NAWBO Kentucky presents the 23rd Annual 2017 EPIC Awards

NAWBO 2017 EPIC Awards

NAWBO Kentucky presents the 2017 EPIC Awards Thursday, March 2, 2017, at the Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Center in Louisville, Ky., as they celebrate their 23rd anniversary of honoring the Woman Business Owner of the Year with this prestigious award. (Photo by Brian Bohannon)

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NAWBO Kentucky presents the 2017 EPIC Awards Thursday, March 2, 2017, at the Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Center in Louisville, Ky., as they celebrate their 23rd anniversary of honoring the Woman Business Owner of the Year with this prestigious award.

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4th Annual Taste of Prospect and Dancing With Prospect Stars

Shot for TOPS Louisville:

Gill Holland and other local celebrities danced for charity at the 4th Annual Taste of Prospect and Dancing With Prospect Stars. I even got to see the Opthalmologist I used to work under when I was an optician for Southern Optical 30 years ago, Dr. Sushil V. Kumar and his son, Rishi V. Kumar! Cheers to all!

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Lonely in the kitchen: Restaurant worker shortage hits Louisville

Here’s another restaurant/food story … (With much thanks to Chef/Owners Kathy Cary of Lilly’s and La Peche, Anoosh Shariat and Paula Barmore of anoosh Bistro and Noosh Nosh and Louvino’s owner Chad Coulter for allowing me into their kitchens and dining rooms for photos.)

Chef/Owner Kathy Cary of Lilly's Bistro and La Peche Gourmet-To-Go looks up between preparing dishes in the kitchen for the carryout counter. Monday, Aug. 15, 2016.

Chef/Owner Kathy Cary of Lilly’s Bistro and La Peche Gourmet-To-Go looks up between preparing dishes in the kitchen for the carryout counter.

On the stands today: “Lonely in the kitchen: Restaurant worker shortage hits Louisville,” a LEO Weekly feature by Susan Riegler about how the locally-owned restaurants we enjoy in Louisville are dealing with hiring new staff.

For some restaurants, it has led to signing bonuses. (Go read the story for more about that.) For me, it was about blur, yet with something in focus.

For this assignment, I spent time shooting during breakfast at Noosh Nosh and anoosh Bistro, during lunch and dinner in Lilly’s kitchen and then during dinner at Louvino. Probably more time than I needed to at Lilly’s, but I was directed to “shoot something artsy” by Keith Stone, managing editor at the LEO, for their square cover. So I was there dragging the shutter and panning the motion of server Rosalie Guthrie as she expedited food, walking backward in front of her to the dining room. Generally, getting in her way. I tried rear curtain synch on Allen Grimm, Chef de Cuisine, while he prepared dishes. Blur, baby, blur! Lilly’s Chef/Owner Kathy Cary walked past the camera, rendered as a ghost passing the in-focus staff in the background.

After all that, they choose a great portrait of Cary for the cover, standing still and looking at the camera.

Here’s a gallery of more images from the assignment:


Food at Somewhere, next to Nowhere

Beautiful food, as plated by chef Scott Darnell

A restaurant review food shoot for The Courier-Journal at Somewhere restaurant at 1135 Bardstown Road, next to Nowhere bar.

Many thanks to manager Taylor Hart for hanging with me through the shoot and to Scott Darnell, executive chef, for his artful styling of the plates coming out of the kitchen!

The Salmon with citrus sauce, risotto and asparagus at Somewhere restaurant at 1135 Bardstown Road, next to Nowhere bar.

The Salmon with citrus sauce, risotto and asparagus at Somewhere restaurant at 1135 Bardstown Road, next to Nowhere bar.

See the story by restaurant critic Nancy Miller, special to The Courier-Journal, ‘Somewhere chef has bettered perfect’ online Wednesday, Aug. 3, and in the Aug. 4, 2016 print edition.

A gallery of all photos submitted can be seen here: Simple isn’t boring at Somewhere Louisville

Check out Somewhere Louisville restaurant online: Somewhere Louisville

Cards Give Back – American Football Without Barriers Camp

Donovan Pleasant, 13, an eighth-grader at Ramsey Middle School, has a one-on-one session with Gary Barnidge, a co-founder of the American Football Without Barriers youth football camp, during practice Saturday June 25, 2016 at the University of Louisville's Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

Donovan Pleasant, 13, an eighth-grader at Ramsey Middle School, has a one-on-one session with Gary Barnidge, a co-founder of the American Football Without Barriers youth football camp, during practice Saturday June 25, 2016 at the University of Louisville’s Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

AMERICAN FOOTBALL WITHOUT BARRIERS CAMP AT U OF L

I photographed the American Football Without Barriers Camp at U of L Saturday for the Sunday, June 26, 2016 edition of The Courier-Journal. Many thanks to Kasey Mathes, our UL media contact for feeding me names! She was awesome to have near.

It was hot in the midday sun beaming down on Papa John’s Stadium. But the former UL football players/current NFL players were cool as could be running practice drills for the city’s future football greats, and the kids were sweating hard and loving it. So were Angela Shoemaker, shooting video, and I, as we worked the scene. Mopping my brow between periods of shooting, I’d find Angela taking refuge in the shade. Time to join her, and give her hell for taking a break. This was supposed to be held in the Trager Indoor Center, but it had AC issues, and the kids could say they played on the stadium field.

Donovan Pleasant, 13, an eighth-grader at Ramsey Middle School, fist bumps Gary Barnidge, a co-founder of the American Football Without Barriers youth football camp, Saturday, June 25, 2016 after a one-on-one session at the University of Louisville's Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

Donovan Pleasant, 13, an eighth-grader at Ramsey Middle School, fist bumps Gary Barnidge, a co-founder of the American Football Without Barriers youth football camp, Saturday, June 25, 2016 after a one-on-one session at the University of Louisville’s Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

In the midst of all the group drills, one student was getting one-on-one attention from one of the camp co-founders, ex-Card and current NFL player Gary Barnidge. Barnidge led the kid through at least four different drills down in a corner of the field. I got the student’s name, Donovan Pleasant, 13, an eighth-grader at Ramsey Middle School, after the first one and kept looking back to find them doing something else. At the end of their time together, I captured them doing a fist bump.

I caught Barnidge walking across the field and asked, “How did that kid end up with a personal session with you?” He looked off smiling and said, “Yeah, I should send him a bill for $4000,” and went on to explain that he wasn’t paired with any other players, so he had nothing else to do. “The kid asked me, so I worked with him.”

I found Donovan Pleasant again before their lunch break as I was leaving. I told him how awesome that was – he worked out with an NFL player! I pointed out that he had asked for what he wanted and got it, and to remember to always do so in the future. How could he forget?

See the whole gallery of images in my archive: Cards Give Back – American Football Without Barriers Camp