Monthly Archives January 2010

Last night my buddy Erik Kuna and I got to shoot the Orlando Magic vs. Indiana Pacers NBA basketball game, and we had media passes that put us right under the basket (well, 6 or 8 feet to the right of it, anyway). It was my first time shooting NBA Basketball (well, for that matter, it was my first time shooting basketball) and as you might expect we had a blast!!!! (plus the Magic won!). I wanted to include the three-frame shot you see above of a slam dunk from Magic star Dwight Howard (who had a season-high 32 points in last night's game) but to really see it, you have to click on it for the larger version (I made it a little larger than usual, too). Although we had just an incredible time shooting the game, and I learned just a ton,…

Myself, my daughter Isla, my wife Nichelle, and Oliver the Pomeranian in our 2011 Christmas family portrait Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone. Four years ago, my friend Jessica asked me to take a picture of her and her boyfriend Brian to send out to friends for the holidays. This was not really the type of thing I typically do, but Jessica is a good friend and a really creative person, so I agreed. It would be fun. Jessica happens to be an amazing producer with a great sense of humor, so I knew it wouldn't be your typical family portrait. When the shoot day arrived, the studio was filled with bags of old sweaters, tights, tutu's, suspenders and some pretty funny props. It looked like tacky Christmas threw up all over the studio. It was awesome. It didn't take long until I was…

John Keatleysm

My story has very little to do with me, and much more to do with those with whom I have crossed paths.
My life would be very different if it were not for the kindness of others. Through reflecting on events in my life, I realized I need to write down my story, as a way of honoring those who have had a hand in shaping my career path. Hopefully you will be inspired by something you read here, and in turn encourage someone you cross paths with. It doesn’t take much.


Before I began my career in photography, a total stranger stepped into my life and encouraged me.  We spoke for only a few minutes, but what she had to say was so impactful, my life completely changed.  The woman’s name was Kolene.  Years after we had our brief exchange, I called the number for the store she worked at when we met on the off chance she was still working there.  I explained who I was, but before I could get very far, she exclaimed she remembered me.  I told her I was calling to thank her for encouraging me.  Because she took the time to talk to me for a few minutes, I was now working full time as a photographer.  At this point she started to cry, but I suspect they were tears of happiness.



I never thought much about photography until half way through college.  I realized, not only did I not own a camera, but I didn’t have any pictures of my friends, my adventures, or even myself.  I thought maybe someday if I had kids they would want to see me in my college years.

Seattle-based photographer, John Keatley. A while back, I (Brad) put out a tweet asking who people's favorite photographers were. Among the responses I got was Mr. Keatley. I took a look at his site and immediately contacted him about doing a guest post. For those who know me, you know that I have a fairly sarcastic/dry/twisted sense of humor, and John's work is right up my alley.  He does a number of commercial and editorial assignments that are fairly straightforward.  But his personal work tends to be a bit off-kilter, in a good way.  His clean and simple style is also very appealing. For tomorrow, he has a great story about one of the first people who helped him decide to pursue a career in photography.  It's a great reminder that we influence the people we come in contact with every day, whether we…

A great photography project to raise funds to help Haiti I got an email from photographer Jim Goldstein about a friend of his, Lane Hartwell, who in just 24 hours has pooled together the amazing work of several photojournalists who have photographed Haiti creating an online magazine on the site "MagCloud". The magazine is on sale now with all proceeds (less cost) going to the Red Cross to help their efforts in Haiti. Here's the link. It's only $16. I hope you'll consider it. A week from this Friday in Dallas. You. Me. And 500 or so of your friends. There are less than 50 seats left for my Dallas "Photoshop For Digital Photographers" one-day workshop, so if you're planning on going, I'd snag a seat now before it's too late. Here's the link. announces their 2009 "Reader's Choice Awards" for the top…

You gotta check this out, because this isn't just one of those things you don't see very often----this is something you just never see---an interview with John Knoll---the co-creator of Adobe Photoshop, and he's talking to Robert Scoble about the origin of Photoshop well....ya just gotta watch it. It's one of those must-watch clips for anyone with even a passing interest in Photoshop, and because it's John Knoll, you get insights and stories you won't hear anywhere else. Really great stuff! Here's the link---don't miss it.