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Regional Print Competition

Category: Misc. | June 30th, 2014

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It is always nerve racking to enter a photo competition. I have entered quite a few as kid through school award programs and 4-H. You spend tons of time preparing your photos and hope that the judges see what you see in each image. In February I entered our Photo Pro Network regional print competition and received two merited images. It was wonderful to be recognized by a group of professional photographers. I am a big believe in continual education and honing my craft. I do this by attending classes, networking with other photographers and entering print competitions. It is expensive and time consuming to enter but the experience is very valuable. Winning a merit with a wedding image is very difficult because most of the images competing are created in studio and are carefully posed and created.  But I always believe that the biggest elements in a photo is the story and emotion. And weddings are full of wonderful candid moments! (Thank you to my friend Nicholas Viltrakis for taking this photo of me by my photos!)

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Growing up in Kentucky I know the importance and history of bourbon. It is a tradition that has seen a wonderful resurgence due to shows like Mad Men. Sipping a cocktail slowly has a southern charm in a world full of fast moving people. When I heard about  New Riff opening in Newport I had to check it out! It truly is a beautiful distillery and event space. A 60’ column still proudly on display greets visitors at the entrance.  Make your way to the top floor to see the Tower Room and roof deck. Everything about the room is well thought out from the gorgeous bar to the contemporary lighting. And there are a few garage door style walls that can open up to let the outside in. It would be perfect for a patio ceremony and an intimate reception complete with a lounge area around the dance floor. Or the smaller Doubler Room would be a fun setting for a rehearsal dinner or engagement party for up to 50 people. They offer tours six days a week so be sure to check them out the next time you are in Newport!

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Meet Radiant Rosemary

Category: Portraits | June 25th, 2014

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This sweet baby was so much fun to photograph. Isn’t she the cutest? She loved each little basket and soft blanket. Her brother wanted to be in a clothes basket for a photo so we had fun seeing his big smile! I think we started a trend!

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