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Season of the Witch Portraits | Claire

Season of the Witch Portraits | Claire

Finished these witchy portraits just in time for Halloween! Claire and I took these spooky, Halloween-y, witch photos late last October in Louisville— the height of fall foliage in Kentucky…

Kentucky Spring Engagement Photos | Mary and Collin

As any Kentucky photographer knows, the weather can be unpredictable when photographing outside— especially for spring photo sessions! This engagement session looked like it might be gloomy and a bit rainy, but Mary and Collin toughed it out and were such an amazing couple! I’m glad we decided to brave the light rain because we had so much fun with their rainy spring engagement session! I keep clear bubble umbrellas in my trunk of photoshoot necessities, so we used one for their couples session as needed during the sprinkling rain. They also brought picnic supplies with them for some adorable picnic photos! I am so excited to photograph their wedding in November— their smiles are infectious!

Bourbon Distillery Headshots | Casey and Sara

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!

Duncan Memorial Chapel Elopement | Denise and David

When David and Denise first contacted me to be their Duncan Memorial Chapel wedding photographer, they were planning a very small Kentucky spring wedding. When I arrived at Duncan Memorial, I discovered their wedding had become an elopement! It was my first time witnessing one of the weddings I was there to photograph (the other witness was one of the musicians)!

It was a gorgeous day for a wedding, with all the wild violets in bloom around the chapel. Denise wore a dress she found on Amazon, and she and David had a short ceremony in the chapel, lit a unity candle, and did a couples session on the chapel grounds. Then they had a short and sweet “cutting of the cake”— which had fun runner-themed decorations since they’re both runners!