The monthly issues of Louisville Magazine help residents of the Derby City plan their next night on the town, explore different neighborhoods, and pick up tips for personal style and home decor. Articles offer valuable insights about the readers' hometown, from profiles on Louisville architecture and culture to a monthly calendar of events. Full-color photos bring stories about local people to life, and extensive coverage of the restaurant scene helps readers discover previously unknown variations on brunch.
The computer-savvy artists at Expansive Art go beyond the camera lens, incorporating specialized software and high-tech equipment to tell the unique story of a person or family. The team at the photography studio specializes in creating photographic studies: a planned series of poses designed to elicit the subject's true character. A designer chooses the lighting and props, and a director oversees the entire process, guiding the photographer and subject through the expressive poses. Finally, a digital artist enhances the sequential shots with advanced software, creating special effects or textual additions. The crew frequently uses greenscreens during playful senior-photo shoots that cast the impending graduates as ninjas, vampires, or carbon copies of their parents, who they will someday become. The company's separate, 8,000-square-foot show room displays a variety of decorative art, including reusable "wall tattoos" and photos backlit with LED displays. Guests can admire the large, colorful pieces while sipping a coffee at the in-house café.
Moments that would fade away in the blink of an eye can be captured forever by a camera's lens. Red Dress Photography's team spends their days slowing time down and framing expressive shots of families, kids, newborns, and moms-to-be. The studio's photographers can also be counted on to document all the excitement of big days such as weddings, graduations, and the moment you discover you're living inside a reality show.
Louisville native Jolea Brown earned her Bachelor's in photography at the University of Louisville, all while interning for Louisville Magazine. It's safe to say she knows her town, and can pick the perfect local backdrop for any family portrait shoot. She travels from spot to spot, immortalizing parents at play with their kids or a bride's big day. She also captures images in her studio, both for private and commercial clients, such as NBC, the American Lung Association, and the Kentucky Derby Museum.
Since opening her graphic-design studio in 2011, photographer Ann Marie Nipp has been using her Cannon DSLR to capture casual compositions unrestrained by formal convention, focusing instead on the easy smiles that result from her patient, ebullient personality. Her portfolio of work reveals joyous newlyweds, confident professionals, and relaxed families, but gives special celebration to children, who beam exuberantly as they play in front of her lens. Though occasionally contracted for work in the fourth-dimension, Nipp primarily shoots on-location throughout Lexington, carrying her portable studio to places that hold special meaning to her clients. Her eye for design works in tandem with her passion for photography, allowing her to easily edit photos and turn them into everything from business logos and fliers to greeting cards of her own creation.