Ode to a Beard, Part 1

This past Winter Dan gave his first attempt at growing a full beard. Alex sacrificed 5 long weeks of bristly kisses while the impressive manfuzz filled out to a thickness reminiscent of a young Abraham Lincoln. When spring rolled around we decided it would be best for Dan to not look homeless during our upcoming wedding season, so the beard had to go. We couldn't bring ourselves to say goodbye without paying our respects the best way we know how: commemoration in an epic photograph. The resulting images will make beards all around the world envious of the luxurious sendoff Dan's received. And before you ask, we will preface by telling you that the sandwich is real! Complete with 2 pounds of bacon (it was a delicious week). The taxidermy was borrowed from Dan's 10-year-old cousin Abby (her first buck). Enjoy:

Here's a BTS pullback shot so you can see how we lit the image to give it a utopian "movie poster" look:

Lastly, we gotta give a loving shout out to our good friends Eric and Marty for helping us with the setup on this shot! Two of the coolest dudes in Iowa right here: