Me and Teddy on the Red Carpet

VIP guests pose with Teddy Bridgewater, New York Jets and former University of Louisville quarterback and guest speaker at the Courier Journal Sports Awards at the Louisville Palace. June 7, 2018
VIP guests pose with Teddy Bridgewater, New York Jets and former University of Louisville quarterback and guest speaker at the Courier Journal Sports Awards at the Louisville Palace. June 7, 2018

We were supposed to get names for everyone.

Zahria Rogers, an editorial intern at the Courier Journal, and I were ready.

She was there to assist me in taking names of VIPs being photographed with Teddy Bridgewater, the New York Jets and former University of Louisville quarterback and guest speaker at the Courier Journal Sports Awards at the Louisville Palace. We’d gone over how I wanted to receive the caption info.

So we waited for Teddy to arrive. When he did, it was with his manager or handler who wanted to get going. I wanted to get names first, before their photo, he said after. Once we got going, the line began to back up across the room. Zahria was trying to write down everyone’s name from the left as I’d instructed her, until someone came along and said no more names. Too much of a bottleneck! Everyone got shot right as the lights dimmed.

After photographing 70 some VIP guests posing with Teddy, he grabbed me for a last photo.

Saying something like, “I know how it is for you photographers,” he pulled me in for a photo. I gave my camera to another shooter named Justin to capture the moment. (And Justin, thanks. Sorry I didn’t have your full name to give you proper credit for the photo that appeared of me with Teddy in the CJ gallery!)

Teddy wanted to do something special, so we both adopted poses. Then I noticed that Justin was in landscape orientation with my camera, so hollered at him to go vertical. I wanted my photo in that gallery, too!

VIP guests pose with Teddy Bridgewater, New York Jets and former University of Louisville quarterback and guest speaker at the Courier Journal Sports Awards at the Louisville Palace. June 7, 2018

The photos were posted that night in a gallery anyone could download from on the Courier Journal website:

Inside the VIP room with Bridgewater at Courier Journal Sports Awards

I’ve posted my own gallery of the full-sized originals if anyone is interested:

Courier Journal Sports Awards