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

Stories Covers

We've had the recent pleasure of starting to work with PUSH Branding + Design on a series of projects for Iowa State. Our first projects was a conceptual cover for the cover of ISU's College of Ag and Life Sciences publication, "Stories." The idea was to show a close-up image of a student that represents four different areas of student life: business, science, agriculture, and fun (i.e. attending a sporting event). We photographed 2 students at 4 locations and lined up the images as best we could using a tripod, then the images were combined in photoshop to merge the quadrants together. Here's how it turned out! (see below for a little BTS)

Here's a breakdown of the 4 separate shots out-of-camera. We shot this way so that the individual images are cool enough to stand alone, giving the college a library of student portraits to use for other purposes.

Our last shot of the day was the sports shot. After getting all the images we needed, I couldn't resist jumping in and getting a cyclone-fanatic shot of myself to polish off the day:

We'll be posting more of our adventures with PUSH soon!