Dar Holdsworth, CEO of Darwin Motorcyles, recently won second place at Sturgis with his latest creation, the Brass Balls Brawler. It is the performance version of their wildly popular Bobber motorcycle. He was invited to show the bike in The Ultimate Motorcycle magazine, formerly known as Robb Report Motorcycles. So he brought it into our studio for a six hour photo session, where we encased the bike in lights and snapped the shutter. This is a beatiful motorcycle but because of the highly reflective paint scheme, it is hard to photograph well. The Ultimate Motorcycle had very specific shots they needed for the magazine so we were not able to deviate much as to bike positioning. Dar is very happy with the shots! We included a few of him in the “b-roll” takes so that he could use for their internal marketing.
My images of Darwin Motorcycle’s Brass Ball Bobbers was published on the cover and in a feature spread in the October/November issue of Barnett’s Magazine, a nationwide publication about custom motorcycles. Marissa Montgomery was the model and as usual, she looked fabulous.
I photographed the Brass Ball Bobber Model 1 for Darwin Motorcycles and this photo was used on the cover of the May 2009 issue of Ride Oklahoma. We were going after a “Rosie the Riveter” look and chose Emily Murray as our model. She has the look that really makes this picture work. I wanted to highlight the bike as the main subject, yet give the picture more interest with a pretty girl and a theme.
One of the more extensive shoots I have done lately was for Darwin Motorcycles and their Brass Ball Bobbers line. As one of my regular clients I had done quite a bit of work for them in the past. For this shoot we wanted more of a lifestyle approach – not show the bike so much but more of the lifestyle around the bike.
To do this we worked with Denna Armstrong at Flash Models for casting. She also helped with logistics and had hair and makeup available for the shoot. We were shooting in Bricktown, near downtown Oklahoma City, which required special permission. Luckily it is much easier to get that permission in Oklahoma City than in New York or other much larger metropolitan areas.
The models prepped at a nearby condo while I worked on setting up the lighting. This shot required seven lights to get the look we were after. This required two generators to run. Luckily the wind was calm so I didn’t have to worry about anchoring my lights. In all we spent about 3 hours on the shoot and got a variety of photos for the marketing folks at Darwin Motorcycles.