Ali's Birthday at the Ali Center

On the Civil Rights Trail

Ben Physick of Austrailia watches the life of Muhammad Ali in video clips on display Thursday, Jan. 11, 2012 at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Brian Bohannon)

I heard that the Muhammad Ali Center was added to the U.S. Civil Rights Trail yesterday.

My Associated Press byline popped up in Google Alerts today when this Ali Center file photo was used to illustrate a national story.

It was found on the website of an ABC affiliate in Rochester, Minn., ABC6NEWS:

BY ADRIAN SAINZ
Updated: February 13, 2020 07:23 PM
Created: February 13, 2020 07:12 PM
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Two sites in Kentucky and two in Tennessee have been added to the U.S. Civil Rights Trail, officials said Thursday.
The Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville and the SEEK Museum in Russellville are the two new sites in Kentucky. In Memphis, Tennessee, the Beale Street Historic District and the WDIA radio station were also added to the trail, which was launched in 2018 to promote civil rights tourism.
The sites were announced at B.B. King’s restaurant on Beale Street on Thursday.

New Year’s Eve 2019

New Year’s Eve 2019 at Fourth Street Live!

I covered the New Year’s Eve celebration at Fourth Street Live! capturing the scene this year for Ryan Armbrust. It was quite a show!

The 2019 Fairdale Prom

The 2019 Fairdale Prom

Fairdale High School holds it’s prom at the Muhammad Ali Center on Saturday, May 18.

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:

Louisville’s Fairdale High School has a night to remember at the 2019 prom

Dubsado CRM for Creatives

Dubsado is the way.

Last May, I discovered some software aimed at freelance creatives that helps make project-based work easier. It’s called Dubsado, a CRM (Customer Relationship Management) – a flexible system that’s all about managing leads and immediately responding so you can keep the ball rolling. It’s where all my projects are now organized.

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.

And even marketing myself and having a website isn’t enough, because I still need contracts for folks to sign, proposals to tell people what I can do, and standardized emails that I can reuse as needed. Dubsado provides all of these things and more.

Setting up the system in Dubsado has been like intense therapy for me. I’d never really thought out all the aspects of what I do as a photographer until I had to put it all into Dubsado. Now my workflows are coming into focus. I’m more organized than ever, and taking on new clients as a result.

Dubsado becomes increasingly valuable to me as I find new ways to make my time more efficient when working with new leads and turning them into clients. It’s become the foundation on which I’m expanding my business and I can’t recommend it enough.

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What's the story? Why that gesture? When shooting candid, it's all about capturing the moment that leads the viewer to ask questions. The Louisville Bar Association's Bench & Bar Social, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Ky.

2019 Bench & Bar Social

Louisville Bar Association's Annual Party

2019 Bench & Bar Social

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:

The Barrelhouse on Market for UberEATS

UberEATS photoshoot Jan. 15, 2019 at The Barrelhouse on Market in Jeffersonville, Ind. (Photo by Brian Bohannon)

Yummy Yummy Chicken and Fish for UberEATS

UberEATS photoshoot Thursday, Dec 27, 2018 at Yummy Yummy Chicken and Fish in Louisville, Ky. (Photo by Brian Bohannon)
UberEATS photoshoot Thursday, Dec 27, 2018 at Yummy Yummy Chicken and Fish in Louisville, Ky. (Photo by Brian Bohannon)

The Klump family portrait

The Klump family portrait session Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018 at St. Louis Bertrand Catholic Church in Louisville, Ky. (Photo by Brian Bohannon)

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!

Photos: Iconic photos from the last decade

Track personnel try to hold down Eight Belles after the 134th Kentucky Derby Saturday, May 3, 2008, at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Eight Belles was euthanized after breaking both front ankles following a second-place finish in the Kentucky Derby. (AP Photo/Brian Bohannon)

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 …

Whisky Dry for UberEATS

UberEATS photoshoot Monday, Dec. 17, 2018 at Whiskey Dry in Louisville, Ky. (Photo by Brian Bohannon)

Art of the Window Cling

Art of the Window Cling

Ville Chicken & Seafood

A window cling shoot for a local restaurant.

My client wanted his food displayed on his windows

After a food shoot at his restaurant, Xin Dong asked me to return and shoot his food items for window clings, something he’d seen done elsewhere. Here’s the proposal I sent him:

Based on your request,

My understanding is that you need 9-12 food items photographed to produce 24” x 36” window-cling prints for placement in the windows of the Ville Chicken & Seafood restaurant. I see large photos of food items photographed very close-up with nothing else shown, no plate or place setting or table in the photo. Just big food and nothing else.

If this is not what you see when you think of what these photos look like, then please let me know now!

We’ll decide on a place to shoot all of the food in one place, to focus on the food alone with no specific background or styling. We will only swap out different plates to the same place to make them all the same, as I did for the UberEATS photoshoot. A plate or the first food item will serve as a test shot to finalize lighting and the look for all plates shot after that – no changes to location or styling other than using different plates of similar size. This way, we’ll get it set, and the rest will be shooting the next plate until we’re finished.

My clock starts a half hour after I walk in the door for setup and ends with the last photo taken.

When I arrived for the shoot, he wasn’t there, so I worked with what he had, red checkered paper and a tray to put it on.

Here’s the final images:

Old Forester Distilling Company on Whisky Row

A first look at the new Old Forester Distillery on Whiskey Row in Louisville for USA Today.

See the gallery:

First look: Old Forester Distillery in Louisville

Jake Emen, Special to USA TODAY, Published 2:03 p.m. ET June 13, 2018

The Manhattan Project for the Courier Journal

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.

Special to Courier Journal

The Manhattan Project is where sports bar meets cocktail lounge

See the story by Lindsey McClave, Special to Courier Journal Published 11:25 a.m. ET Oct. 24, 2018:

The Manhattan Project is where sports bar meets cocktail lounge