Behind the Scenes – Jeep JL Rubicon Build

For the past week, we had a first in a long time: a Jeep. This time, though, it was a Rubicon that already had a lift and the wheels/tires already installed. We installed new parts from Fab Fours all the way around, which was very fitting for the specific wheel and tire setup that the Jeep’s owner had gone with. Fab Fours is known for their “in your face” design with the idea of “it’s not for you,” so with the extremely aggressive street-style, the old-school offroader types will definitely throw shade at the build. Overall, I kinda like it. No, it’s probably not best for the trails of Moab or some extreme rock crawling, but it’s still a Jeep, and it’s still on 40-inch tires, making it very capable on most Florida trails, regardless of how big the wheels might be.

Anyhow, during the build process, I captured these images of the team’s progress as there was a lot of work to do, and with the time crunch, it was great to see everyone come together to make sure that everything got done.

All photos were shot on the Fujifilm X-T2 with the 7artisans 35mm f/1.2 lens. Also, most of them were shot for Instagram Stories in mind, so don’t hate me for having so many portrait-oriented photos.

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Excavation Day

Today, we broke ground. Which, I guess, is the term for it, since the ground was broken up. However, we haven’t started building, yet. Also, technically there will be another day of excavation, since they didn’t get it all in one day. 


Last night, they left this loader in our front yard, and so far today, they’ve carved out our driveway and about half of our house, give it take. The loader was driven by a “younger man” (not my words, he’s probably about my age) which, according to his supervisor, likes doing this to let out his aggression. Which makes sense, there are some days where I’d like to destroy a bunch of stuff, too.


I stopped by on my way home, and it was very exciting to actually be able to see some evidence of progress. The frustrating thing for the longest time is that up till now, we’ve been dealing with paperwork, which there’s no way of knowing how much more there is. Being able to see exactly how much of our property has been cleared though, it makes it tangible. I can see that we’ll be building soon. 


I’m not sure if they’re going to be running again tomorrow, but I wouldn’t doubt it, seeing how quickly they were able to get to us, they must work every day to get jobs done, so they can move on to others. 


In other news, we finished the lift on that F-150 from yesterday, and I’m fairly tired from it all. Well, my muscles are, and they want to recover, so I’m feeling the need to sleep. 


Tomorrow evening, I’ll be doing an engagement shoot for a lovely couple who wants me to also photograph their wedding. So, first thing in the morning, I’ll be getting the gear all ready to go. I’m always excited before a shoot, so hopefully I’m rested enough to be all there, mentally. 


With that, goodnight, everyone. I’ll see you tomorrow.