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Photog Gives Father a Photo of His Dream Car for Christmas… Then the Actual Car

It being the day after Christmas, it’s only appropriate that we share an awesome story that involves the giving of an amazing gift. If we can throw in a behind the scenes look at a complex classic car photo shoot, well, that’s just a bonus.

This story comes from the folks over at Fstoppers or, more specifically, professional photographer Lee Morris. His father has always talked about how he wanted a 1968 Camaro in hugger orange with white stripes and so this year, for Christmas, Morris decided to make his Dad’s dream a reality. Being a pro photographer, however, he decided to mess with him a bit in the process.

Once he had the car ready (a feat that involved buying the wrong color and getting it professionally re-painted) Morris set out to create an amazing photograph of it with the intention of tricking his father into thinking the photo he had taken was his gift.

Here’s the detailed behind the scenes that shows how that shoot was done:

Morris describes this shoot as possibly the most complicated of his entire career, and there’s a lot to learn in the video above, but, of course, the photo was only the beginning. The real gift was the car itself.

In the video at the top, after recording his father’s joyful reaction to receiving only a photo he had taken of the dream car, he captures his dad’s reaction to receiving the real thing. It’s a touching moment and one we thought you would appreciate being a part of.

For a detailed BTS look at how the photo came together, check out the video above. And if you’d like to hear the whole story from the man himself, watch the video at the top and/or head over to Fstoppers for the full write-up.

Photographer Surprises Father With Dream Car For Christmas [Fstoppers]