’t seeing and hearing, but this is a great recap of how it all went down.  Congrats to Zack Arias on winning!  He was talking trash all week, and he backed it up by going for the jugular.  And by that, I mean he put a teabag on my head.  Which I should have been more humiliated by, but I was too shocked at the time to fully know what was going on.

David Hobby (strobist.com) wrote a very flattering blog post about the GPP Shootout from his perspective which is worth a read if you are interested.  He has done the shootout before, so he has a good perspective from all sides of the event.  Thanks David for the kind words, and thank you Mohamed, Hala, and everyone else at GPP for being such wonderful hosts!  I hope you all enjoy watching this, and maybe I’ll see you in Dubai next year.

03
Mar

New DEDPXL Digital Download

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Wow, this is so exciting!  Introducing our new digital download from DEDPXL and Zack Arias.  Ta Da!  I spent 3 days with the DEDPXL crew last Fall filming this video.  We put together some great shoots ranging from simple portraits to some conceptual work with a set build.  This video series takes you through my personal life, career, failures and triumphs and also takes you on-set, behind-the-scenes to see some of my methods, gear and techniques as well as a full day of shooting.  It could not have turned out any better in my opinion.

This short trailer gives you a good idea of what to expect.  Thanks for taking a look. We have been overwhelmed by the positive response.  Head on over to DEDPXL to download the full video now and enjoy!

Huge thank you to Zack Arias and Bernard Brand for all of their hard work on this.  I am really proud, and happy to be a part of it.

12
Nov

Tonight I Am

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Hotel Tonight: Tonight I Am - auto mechanic / spa by John Keatley.

Hotel Tonight: Tonight I Am - subway / surfer by John Keatley.

Hotel Tonight: Tonight I Am - painting / night out by John Keatley.

Hotel Tonight: Tonight I Am - flooded basement / golf by John Keatley.

Hotel Tonight: Tonight I Am - office cube / beach by John Keatley.

Spontaneous getaway anyone?  Yes please!  My team and I got to work closely with the folks at Instagram and Hotel Tonight on this amazing ad campaign called “Tonight I Am“.  Hotel Tonight is a hotel booking app that let’s you book a great hotel from a curated list of hotels in just 3 clicks.  No matter where you are, or what you are doing, you can book a great hotel without spending hours researching and comparing prices.  To show this, we came up with 6 scenarios from daily life, and styled the subject in each scene as if they are already in the place they want to be.  Travel is just 3 clicks away, and mentally they are already there.  The campaign has done really well so far, and has received a lot of great press, including this article by AdWeek.

Big thank you’s to Hotel Tonight and Instagram.  Let’s do it again soon.
The six set’s we shot on were designed and built by Adi Goodrich and her team (we both have the same great rep – Redeye!).  High five!  Retouching by Ryan Cleary.

Behind the scenes pictures by Olivia Lazer and Taylor Reed.

12
Nov

Hand Forged Doughnuts and Coffee

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Top Pot ad by John Keatley

Top Pot ad by John Keatley

Top Pot ad by John Keatley

I’m not sure if it get’s much better than this.  You know that old joke about the photographer in the doughnut shop…  well, it’s true.  The joke goes, you can’t have too many doughnuts, when a photographer…er, uh, tries to eat…with cameras.  Anyway.  I have no will power, and I really like doughnuts.  You get the point.  And if you know me, you know I am addicted to Top Pot old fashioned doughnuts.  Keep your camera close, and your old fashioned doughnuts closer.

Aside from eating my favorite Top Pot doughnuts all day on set, this was a very exciting campaign for us because we got to develop and produce the creative.  Top Pot came to us wanting to create something memorable for their marketing and advertising efforts.  This is something I have been moving into more and more in recent months, but this was the project that really set things off.  Top Pot is an institution in Seattle, and their slogan is “Hand Forged Doughnuts and Coffee” and the logo is a blacksmith hammering away on an anvil.  We thought it would be fun to bring that idea to life with three images depicting bakers hand forging doughnuts and coffee on an anvil.  To keep things authentic, while having a bit of fun, we shot it all in the actual bakery where Top Pot makes all of their delicious doughnuts in Downtown Seattle.

Thank you so much Top Pot.  You were wonderful hosts and clients!

Wide shot of the crew at Top Pot.

Keatley taking a quick iPhone portrait.

Top Pot founder Mark Klebeck with John Keatley and Taylor Reed.

Behind the scenes pictures by Zoe Rain, and retouching by Gigantic Squid.

 

11
Nov

Go For The Glory

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Here is a little something we cooked up just for fun.  I find that is often the best reason to create.  Just for fun.  Directing has gradually become a huge part of my creative process in addition to photography.  When I was in high school, I bought my first video camera.  I took it everywhere with me.  Video was actually a passion of mine well before photography.  Somehow, along the way as my photography career took off, video was something I lost sight of.  Thankfully directing has come back to me in the last couple of years.  In the past, I would go through my journal of ideas and think, “How do I want to make this a photograph?”  Now, as I am thinking about a possible project, I am able to ask myself, “What is best for this idea?  A photograph, a video?”  Or maybe something else completely.  Whatever it is, as long as I am creating, I am happy.  Below is a still I also shot on set.  I just couldn’t help myself.

Hood Slide by John Keatley.

A very big shout out and thank you to our amazing crew for making this video come to life.  I can’t thank you enough!

Taylor Reed, Sara Coates, Isla Keatley, Andrew Franks, Kort Havens, Spencer Norris, Jonathan Houser, Jon Anderson, Nate Taylor, Alexis Steinman, Jennifer Popochock, Dennise Larson, Mikie Magnusson and Zoe Rain.

Behind the scenes images by Zoe Rain.  Thanks Zoe!

14
Aug

Arrows Behind The Scenes Video

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Here is the first behind the scenes video of Arrows by Fences featuring Macklemore. This is so fun to watch for me because the last 2 months have been such a blur. As you can see, all of the sets were built in a warehouse and shot on green screen. Ian Hubert, Nate Taylor, and Ian Goode did such an amazing job bringing this to life with stunning imagery and VFX. I hope you enjoy it.

If you haven’t seen the actual music video yet, here it is: Arrows – Fences feat. Macklemore

07
Aug

MTV News

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Home stretch!  It is almost time, and this MTV News post is a nice little teaser that something amazing is about to drop.  Stay tuned.  This is what making a music video 24/7 looks like.

Self portrait by John Keatley.

Self portrait by Jason Koenig.

Late night sleep dep portrait of Macklemore by Keatley.

 

17
Mar

Breaking down the new Keatley promo

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Hot off the press!  We are so pumped about these beautiful new book promos.  The materials are so nice and the printing turned out perfect.  It’s always so fun to see my images in print since it’s not an every day occurance.  Big high 5 to Taylor for his design of this piece.  Well done man.  We will be sending out a limited number of these in the near future.  Thanks for taking a peek.

*UPDATE* A limited number of these (25) are now available in the Keatley Shop for purchase. Enjoy!

25
Feb

Macklemore Behind The Scenes Video

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A few weeks ago I wrote about my most recent shoot with Macklemore for the cover of The Source.  We also thought it would be fun to share a behind the scenes video to show you how the magic happened.  Thanks for checking it out.  Shout out also to Just 2 Guys for putting this together for us.  Cheers.

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