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american_blog1 Anthologie celebrates the written words and voices of patriotism

As we celebrate our national holiday of patriotism, we would like to point out that the Declaration of Independence commemorates a document of ideas rather than marking the beginning or end of any war or battle. We, too, wish to salute ideas and words with our latest project, "American Anthologie,"

John and I will interview and photograph champions of the ideals on which our nation was founded. We are not only interested in speaking with soldiers and veterans, but anyone with an American spirit and a story to tell.

Tell us what it means to you to be an American. Tell us when you felt the most American. Tell us what your hopes are for the future of America. We will interview you, photograph you, preserve your memorabilia and create a custom book telling your american story - safeguarding it for future generations.

What you need • A story with an American theme • Momentos associated with the story (badges, newsprint, letters) What you get • a 20-page book, the chronicle of your story, beautiful images

What it costs? $120 to cover our expenses (Regular price $750)

Deadline Please contact us at 952.232.5830, e-mail info@theanthologie or fill out our contact form HERE by July 31, 2009 to reserve your session


Anthologie making headlines

Tyler sets the scene for a late-night proposal May 9, 2009, in North Mankato. In early May we were thrilled to have one of our favorite clients contact us for a very special occasion. Tyler, whose family I have been documenting for the past yer, had planned to propose. I was fortunate enough to capture the moment and sort of become part of the story. See my earlier blog post HERE.

Shortly thereafter, we were contacted by a writer from the Mankato Free Press who had read our blog and was intrigued by the story. John and I, along with Tyler and Ashley, were interviewed in late May for a feature story which highlighted the entire experience and was recently published in the Free Press "Currents" section. Click HERE to read the full story, "Picture perfect proposal" by Sara Gilbert Frederick.

A glimpse into the future

Anthologie opening soon in historic downtown Northfield

The dust has settled and the paint has dried -- well, sort of anyway.

John and I have been absent from the blogosphere as of late as we've been working around the clock to finish renovations at our new studio and fine art gallery, opening Tuesday at 18 Bridge Square in Northfield.

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After the official Anthologie website launch April 1, John and I wasted no time moving to the next "big thing" in our own story -- signing a lease and immediately going to work. And working on a number of projects, including our "No Foolin'" lifestyle portrait promotion and the build out on our new location.

On top of matching the interior of the space to coincide with the Anthologie aesthetic, we've completely gutted and remodeled the bathroom and added walls to give the space a better flow. John and I have also installed a unique photo mounting system for our gallery (pictured below).

The studio will include a gallery of our own fine art photography and we will participate in the Northfield Riverwalk Arts Quarter, putting our own stamp on the vibrant arts scene the community already has and bringing our patrons to Northfield to help stimulate area businesses.

After weeks of cleaning, painting, fixing and plumbing, John and I were finally able to move in our office furniture today!

Our first official day of business will be Tuesday, however, we're already booked solid with assignments, so you'll have to wait until Wednesday to come by and say "hello." We strongly encourage all visitors and interested parties to schedule an appointment with us by using our contact form as we're often working on location. However, our typical work hours will be Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursdays noon to 8 p.m.

We will introduce ourselves to the community Friday, May 8 as an official sponsor of the Northfield Girls Night Out. Please stop in at Sisters Ugly to purchase tickets in advance to participate in our "wristband only" special event. More details will be coming soon.

Special thanks to our families, friends and clients for your patience throughout this past month (John and I have been hard to reach), but we truly appreciate all the support.

More of our story is coming soon!

Changes at Dan Iverson Photography

My business partner, John Magnoski, sets his lens on the bride and her bridesmaids while photographing Sept. 12, 2008, at the Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, Mass.

It’s been nearly 11 months since I was laid off from my post as a newspaper photographer.

The past year has been challenging and exciting. My biggest lesson has been recognizing and acting upon great opportunities when they present themselves. One such opportunity is the merging my business with that of an amazing photographer, John Magnoski.

The notion of partnering with someone else to offer even more products and services to my existing clients and potential clients won’t be allowed to slip away. Our new business model will equate to even better photographs and a more comprehensive approach to documenting our clients’ life experiences than ever before.

Following are some FAQs regarding the changes:

Q: What will become of Dan Iverson Photography?

A: Dan Iverson Photography will still be a fully operational enterprise. However, I will continue to move more and more towards reserving this business for editorial and fine art photography and small projects that don’t require the strength of two full-time photographers.

Q: What will happen to your website?

A: The domain will not change and will continue to have updated content and the same features present today.

Q: I’m an existing client, what will happen to my password-protected galleries?

A: Nothing, your photos will still be online for you to share with your friends and family.

Q: How can I keep up with all the changes?

A: My blog will also continue to be active and will by no means be put on the back burner. In fact, you can now expect an increased frequency of posts.

Q: Who should I contact if I’m looking to book you as a photographer?

A: For editorial work, contact me directly at For weddings, lifestyle portraiture and commercial work, please contact us here.

Q: Why should I commission you through the new business instead of Dan Iverson Photography?

A: That’s simple — results. The final product will be far superior by having two experienced, professional artists working on your project. You will get the best of both worlds. John has nearly a decade of experience as a photographer who takes the director’s approach to working with his clients, setting up beautiful environments and compositional dynamics that might otherwise be missed. I have nearly a decade of experience as a photojournalist, capturing people as they are and finding significance in everyday life. Together, we form a sum greater than its parts and you get to hold on to the results forever!

Q: What else can I expect from this new business?

A: New approaches to telling your life’s story.

Q: What is this new business called?

A: Anthologie. And it’s here now!

A new day, a new story

Welcome to Anthologie, heralds of exceptional stories — your stories. It has long been asserted that to stake claim in the annals of history, one must achieve a grand level of public significance, celebrity or notoriety. We believe everyone’s lives are noteworthy; that all life is precious. In a world that focuses on momentary possessions, we believe it’s time to concentrate on everlasting and priceless gifts: family, relationships and shared experiences that fade away when left unrecorded.

It’s a subtle art, capturing the essence of individual histories, but we are committed to harnessing those spirits with photographs, reportage and various media. We take the time to develop a rapport with you, understanding not just who you are, but what matters most to you. By building that relationship with you, we are able to develop an extraordinary collection that is both sophisticated and sensible.

While there are many myths and misconceptions about photography, Anthologie challenges the falsehood that most photographers work only one day a week. On the pages to come in the future, you’ll notice that your event is only one point on the Anthologie timeline, a continuum of service that begins well in advance of your event and endures into the future.

Welcome to Anthologie. Your story begins now.