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Behind the Scenes With a Hurt Lineman

February 02, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

I love working with Wade Harris. Wade is a videographer with the Kentucky Electric Cooperatives, who spent years working for WHAS in Louisville. He got smart like the rest of us and moved over to the PR side of things. He always does a great job of recording behind-the-scenes as a I photograph stills for Kentucky Living Magazine. The only thing that I hate about working with Wade is that his camera adds about 40 pounds. Or at least it seems that way, HA! This is a video that he shot back in the summer while I was doing a cover shoot with Scott Spencer of Licking Valley RECC who fell off a pole during an ice storm because it had rotted beneath the ground and snapped while he was at the top of it. He somehow miraculously lived through it. 

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Bad Weather Makes for Good Photos

January 17, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

Former University of Kentucky and National Geographic photographer Sam Abell used to say that "bad weather makes good photos." Sam would know because he has travelled all over the world for the pages of National Geographic. I did a job for LinkBelt Cranes back in December that needed to be shot at night and needed to be a quick turnaround because it was for a trade magazine that wanted to put LinkBelt's new U3-AT model on the cover, and they were on a tight deadline. LinkBelt will be rolling this new model out at ConExpo in Las Vegas in March.

On the night that we were supposed to do the shoot, it started raining. It went between a misting rain and a light rain. To be honest, I was hoping they would call it off because I was being lazy and didn't want to get out in the rain. And I really didn't want to get my equipment out in it, because the weather had reached that fine line between using a towel and plastic bag to keep things dry, and having to go into full-blown camera rain gear mode. I've always joked that I have more money tied up in rain gear than most soccer mom's have invested in their cameras (not that I have anything against soccer moms). But using rain gear for your cameras is like taking a shower with a rain coat on. But on this night, I was able to get by with a hand towel. I was really proud of how the cover shot turned out because the rain and moisture in the atmosphere added another dimension to the color spectrum of a photo. Plus, we even used smoke bombs to add to the effect. The smoke is what caught the yellow light behind the crane. 

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Christmas Photo Ornaments

December 17, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

My wife Natalie has always done a great job collecting Christmas photo ornaments for me. Here are a few from our main tree in the foyer. 

Merry Christmas all!

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People Along the Way

November 27, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

One of the beauties of doing the type of photography that I do, is that I get to meet and photograph people. A lot of people! When I first came back to Eastern Kentucky University as the University Photographer in 1994, it was exactly two years after I had graduated. I wasn't much older than the students who were on campus at the time, and it was really hard for me to go into classrooms and work in front of people without feeling intimidated. But I soon got over it and learned that dealing with people was just part of my job. Needless to say, I've encountered a lot of people and made a lot of friends on many levels throughout my career. My kids roll their eyes when we go places because there aren't many places I can go without running into someone I know. It just comes with the turf. Here are a few people that I got to work with this year.

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Mary Beth Dennis is a phenomenal person and friend who has lead the Washington Youth Tour for the last four years, and is
now the Communications Director at Shelby Energy in Shelbyville. But one of her greatest attributes is that she married
into family from my hometown of Powell County. You can't beat that as a pedigree! 


Back in 2007, I started doing pro-bono work with an organization called Flashes of Hope. They coordinate professional photographers with major hospitals to create portraits of kids with cancer. We all volunteer for this. At the time, Jon Dubins ran the Louisville chapter at Kosair Children's Hospital. He was a UPS pilot who flew internationally, but he still found time to organize these photo shoots. Eventually, Kids Caner Alliance took over the program and created a chapter at UK Children's as well. I ran into Jon this summer at Kid Cancer Alliance's big fundraiser in Louisville. Fifteen years later, we were both still there for the cause!
   

Another pro-bono job that I do is the CASA Gala in Richmond. CASA serves Madison and Clark counties by advocating for neglected kids in court. I also had the pleasure of working with Stephanie Collinsworth Diaj, an old friend from Powell County, whom I charged a cold Ale-8 One in a tall bottle for working the event.


My good bubby Kevin Osbourn and I at the Korean War Memorial in Washington D.C.
during Honor Flight Kentucky in September. 


I've been working the Alltech ONE Conference with Donna Maloney for several years. A fun fact about Donna is that she used to serve as an administrative assistant in the White House for LBJ. When he chose not to seek the Democratic nomination for president in March of 1968, it was Donna who dictated his typed speech, as another person typed it into the teleprompter for the national television address later that evening. I get to work with so many interesting people.


I ran into Taylor Kennon while doing work for Transylvania University back in the spring. Taylor's parents Jared
and Julie Kennon are lifelong friends of mine.
  

I graduated the year-long Leadership Madison County program this summer.
 

Photo by Tim Webb     I randomly sat next to a woman named Ashley Hawkins on the airplane during Kentucky's first all-female Honor Flight in June. I was used to hearing men talk about war, but it was odd hearing two women talk about being 50-cal gunners in Afghanistan and Iraq. But it made sense because that was the first time women were active in combat. Hawkins was the first woman in U.S. history to receive the bronze star for valor, that came from a 2005 battle in Iraq, known as the Palm Sunday Ambush.


You know the Alltech ONE Conference is a top-shelf event when I hire "The Mark Cornelison" as a second shooter. 
 
Agriculture journalist Chuck Zimmerman at the Alltech ONE Conference.

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My son Nolan got to visit Spurlock Station, East Kentucky Power's Maysville power plant, and help me carry equipment in November. 

  Photographer Ed Roller at the Alltech ONE Conference. Ed's day-job is at Murphy's Camera in Lexington. He and I go way back.


One of my sons, who will remain anonymous, was arguing with me one day in September about the first name of Kentucky's senate president. I ran into Senator Robert Stivers later that evening at the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce's Annual Meeting in Louisville and thought this would be a great way to prove I was right, HA!

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In Louisville with my two favorite magazine editors, Anita Travis Richter and Shannon Brock of Kentucky Living Magazine, above. Anita, below, is ready to retire in a few days. She and I have been working together for more than 18 years. She's a dandy! I'm going to miss working with her.

*As an editor's note, if you notice the carpet in some of these photos you'll figure out that I'm at the Louisville Downtown Marriott several times a year. It's a great place to host an event. 

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The Salad Days: Volume Four

November 03, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

One of my all-time favorite movies is Raising Arizona. Nicholas Cage has a great line in the movie that goes, "These were the happy times, the salad days as they say." I've always called my busy times The Salad Days. The Salad Days for me run from mid-March to late June. It's funny how predictable my schedule can actually be as a freelancer with no set schedule. It usually picks up in January on the day after MLK Day, because the corporate world wakes up on that Tuesday morning and realizes that Christmas is over, the kids are back to school, and it's time to start working on annual reports. It really cranks up by mid-March and goes non-stop until the end of June. Sometimes, I may have 3-4 jobs a day during this stretch. 

Then, come July 1st, the corporate world goes on vacation, and so do I. August is usually busy with back-to-school stuff with the universities, and I see the same trend as in January. It takes the Tuesday after Labor Day for them to wake up and realize that summer is over and the kids are back in school, and it's time to get started on projects again. It slows down in November, just in time for me to go deer hunting, but then comes back with a vengeance in December. It then becomes a race to get as much work done as possible before Christmas. In December, I'm back to several jobs a day until December 20th, and then it dies off again for the holidays. 

I'm going to do a few blog posts on some of the work from this year's Salad Days, which I was glad to see, because it was the first normal season that I had had since the pandemic hit. 

Today's post is from the two Honor Flights that I went on this summer to Washington DC. The first one in June was extra special because it was the first-ever all female flight from Kentucky. It was so neat to meet women like Ashley Hawkins, who was the first woman in U.S. Army history to receive the bronze star for valor, that came from a 2005 battle in Iraq, known as the Palm Sunday Ambush. And then seeing so much emotion from the MASH nurses from the Vietnam era lay a wreath at the Women's Vietnam Memorial. It's always a pleasure to go on the honor flights each year.  

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