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.
Dan'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, Master Craftsman and Master Artist, Professional Photographers of America. Also a member of the Society of XXV, an international group made up of some of the finest photographers in the world.
Alex'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. Master of Photography, Professional Photographers of America.
2017-19 Team USA in the Photographic World Cup
2018 Bronze Medal at the World Photographic Cup
2018/2019 Senior Style Guide "Icon Status" for winning multiple categories in the Hot 100 contest
WPPI 1st place Landscape photograph 2017**
WPPI 1st place Commercial photograph 2017**
Grand Imaging Awards: 1st place Artist 2017*
Grand Imaging Awards: 1st and 2nd place Senior Portrait 2016 *
1st pace Rangefinder Magazine senior photo contest 2016
Winner of Chimera Visionary Campaign 2016
Cover feature, Professional Photographer magazine 2016
Grand Imaging Award: 1st place Wedding Album 2015 *
10 x PPA International Photographer of the Year*
Cutest Photographers in the Universe ***
*Professional Photographers of America International Print Competition
**Wedding and Portrait Photographers International
The McClanahan's have educated thousands of photographers around the country at workshops and conferences, notably giving three platform presentations at Imaging USA about their fresh approach to portrait photography. They've appeared several times on PhotoVision Video and been featured twice on the cover of Professional Photographer Magazine. Alex is a PPA Master of Photography and Dan is one of the youngest photographers on record to receive all three degrees attainable from the Professional Photographers of America: Master of Photography, Master Craftsman and Master Artist. Dan was inducted into The Society of XXV in 2017. Contact the studio if you're interested in having the McClanahan's speak at your industry event!