Born in Manhattan and raised in Southern California, Dan Stiel’s career spans more than 40 years in creative services and marketing leadership roles, delivering high-performance results for some of America’s most successful companies and brands.
Dan is also a FAA-licensed and insured commercial drone pilot and aerial photographer with advanced training and experience, including piloting a range of high-end cinema drones such as the DJI Matrice 600 and Inspire 2.
Whether flying a cinema drone or staying on the ground with his camera, Dan’s favorite photography subjects include automotive, architecture, action sports, landscapes, and travel. Inspiring photographers and storytellers across the genres include Peter Lindberg, Roger Deakins, Steven Meisel, Quentin Tarantino, Julius Shulman, Albert Watson, Robert Richardson, Annie Leibovitz, Tyler Shields, Art Streiber, to name just a few.
Recent adventures have included photographing several of the world’s most important automobile collections, numerous action sports events, a photo documentary across the southwestern United States, and an on-going passion for iconic commercial and residential architectural masterpieces.
A graduate of the University of Southern California’s School of Business, Dan continues to work with, and learn from, many exceptionally innovative thought-leaders and creative teams on game-changing new product launches, branding campaigns, and national marketing initiatives, as well as on-going support for the arts, arts education, and environmental causes through a number of efforts.