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Behind the lens: Video shoot of the East Side Moto Babes

By Emily Ryhne

My coworker Ora Dekornfeld popped up through the sunroof and I hung out of the passenger window as we drove through the streets of downtown Los Angeles. The goal? To balance our cameras on pillows while racing alongside the East Side Moto Babes, an all-female motorcycle club.

This video started as a photo assignment to profile the female riding club, but it quickly developed into much more.

Twenty or so Moto Babes with vintage bikes, riding in a pack. Street lights casting halos around their helmets, wind whipping through their ponytails.

Visually, it was a jackpot.

Before our first shoot, we mapped out the route with L.A. Times staff photographer Liz O. Baylen, who kindly offered to drive us. We printed out a map with the route marked in highlighter and taped it to the dashboard.  We did a test drive during the day and quickly came to the realization that we would just have to wing it. There wasn’t much you could do to prepare to keep up with a pack of bikers.

We were right.

It was a complete adrenaline rush. Racing to keep up with the group, hanging out the side of the car, having mini-celebrations when we got a shot steady for more than four seconds. The map proved to be completely useless as a navigation tool, but it was an effective distraction to the driver as it flapped madly in the wind.

From pre-planning to shooting and editing, this was one of Ora’s and my favorite assignments. Shooting in pairs lends itself to so much more potential. And it’s fun!

Read the story: More women are discovering the thrill of motorcycles

More on the videographers: Ora Dekornfeld Emily Ryne


  1. October 14, 2014, 12:45 pm

    Awesome job the video came out great, it was cool to see both of you just pop out of the moon roof, and window as we all rode down the street, next time you should film from the back of a motorcycle.

    By: andrew gutierrez
  2. October 19, 2014, 11:14 pm

    Good video shared by you.Thanks for this nice information..

  3. August 6, 2015, 2:59 am

    Nice and good one. Thanks for sharing with us.

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