The story was about people that might not fit the typical motorcyclist image and for Carol Ann, they wanted a shot of her at work. She manages a clothing store in a mall. The magazine thought it would be a great location to shoot and so did the owners of the store. Mall management wasn't so enthusiastic. In fact they emphatically said NO WAY. Obviously they're more concerned what their risk managers might say then some exposure in a magazine. They may have just watched 12 O'Clock Boyz (a must watch documentary) and thought we'd be riding wheelies in the mall. Either way, the mall shot was out. Plan B was simply to shoot in a strip mall parking lot. Not the most exciting location but we'd make it work.
I drove the 6 hours down in the afternoon and we poked around some strip malls in Danbury, CT. We picked one for the shoot and had my niece meet me there at 7am the next morning with her boyfriend. That would give us a couple hours before stores opened to get the shots. We needed ten different shots, each taken with both work cloths and riding cloths and they had to match as closely as possible. This took a bit of the spontaneity out of the shots but not too much. It also was time consuming with wardrobe changes with each set-up.
Through all the communication with the magazine, the word COVER never came up but when the issue arrived, there it was - Carol Ann was the new American Motorcyclist Cover Girl. Another two shots were used with the story but they did not run any with the side-by-side wardrobe as they had hinted, but after landing the cover, I'm OK with that.
Special thanks to Ed Pudvah for his help and arriving with a perfectly coordinated jacket and Triumph Thruxton.