John Keatley Blog 2.0

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This formal announcement is brought to you by the John Keatley Blog.  Ok, let’s just call it like it is.  This blog has lost it’s soul.  Shoot, someone told me today they thought my blog was too formal, and you know, I have to agree.  I was surprised at first.  I thought, I’m not formal.  But if I am being honest, I have to recognize that my blog is.  When I started blogging a little over two years ago – Wow, can’t believe it has already been over two years – I had a clear vision and strategy for blogging and for the most part I have stuck to it.  From the start, my strategy has been to highlight my work and give clients a glimpse into what I do and how I do it.  I feel really good about following through on that, and it has been a fun process as well as a great marketing tool for my photography.

Over the past six months, I have been shooting more personal and commercial work than ever before.  Along with shooting for myself more, I have been trying to push myself in new directions by experimenting with new processes and forcing myself to think differently about the way I make pictures.  It has been an extremely satisfying experience, and the reason why I have been telling people lately that I have never enjoyed photography as much as I am now.  In that same spirit of experimentation, I have decided it’s time to free this blog from the chains of formal announcements about new work and always making sure everything looks polished like a press release from the Oval Office.  That’s not to say I am going to let myself get sloppy, or stop paying attention to details, but I am going to start treating this blog more like a journal and less like a press secretary.  Recently I have had so many thoughts and ideas I considered sharing, but felt they didn’t fit the format.  Which was true.  But it’s always good to look at your business and try to find ways to improve and adapt.  So that is what I am doing.  I haven’t been excited to blog, and I honestly haven’t had the time at all either.  I am not going to stop posting the type of stuff you have seen over the past two years, but I will be opening it up to anything and everything big and small.  I am definitely not going to commit to blogging every day for a year like my wife does at www.goodnewsforisla.com, but I hope my posts will be much more frequent than they have been.  Speaking of Nichelle’s blog, she has done an amazing job highlighting stories of people, and organizations working to make a positive impact in the lives of others as well as making our planet a better place.  It’s an awesome blog, and I am so proud of her!  There are more than 100 stories up as of now, and well over 200 more to look forward to.  Check out Good News For Isla, you won’t be disappointed.

So there you go.  Post number one of the John Keatley Blog 2.0.  I’m already feeling more excited about blogging again.  As always, thank you for taking the time to read and for your interest in my photography!  I’m excited about 2011 and all that is to come.


New Keatley Website

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I would like to officially announce with great enthusiasm the new John Keatley website is now live and open for business.  It features full support for all browsers and mobile devices, including the iPad.  One of my favorite features is the scalable image grid which sorts itself to fill the screen regardless of the users screen size and resolution.  Re-sizing your browser with the site open will also shuffle the grid on the fly.  The blog has been rebuilt and integrated into the site and there is a new video section as well.  The site is 100% Flash free.  Not that I have anything against Flash, but it seemed like the best way to move forward to maximize compatibility, as well as to avoid a separate mobile site.

It was a thrill to have my previous site published in the 2010 PDN Annual as one of the top photography websites.  Many people have commented that they loved that site and I shouldn’t change it.  I liked it too, and it was perfect for what I needed at the time.  But as I assessed my goals for moving forward and figured out what I needed from a website, I decided it was time to do something new.  Once I realize something can be made better, I have a hard time not acting on it.  I guess I am never satisfied.  It’s a blessing and a curse.

A very big thank you goes out to designer Greg Lutze for once again doing an incredible job, and developer Benjamin Borowski at Typeoneerror Studios who worked pure magic.

With all that being said, please click around and have a look at the site as well as some of my new work.  I am sure a few bugs will pop up here and there, as well as ideas for changes.  I would love to hear your feedback in the comments, good and bad.  Thanks.


One Year Of Blogging With John Waters

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John Keatley and John Waters

Can you believe it?  I sure can’t!  Today marks one year exactly since I posted my first blog entry on the John Keatley Blog.  I think I had 2 subscribers back then (thanks Mom and Dad) but I have been amazed and encouraged by the steady show of support during this last year.  If you are somewhat new here, don’t feel obligated to drop what you are doing and read my first post.  It is less than enthralling, and reads much like the screenplay for Gigli.  That being said, I guess this is as good a time as any to let you know that John Waters has actually been ghost writing my blog for about 9 months now.  Or since whenever it started becoming interesting.  Maybe that is why I felt inclined to leave him in the picture.

I was hoping to take a celebratory 1st anniversary portrait of myself to mark this big milestone, but John Waters kept poking his head into the frame.  As you can tell, I am less than amused.  It was funny the first time, but seriously!

This last year has really been wonderful, and I am very thankful I start blogging when I did.  I fought the blog for a while, but since I decided to take the plunge I have come to enjoy writing and it is something I look forward to each week.  I should sign off before I become too sentimental, but thank you everyone for your support and for taking the time to read.  I am looking forward to the adventures ahead in the next year.