Jocelyn Part 1

It's no secret that working with musicians is one of our favorite things to do. There isn't much of a scene in central Iowa, so when an Iowa band comes along that's kicking butt and taking names – it's pretty darn exciting. Jocelyn is headquartered in Iowa City and is on the verge of releasing their first EP. You can hear their first single on their Facebook page. We got a sneak preview of the EP and it's gonna be good! It's We photographed promo images for the band in 2 parts, the second of which will be released down the road. Enjoy part 1 and make sure you check out their tunes and share the love!

80/35 Portraits for DMS Magazine

Dan recently had the pleasure of creating some artwork for  DSM Magazine featuring Jill and Hillary from On Pitch marketing agency, the beloved Poison Control Center and Justin from the Greater Des Moines Music Coalition, all of whom are heavily involved in this years 80/35 music festival. Dozens of separate images were photographed and collaged with tape and scissors to create whimsical backdrops tied together  by iconic Des Moines architectural elements. The cut-and-paste style is intended to celebrate the way music ties us together and the power it has over influencing our attitudes and perceptions.

The story can be read here :)

AD:Vegas Rockstar Photography

***If you're going to After Dark: Cincinnati, use our super awesome code "MAC" to receive $50 off your registration!*** This is pt 2 of a series of posts featuring the classes we teach at After Dark Education events. If you missed Pt 1, check it here. Anywho, Rockstar Photography is one of our absolute favorite classes! The purpose of the class is to break rules and experiment with creative lighting and posing that photographers wouldn't traditionally use in an on-the-job situation. Techniques taught in the class can be used to increase creativity in your group photos (meaning wedding parties, families, etc) and cause your brain cogs to churn in brand new ways. If applied, this will improve your overall artistry and allow your work to stand out from the horde of same-looking photographs currently flooding the world.

For our Vegas class we were given a really cool rock band to work with! We started out doing something we've never done before (because that's the point of the class) and blended some red gels with ambient light to create a psychedelic reality:

This shot is from the exact same location, only the artificial lights were removed and we shot a long exposure using strictly ambient light. Thanks to our class attendees for creating wonderfully ambiance-enhancing blurs:

We shot some quick individuals on some nasty wallpaper with a ring flash. NOT flattering or traditional, but that's what's awesome about it:

And lastly, we took our 3 flashes and put wonky colored gels on them for a creative shot using the natural architecture of the Last Vegas Hilton (where the event took place). We call this one Rainbow Road :)

We'll be teaching this class again in Cincinnati, so if you're intrigued - come check it out!

Yellowbrick: The Envy Corps

Recently I had the pleasure of photographing The Envy Corps again for the newest Yellowbrick cover. If you are unfamiliar with their music, do yourself a favor and purchase all of it. Seriously. We're HUGE fans!

The shoot was short and sweet - we photographed everything outdoors in sub-zero temperatures so hastiness was required to avoid death by hypothermia. Their new album is darker and more raw than their previous releases (though I haven't heard any of it yet), so we created imagery to match. The new issue of YB hits newsstands today so make sure you pick up a copy! The lit images were shot using 2 Canon speedlights and some gels. Here are the goods:

Christopher the Conquered

I got to spend some time recently with Christopher the Conquered and photograph a portrait for Yellowbrick Magazine. Due to the complexity of everyone's schedule, our photoshoot ended up taking place at about 10pm in the alleyway behind our studio. Chris and company have a large reputation for their live performances (Great group energy with the whole being much more than the sum of its parts), and that's the feeling we tried to convey in the final image. The band was great to work with and had no reserves about hauling out their gear on a weeknight to get the shot. Here's what we came up with: