McClanahan Studio is the creative collaboration of husband/wife duo Dan and Alex McClanahan. Their studio is headquartered in historic downtown Ames, Iowa – the town where Dan grew up and where he and Alex met as students at Iowa State University. The couple founded McClanahan Studio in March of 2009 and quickly established themselves as a fresh and innovative alternative to traditional photography. The physical studio resides in a repurposed sewing factory and includes a street level gallery and lofted shooting space.
Recent accolades include:
Grand Imaging Awards: 1st and 2nd place Senior Portrait 2016 *
Winner of Chimera Visionary Campaign 2016
Cover feature, Professional Photographer magazine 2016
Grand Imaging Award: Best Wedding Album 2015 *
1st place Senior Portrait 2015 **
1st place Engagement Album 2015 **
1st place Wedding image, Commercial photograph and Portrait in the state of Iowa 2015
7 x PPA International Photographer of the Year*
Cutest Photographers in the Universe ***
*Professional Photographers of America International Print Competition, 52 countries **Professional Photographers of America District Print Competition, 10 state radius ***Dan's Mom
Dan McClanahan's background as a journalist is the driving force behind McClanahan Studio's storytelling imagery. He is the studio's lead photographer and technical perfectionist. Outside of the office he is a drummer, snowboarder, Harry Potter geek, spicy–food–connoisseur and collector of bright shoes. Dan has dressed up as a Ninja Turtle for halloween six different times since the age of 5 and his psyche is heavily influenced by Dr. Suess. BA in Journalism, Iowa State. Master of Photography degree, PPA.
Alex McClanahan's background in Graphic Design has been an invaluable asset to the studio. Alex designs all of the studio's finished pieces and runs client viewing appointments. She initiated mandatory mid–afternoon dance parties back in 2010 and studio morale has been soaring ever since. Outside of work she tears up the slopes on her snowboard, crochets bold hats, concocts delicious experiments in the kitchen and cherishes quality time with family and friends. BFA in Graphic Design, Iowa State.
The McClanahan's have educated thousands of photographers around the country at workshops and conferences, notably giving platform presentations at Imaging USA about their unique approach to senior portraits and wedding photography. They've appeared several times on PhotoVision Video and been featured twice on the cover of Professional Photographer Magazine. Dan is one of the youngest photographers on record to receive his Master of Photography Degree from the Professional Photographers of America. Dan and Alex will both be receiving Photographic Craftsman Degrees and Dan will also be receiving his Master Artist Degree at Imaging USA 2017. Contact the studio if you're interested in having the McClanahan's speak at your industry event!