Chocolatebox Photography » Documentary Family Photography Louisville, KY

Is not every day you get to shake the hands of Victor Espinoza, Gary Stevens and a beautiful pregnant Rosie Napravnik (the jockeys who came in 1st and 2nd place in the Kentucky Derby AND the first female jockey to win the Oaks), let alone photograph them.  This year again our team had the opportunity to contribute and be a part of one of my favorite events of Derby season here in Louisville, Ferdinand’s Ball at the Muhammad Ali Center in downtown Louisville.  This one of a kind Derby event  raises funds for Old Friends a non-profit organization that honors and provides retirement for race horses that would otherwise be sent to slaughter after their racing and breeding careers are over.

It was a wonderful experience to get to work with the amazing and caring people who make this event possible, thank you to Kim and Amy for giving me and the ChocolateBox Photography team the opportunity to give back to this wonderful cause through the red carpet donations and documenting the event (if you want to read more of their story on how Ferdinand’s Ball came to be hop on over to their feature on this month’s Nfocus louisville Magazine), thank you to all the amazing vendors who made this a beautiful night, and all the volunteers who showed up and worked hard to ensure the day was a success!

Venue: The Muhammad Ali Center 
Event planner: Elizabeth Vissing and Tatum Daugherty (Muhammad Ali Center)
Rentals & Red Carpet: The Event Company


Bubba Ganoush, Bobby wob, E, kid, Bobby-wan-kenobi, Bub he is my favorite boy in the whole wide world and he is turning five so soon.  A few clicks to document this milestone from our session at the studio this morning.


It’s that time of year again! Spring mini sessions!! Last years was such a success I decided to offer them again in April.

These minis are great for update shots of your little ones, to record a milestone or a quick family shot, I’ve also had a few clients who use this for maternity sessions as well as gifts for mothers day 🙂

Details: 15 minute mini session, $75 per family (up to 4 people), pets are welcomed! for additional family members just add $25/person (up to 3 children total for each time slot, if you have additional children please purchase back to back time slots so we have enough time to get everyone to say cheese). Since these will be outside, please plan for the possibility of cooler weather and dress accordingly.  Prints, digital files, etc are purchased a la carte about a week or 2 after your session after you’ve had a chance to see the images during your ordering appointment.  The creative fee for these mini sessions includes my time and talent to produce your artwork only and it is non-refundable.

When: April 14th & 20th (4 slots available on each day)

-April 14th (urban setting)

-April 20th (Outdoors setting)


 How to sign up:  To sign up simply head out to our booking module by clicking HERE, select your desired date and time, enter your personal info and got through the checkout process to reserve your time spot. You will receive an immediate confirmation email with the date and time you’ve chosen. We will send you a follow up email within 48 hours with your client portal so you can access your contract, invoices and all of our communication as well as a mini session guide to help you coordinate your family’s outfit for the day and info on what to expect the day of your shoot and how to make the most out of your mini session with us.

Still have questions?  email us and we’d be happy to help!