Maybe it's not such an appropriate title for a picture given the recent passing of Paul Walker, huh? Jigga please. Trust me, I definitely feel that it sucks that we lost an actor like Walker in what was essentially his prime; however, that's not going to change the fact that there are still and will always be fast cars out there. It's just that not everyone will drive them so recklessly. Okay...let me cool off that rant before I get even more sidetracked. Especially given the fact that I just did a post about Walker not that long ago so no need to rehash.
Actually, I got the title from a popular song from the 80s. All my fellow 80s teens (and maybe babies) probably remember. The one hit wonder Tracy Chapman. Whenever I see images from this shoot, that song immediately comes to mind. I also thought I would switch up the photo naming just briefly from something as simple as the person's name to something a little more clever. Yeah...this one isn' really that clever but it was an effort.
This was one of those last minute shoots that pretty much just fell in my lap. I had announced that I was would be returning to Des Moines (big surprise) and soliciting business for shoots while I was there. I had put the word out there for the standard ones that I normally do: families, couples, individual/modeling, children, etc. It never dawned one me to ask about someone wanting to do a shoot with their vehicle. But when James asked me if I could do such a shoot, I certainly wasn't going to turn it down.
I immediately being thinking of the perfect location for the shoot. I didn't want to have it in some open parking lot with no background. A vehicle of that nature deserved better than that. Given the type of ride that it is, I thought about perhaps an industrial setting. I just couldn't think of area that would be a good fit. As well as I know the different areas of Des Moines, I wasn't that schooled on the industrial aspects. However, I did know the perfect brick wall/alley sitting that would complement it perfectly. Ironically, it wasn't that far from the area I used to shoot James' brother on his bike just a year previous.
Now even though I had never shot a vehicle before, I still knew the right angles that I wanted to see in the image. We've all seen enough car ads to know that. You want to avoid shooting the vehicle straight on so that you the photo has more character to it. At least that's the way I see it. Unless you want your focus to be just a certain part of the vhicle like it's grill or something. Not in this instance where James wanted to showcase the whip.
Initially, the shots were just going to be different poses of James with the car. I had him get it in position and started working with different looks. Meanwhile, his girl was sitting behind me while we worked. It was a no-brainer to have her get in some of the shots with him. Especially with the outfit she was wearing. It was a perfect fit for the scenery as well as matching up well with James' gear.
It wasn't as easy as I thought to get Maria in the shoot though. She was very coy about the whole thing. Pointing out that she wasn't dressed and/or prepared to be in any pictures. It took a little coaxing on my part. Then when I found out that she actually did a little modeling before, it was made a little easier. Plus, I have a funny feeling that she anticipated it was going to happen based on how she was looking. I mean it's not like she was there in some sweatpants and hair all pinned up. She came prepared. Coordinating oufit and everything. I couldn't have planned a better scene if I tried.