WHAT DO YOU DO?
I work with brands and the humans behind them to capture their unique voice through photography, graphic design, and social media management.
WHAT STEPS DID YOU TAKE TO GET TO WHERE YOU ARE NOW?
I began learning photography and design in middle school, and through the years my style has continued to evolve with each project. I developed a love for the social media landscape when I started connecting with other creatives through Instagram in 2016. The way each platform globally brings people together to create and inspire is unique and can still cultivate authenticity, even in an age of digital normalization.
HOW DO YOU STAND OUT IN YOUR FIELD?
A lot of young creatives think greatness is looking like the great, but that's never been it. To stand out is to take something unseen, from within, and make it known.
WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON RIGHT NOW?
I've been working as a Creative Director in Central Florida for the past few years, and recently moved to Los Angeles to pursue Content Creation and Social Media Management.
WHAT'S YOUR STYLE/PERSPECTIVE/TASTE? DO YOU HAVE A PROJECT THAT REPRESENTS THIS?
I showcase the majority of my style and taste through my Instagram. It's an accessible, quick glance at how I perceive my environments and translate emotions into visuals. And any song that can't get out of my head will always, always end up on my story. Always.
WE ALL HAVE MULTIPLE SKILLS OR WORK IN VARIOUS INDUSTRIES, WHICH ONE DO YOU WISH YOU COULD FOCUS ON MORE?
I’ve been doing photography professionally from a very young age. I want to focus more now on design and how to better helps brands communicate through visuals.
WHAT IS FRUSTRATING YOU RIGHT NOW?
Time management. Asana helps a lot with that actually. I enjoy keeping a balance of professional and personal work to both expand and process as an artist.
IF YOU COULD HIRE SOMEONE FOR $20/HR, WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE THEM DO TO MAKE YOUR DAY EASIER?
I’d have them manage my task list, emails, and remind me what time it is. The sun never seems to stay up long enough.
LET'S BRING OUT THE TIME MACHINE. WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU COULD HAVE TOLD YOURSELF, WHEN, AND WHY?
I would tell sixteen-year-old Keaton that his passions are important, and beautiful, and it's okay that not everyone understands that.
IF YOU COULD TALK TO AN EXPERT TO GAIN MORE INSIGHT ON SOMETHING, WHAT WOULD IT BE ABOUT?
This is probably really strange, but I’d love to learn more about synesthesia. I associate most of my work with specific songs or moments. In the back of my mind I think I’ll always be very curious how people with this condition would interpret my work—what colors, sounds, or feelings they’d associate with it.
WHAT KIND OF OPPORTUNITIES/PROJECTS ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?
I'm currently seeking opportunities to work with passionate brands and individuals both Freelance and Full-Time.
DESCRIBE YOUR IDEAL JOB/CLIENT/COLLABORATION.
I would love to spearhead the launch of a brand. I’ve always been brought in after the look / feel has been established, and adapted to the client’s branding for web and social visuals. There’s a lot of creative freedom and responsibility in choosing how an idea is presented to the world. I’d love to be on the front lines of that.
WHAT IS YOUR HOURLY RATE, RETAINER, OR SALARY RANGE?
Pricing is determined per project and each client's budget.
WHO IS A CREATIVE THAT HAS HELPED YOU ELEVATE YOUR WORK?
Saamuel Richard (@saamuelrichard), Neil Krug (@neilkrug), and Cameron McCool (@cameronmccool) have all kept me inspired through their darker, honest, and more candid photographic styles. I also really admire the design work of Elizabeth Vande Griend (@elizabethvandegriend). Merging the complex with the minimal has never looked so good.
HOW SHOULD SOMEONE APPROACH YOU ABOUT WORKING TOGETHER?
You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas, budget, and any inspiration you have for the project. If it's a full-length film, send it on over. I'll watch the whole thing.
HOW DO YOU STAY CREATIVE?
All it takes is a really good playlist.
This member profile was originally published in June 2019.