The beginning of August brought along a wonderful opportunity to work with Mazda USA on a project which they called the #MiataSummer road trip campaign. Several pairs of influencers, photographers, travelers, and more set off on a two day road trip up the Northern California coast, from San Francisco to Mendocino, then down to Healdsburg.
While I generally have a focus on classic cars, the Mazda Miata is a car that is special to me for a few reasons. My husband's NB Miata was the first car that I conducted an "official" photoshoot with, and it helped to spark my love of automotive photography all those years ago. That car has been gone for several years now, but when Mazda proposed a road trip in the NB's most modern descendant, there was no way I could say no.
It's thrilling to see that Mazda has carried on the spirit and the true core of what the Miata is - a light, balanced, no frills roadster. Even the 2019 MX-5 has the same analog feel that its predecessors had, which is difficult to achieve in an era of complex electronics and computers on wheels.
I could go on for quite some time about how much I adore this car, but I'll let the photos from our trip do the talking instead. Below you'll find images that I shot over the two day trip, featuring both cars that we had access to: a soft top MX-5 and an RF, loaded with Recaro seats, BBS wheels, and Brembo brakes. Needless to say, there was no shortage of driving fun!
I have been given compensation for this post by Mazda North America Operations. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. #sponsored #MiataSummer #FeelAlive #MX5
If you'd like to see a larger gallery of my coverage from the trip, check out my "Work" section!