photo journal

World Equestrian Games take over Lex

World Equestrian Games take over Lex

World Equestrian Games – Images by David Stephenson A few selects from my first day covering the World Equestrian Games for the Herald-Leader.


Hilltoppers get trounced by Big Brother UK

Hilltoppers get trounced by Big Brother UK

As a WKU alum, I shoulda been rooting for the Hilltoppers as they took on the University of Kentucky at Commonwealth this Saturday. Honestly, I really didn’t care who won – I was enjoying seeing some college football through the lens again. It’s been too long. I left the game a little into the second […]



President Clinton stumps at UK

President Clinton stumps at UK

President Bill Clinton spoke on the campus of the University of Kentucky on Monday, throwing his support behind Attorney General Jack Conway who is running for the U.S. Senate against Rand Paul. While the majority of the media were on risers designated for them, I decided to take the Kernel’s 600mm f/4 and shoot from […]


Barn owls call office building home

Barn owls call office building home

A pair of juvenile barn owls peek out from their nesting cavity, which is five stories up in a nearly-finished office building in Coldstream Research Campus in Lexington. It’s unusual for barn owls to nest in man-made structures, but wildlife biologist hope that they will return in future years to raise more babies in a […]


Renaissance Flaire

Renaissance Flaire

Kentucky Highland Renaissance Festival – Images by David Stephenson . If you’ve never been to Eminence, Kentucky for the Kentucky Highland Renaissance Festival, you are due for a treat. The food, cast of characters and the entertainment is rich! You can get more information at their website. Click here for an audio slide show I […]


The General

The General

I spent the day at Keeneland focusing on the favorites for the Blue Grass Stakes. Naturally, they didn’t win. An underdog named General Quarters, owned and trained by Tom McCarthy, won the Blue Grass Stakes and was headed for the Kentucky Derby.


Jennifer Garner visits Jackson, Ky. for Idol Gives Back

Jennifer Garner visits Jackson, Ky. for Idol Gives Back

Jennifer Garner and Idol Gives Back in Jackson, Ky – Images by David Stephenson In March, I was hired by Fox TV to be the still photographer for the segment they were producing for American Idol Gives Back, which feature actor Jennifer Garner visiting the LBJ Elementary School’s Save the Children outreach program in Jackson, […]


Keeneland blossoms into spring

Keeneland blossoms into spring

This video was shot with the Canon 5D Mark II on a beautiful morning before the Keeneland Race Track 2009 spring meet was to open in Lexington.


The Road to Recovery

The Road to Recovery

In February, reporter Amy Wilson and I took a day-long road trip into Western Kentucky to see how folks were coping two weeks after what was perhaps the worst ice storm in modern history.


Spring has Sprung

Spring has Sprung

Spent an evening around the neighborhood looking for those little signs of spring. After such a long winter, these little glimpses of spring are quite welcome indeed.



Eagle Eyed

Eagle Eyed

I had a tip a year ago about this eagle hanging out near Jacobson Park, but I never could find it. Herald-Leader photog Charles Bertram told me it was back out there today so I went to see if I could find it. Sure enough – there it was exactly where I was told to […]


In the shadows

In the shadows

It’s been about three months since the University of Kentucky’s campus-wide smoking ban went into effect. As I walk across campus most days, I don’t see too many smokers. But recently, I have noticed that a few [stubborn?] students don’t seem to worry too much about the ban and they continue to smoke as they […]


In the snow

In the snow

Kentucky Winter – Images by David Stephenson We had another good weekend of snow in Central Kentucky and I had a great time with the fam on a trip to Cumberland Falls. Check out the photo Angie took of me while shooting the sunrise over a lake. The light and frozen water was so beautiful […]


KNPA Revival

KNPA Revival

The Kentucky News Photographers Association finished up its seminar and contest this past weekend. And like most years, I left feeling revived, optimistic, and humbled. This year I was especially pessimistic about the competition and had let myself be affected by the negativity in the industry. No doubt it has been a rough few years […]


Finally, some snow around here

Finally, some snow around here

It is the first week of January and we finally had our first decent snowfall in Central Kentucky. January 1st also marked the first day I was eligible to freelance for the Herald-Leader. So while I was looking for some “horses in snow” photos to help build up my almost non-existent stock files, I ran […]


Santa Train

Santa Train

This is the 67th year that the Santa Train has ridden a 110-mile route through Appalachian towns in eastern Kentucky and southwestern Virginia handing out toys and gifts to thousands of rural families before culminating in a parade in Kingsport, Tennessee. The Santa Train was originally created as a means for the Kingsport and tri-state […]


University of Kentucky Student Smoke-Out

University of Kentucky Student Smoke-Out

About a hundred UK students gathered for a few hours on campus to protest the campus-wide tobacco ban which took effect today. You can read more about it and see how the Kernel photogs shot it.


Random fall

Random fall

Just a random fall photo from the walk home from work. Normally, I have zero appreciation for fire hydrants, but . . .


The Siders-Kalkhofer Wedding

The Siders-Kalkhofer Wedding

Here are a few of my favorites from Emily and Alex’s wedding I shot with Jonathan Palmer a few weeks ago.


Natural Bridge showing its fall color

Natural Bridge showing its fall color

Had a pretty awesome Sunday afternoon at Natural Bridge. The colors were better than I had expected, but still a bit muted. To see an iPhone pano stitch of Natural Bridge click here.


Kilted at the alter

Kilted at the alter

I thought I’d share some of the photos from the wedding of Allison Houlihan and Andrew Turner I shot with Jonathan Palmer a couple of weeks ago. I felt right at home amongst all those kilts (Andrew and his family hail from Scotland).


Back from Picture Kentucky in Hindman

Back from Picture Kentucky in Hindman

Just wrapped up the four-day Picture Kentucky workshop, held this year in Hindman, Kentucky. I had to sneak out in the early a.m. to get any shooting time in, so a handful of us went to the strip mines to look for elk. They didn’t disappoint!