Kelly & Koda: 1st Place Album

Apologies for not posting in a while... it's been a busy month with travels to Alaska for a destination wedding and overseeing construction on our new location back home. If you don't yet follow us on Facebook, updates and a plethora of images are being posted regularly here. I meant to post this a while ago, but better late than never! I entered this album from my engagement session with Kelly & Koda in the annual Professional Photographers of Iowa competition and it won first place! It's a humbling honor considering the number of outstanding photographers we have in our state. The album also went on to receive merit at the Professional Photographers of America International Print Competition. Our albums are the finished product we take the most pride and joy in as photographers because they're an amazing storytelling vessel. The power of the finished piece is greater than the sum of its parts. We will have a printed copy of this album on display in our new studio once we get moved in! Back to the subject: Kelly & Koda are not only best friends, they're very active together. They love biking, swing dancing and just straight–up adventuring together. We themed their engagement session around these attributes of their relationship and had an insane amount of fun adventuring and creating with them! Their wedding is right around the corner and we can't wait to capture it! Without further ado, here's the album:



PPI 2011 Print Competiton

We just returned from the winter Professional Photographers of Iowa conference (it lasted from Friday through today) and WOW did we have fun! Great speakers, great friends, great food. We got to teach a lighting class with our good friends from Gehman Photography and had a great turnout. Last night was a formal banquet concluding with an awards ceremony. Dan entered three prints and a wedding album in competition (a person can make up to four total entries) and we're blessed and humbled by the results. To give a little explanation to the process, this year there were over 400 entries all judged anonymously by a panel of nationally acclaimed photographers from other states. Entries are scored on a scale from 0-100. Scores are then tallied and awards are given to the top scoring entries from several categories (wedding, commercial, children, etc). Competition is intense and it's very exciting to see the culmination of everybody's best work from the previous year (the competition concludes with a gallery display of the entries)

Here's a rundown of our results:

–First Place Wedding Album (for the album we designed for Jill and John's wedding) First Place for Commercial Photography (for an image from our shoot with Clarke University) First Place for Illustrative Photography (for a brand new image entitled "Never Trust A Woman," see below) 3 Distinguished Print Awards (for Clarke, the wedding album and "Never Trust A Woman") 1 Honorable Mention (for a personal image of New York City - to be posted soon) Judges Choice Award for best in show ("Never Trust A Woman" was the only entry from the entire competition to score a perfect 100) The Don Knop Memorial Award presented in recognition of excellence in the art of wedding photography (for the wedding album) Fuji Masterpiece Award (for the wedding album) Kodak Gallery Award for Photographic Excellence (for "Never Trust A Woman") Top 10 Photographer Award (given to the 10 photographers with highest 4-score totals)

Here's "Never Trust A Woman" (FYI – Alex came up with the title so don't be mad at Dan!):

We're very thankful to all of our friends, family and clients that helped make 2010 an amazing year for us! We honestly had no expectation of performing this well in competition and we couldn't have done it without you :)

If you're an Iowa Photographer reading this and you're not in PPI, join! Seriously. Right now. It's one the best things you'll ever do.

PPI Panel Competition

Over the weekend we attended our first PPI convention (Professional Photographers of Iowa). It was a really fun time and we met a plethora of awesome people (who also happen to be the best photographers in the state). Win/Win/Win! If you reading this and are new to photography, you should seriously consider joining. The only catch is you have to live in Iowa.As part of the convention there was a “Panel Competition” where photographers from all over the state went head to head with their best work. Essentially photographers could enter 8 images from a single shoot (all required to be displayed at roughly the same size) on a single 12″x 24″ print. The categories were Weddings, Individual Male, Individual Female, Groups, Kids/Babies and Illustrative. A single photographer could submit up to 4 panels, so we did just that. All of the following photos were taken by Dan and all of the panels were designed by Alex: First up is our awesome senior Hannah (individual woman category) who won 3rd place! 
2nd to bat is our entry in the Weddings category. The images are from Jordan & Whitney’s fantastic wedding early this summer. This panel also took 3rd place! If you haven’t seen their sweet engagement photos yet, check them out. Third we’ve got Brock (individual man category). Quite frankly Brock was a breeze to shoot and credit is owed to him for being awesome! Brock’s panel got Second Place! Our last submission was a series of photos I shot for The Magazines. This panel fell into the “groups” category and ended up winning First Place! There are more images from this shoot a few posts back on the blog and even more on our facebook page. If you haven’t heard of them yet and you like catchy music, check out their singles – the tunes are really quite good.

By the way, to see any of the horizontal panels a bit bigger – click on them! So in summary, we placed in every category we entered and we’re pumped! A special thanks to everybody that worked with us this summer and enabled us to create these photos. 7 Months ago all we had was a dream and a camera and now we’re a fully operational studio producing award winning work, and we couldn’t have done it without you guys! Here’s to a photo-filled future, Dan & Alex