kentucky event photographer

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 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!

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.