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…

In the garden of Now

An iPhone snap from scouting this afternoon for tomorrow’s cover shoot with Eckhart Tolle for Spirituality & Health magazine.   The editors are all onboard with talking about this shoot and showing behind-the-scenes.  It’s easy to be inspired in such a beautiful green and serene location in the Montecito foothills. The weather is warming up … Read More

Elder Athletes – Peggy Oki – legendary skater, artist and activist

Look up the term Skater Girl in the Urban Dictionary and you’ll find Peggy Oki in the definition, an archetype of the skate scene and the Z-Girl in the skateboard history books. The hit documentary “Dogtown and Z-boys” profiled the skateboard revolution in the mid 70s in Venice and Santa Monica, the old Dogtown of … Read More

Trailer released – Modern Gypsies Compassionate Adventure: Ecuador

The goal for this trip was simple: One great act of compassion, one epic adventure.  Today is the release of the trailer and in months to come the web series will be released. We had such fun with this inspirational project! In their words: “One year to the day, Ecuadorian earth clung to our clothing, our … Read More

PDN’s Photo of the Day – the SB Triathlon in B&W

PDN (Photo District News) has a short set of my B&W images from this year’s SB Triathlon as their “Photo of the Day”. PDN, an award winning magazine for the professional photo industry, started this series four years ago inspired by’s The Big Picture.  

Latest tear sheet: WebMD magazine

Out this week in a doctors office near you and on digital media for WebMD Magazine: a centerfold double spread of advertising Creative Director Bruce Taylor.  Looks pretty good for sixty years old!  Bruce was great to work with, we found a quiet section of Venice Beach and the November skies gave us some nice … Read More

Elder Athletes – inspiration

A new series on athletes and those that have had a passion for their sport for scores of years…and still kick butt of those younger than them..Here are a few test shots – more to come in the following weeks with profiles, behind-the-scenes and of course the photographs.  

FallingWater Series – Kaita

Here’s a quick look at some images with the very talented dancer Kaita yesterday – continuing the FallingWater series I began 15 months ago.  Warm water, of course!

Happy Holidays from the Steele Family

Enjoy the Holiday Season – may 2013 bring peace, prosperity, good health and happiness to all.photographed in Joshua Tree, California  the day after Thanksgiving.