Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Scene in Louisville's Courier Journal

Interview by Christa Ritchie; Photos by Kylene White

       These past few weeks have been SO fantastic!! First getting engaged, and now a sparkly fun interview in Louisville's Courier Journal about my personal style! There are many, many other things that have transpired over the past couple of weeks, but you will just have to stay posted for more excitement soon! To read the entire article as well as watch a video and slideshow of many more photos from that day's photoshoot, click the link at the top of the page!

Friday, January 25, 2013

The Penguin Story

Once Upon a Day Last Week...

 ...the wonderful man who loves and tolerates me so well, interrupted our crazy schedules and made an appointment for the two of us to play with a family of penguins up north at the Newport Aquarium on Wednesday January 16th. (A little tip about me: I LOVE PENGUINS and I have ALWAYS wanted to meet or play with them!)  I was so excited that every time I would think about it for an entire week I would randomly squeal with delight.

 On Wednesday morning through icy weather conditions, we headed north and had a nice lunch before our 12:30pm appointment. Upon arrival to the aquarium we were led through the back to a small room above the shark tank. I opened to door to see seven little African penguins waddling around appearing as excited to see me as a was to see them! I felt as though I was going to explode, or at least hyperventilate from pure excitement! 

I immediately learned their names and was introduced to Blueberry, Freckles, Greenbean and Simon. I was shown their markings which help tell them apart and told about their personalities. They were so sweet and would get jealous if one got more attention that the other - like a puppy - and would chase whomever they would pick on. They untied Drew's shoelaces and loved to be petted. I had no idea they were so soft and loving! An interesting fact about these warm weather penguins, is that when they choose their ideal mate,  they select and present a rock to her. If she accepts, then they are mates for life! (Awwwwwe)

Ally, our penguin handler brought over a huge container of paint colors and explained that this particular group of penguins had a hobby... they liked to PAINT! She put a canvas down on the floor and smeared several colors beside it for them to put their feet it. They covered their little feet in paint and left footprints all over the canvas for us. I felt like squealing toddler. That HAD to be the absolute most adorable thing that I have every encountered on this earth. Hands down.

After playing with them for a minute or two, Drew asked if we could do another painting. Ally found another canvas and radioed a colleague for permission to use it. Request approved! I immediately started digging for my phone to take more photos. I turned around... and to my shock,  Drew was down on one knee surrounded by waddling cuteness and holding the new canvas. He turned it over, and "Will You Marry Me?" was painted on the other side.

There truly are no words to describe how deep my happiness and excitement runs now. Suddenly, the realization that so many of my mistakes, pains and triumphs have lead me to exactly where I am supposed to be. EXACTLY. With no doubts or questions. When you least expect it, God gives you the greatest of gifts.

Immediately, our wonderful friend Allie Filley - who had somehow been hiding somewhere around the shark tank -  burst through the door taking a million photos that I will cherish  forever!

I said "Of course!" but I was so shocked that the words hardly came out. He opened a little box and slid the most gorgeous ring in the world on my shaky finger

Afterwards while glowing and bouncing with enough excitement to light a whole city, we walked through the rest of the aquarium taking photos to commemorate the occasion and having so much fun. I will never forget this amazing day as long as I live.

Love. Found.

Here is a video that was a surprise from our dear friend Allie:

Friday, December 7, 2012

PROM 2013!

Hey guys!! PROM is coming up before you know it!! You need to be thinking about who is going to take the most awesome photos of you before you hit the town!

Would you want to get a glamorous, HIGH FASHION edge to your Prom photos this year instead of the usual boring portraits?! Fashion photographer Andrew Kung 
(check it out: www.andrewkung.com) will be booking appointments for short photoshoots in his downtown Louisville Studio before you hit the town for your big evening!! You can get hot fashion photos made of you in your awesome gown and then get couples shots of you and your date!

Email andrewkungphoto@hotmail.com ASAP to give him your date and reserve a time! Each appointment should only take 20 minutes of your night - and your photos will stand out from everyone else's guaranteed! For even more fun, get your friends together and come as a group!!

I hope to see you in the studio soon!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Bal Harbour Photoshoot, Behind the Scenes Video

While in Miami, we traveled to Bal Harbour to shoot several looks. Currently only one photo is released, and it is of a gorgeous, flowing, blue vintage Saks Fifth Avenue gown that belonged to the private collection of designer Sarah Jane Estes. It was the very last look to be photographed.

I was exhausted, and the wind was getting cold. Standing on the edge of the water was starting to make me nervous as the wind gusts were picking up while the sun was going down. The lovely blue gown was turning into a glorified parachute and I was getting anxious! Luckily, we wrapped up the look without any salt-water plunges!

 Here is a small behind the scenes clip of this particular look:
 View in on Vimeo HERE: https://vimeo.com/54198492

Bal Harbour Fashion Shoot - Behind the Scenes from Andrew Kung on Vimeo.

Saturday, December 1, 2012


As you may know, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This year, the RELAX Brand of Wines joined forces with the "Save the Tatas Foundation" and launched a campaign for RELAX 'Pink' that lasted the entire month and raised tons of money for cancer research. I was honored to be chosen to model for the promotional materials!

If you went to any wine shops or party store through out the month of October, it was likely that you would find poster or a small army of me hanging around the necks of wine bottles! Haha.

 It was truly wonderful to be a part of such an awesome cause!

At the photoshoot in late August

Friday, November 30, 2012

Miami Photoshoot TEASER

I spent some time in Miami Florida early this month shooting fashion looks and flying kites.

While the release date for most of the photos from the shoots are pending, here are two fantastic teasers which have been released by fashion photographer Andrew Kung, as well as some behind the scenes footage. I will keep you posted on the rest when I get more details!

Designer Sarah Jane Estes

Designer Soreyda Benedit-Begley

Behind the scenes photos:

Me and Panda Kite spending some quality time together...

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Woodford Reserve Sweepstakes Ad

The Woodford Reserve Sweepstakes ad we shot in collaboration with Creative Alliance for the 2012 Derby. Just came across it... Better late than never I suppose!
Photography by Andrew Kung Photography www.andrewkung.com

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Cake & Whiskey Magazine Cover Shoot

In October 2012, an inspiring new magazine was launched into the world. CAKE & WHISKEY MAGAZINE - The Sweet & Spirited World of Business was created for modern business women in every stage of their professional journey - and is full of thought provoking stories & interviews, and empowering ideas. "When women balance strength and spirit with a passion to share in life’s sweet indulgences, they can achieve great success in working to fulfill her dreams and balance their personal lives." states founder Megan Smith. I had the incredible honor of being on the cover of the very first issue, which was a released as a 'teaser' until a full issue comes out in 2013. I wore a headpiece designed by New York trained milliner, Fielden Willmott, owner of Ace Card Millinery. It was absolutely breathtaking! Andrew Kung Photography shot the cover in their studio in downtown Louisville, KY.
The launch party was held at Table 310 in Lexington KY and was a fun, informal event. Andrew Kung, Allie Filley and myself were in attendance and a good time was had by all! Many thanks to Megan Smith and Sarah Jane Sanders. I can't wait to see what the future holds for the magazine and your dreams!
(Sometimes there is simply no need to be too serious about things :)

Monday, November 26, 2012

The 25 Frames Challenge 2012

I am so incredibly proud of all of those who participated in this fantastic challenge by Andrew Kung Photography earlier this fall. I was completely floored by the talent and confidence of these ladies, many of which had never modeled or been in front of a camera before!

 Catherine Jones Beauté Makeup & Styling was on hand to do touch-ups to the ladies before their 25 frames began. We had SO much fun!!

 Check out this video recap, and maybe consider being a part of our next competition! View it on Vimeo HERE: http://vimeo.com/50522782

25 Frames Challenge 2012 from Andrew Kung on Vimeo.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Bourbon Review Magazine Summer Editorial Feature

Last month I had so much fun at a photoshoot that featured an array of different games that can be played in your backyard for summer entertaining, and I learned a few things. I had NEVER heard of "Hillbilly Golf" (unless you're referring to the putt-putt course of the same name in Gatlinburg TN!) nor had I ever picked up or thrown a "Bocce" ball... but afterwards I walked away much the wiser. If you would like to brush up on some new entertaining ideas - and find some great RECIPES too -  pick up the July issue of Bourbon Review Magazine (www.gobourbon.com) out NOW!

Yard Games Editorial Feature shot for Bourbon Review Magazine July 2012 (www.gobourbon.com)

Photography by Andrew Kung Photography www.andrewkung.com