SKETCHBOOK: The Fountain at St James Court

When people come to see the famous St James Court Fountain, they usually want to take photos by the fountain. It makes sense. The fountain itself is beautiful and it is a one-of-a-kind attraction. So when we had Chris, Stephanie and their son Christopher at St James Court, I wanted something a little different. Continue reading “SKETCHBOOK: The Fountain at St James Court”

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SKETCHBOOK: Another Baby Whisperer

Around our house, friends and clients, I’m known as a Baby Whisperer. It’s not a gift I take lightly, but it is a gift nonetheless. Kids seem to be comfortable around me and open up for photos and general fun. I think it’s because they know I’m just a man who has lived for over 50 years, but is still a kid at heart. Continue reading “SKETCHBOOK: Another Baby Whisperer”

SKETCHBOOK: Young Love

Misty and I relocated the family to Old Louisville and it didn’t take us long to get to shoot an engagement session at St James Court. We’ve had shoots there so we’re pretty familiar with it, but it’s our first as residents. And the shoot didn’t disappoint, considering we got a change to work with Chris and Stephanie. Continue reading “SKETCHBOOK: Young Love”

SKETCHBOOK: Vision of Love

The recent hate explosion can be disheartening to a person like me. I spend my time being positive and trying to create positivity around me, despite some of the darker events going on around me. It takes effort to overcome the strikes I was born with. Being black and male makes a certain segment of the population hate and fear me. Just by looking at me. And the recent event in Charlottesville and the upcoming rally just down the road in Lexington prove that point. Continue reading “SKETCHBOOK: Vision of Love”

SKETCHBOOK: …And I’m Done

Energy. That’s the word that best describes Kendall along with beautiful, charming and smart. The entire shoot through Central Park and St James Court consisted of chase and snap for me. It’s an awesome way to make portraits of kids. I want the energy to come through because when these photos become memories it works best when they can look back and see their true younger selves. Continue reading “SKETCHBOOK: …And I’m Done”

SKETCHBOOK: Cinderemma Lost Her Slipper

My niece Emma love her Disney princesses and has knows all the movies by heart so she was able to play along with the way the poses needed to go to tell her birthday story. For example, it’s a few minutes til midnight and she’s coming down the stairs and, oh my, she’s lost one of her slippers. Continue reading “SKETCHBOOK: Cinderemma Lost Her Slipper”

SKETCHBOOK: Little Girls and Big Brothers

How sweet is it to see little girls and big brothers together? Sure, they’ll fight and scream just as hard as they’ll love and nurture each other. Especially when they have a strong bond like Kendall and her bubby. Continue reading “SKETCHBOOK: Little Girls and Big Brothers”

SKETCHBOOK: Jump Around

Remember that old school hip hop song by House of Pain called “Jump Around.” You know, as in “get out ya seat and jump around. Jump. Jump. Jump.” I don’t know if Kendall has ever heard that song, but she sure did like to act along with it. Such boundless energy that it couldn’t be contained. But it looks really good in photos so not only are we okay with it, we encourage it.

We were walking around St. James Court and it was beautiful, as usual. I think Kendall liked it, too. And by the time we got to the world-famous fountain, she was beside herself and letting it out Richard Avedon style with plenty of jumping and motion. I was lucky enough to keep up with her for a few good shots.

SKETCHBOOK: Behind You

We had such a good time shooting photos of Kendall and her family and she was looking out for me through the entire shoot. You can see that here. While working with her and trying to get her attention, Misty would stand behind me and make funny faces or do funny things and Kendall wanted to let me know. Continue reading “SKETCHBOOK: Behind You”