Five days post Derby, I sit here trying to put my thoughts together in an allergy induced fog(thank you Kentucky). Derby 145 was a wild one and people are still talking about it almost a week later! Generally, when I am covering a large event, I not only take photos with my camera but also post on social media either on my accounts or for whomever I am working for.  This means of the 10,000 or so photos I take during derby week, only a few are edited and posted. Once I am somewhat less sleep deprived and have eaten a few meals like a normal person, I go back through, edit and pull my favorite images from the week. Sometimes i’m drawn to a photo because of the people or horse, sometimes it’s just really great light.  My goal is to tell a story, maybe one that not everyone sees.

Covering the Kentucky Derby is an honor and pleasure(yes even in the pouring rain).  People will often ask how I got into horse racing/photography and being credentialed for such large events.  For me, it was first the love of horses, then photography and then breaking into racing just a few years ago.

I saw this as I was trying to write and obsessively checking Facebook and Twitter  instead of writing “ Dream so big your problems seems small” I’ve been able to check a few things off my horse racing bucket list the past few years and meet some great people along the way.

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