Ep. 039: Dan McClanahan | Be Inspired Photography Podcast
Portrait photographer Dan McClanahan on the Be Inspired Photography Podcast.
Listen to Patrick chat with portrait and commercial photographer Dan McClanahan about understanding your market, continuously learning and doing the opposite of what everyone else is doing.
Dan McClanahan’s Bio:
Dan McClanahan became a photographer in 2009 with the goal of creating a fresh alternative to traditional photography in his market. His quest was so successful that his work quickly made waves in the photo industry with multiple Grand Imaging Awards, WPPI awards, magazine features and becoming one of the youngest photographers on record to receive all three photography degrees bestowed by PPA.
Dan has given back to the photography community as an educator, teaching numerous times at Imaging USA, SYNC, After Dark Education, PhotoVision and several smaller events. He owns and operates McClanahan Studio with his best friend and beautiful wife, Alex, and splits his time between advertising photography and modern high school senior photography.
The couple lives and works in a 12k sq/ft historic building they renovated and share with nine tenants. Outside of work, Dan is a small town Iowa introvert that loves Jesus, his family, punk rock drumming and strong coffee.
Dan McClanahan’s official site http://www.mcclanahanstudio.net and Instagram.
Be Inspired Photography Podcast with Dan McClanahan.
00:00 Welcome to Episode 39 of the Be Inspired Photography Podcast.
00:50 Sign up to our newsletter.
01:04 Leave us an iTunes review.
Dan McClanahan on the Be Inspired Photography Podcast.
01:40 Dan McClanahan interview.
01:48 Dan’s ‘breaking in’ story and more about the type of photography he does.
02:45 McClanahan’s style of photography and his path to becoming a professional photographer.
05:42 Learning from hard times: Building a business and brand after the financial crash.
10:52 How Dan’s commercial work has influenced his portraiture and vice verse.
12:53 Why you should do the opposite of what everyone else is doing.
14:07 Learning from others: The benefits of being involved with your local photography association.
16:28 Does a work/life balance exist?
19:09 How Dan McClanahan markets his work and ensures the sale.
23:23 What inspires Dan?
25:41 Dan McClanahan’s creative process from start to finish.
32:09 The go-to choices for cameras, lenses and lights.
35:33 Top technical tip, “Cloth yourself in an armour of craft.”
36:21 Why getting it right ‘in camera’ is still the most important thing to do.
39:24 Where to find and follow Dan online.
40:02 Who is Dan McClanahan’s favourite photographer of all time?
Be Inspired Photography Podcast Episode 39.
41:28 Thank you to Dan McClanahan for joining us on the Be Inspired Photography Podcast.
41:31 Leave us a review in iTunes.
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