30
Jun

The Value of a Photographer

Posted by John Keatley / Filed under News, Videos

Somebody who can light, and show up, and make a portrait is of no value anymore.  It sounds like just another wild statement to grab your attention, but it’s actually true.  I interviewed my incredible rep Maren Levinson of Redeye for our Survival Guide workshop and what she has to say is so powerful, I wanted to share it with everyone.  This is such great advice for artists today.  The industry is changing rapidly, and it is really important to understand what your value is as an artist, and how you fit into the big picture.  I hope you find this exciting and inspirational.  If it strikes a chord with you, and you want to learn more about marketing, strategy and business for artists.  You can check out one of our Survival Guide workshops on our workshop page.  To receive updates on future workshops and opportunities, email nichelle@keatleyphoto.com.

11
Mar

"American Youth" Photography Book

Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Personal Work

American Youth photography book cover.  Photo by Erika Larsen.

Outtake from American Youth photography book.  Seattle Sea Gal Lindsay.  Photo by John Keatley.

Street youth portrait from American Youth photography book.  Photo by John Keatley.

After a year of hard work and waiting, I am excited to announce that “American Youth” will be in stores and available online May 2009.  That’s just a couple of months away!  ”American Youth” is a 240-page photography book, that examines the newest generation of 18 to 24-year-olds in detail.  The photographs are by Redux photographers, which I am proud to be one of.  

I photographed two groups of young people for the book.  Street youth in Seattle’s U-District, and three of the Sea Gals cheerleaders, the NFL cheerleaders for the Seattle Seahawks.  The cheerleader picture above is an outtake, but it is one of my favorites.  ”Define Girlfriend” is in the book.  You can read a little more about my work on this project in a recent interview I did at Feature Shoot (read here). 

I will post more of my favorite outtakes and pictures from the book as the book release gets closer, but for now you can head over to the “American Youth” blog and website.  The website has bios of all the contributing photographers, as well as many of the pictures from the book.

“American Youth” website - http://images.americanyouthbook.com/
“American Youth” blog - http://americanyouthbook.com/blog/

Cover image © Erika Larsen/Redux