Iowa State Presidential Holiday Greeting

This year we had the very cool opportunity of working with PUSH Branding + Design on an interactive E-card for ISU president Steven Leath and first lady Janet Leath during their first year in office at Iowa State University. We provided the photography and PUSH provided the art direction and animation. We had a nostalgically great time returning to our Alma mater for this project! Click the image below to enjoy the finished piece, which was unveiled this morning:

 

 

The Deadlies

Last Spring Dan went to Los Angeles to photograph album art and promotional materials for an incredibly talented musical duo. Unfortunately the band broke up before the photos were published, so we're publishing them here for your enjoyment.

Imagery for the Robert Young Center

A while back we had the pleasure of creating some images for the Robert Young Center with Tag Marketing and Communications in Davenport, IA. Tag recently sent us some of the finished pieces (they did all the design wok) and we really like how they used our photos in context with their design. Robert Young is a mental health center that helps people overcome mental issues and get back to their everyday lives, so our assignment was to represent that visually. In the primary images our subjects are confidently re-inserting themselves into the regular activities of their everyday lives (stepping into the void), and then additional imagery shows them back in the swing of things. This project was a fun challenge for us technically and we had a great time working with the folks at Tag!

RGB

A few months back we had the privilege of teaching at After Dark Education in Tucson, AZ. One of Dan's classes took a rock band (girl group RGB) on location for a late night shoot with the purpose of thinking outside the box and experimenting with creative techniques and compositions to create high-impact images. Here's a look at how the images turned out:

Here's a behind the scenes look at the setup... We used Canon speedlights for our lighting, usually with gels appropriately colored to exaggerate the RGB theme:

These gals were great to work with, as was everybody that came to the class!

ADDY Awards promo poster

Our friends at Rally Collective are in charge of creating the campaign for the Dubuque Addy's this year, and like every project they get themselves involved with – they rocked it! They wanted the campaign's main poster to be photo-dominant so we got together and shot some images at our studio. The incredibly good looking subject is Rob Lombardi, more commonly known as the Michael Phelps of copy-writing (you might recognize him from Rob Shots, arguably the greatest facebook gallery ever). The concept was to create an iconic Olympic-style portrait of a creative professional to get people psyched about competing in the Addy's. Simple and effective. It certainly gets me in the mood to wrestle a bear. There will be videos and additional material to further develop the concept across the campaign. Keep your eye out, it's gonna be good! Here's the front and back of the poster:

And here's an additional image of Rob that didn't make the poster, but is definitely worth sharing. Notice the Dubuque Tower atop the bluff in the background...

We shot lots of behind-the-scenes video of this photoshoot that will surface in the form of a tutorial if we ever get some free time. Lastly... Happy New Year's Eve! Hard to believe it's already 2012. Thanks for a great year!

2011 Platinum Photographer of the Year

This is pretty wild, but after double checking to verify that the judges didn't confuse me for somebody else named Dan I'm excited to share the news with you! If you're a regular on the blog, you might remember that back in February my entries in the Professional Photographers of Iowa print competition won every category that was submitted. After the state competition I sent my prints on to a regional competition, and then onto the Professional Photographer's of America's International Photographic Competition where my images competed against the best work from 22,000 photographers in 54 countries.  I'm very shocked (and a little giddy) to find out that I did rather well...I was named a 2011 Platinum Photographer of the Year. What the heck does that mean? Here's part of the press release from PPA: The level of the award is determined by how many of the photographer's four entries receive the highest possible honor: acceptance into the PPA Loan Collection, which is displayed at photographic exhibitions, conventions and other photography events. McClanahan was named a Platinum Medalist, meaning that three of his four merited images entered the PPA Loan Collection. In 2011 he was one of only 32 Platinum Medalists worldwide.

"These photographers have reached a prestigious achievement," states Dennis Craft, PPA's Photographic Exhibition Committee Chairman. 'The consistent quality required to earn the title of Platinum Medalist in one of the world's most celebrated photography competitions certainly bodes well for their clients, too!"

I must give a HUGE thanks to our clients and our friends that put up with our craziness and allow us to create images like these. What we do wouldn't be possible with out you and you truly are the reason we love our job!   My winning entries were as follows:

"Never Trust A Woman"- This image is a top 10 finisher and will duke it out for a 1st place Grand Imaging Award at Imaging USA in February. This print is also nominated for a Kodak Gallery Elite Award, which will also be announced at Imaging USA.

"Heidi & Neal" - engagement album selected for the Loan Collection. Here's one spread from the album:

"Jill& John" - wedding album selected for the Loan Collection. Here's one spread from the album:

"All American Slam" - merited image:   (GO STATE!)

-Dan