It’s always great to shoot at new locations, and I was so excited when Michael and Esmeralda chose the 1940 Air Terminal Museum at Hobby Airport for their engagement session. All but abandoned in the until the 1980’s, the terminal has now been restored nearly back to it’s operating days, with more changes on the way. Walking inside is a blast from the past, with the art deco architecture and designs complete with the original light fixture hanging overhead. Being able to shoot around (let alone sitting in the cockpit!) their restored Lockheed Model 18 Lodestar was such a unique experience.
Michael and Esmeralda put some planning into their session, and it truly made for a very special set. I couldn’t wait to finish up this set to share with you all. Congratulations to you guys, can’t wait for July!
Another dream car in the bank. Understandably, my jaw hit the floor when I received word that I would be photographing this pristine 1983 Lamborghini Countach LP500 S last month. A three owner car with just under 10,500km (right around 6,500 miles) since new and on its ORIGINAL TIRES, this 32 year old car was in better than showroom new condition.
The Countach was penned by Marcello Gandini, the heralded designer of the legendary Miura, which both coined and revolutionized the consumer “super car”. Being the successor to the Miura was no easy act to follow, but Gandini created something just as memorable in a completely new and exciting way. Consisting nearly completely of flat, angular panels, the Countach assumes a bold wedge shape, both very wide and low. It is very clear that form came before function on the Countach, the scissor doors being necessary due to the width of the car (too wide for traditionally opening doors), and the fact that rear visibility was nonexistent at best. The best way to back this car into a spot? Sit on the sill with the driver’s door up and modulate the clutch while looking backward. The Countach made no excuses about its lack of “real world” aesthetics, and I love that.
This particular Countach was originally sold in Italy, but brought to the United States in January or 1983. It features a 4754cc version of the Weber carbureted V12 mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox. Good for 375hp and 302lb/ft, the LP500 S’ could accelerate from 0-60 in 5.7 sec, on the way to a 12.9 sec quarter mile. Top speed was 150mph.
While shooting the Countach, I had to take some time to walk around the car to pinpoint its best angles. It is admittedly a bit goofy looking from head on, as well as at low angles. But the profile and rear is where the design of the car really shines, showing off that huge wing that looks as though it could let the Coutach drive upside down.
Cars like this don’t come around every day, and this is a truly special example of the model. It will go to auction with Bonhams in March at Amelia Island, and if it strikes your fancy, it can be yours for a cool $500,000.
Enjoy the photos!
I always have fun shooting with the Young Money Motors team, so I was excited when they reached out to me about a new opportunity they had in New Orleans. They had just recently finished a custom job on a Ferrari F430 for Marcell Dareus of the Buffalo Bills and wanted me to come out and shoot it on location in New Orleans with Felecia, a model that they’d hired. I’m always looking for an excuse to head to New Orleans, so when the date came around, we hit the road!
There was a car show going on the day of the shoot, and we were able to use the location to our advantage. It was in an area of town surrounded by abandoned projects, and the current owner of the property allowed artists to come in and paint on all the surfaces of the remaining buildings. While most of the area was already taken by other cars when we arrived, we found an area underneath a tree with tires hanging from it that worked nicely.
The car itself is definitely an attention grabber. Appropriately named “Furrari” by the shop and Marcell, this car is wrapped from top to bottom in red velvet and finished with 20″ Savini Veneto brushed gold wheels. There is definitely no ignoring this car.
Thanks to Felecia for working through the cold, and to Zariane Nuñez for the makeup and touch ups along the way. Thanks to Fee Banks and Young Money Motors for the continued calls, it’s always great working with you guys!
A few iPhone shots from the weekend in New Orleans:
And a group shot of the whole crew doing “the Birdman” once we wrapped up for the day.
On to the photos!