Visiting The Jack Daniel’s Distillery

Taking that trip to Tennessee in the spring all started when I said wanted to visit the Jack Daniel’s distillery someday. That someday turned into very soon. And early this year, that  very soon turned into this year.

We took a day trip from Nashville to Lynchburg to visit the Jack Daniel’s distillery. We choose their Taste of Lynchburg tour. It’s a 3 hour tour that starts with lunch at Miss Mary Bobo’s Restaurant. No, strike that, it starts with delicious lunch at Miss Mary Bobo’s. I will not forget their recipe for candied apples.

Miss Mary Bobo's Restaurant in Lynchburg, TN

The tour continues through the town square of Lynchburg, TN and past the cemetery where Jack Daniel and other members of the Daniel family are buried. Then on to the Jack Daniel’s distillery itself.

You are welcomed at a little museum that tells the story of Jack Daniel, Lynchburg and the distillery before you embareque on walking tour through the distillery. The process of make Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey is pretty much the same as any other distilled drink. But it is particularly nice to see the purification process through charcoal and how they treat the barrels to get the typical taste of Jack Daniel’s.

Jack Daniel's distillery in Lynchburg, TN

Jack Daniel's distillery in Lynchburg, TN

Jack Daniel's distillery in Lynchburg, TN

The tour ends at one of the more than 90 barrel houses for a tasting of their finest whiskeys. And after that, you can rest content in a rocking chair under the porch of their welcome house.

Jack Daniel's distillery in Lynchburg, TN

Selfie at the Jack Daniel's distillery

Ballet Heels with Carol-Ann

I met Carol-Ann about 10 years ago at a networking event for photographers and models. We did a shoot back then, but had since then not worked together. But we though it would be cool to work together again after all those years and a shoot with ballet heels in the spotlight seemed like a good plan.

Ballet Heels & Gorgeous Lingerie

Ballet Heels & Gorgeous Lingerie

Ballet Heels & Gorgeous Lingerie

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Lingerie Shoot with Kyara

Yesterday I posted about a lingerie shoot with Shannety. I mentioned that she brought a friend. This is Kyara. It was our 1st collaboration together and it sure was fun. I look forward to working with Kyara again: she’s a very nice person and she has the most amazing hips…

Makeup by the immaculate Elem.

Lingerie Shoot

Lingerie Shoot

Lingerie Shoot with Shannety

I had a lingerie shoot with Shannety a couple of months back. And she brought a friend. I will share those pictures tomorrow, but for now, the attention is on Shannety. Next to wearing her preferred lingerie, she wore a harness and feathered epaulettes by Lovechild Boudior and her make up was done by Elem.

Lingerie Photo Shoot

Lingerie Photo Shoot

Shannety in Mesh and Latex

There’s nothing wrong with combining latex fashion with regular clothes. It’s a combination you more and more in mainstream media and even on the catwalk of fashion shows of haute couture designers. And if they can do it, so can I. I had my muse Shannety in the studio earlier this year and we shot cool portraits.

The make up for this photo shoot was done by my dear friend and make up artist Elem. Latex fashion by William Wilde, Marquis and Mico Couture Latex.

Shannety in Mesh and Latex

Shannety in Mesh and Latex

Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have Dream

Doctor King was born in Atlanta, GA on January 15, 1929  in this house at 501 Auburn Avenue, about a block from the church where his father was a minister. The National Park Services are preserving the house and its surroundings as a National Historic Site. I had been there years ago and I remembered I was impressed. So it was way up high on my list of places to see in beautiful Atlanta.

Birthplace of Martin Luther King

Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA

Doctor King would be in the frontline of the American civil rights movement all his life. In 1963 he organized nonviolent protests in Birmingham, AL and a march on Washington where he delivered his famous I Have A Dream speech. In ’64 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Price. In 1965 he helped organize the Selma to Montgomery marches, beautifully depicted in the Oscar-winning movie Selma directed by Ava DuVernay.

He was so important to the civil rights movement in the US that is birthday is in fact a legal holiday in the US.

In April 1968 he traveled to Memphis, TN to support the city’s sanitation workers who had gone on strike in protest against poor pay and dangerous working conditions. On April 4th, 1968 he was assassinated by James Earl Ray on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel. An event that inspired U2 to write Pride (In The Name Of Love). So I obviously had to have the song in my travel soundtrack.

Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN

Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN

Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN

After his death he was laid to rest at the Martin Luther King National Historic Site in Atlanta, GA. Later, his wife, Coretta Scott King was buried right beside him.

Tomb of Martin Luther King and Wife Coretta Scott King

Portrait of Shannety

I have this cute little portrait of Shannety that I wanted to share with you all today. It was just too cute to not share.

Shannety’s beautiful make up was done by Elem.

Portrait of Shannety

The Lovely Annelies

I totally forgot to share this photo of Annelies I did in March and I shouldn’t have forgotten about it, ’cause I love this photo.

I met Annelies on a model casting 2 years ago. I told her back then that I would love to have her in my studio for a photo shoot. Before we had a chance to make an appointment, she had a little accident horseback riding. Last year, we met again at a casting call and we did make an appointment this time. I wasn’t wrong: she’s amazing in front of the lens. And she’s so lovely off set. She brought brownies to the photo shoot. And I just instantly like anyone who brings food.

Annelies Shows of her Curves in Black & White

The Johnny Cash Museum

I had planned to write a daily blog post about my trip to Tenneessee, but oh boy, how I have failed. Even 3 months after being back home, I still have a couple of photos to process. But hey, I look at this way: taking this long to go through my photos keeps the memories alive. And there are plenty of nice memories.

The Johnny Cash Museum on 3rd Ave in Nashville, TN surely was one of them. I liked Johnny Cash’s music but got really sucked into it after seeing the 2005 biopic Walk the Line with Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash and Reese Witherspoon playing the role of June Carter. So the Johnny Cash Museum was a must-see place for me while I was in Nashville.

The Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville

The Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville

The Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville

The Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville

RIAT 2017

We had quite a bit of fun at last year’s Duxford air show. So much so that my buddy James dropped a list of 2017 air shows to the gang and asked if anyone was up for a few shows. I don’t think he knew what he was getting us into. He had the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford (UK) on his list. That would have not been a big deal if it wasn’t for the USAF Thunderbirds coming to that show.

I had not seen the USAF Thunderbirds in 25 years! We had not seen the USAF Thunderbirds in 25 years!

Plans were drawn. Luc, James and I got together, booked a hotel in London and the Eurostar to get to London. Oh wait… We also needed tickets to the air show. And it was sold out! It took us a couple of dozen of emails and some help from friends to get a hold of tickets: “Thunderbirds are GO!”

And not even a little grey skies would keep us away. It was touch-and-go with the weather though. With a cloud base as low as 600ft at some point, some displays got cancelled, but not the USAF Thunderbirds.

USAF Thunderbirds Flying the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon

USAF Thunderbirds Flying the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon

Adding to my excitement were displays by the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey and the Airbus A400M Atlas. I had never seen them displayed before. Both planes have amazing capabilities. It don’t always have to be fast moving jets to be impressive.

Airbus A400M Atlas at RIAT 2017

Airbus A400M Atlas at RIAT 2017

Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey at RIAT 2017

Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey at RIAT 2017