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Dancing Around Louisville | Emily Larsen

“Dance first.
Think later.
It’s the natural order.”

- Samuel Beckett

I love when my interests merge with my art making and I get to collaborate with brilliant people for photos. This dance photography session was a fantastic romp around the downtown Louisville area with dancer Emily Larsen— one of many, I hope!

Emily is a professional dance competitor and instructor at Dance Louisville whom I met while taking dance classes. We started our afternoon photographing at the Patriots Peace Memorial (where I was totally getting Grecian Goddess Temple vibes), then moved on the the Louisville waterfront, Kentucky Center for the Arts, Kentucky Science Center, a few other spots downtown, and ended at Mellwood Arts Center. She is truly incomparable and slayed the whole session!!

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Best of Louisville Party 2018 | Event Photography at C2

Being a Louisvillian, I grew up seeing the "Best of Louisville" awards and plaques at local restaurants and businesses, reading the list of winners, nominees, and articles about them in Louisville Magazine. This year, I was thrilled to photograph the 2018 Best of Louisville party at C2 Event Venue

The party started after an awards ceremony for the 60 or so winners-- "Best Foodtruck", "Best Pizza", etc, awards were given to reader-voted winners, and there was also a Critic's Choice selection of awards such as "Best Bar you Haven't Heard of (Yet)". Kelly K of 99.7 DJX emceed the event, and there was a burlesque performance by Ethel Loveless, of the Limbo's Critic's Choice award-winning Titty Tiki Tuesdays. The event raised funds for UofL's James Graham Brown Cancer Center, and a mix of local restaurants and liquor brands provided samples of their dishes and drinks to event goers while they grooved and danced to the music of the Louisville Crashers.

Check out some of the photos from the party below, and check out Louisville Magazine's gallery of photos here. 
And photos of the award ceremony here.

Summer Family Photos | Fields Family

I had such a great time photographing the Fields family earlier this summer in their backyard-- which happens to back up to the Parklands of Floyd's Fork! I fell in love with the shade that a huge magnolia tree was giving, and we got some great light creekside amongst the trees! Getting the whole family to laugh and the cousins to make faces at each other was just magic! Definitely head over heels for that summer golden light. 

Family Wedding at Kaden Tower | Sheri and Fireball

When I first met with Sheri to discuss her wedding, I was struck by her friendly personality and obvious love for her family. That love was returned to her and Duane ("Fireball") on the day of their wedding at Kaden Tower Civic Center, where they married this April with their close friends and beautiful family in attendance. Sheri's brother officiated the ceremony, the grandchildren provided ample entertainment, and each of their children glowed with love for them in their happiness. 

Clad in monogrammed purple flannel shirts, Sheri and the girls got ready at Salon Four Eighty in Shepherdsville-- updos and curls with bits of bling here and there (the wedding's theme was "purple and bling")-- and there were mini-photographers (grandkids) darting about taking Polaroids (I was kind of jealous of their cute, colorful cameras!). We were lucky with mild weather, as the forecast for the day had suggested thunderstorms! The detail and thought they put into their decorations at Kaden Tower was notable-- Sheri even decorated her wedding cake herself so that it had bling befitting the theme. It was clear they had planned carefully to entertain the grandkids, with a table of kids activities, and dinner included a chocolate fountain and waffle bar. Everyone was all smiles and laughter was abundant on this wedding day!

Boudoir and Studio Portraits | Sarah

Finally getting this boudoir and portrait session up on the blog! I loved shooting this moody boudoir session with Sarah in February-- with that fickle winter sun granting us with fascinating light and shadows flickering in and out of our shots. 

For the in-studio portraits, I wanted to experiment-- I painted a huge canvas dropcloth to use as a portrait background, some new printed wall tapestry backdrops from Society6, and colored light combos in my softboxes to play with. Sarah had some poses she wanted for her modeling portfolio, plus some killer hot pink boots that reminded me of Elle Woods from Legally Blonde so... obviously we had to get shots of those!

Camera: Canon EOS 70D
Lens: Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8