A nine-year old boy’s front row encounter with Elvis Presley in 1974 that resulted in a sweat stained scarf being pulled from the King’s neck planted a passionate music seed that has never stopped growing. That boy was Brian McLean and the encounter was only the beginning of the roads he would follow.
Ten years later at 19, McLean discovered a passion for photography. It was a path he would follow as he attended TCU majoring in Communications and photographing for the university daily newspaper and student magazine.
While at TCU, McLean served as a Staff Photographer, Chief Photographer and Photo Editor for the daily. His work earned him a First Place Award, Division II, Newspaper News Photo 1989 and an Honorable Mention with the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association, Division II 1989.
McLean also contributed to the student produced Image Magazine where he earned Third Place for Best Feature Photo with the Southwestern Journalism Congress in 1988.
After graduating with a Bachelors in Speech Communications from TCU in 1989, McLean worked as a freelance photographer in various capacities in the media covering News, Sports and Entertainment.
He served as team photographer for the Fort Worth Fire Hockey team in their inaugural 1992 / 93 season. The next two years, he photographed the Dallas Stars where his work appeared on hockey trading cards for Topps Finest, Fleer Power Play, Premier Hockey as well as Pro Hockey Magazine, various game programs and a poster in Swedish Hockey Magazine.
Life took McLean in a different direction. He put his cameras down to concentrate on being a single father raising his daughter from 17-months old.
McLean has now picked up his cameras and is photographing right where he left off. He’s looking forward to capturing new images whether on the sideline, courtside, photo pit or on location.
1989 BS Communications TCU
2015 M. Ed Texas Wesleyan University