My First Photoshoot
Having been in business for just over a year now, I figured I’d discuss my first ever photoshoot. The car I was tasked with shooting was a restored 1964 Plymouth Fury. This wasn’t your ordinary restoration though. It featured a massive 440 Mopar V8, 4 speed manual, and a killer interior. The team at Black Bridge Motors behind this car deserve all the praise they get, if not more.
I remember waking up one morning with a notification on my Instagram app. Typically, I expect this to be a meme of some sort, sent over by one of my friends, so I ignored it. A day went by until I realized that I still had this pesky notification. I was super confused. I’d never received a message on my business page, so I found it to be very unlikely that that’s what it was. Well, I couldn't have been more wrong. It was a message from Black Bridge Motors, asking if I had gotten any photos of the Fury at the last car show. Unfortunately for them, I hadn’t. Fortunately for me, they couldn’t afford a super expensive professional photographer. So, I was tasked with shooting it.
A first client is a pretty large deal. It shows that you’ve successfully marketed yourself enough and impressed the client enough for them to select you over the competition. However, I soon realized I wasn’t necessarily shooting for the garage’s pleasure. I was shooting the car because Mr. Zumbach himself wanted some photos. For those who don’t know, he’s the founder of Caffeine and Carburetors, one of the biggest car shows in Connecticut. I was thrilled. Not only did I have my first client, but it was finally a way for me to break into the world, and get a name for myself. So, I set up a date with Black Bridge, got a good friend of mine to come along, and we booked it over to Norwalk.
When we got to the garage we were instantly captivated by the sheer number of cars they were working on. The cars ranged from classic Mustangs, to old Chevy trucks, to even classic Land Rovers. This really is the place to be if you’re a classic car person. Our tour of the garage ended outside where we started our shoot with the Fury. This was one mean Plymouth. Specced out in a gloss black paint, with big black rims, a bunch of decals, and a bright red interior, this really was the ultimate restoration. As I said before, this Fury was no sleeper either. It featured a big block Mopar V8, paired with a 4 speed manual transmission. This car is easily capable of keeping up with a lot of modern day muscle.
The Fury has some sick angles too. One of my favorite shots happened to be of the interior. Every detail inside this car is so simple, yet futuristic looking. The retro styling of the interior screams Cold War era design (for fairly obvious reasons). I love the lights inside the car in the back row. They add this really unique and awe-inspiring ambience to the whole car. The red interior adds to the effect too. The car is truly a testament to the ‘60’s power addiction, when cars became absolute monsters under the hood. The whole build just screams sporty powerhouse. It truly needs to be seen in person.
If you live in Connecticut and happen to have a spare day, check out Black Bridge Motors in Norwalk. They do some of the coolest builds around. In my spare time I was able to check out their BMW 2002 Turbo, a ‘64 Mustang, and a few of their Land Rovers. One of the coolest cars they’ve built so far happens to be a 1952 Chevy 3100 ½ Ton. This thing is sick. It’s a mint green truck, covered in Rust that boasts some serious power. Under the hood sits a mean 525 HP LS3 engine. This thing is crazy. It’s one of the coolest trucks I have ever seen.
Trust me when I say you need to see this garage.