A few weeks ago I got the chance to shoot two All-American icons here in Houston. Although they come from the same family, these two are very different animals. The GT500 has become more of a refined beast over the years, although calling it so may still be against the rules. Still no slouch to 60mph (4.1 seconds), the 2011 GT500 had a weight savings of over 150 pounds thanks to a new all-aluminum engine block. Even with its live rear axle, the car handles crisply and cleanly. The blue-on-white paint job is perfect for this car, and the white shows the sharp lines that make this generation Mustang so aggressive.
In contrast, the Ford F-150 SVT Lightning sticks with the “old way” of doing things. Shoehorn a hammer of an engine into a small, relatively light bodied vehicle for immediate point-and-shoot speed, providing that you’re in a straight line of course. With horsepower/torque numbers coming in at 380/450, this truck is a monster that runs the quarter mile in 13.8 seconds. Love it or hate it, you cannot ignore the lightning – and especially love it for that reason.
Enjoy the photos!
Just one short month ago, we were up in the clouds en route to Dayton, Ohio for Mike and Krista’s wedding. Landing in Indianapolis and driving on to Dayton, we drove through roads that cut through vast green cornfields, stretching as far on as I could see. Quite a different perspective than we were used to in Houston!
On the wedding day, we arrived at the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, not prepared for how stunning the building really was. Appearing like a blue Faberge egg jutting out of an otherwise ordinary building, it was a stark contrast to the dull buildings surrounding it. Inside, the ceiling soared multiple stories to a gold roof, with spindly blueish-green supports holding it up. A corkscrew staircase wound its way up, completing this very modern, yet very organic design that was like nothing I’d had the pleasure of photographing before.
Krista and Mike had planned a day that meandered naturally around friends, family, music, and of course each other. As the afternoon gave way to night, we all danced, drank, and carried on, reveling in the beautiful moments that Krista, Mike, and their respective families had provided us. To Krista and Mike: Thank you, thank you, thank you for entrusting me to capture these special moments for you. I hope you both enjoy the photos half as much as I did taking them!
A special thanks as well to Andrea of Andrea Dozier Photography for capturing the day with me.
Every now and then some really exciting sessions come along that make you rub your eyes and read the screen again. When I received word from Fee Banks at Young Money Motors that a few vehicles belonging to Trent Williams of the Washington Redskins (a Texas native) needed to be photographed for an upcoming article, I couldn’t wait to hear what they would be. Casually, it was mentioned “It’s the Lamborghini. And the Mercedes. And probably the Rolls. Oh, and I think we’ll bring the Ferrari, too”.
On the day of the session, I loaded up all my gear and headed to a location near Trent’s condo. Shortly after I heard something that sounded like a small jet approaching, a pristine Bianco Isis Lamborghini Aventador rolled into view with radiator fans loudly whirring, gulping in massive amounts of air to cool the big V12. Shortly behind it was the long, sleek, and extremely impressive Mercedes S65 AMG, in its own shade of white – Diamond White Metallic. It was apparent that they had brought out the big guns for the session.
We got started on the pair at the top of a nearby parking garage, ducking and covering every now and then from intermittent showers that have been so familiar to Houston this summer. The large reflective glass side of the building made for a great backdrop for the two cars, playing well with the crisp, clean look of these two machines. As I was beginning to set the two up for another angle, Fee informed me that Trent was bringing his brand new 2014 Rolls Royce Wraith to the party. I couldn’t wait to see this car again, as I shot it a month or two prior to this set (which will be released soon due to an time-specific embargo with the publisher). Shortly after, Trent arrived, and we lined all the cars up for a very impressive “million dollar” shot.
While we were wrapping up the shot of the big three, we were kicked out by security and had to move to the cramped confines of the parking garage of Trent’s condo, where the Ferrari 458 Italia made it’s appearance. We were able to “tetris” the cars into place for one quick photo before moving on to another location for some portraits of Trent with his cars. It was requested that we photograph Trent’s portraits at a location with some graffiti, so I chose a location close to downtown that has the famous mug of Chester the Cheetah (the cheesiest) spray-painted on the wall. We got some quick portraits of Trent for the feature, along with a few quick snaps of the cars in profile against the graffiti. It was a whirlwind session leaving me exhausted afterward, but excited for the shots of the two featured cars, the Lamborghini and the Mercedes.
We wrapped it up with a BTS shot of all the cars lined up with the Young Money Motors & Trent’s crews, followed by a quick one with the Young Money Motors guys, myself, and Harneal and Macon, who I can’t thank enough (along with Bryan, who is not pictured as he had to leave before we took the shot) for all their hard work on this set.
On to the photos!