Thunder Roads Louisiana

Back in January of 2008 I was in my nephews Harley shop and he had some copies of a little free biker magazine. I picked it up and the calendar page struck my eye. I had just started to shoot models on motorcycles and thought I could do that. I sent in some examples and the first to be accepted was this one on Rhonda Star on and oldd school chopperRhondaThings started to pick up and I had models willing to drive a considerable distance to be in it. Case in point Ami drove from Gulfport, Ms. to shoot.Ami NI skipped a month as it was hard to find bikes that fit the criteria for inclusion in the magazine. The next was a friends custom S&S softail. The model drove up from Lafayette to shoot.Fefe

The next time I was driving through town shooting another model when I spotted this chopper at Burger King. I turned around and went back, gave him my card, and told him to call me. he did but it was hard to find a model when he was available. His GF was a friend of mine and I convinced Nelwyn to pose, she was reluctant being 42. What do you thinkNelwynThen I caught a break and arranged for a really hot promo model from Jackson, Ms. and just so happened to have this fine ’58 Servi-car to shoot on.Jamie LeeI was finding that these internet models were very interested in being in a magazine, even if it was a little free statewide publication. I made getting models to travel to my little area even easier.

Next up I had the first two page centerfold ever done in the magazine. Cailin and a custom sporty rigid spot built for Billy Ogden.cailin

This next one was taken way back in the summer of 2008 but just got around to getting in. It is Destiny and an old school EVO rigid chopperDestiny

The people at Roosters event center were getting ready for the March rally and had built this custom bike to raffle off. They wanted some promo shot so I called a model from Clinton, Ms. and she came over late one Sunday evening. Princezz P.Princezz PAt the rescheduled Rooster rally, in April, I had two bikini models hired to pose on bikes for pay. I had told my friend Mike Gwin to bring his new bike by. It turned out to be the first double model centerfold. Kacee LaNell and Sweet Pea.Kacee and Sweet PeaI started working at my Nephews shop part time and Bailey Richardson came by to get his custom shovelhead worked on. I knew I had to shoot this bike but I needed a model. A friend brought a local girl by and I asked her if she wanted to do it. We went out to Roosters and the owner told me to shoot it in front of his house. I had the tub with me as I had this concept in mind. First one where the model is not physically touching the bike.Baby GirlI hope to have a few more this year as I have already sent two more in


One Response to “Thunder Roads Louisiana”

  1. Jerrica Bendel Says:

    Hey Rickey! Love the photos. I have a question about the December issue of Thunder Roads (LA). I work as a waitress in Pineville, LA and yesterday a man asked me to model his bike for the magazine. I was wondering if it was legit. I didn’t get his name or anything, he just said he’d be in around mid November to check in about it. I would love to do it, I just didn’t know if I was being fooled. Anyway, you are great at photography! Love the work, keep it up!!

    Jerrica B.

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