Spotlight: David De Borja (@Deborja) x Lexi x FRS x BRZ

Well that was a mouthful.

Anyway, David finally sent me all the photos from the photoshoot we did a few weeks ago that I did the BTS shoot for and he gave me his blessing to share on here with everyone else. As you might have already seen/read – the shoot was an amalgamation of a whole bunch of other shoots – Jason Tang’s BRZ, Steve’s GTR, some rolling shots, and some of Lexi with the cars too and the below is the result of all that.

I mentioned many times before as well that it’s interesting to see another photographer work their craft – you only get to see where they’re standing and what they could potentially be taking a picture of, but you’ll never really ever get to see what they see through the viewfinder at that moment in time. When I photograph and when I look through the viewfinder, I try to envision the endgame or the result that I want to end with the photo. Before going into a photoshoot, I like to imagine the location, the car, the colours, the time of day and the lighting and put it all together in my head to know exactly how I’m going to colour-grade the photo, what look I’m going for, what angles will look best and when I finally get to shooting and looking through the viewfinder becomes an easy task – it just comes down to pointing, aiming and shooting. The idea and the way the photoshoot is going to turn out has already solidified in my head and I “know” what it will look like before it’s even done. I know – it sounds like blasphemy and crazy shit – but that’s truly my way of preparing for a photoshoot.

With that said, being an observer at a photoshoot almost causes me a small level of anxiety – only because I don’t know what’s going to happen, I don’t know what it looks like through the viewfinder and the always-prepared-photographer in me wants to know! And so after bugging David a few times – he finally got around to doing the photos and I know he’s a busy guy – the guy is doing a photoshoot every hour of the day it seems. I’ll be eating lunch and he’ll be shooting one car and when I hope on the gram again, he’ll be shooting another car before I’ve digested my last meal. Anyway, I was stoked when he sent me the photos today and I was stoked to share them with you. I was particularly excited to see the photos with Lexi because my car has never been shot by many people other than myself, let alone with a model. In short – it’s a different perspective for me and it’s refreshing to see my car in a different set up than its usually in. The mood and tone of the photos paired with the colours of Lexi’s outfit turned out great!

Check out David’s instagram here:¬†https://www.instagram.com/deborja/

Photoshop: Aimgain x Rocket Bunny

Playing around with some ideas last night and I think I actually lost sleep because yesterday because I’ve been thinking about how I can put the FRS together in a way that’s even the slightest bit different than the rest of the crowd but still love it. There are a ton of kits out there but very few are actually aesthetically good, and then you have the few that are very popular because well… They obviously look good. The good thing about it all is that you can mix and match parts (kind of like the S2000) and still have it look well-executed.

Even before I owned the FRS, I’ve wanted the Varis Arising II kit and I had envisioned every single part I was going to put on it from top to bottom… It was only a matter of time before I got to actually getting there like all things that take money and time. A certain something has started swaying me from the kit (as much as I love it) and it sucks that it’s the only reason I don’t want it anymore… But I digress…

Second in line of course is Aimgain – I love the look of the front bumper the most and while a duckbill spoiler would look good, I’m a GT wing kind of guy. So last night, I thought “hey I’ll chuck the red TE37’s on there and see if the Rocket Bunny wing would look good with the Aimgain kit”. Below is the result.

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While I did keep the TE37’s red, I doubt they’ll stay red. I love the design of the Rocket Bunny but it doesn’t flow with the kit. You can kind of see the predicament I’m in (if you’re as anal as I am about making sure all the parts go together like they should). Maybe I’ll come up with a different idea and photoshop it again…

What do you guys think?

Drool: Aimgain VIP GT Lexus LS460

Finally found pics of this beauty. I’ve seen it all over instagram but could never find high res pics of it – which it fully deserves. I got it off of Anthony Vargas photostream after diligently entering keywords into google until I found it.

This was the kit that debuted not too long ago at the Tokyo Auto Salon and tons of guys have jumped all over it – more specifically – the guys in Hawaii. Those guys do it up big in the VIP scene and it’s crazy how fast they work too. This car is from Cali though, which is also not a huge surprise since they’re hard hitters in the automotive scene too. I love that VIP is growing and it’s growing fast.

Anyways – pics speak louder than words. Might not be everyone’s taste, but it’s definitely a sight to see.


Not fully aired down on the first few pics…


Wald grill insert.


Love the aggressive lines on the Aimgain GT kit.


Luxury Abstract Jungo’s in 22″ with anodized teal Futura BBK behind them. Massive.


The rear of this kit is my favourite. Everything from the 3-piece lip spoiler to the rear bumper. Flows so well with the LS lines.


Looks like the rear fenders are kind of mashed, but still great fitment.


God. How do you even say no to that?!


Last pic. Awesome presence IMO… I love it.

Now if only I could find someone to lend me some money to do something with the LS while I finish furnishing the house and fund the wedding… Looking at my LS makes me depressed now. Winter blues…