This year's Concours D'Elegance is in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Porsche 911 and I couldn't be happier. The 911 has forever been my dream car ever since I was young, playing with my matchbox cars in the alleyway behind my house and in the dirt of my mother's tediously well kept garden. The beauty of the engineering put into each and every model puts butterflies in my stomach and sets my mind racing with creative ideas. Every time I see one in person I fall in love again.
Last summer I assisted professional photographer Gary Kessler, who has been an amazing mentor to me ever since I graduated from Ohio University in 2010. Gary called me one day in early August last year and asked if I wanted to meet him at Ault Park with a few Porsche classics to shoot the 2013 Concours Poster and before I had even hung up the phone I had already grabbed my camera bag and was running out the door. (Don't worry, I did the speed limit to the park... really though... okay I didn't, but that's beside the point! ) I showed up just in time to see Ken Allison's BEAUTIFUL Porsche 904 GT being pushed out of the covered trailer and left my car running and door wide open and ran to begin shooting. Luckily I pulled the ebrake, haha. Kurt arrived shortly after with his Porsche 356 Cab, which is by far one of the cleanest I have ever seen. A beautiful red. Gary and I along with the 10 or so others present began testing locations around the Ault Park pavilion and finally landed on the one of the front pads, which allowed us to position the cars at staggered angles. Initially the cars had their backs to the pavillion, but after I spent a good 45 minutes monkeying around (which happens way too much), I took a shot from the top of the pavilion with my iPhone and everyone really enjoyed it. We flipped the cars to face the pavilion and Gary began to work his creative magic! The shots for the promo that he created are fantastic!
Here is a shot I took while everyone was having a mini meeting about different focal lengths to possibly shoot the final image with. I'm pretty happy with this image, especially since the sun was kissing the tops of the trees. Ahhh I love the Golden Hour.
Anyways, I'll post some behind the scenes stuff either later tonight or tomorrow evening after I get home from the studio! I can't wait for June!