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I’ve been wanting to do this shoot for the longest time. My friend Leslie drove ‘Pearl’ from California a few years back and ever since I laid eyes on it I wanted to photograph it. For car aficionados, it’s a 1963 Ford Fairlane. Parisa and Sergio, our cute couple, are dear friends of mine. As soon as they got engaged I knew I had the right couple for this shoot. They’re both stylish, funky, and have a wonderful chemistry with each other. Parisa is a pre-k teacher and Sergio works for LRG clothing and they are both into fashion. I had the locations mapped out so all we needed was a good day of weather and high spirits. When the day finally came, off we went to our first stop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. We shot in front of a sick mural by Tristan Eaton of Thunderdog Studios. This was a total coincidence for me since a few months earlier I was hired by the artist to photograph his commisioned piece ‘The Geisha & The Swan’ –  it’s on his blog if you want to look it up. The location and artwork is stunning and Parisa’s dress could not be a better fit! Sergio’s skateboard also came in handy…

The next stop on out tour was the back end of Far Rockaway in Queens, around the Fort Tilden area. It’s a bit of a ways out (nice drive in the Fairlane!) but sure worth it if you want a New York City beach with no crowds and some abandoned buildings in one locale. We busted out the picture frames and took advantage of the surroundings before heading off to the beach.

There was one shot in my mind that I really wanted to make. It’s a long lens shot with Sergio leaning on the car in the background and Parisa facing him but looking back at the camera (similar version with Sergio holding a beer). In order to get that we had to drive into a ‘No Entry’ zone and my biggest fear was getting in trouble for it and having the end of the shoot ruined. Cars are not welcome there. The NYPD showed up after about 15 minutes (!!!) but to our surprise they apologized for getting in the way and moved on… routine patrol. I was pleasantly surprised. Next, the fire department came by. They were even nicer and took pictures with us. For a photographer, it was Christmas. The day was getting cooler and heavy fog started to roll in. It was time to start wrapping it up so walked out on the beach for a few final shots. Sergio and Parisa rolled out their customized S+P beach towels custom made for them by Shiva of GUNNY+GALLOON whilewearing sweatshirts from Spur Tree. Spur Tree is a Jamaican-Asian lounge in Lower East Side where Sergio and Parisa met.  It’s a place they now frequent and love. It’s the only place where you can get some really good Jamaican food along with an amazing selection of sake while grooving to dancehall and reggaeton. We were definitely  getting hungry at this point. It was a fun and long day and it was also time to drop off ‘Pearl’. Her owner was getting anxious… it was time to roll out…

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