Verdi’s Fallstaff – the Opera Campaign

Opening tomorrow night  - photographed for the campaign eleven months ago – Verdi and Shakespeare meet in this comic opera.  It was Verdi’s last opera and drew from Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor as well as Henry IV.  We all had a lot of fun in the making of these photographs – used for the posters, playbills, ads and website.  Three operas in all, the other two were last Fall’s Tosca and next month’s The Consul.Kevin Steele - Opera SB CampaignOpera SB BTS

Philanthropy – Fashion and Entertainment: La Voix Magazine

lavoixcoverLaVoix magazine is a thick glossy annual print magazine from the publishers of Poetic Couture. Driving global initiatives for social change and uniting creative thinkers in the Fashion and Entertainment Industry with a philanthropic purpose…. Creative Director Fioré approached me in December after seeing some of my Falling Water series and thought they would be perfect for a feature on warrior and athlete Andy Caress’  battle with cancer. A humbling and touching story, it’s a poignant reminder of the power within us and of the fleeting nature of life. Andy did not survive his aggressive cancer that began with melanoma but the legacy he has left with his foundation touches many.  In his sister’s words: “Don’t sweat the small stuff.  Enjoy the good times. Things can be taken away from you without warning.”

LaVoix magazine - Kevin Steele

New Years Inspiration – latest tearsheet in Prevention mag

In the current issue of Prevention magazine: a pair of spreads to inspire everyone to seize the day and get out there!   Stephanie Allen was wonderful to hang out with that Halloween morning in Cayucos, just north of Morro Bay, CA.  At age 61 she picked up surfing a dozen years ago – fearful prior and embracing it ever since.   Stephanie started as a photo editor at Rolling Stone in the 80s and then moved on into the film marketing and advertising business, from Tri-Star to Orion to Fox Searchlight, conceptualizing the campaigns for Sideways, I Heart Huckabees, Garden State, Napoleon Dynamite.. and recently retiring from her Exec VP Creative Advertising role.

A strong offshore wind was blowing that morning as my assistant Anna and I met up with Stephanie and her long-time boyfriend Stacy Peralta (also in the film business and a legendary pro skater – see Dogtown and Z-Boys which he co-wrote and directed).  Stephanie’s black wetsuit and orange board (not planned!) perfectly kicked off the halloween morning… As I said it was a wonderful way to start the day.  We had the beach and waves all to ourselves for as far as we could see. Stacy carved the outside sets on his Stand Up Paddleboard while Stephanie and I had fun on the inside waves.   Humble, warm, and down-to-earth, afterward they brewed us coffee, tea and made us a great breakfast at their beach bungalow.    And they made sure we couldn’t leave tiny Cayucos without trying the incredible smoked fish tacos at Ruddell’s Smokehouse

two full page spreads in Prevention magazine

Southern California Special Olympics

This weekend was the Fall Games of the Southern California Special Olympics. Started by Eunice Kennedy Shriver in 1963, it was organized into the first Special Olympic Games in 1968. Changing lives through the power of sport, it’s truly inspiring to witness the determination, courage, camaraderie and joy expressed by the athletes.  The Special Olympics World Games will be coming back to the United States in Summer 2015 – Los Angeles is the host city and will draw 7,000 athletes from 170 countries for a week of competition with 500,000 spectators. Here are a few photos from yesterday:Southern California Special Olympics Southern California Special Olympics Southern California Special Olympics Southern California Special Olympics Southern California Special Olympics

I shoot active lifestyle, travel and portraiture for advertising. Based in SoCal – shooting Worldwide.