Hibernation Time

October 1st… The saddest day of the year for me – mainly because that’s when the car gets parked every year. I know it’s kind of early to do so because we still have nice days and there isn’t any snow yet but for me, it’s usually because it’s too cold to hand wash it and that’s what I usually do… So by that time, it’s not worth it to keep out anymore since I’ll be too lazy to keep it clean anyway.

Last night was the last drive of the season and it was bittersweet. Mainly because I’m sad that I have to put away the car, but the other half of me is relieved that I don’t have to pay for its drinking problem every week. It gets pricey! haha

Just the last few shots before the shoot last night…

All alone.

Then JC and Punit showed up and this will also be the last pic of the three of them together until next year. I suspect there are big things in store next year for many builds once again…

Until then, I have a bunch of awesome shoots lined up over the next week because I’m on a photoshoot frenzy!

#YouCantSitWithUs

This was right after I went to see Derrick painting his Integra… Decided to put it into two different posts because it doesn’t really have anything to do with Derrick’s Integra…

A while back when we all first started to get our Lexus’s, we somehow started dubbing them the “Mean Girls”. Primarily just because they were all Lexus’s, each a different trim, and it seemed fitting just to do it for fun. Eventually it kind of stuck and so many of the lines of Mean Girls happen to work perfectly for captions on our Instagram pictures. Before we knew it, we were hashtagging the sh*t out of it and we’ve even gone as far as naming them – you may have seen me reference it a few times.

LS – Regina George

GS – Karen Smith

CT – Gretchen Weiners

I know to some of you this sounds totally weird, but for you car people – I know you named your car. It may not reference a movie that adolescent and teenage girls watched, but you still named it. We might have just taken it a bit further than most.

So with that all said, JC wanted to get some stickers made up just for the show. “You can’t sit with us”. Again – it’s fitting for the show, but it’s also quite ignorant lol. I just want to point out that we are not trying to be rude or ignorant in any way. It’s just funny. So yes, you can sit with us if we’re sitting down and a spot is free.

I took some shots of our cars while he was putting the stickers on because it’s been weeks since I’ve been able to do anything car related as you can see from my vacation and throwback posts. I’ll try to get on it soon… Still a crazy few weeks ahead of me.

JC had his on already when I pulled up.

So CREANNN

There is JC all thugged out in his Volkswagen shirt. Not sure why he drives a Lexus. (Just kidding – he works there. But I personally think it would be more appropriate if he would just change into a Lexus shirt outside of work hours).

Boom. Look how dirty my car is. Jesus Christ.

As he was applying – look who decided to roll up with some new coloured shoes too…

Mr. Gopesh. He recently got his wheels powdercoated red. I think I like it better than the green he used to have. It seems a bit more fitting with the pinstripe and all. Head turner for sure with wheels that bright.

Finally moving on over to Punit’s GS. This thing looks crazy from behind if you’ve ever been behind him while driving. Bitches be like “y u ruin Rexus lyke dat!!!”

Love dem AME’s

Look at JC in his friggin Volkswagen shirt. Gopesh should’ve just ripped it off of him and wore it. Whole bunch of confusion and disrespect going on that night.

Boom.

Last shot of the night. I’ll end it here and I’ll see you at the show & shine! Hope you guys are all ready or are getting ready! Last night I spent a few hours washing it and cleaning the interior and I’ll probably spend some more time on Saturday doing some finishing touches. Come by and say hi!

Crossing my fingers for nice weather. Going to be a good show!

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!