Country Ballroom and Ballet Dance Photography | Nashville

“… Dancers are free, barely touching as they pass, but partners in the same pattern.”

— Anne Morrow Lindbergh

I truly enjoy photographing dancers— in Louisville, I take dance classes at a local studio (Dance Louisville) for fun, not for competition, and I have met some of the most amazing people and great friends because of it. This year I went with them to their UCWDC Worlds Country Dance World Championships in Nashville at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and we took a bit of time to take photos after one of their competition days!

The location really lent itself to the posed tableaus and the dancers were amazing models! Below is a mix of country ballroom and ballet dance, with some fun portraits as well!

Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience 2019 | Kentucky Cocktail Competition

This spring I had the pleasure of photographing the 2019 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience cocktail competition at Ostra Louisville. This was my second year photographing the Kentucky competition, where bartenders compete using Woodford Reserve bourbon whiskey as their key ingredient in an original cocktail or Manhattan variation, with one bartender moving on to the next stage of competition. As a local Louisville photographer, I have a keen interest in all things bourbon, so it’s always a blast combining photography and bourbon cocktails!

As you can see from the photos from the event, the crowd had a great time drinking and watching the competition, the judges enjoyed their cocktail judging duties, and all in all, everyone had a great night of it!

Crescent Hill Reservoir Portraits | Alexis

“She belonged to a different age, but being so entire, so complete, would always stand up on the horizon, stone-white, eminent, like a lighthouse marking some past stage on this adventurous, long, long voyage, this interminable --- this interminable life.”

― Virginia Woolf⁣

I’ve always had a fascination with the gorgeous Gothic architecture at Crescent Hill Reservoir, and as a Louisville photographer, that meant it was on my “portrait photo location bucket list”. Thankfully this winter, model Alexis Bode agreed to do a photoshoot there with me. We both felt very inspired by the Brontës and 19th-century literature on that gloomy day by the reservoir. Gothic novel/book covers/Sargent painting vibes, for sure.

“It is far harder to kill a phantom than a reality.”

― Virginia Woolf⁣

Downtown Louisville Wedding | Claire and Haley

Claire and Haley’s December downtown Louisville wedding was truly a joy to be a part of as their photographer. I am so thrilled I got to be a part of their day— beginning with first looks at 800 Tower City Club, couples photos on the roof, and finally their ceremony and reception at Patrick O’Shea’s Whiskey Cellar on Main Street. Their vows (unbeknownst to them) both began with “You’re my best friend…” which I thought was a testament to how in sync they are and how much they are each other’s best friend through life.

I was immediately in awe of Claire’s wedding dress, which was customized to fit her elegant, vintage aesthetic by the women in her family. After their first look, Claire and Haley wanted some photos with their dog, Lemon, who was more than happy to pose with them for some fun family photos! We got lucky and the rain held off for our couples photos on the roof complete with rooftop firepit, where the Louisville skyline made an appearance. Once we made our way to O’Shea’s, Haley’s brother officiated the intimate ceremony. Guests left thumb prints on the couple’s family tree guestbook, drank beer, ate delicious food, cake and pies, and enjoyed the evening full of much dancing and merry making in the Whiskey Cellar!

Venue: O’Shea’s Whiskey Cellar
Claire’s dress: David’s Bridal (customized and altered by women in her family)
Cake: Sweet Stuff Bakery
Florals: Buds in Bloom
Catering: O’Shea’s

Louisville SWIG 2018 | Old Forester Speakeasy at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage

I absolutely love doing event photography for local Louisville events like Louisville Magazine's Louisville SWIG, and I’m thrilled I was able to photograph the Old Forester Speakeasy for the second year in a row! The event was December 7th, and took place at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, again celebrating the end of prohibition (Repeal Day).

In addition to fabulous bourbon cocktails and appetizers, guests enjoyed entertainment from magician Richard E. Darshwood and Cirque Louis, 1920's and 30's hairstyles for the ladies by J. Michael's Spa & Salon, shoe shines for the gentlemen by The Executive Shoe Shine, and the beautiful vocal stylings of Carly Johnson. Guests were also able to print their own postcards from the event using a vintage letterpress from Hound Dog Press! Models from Heyman Talent helped guests at the selfie photo booth and posed for photos. There was also the feature Old Forester ice sculpture— definitely a fabulous centerpiece. All in all, a fantastic night celebrating the end of prohibition— but don’t take my word for it, check out the photos!!