Archive for the ‘Kentucky’ Category

Lightning Under Water

June 21, 2011

Newport Aquarium

 

Wouldn’t you like something unique from your wedding day? This is killer. More images from Annie-Beth and Joe coming soon!

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Step Into Greatness

June 13, 2011

“A man’s dreams are index to his greatness.” -Zadok Rabinwiz


Dining With the Fishes

June 9, 2011

Wouldn’t you like to be invited to a party here?! This is the banquet room at the Newport Aquarium in Newport, KY. It’s across the Ohio River from Cincinnati and has a beautiful Queen City skyline to view through floor to ceiling windows. There’s a great patio area to catch a breath of fresh air if the weather’s nice and the aquarium is open just for guests! Who wouldn’t want to use this venue?

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The River

June 1, 2011

The Kentucky from Rt.68

It’s hot, muggy days like today that I miss being on this lazy river called the Kentucky the most. She winds through the canyon of palisades so slowly. Every time I go canoeing on the river blue heron sweep the horizon, fish jump, and hawks shriek way overhead. It’s crazy what you can hear on the river when all the noise of life is gone. I think I’ve heard God more in the great sanctuary of the outdoors than in the nave of any church- not that you should give up going.

Closing thought: Get unplugged and go outside and play. You’ll get more in tuned to reality.

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Natalie & Kike: Lexington Engagement Photography

May 18, 2011

Their engagement session got rained out twice! But of course, the third time was a charm. I met Natalie and Kike on a warm evening a couple weeks ago. Everything was lush and green. We met on a scenic road out in the Kentucky countryside. They wanted a railroad in some of the shots and some things very “Kentucky” as most Kentuckians do I find:) I found Natalie and Kike to be a beautiful couple inside and out. They have such a sweet and gentle love for each other but at the same time I tell they are best friends. September will be here before you know it! Congratulations!

I asked Natalie to write a few words on how she met Kike:

We met at Bryan Station Middle School… I was doing my student teaching and he was teaching Spanish.  We were introduced through a friend of mine I went to high-school with (she had a kid at the school).  We went on our first-date and were pretty much insepearable after that.  He proposed after a night out to dinner… he stopped by to “see his sister” when he really went to talk to my parents.  He came in with my favorite roses… as I bent down to get a vase I was going to ask what the special occassion was and I turn around and he’s on one knee!  I was so surprised! (I hope this helps or was what you had in mind!)

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Annie-Beth & Joe

April 26, 2011

Annie-Beth is incredible. With Joe- she’s magnificent:) Annie-Beth called me last spring and told me she really liked my style because it was so artistic. She went on to explain how she loves art. I felt so honored to be worthy to be called an artist:) Annie-Beth and her mom were both so sweet as they explained what her wedding was going to be like. Cincinnati is where Joe and Annie-Beth are getting married because they love the city that much. The best part: the reception is at the Newport Aquarium!! I can’t wait to see the “opening day” of their marriage together. I can’t believe it’s almost here!! The end of May will be here before you know it.

I had Anni-Beth write a few words on how they met and how Joe proposed.

How we met:

After finishing my first year as an undergrad, I decided to stay in Lexington during the summer.  I found a job working at a retail store in the mall.  Joe, having worked at a local high school, also needed a summer job and took a position doing stock at the same retailer.  He tried to get me to hang out with him and his friends several times, but each time I had something else going on.  Eventually Joe got tired of trying and gave me his number.  A few weeks later, I called him and we had our first date.  Now here we are almost six years later.
Our proposal:

In August of 2008, I decided to go to grad school in Rhode Island starting the following spring semester.  We both knew we had something special, and neither one of us had any doubt that we would not stay together for the two-plus years we would be apart.  On Christmas of 2008, my parents invited Joe’s parents to our house to spend Christmas with us.  The only thing out of the ordinary was the fact that they were coming; Joe always came to my house on Christmas day.  The last gift I opened was an empty box; the next thing I knew Joe was down on one knee asking me to marry him.  Of course I said yes.

Kelsey & Tyler: Engagement Photographs: Danville, KY

March 14, 2011

I had photographed a wedding in Versailles over a year ago for a beautiful young couple- Samantha “Sam” and Aaron. Kelsey happened to be friends with Sam but couldn’t make it to her wedding. Now that Kelsey is getting married, our paths have crossed! Kelsey found me through Sam, of course. Many thanks to my former clients for referring me. It’s so much fun to photograph in circles:)

Kelsey and Tyler are planning a wonderful Sunday afternoon August wedding. Her colors are yellow and gray so Kelsey decided to bring flowers to incorporate into her and Tyler’s engagement photographs. We met in Danville for the shoot- it was somewhat halfway between us. Neither one of us were too familiar with Danville so we decided to start at Center College. What a cool town! It’s too bad we didnt’ have hours and hours of time. There are a lot of interesting backgrounds! It was a lovely- and chilly- evening of fun and photographs!

I asked Kelsey for a few words on how she and Tyler met and how he proposed:

The second semester of my freshman year of college I was in the cafeteria for lunch and I saw Tyler for the first time and couldn’t get over how cute I thought he was; I told my girlfriends at lunch that day that I was going to date that guy…..they of course didn’t take me seriously. Two days later I met him on the track while he was doing conditioning for basketball and I was jogging.  From the minute we met I knew there was more to him than good looks and we coincidentally ended up sitting next to each other at dinner that night and afterwards we stood outside talking for hours. The rest is history, we just instantly connected and knew we had both found someone really special and we didn’t want to live our lives without one another.
Engagement:
I’ll admit our engagement is definitely not a story book proposal……Tyler had my engagement ring custom made and with that came some set backs so his big proposal plan in the mountains of Gatlinburg didn’t happen (we went to Gatlinburg but the ring wasn’t done). Tyler finally got the ring the morning we were set to leave for Georgia to celebrate Christmas with his family.  Tyler really wanted to propose while we were in Georgia so his grandma could see the ring because he had my ring made out of his grandma and grandpa’s wedding set’s so it was important to him that his grandma get to see the ring that her wedding band had created.  This left Tyler with no time to plan a proposal so he was scrambling for ideas….Tyler asked me to multiple times to go to these different places (with the intent of proposing) but I never wanted to (obviously I didn’t know he wanted to propose!).  Finally he just realized he had to propose because as he put it “this ring is burning a hole in my pocket”.  So at his grandma’s house in Atlanta, Georgia he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him; although I will admit I was in such shock because of the spontaneity of the proposal that I really don’t remember most of the proposal although I do know I said “yes!”.

 

Coffee House Refuge; The Hub in Danville

January 11, 2011

I’m reposting my photographs from The Hub Coffee House in Danville. The atmosphere is great and so is the food. You can go there and see my photographs on the walls. The locals, the celebrities, that make the Hub, well…the Hub:)

I love people. The nice ones, the mean ones, the fun ones, the sad ones; the lady that cackles too loud, the older couple that shares a slice of pie while he reads the paper and she knits; the weathered young man who has stood the test of time and quietly watches out the window; the group of students that laughs and jokes about the upcoming dance; the gentle yet firm bookworm. They all look so relieved to be here, wrapped safely in the arms of a coffee or chai. Time for yourself, time set aside to meet a special friend- time everyone looks forward to. Coffee Houses are a modern day refuge.

 

Merry Christmas…to You and Yours!

December 25, 2010

 

Merry Christmas! This is from the recent ice storm we had in Kentucky. Be jealous. We had a white Christmas today too. 🙂

Lynn’s Paradise Cafe: A Happier Way to Dine; Louisville Kentucky Photography

December 21, 2010

Yes, that’s a photograph. All these are photographs. If you’ve never seen my work or read my blog I create a lot of High Dynamic Range (HDR) photos. I really like HDR for the range in exposure you get and the creative way they can be processed. I want to be wowed! That’s why this kind of photography is the only kind I found suitable to portray Lynn’s Paradise Cafe in Louisville, KY. It’s like a circus for your eyes! Lots of bright colors, one-of-a-kind decorations and food you can’t get at a chain. My favorite has to be the mannequin legs, all with a different pair of crazy pants like only your grandma can get away with wearing, jutting out from the walls high above each booth. Or maybe it’s the cups of tiny plastic animals or crayons on top of each table. All I know is that it’s not what you expect when you get there, there’s no place like it and everyone has to go there once. It’s impossible to leave without a smile on your face. Go there to take pictures. Go there to eat pancakes filled with cinnamon granola pancakes at 3:00 in the afternoon. It’s an artist’s paradise. It’s a grow-ups’ retreat from serious. It’s…Lynn’s, a happy place:)

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