Big Fish In A Bad Economy

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Big Fish Games CEO Jeremy Lewis.  Photo by John Keatley

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If I were starting a multi-million dollar company, I would do everything in my power to recruite Jeremy Lewis to run the show.  He was a thrill to work with, and a great guy to boot.  Jeremy is the CEO of Big Fish Games, and I recently photographed him for the May 09 cover of Seattle Business Monthly.

He seems to have found a good balance of taking business very seriously, but at the same time enjoying life with a good sense of humor.  And I think that shows in these pictures.  As further proof, I was intrigued by the fact that he is reading a biography on Charlie Chaplin, and drawing inspiration from Chaplin’s business savvy.  “In both good and bad times, he did the same thing: He made enjoyable, safe, mass-market entertainment at a great value. He was a true business leader for his times.”

It takes a lot of creativity to find business inspiration from such an unlikely source as Charlie Chaplin, but I like that kind of “outside the box” thinking.  Maybe we could send some of that kind of thinking to the Auto and Financial industries.

Big Fish Games is now the leader in “casual games” and they are quickly growing, despite the slumping economy.

“After netting $85 million in revenue and growing by about 70 percent last year, Big Fish doesn’t appear to be slowing down. This January, Lewis says the company’s subscription base grew 111 percent faster than it did in September 2008, when the stock market crashed.”  – Randy Woods and Julie H. Case for Seattle Business Monthly

Click here to read the entire article in Seattle Business about Big Fish Games, and other companies who are thriving despite the economic downturn.


The Forager for Bon Appetit

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Tearsheet from Bon Appetit of Seattle based forager and writer, Langdon Cook.  Photography by John Keatley

Why would Bon Appetit Magazine be interested in a forager?  Did he pay for a bunch of food using counterfeit money?  No.  Not a forger, a Forager.  This is Langdon Cook, a real life forager, and I photographed him for the March issue of Bon Appetit.  In addition to looking for mushrooms, Langdon is an author, and blogger.  His blog, Fat Of The Land is about his adventures and encounters with wild mushrooms.  As well as good cooking and the outdoors.  Click the Bon Appetit link above to read the write-up.


Technology Review – Dan Kaminsky

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Dan Kaminsky - photo by John Keatley for Technology Review.  The Flaw at the Heart of the Internet.

Technology Review, November 2008.  This was my first shoot with Dan Kaminsky.   He is a hacker who discovered and helped fix a huge security hole in the Internet. Read more about his story in the Wired Magazine post (here).

*Update* David Hobby at Strobist interviewed me about my lighting technique for this assignment and my other shoot with Dan.  He wrote a really nice article, and you can read it (here).


Jones Soda

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I photographed Jones Soda CEO Stephen Jones for the November 2008 cover of Seattle Business.  I was surprised to hear that Stephen’s last name is just a coincidence, and he just recently joined the company.  We were scheduled to shoot early in the morning, but some bad news about the US economy and banking industry meant that Stephen had conference calls scheduled all day and we had to be quick.  How many soda’s does a CEO of a soda company drink in a day?  If I remember correctly, it’s about 10.

Jones Soda CEO Stephen Jones.  Photo by John Keatley.  Cover photo for Seattle Business Monthly.
Jones Soda CEO Stephen Jones. Photo by John Keatley

Jones Soda CEO Stephen Jones.  Photo by John Keatley for Seattle Business Monthly.