Pat White is a Master Certified Coach and is a recognized expert in developing leaders, teams and coaches to achieve exceptional results for the lives and businesses. We had the pleasure of taking some new headshots for Pat. Pat is so fun so we wanted to provide her with both a very professional look as well as one that showcased her fun personality. Visit her site to see what she can do for you and your business: www.PatWhiteCoach.com.
Alliant Capital Advisors out of Brentwood, TN needed an updated company portrait as well as individual headshots for each of the team members. Here at McClearen, we can provide you with a wide range of corporate headshot styles from buttoned up to buttoned down. Contact us for a quote and to plan your corporate headshot!
Myrna won the Female Vocalist award at IMMERSE 2014 with her incredible talents. We had the privilege of taking her photograph following her award.
We had the opportunity to take some pictures of the beautiful Aryn Michelle at Cumberland Park. Aryn won the Female Singer/Songwriter award at IMMERSE 2014. You can check out her music at www.arynmichelle.com.
Sam Moore joined Nu-Blu on their All The Way disc on Rural Rhythm Records.
Soul Man Sam Moore was featured on CBS Sunday Morning August 17, with a glimpse of this dynamic addition to his repertoire. For years, Sam Moore has been best known for lending his unmistakable lead vocals to the classic soul duo, Sam & Dave. But his latest musical move is a career first — bluegrass. Moore sits in on “Jesus & Jones,” a duet with Carolyn Routh, vocalist of the bluegrass group Nu-Blu. The single — a tribute to country legend George Jones — will also appear on the band’s All The Way project (full release Sept. 16). Also included is a special feature track with the ‘Queen of Bluegrass’ Rhonda Vincent.
This two-day photo shoot was especially exciting for our group at McClearen Design! We had an excellent session, plus the pleasure of producing the design on Nu-Blu’s All The Way cover. Kelli Dirks and I had tons of fun with Daniel, Carolyn, Austin and Levi. It was a joy to work with the whole group!
I worked with Sam some 30-plus years ago on another LP release with he and Dave called “Sweet & Funky Gold”. I surprised him with a copy at the studio session, with Nu-Blu. There was a ton of teasing, laughter and fun shared by all. Sam’s humor is contagious. Here is an insightful excerpt from Sam’s blog – a telling summary of the legend himself. We should all learn from this wisdom. –Brenda McClearen
Words of Inspiration
At 73, having lived the crazy life I’ve lived, I think I’ve learned some important things.
My wife Joyce stumbled on this post one day, by someone else named Sam Moore, while doing some research, and we thought the messages were inspiring and brilliant; so I would like to share these thoughts with everyone who visits my site:
(1) Never apologize for your enthusiasm, passion, or vision.
(2) Never apologize for being inspired by another human being.
(3) Seek out inspiration (don’t wait for it).
(4) Inspire others by sharing your talents and time.
(5) And no matter what: Don’t let the bozos grind you down, ever.
CD Cover & Photography: McClearen Design Studios (http://www.mcclearendesign.com)
Graphics & Photography, Kelli Dirks & Brenda McClearen / Illustration, Randy Garrett
When Susan DePue was preparing a social media launch for her business, she approached us at McClearen with media needs. We wanted to capture her warm smile and inviting presence. Susan adds an invaluable boost to businesses of any size that are looking to ratchet up a notch. Her business, Growth Pointe strategies, “provides you a GPS for business growth”. We at McClearen can attest to the value of Susan’s methods, having had her help tweaking our service offerings and working personally with our staff.
Susan… a successful Business Strategist, Coach, Mentor, Speaker and Author. She balances this amazing list with effective style.
Check out all the impressive skills that Susan can bring to the table at www.growthpointestrategies.com.
Weave a New Web
Rob Simbeck’s new Responsive Website. Click here to visit!
Author, musician, speaker, journalist, poet, naturalist, marathon runner. Brilliant, creative, clever, kind, empathetic. A man of authenticity and a stalwart of integrity—and one of the fastest typists I have ever seen! Especially considering he was composing content in his mighty brain as it flowed simultaneously through his fingers.
This is Rob Simbeck. I’m certainly not qualified to categorize Rob as a genius, but I’d make that bet. For one, being in the presence of Rob and his smarts does not squash a lesser brain (such as mine)! He is a people magnet that raises others to his level, a gentle genius.
Clearly, I love working with Rob. His business as a writer covers so many facets in the publishing arena it becomes a blatant name-dropping frenzy—Kellie Pickler, Joe Nichols, Blake Shelton, Jon Pardi, Frankie Ballard, Trace Adkins, Craig Morgan, Sheryl Crow, Shania Twain, Emmylou Harris, Loretta Lynn, Alan Jackson, Waylon Jennings, Kenny Rogers, Rascal Flatts, Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, Jo Dee Messina, Blake Shelton, Wayne Newton, Bela Fleck, B.J. Thomas, Charley Pride, Carrie Underwood, Andrae Crouch, Darius Rucker, Patti Page, Ricky Van Shelton, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Brad Paisley and so many more (click here for more name dropping that’s done on Rob’s site!). He has worked with scores of the interesting and famous, both nationally and in our own Music City, where Rob calls home. Rob is also the Nashville Bureau Chief of Bob Kingsley’s Top 40 (http://www.ct40.com).
To keep in line with his top tier performance, we recently upgraded Rob’s website to be responsive – built to provide optimal viewing experience on all devices, desktop to mobile.
With mobile devices making up roughly 53% of all web traffic, the need for a responsive website is more of a necessity than a want. The ability to provide a seamless experience from your site to the user across the span of available devices ensures that you can bring them into your story or culture effortlessly! We are, as you read, rebuilding the McClearen Design website to bring that experience to our visitors!
Oh, good grief, I must quit going on and on about Rob… but I have to mention that we had a blast collaborating on this book for Cracker Barrel a few years ago. We were able to access so much rich content from the early greats of the music industry. Plus, the joy of working with photos by the legendary Les Leverett!
New Book Release!
Butterflies of Tennessee by RITA VENERABLE
Hot off the press!! We enjoyed getting to work with the lovely outdoorswoman, Rita Venable, and Maywood Publishing on the design of this ultimate resource for Butterflies of Tennessee. If your heart takes flight whenever you see these beautiful creatures, this is the book for you! Whether you enjoy a hike in the woods or a jaunt through a botanical garden, Butterflies of Tennessee will help you determine varying species. Beyond identification, it will teach you about inviting butterflies to the places where you live, work, and play. This book is an easy to use handbook with full-color photos of eggs, caterpillars, chrysalises, and adult butterflies.
Thanks, Rita, for bringing all of the research and valuable tools together for all Tennessee nature buffs!
Perched on Shelby Street Bridge we shot some stills of the “David K Wilson”, one of the barges owned by Ingram Barge Company. Every year, at Christmas all of the barges deck out with christmas lights for a display during the season.
The crew on the “David K” knew we were photographing them, so they were kind enough to do a bit of a dance for us. This year we placed those still shots with the sound of “Carol of the Bells” by The Burchfield Brothers.
May you have a joyful holiday season.
Thank you to the Burchfield Brothers. Check out more from these inspiring musicians at:
* McClearen Design Studios will be closed December 23-27 to spend Christmas with loved ones. We will re-open Monday, December 30th. Merry Christmas!