Happy Thanksgiving from McClearen Design Studios

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Our gift to you this Thanksgiving…  A beautiful song, thoughts of thankfulness, and hopefully a smile.

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The Story Behind the Video:
A couple of years ago, I was shooting time lapse photography for the opening of a restaurant (Hadley’s Restaurant) located in Jackson, Tennessee.  The 30 second spot concept was an early morning sunrise with narration.  In October of that year, I must have gone to the field where I shot Hadley’s commercial no less than fifteen times.  My dog, BlueJean, and I would head out about 4:15 am…  drive about 10, then walk another 20 minutes to the shot site before the sun would rise.

It was always a time of watching the weather, temperature and cloud formations…  trying to get just the perfect combination for colorful display, clouds that were moving and hopefully there would be a minimum amount of fog, since the scene was close to the river. Many days it was very cold, and cold was great, for it contributed to the color in the sky. Just keep in mind that October is always a great chance to shoot a sunrise!

However, on this particular morning, the fog was socked in thick.  I had experienced this fog that even made it difficult to drive several mornings.  I had also noticed a place on the river where the sun burst through the fog, and I had previously contacted the owners of this property to see if I could photograph in their back yard, while they were probably sleeping! They were gracious enough to give me permission.

I saw the combination of weather elements…  pulled in and set up in their backyard for the display.  I had been photographing for about an hour, and the fog was so very thick that I finally thought…  I am not going to see the sun today!

It had been so very cold during that hour that I had the car seat heaters turned on so BlueJean and I could get a bit of warmth and relief from the bitter cold air.

After quite some time, I gave up on that sun, tore down and packed away the equipment and started to leave… but oh my… my car battery had gone dead.

I thought, great…  hmmm.  Who do I call at 5 am but Sweet Baby James, my poor husband!

At this point, I am pacing around outside on the phone, giving James directions to where I am hidden in the fog…  literally hidden, I say.

Just as I got off the phone, I walk back to the scene to take one last look.  OH MY GOODNESS, the sun was creeping through…  so I set back up and started shooting again! Then, beautiful creatures came out of the darkness and walked right into the scene. Those turkeys could not care less that I was there.  Actually, I was probably on their regular wandering turf!

At one point they started to leave…  but no, I circled around and made a wide loop to herd them back into the camera frame. I must say, I did feel like Mama Turkey coaxing my young’uns back into the scene. And actually, I got some odd looks from those funny birds, looking back at me as I calmly drove their direction!

Meanwhile, I suddenly remember that I have a husband driving in the fog trying to find me…  and calling on the phone that I had left in the car…  since Mama Turkeys do not carry phones.

End of story: Sweet Baby James did find me, got the car running…  and yes, I think he forgave me too… eventually. I must say, the man married an artist…  and I think I am contributing to his becoming a Saint!

Brenda McClearen

Have a Thankful Thanksgiving!
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Thank you to the Burchfield Brothers for this incredible music that we shared in this scene.

Poet’s Corner at Scarritt Bennett Center/August 22

Brenda McClearen will be the featured speaker at Poet’s Corner

August 22, 2013.  (7:00-8:00 pm)
Free & open to the public
Fondren Building at Scarritt-Bennett (2nd Floor)
1008 19th Ave.  S.
Nashville, TN 37212

 

Plan to join us for some laughter, misty eyes…  and basically a little fun.

 

Here is a sampling of Brenda’s work:

Greta Mae Skelton (Oct.  2011)

The saucy gal with bosoms…
The one that had ‘em.

She stood out.
Her tall stature,
taller than reality
for the spike heels made her so.

Mama Skelton used to say that only Greta
gave her trouble.
The youngest child of 5

The one with fiery temper… flair,
and a zest to grab life
Make a whirlwind of it…  really

Greta must have given her mom a real run…
more than the others
It was true.

She pushed the boundaries.
She jumped those fences.
She flew.

I’d guess the bosoms
helped to carve her personality
to bold.

Confident, head high and lilted… sure.

Not many have the luxury of such a physical trait
that enables a creation to become an eye magnet.

Such a shame for all the other Skelton girls
that Greta got all the bosom genes…

The whole linage of bosom blood…
all went into Greta.

And the small leftovers…
dispersed sparingly to the remaining three.

But the Lord knew that Greta Mae
could handle them, I guess.

And she did, they served her well
and all her days
they made her proud.

Her beauty of face and ready smile…
Her tiny waist, caramel skin…

Flashing beauty, bosoms…
turning heads with the ever slight of strut

The power to win men and gain women’s envy
with a simple drifting move
that cuts a room in two.

Colored lips, bright red always,
dark hair

Stunning, she glided…
confident she posed… perky

Fireworks followed her path
She captured the man…
the handsome, lively one

Natural they were together.
She loved her bosoms
and so did he.

Early to marry, they did,
cause her bosoms needed capturing.

Safe in hand
And a family fast – they made.
One, two the children came.

Her fire grew into a graceful
woman with age.

Her hair grew too, piled higher still, black.
She doted on her man, spoiled him sure.

This matriarch coddled her family.
She drew them all to her.
She loved deep.

We gathered round the casket.
Gone, she was.

The preacher praised Aunt Greta.
He described her love of flashy dress,
and shopping expertise…
her famous cherry cobbler… a perfected achievement.

He shared her love of God and family
and service to her fellow flock.
Then accolades more in detail…

But glaringly… absent to me…
all those words
and not a mention of those bosoms,
famous as they were.

 

Roll-y Veins

It looked like the virus that had visited all at the office
was finally settled in to live with Mom.

Her labor in breathing and failure to rebound was becoming obvious.
The trip to the hospital changed from an if, to a when.
And I saw that it was coming.

What I dreaded most was watching the small, frail victim be so scared.

I knew the drill and had my “roll-y vein” speech ready.

“You know she has roll-y veins
so when you try to get blood
bring in the best blood sucking, vein catcher that you have

‘Cause this woman’s veins run, they roll
they dodge a needle with the best of skill.
You’ll puncture and poke, sweat and swear…
Then, you’ll give up… you’ll run find the best vein catcher you have.
So if you’ll start with the very best vein catcher in the east…

You’ll get those precious few drops…
quite a bit earlier than later
(cause that’s all you’ll get)

Plus, know at the onset that we can’t fill those tubes…
This blood river is slow, thick and dry…  so get your drops and go.”

Then, much to my awe and amazement the vein catcher came,
poked, hit that roll-y vein…  first snag!!
Wow, I thought…  now that woman is a vein catcher champion, as she said
“That blood is like molasses”,
then skipped out with her vials,
in professional vampire form.

And we rest…

Hadley’s Southern Kitchen & Bakery (commercial, web, photography)

We have created a lot of commercials in the past, but the most recent spot for Hadley’s Restaurant out of Jackson, Tennessee was certainly a “day to remember”. coque iphone 7 soldes coque iphone pas cher vente de coque iphone coque iphone pas cher coque iphone soldes coque iphone 2019 coque iphone xr coque iphone solde coque iphone pas cher (Click image above to watch the commercial!)

 

The client’s goal was to shoot macro food photography to support a minimum of three television spots in one day! We also supplied still photos for print, outdoor advertising and web purposes for all their new product line. coque iphone coque iphone pas cher coque iphone outlet vente de coque iphone coque iphone 8 coque iphone 2019 coque iphone xs max coque iphone 2019 pas cher ONE DAY…. coque iphone 2019 coque iphone 8 coque iphone 7 coque iphone coque iphone well, it was a very long day.

 

I must share, that we prayed that this day would go smoothly, efficiently and sanely… acheter coque iphone en ligne coque iphone soldes coque iphone pas cher coque iphone x coque iphone coque iphone xr coque iphone 2019 coque iphone solde coque iphone xs max coque iphone coque iphone 8 coque iphone and hoped we would be a blessing!

 

This process required a pretty efficient assembly line of talent to pull this together, to stay on time and within budget. coque iphone 7 coque iphone 7 coque iphone 8 coque iphone 8 coque iphone x coque iphone outlet coque iphone coque iphone 6 coque iphone en ligne Thankfully, we had a great crew, and I didn’t see anyone cry or throw food from the stress! Hmmmm, not a bad idea, we could have thrown a lot of food! I must admit we worked like a well-oiled machine. coque iphone x coque iphone 6 coque iphone pas cher soldes coque iphone outlet coque iphone soldes coque iphone acheter coque iphone en ligne coque iphone 6 We got enough footage for several more spots in the can.

 

Many thanks to the crew: Mary, Martin, Fred, Randy, Fabianna, Russ, Kelli and Whitney

 

I certainly would not try this for just anyone… coque iphone pas cher outlet coque iphone coque iphone 2019 coque iphone coque iphone 2019 coque iphone pas cher coque iphone coque iphone coque iphone soldes coque iphone but we are real fans of the fine southern gentlemen that have a great product in… coque iphone x coque iphone 8 coque iphone 8 coque iphone 6 coque iphone coque iphone soldes Hadley’s Southern Kitchen & Bakery.

GodSong Music Academy with Allison Speer

It was a privilege and an honor to speak at GodSong Music Academy (previously known as The Elijah Conference) again this year. coque iphone coque iphone xr coque iphone pas cher The conference, hosted by Allison and Brian Speer is a four day event that teaches ministers and musicians to hone their skills into a more effective presentation of the Gospel.

 

Students come away with critical performance techniques and instruction in the many facets of the music business such as: CD production, marketing, your image, non-profit ministry opportunities, road management and booking.

 

McClearen Design Studios’ part of the presentation touched on image and visual presentation of what contributes to good design for CD’s, photography, promotional materials, and web applications.

 

After speaking, I joined in for part of the afternoon to watch more of Allison Speer and her group’s presentations. coque iphone coque iphone coque iphone soldes coque iphone I am always amazed at how much good information is covered here, in such a short amount of time. coque iphone en ligne coque iphone 2019 pas cher coque iphone 7 coque iphone coque iphone en ligne I was touched by a short critique of a young vocalist that preformed under Allison’s watchful eyes. acheter coque iphone en ligne coque iphone 6 coque iphone soldes Every detail of his presentation was noted by her, and at the very end, after stopping him mid-song several times, and offering tips on stage presence, vocal delivery, and actually breathing our Lord’s confidence into his work… soldes coque iphone coque iphone Oh My Goodness… coque iphone xs coque iphone x coque iphone xr coque iphone 7 coque iphone xs coque iphone 2019 soldes in the very last, the transformation took me by surprise. coque iphone coque iphone coque iphone 7 coque iphone x I still get cold chills at his final delivery of the song. coque iphone pas cher coque iphone 2019 pas cher The whole audience was moved, as I was.

 

Next, Allison and Brian presented a segment on songwriting. coque iphone xs soldes coque iphone pas cher coque iphone x coque iphone 8 coque iphone xs max The two professionals interviewed, Joel Lindsey and Jeff Bumgardner, were co-writers on some of Allison’s new songs that are being released. coque iphone 2019 coque iphone 2019 soldes coque iphone Brian took Allison by surprise, and invited her to sing a couple of the cuts they had recorded. coque iphone 7 coque iphone coque iphone xr acheter coque iphone acheter coque iphone en ligne I must admit, after those two songs… outlet coque iphone coque iphone en ligne coque iphone coque iphone 2019 coque iphone solde I had cried enough. coque iphone pas cher acheter coque iphone en ligne coque iphone pas cher acheter coque iphone en ligne soldes coque iphone coque iphone solde As I left, I commented to Matt Felts, of the Dixie Melody Boys… coque iphone xr coque iphone x coque iphone x coque iphone xs max coque iphone 7 coque iphone I gotta get outta here, so I can quit crying! Unexpectedly, as I drove home, I realized I had hoped to be a blessing to their ministry… coque iphone 7 coque iphone pas cher soldes coque iphone coque iphone 7 acheter coque iphone en ligne but left… soldes coque iphone coqueiphone coque iphone en ligne having been scooped up by my Lord and personally hugged by Him… coque iphone en ligne coque iphone pas cher coque iphone pas cher coque iphone 6 acheter coque iphone en ligne coque iphone 8 and the beautiful group of people at GodSong Music Academy.

Merry Christmas from McClearen Design Studios

Perched on Shelby Street Bridge we shot some stills of the “David K Wilson”, coque iphone coque iphone en ligne coque iphone coque iphone 7 one of the barges owned by Ingram Barge Company. coque iphone 8 coque iphone coque iphone x coque iphone coque iphone 8 outlet coque iphone coque iphone pas cher coque iphone x Every year, coque iphone soldes coque iphone xs 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, coque iphone 7 coque iphone x coque iphone 2019 pas cher coque iphone en ligne coque iphone 6 so they were kind enough to do a bit of a dance for us. coque iphone 7 coque iphone 2019 coque iphone 8 acheter coque iphone en ligne coque iphone 2019 coque iphone pas cher coque iphone pas cher coque iphone 7 coque iphone en ligne 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.

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Thank you to the Burchfield Brothers. coque iphone 2019 coque iphone 7 coque iphone xr coque iphone 8 coque iphone coque iphone 8 coque iphone coque iphone soldes coque iphone 6 Check out more from these inspiring musicians at:
www.burchfieldbrothers.com

* McClearen Design Studios will be closed December 23-27 to spend Christmas with loved ones. coque iphone solde coque iphone pas cher coque iphone xs max coque iphone pas cher soldes coque iphone 2019 coque iphone outlet coque iphone xs max coque iphone x We will re-open Monday, coque iphone 2019 coque iphone 2019 coque iphone pas cher coque iphone xs max coque iphone 2019 soldes coque iphone December 30th.

Honduras – Mike McCabe “Keep Sending Me Angels”

Honduras \”Keep Sending me Angels\”

Honduras Mission Trip

“Keep Sending Me Angels” recorded by Mike McCabe

Special thanks to all our new friends that we met during our travels,

DVD Shoot for Renee Grant-Williams, Master Vocal Coach

Recently, I had the pleasure of working with leading vocal coach, Renee Grant-Williams. coque iphone 2019 soldes coque iphone 2019 pas cher coque iphone 2019 pas cher coque iphone coque iphone xs max Renee is a very well known, and well-respected vocal coach in the Nashville area, with clientele ranging from Christina Aguilera to Kenny Chesney.

McClearen Design Studios was asked to shoot video for Renee’s “Vocal Master Class,” held at Soundcheck Rehearsal Studio in Nashville. coque iphone coque iphone 8 coque iphone xr coque iphone 2019 pas cher coque iphone en ligne coque iphone 6 coque iphone pas cher coque iphone coque iphone 7 This was the first of these classes after a five-year hiatus, and at this time Renee has no plans for another Master Class, so it was an honor to be able to attend, and work on this DVD series.

The detail she brought to every aspect of her vocal teaching is nothing short of amazing. coque iphone 2019 coqueiphone coque iphone 8 vente de coque iphone coque iphone 6 coque iphone 7 soldes coque iphone coque iphone 8 coque iphone 6 coque iphone 6 coque iphone 8 From the very beginning Renee caught my attention and drew me in. coque iphone coque iphone soldes coque iphone 2019 coque iphone en ligne coque iphone 8 Even though I was running camera, I couldn’t help but join the group in breathing technique. soldes coque iphone coque iphone 8 outlet coque iphone soldes coque iphone coque iphone x vente de coque iphone coque iphone xs max coque iphone 6 coque iphone 7 As each talented vocalist gave us examples of their style, Renee’s critique and suggestions for improvement made for such an informative event. coque iphone 8 coque iphone coque iphone 6 coque iphone coque iphone pas cher coque iphone en ligne coque iphone pas cher I am sure everyone there came away with so many new ideas and tools for improving their personnel style.

Participants’ names were drawn at random for to receive instruction from Renee, while other attendees learned by watching and listening. coque iphone xr coque iphone 6 coque iphone 2019 coque iphone x coque iphone en ligne coque iphone pas cher coque iphone x outlet coque iphone coque iphone xs max soldes coque iphone There was also an industry panel titled, “This New Business of Singing,” that helped provide singers with the insider information needed to pursue a successful career in the current music industry. coque iphone soldes coque iphone 6 coque iphone 7 coque iphone coque iphone soldes Panel members included music moguls such as, Paul Worley, Frank J Myers, Dean Sams, and Sherod Robertson. soldes coque iphone soldes coque iphone vente de coque iphone coque iphone soldes coque iphone acheter coque iphone en ligne coque iphone solde coque iphone It was a very informative session for everyone involved.

Later that evening, participants were asked to sing in front of power members of the music community, who would then offer critiques of the performances. coque iphone pas cher coque iphone 8 coque iphone 2019 soldes coque iphone coque iphone pas cher coque iphone 2019 soldes coque iphone coque iphone xr There was an amazing amount of talent that hit the stage! Every person that performed did an incredible job.