Bourbon, Cigars and Jazz

Ashley Cambron of Louisville lights a cigar Friday night at the Bourbon Cigars and Jazz event of The Kentucky Bourbon Festival

I shot this photo at My Old Kentucky Home during the 2012 Kentucky Bourbon Festival. It was during the Bourbon, Cigars and Jazz event, a Mardis Gras themed event.

I have to say, of all the events I saw during my first Bourbon Festival, this was the one I thought looked like the most fun.

Careful what you wish for

This is a column I wrote for The Kentucky Standard, published on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. 

It was shortly after the 2010 primaries when I found myself on the phone with a good friend from Ohio talking about Kentucky politics.

Rand Paul had recently upset the political order of the Kentucky Republican establishment, beating U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s protégé, Trey Grayson. In an interview with National Public Radio, Paul had taken issue with the portion of the Civil Rights Act that prohibits private businesses from discriminating against people based on race, religion or national origin.

That was it, my friend was convinced. Chalk up a win for the Democrats in November. How, after all, could someone so far on the fringe ever carry a statewide election? Continue reading Careful what you wish for

Kentucky Standard named best in its class in statewide competition

Took first place in feature photo for this shot from the Nelson County Fair.

The Kentucky Standard was named best multi-weekly newspaper in the state at the Kentucky Press Association’s 2013 Winter Convention.

We took home first place for General Excellence, which is calculated based on the number of individual awards the paper wins.

Below is the news article we ran on the results with links to the winning entries: Continue reading Kentucky Standard named best in its class in statewide competition

Back to journalism

So I did the whole public relations/speech writer thing for six years. But I am a newsman at heart. So when the opportunity presented itself, I jumped at the chance to get back into the business. In July, I started as editor of The Kentucky Standard, the tri-weekly newspaper in Bardstown, Ky.
That was months ago, but I am just now getting around to updating this site. That should tell you how busy I have been. In the coming days or weeks, I will try to upload some of my work since then.

New class schedule

I think we have a consensus on a new day for our Basic Photo class.  It looks like Monday works for everyone, including me.  Please let me know if this is unacceptable for anyone, as Wednesday was also acceptable to most people.
That would mean our remaining classes would be on Mondays at 6 p.m on July 2, 9, 16.
For any students, you can email me if you need to get hold of me.
Also, don’t forget to sign up for the Flickr group to upload your photos so we can discuss in class.

ECTC Photo class group site

For my Basic Photo students:

So after discussing in class last week, I settled on Flickr as the best free avenue for us to upload photos for sharing and discussion in class. This will require you to sign up for a free account and join the group

You can find the group by going here

If you have any problems signing up feel free to email me.

2012 All-American Bowl

photocrati galleryIn early January I traveled to San Antonio for the Army to shoot photos of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. In its 12th year, the game features the top high school football players from around the country and boasts such distinguished alumni as Adrian Peterson, Mark Sanchez and C.J. Spiller, just to name a few.

My job was to document a lot of the activities involved in the Army’s outreach effort off the field, but I did get a chance to shoot the first half of the football game and I also spent half a day with the marching band while it practiced. What I miss most from my days as a photojournalist is shooting sports. I’m a little rusty, but I got a couple photos I thought were worth sharing.

The marching band was also fun to shoot. I love shooting musicians and their instruments, and the weather and light was glorious the day I was out there.

Fort Knox wedding

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The first time someone hired me to shoot their wedding at Fort Knox, I was skeptical, to say the least, about how the photos would turn out. However, after shooting several weddings there over the years, I must say that it is a great place for a wedding, with the historic Post Chapel and the banquet facilities close by. Here are some shots from a November 2012 wedding I shot on post. I hope to post some older photos soon of past weddings, in case local brides are considering the post as a possibility.

Site re-design – about time

So I am updating this site for the first time in five years. It’s going to be a work in progress. When I first created a homepage I was just learning about web design and the standard was still to have a static page.

In the intervening years, WordPress has really come into its own, especially as a content management system. I’ve used it for several years at my day job and on other side projects. But with transitioning to the platform for my homepage, I am basically starting new. When it’s finished, I think it will serve me much better than the old site.

It’s just a question of when I get around to wrapping this beast up.