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!
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.
Scarlet’s Bakery, 741 E. Oak St., (502) 290-7112, scarletsbakery.org
Writer Carl Brown died April 13, 2018.
Michael Jones called Friday night with the news that Carl had been found dead at his apartment. He didn’t have any further details, but word has since spread on Facebook about his passing.
Here’s a story by Joe Gerth in the Courier Journal after his passing:
It all began with a text from Antz ...
Last week, Antz Wettig texted me to ask if I was available Friday night for a photoshoot. If he thought something was worthy enough to ask, I was definitely interested. Besides, a possible shoot suspends anything else I may have planned, so I immediately said yes and to get me there early.
"A person from the Pinball collecting community is visiting Zanzabar tomorrow. She reached out to me and asked if I knew any photographers who might be interested in doing a shoot around my pinball machine collection. Any interest?"
Antz also attached a photo from her Instagram account, which helped sealed the deal. Her bio said:
Antoinette Johnson • NYC Artist & Hairstylist • Tri-hawk ™ • pinball nutcase • www.antoinettejohnson.com
Friday rolls around, and I get to thinking … This is in a bar on a Friday evening about dinner time and Mary Jean has planned on cooking dinner tonight. So I resolved to make it a quickie!
But after carrying in all my gear on a rainy night, I set up and we started shooting. She was an experienced subject with big green hair and we had the perfect arcade with bright pinball machines, so we worked it.
Here's a few more images from our session:
An hour or so later, I realized it was no longer a quickie. We moved through another costume change and dinner started weighing heavy on my mind. We called it a night. I told her the photos would post soon, and to enjoy her Christmas present!
Antoinette posted an Instagram photo of me that Antz shot with her phone of me shooting the session:
Kevin Ratterman took a moment away from work on La La Land, his new studio space on Lexington Avenue, for a portrait that appeared in The Highlander’s September feature on Louisville Music … (Click on the photo to see more images from Kevin Ratterman in La La Land.)
Producer Kevin Ratterman is constructing a new recording studio in a 6,800-square-foot building at 1139 Lexington Road. Ratterman says he expects the move from his former studio on Market Street will prove to be positive. “I want this to be a destination studio for local artists,” he says. The new studio will feature a drive-in bay for loading and unloading equipment.
Thanks for the rock star photoshoot, Kevin!
I made a new headshot of Carl Brown to use with his new column in The Highlander, called Perspectives – Carl Brown. Click on the photo to see more of our shoot.
I followed Jamason Welker as he went about his business tending the music at Baxter’s 942 Bar and Grill on Baxter Avenue on a recent Saturday for the Louisville Music story in The Highlander. He was out with his mentor, Doc Smith, both their wives and some friends. Wish I could’ve stayed for a drink, but it’s hard to shoot with a glass in your hand!
Oh. And I really dislike photobombers … Some guy behind the bar was making faces in the background – my fault for not seeing. I will notice next time!
Bedeliah and Wayne wanted a portrait made on the Ohio riverfront for display as a print at their wedding. We found a quiet spot where we could catch the sunset on the water and made a beautiful photo!
The Nov. 12, 2011 wedding of Bedeliah Sanford and Wayne Edelen at Canaan Christian Church in Louisville, Ky.
Jimmy Ballinger, right, asked me to photograph him with his father, David Ballinger, and his black ’62 Corvette convertible to illustrate this sweet story he submitted to Corvette Forum: Click here to see the gallery of photos!
One for Dad
I had purchased a 65 convertible after wanting one since I was a teenager. A couple of years later I had a particularly good year at work and was wanting to buy a new Z06. I had already gone to the dealership to place an order, but started feeling guilty. My Dad was so proud of me and was all for me buying another one for myself.
My dad was a mailman for 37 years and worked his whole life to raise my sister and me after my mom left. He could stretch a penny a mile. We never wanted for anything and my Dad would never buy anything for himself. He wore the same sport jacket for about 30 years whenever he would need to dress up. He had always told me about he had always wanted a 62 corvette, but then I came along, and then my sister, and then a brother (who died at 3 years old). He just could not afford to go to college or much less get that 62 corvette.
It just kept nagging at me that I could not stand the thought of me having 2 corvettes and my Dad not ever experiencing the joy of driving a 62. So I went out and bought a black 62 with red interior and gave it to him on Father’s Day about 5 years ago. The only stipulation is that when he passes on, it comes back to me and I will keep it until I am am too old to drive it. We played golf the day before I gave it to him, and ironically on the way home that day, he said “Son, if I ever hit the lottery, you and I are going shopping for a 62 corvette the next day.” When I gave it to him the next day, I had it up on my buddy’s lift. When my Dad came in we lowered it down and it had a big red bow lying across the hood. I put a card under the wiper. On the inside it said, “Dad, you just hit the lottery! I love you. Jimmy.” He started crying tears of happiness and said “No son, I hit the lottery 39 years ago.” (meaning when I was born). It choked me up then.
That was the happiest day of my life and I have never regretted for one second giving my Dad that car. He loves it. Man, does he polish and tinker on that car! He has also made so many close friends and he goes cruising with them almost every weekend. My only regret now is that sometimes I am so busy that I don’t get out and cruise with him as much as I should.
Funny thing is, Dad would always come over to my buddy’s shop (Ernie at Willcox) on Saturday mornings after we all ate breakfast. He always loved Ernie’s red 62 and even got us to take pictures of him sitting in it a couple of times. (see below of the pics of him in Ernie’s car before he got his). We knew he would spot the black 62 on Ernie’s lift the moment he walked in the door. Sure enough, he walked in and immediately spotted it. He said, “Who’s car is that?” Ernie said “I don’t know, why don’t you ask the guy who bought it.” Then we lowered it down and gave it to him. A day I will NEVER forget and probably my proudest moment to be able to give something back my pops! Jim
See the story about Matt in the February issue of The Highlander Online in Here There Be Tygers (sic) by Eve Bohakel Lee. See Matt Weir’s website for more information: Matthew Weir, Contempoary Works on Nature and Behavior.