Clarke University 2012

If you've followed us for a while you might recall a campaign we photographed with the brilliant crew at Rally Collective for Clarke University. This is one of our all time favorite projects, telling the stories of Clarke students and faculty through conceptual portraiture (photographed on location at Clarke and around Dubuque). Since photographing the original Clarke series (which can be seen here), Dan has returned to Dubuque a few times to continue the project. We've already photographed a new batch of images for 2013 that we can't share yet, but for now enjoy this new set of Clarke images from 2012!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mere Agency

This is a little belated, but we want to formally introduce you to our new neighbors: Mere Agency! They're web strategists/developers that do great work.  They now occupy a very cool corner space on the 2nd floor of our building. We're inspired by them kicking butt as a young start–up. They had us photograph some promo images for them. If you see any of these guys around town, make sure to stare at them awkwardly:

2013 Iowa Photographer of the Year

Gratitude is the feeling that has been on our hearts this week. Gratitude for the family and friends that have supported and endured with us through the hardest working year of our lives in 2012. Also, gratitude for our wonderful clients (friends) that have let us in to their lives and allowed us to tell their stories and capture their memories. You are why we love what we do! It is with gratitude that we're excited share some good news with you:

Last week we both competed in the annual Professional Photographer's of Iowa print competition. The best professional photographers in the state each submit 4 prints that are judged by a national panel according to the 12 elements of a merit image.

This was Alex's first year competing and she ended up with the highest average score between her four prints, winning the coveted "PPI Photographer of the Year" trophy! She had one print earn a rarely attained "Perfect 100" score. That print also earned her the Masterpiece Award from Fujifilm and first place in the "Portrait of a Child" category. Lastly, she won first place with her wedding album and earned the trophy for "Best Wedding Image." Not bad for a first–timer! Dan is one proud hubby!

Dan ended up 3rd place in the Top 10 with all four of his images earning a merit (scoring 80 or above) and earning Distinguished Print awards (those funny looking purple ribbons in the photo). He also earned a coveted Judges Choice ribbon.

We need to keep the images under the radar until the final round of judging takes place later this year (International Print Competition), but we have posted the images for you to view on a private page here. If you are a PPA judge - don't click the link! The rest of you, please refrain from sharing the link publicly for the time being. Also you are cordially invited to stop by our studio and we will gladly show you the prints in person (which is better anyways because then we get to hang out).

Thank you for reading this! As you have surely noticed, our blog has fallen onto the back–burner in recent months but we have big plans to bring it new life in the coming weeks. Check back soon!

xoxo,

Dalex