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11
Oct

Fine Art on IGNANT

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Uniform by John Keatley published on IGNANT and Instagram

You always remember your firsts, and yesterday was the first time my new series Uniform has been published or recognized in the fine art world.    Thank you IGNANT!  They do such a wonderful job curating, and it is a thrill to be a part of that.  Be sure to follow IGNANT on Instagram for more inspiration.

03
Oct

Louie Gong and Eighth Generation

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Louie Gong City Arts cover by John Keatley

Portrait of artist Louie Gong by John Keatley.
Portrait of Louie Gong by John Keatley.

I love making portraits of other artists.  True, a portrait of anyone is a wonderful mystery waiting to be unlocked, but I always have an extra sense of excitement before I make a portrait of an artist.  I think it is because they are often willing to experiment and collaborate, and are more willing to be patient while I exact my desire for perfection and exploration.  Louie Gong was no exception.

Louie Gong is an artist, activist and educator, among other things.  His heritage is Nooksack/Chinese/French/Scottish, so he brings a really unique perspective to his work, along with a modern sense of style.  His murals are incredible.  When I first saw his work, it felt somewhat familiar in the sense that there is a fair amount of Native American art here in the Pacific Northwest.  But very quickly you realize that something is different about this piece: a modern sensibility that at the same time still feels authentic to its roots.  Then I start to see the Chinese influence which seems so subtle at first glance.  It’s quite brilliant.

Louie just opened a really cool new store here in Seattle called Eighth Generation.  I want the blanket he is wearing, which he also designed.  Christmas wishlist…  If you aren’t in the Seattle area, fear not, they have a great online store as well.

This shot was a collaboration with City Arts art director Dan Paulus.  Thanks Dan!  Here is a link to the full article on City Arts.

07
Sep

BECU Member Portrait Ad Campaign

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While I didn’t use my iPhone to make any of these member portraits or videos for BECU, it was my iPhone Portrait project that helped shape the direction of this ad campaign by DNA.  It is incredibly gratifying to work on a project like this, when there is a close tie to something as personal as my iPhone Portraits.  Exploring the human face through photography and video is the one thing I have never grown tired of.  Every new person I photograph presents a new opportunity (or sometimes a challenge), and I am always learning from the experience of photographing people.  Below are some of the portraits I made from the nearly 50 people I photographed for this project. Everyone is an actual BECU member. Working with “real” people is a lot of fun for me because they don’t come in with any expectations as to what they think I want them to do. And there are always some surprises, which I think makes the portraits all the more interesting.

If you were watching the summer Olympics this year, you may have seen these commercials, which I directed.  The billboards, bus wraps, posters, etc. are all over Seattle, as well.  Big thanks to BECU and DNA, especially Lianne Onart, Dave Echenoz, Molly Woodruff, and Dan Gross.


BECU Own It credit union ad campaign. Portraits of members by photographer John Keatley.

BECU Own It credit union ad campaign. Portraits of members by photographer John Keatley.

BECU Own It credit union ad campaign. Portraits of members by photographer John Keatley.

BECU Own It credit union ad campaign. Portraits of members by photographer John Keatley.

BECU Own It credit union ad campaign. Portraits of members by photographer John Keatley.

BECU Own It credit union ad campaign. Portraits of members by photographer John Keatley.

BECU Own It credit union ad campaign. Portraits of members by photographer John Keatley.

BECU Own It credit union ad campaign. Portraits of members by photographer John Keatley.

BECU Own It credit union ad campaign. Portraits of members by photographer John Keatley.

BECU Own It credit union ad campaign. Portraits of members by photographer John Keatley.

BECU Own It credit union ad campaign. Portraits of members by photographer John Keatley.

BECU Own It credit union ad campaign. Portraits of members by photographer John Keatley.

BECU Own It credit union ad campaign. Portraits of members by photographer John Keatley.

BECU Own It credit union ad campaign. Portraits of members by photographer John Keatley.

BECU Own It credit union ad campaign. Portraits of members by photographer John Keatley.

BECU Own It credit union ad campaign. Portraits of members by photographer John Keatley.

BECU Own It credit union ad campaign. Portraits of members by photographer John Keatley.

BECU Own It credit union ad campaign. Portraits of members by photographer John Keatley.

BECU Own It credit union ad campaign. Portraits of members by photographer John Keatley.

BECU Own It credit union ad campaign. Portraits of members by photographer John Keatley.
I always try to keep people on their toes and make things as fun as possible. To me, that means taking awkward pictures of the ACD Lianne and BECU member, Kiki.
BECU Own It credit union ad campaign. Portraits of members by photographer John Keatley.
My daughter, right as she discovered / I taught her, you can yell, “M&M’s” on set, and they will magically appear.”
BECU Own It credit union ad campaign. Portraits of members by photographer John Keatley.

Big thanks to my wonderful crew. Projects like this are a total team effort. Not to mention it wouldn’t be nearly as fun without all of these great people.
Producer: Kort Havens
Digital Tech: Lonnie Webb
1st Assistant: Brian Jones
2nd Assistant: Peter Hanson
Stylist: Alexis Steinman
Stylist Assistant: Gwen Stubbs
Hair & Makeup Artist: Jenny Verador
Hair & Makeup Artist: Haley Olsen
DP: Matt Daniels
Sound: Scot Charles
PA: Audrey O’Neil
PA: Hugo Garcia
PA Camera: Sacha Benis

20
Aug

GPP PopUP in Seattle

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Two years ago, John had the opportunity to go to Dubai for Gulf Photo Plus, where he joined a host of industry greats (David Alan Harvey, Greg Heisler, David Burnett, David Hobby, Zack Arias, Peter Hurley, and Joe McNally to name a few) to spend a week teaching all things photography and business.  He had a fabulous time seeing Dubai, meeting students, becoming friends with the other instructors, and shooting a portrait of Gregory Heisler in a wig.  It was awesome!  

And now GPP is coming to Seattle, our hometown!  Welcome, GPP PopUP!  We are excited for a slice of the 8-Day GPP event to be here in Seattle.  This 2-day event is September 19-20, and will feature David Hobby, Gregory Heisler, Zack Arias, Joe McNally.  

We are hosting a competition to give away two free tickets to attend PopUP.  The competition will be on Instagram, the subject is Portraits and Ice Cream.  Hashtag #keatleyicecreamcontest and #GPPSeattle.  We will select two winners on Thursday August 27. Let’s see what you can come up with!  Go!
Anyone who attends GPP PopUP will also receive a 20% discount code to download our DVD “DedPXL presents John Keatley.”  Have a great time!  Let the learning commence. 
23
Apr

Charissa Thompson For Seattle Met

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Hello, Taylor here! Hot off the press with some new work coming out of the Keatley studio. Last month we were given the assignment by Jane Sherman at Seattle Met to photograph a portrait of Charissa Thompson. Charissa host’s Fox Sports Live and reports on celebrity news for Extra. Basically, she is talking to famous people on a daily basis, and after spending 10 minuets with her I could see why. Extremely charismatic and approachable. And although she is intimidatingly beautiful and a celebrity in her own right, she seamlessly fit right in with the entire crew. She’s the first one of Keatley’s subjects to ever call me before the shoot and offer to buy everyone coffee. I mean, come on!

Before the shoot Matthew Halverson and Jane Sherman, at Seattle Met, told us they wanted and iconic serious portrait, but with a sports twist. Going into the shoot we had what we felt were 10 strong ideas. After tinkering with lighting until it was perfected, John began to gravitate toward 2 of those concepts. The top image you see is exactly what we envisioned. Monochromatic, fun, sporty, but also has a tinge of seriousness. One thing John said while driving to the shoot stuck with me. He said that he wanted to create an image that she could use for the next 50 years. While only Charissa could be the judge of that, I think he did a bang up job. Hope you enjoy the outcome!

Charissa Thompson for Seattle Met

AD : Jane Sherman

Writer: Matt Halverson

Producer: Me

Hair & Makeup: Haley Olsen

Retouching: Luminosity Imaging (Ryan Cleary)

10
Oct

Mullet Man

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Silver Bowllet ya’ll.  Now I can add barber / hair stylist to my resume.  Let me know if I can update your look for you.  We still have a few spots open this month.  By appointment only.  No walk ins…

If you spend some time snooping around my site, you will probably find 4 or 5 pictures of Brian disguised with various different hair styles.  All the credit for this hair style goes to Brian and Jess.  Love you guys.

26
Aug

Bring Your Dog To Work Day

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A couple weeks ago we had the sudden urge to wrangle 20 pups into our studio for a day of doggy photography. Here are a few of the outtakes. For more, check out the dog portfolio on the website.  It’s been a fun challenge working with animals these past few months.  I also just shot my first major dog food ad campaign, so more on that shortly.  For now, enjoy!

26
May

Maui Vacation

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Just got back from a fantastic vacation in Maui.  It was great to get away and relax for a week.  Now it’s back to work.  Lot’s of fun stuff to look forward to.

Just to prove I haven’t gone soft.  I can still roll up my sleeves when I need to.

Our good friends and Maui roomates Matt and Meighan.

Isla’s first time in the ocean.  She loved it!

We didn’t bring our yeti on this trip.

View from our room.  Not too bad.

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13
Apr

Now For Something Completely Different

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Surprised to see something other than stylized portraits?  From the beginning, the goal with this ongoing personal series was to create something completely different from my portrait work.  Last fall, I decided I wanted to push myself to create something outside of my comfort zone.  I would prefer to let these images stand on their own without adding a story or context to them, but I also realize it is important to talk about one’s work.  If not the meaning, at least the process.  I have attempted to explain these to a few close friends, and the best explanation I have come up with so far is that this good idea evolved from several really bad ideas.  What this means is I began with an idea and talked about it for a little while and really wrestled with the concept and how it would read.  The first few concepts never really sat right with me, but thinking and talking about them with others eventually led to what you see here.  Even after I began shooting, the concept continued to evolve.  I worked with a great post production studio called Gigantic Squid, and collaborated with Ian Goode on the final look and feel of everything.  This really has been an experiment and exploration of a different type of photography.  As much as I pulled away from my portrait work in this process, I came to realize just how important the human element is to me in my work.  I learned how to respond to what I was shooting and adapted my approach as the images came to life.  That is not something I get to experience when working on an ad campaign which has to be planned out completely before shooting.  So far, this project has taken me across Washington and Northern California, and I am planning a couple more out of state trips in the months to come.  I have learned so much from this experience and I am excited to see how this continues to evolve and shape me as an artist.

05
Apr

How To Transfer Your Domain From GoDaddy

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Over the past few years, I have registered several domains with GoDaddy.  There, I said it.  I’m sure most of you are familiar with GoDaddy’s extremely obnoxious commercials.  I have thought to myself on several occasions, “I should transfer my domains from them.”, but I have just been too lazy to actually do it.  On one hand, they are very smart in their marketing.  They advertise like crazy on a consistent basis, as well as take advantage of multiple advertising platforms.  Whether you like them or not, most people probably think of GoDaddy when they think of registering a domain because they have been so consistent.  Photographers, and freelance artists take note of the power of consistent advertising.  There is a reason so many people use GoDaddy, however insulting their ads may be.

Recently, Bob Parsons, the GoDaddy CEO did something I could’t ignore.  He traveled to Africa to kill elephants, and made a video of it.  He dresses up the whole thing by claiming he is helping farmers who’s crops are eaten by the elephants.  Needless to say, this has become a hot topic since the video came out, and Bob has since promised to kill more elephants in 2012.  I have serious issues with Bob as a person, as well as GoDaddy and the way he run’s it.

I started the process of transferring my domains from GoDaddy and if you also feel this is not a business you want to support, I would encourage you to do the same.  It’s a pretty easy switch and it doesn’t effect your website at all.  You just need to login to your account and go to the Domain Manager tab.  From there, click on your domain, and click the “Authorization Code: Send by Email” link.  This will email you a code which you will need to give to your new registrar when you sign up.  And that is it.

I have had several people message me asking where I switched to.  There are obviously many good options out there, but I chose Network Solutions.  They even have a discount right now for people transferring from GoDaddy if you use the code “ELEPHANT” when you sign up.  You may have to call in to use the code, but it is $6.99 per transfer and you keep whatever time is left on your domain plus one year for free.

*4/14/11 – Update*  Do not go with Network Solutions!  They do have a great introductory offer for transfers, but after that they are ridiculously expensive!  I am not going to make a recommendation for another place because I think there are many good ones out there, but on the basis of price alone, I am not going to recommend NS.

I understand not everyone is going to see this the same way as I do, but I just want to present the information and you can make whatever decision is best for you.  Thanks.

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