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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.

Whitehall Garden Golden Hour | Kara and Matt

"If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden." - Frances Hodgson Burnett

In May I was fortunate to photograph a very special couples and family session for Kara and Matt at Whitehall House and Gardens, which has a variety of garden settings from formal gardens to a more wild shade garden. We started with a couples session for Kara and Matt, and added in their kids for some really fun family photos romping around the gorgeous gardens! We were interrupted by one of the garden's resident cats who had no problem wandering in and out of our photos, causing much laughter in his wake. All in all, a perfect evening for a photo session.

Check out Kara and Matt’s fun autumn costume wedding here!

Lord of the Rings Wedding | Olivia and Donovan

I am a huge Lord of the Rings fan, so when I found out Olivia and Donovan's spring wedding was going to be Lord of the Rings themed, I was ecstatic (there was some high-pitched squeaking involved). Their venues (Duncan Memorial Chapel for the ceremony and Shall We Dance? Louisville Ballroom for the reception) were carefully selected to suit the Middle Earth aesthetic, and every detail was thought of in a poetic way to make their wedding day absolutely stunning. Even the rain didn't dampen the spirits of all in attendance-- it actually added to the Rivendell vibe they were going for. 

The bride and bridesmaids wore elf ears (a la Arwen and her elven kind), the groom and groomsmen wore tunics (Aragorn and his fellows)-- and the couple both donned circlets befitting their royal LotR counterparts. Olivia's Evenstar necklace was a lovely nod to Arwen, and Donovan and his best man each had swords at their belts, which made an appearance during their wedding ceremony. The ceremony itself was a handfasting ceremony complete with "jump the broom" ending, and was officiated by John Cowgell in his Pocket the Fool garb. 

Throughout the day, the camaraderie and friendships amongst the wedding party was evident and kept all entertained. Bridesmaids chowing down on fast food, playing board games while they waited, jokes and laughter, memes and dabbing, feigned concern at the drawing of swords, dancing and drinking at the reception... I can't describe it all, but I hope the photos below do their day justice.

Venues: Duncan Memorial ChapelShall We Dance? Louisville Ballroom
Flowers: Nanz & Kraft Florists
Bride and bridesmaids dresses: David's Bridal
Officiant: John Cowgell / Pocket the Fool
Photography: Lauren Alexandra Photography

Yoga and Lindy Hop Around Louisville | Emily

Emily is a yoga and Lindy Hop teacher in Louisville, and when she was looking for a photographer to shoot photos of her doing yoga and Lindy Hop around the city I jumped at the chance to photograph her! I was eager to test out a new camera-- plus she's an amazing person and a joy to photograph. I was obsessed with getting photos of her with some of Louisville's colorful street art/murals, and we caught some of the early spring flowering trees and wild flowers too!

We hit up the waterfront/Big Four Bridge, Butchertown, Cherokee Park, and the Highlands for this fun, colorful session.

Camera: Canon EOS 6D
Lenses: Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8, Canon EF85mm f/1.8USM