Full disclosure… Ken and I have been friends for about 25 years or so. We have traveled the back roads of the Sierras together and solved the ills of the world over about a hundred lunches. It is fun to present this interview with him for you all.
We met and chatted over lunch at a tiny little restaurant within walking distance of Ken’s studio. The studio, by the way, is located in the very first studio in Arizona, and was a full TV Broadcast studio for decades. From “Wallace and Ladmo” to Ronald Reagan, the studio has seen its share of celebrities, actors and politicians. Today those same floors and walls house Ken’s working commercial studio.
I just finished working on Ken’s new website, and we launched it this week. Ken takes a minimalist approach to many things, as do I, so the site is very open, clean and easy to navigate. Here is a screen shot.
I brought along my trusty iPhone and did a few clicks, and Ken sent some images from his portfolio to share.
Ken in front of his World Class studio in Phoenix, Arizona
Ken has been shooting a wide variety of work ever since I met him. From landscapes to interiors, food to people, Ken shoots it all. His style also lends itself to a wide variety of applications.
Ken at work in his office which overlooks the studio from the second story.
Ken shoots just about every format camera there is. “I haven’t pulled the Hasselblad out in a few years,” he said with a smile. But I know he will soon. Ken is itching to do something new and different. He is looking for a challenge, a project to spend some time with. I am looking forward to seeing what he comes up with.
Ken's Studio features a totally tech ready conference room
Recently Ken was invited to submit a print portfolio for a review process. He put together 10 images that showed his style and the breadth of his work. “It was a bit scary at first. I only chose 10 images, made large prints and put them into a very simple presentation box. I kept thinking that I should show more, second guessing myself on the decision to show only 10 pieces.” He smiles when he tells me “it actually worked in my favor. The reviewers had more time to remember each image. I was surprised at how well it was received.”
Ken's new portfolio is garnering a lot of attention in the regional market
The studio is quite an old structure and has been everything from a TV studio, to offices and at one time held about a dozen radio stations. There are places in the building that don’t really make sense now, but he has had fun hanging art and shooting in some of the passageways.
Ken in the hallway that runs around the top floor of the studio. This is one of Ken's favorite spots.
The studio is a huge room with a 2.5 story ceiling. There are still lighting instruments left on the railings above, and they give the space an amazingly fun feeling. The end of the studio has a second story walkway where clients and guests can stand and look down at the shoot in progress on the studio floor below.
The fantastic studio at First Studios, in Phoenix, Arizona, and it is where Ken Easley works his magic with a camera
Lunch at Matt’s Big Breakfast was simply a great time. If you are in the area, you should drop in.
Our Lunch at Matt's Big Breakfast Diner
If you are considering a workshop, please take a look at the Lighting Essentials Workshop Site at Learn to Light. Now on to the LE Interview with Ken Easley.