Lessons Learned from Shooting Big Rigs

If someone had said to me, when I was twelve years old –

“Whitney, someday you’ll marry a 6’5 stud of a man who will change the oil in your car, come inside and snuggle on the couch with you to watch ‘Downton Abbey'”,

or if that person would have said ” You are destined to birth a child that weighs 9pounds 10 ounces (and that’s why God created C-sections, friends)” or

“One day you will use your photographic skills to create… a Big Rig calendar.”  I might have scoffed.  I might have scoffed just so I could write the word “scoffed”, because really – it’s delightful and underused.  But I digress.

As you might have guessed, all three have come true.  I’m about to show you photos of two.  The least painful ones. : )

Having never before photographed large trucks, these 13 shoots were an eye-opening experience.  I learned, for example, that a truck like the one below, without its trailer – is called a “bob tail”.

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I learned that trucks are their owners “babies”.  Never have I seen so much buffing and polishing (and I imagined, sweet cooing whispers during the wipe-down).BigRig2_0017.jpg
I learned that truck drivers are not unlike my son with his Hot Wheels.  Just bigger boys with bigger toys. : )BigRig4_0036.jpg
P.S. – All the trucks have names.  As if you couldn’t have guessed.BigRig12_0092.jpg
I learned that there are lots of cool & kind people out there (ladies – he’s available! call me).

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I learned that there is no “typical” truck driver.

I learned that truckers fawn over each others paint jobs and trailers the same way women gasp over each others outfits and jewelry.  I lost count of how many appreciative honks this truck got from fans on the highway driving by during the shoot.BigRig5_0043.jpg
I learned that the trucking business is often a family affair – like for these two brothers.BigRig11_0085.jpgIMG_9645.JPG
Hey!  There’s that ‘Downton’-lovin’ stud I mentioned earlier!IMG_9338.jpg

I learned that everyone has a unique talent!


Mostly though, I learned that for the men (and women) who own them, and create them – a truck can really be a work of art.  And I for one, have a new appreciation for this thing of beauty.


A BIG thanks to Bryan, Mischa and the truck owners and truck “artists” (my wording, not theirs) who work in the shop at Four State Trucks.  Go see them.  Buy a calendar.  Or a gear shift the size of a small child.  It’s worth the trip.

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