Kickin’ It With Michael Bennett

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Big thanks to Jane Sherman and Seattle Met for this fun shoot with Seattle Seahawks big DE Michael Bennett.  I am a huge Seahawks fan (ok, who in Seattle isn’t right now…), so making a portrait of one of my favorite players was an exciting opportunity.  Thanks also to Michael and Pele for letting us set up a studio in their home.  Go Hawks!


Seahawks’ Derrick Coleman

Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Celebrity, Editorial Work

It seems like forever ago now, but I actually played football in college until a shoulder injury sidelined my aspirations of reaching the NFL.  I mostly played free safety, but I also moved to defensive end in my last season.  Needless to say, photographing athletes is something I really enjoy, as it get’s me back out on the field to some extent.

Here is a quick snapshot I found from back in my college days. But back to Derrick Coleman, because that’s really what this is all about.  Most of you have probably already seen the incredible Duracell commercial about his fight to get to the NFL, but if you haven’t or if you want to watch it again, here it is.  It makes me emotional every time I see it.  So good.

Thanks for a fun shoot Derrick and Go Hawks!

Possibly the biggest “studio” I have ever shot in.



Business Adventures with Bill Gates

Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Celebrity, Editorial Work

Portrait of Bill Gates with Business Adventures. By photographer John Keatley.

It has been a while since I have blogged by the look of things.  No, I am not getting lazy, or losing my edge.  It is just that I am coming off of a 2 month long video project working 18 hour days, 7 days a week.  Holy smokes!  Somehow I was also able to sneak in a few quick photo assignments where time permitted.  One of my most recent shoots was for the Wall Street Journal who called me to photograph Bill Gates with his favorite business book, “Business Adventures” by John Brooks.  Needless to say, thanks to Bill, this relatively unknown book is now a New York Times Bestseller.  It’s a really interesting read, and you can read the Wall Street Journal article here as well as watch a video about Business Adventures and John Brooks.

The copy of “Business Adventures” Bill is holding in this picture is the actual book Warren Buffet sent him 23 years ago.  You can see from the wear on the dust jacket, it has seen some use over the years.  Pretty fun assignment.  Thanks Ronnie!

Behind the scenes photograph by Olivia Lazer.


Macklemore Man Of The Year

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Macklemore The Source Man of the Year cover by John Keatley.

Another amazing shoot with Macklemore!  Goes without saying, but The Source Man of the Year cover is a pretty big issue in the hip hop industry.  I’m so happy for Macklemore and all the amazing things that have happened this past year for him and Ryan Lewis.  The first portrait shoot I did with the guys was 2 days before The Heist came out.  This shoot was just two days after The Heist World Tour came to an end, and that really put it in perspective for me just how far these guys have come in such a short period of time.  Although, that’s not really accounting for the years of hard work they put in before the world started paying attention.  Well deserved if you ask me.  Now go get em at the Grammy’s!

Below are some of my favorite images from this shoot as well as some fun behind the scenes pictures.  We have a behind the scenes video in the works as well, so stay tuned for that.  Enjoy!

Macklemore and his brown bear by photographer John Keatley.

Macklemore in a suit by photographer John Keatley.

Macklemore in his Cadillac by John Keatley

Macklemore and John Keatley photo shoot.

Macklemore and John Keatley photo shoot.

Macklemore and John Keatley photo shoot.

Macklemore and John Keatley photo shoot.

Macklemore and John Keatley photo shoot.

Macklemore and John Keatley photo shoot.

Macklemore and John Keatley photo shoot.

Macklemore and John Keatley photo shoot.

Macklemore and John Keatley photo shoot.

Macklemore and John Keatley photo shoot.

Macklemore and John Keatley photo shoot.

And that’s a wrap.  Thanks to my great crew for making this big production come together so smoothly.  I think we wrapped around 1:30 am, but everyone hung in there tough.  Behind the scenes pictures by the wonderful Olivia Lazer.  Makeup by Katya Gudaeva.  Styling by Cara Aeschliman.  Production by Taylor Reed and Pat Vong.  Retouching by Gigantic Squid.  Assisting by Gregg White.  And thanks Macklemore for the hat!


CHVRCHES for Rolling Stone

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Meet CHVRCHES.  Pronounced Churches.  I got the chance to work with photo editor Deborah Dragon at Rolling Stone a couple of weeks back to photograph this up and coming Scottish synth-pop trio.  My photo is out in the current issue of Rolling Stone.  The one with Miley Cyrus licking herself on the cover.  Yeah, that one.   The shoot took place in Minneapolis at the legendary First Avenue Theatre.  In the mens bathroom…  The CHVRCHES debut album is out today, and it’s pretty awesome.  Here is the Amazon link to the album: CHVRCHES – The Bones of What You Believe  Enjoy!


Jeff Garlin for NY Times Magazine

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Actor Jeff Garlin for NY Times Magazine.  By John Keatley.

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.

John Keatley and Jeff Garlin

Jeff Garlin taking my picture with his Leica.

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!

Portrait of Jeff Garlin by photographer John Keatley.

Here is the photo and interview of Jeff Garlin that ran the NY Times Magazine.  I was thrilled they chose my favorite image.



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Cal and Ian of the Wexley School For Girls by photographer John Keatley.

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.

The three cosmigos.


Ballet Meets Burlesque

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

The Nutcracker is a serious holiday tradition here in Seattle.  People seem to get pretty excited about it, and it’s a big deal.  I went to see it with my family several years ago as a Christmas present I believe.  I can’t remember how long ago exactly that was, but then again, I can’t remember much about the Nutcracker either.  I fell asleep…  I guess it was just not my cup of tea.
What’s that?  The Burlesque Nutcracker?  Now that might hold my attention.  It may not be a show grandma and grandpa are going to take you to for Christmas, but at least now I’m intrigued.

City Arts has been doing some really great things in Seattle with the arts for the past few years, and I have enjoyed working with them recently.  For this assignment, I was tasked with photographing classically trained ballet dancer turned burlesque artist, Lily Verlaine.  She is co-producer and Artistic Director of Land Of The Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker.

I had the opportunity to meet with her the day before the shoot to go over wardrobe options, and while we had some great pieces to work with, I wasn’t seeing exactly what I was hoping for.  I briefly described my idea of something that says Burlesque, classy, and Holiday’s at the same without coming off too costume’y, but no luck.  The next day, Lily showed up to the shoot arm in arm with designer Danial Hellman and this beautiful piece that he custom made the night before.  It was exactly what I had described the day before.  Wow!  That never happens.  That’s what you get when you work with professionals.

I really enjoyed showing something a little more sassy and pretty in this shoot, and I think the cover turned out perfectly.  It says Burlesque and Holidays at the same time without being too loud or flashy.

Big thanks to City Arts Art Director Dan Paulus, and Editor in Chief Leah Baltus of City Arts for working with us on this.  Thanks as always to Gigantic Squid for the beautiful color grading and retouching.  Beautiful.



Jayme Hall of Alligator Performance

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Chad and Jayme Hall shot for Inc. Photo by John Keatley

Jayme Hall CEO of Alligator Performance. Shot by John Keatley

I shot these images on a sweltering hot day this past summer in beautiful Coeur d’Alene, Idaho for Inc.  Big thanks to Photography Director Travis Ruse for the call on this one.  One of the things I love about editorial photography is the opportunity to talk with a wide range of successful and interesting people.  Some of you may not know this, but I actually majored in Business Administration in college, so dissecting and understanding how different companies work is really fascinating to me.  Alligator Performance Co-founders Chad and Jayme Hall did not disappoint.  Their story was one of the most fascinating success stories I have ever heard, and I left the shoot feeling like I got to see something really special.  I highly recommend reading this article on Alligator in Inc.


Jeopardy Champion Ken Jennings

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Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings for Time Magazine.  Photo by John Keatley.

Jeopardy champion, author, and all around hilarious guy Ken Jennings for Time Magazine.  I don’t want to brag, but I may have stumped him on the pixel count of my Hasselblad H3D…