Mean Girls Photoshoot: Part 2 of 2

OK – pics from yesterday. I’ll be honest – I’m not particularly happy with any of the photos from yesterday. Not sure what it was… I think it was a combination of a bunch of things. 1) I’m not ashamed to say that I am fairly inexperienced at shooting multiple cars at once, let alone three cars at once and finding out how to position them. 2) When we wanted overcast, all we got was glare and JC’s car stood out like a rich white guy in the ghetto. 3) The locations were meh for me. Personally if the location doesn’t inspire me, the shoot ends up following the same path – not inspirational. The best shoots that I’ve done have always ended up being in new locations that really compliment the car. Not this time unfortunately.

Anywho – they turned out alright, but I’d like to do it again. I’ll probably equip myself with a polarizer for the next shoot to help out a bit. Next up will be Adam’s Civic and I’m really hoping to kill that shoot since his car is one of the cleanest looking in the city. I’m a big fan of his fitment even though it might not be everyone’s cup of tea – but I digress. You’ll see it when I shoot it.

Moving on!

IMG_3369 copyRooftop shoot. This was where I shot my car with JC’s car a few weeks ago. That shoot ended up being quite nice since it was two cars, but once you add three into the mix – headaches. LOL

IMG_3379 copyThis arrangement was a lot better.

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IMG_3384 copyThis makes me wish I got a white fusa instead of a black one…

IMG_3400 copyWheel shot. So good.

IMG_3406 copyJC was able to get up onto the sidewalk to take some nice pics with the old scenery.

IMG_3414 copyThis was probably my favourite out of the whole shoot.

IMG_3425 copyQuick shot of Steve and Rich parked behind us. Peep Rich’s new headlight set up. Can’t wait to see it working.

IMG_3426 copySimilar set up to the roof top. Different location.

IMG_3430 copySide profile of Punit’s GS. I particularly love his wheel choice – great choice for the 3GS.

IMG_3439 copyUp close.

IMG_3449 copyAlso really love the rear and the way his fitment looks. The rear set up is super aggressive so it makes it look super beefy.

IMG_3459 copyFunny because I think I like the rear of my car the most too. Punit made the comment when we were shooting that he felt the same lol.

IMG_3461 copyThese little guys were all over the place at this location.

IMG_3478 copyAnother against the brick wall. Tried a little something different to have the GS rear in the shot. This was probably the best backdrop we had yesterday.

IMG_3482 copyShot of the LS again.

IMG_3483 copyFinally ending it with JC’s CT.

Overall – I feel like the shoot was missing something, but I’m content with the pics. Probably going to have to do another one until I’m satisfied. The most frustrating part of it all is having to move each car one at a time until you find a good position and if it doesn’t look good, you gotta move them again. PITA if you ask me…

I’ll make up for it with the next shoot!

Mean Girls Photoshoot: Part 1 of 2

First of all – Happy Father’s Day to all the dad’s out there. There’s no reason any dad doesn’t deserve to hear a little of your gratitude today. After all – you wouldn’t be reading this without him haha! The fam will  be taking him out to dinner later today, so during the day he wanted to do some yard work and stuff so I decided to spend some time doing a shoot. Finally with all three Lexus’s together…

Steve, Rich, and Gopesh came by and Jackie also came to chill for a bit since he’s in town for a few days. First we went to go wash the cars.

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Gopesh cleaning his wheels and Punit beside him.

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IMG_3317 copyDirty wheels. Hasn’t been cleaned since Driven, I think haha

IMG_3318 copyGopesh’s GTI looking great

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IMG_3320 copySteve’s RSX – slammed.

IMG_3321 copyRich’s WRX peeking out in between the two cars.

IMG_3322 copyThe LS

IMG_3323 copyJackie came in Barb’s TSX while she’s in Vegas.

IMG_3324 copyAss shots

IMG_3325 copyJC’s super clean CT200h

IMG_3327 copyAnother shot of the LS.

IMG_3328 copySteve and Barb also just came back from Hong Kong not too long ago. I asked that they find me some fake Louis Vuitton belts so I can strap down the tank in the trunk. I don’t usually like faking the funk, I wasn’t about to spend $800 on two belts that no one will ever see in the trunk lol. All I have to do is paint the logo matte black and it’ll look good as real LOL. They look pretty legit though if you aren’t inspecting them up close. hahaha thanks Steve and Barb!

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IMG_3331 copyPunit made Gopesh clean his wheels… ahahaha

IMG_3332 copyFoamed up.

IMG_3333 copyRollin’ out. I managed to get all the cars in this shot except for Punit’s haha

IMG_3339 copyAgain – I should’ve stopped the camera down a bit more to get more wheel spin… but it’s tough when I’m doing it with one hand outside my window and driving at the same time.

IMG_3348 copyRolling shot of Punit’s GS. His car looks beastly from behind.

IMG_3349 copyTraffic…

IMG_3359 copyOn the bridge!

IMG_3360 copyBlue skies, super green trees everywhere… It was supposed to rain but it never did. I was actually wanting overcast for most of the day and it never came. The exact opposite happened haha…

To be continued with the shoot!

JC’s Birthday – Random Snaps

Just decided to throw some random pics up I took from my phone (again) only because I don’t have much content still. Planning on shooting Adam’s Civic soon with his new wheels and Sasa’s brothers’ Ferrari when the weather is nice. Maybe I can get to one of them this weekend – fingers crossed!

JC’s birthday dinner was on Tuesday evening at Without Papers – a pizza place in Inglewood which was pretty good. Just took some shots in the lot we parked in because we ended up parking next to a sick Audi wagon dumped on HRE’s…

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At JC’s crib waiting to roll out.

IMG_20130611_201019 At the lot. Punit and Gopesh in there as well. IMG_20130611_175704

A shot with the two Audi’s we parked beside. I didn’t get a single shot of it, but believe me – it’s sick. Fitment was on point.IMG_20130611_180003

Mean girls action. Asses on both the cars are all good.IMG_20130611_200708 IMG_20130611_200851 IMG_20130611_201008

Pre-Show: Driven 2013

Yesterday afternoon was the beginning of roll-in and this is by far the most exciting part of the whole show for me. It’s exciting because we’re all able to form a big group of some great quality cars, all cleaned up in one place for one long day. It’s the one place where we can all hang out, show our cars and all the work we’ve all put into them over the months or even years leading up to the show.

Roll in for illmotion in particular is huge because the booth is usually quite big and it’s quite a handful of work positioning the cars and waiting for people to come – maybe they’re late or coming from out of town… tons of stress. Props to Ryan for taking care of most of it and setting the booth up nicely.

I’ll be taking a bunch of pics this year because I know every year before I’ve always taken far less pictures than I could have taken and I regret it. It looks like it’s shaping up to be a great show once again. I love that everyone is starting to step it up and doing more than just carbon wraps and cheap wheels with no suspension. People pay $15 for a ticket to see good shit, so I think it’s only fair we give them good shit. Not the one car you’ve seen for the last 8 years with no changes. Painted white dash and neon lights was cool back then. Not today.

Anyways – another mini rant of mine. Here’s some pics of what you can look forward to. See you guys later today! Stop by and say hi!

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JC’s CT back in action.

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With the Junction Produce Hello Kitty air freshener to boot. So sick haha

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My big booty sedan. Regina George.

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Setting up. Maybe a quarter of the cars had show up at this time.

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Derrek cleaning up his Integra… fitted with new mag blue TE’s

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Corey’s Civic. And he’s f***ing selling the Meisters because he says he can’t fit them on his S2000. Someone convince him not to sell them because those are too awesome.

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Andy’s Skyline.

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Didn’t meet this fellow but his RX7 was bad ass with Michaels’ Mazda3 sitting right beside it. Made the trip from Edmonton for this.

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Arif’s Civic

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Phil’s AE86. This thing is still so gangster and it’ll never get old. In person, it’s just way too awesome. One of the best for sure.

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Lester’s new Mini Cooper. So awesome haha

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Another shot of Michael’s Mazda3

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Justin’s TSX. With Justin and Barb in the way… GOD don’t people have any consideration for people taking pictures?!

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Ryan’s Ep3

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Steve’s RSX

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Aldo’s S2000

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Another shot from the opposite corner. Not many cars here yet.

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Didn’t meet him either but he’s got a nice Silvia on Work 3PC Meisters

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Mike Salek’s bikes.

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Rich’s WRX.

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Duncan’s boosted Civic

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Devon and his EG. He polished the whole car at the show lol. Crazy guy.

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A shot of the mean girls. I’m biased but this looks gangster as f***.

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Nikki and Adam

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Front shot.

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Punit’s GS. Freshly finished – if you weren’t at the roll in, this is probably the first you’ve seen since Jackie at Zero Limit finished it a few days ago. Dumped on coils, pulled fenders in the rear and cambered in. Looks gangster with the dish in the rear.

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Random shot of my trunk set up since I finally got it cleaned up.

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Punit cleaning up.

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Aldrich setting up his DJ equipment for the show.

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Giuseppe and his bro cleaning his bro’s 350z. Giuseppe’s Skyline is in the VEX booth this year if you’re wondering.

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Lined up front.

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Ass ass ass ass.

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Another awesome shot. Killed it.

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Detail shots. Another of my trunk.

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Last one of Adam’s Meisters in the rear. Love the dish in Meisters.

Anyways – that’s all I got for the pre-show. The next few days will be tons of pics of coverage. I will try to take pictures of all the cars I can and post them up day by day. Stay tuned! Like I said above, if you’re showing up to the show – come by and say hi!