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⁣

Great Fraser Fir Louisville Family Photos | Aragona Family

I have been dying to photograph Christmas family photos in Louisville on a Christmas tree farm or Christmas tree lot for ages!! I was finally able to this year with the Aragona family at Great Fraser Fir, and they had a gorgeous selection of trees that looked like a Christmas tree farm— but we didn’t have to leave Louisville! That made me a very happy Louisville family photographer.

This was my second year documenting the family, and they came equipped with their vintage red wagon, candy canes to hang on the trees, and we played with some battery-powered Christmas lights, too! By the end of the family session, they’d picked out their tree and the Great Fraser Fir guys wrapped it up for them to take home! A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

Huber's Orchard Fall Family Photos | Diane and Richard

This fall family photo session at Huber’s Orchard and Winery was a dream to photograph! Going to Huber’s has been an autumn tradition of mine for years, and it’s so easy to get there as a Louisville area photographer so it was perfect for these fall family photos. Diane, Richard, and the girls got to romp around the apple orchards, which made the perfect setting!

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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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