Ok, so I figured I would start doing a monday morning recap to the blog to kind of give it some structure. I never thought it would be so hard just to throw up a few quick pics and a few short stories about our travels…….I was wrong. You get busy doing stuff, and you just put it off. So this one will be a little longer than a week in recap.
I guess this recap will start with a couple pics from our visit to Painthouse TX to take a couple of quick shots of the 57 chevy – Candy Apple Blonde – and the killer Hudson truck he built that was a Mothers shine award finalist. We wound up shooting inside the garage at Randy’s house and then outside of his shop until around 1am while showing Randy how to do some long exposure light painting.
After goofing off at Randy’s, Jacy and I decided to finally start making our way to Florida to avoid the crappy rainy weather in Houston and spend some time with Jacy’s parents. That’s when I made a bonehead move when leaving the RV park in Houston. When leaving, I pulled through the makeshift toll/ticket booths and just barely touched the passenger side mirror… it promptly broke. I guess the inside of the mirrors are held together with some lightweight pot metal, and even though I barely grazed it, it was enough to snap it off. So Jacy and I with the help of a maintenance man gaffer taped the mirror up enough to get us to camping world.
We sat around for a couple days waiting for them to find a replacement mirror, and while doing that we received a few requests for photoshoots so we decided to leave the bus in Houston while it waited on a new mirror. It actually took me nine days to finally track down a mirror with the help of the parts dept at Winnebago/Country Coach in Junction City, Oregon.
Our first stop was in Arkansas at D&D Specialty Cars to shoot a Mustang that had just been finished that day. Two days later, it was heading to the Island of Antigua in the West Indies.
After wrapping up the shoot in Arkansas, we had an assignment in Port Washington, Wisconsin at SpeedKore to shoot some portraits of the great craftsmen who work at the shop for their website and social media.
Luckily we headed that way after most of the snow had passed through, but still it was going to be rather cold compared to hanging out in Texas in January. I guess it was good I broke the mirror on the bus because Jacy and I have this rule that if it’s cold enough that we might die, we don’t take the house there. It was definitely cold with it hitting minus 24 with the wind chill.
Good thing we packed the Coffee Maker!
Can’t believe people were outside fishing like it was warm outside.
Bill, the lead Fabricator from SpeedKore posing happily while he was trying to finish the dash in this Cuda that had to be at the Grand National Roadster Show in two weeks.
SpeedKore is known for their awesome handmade carbon fibre panels for muscle cars.
Thanks to lighting guru Nick Coury from Dury’s in Nashville (my favorite camera store) for recommending this Phottix beauty dish the last time I was in their shop.
SpeedKore was posting photos on social media as soon as I could shoot them.
After wrapping up in Port Washington we drove over to Spring Green, WI to pick up our truck that we left with the guys at Classic AutoBody/Ring Brothers before SEMA to get some hail/storm damage repaired, but everything they were working on was top secret so no cool pics from their shop. We spent the night in beautiful Madison, Wisconsin before heading back south.
The next morning, we finally started heading south for another Arkansas photoshoot. We wound up a day late due to snow and ice in Desmoines.
We finally made it to Bentonville, Arkansas to photograph the process of repairing a collision damaged car from beginning to end for Westside Autobody. The only catch is they wanted it artsy to hang on the walls at the bodyshop. It was a great couple of days, and fun to try and make a wrecked car look cool.
It’s sunday now, and we are crashed at a hotel in Mckinney, Texas hanging out with some friends, shooting a blog post about one of our favorite craftsmen, and hopefully finally heading to Houston if our house gets fixed. Who knows, we might finally make it to Florida for Christmas.