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July 24, 2016: Kyle Busch (18) burns out after winning the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by David Blair)

As a Kentucky and Indiana photographer I intentionally focus on weddings and portraits. I’m glad to drive to Indy to provide Indianapolis wedding photography, but I also thoroughly enjoy shooting fast action sports. When it comes to speed it doesn’t get much faster than auto racing and this weekend I made my way up to the Brickyard to photograph NASCAR. Kyle Busch (18) won the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The heat was extreme but that did not stop me from capturing some stunning images during the race.

July 24, 2016: Kyle Busch (18) burns out after winning the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by David Blair/Icon Sportswire)

Kyle Busch (18) burns out after winning the 2016 Brickyard 400 in Indianapolis, IN.

July 24, 2016: Kyle Busch (18) celebrates after winning the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by David Blair/Icon Sportswire)

July 24, 2016: Kyle Busch (18) during the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, IN. Busch went on to win the race. (Photo by David Blair/Icon Sportswire)

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July 24, 2016: Car blurs by at Coalition 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by David Blair/Icon Sportswire)

July 24, 2016: Jamie McMurray (1) pits during the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by David Blair/Icon Sportswire)

Jamie McMurray pits during the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

July 24, 2016: Brad Keselowski (2) during the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by David Blair/Icon Sportswire)

Brad Keselowski (2) during the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, IN.

July 24, 2016: Ricky Stenhouse Jr (17) during the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by David Blair/Icon Sportswire)

Ricky Stenhouse Jr (17) during the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, IN.

July 24, 2016: Tony Stewart (14) pits during the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by David Blair/Icon Sportswire)

Tony Stewart (14) pits during his last race in his home state of Indiana at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

July 24, 2016: Jeff Gordon substituting for Dale Earnhardt Jr (88) during the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, IN.

Jeff Gordon substituting for Dale Earnhardt Jr (88) during the 4oo at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

July 24, 2016: Chase Elliott (24) leads the pack of cars into the pits during the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by David Blair/Icon Sportswire)

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July 24, 2016: Austin Dillon (3), Chase Elliott (24) and Kurt Busch (41) during the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by David Blair/Icon Sportswire)

Austin Dillon (3), Chase Elliott (24) and Kurt Busch (41) during the 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

July 24, 2016: Kyle Busch (18) celebrates after winning the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by David Blair/Icon Sportswire)

July 24, 2016: Kyle Busch (18) celebrates after winning the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, IN. All photos by David Blair.

July 24, 2016: Kyle Busch (18) kisses the brick with his wife and son after winning the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by David Blair/Icon Sportswire)

Kyle Busch and his wife kiss the brick with their son after winning the 400 at the Brickyard in Indianapolis, IN.

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Michael and Kirby’s Louisville Wedding

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Michael and Kirby’s Louisville wedding at the Gardens at Ray-Eden and St. Boniface Catholic Church was gorgeous. As a Lexington and Louisville wedding photographer I get to photograph couples tying the knot all over Kentucky and I love how at this wedding we got to enjoy both the old architecture of a historic church in downtown Louisville and then make our way to a beautifully manicured garden at the edge of the city. I am looking forward to more Gardens at Ray-Eden weddings in the future. Michael and Kirby’s day was nonstop fun from beginning to end. The house where Kirby got ready was busy with activity. I loved the custom cups she had made for her bridesmaids. The first look took place in the gardens followed by some photos. Then the party bus took everyone to the ceremony. St. Boniface is a beautiful building and a great place to get married. I loved shooting their silhouette against the stained-glass window surrounded by the towering pipe organ. Before we knew it we were back on the party bus making our way to the gardens for the reception. We arrived in the midst of the cocktail hour and after a lively introduction it was time for dinner and all of the anticipated festivities. After several touching toasts the couple cut the the cake and then made their way to cut the Louisville Cardinal grooms cake. To Michael’s surprise Kirby had ensured that the inside of the cake was UK blue! The laughter led perfectly into the dance party. A unique part of the reception was a pretty impressive Ice-cream Sunday station, complete with all of the toppings you could want. After everyone had danced their heart out it was only fitting to send off the couple in an archway of sparklers. Congratulations Michael and Kirby!

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the pix were beautiful like the bride n groom love ya

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Loved the pictures David Blair Photography, you are so talented!

Madison Regatta Photography

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Before I ever became a Madison Indiana Photographer I had taken my family up to the Madison Regatta to watch hydroplane speedboats race at near 200 mph.  Capturing high-speed sports photography in Madison Indiana is a unique experience. Madison Regatta photography is so fun because it is truly a high steaks race with professional teams from all around the country in a beautiful little Midwest town. It is kind of crazy how such a big race takes place in such a small town. Though Madison Indiana has a population of only 12,000, the Regatta maintains its place in the Unlimited Hydroplane American Boat Racing Association series, whose other races are in Seattle, Detroit, Chicago and San Diego, among others.  This was the first Saturday I was able to spend with my family in many weeks due to a cluster of summer weddings.  It was long overdue. We had a great time watching what my three-year-old called “the fast-race-car-boats”. My one-year-old, on the other hand, was pretty much terrified of the thumping noise the boats create in the turn. Check out the spray these boats make!  We recently moved to the charming and historic town of Madison Indiana and I am looking forward to photographing many more Madison Regattas.

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Not only were the banks of the river packed, but just outside of the race track the river was full as well. It was really hot and we were wishing we were out with all the boaters where we could easily go for a swim.
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Below is Steve David who still managed to win the Regatta although he crashed into the spun-out boat of rival Dave Villwock during the final.  My family and I had a busy weekend and were only  in Madison for one day of the racing weekend and therefore missed the opportunity to get a photo of the spectacular crash.  To read the full story and see a photo of the crash click here.

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This long-standing small-town race even inspired the 2001 movie entitled Madison.

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Madison Regatta

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Photographing the 2016 Madison Regatta was filled with excitement. Jimmy Shane won the race in front of the hometown crowd in U-1 HomeStreet Bank Miss Madison boat, which is owned by the citizens of Madison. As a Madison Indiana photographer and citizen of Madison, I am part owner, so I was glad to see my boat win. The two-time defending governor’s cup champion J. Michael Kelly placed second, followed by Brian Perkins. Cal Phipps flipped his H1 Unlimited Hydroplane on lap 4 of the Madison Regatta’s Indiana Governor’s Cup in Madison, IN. Phipps survived the crash with no visible injury. Although my specialty is wedding photography and portraiture high-speed action photography is too much fun to pass up, and because I am a Madison IN photographer it is such a pleasure having such a exciting race here my hometown. These Madison Regatta Photos are by David Blair.

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Cal Phipps, piloting the U-27 Dalton Industries boat leads as Jimmy Shane, piloting the U-1 HomeStreet Bank Miss Madison boat and J. Michael Kelly, piloting the U-5 Graham Trucking boat trail behind during the Madison Regatta.

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Jimmy Shane waves to fans atop the hometown the Miss Madison after winning the Madison Regatta.

03 July 2016: Jimmy Shane, is interviewed after winning the Madison Regatta

Jimmy Shane, is interviewed after winning the Madison Regatta’s Indiana Governor’s Cup Extreme Boat Race.

03 July 2016: Cal Phipps flippes his H1 Unlimited Hydroplane on Lap 4 of the Madison Regatta

03 July 2016: Cal Phipps flippes his H1 Unlimited Hydroplane on Lap 4 of the Madison Regatta

03 July 2016: Cal Phipps flippes his H1 Unlimited Hydroplane on Lap 4 of the Madison Regatta

I know they call them hydroplane but they’re not really supposed to fly like this. Phipps survived the crash with no visible injury.

03 July 2016: Cal Phipps flippes his H1 Unlimited Hydroplane on Lap 4 of the Madison Regatta

03 July 2016: Cal Phipps, receives a hug after making it ashore following his high speed crash during the Madison Regatta

Cal Phipps, receives a hug after making it ashore following his high speed crash during the 2016 Madison Regatta.

03 July 2016: The U-27 Dalton Industries boat is lowered into the water by crane just before the Madison Regatta

The U-27 Dalton Industries boat is lowered into the water by crane just before the Madison Regatta.

03 July 2016: Jimmy Shane, climbs into his seat aboard the U-1 HomeStreet Bank Miss Madison boat just before the Madison Regatta

Jimmy Shane, climbs into his seat aboard the U-1 HomeStreet Bank Miss Madison boat just before the Madison Regatta.

03 July 2016: Jimmy Shane gives high-fives to fans after winning the Madison Regatta

Jimmy Shane gives high-fives to fans after winning the Indiana Governor’s Cup Madison Regatta.

03 July 2016: Jimmy Shane, of the U-1 HomeStreet Bank Miss Madison receive their trophies after winning the Madison Regatta

Jimmy Shane with his trophy after winning the Madison Regatta’s Indiana Governor’s Cup in Madison, IN.

03 July 2016: Jimmy Shane and the whole crew of the U-1 HomeStreet Bank Miss Madison receive their trophies after winning the Madison Regatta

Jimmy Shane and the whole crew of the HomeStreet Bank Miss Madison receive their trophies after winning the Regatta.

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Published Wedding in TOPS Magazine

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As a Louisville and Lexington wedding photographer it is always and honor when my work is published. This month Stephanie and Jason’s Whitehall wedding is being featured in a gorgeous four page spread of the current issue of TOPS in Lex Magazine. I love providing wedding photography in Lexington and Louisville KY. Stephanie and Jason wanted an outdoor wedding. When they visited Whitehall in Louisville they immediately fell in love with the historic home and gardens. It was a peaceful, beautiful setting. With so many family members traveling from out of state, they wanted a venue that really highlighted the beauty of Kentucky and Whitehall did just that.

The bride wore an ivory lace Ellis Bridal mermaid gown with a sweeping tulle train. She added a hand-beaded satin sash to match the beading in the dress, an ivory veil, a pearl hair comb and pearl earrings. Her shoes were ivory satin with a gold glitter heel by Kate Spade New York. The bridal bouquet was designed with roses, hydrangeas and lilies wrapped in ivory satin and pearls. The groom wore a classic black and white tux with a two-button, single-breasted jacket and vest. It featured a slimmer satin notch lapel and modern pant with a beaded stripe. He wore authentic silver 1943 penny cufflinks, a gift from Stephanie, and carried his paternal grandfather’s wedding band in his pocket. The groom’s boutonniere was a white lily to match the bride’s bouquet. The mother of the bride wore a knee-length satin dress in champagne with a lace jacket. The mother of the groom wore a long blue chiffon gown with a beaded jacket. Both wore rose corsages. The father of the bride and father of the groom wore classic black tuxes with black vests that matched the groom and rose boutonnieres. The matrons of honor and bridesmaids each wore their own style of a long black chiffon gown with pearl earrings. The junior bridesmaid added a beaded sash and a pearl hair comb. Their bouquets were made of roses and hydrangeas. The best man and groomsmen wore black tuxes with champagne vests and ties and rose boutonnieres. The junior groomsman wore the same with the addition of a champagne bow tie.

Stephanie and Jason wanted their wedding reception to be classic, romantic and elegant. The wedding colors included champagne, ivory, black and blush pink. The tables were draped in champagne satin with gold chargers and trumpet vases filled with roses, hydrangeas and ivy to pull in the natural look of the gardens. Beautiful candle centerpieces included votive and floating candles. Gold chiavari chairs added a touch of elegance.

Guests were invited to a cocktail reception in the gardens immediately following the ceremony where they enjoyed h’orderves and an open bar. When the bridal party arrived, the reception began with the couple’s first dance. Jason and Stephanie worked with PartyZone Productions to create a mixed song that included their favorite artists – Michael Jackson, The Doors, Prince and Justin Timberlake. The first dance was followed by a dinner buffet with chef carved Angus prime rib, chicken picatta, angel hair pasta and an assortment of salads and vegetables. The bride danced with her father after dinner. Little did she know that dad had some dance moves up his sleeve! Family members and friends were treated to a lively dance to Roy Orbison’s Pretty Woman, full of spins, twists and more. Stephanie and Jason then shared a dance with his children to kick off a special Parents Dance for all wedding guests.

Stephanie researched wedding cakes for hours looking for the perfect design. Unable to find exactly what she wanted, she decided to design her own, and Adrienne & Co. carried out her vision perfectly. The three-tier cake included two delicately decorated layers with champagne ribbons and blush colored roses atop a base layer covered with fondant petals. The cake flavors were white with hazelnut, Italian cream and red velvet with butter-cream icing.

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The vendors included Wedding Planner: Essential Details Photographer: David Blair Photography Venue : Whitehall House & Gardens Catering : Ladyfingers Flowers: Lloyd’s Florist Bridal Gown: Bridal Suite of Louisville Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Jim’s Formal Wear Cake: Adrienne & Co. Bakery Café Makeup: Bethany Tiesman Hair: Twisted Salon DJ: PartyZone Productions Videography: Digital Moments Wedding Videography Transportation: Executive Transportation, Rentals: Reliable Rentals. For more wedding photography in Lexington KY, Louisville KY and many other destinations keep exploring the site.

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Chelsea & Nick’s Louisville Wedding at the Olmsted

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Chelsea & Nick’s wedding at the Olmsted was a joy to photograph. The day started with the ladies down at the Seelbach Hotel which is also where the couple spent their wedding night. Like most wedding days the room was loud and filled with activity. Once everyone was ready we took the pictures of the ladies around the hotel and then made our way to the Olmsted. As a Louisville wedding photographer I have to admit that I love weddings at the Olmsted. This historic building is so charming with it’s beautiful windows and brickwork.  The ceremony took place inside the Olmsted with a cocktail hour immediately following which gave us time to go outside. There is a gorgeous field with large dark green trees and a railroad track right out at the entry. Needless to say we had so much to work with and lots of places to create beautiful wedding photos for Nick and Chelsea. They both looked great and more clearly excited that they’ve finally tied the knot. After pictures it was time to head back inside border the reception. They had invited a fun group of people who quickly started a lively dance party that kept going long into the night. The best part of the day was watching Nick and Chelsea’s love towards one another. They could not help but be affectionate the whole day. She was just so excited she kept kissing her new husband. Congratulation Chelsea and Nick! Thanks for letting me document your day.
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