2012 Ames High Girls Cross Country

We recently made our first high school sports poster for the AHS girls XC team. Dan was an XC runner in high school and the girls coach is a friend of ours, so we took the opportunity to make XC look as cool as it deserves (it's easily the most underrated high school sport). For any of you not familiar with Ames, we are the "Little Cyclones" (Iowa State is the "Cyclones"), hence the storm and twister in the background. If you're local, these will be floating around town soon so be sure and snag one... the girls might even autograph it for you if you go to one of their meets!

Mackenzi & Kyle (married)

Mackenzi & Kyle's wedding day began at the Adam's Street Bed and Breakfast in Carroll, IA, where Mackenzi and her bridesmaids were getting ready. We want to give them a shout out for being some of the most fun bridesmaids we've ever met! (If you haven't seen the images from their crazy photobooth yet, click here right now). Once Mackenzi donned her charming birdcage veil and mermaid gown, we met up with Kyle for some portraits, including some intimate moments and an image inspired by American Gothic. The entire event was held at Santa Maria Winery. The weather was gorgeous and the ceremony took place outside on the patio, followed by cocktails and a reception inside the winery. It provided a wonderful scene for dancing and formalities to unfold. Mackenzi & Kyle presented a special cupcake and led the guests in a rousing "Happy Birthday" for their nephew's first birthday. The ring bearer (Mackenzi and Kyle's adorable son), busted some killer dance moves with his teddy bear and rockstar sneakers (see below).

Clarke University Culture Book

A few months ago I got to photograph an Incredibly Rad commercial project for Clarke University. The concept was the brainchild of the gentlemen at Sean Murphy Design (who handled the design and art direction). The copy writing was done by Rob Lombardi, a very talented former classmate of mine - we worked together on the Computer Head project in college. Also mad props to Trisha, Jamie and Mike from Clarke for all the help and for being such cool people (and for the coffee). Our photoshoot took place over 2 days in Dubuque, IA, with 5 shots each day. Each shot took a couple hours to set up and shoot. A giant rusty fan, cooking oil and a slew of small children are just a few of the props that were implemented to pull-off each image concept.  Each shot tells the story of a current Clarke student - the positive impact their Clarke experience has had on them and the difference they're making in the world. Our goal was to create a piece that stood out against the trend of boring sameness currently saturating the majority of university promo pieces. I think we nailed it. Imagine the following layouts printed HUGE and sent to prospective students: the Clarke Culture Book. It kind of makes me want to be a high school senior just so I can go to Clarke and hang with all these cool cats again.

Side Note: Make sure you check out Rob Shots on our facebook page for a very hilarious behind the scenes series of Rob standing in for every shot as a test-dummy :)

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Lastly, here are a couple set-up shots I found to show all you photo geeks the teamwork and details that went into these shots:

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New McStudio Promo Video

We launched our studio promo video on Sunday! If you haven’t seen it on our new web site yet, here it is:

McClanahan Studio from Dan McClanahan on Vimeo.

We want to extend 10,000 thank-you’s to John Likens for all his help with our new web site and blog. We’ve grown to love this guy an unbelievable amount and words cannot express how much we appreciate what he’s done for us. If you ever need a motion/web designer, I would recommend him above all else.