After the Corvette shoot, I had time to come home, do laundry, kiss my girlfriend (now fiancee) clean camera gear and then hop on another plane to Chicago- again. This time I was meeting up with photographer Tyler Gourley and the 2012 Camaro catalog shoot that was already in progress. They had been shooting for a few days all over the city, and the next part of the shoot was in the parking lot of Soldier Field. They wanted to get some dynamic drifting shots of the Camaro sliding around with the city in the background. To pilot this big yellow machine, they called in Formula D driver Ryan Teurck to burn up some more tires.
After a few hours of shooting, we saw the clouds rolling in and suddenly the wind picked up. Someone had the radio turned on and we heard reports of a tornado warning in our general area. Suddenly the skies opened up and SHEETS of rain started pouring down. The crew scrambled to shelter and regrouped.
After about a 30 minute delay, the rain let up enough to continue driving. Ryan had a fun time sliding the car through standing water before doing donuts around the crew.
The following day I had a bit of a break… I got to walk all over Chicago, explore landmarks and luckily partake in “Taste of Chicago.” If you have never heard of the event, its held on the streets of Millennium Park and all the restaurants from the city set up booths with bite size samples of the cuisine they make. This was amazing, as big of a foodie as I am, I got to taste little tidbits of food from restaurants all across Chicago all in one place. Sadly, my iPhone was lost a few months after this trip, and most of the photos I have of this and BTS of a lot of these shoots are gone. Lets just say I am vigilant about backing up my photos now. The one surviving photo from my day off…
We shot in some amazing locations in Chicago over the 4 days I was there. We shot on Lower Wacker Street, a really cool little alley, driving down shoreline drive shooting out of the back of a van and even underneath the L train. Here are a few screengrabs from the shoot showing the ranges of places we filmed at.
After an all-night shoot, I had a 7:15am flight to Miami for the second leg of this shoot. I went straight from Lower Wacker St to the airport and PASSED OUT on the plane. A few hours later I was in Miami and the heat quickly made me thirsty. Really thirsty. Thankfully our hotel had these ready and waiting for me when I arrived!
After I unpacked I realized how hot I was and how I needed some form of refreshment. I walked down the road and found this! SOUTH BEACH! BTW- Shooting through polarized sunglasses makes for interesting water and sky efffects-
Eventually we had to start shooting again, so I met up with the rest of the team the following day at even COOLER locations. We shot at an old seaplane museum, in front of a hotel on Collins Ave and one of the craziest parking structures I have ever seen.
I recently compiled some of my favorite clips from this shoot into a video…
Its jobs like this that make me really appreciate working with really fun people in incredible places.
Agency: Goodby, Silverstein & Partners