Susan Folan, mother of four, grandmother of four (number 5 on the way!), along with Moose, the 9-year old Golden Retriever and Lucy Jordan, Susan’s 1996 BMW Z3 Roadster.
After being at the birth of one of her best friends children, Susan went through Nursing School, graduated with honours and is now in her 12th year working as a Labour and Delivery Nurse.
The location of the shoot is in “Gary’s Garage” (at the home) that Susan shares with her husband of 32 years, Gary.
The garage was started about 20 years ago with a few crates of albums and a turn table. It's was originally a three car garage, until Gary took over two bays to display posters, sports memorabilia, concert tickets, and photographs.
Over the years, Gary’s collection has continued to expand and now, in addition to a very impressive collection of road trip souvenirs, includes an incredible collection of albums. Annually, Gary and Susan resurrect the garage on Easter weekend and close it sometime each November.
Susan’s BMW, Lucy Jordan was named after the song on Marianne Faithfull's Broken English album.
Susan and Gary have always had a fascination with Route 66, baseball and music and to this day, they continue to take road trips to ballparks in the US. Their goal is to drive to all 50 states and every Major League Baseball park. At the time of this photo, they only have 5 more parks and 5 more states to go; although, I’m hearing that Hawaii might pose a problem.
This is a perfect spot for me to mention how I met Susan and Gary. It all came out of a conversation I had with a contractor at my house. In 2015 I had a flood in my basement. While I was on my way out to photograph Mark Knopfler, I struck up a conversation with the person working at my house - enter Gary, not only one of the best flooring guys around, one of the coolest guys I know.
In that initial conversation talked about music memorabilia, Springsteen, The Killers and Mark Knopfler. From there, we found all sorts of common ground and I built a friendship with Susan and Gary that I’m happy to say continues to this day!
Saturdays in spring 👌🏼 Who’s going out for a ride with the kids this weekend? If your family’s big on the activities, it might be time to sort out your storage space - from fishing rod holders to wine racks, we’ve got it all, including the bike racks featured here!