I am very excited to officially announce I am now represented by Redeye. I spent the better part of six months doing an extensive search, including, meetings, phone calls, interviewing art buyers, etc. After all that, the stars aligned and I knew I wanted to be working with the wonderful people at Redeye. If you haven’t worked with Maren or Stephanie yet, you will love working with them. They are super lovely! I feel very blessed to be surrounded by such hard working, fun loving, personable and honest people. Here is to a great year ahead, and thanks to everyone for your ongoing support and interest in my work.
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.
Posted by John Keatley / Filed under BTS, Celebrity, Editorial Work
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.
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!
Here is the photo and interview of Jeff Garlin that ran the NY Times Magazine. I was thrilled they chose my favorite image.
Posted by John Keatley / Filed under BTS, Editorial Work
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.
Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Celebrity, Personal Work
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!
Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Ad Campaign, Tear Sheets
Whoop whoop! Here are 3 of the 6 new ads I just photographed for Snoqualmie Casino with ad agency Green Rubino. I’m really proud of how these images came together. Lot’s of firsts on this project. I had my first 3:00am call time, first time shooting models jumping on a trampoline in high heels, and first time winning $100 on slots while working.
There are a ton of casino’s fighting for business these days, and most of the ads I have seen all pretty much look the same. A dude eating a big hamburger, a pretty lady rolling dice, and a group of friends out to dinner. Not to mention the photography is usually pretty bad. It’s easy, and what I am sure people have come to expect from casino ads. That is why it was so refreshing to work with Green Rubino on this campaign because it was a well put together concept with high production value. Snoqualmie Casino is going to stand completely apart from the competition. At least until the competition has time to scramble and try to copy this.
As always, a very big thank you to the wonderful people at Green Rubino and Snoqualmie Casino for working with us on this ad campaign. Dennis Budel, Jason Vargas, Joe Quatrone, Peggy, and Michelle Hendrickson, congrats and well done! Time to celebrate.
Agency: Green Rubino
Creative Director: Joe Quatrone
Associate Creative Director: Dennis Budell
Photographer: John Keatley
Producer: Taylor Reed
Hair & Makeup: Cara Aeschliman
Wardrobe: Morgan Dillon
1st Assistant: Gregg White
2nd Assistant: Oliver Ludlow
Retouching: Gigantic Squid
CGI: Vitamin-E Studio
Talent Agency: All About You, Bell Agency
Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Personal Work
I’ve been shooting a lot of personal work lately in between assignments and ad campaigns. It’s been making life feel pretty busy, but there is nothing more exciting in my job than seeing a personal concept go from an idea to a finished image(s). There are a lot of ideas I want to make happen this year, so I hope this is just the beginning. As a side note, I have become really interested in mid-century modern design and the modern era, and that has had a big influence on my personal work. I love how these images turned out. Thanks for taking a look!
Retouching by Gigantic Squid.
Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Celebrity, Personal Work
“What you know ‘bout rockin’ the wolf on your noggin
What you knowin’ about wearing a fur fox skin” – Macklemore
What a fun shoot! I had the chance to work with Macklemore (Ben Haggerty) and Ryan Lewis 2 days before their new album “The Heist” came out and they headed out on tour. It was an incredible day, and some amazing images resulted. This being my favorite image. I think… Ahh, I don’t know, there are so many I like. Yeah, this is my favorite. Big congrats to the guys on Thrift Shop going platinum, as well as the incredible success they are having in general. You guys are making Seattle proud for sure. If you haven’t already heard The Heist, you should definitly check it out. One of the best albums to come along in a while, and obviously the music story of the year. I’m a fan.
I’ll post more images from this shoot when I can in the near future hopefully. For now, I’ll leave you with this. Represent!
Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Commercial
You may have seen this shoot I did for Wexley School For Girls recently. It’s definitely one of my favorite shoots, so naturally I was excited when they hired their new CFO / COO, Jerry Barnhart, because that meant he would also need a portrait, being senior leadership and all. Not much else to say about this one, other than it’s completely awesome. I hope they hire 5 more people soon.
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.