Patrick Kehoe is a portrait/ editorial photographer on our roster who is based in Seattle, the heart of his beloved Northwest. He studied photography and film making in college, doing PA and camera assisting upon graduation. During this time period, it was hard to find easily accessible video cameras that were within his budget, so Patrick gravitated towards a little Nikon still camera. Inspired by the street works of Garry Winogrand and Robert Frank, and the portraiture of Richard Avedon, Patrick picked the camera up and never set it back down.
Traveling to South Afria for a few months, he took imagery left and right. When he came back to the states, he stopped off in Portland before moving to New York City to shoot street photography. Even though he didn’t have much money as a photographer living in the Big Apple, he was lucky enough to live in Brooklyn in 2001 when it was more affordable than current times. Making enough to hold a space to live and have a darkroom, he hit the ground running.
Patrick began assisting photographers in the commercial and fashion world, which was his first introduction to the industry. He fell in love with the practice of it all, as it was much more mellow than working on commercial film projects which he was more accustom to at the time. But after some time in New York, he realized his roots were back at home in the Pacific Northwest. With a fresh set of photo assistant skills, Patrick relocated to the Seattle market. Plenty of commercial projects there led to digital tech work, leading to jobs with others all across the country. This gave him his own great foundation for commercial work.
When the Canon 5D Mark II came out on the market, it was an amazing new tool which gave photographers the capability to shoot video along with their stills. The introduction of this new model helped Patrick get back into motion, which has led into what his workflow is like today. Working in a dual position as videographer and photographer, he is hired for projects because he can do both. They’re two totally different worlds, but he has been able to wrangle it and figure out a way of switching gears effortlessly while on assignment.
In a recent project, Patrick has worked with an ad agency in Seattle called Graphiti to document the Bayou Steal Group to create content to populate their website and social media channels. Capturing the motion of rebar being made and stills of the action of the people help create a real immersive view for the average viewer of the images.
In the next year, he hopes to do more interview style video work, improving his visual story telling techniques. We’re also on the look out for a new project he has in the works with the writer Lucy Rock on the people of Flint. Michigan and their water crisis. Issues like these easily disappear from the media attention, so it is in Patrick’s hopes to bring faces to this travesty and help their story stay on people’s radar.