Tamara Raye is a musician, motorcyclist and total bombshell and genius. Tamara works at Disneyland as an engineer for rollercoasters. This shoot was one of the first shoots of the exhibition. I told Tamara I wanted to do a military themed shoot and she showed up dressed to kill and ready to ride. These photos were taken in back of the motorcycle swap meet in Long Beach California last April.
Summer is a hair stylist, snowboarder and motorcyclist. She told me she grew up snowboarding and loved catching air over trucks on her snowboard and riding at high speeds. I showed up to Summers house and she had a black stripper pole in her living room, a tarantula and an assortment of handguns. She is a total badass and sweetheart. We met up in West Hollywood and as soon as we drove onto Melrose Rd she was standing up on her seat, laughing, smiling and blowing me kisses. Summer deserves her own movie, she is an incredible person to know.
Jenny and Nina are long lost sisters separated at birth. They both embody that easy rider biker chick. They both give 0 shits about peoples perceptions of them and find freedom and empowerment through motorcycles and not taking life so serious, period. These shots were from the Babes In Borrego camp trip in early October. Nina and Jenny came up to me asking if I would shoot them riding spider while riding,.... of course I will!! Love you freebirds.
Chevy is an extremely talented hairstylist in Hollywood. We rented a truck and loaded her bike together and headed out to the desert. Chevy is a total knockout and has incredible style and attitude. She was excited to shoot and brought amazing wardrobe and picked the location. I told her lets just have fun and hangout once we get to the location. We brought some rolling tobacco, blankets and PBR, talked took photos and laughed a lot. I wanted to get classic desert shots but the pictures turned out much better than I expected. These photos are some of my favorite from the exhibition. Love you Chevy!!
The East Side Moto Babes was the first women's moto club that I was introduced to. Stacie B London, racer, rider, event coordinator and women motorcycle enthusiast bent over backwards to support The Women's Moto Exhibit. Stacie has been an enormous resource and help with connecting me with influential women riders in southern California. I met up with Stacie and her two girlfriends Jeanette and Ana. I wanted to make sure that we had a couple different formations for the 3 riders so I focused this shoot on angles and exposures. This day was overcast which allowed for the photographs to become a little moodier with deeper tones and hues. Thanks for hanging out with me ladies and the endless support of the show.
When I met Ashmore she had a huge smile on her face and was cracking jokes immediately. Ashmore has been riding for nearly 10 years and an extremely confident rider. Not only is she a total fox but will give you the shirt off her back. I was eager to do a desert shoot and she was all in. We meet in Borrego Springs and then drove another 30 miles to the Salton Sea, the end of the world. The Salton Sea was a location I had always wanted to visit for its deserted hotels, homes and ghost towns. Ashmore and I spotted this cool abandoned hotel with a pool in the back. It was 107 degrees when we got out there so we were eager to shoot and get the hell out of dodge. A couple smoke bombs later and these are the shots we came up with.
I met up with Hot Rides SF last August and was blown away by the style and fearless attitudes of this very special group of women. I showed up a coffee shop in downtown SF where 30 women were ready to ride. They took me all around SF. This shoot was most women at once I had photographed. I organized them into groups, Harleys, Hondas, Triumphs to make sure each woman got a shot. The best part of this day was realizing how powerful a group of women bikers could be. These women wrench together, go on 1000-mile adventures together and find strength and confidence through each other. I felt very blessed to meet such amazing group women.
Marie is 20 years old and risks her life everyday on the Los Angeles freeways. I had seen pictures of Marie on Instagram and had to meet her when I visited LA. I asked her to pick a location and Griffith Observatory was in the neighborhood. I was inspired by the smoggy LA air mixed with the bright blue skies to get some solo helmet shots. The huge white observatory acted as a reflector and allowed for the helmet to get a nice gradation of light and color. The helmet Marie wears in this shoot is Biltwell, I love this helmet its shape, color and fit are great to photograph. Marie was a joy to photograph.
Casey is a hairstylist in Los Angeles. I love Casey's grunge punk style. She showed up on a Harley Sportster that she had just recently bought with a rad vintage skull-cap helmet. We headed out to the desert. The best shots I got of Casey were those in between moments when she didn't know I was snapping.
I met Allison in September at an event I was invited to in Delaware. I had seen Allison's amazing artwork of painter motorcyclists on varnished wood. She showed up on a custom Harley Sportster and vintage goggles. I knew the shots were going to be incredible because she looked like a women rider out of the 1930's except she was on a Harley Sportster. We had an amazing backdrop in Delaware with huge rows of cornfields and long open roads. I told Allison to get as close as she could to my lens so I could get her in complete focus with the corn fields blurred out. These are some of my favorite shots from the show.
Stormie Ray is one of the first women that I rode with when I first started riding. Stormy embodies a courageous liberated, independent female rider. Stormie has been riding for 20 years and is extremely comfortable on the bike and is so fun to photograph. Stormy was the first woman I photographed to kickoff the exhibition. Her energy and enthusiasm for women motorcycling is what initially gave me hope and inspiration that the show would be a success. Thank you Stormie.
Ginger owns New Church Moto, which is an amazing custom leather seat upholstery line in Portland Oregon. Zero fucks are given when Ginger rides. She loves to stunt and rides like hell. Ginger is a powerhouse and someone that embodies the free spirited, fearless women motorcyclist.
Emma Bass is someone I had been keeping and eye on. She has rad style and attitude about her. I met up with her in Long Beach California and was greeted by her cute hairless cat. She wore a Biltwell helmet that she had hand painted with red roses. Emma took me to some beautiful industrial locations around sunset. I remember riding across a bridge and looking through my viewfinder and seeing Emma's fire red hair radiate against her sparkly gold helmet. I crossed my fingers hoping that the film turned out as I had seen it through my viewfinder.
The Venice Vixens are a group of 3 southern California babes. They are all best friends and are always seen riding and at local events having fun. Each of them has a different personality and attitude. They have amazing bikes and style and definitely are changing the way people perceive women motorcyclists. Looking good and riding go hand in hand with these biker babes.
Cassandra and Celisse have been riding with each other for years. I met both of them from my trip in San Francisco where they are both from. They surprised me when they showed up at Babes In Borrego. Celisse had the idea of riding on the back of Cass's bike, Cass was a little hesitant but after some persuading she gave in and we got some great shots of these best friends riding solo on the open roads of Borrego Springs.