We don’t talk at consumers; we hold a conversation.

We don’t tell; we advise.

We don’t trigger transactions; we inspire.

Top-tier craftsmanship is our baseline. Our process digs deeper into understanding your business and your consumers, to create meaningful and targeted content for the moments that matter. We aren’t just a service; we’re an ally.

Phillip Swanson //   Business & Strategy Director

Phillip Swanson // Business & Strategy Director

Aaron McGrane // Director of Photography

Aaron McGrane // Director of Photography

Nathan Fischer // Creative Director

Nathan Fischer // Creative Director

Phill parlayed an All-American Football career into an educational and professional journey equal parts communication, creativity, and design. He enjoys narrative film production as much as designing innovative products and consumer experiences.

Phill's resume includes award winning short films, national marketing campaigns, and raising nearly $300,000 to help launch a home brewing appliance on IndieGoGo. As an experienced writer and creative, he's channeled his innovative powers into helping small and large business innovate through the power of design thinking. 


A Michigan native, Aaron has spent more than 30 years shooting in a variety of genres. Aaron studied Art History at Western Michigan University and was awarded the Presidential Scholar and ArtStar. He's had Batik Textiles and Acrylic Paintings exhibited internationally, and has created video productions for many corporations, small businesses, and individuals. As a headshot photographer, he brings the unique perspective of being a filmmaker as well as a photographer.

He's directed two feature films, eight short films, twelve music videos, and collaborated with countless models, actors, and artists. His music videos have been featured in XXL, Complex, and The Source. His photographs have appeared in Fortune Magazine, CNet, Engadget, Amazon, Wal-Mart, and Geek.com. 

In addition to his photography and video work, Aaron enjoys hosting educational workshops, volunteering photo work for his favorite charities, and participating in several local camera clubs. 

Nate's life has always been dedicated to film. As long as he can remember, he has been either behind the camera, writing screenplays or studying movies. 

After earning his degree in Media Arts in Arizona, Nate has written, directed, and edited 4 films, 2 music videos and has helped produce countless other projects. As Creative Director of Allied, he feels that collaboration and creativity is of the utmost importance.