Prepping for the 4th annual SolsticePeople portraits

We’re setting up later this afternoon – on Saturday morning the floats and zany characters assemble and get ready to launch up State Street at noon.  For just over two hours I’ll be photographing over a hundred portraits and ensembles in the makeshift studio.  Here’s a scene from last year with assistants Jerry (green shirt) … Read More

A quiet moment in Zion

Last Friday evening. Sun just going down, temps still in the 90s though it had reached 109 F during the day!  Utah is a magical place – from Zion and the carved deserts to the summer snowy peaks of the Wasatch range.  A bit out place, Banksy street art is hidden in plain sight all … Read More

GetArt Benefit @ Siren Hollywood

A friend and creative director at an LA agency asked a few months back if I would be interested in donating a print for the annual GetArt benefit – a great cause.  And as it turned out, a very cool event. Unlike events where it’s fashionable to be late, Linda & I found out the … Read More

Elder Athletes – Wayne Rich – Soul Surfer

Happy Birthday Wayne-O! A true soul surfer and shaper – perhaps the nicest teddy bear of a guy you’ll ever meet – Wayne began surfing in the “golden era” of SoCal surfboard building.  Mentored by Dan Bendiksen (head shaper of Bing Surfboards) at age 9, Wayne would later be influenced by the likes of Renny … Read More

Latest Tearsheet: Rick Cavallaro – faster than the wind

Can a vehicle be built which can go directly downwind, faster than the wind, powered only by the wind?   The obvious answer is no. Rick Cavallaro proved yes and created quite a ruckus almost three years ago with the Blackbird – a craft that looks like a modern windmill planted on a cardboard drag … Read More

Opera SB – Campaign for the upcoming season

Three operas are being produced for the upcoming 2013-2014 season which kicks off in the fall. Puccini’s Tosca, Menotti’s mid-century The Consul, and Verdi’s Fallstaff which features an aging knight, the portly, horny rascal of Windsor, shown in the final image for the campaign below. As luck would have it a real knight was our model-for-a-day … Read More

Elder Athletes – John Brennand – Record Marathoner

John Brennand is 77 years old.  And running like a champion.  He’s the USA Track and Field Cross Country National Champion in his Master’s age group in 2010-2012 and has won more than a dozen national championships in distances from 5k to 10k.  An MIT educated engineer, John was the Technical Director of the Olympic … Read More

Latest Cover and Tearsheet – Eckhart Tolle

This issue arrived last week: it was a wonderful experience photographing Eckhart. From the first contact with the editors and on through planning, shooting, and edit. I previously posted some behind the scenes shots and some notes while scouting and getting to know Eckhart.  This cover was voted on by the Facebook community of Spirituality & … Read More

Winter Athletes in Steamboat Springs – Behind the Scenes

Thanks to Nelson Carmichael for capturing the shot of me a few nanoseconds after I took the picture below it (I was shooting with a 24mm wide angle lens). That’s Natalie Pearl, heading downhill really fast.  Nelson won a bronze medal at the ’92 Winter Olympics in Freestyle and holds two World Cup Grand Prix Mogul Championships. … Read More

Behind the Scenes: shooting the 2013-14 Opera Campaign

The last few days have been spent at four great locations with an awesome crew and talented talent as we created scenes for advertising the 2013-14 season of Opera Santa Barbara. We also shot PR stills for the production of Don Pasquale at a 1920s mansion on the Riviera – that opera opens up in … Read More

Gearing up for the 2014 Winter Olympics

To Russia with love.  The XXII Winter Olympics begin in Sochi in February 2014. Stalin’s favorite dacha (summer house) was built in this city on the Black Sea just north of Georgia.  As is typically the case for the host country there is a LOT of work yet to be done. The big concern is … Read More

Waking up in Steamboat Springs

An iPhone snapshot this morning looking out the window as fresh snow falls. I’m here this week staying with Olympians Nelson Carmichael and Caroline LaLive – creating action portraits with winter athletes.

Behind the Scenes on Eckhart Tolles cover shoot today

A shot from Nico as he laid down the beauty dish to take a quick photo (top) and one from my iPhone (bottom) of cool crew Laura and Nico.  A beautiful afternoon in the gardens. Eckhart was gracious. Here’s my blog post from the day before with some background and a scouting shot…http://kevsteele.com/blog/in-the-garden-of-now