DAILIES.3.11.2013

Tom Tubiolo and Devin Caskie visiting Victory Studios

Dailies is a monthly collection of the images I take in my day to day life: casual snaps and test shots of friends and family, unguarded behind the scenes images of my subjects, Polaroids, Instagrams, and documentation of my myriad and sordid adventures. 

A look back at my recent trip to Seattle, mobile images from an assignment with Hero Design, and a rundown on who has been visiting the studio over the last month.

Clockwise from top left:

1. Musician Thomas Tubiolo after we wrapped a shoot developing some new PR and Press images for him.

2. Devin Caskie dropped by the studio with some much appreciated color to help me and my intern out with a small project.

Dailies images of the team from Hero Design

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3. Mark Brickey of Hero Design Studio – I am working on a cool project and creating some images for the awfully talented  team from Hero right now.

4. A more lo-fi look for Mark – sans glasses.

5. Beth Manos Brickey – the other super talented half of Hero and author of one of my favorite food blogs; Tasty Yummies

Dailies from the Ace Hotel in Seattle

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6. Outside of my room at the Ace Hotel in Seattle. I was out west a bit this month for a workshop and to meet up with some friends. This friendly guy greeted me every morning.

7. A colorful take on the lobby at the Ace – I just loved this exceptionally stylish and affordable hotel.

8. Kain Vuong, one of the new friends I made on this trip  –  We initially met up at T5 at JFK and ended up hanging out for most of the weekend since we ended up being on the same flight from NY and staying in the same hotel once we arrived in Seattle.

9. My deer themed room at the Ace – which became quite the office / refuge while I was there.

10. I am usually loathe to post food Instagrams, but these red velvet pancakes were too good for me not to share – and as we all know, the rules don’t apply when it comes to red velvet.

Images from UnWorkshop in Seattle WA

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11. One of the reasons I was in Seattle was to check out the UnWorkshop event that John Keatley was hosting. I ended up making a ton of talented new friends there and learning a ton of new info – both from the other attendees and those that were part of the event,

12. John Keatley – photography badass. Check out his work here.

13. One of the highlights of UnWorkshop was an amazing Mariachi band who showed up un-announced and played some amazing music for us. John certainly knows how to throw a party.

14. Another one of the mariachis rocking out.

15. A small spelling error that became a running joke that became an idea for a brand change. Shauna from Nubbytwiglet.com put it best “Luke Chopping: Photographer  – Blogger – Logger”

Dailies images from Victory Studios

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16. A shot I grabbed of Devin while she was working on some test shots with my intern Lisa.

17. Anna Dominick was visiting Victory studios with her sister Lydia this day, but I will be working on a project with her soon.

18. I don’t think my new intern Lisa was prepared for how friendly Lydia Dominick is. You can see some images I shot of Lydia in a recent issue of The Hockey News’ Fully Loaded Magazine. 

19. Yours truly and Lydia

20. I was really excited to have Leo Chan in the studio for a series of portraits I am working on. Keep an eye out for some of the pictures we shot that day to début on this blog soon.

Quick Questions with Smart People – John Keatley: Photographer

John Keatley is an advertising and editorial photographer from Seattle. His images of celebrities like Annie Leibovitz and John Waters are iconic and instantly resonate with the viewer. John was kind enough to answer some questions and to share some clips from his recent talk on photography. John’s blog can be found here

LC: What are some tips you might give to a young photographer trying to get their work seen and market themselves in their early career that you wish you had known when you were starting out?

JK: It is very important to have a plan.  Set goals for yourself.  Commit to your goals by writing them down, and then decide on a plan that will help you achieve your goals.  It will take time, hard work, consistency persistence, and good work.  Stick to your plan and if you are passionate about what you are doing people will start to notice.  A lot of young photographers don’t realize how much time and hard work goes into a successful marketing campaign, and they want results right away.  I just watched an interview with Adam Sandler, and he was talking about auditioning for parts early in his career.  He believed so much in himself, when he didn’t get a part, he thought, “What is wrong with these people! How could they not want me?”  That kind of belief in your abilities is an important key to success, and it has to be followed up with persistence.  If you don’t press on after a bad meeting, or after losing a bid, you won’t get anywhere.

LC: In terms of changes in media technology, how versed do new photographers need to be in terms of working with video as well as still images? Is video something you have greatly embraced in your own work?

Photography Talk Chapter One from John Keatley on Vimeo.

JK: I actually made videos long before I ever picked up a still camera.  It was a big hobby of mine in high school.  Since becoming a photographer, video was something I have not had a ton of time for however.  Recently I have started working again with video and I am really enjoying it.

I think right now it is one of those things where you don’t have to be well versed in it, but it sure doesn’t hurt.  It can only help you if you can offer video to your clients.  There are lots of fun and exciting possibilities if you can work with stills and motion, so I say go for it.

LC: In your own early experiences was there any one moment or opportunity that was a game changer for your career?

JK: I don’t think I can say there was one moment that made all of the difference, but there have certainly been many significant opportunities and events in my life which have helped shape my career and as well as opened new doors for me.  I am always trying to push myself and sometimes taking on something that scares you is the best way to learn and grow.  You will surprise yourself with what you can accomplish if you just commit and be positive.

LC: What are 3 do’s and don’ts about the photography business you wish you had known at the beginning of your career that you do now?

JK: I don’t have 3 do’s and don’ts, but I can offer this advice from personal experience.  Ask lots of questions, and communicate clearly.  Ask for help when you need it.  Value your work and yourself, don’t give it away and sell yourself short.  Shoot what you love.  This is said so much it can sound like white noise, but it is so important.  Don’t worry about what other people are shooting or making money at if it’s not something you enjoy.  Become great at what you love, and the work will follow.  Take initiative and make things happen.

LC: This question is specifically geared for those budding portrait photographers out there. You are known for working with noted personalities whose backgrounds encompass a wide spectrum,  what can younger photographers who get thrust into a situation of photographing a large personality do to get beyond that initial nervousness and relate to their subject?

Photography Talk Chapter Two from John Keatley on Vimeo.

JK: It can’t be about you.  You have to be or be humble when working with celebrities.  It’s important to understand you are not there to become best friends.  Celebrities have a million people pulling at them from all directions and everyone wants something from them.  If you lose sight of the fact you are there to do a job then you are at a disadvantage.  Just be yourself and don’t go in trying to impress everyone.  Be respectful, take a deep breath, and trust in yourself.

LC: Your portrait style is iconic and impactful, conversely so many photographers seem to jump on the bandwagon of whatever the trendy look or color treatment is that month. How much of a balance does one need to strike between what the industry wants and seeing through your own personal vision to completion.

JK: It is good to be aware of what is going on in the industry, and to draw inspiration from work you enjoy.  However, personally, I think it is important to be true to yourself and create whatever you feel compelled to create.  Don’t start over sharpening your work because that is what you see in print that month.  I think it is better to create something you can be proud of rather than what is in style if it doesn’t match up with your interests.  If you put your passion into it, there is a much better chance your work will be relevant for years to come.  If photography is just a job to you, then I suppose it would be very important to keep up with trends and adapt in that way, but if you want to become great and create something lasting, I feel that can only be achieved by listening to you inner voice.