A few years ago I used to play in a bowling league in a team named “Clydesdale Carl and the Shetland Ponies” – don’t ask me where that name came from. Either way, it was a lot of fun and along the way I met Evan and Hope. Both much better bowlers than me….which really isn’t hard to do!
Fast forward a few years and now I’m shooting their wedding. What I didn’t realize until shortly before their wedding, was that they had known each other for 10 years already!! I’m happy they took the next step!
The beautiful Yew Dell Gardens in Crestwood, Ky., provided a great backdrop for the wedding of Casey and Alan. I was the second shooter to Tony Matkey Photography and would like to share some of my favorite images from that day.
I met Ryan, her fiance, at their engagement session, just days before the wedding. He was in the Army and could not be there for the initial consultation. But the three of us hit it off, having a great time shooting their engagement session in downtown Louisville.
The wedding was equally fun. Enjoy!
I recently photographed a Navjote ceremony for Jace and Simone, two young children of Persian background who live in Louisville, Ky.
While I didn’t understand much about the ceremony, I was intrigued by the elaborate ritual that involved prayer, a small fire burning in the center of the room and colorful garments. The ceremony itself took about 90 minutes and the celebration finished with a buffet of ethnic food, yummm!!!
Following the ceremony, the child is viewed as a member of the Zoroastrian community.
I have selected a large edit, larger than usual, since this was actually my 10th year of photographing the Derby. Along with all the action at the Derby it’s always nice to see fellow photographers at the track, many I also call my friends.
Hope you enjoy!
This weekend I took a little time off to reconnect with my German roots and visit Chicago’s Christkindl Market with a friend.
I have fond memories of going to the Christmas markets in Germany and haven’t been to one since moving to the States 20 years ago. So, in a sense, I was due to go. I enjoyed wandering through the crowd, hearing Christmas music, seeing the delicate wares of vendors from Germany and all over the world and smelling the delicious German food. It was rather cold so drinking Glühwein, a warm red wine flavored with cinnamon, cloves and lemon, was the perfect way to keep warm.
I must admit, though, that when I first stepped onto the marketplace, I was a little overwhelmed with flashbacks of childhood memories of all the sights, sounds, smells and tastes. If you have time to go, I can highly recommend it!
The market is free to the public and open every day until Christmas Eve.
Last weekend I had the pleasure to photograph the wedding of Charity and Buck at Talon Winery in Lexington, Ky.
The wedding was beautiful in every aspect: perfect weather, beautiful sunset over the vineyard, a fun couple and guests.
Below are some of my favorite images from that day. Enjoy!
Congratulations Charity and Buck!
The town is located about a 45 minute drive south of Owensboro, Ky. in Ohio County. Each Friday night musicians converge in the Rosine Barn to play Bluegrass music. I didn’t have a lot of time to spend, I was only there for 40 minutes, but the people at the Bluegrass Jam immediately welcomed me in and answered any questions I had. Here are some pictures: