Shooting Some Twins
It's not what it sounds like! I promise!
Last week I had a portfolio builder with a set of 'twin' Dodge Challengers.
I also got to shoot a beautiful 1967 first year SS/RS Camaro.
The shoot started out fairly normal. Admittedly I was running a bit behind because the dogs wouldn't go into their room, but I still arrived at the location 2 minutes before I needed to be there. The owner of the Camaro arrived right on time at 2:30 with a surprise for me. His wife had brought their truck and a ladder so that I could get a shot of the hoods of both cars, since both had matching black stripes on the hood.
I started getting some exterior shots of the Camaro when the owners of the Challengers arrived. They began polishing both of their machines while I worked on the Chevy. The owners of the Camaro and Challengers are close friends so they talked while I worked.
The shoot went of without a hitch. The only issues I encountered were those of the heat, the shirt I wore and the open road next to the lot we shot in. It was a cloudless, 90ºF day so I decided on wearing a bright yellow shirt to keep the heat off of me. I didn't account for the reflections of my shirt in the sides of the cars. I was able to keep myself out of the reflections for the most part though. In preparation for the heat I filled a water bottle to drink during the shoot, but I left it sitting right on the kitchen counter. There was also a 2 lane highway that is moderately traveled during the day. I had about 4 shots ruined because I happened to click the shutter right as a car drove into frame.
When I wrapped up with the Camaro I moved over to the pair of Challengers. One was from 1974 while the other was from 2009. I got a few group shots and then went over to do some 1-on-1 with the older of the two.
During shooting I learned some interesting details about both cars. The owner of the Challenger has had this car since he was in high school.
I moved to the 2009 model after quite some time with the '74. While shooting I came to the interesting conclusion that Challengers were not meant to be viewed from the front, but instead from a 3/4 front view. They lose their iconic shape when they are viewed straight on.
This particular model has some cool custom options on it. The front splitter comes from a 2013 SRT8. The Hemi 5.7 Liter badging has been also replaced with 345 Hemi badging. A nod to the engine being 345 Cubic Inches.
Overall it was quite the fun experience that left me with some great pictures and some happy clients.