I’m On TV

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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.  :)

Me and my girl on our way to the King 5 studio.

With Seattle Seahawk Richard Sherman backstage.

Thanks Meeghan for a great interview!



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John Keatley rolling on a light stand at a photo shoot.

And that’s pretty much what I do on a typical day.  It’s a good life, with very few complications really.

So there is this new app called Instagram for mobile phones.  Seeing as I do not consider myself an “early adopter” it took me some time to check it out, much less install it on my phone.  Needless to say, it is pretty cool, and I have enjoyed using it this past week.  I never do anything unless I am all in, so it is safe to say, you can follow me on Instagram and expect a steady stream of photos from my adventures with a camera.  There are a lot of funny moments that happen behind the scenes, so that is what I am going to be focusing on with this outlet.  It will be a different view into my world from what I have been showing on the blog, Facebook, and Twitter etc.

You can find and follow me @johnkeatley or www.instagram.com/johnkeatley

Thanks so much, I’ll see ya out there.


The Keatley Store

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I am pleased to announce the grand opening of the Keatley Store, where you can buy prints of some of my favorite images, a Keatley shirt, as well as some other fun limited edition items.  Just in time for Christmas I might add.  After moving in and decorating our new studio this past year, I realized just how fun and meaningful it is to own and display artwork.  I have so many images I would like to share with others in the form of prints, and the store provides an easy way to do that, at really reasonable prices.  I will be adding new images and switching things up from time to time, so check back often.  There are still spots available for the Un-Workshop as well if you are interested.

Keatley shirts are an exciting item for me because of the back story.  Not many people know the full story, but I first made Keatley shirts about 10 years ago.  My friend, Joe King, is the designer who made the Keatley logo, as well as convinced me to change the way I was branding myself.  When I first started my business, I was doing business as John Keatley Photography.  I hired Joe to come up with a logo for me, and in addition the many options he came up with, he created the keatley logo which felt more like a major brand than a freelance photographer.  Just for fun, I made 10 Keatley shirts, and gave them to my friends and roommates.  As people saw the shirts, I began getting additional requests, so I made a few more.  This continued to happen, and demand grew pretty quickly.  I eventually made a small online store to sell them and help free me up from meeting up with people and collecting cash.  As the shirts got out into the wild, a friend at MTV passed a few out to some bands, and they began making appearences at concerts and in photos.  I also had a lot of enthusiastic friends in Young Life and college helping me spread the word, and before long, I had sold a couple of thousand shirts.  My good friend Bryan Pape sat me down at one point, and talked with me about getting serious about shirts and maybe making a business out of it.  The truth of it was, it was fun to see the shirts on random people all over the world, but it was getting to be a lot of work for me to be shipping and everything that goes with it.  I was also trying to grow a photography business at the same time which was what I was really passionate about.  Keatley shirts helped a little as I did get some jobs from people seeing them, but I was spending a lot more time selling them than I had ever anticipated.  After a couple of years, things died down a bit as I chose to focus on photography.  Who knows what could have happened if I put more time into it, but I can’t say I have any regrets about sticking with photography  :).  The funny thing about the whole Keatley shirt craze was that most people who bought a Keatley shirt, had no idea what Keatley was.  They just liked how it looked.  Some of my friends made up a different story every time someone asked them what Keatley was.  I’ll never forget the time I was walking through the Bellagio in Las Vegas, and I saw someone who I didn’t know wearing a Keatley shirt.  Crazy!

I don’t expect to sell thousands of shirts this time around, but I still think it’s an awesome design and a fun shirt.  Instead of printing on 100% cotton this time around, we are using tri-blend material which is even more comfortable, and holds up better than cotton.  It also has a slightly heather look to it, which gives it a vintage feel.  Pick one up for yourself in the store and see what all the buzz is about.  Thanks for reading the story.  It’s fun for me to share since I haven’t really shared that story with too many people.


The Keatley Un-Workshop

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WHAT!!!?  That’s right.  This is happening.  It is with great pride and excitement we invite you to the first ever Keatley Un-Workshop, taking place in beautiful Seattle, WA.   We know there are a million different workshops out there that you can go to, but true to the Keatley style we have pushed ourselves to create a photographic learning experience un-like anything you’ve ever imagined.  We decided to go all out in every aspect of the Un-Workshop, including set building, tons of gear, gourmet food, an exciting venue, and this amazing limited edition artwork we commissioned Invisible Creature to create for this event.  And that’s just the beginning.  You can find out much more about this on our new Workshop page, but sign up soon because space is limited.  We can’t wait to see you in February!


Preparing For The Philippines

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As you may know, last January I traveled to Liberia with a team from MiiR to document the clean water wells they are funding in areas that don’t have access to safe water.  It was an incredible experience for many reasons, but it also opened my eyes to a much bigger world than the one I live in on a typical day.  A lot has gone on and been discussed in the past year since I went on that trip, and one of the many things I came away with was a newfound excitement and desire to help educate and inspire others to bring about positive change by using the unique gifts we all possess.  I really love the work I get to create as a commercial photographer, and I find myself laughing a lot which is such a blessing.  But because of my experience in Liberia, I have decided that I want to be about something much bigger than myself.  I want my brand to be something people not only associate with creative photography and portraits, but also with a love for justice and for others.  I am still processing what this all means, and how it will play out, but one thing I know is that I would like to be involved in at least one campaign per year where I can help tell a story that needs to be heard.  I want to be a voice for the voiceless, and help those who can’t help themselves. Even though my efforts have been focused on overseas projects so far, I believe there are stories and challenges right here in Seattle that need to be brought to our attention as well.  I think there is something to be said about traveling overseas, and getting out of ones comfort zone though.  It is good to experience new challenges and different cultures, but I hope to also find stories to be involved with in the States at some point also.  Unfortunately, the story I am going to document in the Philippines is also a serious problem right here in Seattle.

That being said, at the end of the month, I will be traveling to the Philippines with an organization called Arts Aftercare.  It is a nonprofit bringing the arts to survivors of slavery, which was started by my college friends Curtis and Grace Romjue.  The purpose of the trip is to train care workers in a new art therapy curriculum which will be introduced to survivors of sexual slavery.  I will be photographing survivors, youth advocates, and trying to tell the story of what life is like for people who are trapped in slavery, as well as those who have been freed.  Thankfully, I will be traveling with my good friend and filmmaker Eric Becker who will be telling the same story through video.  It will be a collaborative effort, and I am really excited to start working on this so we can shine a light in the dark places of the world.  I was shocked to recently find out that modern day slavery is a bigger problem today than slavery has ever been in the history of the world.  What’s even worse is that not only are many of the slaves children, but they are forced into sex 10 to 20 times a day.

A friend of mine emailed me me a video this morning about a girl who had been sold by her mother into sexual slavery.  I could only watch about 2 minutes of it before I turned it off.  This sucks.  I hate reading about this stuff, and it is beyond sad.  What is wrong with people? is the question I find myself repeating over and over.  I leave in less than a month, and I thought I should start writing about my thoughts as this assignment approaches.  My hope is that some of you will be inspired to take action, and in turn tell your personal network about the work that needs to be done.  I also feel like I need to do what I can to prepare myself for what I will be confronted with.  As my wife reminded me today, I tend to cover my ears and walk out of the room when I hear her nurse friends talking about something that makes me queazy.  I guess if I am being honest, I like to be comfortable, and I don’t like to be burdened.  Not really the best way to live life, as nobody ever said life was meant to be comfortable.  I also feel like you never know what is possible until you put something out there.

I know there are many of you who are already involved in fighting modern day slavery through organizations like International Justice Mission and others.  My hope is that by sharing this, some of you may feel inclined to help fight for justice by giving of your unique gifts.  Maybe you are a medical worker, a writer, a teacher…  The possibilities are endless.  We are also still looking for funding for a portion of this trip, so there is also a financial need at this point.  If you are interested in becoming involved, you can write me (john@keatleyphoto.com) or Curtis Romjue (curtis@artsaftercare.org / www.artsaftercare.org).  You can donate through the Arts Aftercare donation page and mention this trip in the comment field aftercare.org/donate.  If you have any experience with social justice, or working around such a heavy situation, I would love to hear from you.  It’s going to be a difficult trip, and I know I am going to need help and encouragement.

Thanks for reading.  I hope to share more about this soon.


Nice to meet you!

Posted by Izzy / Filed under News, Random

Hi Everybody! Just a quick post to introduce myself and express how excited I am to be joining the Keatley Photo team! I’ve recently taken the role of Marketing Director, and couldn’t be more ecstatic about both the role, and the amazing people (and animals) I am working with. I mean, who doesn’t want an adorable 2 year old with self-styled hair and a fist full of Cheerios waltzing past your desk from time to time to keep things light? Or a precocious Pomeranian greeting you in the morning? This all on top of the amazing artistic environment of working with John. We have some fantastic projects planned for this new year, and even in week 4, things are off to an amazing start of exciting endeavors. We are diving in head first, and I cannot wait for you to see the results as they unfold! So, hello Keatley fans, it is nice to meet you, and know this is not the last you will be hearing from me. Oh, and even though I often introduce myself as Elizabeth, many of my friends call me Izzy, so feel free to do the same. Happy New Year!! –Izzy

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We Are Hiring A Marketing Director

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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.

My 31st Birthday

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In just a couple of weeks, on September 22nd, I will turn 31 years old.  That’s right.  The big Three One.  I didn’t feel very old until I found this picture from my 5th birthday, and that really got me thinking.  Wow.

If you have been reading my blog from time to time, you have probably picked up on the fact that I went to Liberia this past January to photograph the people, and some clean water wells which were built by Well Done Liberia and MiiR.  That trip has made a lasting impression on my life, and has helped reinforce my desire to give of myself when possible to help those who can’t help themselves.  Giving up my 30th birthday last year was an incredible experience, and thanks to many of you, we were able to raise $1,000 to help fund clean water wells in villages where they only have access to contaminated water.

This year, I have partnered with One Days Wages to help fund the Horn Of Africa Relief Fund.  Instead of asking for gifts for myself, I am asking family, friends, friends of friends, and anyone reading this to consider giving anything you can to help care for more than 12 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia who are struggling to survive in the midst of a severe crises and famine.

HERE IS MY ODW BIRTHDAY CAMPAIGN PAGE.  From this link, you will be able to Donate, Like, Share, or Tweet this out to your friends and family.   I understand not everyone is able to help financially, but if you would consider helping to spread the word I would greatly appreciate it.  To make things a little more fun and exciting, I will be giving away a 20×30 editioned print from my Liberia collection to the highest donor to my birthday campaign.  An additional 5 random donors will also be selected to receive an editioned 12×18 Liberia print.  The top donor will have his or her pick of images, and the 5 random donors will receive one of my favorite images.  MiiR has stepped up and offered a limited edition water bottle to the second and third highest donor, and this morning Glassy Baby said they would also donate a Drinker to the second and third highest donor.  Pretty cool!  So we have prizes for 8 different donors.  Maybe some other prizes will pop up in the coming days too…

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, and thank you in advance to your willingness to help where possible in bringing relief to those struggling in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia.  Once again, here is my campaign page.


Come Say Hey In NYC

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I’m in New York this week for the Snyder/Redux launch party, and LeBook Connections.  While I am looking forward to both events, I want to direct your attention to another get together for those of you in the area.  The fine folks over at WTJ? have put together a great post about Snyder/Redux as well as an informal invite to anyone interested in grabbing a drink and saying hi.  This will take place Tuesday, June 7th (today) and the address of the bar is at the end of the post on WTJ?.  I hope to see you there.


Now Represented by Snyder/Redux

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I am pleased to announce I am now represented by Snyder/Redux, a new agency in New York.  They have a great roster of talented photographers, and the best reps and staff you could imagine.  In a few days I will be heading out to New York for the agency launch party as well as a few other events.  The company website is snyderredux.com.  I am looking forward to the new opportunities which will come from this relationship.  Here we go!