The 2019 Fairdale Prom
Fairdale High School Got Down!
44 Photos |11:13 a.m. EDT May 19, 2019
Assigned to shoot kids arriving, parents taking pictures, dancing inside, DJ, fun and maybe the King and Queen, I was there to stay as long as I could.
At some point I had to leave to edit photos and send them, but I really wanted to get that crowning for my coverage to be complete. Of course, I asked around to find out when it would happen, but they weren’t sure. I kept shooting the scene.
I was about to make an Irish exit when a teacher found me. They were ready to do it and had waited for me! I followed her through the crowd to the stage. I said let the crowning begin.
I had no idea how they planned on doing the ceremony, so I went with the flow. What I didn’t realize until almost too late is that they did the juniors first, before the seniors … When the seniors were crowned, I was in the wrong place and then everyone dispersed! I had the king, so I got him to help me find the queen so I could do a portrait of them. We found the queen, but she and the king weren’t a couple, so the photo was a bit awkward, but it worked. I got out of there.
See the gallery on the Courier Journal website:
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Freelancers were the original “gig” workers. When I began as a photojournalist back in the 1990s, things were simple. A portfolio and word of mouth got you work, then you’d send your invoice and wait for the next assignment. I never worried about getting jobs because they usually came by recommendations from editors or by folks seeing my byline in the newspaper.
Then the internet happened. Things changed for the media industry – in desktop publishing, and photography in particular. Everyone’s a photographer now, and competition from other professionals has never been more fierce.
As a result, diversifying and marketing my own work has become part of my regular routine, in addition to keeping my website updated and running smoothly. All these additional duties are real time suckers for us freelancers.
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Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Ky.
As I mingled with the members of the Louisville Bar Association to shoot candids at their 2019 Bench & Bar Social, I was stuck by how the full-length windows of the Kentucky International Convention Center reflected the wooden interior walls of the space while also showing the city lights beyond. What a great space!
And what a great crowd! Everyone was having a good time. Some posed for group photos while I also captured them in conversation expressing themselves. It was a cool cocktail hour in our city’s refurbished venue.
A raffle was held to benefit the Louisville Bar, and thanks were given to those who helped make the night happen with their support. I made a group portrait of the organizers before I left for the evening.
After the photos were delivered, Marisa Motley, membership director for the Louisville Bar Association, left a great testimonial on Thumbtack, the gig platform where she found me:
“Brian was professional, prompt and wonderful at answering questions. He turned in great photos that we will be using in both our print and online publications. Great experience!”
Check out the 80 photos The Louisville Bar posted after their event:
2019 Bench & Bar Social Photo Gallery (Pictured below are the organizers:)
Check out the photo gallery in the Voice-Tribune website:
Bench and Bar Social, February 4, 2019, by the Voice-Tribune staff photographer Kathryn Harrington (Pictured at work, below.)
It all began on Thumbtack.com ...
Robert Klump contacted me through the gig service Thumbtack.com to hire a photographer to make family portraits over the holiday while all his siblings were around. After some texting through the service, we came to terms and made a solid plan for a portrait session the day after Christmas.
His parents wanted a more formal group portrait, so we began in the sanctuary of St. Louis Bertrand Catholic Church, where his father is a deacon. Everything went as well as can be planned for when small children are involved. They were good and smiled for the camera some of the time, which was plenty and enough!
The siblings didn’t want to use the same background, so we photographed the smaller family groups outdoors where the weather was nice but chilly. The front of the church was in the shade and made for a clean background. We wrapped after shooting the family groups, about an hour after we began.
After receiving the images, Robert left a review:
Thank you, Robert!
I’m honored to be included with the best of the Associated Press.
The Post Bulletin, Minnesota Newspaper Association’s 2018 Daily Newspaper of the Year, published a year-end roundup of the best photos for Associated Press’ member newspapers to share when nothing else is happening locally. This Eight Belles photo from 2008 made it as the fifth item on the list!
See the post here: Photos: Iconic photos from the last decade
Update: as of today,Sunday, July14, 2019, the link is gone. I don’t know why …
The Short Rib Sliders at The Manhattan Project looked great and photographed well, but I was too busy to eat. I had to shoot all this food, the interior and exterior and get out as soon as possible. No time to mess around!
But I did stop to have another go at the drink from the inside of the bar looking out towards the patio window, backlit. The bartender made a fine hand model and held the drink, making for a better drink photo.
Then I was out of there.
See the story by Lindsey McClave, Special to Courier Journal Published 11:25 a.m. ET Oct. 24, 2018:
Here’s a selection from my take:
Relatives from different states gathered to attend the Anderson Family Reunion picnic, Friday, June 22, 2018 under the pavilion at Charlie Vettiner Park in Louisville, Ky.
This was a commercial assignment from AP Images for a medical client whose in-house publication was doing a study on IBS, so after the reunion, I returned to their motel for photos of blood samples being taken from family members.
The problem was that everyone pictured had to sign a consent form, but my subject had a stack printed on the way, and upon arrival made an announcement. Soon thereafter, family members began returning their forms, so no problem!
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!
The photos were posted that night in a gallery anyone could download from on the Courier Journal website:
I’ve posted my own gallery of the full-sized originals if anyone is interested:
Here’s coverage of Friday and Saturday at the Kentucky Reggae Festival at the Water Tower, for the Courier Journal.
See the spread in the Sunday paper or the web gallery, Kentucky Reggae Festival 2018 on their website.
See my full gallery of images from the two days I was there and purchase downloads or prints, go to Kentucky Reggae Festival 2018 in my archive.
See the story on the Courier Journal website: Louisville bakery helps rescue exploited women through baked goods, by Nancy Miller, Special to Courier Journal, Published 12:44 p.m. ET May 8, 2018 | Updated 11:32 a.m. ET May 9, 2018
A portrait and food shoot
I made a portrait of Rachelle Starr, owner of Scarlet’s Bakery in Smoketown for a Courier Journal Cook’s Corner column. They featured recipes for the bakery’s Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice muffin, Oatmeal chocolate caramel bars and Grilled chicken pesto panini.
Neighbors were there having coffee together, so I began by shooting interiors and exteriors to capture them in the space.
Rachelle needed to leave, so I set up a softbox to shoot her portrait. The interior was already bright, but I wanted to be sure to balance that with a great exposure for her against the high-key background. The bakery’s sign below the counter branded the photo, but you have to be careful with text in your photo. I also shot it with the words obscured, and that’s the one the editors chose for the lead photo.
With the owner photo taken care of, I turned to the food items. They were ready to go, so I began by shooting standard food angles to cover those bases. Then I decided to go graphic.
I altered their presentation by using the plastic silverware to break the muffin in half and take a corner of the chocolate bar to show their insides. Then I took the Panini sandwich and turned it on it’s side for an angular composition. Those were the photos they used in the paper.
I finished shooting details as the two employees cleaned up, which made another nice photo. When I packed up, I left with the food as they closed.