The one "vacation" I take every year if I can, is the Bourbon Blitzkrieg Run (or BBR). It's the only time I get to see a few of my classmates from Chicago, and really the only time I make it to the city at all anymore. I use this trip as kind of a warm-up for wedding season so mostly I'm looking for story, expression, composition, light, and form, in an attempt to create a photojournalistic narrative for the weekend. This Blog will be more image intensive than most with lots of links to the killer places and products we experienced. (A link to images at the bottom of this blog.)
First I have to say thank you to Mitch and the crew from Tin Militia (www.tinmilitia.com or facebook.com/TinMilitiaCarClub) for encouraging Fonz to get into hot rodding. If it weren't for you I wouldn't make my yearly train ride across about 1/3 of the country back to Chicago only to drive about one thousand miles in old cars.
Buffalo Trace Bourbon
The next morning started at a long time favorite of the run, Buffalo Trace! It was awesome to see Freddy again. Freddy is hands down the best tour guide I have ever had. His grandfather told him when he was young that one day he would also work at Buffalo Trace just like his father, grandfather and great grandfather, so Freddy became an engineer... After several years of being an engineer Freddy realized that he needed a change and got a job at the distillery his family worked at for generations, and has been loving it!
Glenns Creek Distilling
Makers Mark is quite a bit off the beaten path but worth the trip if you have the time, just be sure to stay with the pack. We go separated and the route we ended up taking was through a storm, with no wipers, down a twisty little old one lane Kentuckyhighway.
Zak Jokela is a wedding photographer and photojournalist currently located in Billings, Montana, who frequently serves the Red Lodge, Bozeman, & Big Sky areas in Montana, Cody in Wyoming, and his hometown of Watford City, North Dakota. He is also happy and willing to travel elsewhere nationally or abroad. Fill out a CONTACT form for more information regarding booking.