event photography

How to Derby 2019 | Derby Like a Local at Liquor Barn

The iconic Kentucky Mint Julep, Oaks Lily, bourbon, hats, bowties, and swag… that’s right, I photographed the event dedicated to How to Derby, or #DerbyLikeALocal, for the second year at Liquor Barn! Local bartenders served up cocktails at the bar, a bluegrass band played on the patio (a perfect venue for a band called the Porch Possums), vendors’ colorful Derby appropriate wares were on display, and attendees could get their 2019 Kentucky Derby Woodford Reserve bottles engraved and signed by master distiller Chris Morris. Check out the photos from the fun evening!

Venue: Liquor Barn
Featuring Brown-Forman's top Derby libations: Woodford Reserve | Old Forester | Finlandia
Vendors: Clayton & Crume | Peake Ties | Kozy Kandles | Finchy Baby Hats
Band: The Porch Possums

Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience | Kentucky Cocktail Competition

A couple weeks ago I documented the Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience KY Cocktail Competition event at Butchertown Social here in Louisville. It's the state level for a nationwide cocktail competition where bartenders have to submit an original Woodford Reserve cocktail and an interpretation of a Woodford Reserve Manhattan cocktail. 

Butchertown Social's executive chef and Butcher Babe Loreal Gavin served Woodford Reserve and bourbon infused/inspired food, while judges Bobby Benjamin of Butchertown GroceryJeremy Johnson of Meta, and Bar Belle Sara Havens sipped and rated each cocktail in the running.

Out of the seven competing bartenders, one was selected to move on to the next round of the competition. As you can see from the photos below, everyone had a stellar time watching and tasting the drinks, and the competition was pretty fierce!

Louisville SWIG | Old Forester Speakeasy at The Henry Clay

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!

K.O.B.B.E. Jack Daniel's Tasting | Haymarket Whiskey Bar

Last Thursday I got to shoot an event at Haymarket Whiskey Bar for K.O.B.B.E. 's Jack Daniel's tasting. The bar, located on Market St downtown Louisville, is "the only spot on the Urban Bourbon Trail that boasts a bar, bottle shop, arcade, and concert venue"-- which is definitely unique!

K.O.B.B.E. and Jack Daniel's had their event in the concert hall, with seven different Jack Daniel's whiskeys to taste. In the front bar, a Virtual Reality Tour of Jack Daniel's Lynchburg, Tennessee distillery kept patrons and guests of the tasting entertained (and me entertained watching them "move around" the VR tour). A good time had by all, I must say!