As a Kentucky photographer, I have always wanted to do a portrait photo session or headshot photoshoot in one of Louisville’s bourbon distilleries— and now that I have it definitely didn’t disappoint! When Casey and Sara needed new headshots and suggested one of the Whiskey Row distilleries for their photos I jumped at the opportunity! We used several different areas in the distillery for portraits to get different environments and lighting so they’d have a variety of headshots to choose from. One of my favorite headshot sessions to date!
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!
Last Friday I got to time travel! Just kidding-- well, sort of. I photographed the party of the century-- the Old Forester speakeasy room at Louisville SWIG, a local event celebrating the end of prohibition-- Repeal Day, December 5, 1933-- and the publication of Louisville Magazine's SWIG Volume VIII at The Henry Clay. The Old Forester speakeasy boasted tastings of their bourbons-- the 1870 Original Batch, 1897 Bottled in Bond, and 1920 Prohibition Style bourbons as well as their new Statesman bourbon (inspired by characters in "Kingsman: The Golden Circle"). A signature cocktail tasting was also served (crafted by Jeremy Johnson). The bar was stunning with a massive ice sculpture of the signature Old Forester bourbon bottle lit from below.
To the partygoer's delight, the speakeasy was filled with diversions: a cinema featuring a reel from "Kingsman: The Golden Circle", 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, Carly Johnson's beautiful singing, Caricatures by Vickie, magician Richard E. Darshwood, a selfie photo booth, and passed food (White Castle, pizza, and Vegan Jerky, oh my!)
It truly was the party of the century! And you know what they say, "a little party never killed nobody"! Check out some of my photos covering the event, below!