Daily grind…

I’m still waiting to see if I have any photos from Wekfest East and Tuner Evolution coming from my contacts out there so today, we’re gonna take a look at some behind-the-scenes stuff that I do for work. This would sound boring if I worked at Target or some shit but as most of you know, I spend my days writing and shooting features for various automotive publications. While I love the support I get from you everyone who purchases Chronicles merchandise from the store, my print work is what actually pays the bills around here…The merchandise stuff helps too though so don’t be afraid to buy some stuff from the store so I can eat, haha…

I spent last weekend doing some work for Super Street magazine shooting a double feature on a pair of really nicely built G35 sedans. I’ve never shot a double feature for a mag nor have I ever shot any G35s for that matter so it was a weekend of firsts for me. Super Street wanted these two G35s after I pitched it to them a month or so back. They wanted something different to close out the year and I thought that these two G35s were perfect. The sedans never get any sort of attention in comparison to the coupes so I think it was a good time to give them some spotlight. Marcus Cooke and Chris Ortez’s sedans are two of the best that their sub-community has to offer and great examples of how to build a car with attention to detail in mind…

Marcus and Chris both have families so it was a little difficult to find the right day to shoot them together. I appreciate the fact that they put everything aside for a couple hours to get all this stuff done as well. It’s not easy to take time away from your family to do car stuff, especially when it’s not a major event on a nice summer weekend…

Below are some outtakes and behind-the-scenes photos from the weekend. I actually had to reshoot Marcus’ G35 the following Monday because I just ran out of time having to shoot two cars with the sun quickly setting. I jacked some photos from Marcus Cooke’s Instagram also so you can see how shoots typically are. If you’re expecting something exciting, it’s not. Just a couple of guys standing around for a couple of hours and moving the car back and forth. Nobody is popping bottles or shit like that, haha…

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Here’s a behind-the-scenes snap while I was getting some shots of Chris Ortez’s bay. The engine bay is undoubtedly the highlights of these two builds. Both are very well done with a ton of custom mods and ARC goods. If you’re a regular here, you’ll probably be familiar with these two by now as I often get photos of them when I’m at events…

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A couple of Instagram photos that Marcus Cooke captured on his phone while I was shooting each engine bay… Marcus is actually quite the photographer himself and shoots regularly for Canibeat. I’ve seen some of his stuff and he’s very good at shooting with natural light…

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Thought this was a good candid shot of Marcus by his G… I’m sure he was uploading photos on Instagram at that point or replying to comments. As you can see the sun set quickly that day, making it difficult to get all the shots I wanted…

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The above photos are from the following Monday when I met up with Marcus once again at the same location… I look like I’m dead in the first pic but I was actually trying to get a shot of his SSR Professor SP1 wheels…

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This was actually just a test shot with the strobes off. Don’t mind the trucks in the background, they won’t be in the final shots when they go to print…

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I always try to get a couple of these shots just for my personal collection. I like being able to capture the set-up and the surroundings whenever I shoot…

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This was actually an outtake that I thought came out kind of interesting after the AB800s didn’t fire in-between shots. I posted it up on my personal Facebook page and got some good reviews so I went and turned it into a desktop image for you guys if you’re interested. I can’t say I’m a huge fan of all the crazy lens flare and bokeh that everyone is using these days but I’ve learned to embrace it… Click here if you want a larger version (1920×1080)

Most of the shots look like they are from the same angle and that’s because I don’t want to give away too much of the shoot. Make sure to pick up a copy when it comes out this winter. These two builds are worth the price of the book in my opinion and I think you guys will enjoy it.

Thanks for looking…

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  2. Sick a$$ recap….thank you very much Joey. I appreciate the support, exposure, and recognition. I look forward to the release of the magazine/feature!

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