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    I know you're time is valuable so thanks for taking the time to visit. Here you'll find irregularly-timed irregular posts about what I've been up to or about topics that interest me or I think might interest others. Mostly the content will be about photography, cinematography and the such, but I'll also occasionally diverge into my personal life and share slices what I do in my spare time.

Keep Walking

In another effort of targeted marketing my rep Lenlee Jenckes recently came up with a an idea to re-create an ad for Johnnie Walker using one of my shots and her design skills. I shot it, she created the “ad,” then emailed it to a handful of agency creatives at Bartle Bogle Hegarty in New York. Next step…their Facebook wall:-)

Here’s the shot. Can you spot Johnnie?


W+K NY Lands Heineken

After notable unrest in the past decade Heineken’s US business landed at Wieden & Kennedy’s New York City offices in May 2011. You can read more about the story on

Now, I’ve always wanted to work for Heineken and W+K, so I’m going after the business. I photographed two test shots to hopefully catch their attention. The first shows an open fridge full of Heineken, symbolizing the employee fridge at W+K, with the word “Congratulations” spelled out in magnetic letters.

First in series sent to W+K NYC offices.

This was sent by emailer first. If the user clicks on the fridge they will be rewarded with a view of this tasty, frosty Heineken shot (below) on my site. Once on my site, hopefully they will look at the rest of my liquids portfolio and remember me for the next job!

This image was shot specifically for this emailer campaign. Yum!

The emailer campaign will be followed up with a snail-mail campaign consisting of the two images sent on postcards about a week apart. The fridge shot will be sent out first and then the second will followup as the reward. These will include a handwritten note from me to personalize each card.

Wedding blog - June 15, 2011 - 7:43 am

One word…Great!

Wendi - June 13, 2011 - 11:00 am

Well done. Good luck, fingers crossed:)

JQ - June 12, 2011 - 8:14 pm

Fantastic work, John!! Good luck!

[…] Now, I’ve always wanted to work for Heineken and W+K, so I’m going after the business. I photographed two test shots to hopefully catch their attention. The first shows an open fridge full of Heineken, symbolizing the employee fridge at W+K, with the word “Congratulations” spelled out in magnetic letters.” via John Early’s blog […]

May San Francisco Trip Part 2

…this is continued from part one of my May San Francisco trip…

..So the bouncer waved me up a dingy set of stairs to a loft area above the bustling brewery below. Up in the loft I found a space about 50 x 80 with a long bar, lots of comfy low chairs and couches and lots of kitschy hippie-esque stuff adorning the walls and environs. A mellow non-vocal jazz band was grooing away in the far corner. “What a cool taproom!” I thought. I sat down at the bar and ordered their flagship beer, Lagunitas IPA. I noticed the bartender didn’t charge me. Hmmmh? Perhaps he was going to settle up at the end? Well, soon I noticed no one was paying. So I asked the young lady next to me what gives. She told me it was “Industry Night.” and there was free beer and food. Score. But how did I get in? But then I realized I am in the industry since I’ve now done some work for The Bruery out of Placentia, CA.

Unfortunately I could not partake too much as I had to drive back down to Mill Valley to hang with Lenlee and the roster for dinner and a comedy show. So as it turns out my luck was good that day. Ordinarily the taproom is closed Mondays and Tuesdays but I stumbled in to the first “Industry Night.”

On the back to The City ran across this guy in foreign territory.

On Cinco De Mayo we did a big afternoon show at Butler Shine Stern & Partners in Sausalito. We catered some tasty Mexican munchies including duck tacos and grilled lime-shrimp skewers and quenched the creative’s thirsts with real margaritas! We had a great turnout of creatives to com out and look at our books and party!

Wendi Nordeck mixing up a mean margarita.

Rhea, Wendi and Lenlee prepping the tasty Cinco De Mayo food.

After our week of portfolio shows the roster parted ways to other parts of the country but I stayed on for a bit longer in the Bay Area. Over the next few days I roamed around Marin and north of their on the coast. I loved the drive up through Lucas Canyon. Rolling grassy hills dotted with coastal live oak stands and little puffy white clouds. I’ll have to bring my mountain bike back to ride here. There are cool trails everywhere! The first day I spent up by Bodega Bat and ended up staying at the Bodega Bay Lodge. Nice place. The view wasn’t bad either.

View from Bodega Bay Lodge

Please forgive the heavy-handed HDR-look applied by my iPhone. Better than completely backlit I guess though.

Next, I spent a couple days in Pt. Reyes National Seashore driving and hiking alot, taking photos. This place is one of my favorite places on Earth. There’s something about it. The open spaces. The wildness of the place. The beauty of it. I love it.

Cows roaming in Pt. Reyes


Breakin' the law! Breakin' the law! Waiting for sunset.

It’s only about 1000′ feet down to the ocean directly behind me! Here’s  the view beyond the fence…

One of the historic ranches in Pt. Reyes.

I ended staying in town at The Motel Inverness. The room sucked but it had a shared lodge area with a huge fireplace that I took advantage of at night. The motel was in a nice spot on the water-side of the main road, facing out on the marsh and Tomales Bay. The place even had it’s own walkway and duck blind for birding.

For the next couple days I enjoyed full days of hiking around getting photographs then racing back in to town for last call for grub. Most places in these small towns close at 9pm. There are no 7-11d in town. So if you miss dinner. You miss dinner. Absolutely loved the Bovine Bakery in Pt. Reyes station and subsisted on their blackberry-buttermilk muffins for breakfast.

Before I knew it I found it was time get myself to the 5 for the long drive south. I have a ton more photos from this trip that I still need to work on and post so keep stay tuned for update alerts. Here’s a teaser…

The latest image I just finished is one from Pigeon Point Lighthouse (between Santa Cruz and San Francisco).

Pigeon Point Lighthouse, CA ©2011 John Early

JQ - May 24, 2011 - 7:08 am

Fantastic lighthouse image! Glad you had a good trip north. I sure wish I’d had a couple more days out there…

May San Francisco Trip Part 1

Our show @ GSSP

Last week I got back from a two week portfolio-showing-stock-shooting trip, or “photo-cation” as I like to call it. My rep Lenlee Jenckes had assembled her entire roster of five photographers from around the country for a week of portfolio shows. Rather than duplicate her efforts, you can read the whole story on her blog. I’ll just hit the highlights and fun stuff.

After our second review at Goodby we headed to Union Square for a photo shoot. We wanted to thank Clorox for our show the day before and introduce the three photographers that were unable to make it. So after enjoying an adult beverage or two in the magnificent summer-like weather, we donned white t-shirts and started getting dirty. I took to the streets and rubbed my shirt all over the dirtiest tires I could find. I’m sure some people found me as looney as some of the other loonies in town.

Fellow photographer James Quantz Jr. shot the picture and has a great account of his retouching process for the shot on his blog. Excellent job and thank you Jay!

After we wrapped the photo shoot we took a cab ride that nearly cost us our lives or at least the urine our bladders. We were headed to La Mar for drinks and maaaybe a table when Ali our cabbie du jour arrived. This guy loved to drive fast with reckless abandon, and wanton disrehard for public safety.

Look out people!

He never hit anyone but he came close and he must have broken hundreds of laws in less than a mile! But personally, I loved it. The guy was actually a good driver just going waaay to fast for the amount of traffic and pedestrians around. I rode shotgun and was getting into it, taking pictures. Kind of like being in the front car on a roller coaster. The ride is always fun up there. In the back, sometimes not so much.

The boys look to be enjoying themselves.

Just after the picture above was snapped the girls pleaded for Ali to slow down. He thought they were joking at first but then eventually slowed it down a bit.

The food and drinks at La Mar were spectacular.

The next day before our shows, I treated myself to lunch at The Slanted Door. This wonderful up-scale Vietnamese fusion restaurant is right in the Ferry Building. A beautiful location, delicious food and steep city prices to match. I only wish they had some local beer offerings on draft instead of all bottled foreign beers. I had the grapfruit and jicama salad with shredded slaw. It was divine.

Grapefruit and jicama salad @ The Slanted Door

After the roster left town I checked out a couple of the local well-known craft brew locations. The first was The Monk’s kettle in San Francisco. This gastropub is the first place I have seen with such an extensive beer menu. They have 24 taps and a six page single-spaced menu of bottled beers including many that are aged. That is a first for me to see as well.

Beer menu @ The Monk's Kettle

The next day I drove north looking for beautiful subjects to photograph in the Pt. Reyes area. Along the way I stopped in at Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma. I figured I’d drop in and sample a beer at the taproom and then buy a pint glass and hat for my collection and be on my way. I rolled up around 5:15pm on a Monday. After eventually locating the Beer Sanctuary, I headed in.

Lagunitas Brewing Beer Sanctuary

After passing through I came upon a rather large gentleman strategically seated next to the entrance to the taproom and beer gardens. “A bouncer?” I thought. What for up here in the country? Well, when I got waved upstairs into the employees-only “Loft” above the brewery I should have known something was up….

…. to be continued….