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:
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:
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 …
A first look at the new Old Forester Distillery on Whiskey Row in Louisville for USA Today.
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.
That’s my Derby Day assignment for the Courier Journal.
I shot the Derby race from outside the rail as they came out of the first turn, made it down the back stretch without incident and then as they passed by after the finish of the race.
Those were the wettest 15 minutes of kneeling on a garbage bag in the pouring rain that I’ve ever had to endure to make a picture.
I’m humbled by my colleagues who had to work in those conditions all day.
I was fortunate enough to have a commercial job that morning photographing corporate guests leaving for the track, and wasn’t expected until late in the day. By the time I arrived, everyone was in a flurry of editing photos on deadline. There was no place that wasn’t taken up by wet and muddy people and gear, no place to sit. I checked in, grabbed a track vest and left as soon as I was packed. I had time to shoot for myself before I had to be in place before the Derby race.
So I roamed the grandstand, shooting candid scenes and close-up faces of gamblers taking refuge from the rain in the grandstand near the betting windows. It was all 35 mm at F2, shoot and move, no names.
After making my way out to a view of the track, I realized that it was time to return through the masses to the media center to repack myself and walk to my spot for the race.
At the media center everyone was preparing for the race. I used cheap plastic camera covers I’d bought for the occasion in hopes I wouldn’t need to use them. They were barely adequate, but my gear stayed dry for the walk around the track, and I was lucky to find open media boxes where I need to be that I used for shelter until close to the race.
There were two people there with backside passes and cameras around their necks. They owned a horse stabled there at the Downs, but not a “Derby” horse. We talked until the horses were at the gate. Then I went to my place by the rail, put down plastic to kneel on and waited for the race.
“And they’re off!” I could hear in the distance. I waited and here came the field of horses, coming around the first turn. I made my pictures and watched them go down the back stretch. As they came back around, the jockey wasn’t visibly jubilant, but I watched for any moment that might be worthy until they passed me on their way back to the winner’s circle.
Back at the media center, I sat on the floor on a garbage bag and edited my race pictures, turned them in, and walked out of there with an Irish goodbye.
The fifth annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards celebration
Normally Jeanie Kahnke, senior director of Public Relations and External Affair at the Muhammad Ali Center, hires me to photograph the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards celebration for internal and PR uses after the event. When I asked her if she’d considered using AP Images for the distribution of images and video from the event it began a process that led to me putting her in touch with the folks that send me commercial assignments. They sealed the deal, so my coverage was through AP Images this year.
Here’s a link to AP Content Services’ page for the event: (The slideshow on the site is slow to load, so it may not work right away. Give it a moment …)
24 September 2017 Charity/Non-Profit Entertainment News
The fifth annual celebration honored Princess Dr. Nisreen El-Hashemite, Patricia Arquette, Ashley Judd, and Heather Heyer, who posthumously received the Humanitarian Award for Social Justice. Her mother, Susan Bro, accepted the award.
I’m not sure how it works because I’m on the other end, doing the job. If you’re wondering how AP Images can help you get the word out about your client’s next big event or announcement, let me know! I’d be glad to send their contact info your way.
Scenes along the the Kentuckiana Pride Parade Route
See the colors of love and pride on parade with additional photos of the festival by Kathryn Harrington. See the event at the LEO Weekly online: Photo Set: 2017 Kentuckiana Pride Festival
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