Bulleit Distilling Co. Ribbon Cutting Event

Bulleit Distilling Co. Ribbon Cutting Event

The Bulleit Distilling Co. ribbon-cutting ceremony held Tuesday, March 14, 2017 in Shelbyville, Ky. included Pietro Di Pilato, SVP, Technical, DIAGEO North America, Ky. State Sen. Paul Hornback, Deidre Mahlan, President, DIAGEO North America, Gov. Matt Bevin (Ky.), Tom Bulleit, Founder, Bulleit Distilling Co., Shelby County Judge-Executive Dan Ison, Ky. Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles and Eric Gregory, President, Kentucky Distillers’ Association. (Brian Bohannon/AP Images for Bulleit Distilling Co.)

This saw widespread distribution through the PRNewswire. Mary Jean was my on-site editor for this AP Images job in Shelbyville, where I had shot the ground-breaking for the distillery years ago. Happy birthday and wedding anniversary to Tom Bulleit, on the same day as the ribbon-cutting! And many more …

Universal Woods’ event at The Gramercy

The red carpet at Universal Wood's April 16, 2016 Milestone Achievement Event at The Gramercy in Louisville, Ky.

The red carpet at Universal Wood’s April 16, 2016 Milestone Achievement Event at The Gramercy in Louisville, Ky.


It was my pleasure to be the event photographer Saturday, April 26, 2016 for Universal Woods’ Milestone Achievement Event at The Gramercy in a historic building at 620 S. Third St. in downtown Louisville. I set up lights for red carpet portraits on their step-and-repeat background and shot some award winners upstairs in the elegant event hall.
Many thanks to Erin Gardenhire Churchman, Trade Show & Events Manager at Universal Woods for the hire, and to Jennifer Haas Foy (a colleague from PREP Magazine days) for the referral! I appreciate the work.

Documenting the 2016 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience finalists

Here are this year’s Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience Finalists (left to right): Austin Carson from Denver, Mizuna; Andrew Olsen from Kansas City, MO, Bluestem; Kimber Weissert from Pittsburgh, Wallace’s TapRoom; Ryan Pucket from Indianapolis, Libertine Liquor Bar; Jonathan Howard from Nashville , Old Glory/ Embers Ski Lodge and Jason Seele from San Francisco, Jack Rose Libation House.

Here are this year’s Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience Finalists (left to right): Austin Carson from Denver, Mizuna; Andrew Olsen from Kansas City, MO, Bluestem; Kimber Weissert from Pittsburgh, Wallace’s TapRoom; Ryan Pucket from Indianapolis, Libertine Liquor Bar; Jonathan Howard from Nashville , Old Glory/ Embers Ski Lodge and Jason Seele from San Francisco, Jack Rose Libation House.

In March, Woodford Reserve and Liquor.com brought about 30 contestants in the Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience to Louisville for an educational visit. They arrived on Sunday from all over the country and converged at 21c Museum Hotel. They had drinks at Rye on Market and a long night out to sample the city. Early Monday morning they boarded a bus for a tour of the Woodford Reserve Cooperage in Louisville, and then rode another hour to Midway to visit the distillery.

The bartenders received an extensive tour, with Master Distiller Chris Morris and Elizabeth O’Neill, a Certified Specialist of Spirits, Woodford Reserve Master Taster and Senior Quality Control Specialist, leading small groups.

Bottles of Woodford were opened for a rowdy ride back to 21c to freshen up for cocktails and dinner. After dinner the six finalists were announced and would go on to further rounds in the Manhattan Experience.

See it here online: 2016 WOODFORD RESERVE MANHATTAN EXPERIENCE FINALISTS

PhotoCoach!

Title slide in my Keynote presentation as PhotoCoach for Best Buy's Camera Experience Shop.

Title slide in my Keynote presentation as PhotoCoach for Best Buy’s Camera Experience Shop.

Taught my first photo class to beginning photographers as a PhotoCoach for Best Buy’s Camera Experience Shop yesterday. We had nine participants of various skill levels, one of which had never used her camera – I helped her put in the battery, memory card, mount the lens and screw on her UV filter! The class covered portraits, low light, macro and action photography, all in the store.

I had to tell my origin story, so I began with my first successful feature photo shot at WKU, that made the front page of The College Heights Herald:

Shot as a photojournalism student at WKU following a soccer match, I called it "Spray Play."

Shot as a photojournalism student at WKU following a soccer match, I called it “Spray Play.”

If you’re interested in attending my next class, sign up here: Free #PhotoWorkshop at @BestBuy Sunday, July 26th at Store #333 on Shelbyville Road in Louisville.