As some of you may know, last year I began a little portrait project with my iPhone and Instagram. It began almost as an accident, but quickly became a project very close to my heart. I have met some amazing people and heard some incredible stories along the way. Like Jordan’s story for example. Within just a few months, I got a call from KING 5 about going on New Day NW (watch video) as well as several other interviews. One of those interviews just came out this month in Professional Photographer Magazine as a full feature. As a photographer, it’s exciting to shoot for a feature, but a feature about my work is a whole new level of excitement. Thank you so much to Jade Price and everyone at Professional Photographer for your support and interest in my work. I feel like I am just getting started with my iPhone Portrait project, and I can’t wait to see where it takes me next.
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Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Personal Work
It didn’t take long for the humans to panic. Government had been spiraling out of control for 60 years, fueled by greed and corporate corruption. Mankind had finally taken all it could from the earth, until the earth had nothing left to give. The humans had long embraced the idea, live for today and take what you want. The cries of those who recognized the consequences of such behavior were left to the minority and written off as crazy. Men had convinced themselves they were invincible. Once the Nelson Report came out, and Amazon’s infrastructure collapsed, people began hoarding resources and grabbing all they could for themselves. Telecommunications were quickly shut down, and in less than 18 months, the US population had been cut by over 75 percent. Riots, fires, murder, starvation and sickness spread with very little resistance.
As life has always demonstrated, sometimes it takes the loss of one thing to gain another. Ironic and painful as it was, it took man’s near destruction of the earth to bring about a new relationship between man and animal as it was in the beginning of time.
The Rider has not survived in the new world these past 5 years because of his strength, or because of things taken. He has survived because of relationships. Primarily a relationship with his bear and with nature. These things, which were seen as weak and useless before, have now become what is held most precious in the dark days.
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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.
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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 email@example.com 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
I am so proud to be included in the 2013 PDN Faces contest. Both of these portraits were selected and are in the September issue of PDN. I know what you are thinking. That is a whole lot of fur…
I first photographed Macklemore and Ryan Lewis two days before the Heist was released. It’s hard to believe that was a year ago now. A lot has changed since then.
My other furry friend is Colonel Meow. If you are not familiar with him, he is only one of the most famous cats on the Internet. So there you have it. That being said, he was terrible to work with. He showed up late, was rude and inconsiderate, and he reeked of Scotch. I have nothing kind to say about him. But I do like this portrait, and I am glad I won a contest with it.
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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!
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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. :)
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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!
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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
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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.