Bayliner Shoot – Behind the Scenes

For some time, I’ve been hoping to post some behind-the-scenes images from our recent Bayliner photoshoot in Knoxville, Tennessee. At last, I’ve had the opportunity to go through all the images and have pulled a few to share.

This was a significant shoot, as we were tasked with capturing set-up, running and lifestyle shots for five cruisers and two runabout boats in just two days. Quite a busy schedule… but no problem when you have the right crew working together. Between the boat wranglers, grips, photoboat captain, producer / talent coordinator and art director, as well as awesome clients who didn’t mind jumping in to hold the occasional boat in place, we had fantastic support from the predawn hours until well after sunset.

Of course, there were a few challenges, like heavy fog every morning (we made the best of it!) and the unexpected addition of a GM truck. General Motors became a Bayliner sponsor, and at the last minute, the company flew in its “photoshoot car wrangler” from Detroit. I’m still not entirely clear on how they pulled it off, but at 5 a.m. the next day, we had a shiny new truck waiting for us to shoot.

I was looking forward to shooting the truck towing a Bayliner, as this isn’t something I normally do, and I love a challenge. So we went out and found a quiet country road, sent a vehicle ahead to stop any oncoming traffic and got me set up in the bed of a pickup for car-to-car shots and then on the boat’s swim platform to shoot the tow scene from a more unique vantage point.

An interesting experience for sure… and it became even more interesting when I nearly flew off the swim platform going up a hill at 30 miles per hour! Fortunately, our art director, Kraig, was with me and was able to pull me back at the last second.

We ended our shoot on a high note, knowing that we captured some amazing moments over a two-day period, overcame the challenges that arose and learned a few things along the way.

Like bringing my harness next time.

Talent staging / wardrobe / lounge and outhouse.
Boat staging and props area.
Jinx and I discussing the finer points of craft services.
Our leader, Matt G. laying it down during scouting trip.
A wee bit foggy start to our shoot
Going for the ladder shot.
Boat-to-boat running shots.
Meanwhile inside the subject boat...
Peaking out of the cabin window.
Checking if I left the lens cap on...
Normann looking for fish.
Our afternoon talent heading for propping.
Can you hear me now?
The two Matts.
Shelby's not amused.
Captain Keath doing his thing.
Contemplating life and liberty...
Normann up high.
My biggest concern were the Snapper Turtles just then...
Hanging out aft in the sun.
Kraig supporting one of our models.
Kraig so happy, Kraig do backflip...!
Captain Keath looking for Silos!
SILOS!     (Like boating needs any more challenges)
Jinx and Dee.
Getting set up for our next shot.
Shelby's happy!
Laying down on the job...
Happy to be laying down now...
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