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Anna & Travis: Buffalo Trace Distillery Engagement Session – Louisville, KY

I recently flew to Louisville, Kentucky for some engagement portraits with Anna & Travis on the newly opened Big Four Bridge and around the grounds of Buffalo Trace Distillery. It was my first time to Kentucky, and I’m excited to share the images we created.
Spending a weekend in the heart of America’s Bourbon Trail with two people and their lovely friends — all intensely committed to shaping me into the world’s preeminent expert on bourbon before I left — could have easily ended with all of their photos lost in a haze of blur, and all of my cameras pawned for money to bet on the Belmont. (Gary Stevens forever, yo!) Thankfully, however, we powered through the weekend without so much as a headache holding us back.

Our two-day engagement session began at the Big Four Bridge, a former railroad truss that connects Louisville, Kentucky and Jeffersonville, Indiana across the Ohio River. The bridge opened to the public in February of 2013, and offers spectacular views of the river and Louisville skyline.

We began the following day with fresh omelets from the Bardstown Road Farmers’ Market before heading to the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, KY. Buffalo Trace is a working bourbon distillery, home to both the Buffalo Trace and Blanton’s brands, and it was as enjoyable to visit as it was to photograph. I expected it to be a fairly industrial setting, and it absolutely had some cool industrial elements to it — but I was entirely surprised by the lush, natural landscape that comprise the Buffalo Trace grounds. I certainly didn’t envision a picturesque bridge and babbling brook!

Although we thought we’d explored every nook of the distillery, we were treated to an additional last-minute VIP tour by a Buffalo Trace guide as we headed to the parking lot. He led us to one of the famous Buffalo Trace warehouses and invited us inside for a glimpse at how they age the bourbon. It was a unique opportunity to create some images within the actual heart of the entire operation.

One of my all-time favorite things in the world is experiencing new locations through the eyes of the hometown experts that revere them. Anna and Travis’s insider’s guide to Louisville is easily one of my favorite glimpses into a vibrant American town, and I can’t wait to visit again.

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