Getting plenty of unique shots won’t be difficult for photographers at the Louisville Hearse Society’s upcoming photo shoot. Whether prepping for Halloween season shots or creating a really different Christmas card image, this gathering promises to offer both photographers and models opportunities they likely haven’t encountered yet.
Start thinking about how you’d like to incorporate one or more hearses, mostly vintage, into some creative photography. The free Haunted Hearse Shoot is to be held August 31, 4:00 p.m. at the 7th Street Haunt, 2900 7th Street Road, in Louisville. No vendors will be present, and families are welcome.
All professional and amateur photographers and models are welcome, and special effects artists will be on site, as well. Bring your outfits, bring your props, and “meet fun, creepy people,” says organizer April Hack.
The photo shoot is the brain child of Hack, who also created the Louisville Hearse Society about two years ago with boyfriend Tony Hendricks, to help get local people who own or are interested in hearses together. The members meet up for group drives – “people’s faces are so funny when we drive by” – and share information on where to get the unique parts and supplies they need to restore the cars, which have often been sitting for years and are in rough shape when rescued by a hearse lover.
The couple’s 1973 Cadillac hearse garners lots of questions, but Hack likes to simply say, “It’s a luxury vehicle.” They found this hearse at a dealer in Ohio, and have been researching its history and restoring it, even while they plan their next hearse purchase. They would like to find a 1949 Miller-Meteor model, but those are hard to come by. Networking within the Louisville club and with regional hearse societies is key for finding out about sources for restored or unrestored hearses from different eras.
Hack, who was born and raised in Louisville and is a graduate of Atherton High School, loves everything about Louisville and is proud to say she is a native. “I want to help keep our city weird, and I think the Louisville Hearse Society is the perfect way to do that.”
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