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!
My goal this winter was to catch up on all the blogging, business development, and website stuff— and as a Louisville photographer, I thought that would be quite doable, since in my experience, most of my photoshoots in Louisville happen in the spring, summer, and fall… Well… that’s not what happened. I stayed busy with freelance work, personal projects, photoshoots with local models, and the like. Which is a long winded explanation for why it took me so long to post this blog from my session with Grace, a local model I photographed this mid-winter! We met at a locally owned coffeeshop and did a shoot right there, with various patrons looking on. Luckily, the coffeeshop goers didn’t mind, and we found a variety of interesting backdrops (I’m obsessed with that yellow wall and the mural outside), and great light to work with!
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
“… Dancers are free, barely touching as they pass, but partners in the same pattern.”
— Anne Morrow Lindbergh
I truly enjoy photographing dancers— in Louisville, I take dance classes at a local studio (Dance Louisville) for fun, not for competition, and I have met some of the most amazing people and great friends because of it. This year I went with them to their UCWDC Worlds Country Dance World Championships in Nashville at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and we took a bit of time to take photos after one of their competition days!
The location really lent itself to the posed tableaus and the dancers were amazing models! Below is a mix of country ballroom and ballet dance, with some fun portraits as well!