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BBOMG7 is in the books!

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BBOMG7 is in the books!

What a ride!  So I'm back in New York and what a week we had in Oshawa.  I want to thank everyone that attended BBOMG7 this year, especially; Hylton Jorssen, Scott English and Mike Judge.  You guys made this weekend so unbelieveably memorable and I can't wait to hang with you guys again next year, on my turf for once!

The best news about the weekend for me was how receptive everyone was to the BBOMG6HC Photo Book.  The smiles on everyone's faces were absolutely priceless and worth not only the trip to Ontario, but also all the work I put into the project.

Best of all the Signature Edition Book that I brought with me to the Camaro SIX unveiling in Detroit, that eventually wound up in the hands of a few Camaro Celebrities in the Volt Lounge at the Ren Center including Scott Settlemire, Al Oppenheiser and Mike Judge, also got autographed by everyone at BBOMG7 before going on to the auction block.  That particular book went to a good home in Belinda Ellis, and the Big Brother's Big Sisters charity received a wonderful donation for it.   

When the raffle portion of BBOMG7's Banquet began I was so incredibly happy to see the posters that I printed up and donated went to two of my favorite Upstate C5 guys, Joe Higgins and Josh Amodio.  Of course the best thing a photographer can hope to hear is that they'll be hung up with pride, and they indeed will be,  both at Joe's house and Josh's Speed Shop "New Age Hotrods" (Cough...Cough... Plug).  

Thanks to everyone for a wonderful BBOMG and for making me so unbelievably proud to be a part of this wonderful Camaro Community.  I'm incredibly thankful to have been able to not only attend BBOMG7, but to be able to shake the hands of the people of Oshawa who craft these wonderful pieces of automotive art, and spend the event with my favorite folks in this community all in the name of helping kids who are in need.

Shout outs to: Hylton Jorssen, Scott English, Mike Judge, Chris Frezza, Jason Port, Belinda Ellis, Joe and Jess Higgins, Josh Amodio and Kari, Mike Calapai, Joey T, Peter Caliendo, TJ, Raul, Tino, Josephine, Tino Jr, Mel, Jaison, Gary N, Jimmy, Karen Thompson, Brian Decker, Lisa Peregoy, Monica Noble, Debbie and Jean, Spike and Karen, Rick, April, Vince and Heather, both Dans from PA, Lady G, Angelina, Derek, and Cage, Jason, Amy and Trent, Andrew, Jen Tough and of course the little future Z/28 owner Callum.

 

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BBOMG BOOK

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BBOMG BOOK

Since future Pre-Orders of BBOMG6HC will no longer meet the shipping deadline to be delivered in Oshawa at BBOMG7, this is the preview of some of my favorite shots inside the book.  

Once again a huge thank you goes out to all of the BBOMG'ers who made the creation of this book an amazingly fun experience, and for donating to such a wonderful cause in Big Brother's Big Sister's!  I hope you all enjoy your books when you receive them!

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Shout out!

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Shout out!

Special thanks to my good friends, Chris Frezza and Jason Debbler of "The Camaro Show" podcast for the shout out about BBOMG6 Hard Cover Photo Book.  

For those of you who aren't familiar with "The Camaro Show" Podcast, or Chris and Jason, they are two of my favorite people in the Camaro Community (...probably closer to being two of my favorite people in the world to be honest).  They are two of the most amazing, dedicated, hard working guys I've ever met, and they are devoted to all things Camaro (so we get along well).  Chris and Jason originally started CamaroZ28.com and the forum there, and years ago 16-year old Brandon was an avid reader/forum-goer while building his first Camaro.  Since then, they have evolved with the Camaro and today I'm happy to call them two of my friends, so their support and kind words mean the world to me.  Thanks for spreading the word boys!

Podcast below!

http://camaroshow.com/camaro-show-16-order-your-2016-camaro-now/

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BBOMG6 HARD COVER LAUNCH!

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BBOMG6 HARD COVER LAUNCH!

This week marked the official launch of Pre-Orders for the BBOMG6 (Builders Buyers Official Meet and Greet 6)  Hard Cover Photo Book.  A truly exciting time for me personally, as it's so refreshing to actually know that everyone that I spent last year's event with, will finally get something tangible from the time together, and all the hard work I put in will be well worth it, once I see everyone's smiles again.  

The whole process was a bit of an undertaking, the planning that goes into just packing equipment for shooting multiple days in unpredictable situations, while managing space in a sports car that you're road tripping in is a complicated process.  Lens choices as well as efficient lighting and support equipment was another hugely important decision as well.  Both were important to maximize the opportunities that would be given to me behind the camera.

As with any shoot, challenges always come up.  The most common one throughout the event was undertaking shooting more advanced lighting shots  with such a short time to plan and adjust in between events and locations that were unfamiliar places.  This meant running in without an idea of layout or obstructions and attempting to adapt and adjust the photo ideas and lighting setups in your head to each situation.  The whole process has been so much fun and considering challenges like time and the restraints of organizing 100 people in the same spot, things can get complicated and I think for the most part the production of the harder shots came out amazing. 

The one issue I ran into is that I have the most complicated schedule known to man.  This time last year, I returned home in New York from Oshawa, and ran straight into both the peak of wedding season and the start of hockey season (ton of big news trades and the final year at Nassau Coliseum for the team) at the same time.  Therefore the post production work of the book took a lot longer than I wanted.  Unlike a lot of photographers today, my personal standards are tremendously higher than the large majority of the photographers out there, and therefore every photo was analyzed for print usage, this varies quite a bit from analyzing shots for web usage and wire service work.  Each photo was cleaned up, adjusted and color corrected, before I even started working on the layout of the book itself.

After that the hardest task was balancing the book that most everyone had a part in it.  Sadly everyone from the event didn't make it into the book with such limited time and space but I think I caught the large majority of everyone and enough people to actually show the story of what BBOMG actually is...and more importantly I think I did a good job of showing the people and the car community itself.  

Outside of that, it's been incredibly entertaining to launch everything, although it's been quite a challenge for the time restraints (for those that don't know, I've handled every part of the launch personally).   Luckily today, I've become kind of a modern renaissance man and I'm not only familiar, but well versed with every  bit of the marketing, e-commerce, web design, printing, proofing, social media work, even building a large scale email blast, and webstore.  So it's been quite funny when my friends have asked "what have you been up to?", or said something like "Oh you're not shooting today? What are you doing sitting on a computer?" and I just smile and say "oh you know...".  It's just really enlightening, how creative one can be in their spare time, if you have an idea in your head, a bit of drive and a lot of Starbucks.

Anyways, I personally hope everyone enjoys their books, when they get them.  It's seriously going to be so amazing to see everyone again and to show them that their modelling work was worth it.  Everyone better start editing their resumes to add "model" to their previous occupations!  

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