The best camera is the one you have with you. Yesterday after sailing and some chowder at Brophy Brothers, Aidan and I took a walk down the breakwater that protects the harbor. The storm swell was still pretty high and the waves would hit the breakwater wall and then ricochet back out to sea. Occasionally the timing would be just right that they would intersect an approaching wave and combine into this explosion. Very cool. And shot with an iPhone.
Out of nowhere, Alan Williams has become arguably the best big man in college basketball. I photographed Alan last week for the December 1st issue of Sports Illustrated. A UCSB senior and rising star he’s a gentle giant, power below the calm surface. Like an ocean swell that rolls calmly until the shore demands action he’s an athlete gaining momentum: 2014 Big West Player of the Year and the top NCAA Division 1 rebounder while bringing over 21 points per game.
Usually it’s the middle lands or East Coast of the USA that bring the basketball stars – to contrast Alan’s pacific place we set up on the beautiful beach bluffs of the UCSB campus. I asked Alan the night before what he loved to listen to and so we had Drake’s “Nothing Was the Same” album on the portable speakers as our soundtrack.
Scouting the bluffs the day before I knew there were a few great options: up on the top of the bluffs looking out to sea and down below on the sand. The tide was a full high tide and there was a big swell with overhead set of waves. More than once we got wet as an eager wave washed into us down on the sand – wet shoes, wet beach blanket, my clothes soaked from lying in the sand….
Above is the published spread in Sports Illustrated and a scouting shot, while below: a behind-the-scenes shot up on the bluffs and one of the outtakes.
I picked up a vintage 1965 Airstream this spring and it’s been used both as a production trailer for location shoots and as a prop on a national non-profit health campaign. For a clothing brand shoot in Colorado in mid-summer we took it from California to Denver and then took the slow roads back through the mountains, deserts and canyons, pulling back into California on Route 66.
I’ve nicknamed the ’65 Airstream Safari “Lucy” for the spanish “lucia” for “shiny”. I was also thinking a 007 inspired theme as homage to the previous owners (produce the Bond films). But Lucy fits.
I can’t show the resulting client work from these shoots (or even much of the behind-the-scenes) till the campaigns launch but here are a few I can share:
A fun and inspiring shoot yesterday morning for Run.She.is.Beautiful – a benefit 5k/10k that takes place in Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz each year. A very pink run with over 1400 women for a good cause: this years beneficiary is Girls Inc.
Pink runners: if you’re looking for photographs you can see them here at the kevsteele event image archive.
The first of a series – a remarkable set of photoshoots as I had come through my own back-breaking traumatic experience just a month before this production began. I found that my near-death experience, shared, allowed some wonderful interactions while creating these portraits. Amazing individuals: Isa is a champion.
In the July/August issue of WSJ Magazine (Wall St Journal) is the first ad spread from our shoot on the Island of St. Kitts & Nevis in late March. I had earlier posted some Behind-the-Scenes and now, well, here it is At least the first one and one of my favorites.