We, especially me, have been thinking a lot about Diesel Doll, the website and our followers. I took a break from Diesel Doll, and just was on the back burner while Kelsey and Nikki continued to share your awesome pictures! I watched as they ran the show, and did great!
In my heart, Diesel Doll will always be my baby, one of my first start ups, and something I have enjoyed 90% of the time. At this point in my life, I feel like either, Diesel Doll is going to have to grow, or I need to hang it up. Since I am not ready to hang it up, I’m asking it to grow! Asking our followers to help us grow!
We love how many many other diesel groups there are for women, we hope to be able to support them in one way or another! Support has always been one of our goals; supporting everyone from similar small businesses, to women interested in diesels- we want to support everyone!
Our goal, beginning today, is to add more and more content to our website. We talked about doing an online magazine, or something similar, as I am no magazine editor, based on women of the industry, and we are hoping we are making our way to that goal. We will have new articles and blogs coming to you guys. We’re wanting to include more features on women like you! Men like you! Business like you! Product reviews, tips, and so much more!
we need you!
That's right! We need you! We need to hear what you like, what you want to see, who you think should be featured, and more! We want to hear from you- comments on social media, comments on articles and blog posts, messages, etc! We definitely can't do this without our followers, and our Diesel Dolls that help run things day to day!
Feel free to message, email, comment with any questions or concerns or ideas you may have! We love hearing from you guys!
We wish you a Happy Holidays and a GREAT New Year!!
When I upgraded phones last time, I upgraded to iPhone with the most storage possible! The saleswoman, Kim at Verizon (my girl!), agreed that doing so was my best bet! Kim's co-worker looked puzzled. Kim explained, "Well... she has cute kids!". I added to it by throwing in the fact that I LOVE my truck, and tend to take pics of it often too. Kim laughed, her co-worker looked like a deer in headlights. Oh, well. Diesel trucks are not for everyone, and pictures are not either!
Not many people know, but I started getting involved with the diesel community and industry, not by building a truck, but by taking pictures at events! My dad sled pulls in the SouthEast states (Georgia mainly, but has added Tennessee, the Carolinas, and even Kentucky), through that I picked up my camera and one thing lead to another, and opened some really neat doors for me. Since that time, not only did begin Diesel Doll (because I wanted a place us women could show off their trucks), but I have been published in Diesel World Magazine, Full Pull Magazine, various local newspapers. BUT, this is not the point of this blog, the point is to give a few tips on taking pics of your trucks, diesel or not!
A CLEAN SLATE IS BEST
Well.. kind of. This really depends on what look your going for. I mean obviously, if you want to prove that your truck isn't a "pavement princess", then this tip definitely doesn't apply to you! Personally, my truck photographs well, cleaned up. This tip can also apply to your background- you don't want any trash or any other vehicles in the shot to take away from your subject- your truck! If you do have a background, like a city scape or mountains in the shot, that is okay, we have a tip for that!
Space and Distance
Space and Distance can make your shot. Whether its space between your truck and the background, or space between yourself and your truck. Even if you are in the shot, you don't always have to be right up on your truck to "take pictures with your truck". The major point with this is that you get all of your background in the frame, your entire truck in the frame and you could still get a good shot of you or the truck owner in the frame, as well. We don't always have room to do this set up, so we have to sometimes get creative!
Filters & Editing
My best piece of advice, less is more. Ladies, I know you have heard that saying applied to make up application, and to me, it applies here, too. Keep you images clean with minimal edits and no crazy filters!
Cropping & Angling
When taking your picture, remember to use the "Rule of Thirds", photographers use this a lot to make their images even more visually appealing- this rule isn't for every photo, but it is helpful! Another tip for angling your camera on your truck- get on the ground! Literally. Anytime you take pictures shooting up towards your subject, your subject is going to appear taller, bigger! I can't tell you the times I have laid on the ground to take a picture!
These are just a few of our tips and we hope you find them helpful!
Have you or someone you know ever ordered a monthly or seasonal box from Cheeky’s or Ipsy or even Bluum? If you haven’t, they are boxes that come monthly or seasonally, and they can be filled with various products from makeup to clothes to jewelry and even cups and hats. The object is to get them in the box and to you the customer, at the best price possible! We personally love those boxes, and thought we would give it a try! Today we launched the sale in our Group Memeber’s page on Facebook!
All items in the Spring Bag have been designed by Diesel Doll’s design team and custom made for us! The notebook is spiral and lined, the zip pouch measures at 8.5x6, and we’re working on decals, they will measure 10x4!
This box is valued at over $55 without shipping, and we’re making these items available to you all for $40 (plus shipping) totaling $47 (with shipping) to the states!
We are NOW doing pre-orders, and will accept pre-orders up till April 6th! Please message me, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, to order. Payments will be accepted via PayPal!
As a fellow woman diesel truck owner, I obviously had my own views about the Diesel Truck Industry. The days of only men driving a diesel truck are long over. We’re seeing more women behind the wheels of their own diesel trucks at stoplights, truck competitions, or even hauling ass down the interstate. We at Diesel Doll, LOVE IT! Though women diesel truck owners only make up a small percent of the Diesel Truck Industry, that’s not stopping women from tearing up the road or drag strips in their trucks. So, we wanted to know what these bad ass women thought about the industry they’re apart of!
I interviewed many women around the Diesel Doll community that live in different areas in the states, but also all the way in Australia. Not to mention, I even reached out to some well-known women in the industry like Nastassja Martel, owner of 603 Diesel Truck Club in New Hampshire and even MissMaxx herself, Kelsie Epp. [[Her interview will be a part 2 to this blog post so be on the lookout for that!!]] I even decided to get a guy’s perspective from a friend from high school, Seth Montoro, a sales manager for High Altitude Trucks in Colorado. They were asked all the same questions and while I waited on their responses, I thought about what they might say. I got their interviews back rather quickly, and was shocked to see a lot of them answered the questions almost the exact same!
One simple question I asked was, “What do you love about your truck?” It didn’t hit me until after I read their answers, that it wasn’t a simple question, because their answers were what it means to be a part of this industry. “My truck means a lot to me. I’ve put a lot of time, money, & years into turning it into my dream truck. And have made so many memories with it. It’s def more than just a truck to me,” Kaitlyn Krajewski says about her 2000 Dodge Ram 2500 Cummins that she daily drives and competes at local truck events in. What she said is what every single one of us diesel truck owners, man or woman, know to well. It takes hard work to own a diesel truck, regardless if you’re doing all the work to it or not. We all know parts aren’t cheap, labor isn’t cheap, aftermarket wheels and tires aren’t cheap, oh hell, a plastic sensor isn’t cheap. Our trucks started out as a dream or still is our dream, so we pour our time, money, hard work, blood, sweat, and tears our trucks.
Which leads me to the next question I asked, “What do you think the Diesel Truck Industry lacks?” Nastassja Martel answered, “I think the diesel industry is lacking unity. It’s not a competition.” Now before you make assumptions about what her answer meant, just hear me out. What Nastassja is talking about is we’ve lost what brings us all together; the passion and drive, the respect for one another’s truck. Somehow, it’s become a competition of money, accessories, or horsepower, and even knowledge. You may be asking yourself, isn’t it a competition though? It is if that’s your dream, if that’s your goal to compete in events. Just because you may have a better modification on your truck, doesn’t mean you need to be disrespectful. It takes a simple comment like, “Wow, you’ve put a lot of work into this truck. Looks good.” That isn’t “kissing ass,” it’s more or less showing someone the respect for their hard work
Not everyone of us went to Diesel Mechanic school, which in my personal experience, with a few that did… well, they didn’t pay attention like they should have. My point being goes back to someone’s dream, that truck they need help with… that’s their dream, regardless the year, make, model, etc. So next time you’re on social media and you see someone asking a question about their truck, don’t be an ass. Help them out. Someday you might need help too. Kinda goes back to being humble and kind?
Obviously, those people don’t make up all the diesel population, as I asked, “What do you love about the Diesel Truck Industry?” I couldn’t help, but smile as I read what Krystin Mottor Emmans says, “I love all the people you end up making friends with, just from a common love.” This answer hit me hard, as I remembered feeling a little lost after I got my Duramax. I wanted to connect with other women that have trucks too. That was until I found Diesel Doll. That’s where I met Krystin, just sharing the same passion. It wasn’t until I started to reach out to other women in the [Diesel Doll] community that I realized something. We haven’t completely lost our unity, it’s there... We just need to find the right club, page, or forum. Not every truck club or FB page is going to fit us, fit our goals. I think it’s important to reach out to the owners or admins and ask what their page is about. The reason why I love Diesel Doll is I finally fit in somewhere, met some incredible people already.
Now, what do I think of the Diesel Truck Industry? I think that at the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter how you got started and it doesn’t matter what you have… What matters is the hard work you put in for your dream. I grew up down the road for ATS in Arvada, Colorado, and that’s where my dream started. I would see some badass trucks pull out of the ATS parking lot and start tearing up Ward Road. It was amazing and I knew one day if I worked hard, I’d get one. And that’s what I’m talking about, I think the industry has it’s “diesel politics”, but it still stands for something… a dream. Sure, I said that we need to help each other out, but also we all need to have a thick skin. Contradicting as that may be to some of you, but the Diesel Truck Industry is as tough and rugged as our trucks. What you need to think about is the way you interact with another and respond. That’s something we lost, sure you need to be able to take a joke, but also you need to have respect for one another. Just a thought.
“You have to start somewhere! Read every article you can
and watch every video you can!” –Seth Montoro
“Have thick skin and just be yourself!” - Nastassja Martel
“Don’t let anyone get you down. Keep learning about your truck and others.
It’s okay to ask questions.” - Krystin Emmanns
“If you want to do it, just do it and don’t back down no matter what people may say,
or try to talk you out of it. It’s worth it!” –Kaitlyn Krajewski
“Don't be afraid to go out and try it,
as long as you’re having fun it's all that matters.” – Melanie Foster
“Don’t give up, stay true to yourself and have fun!” – Casey Dengler
Comment below, and let us know your thoughts on the industry!
Part TWO featuring MissMaxx coming soon!
Written by: Nikki Marie
**all images are courtesy of owners**
Special THANK YOU to all who responded and helped with the blog!
This is my first time ever blogging, sooooo, I'm not really sure what it is i'm doing.
So, let my start by introducing myself.
I always loved trucks growing up. I remember being about ten years old and just drooling over all the nice lifted trucks as they'd drive by me. I really didn't get into Diesels until I married my husband. At the time he had a Duramax with as built engine and tranny. That truck could haul some serious butt. Then we ended up with a 2005 Dodge 5.9 with about 800HP. That truck was almost scary... it ended in a blown engine, so we kissed it goodbye and ended up with a 2015 cummins and a 2006 megacab hemi. Man I loved that Hemi...
I had that thing looking like a toy tonka truck. 6" lift with 40x15.50r20's on it. I had major plans for that truck to go far in the showing world, but I still really had the desire to have a cummins. Partially because I love huge trucks and that big of lift and tire size on the Hemi ended in me only getting 8mpg... but I swore to my husband I would never get rid of her, not unless the perfect truck appeared and we could put a lift and the same size tires on it.
He kept pushing me to try and get rid of her, and I finally gave into the idea of test driving a truck at Castle Rock in Jackson, WY. Funny thing is, it was an old SEMA truck. Megacab Longbed. It was a nice truck, but we knew it had some motor problems. So we passed on it. Which ended in my husband finding this completely stock.. gold... ugly... 2011 Dodge megacab. Cummins, of course. I honestly hated the truck, I didn't even want to look at it. At the time I would have prefered my gas hog.
Sooooo, my husband proceeded to drive my truck up to Jackson and bring home this megacab, to which I agreed to test drive it for the weekend, basically just to shut him up. Surprisingly, I really liked how it handled, drove, etc. It was a nice upgrade from the 2006.
Still, it didn't change the fact I thought it was hideous. So, my husband convinced me that if we got the truck he would make sure we got the lift bought right away and I would get to keep my tires and wheels off the Hemi. I figured it probably wouldn't work out but if it did, then it meant this truck would be my destiny
Come to find out, it all worked out. I ended up with the damn thing.
Now, we had to figure out what the hell to do with the exterior because I hateddddd the gold. Absolutely hated it. Some of our best friends own a body shop and offered to paint it for the cost of materials, and said to consider it a sponsorship for showing.
We got the lift and tires on within a week, custom built stacks by my husband and I's custom fab company, and our friends found a gorgeous custom color for the paint. Everything basically just fell into place with the truck.
I decided I needed a name, something to do with Destiny, or Fate.
That's when I stumbled accross Moirai. From greek mythology, they are the three goddesses of fate. They assign everyone their fate, how they live, when and how they die, etc.
This truck was kind of led to me, and as fate would have it, she's turning into everything I could ever dream of. And the best of it all, we're doing all the work ourselves (everything but the lift that will be going on).
We were lucky enough to get to go to SEMA last year with our friends who own Belveals Autobody and get to enjoy wandering around and seeing all the builds. I was like a kid in a candy store lol
While we were there we ended up talking to some amazing brands and working out sponsorship deals for this year, I was fortunate enough to have numerous different companies love the way the truck looked so far and wanted to help build it further. Iron cross, Status Grilles, True Spike, and a few others we ended up not working with, and some others we're finishing contracts up with.
It felt/feels wonderful knowing these guys that have been to SEMA so many times and have been in the business for years saw our vision and appreciated the work we've put into it.
Some advice for future builders, don't go to sponsors thinking they're just going to give you free product. Some companies, sure, they might, but others, just be happy if they offer you a discount or to sell it to you for cost. We've heard horror stories, so just giving a warning. Getting sponsors involves a lot of phone calls, e-mails, writing up proposals, listing events you plan to attend, posting a lof of social media stuff for their company. You're their advertisment! Basically a rolling billboard. Make them proud to be on your truck! :)
Moirai's Stats To Date (3/8/18):
She's heading down to TX in about three weeks and having a custom 16" lift put on by 3rd Coast Suspension... And in May we'll be getting the 44x19.50r24 tires (company won't be named, they aren't releasing them yet) put on with the 24x14 X-Mudder Wheels.
Y'all can follow the build on Diesel Doll Instagram, as well as my personal, Diesel_goddess.
Blog at ya soon!
Diesel Doll attempted doing a calendar several years ago, and sadly, we just couldn’t get it off the ground. It was very disappointing to me and I am sure to others as well. Things have changed so much sense then, not only have those behind Diesel Doll changed, Diesel Doll itself has changed as well, and all for the better, I do believe. With that being said, I am excited to announce we are putting together a calendar! This calendar will be for the 2019 year, January-December, of course.
We are hoping to accomplish a mix of women in the calendar- from women who own stock trucks to women who want to be in it, but are going to use their husband’s or boyfriend’s truck, and everything in between. Now, some may think that is a crazy idea, and that it should be for women who own diesels- only; and I am sure there are those who think that a calendar should have huge show trucks and models. The reason we are opening up the search to so many women, is because we believe that Diesel Doll is a group you can be a part of if you LOVE diesels but don’t yet own your dream truck. We are opening up this search available to so many women, knowing full well, how difficult it is going to make our job. Choosing only twelve women to be featured in the calendar is going to be one of toughest things the Diesel Doll team will endeavor this year. This search will be open to brand reps, but not to admins and the Diesel Doll team. YOU MUST BE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OF AGE AT TIME OF ENTRY.
This year, we are opening up the search very soon. Those wanting to apply will complete an application, and submit at least five photos, we will need to see a full body length shot of you, and an up close (think headshot) photo of you, and the rest will need to be of your truck or the truck you will have access to; we will need a full body shot of your truck- bumper to bumper. If you are chosen to be Calendar Doll, you will need to have access to the truck you are submitting at this point. If you do not have access we might have to choose the next entry in line, so please keep that in mind. Photos do not have to be professional shots to enter, but will need to be professional/high quality (no cell phone camera) when it comes time to get us your images for the calendar.
If you are chosen to be a Calendar Doll, you will be responsible for setting up your photo shoot OR already have high quality images ready to submit to Diesel Doll. You must use the truck submitted in your application. You as the Calendar Doll must be in all images submitted for calendar use. Modeling experience is a plus, but not a requirement. Modeling Diesel Doll or affiliate merchandise is also a great idea (discount codes available for Calendar Dolls). Must be willing to promote calendar on your social medias.
Due to conflict of interest and out of respect for other companies and groups we ask that Calendar Dolls not be committed to a 2019 calendar, and if you are chosen to be in our calendar, we ask you to have the same respect for Diesel Doll as we do of other companies. If a situation arises, and you need to drop out, please contact us immediately!
We are excited to make this calendar happen for 2019! We will open the search very soon, and it will stay open around a month. Hopefully it will take us three weeks at the most to choose Dolls. Then we will set a timeline to get your high quality images in. The calendars will be a presale, orders will be placed on the 15th of September through December. We plan to order extras each month.
If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below, or email us! We would be happy to answer any questions you may have!
It’s getting close to warm weather down here in the South, and we are dying to give all of our trucks (we always take care of my father-in-law’s F450 while we’re at it) an entire weekend to detail them and shine them up! You know, spend all the time washing them to watch them get covered up in pollen! IF it will quit raining, that is!
Like a lot of you, I am very picky on what we use on our trucks, especially mine. But, I am always looking at new or different products to use. I like smelly good stuff, of course, and who doesn’t like products that add a lot of shine and protectants? Once upon a time, when I had a “cute” little Dodge V6 1500, I am very ashamed to admit, that I washed it with Dawn dish soap, the few times I washed it. I was seventeen years old, what do you expect? Once I washed it with Grease Lightning (GASP!)- it was white and covered in Georgia red clay from our dirt road.
Thank the Lord above I have more sense and pride in my vehicle now. When I married J, he taught me more about products. Not that my parents didn’t, I just didn’t pay attention or care at the time. I remember as a teenager, making fun of my mom for washing her truck. I sat in the sun, on the phone or reading a book and listening to music and watched her wash vehicles. From watching her, I wash vehicles better than my husband (shhh! Don’t tell him! He will deny it!)! No, this isn’t going to be a blog telling you all how to wash your vehicles, I am pretty sure you have that figured out, already! But, I wanted to share some of my favorite products with you all.
J introduced me to Maquiar’s almost 6 years ago. I refuse to wash my trucks in anything BUT Maquiar’s Gold Class. It is orange, it smells amazing, and the shine is off the chain. After I began being obsessed with how my truck is washed, I learned that my parents tried to get me to use it when washing that poor 1500. Oh, well, we live, we learn, right? I tend to be a “product-whore”, and abuse this soap. I order it in a LARGE bottle, from here, and poor it generously directly onto my sponge, mitt or “truck mop”. Being only 5’3” and owning a taller truck, I prefer a “truck mop”, but will use my mitt for the lower parts of the truck. I ordered the mitts, last in packs of four, you know, they get dropped and get dirt on them, so this way I have an extra, or three! Then I just throw them in the washing machine along with any other clothes we might have used. You can find the pack I ordered here, and my favorite mop, here! Oh, forgot to mention, Gold Class (buy it here), makes your wedding ring look brand spankin’ new- so shiny!
We try to wax our trucks, especially mine, as often as we can. But, let’s face it, life is busy, and even busier when you have two kids who you have to watch and tend to while your trying to detail vehicles! What is my favorite wax? You guessed it. Maquiar’s. I prefer their Gold Class wax, even with my over-use tendencies, it goes a long ways. We can usually wax my F350 long bed, at least two coats, and a coat on another truck. I also like Maquair’s ultimate liquid wax, and their Quick Wax. All three have carnauba oils in them; smells good and is really good for your paint. Quick Wax, is also great for touching up your truck at a show and shine, in my small show and shine experience! With two kids, I tend to order a lot off amazon, you can find all three of these waxes on amazon, click the images to go directly to amazon to order- they are usually all prime eligible! Who doesn’t LOVE AmazonPrime???
There are some products I have my eye on and am hoping to get the chance to try soon, and I am no way linked to Maquiar's, I am sure they have no clue what Diesel Doll is! Some of the products I would like to try are Killerwaxx Georgia, Klean Society Products, Chemical Guys, the list grows monthly. What are some of your favorite products, or must have detailing products?
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We recently opened up our search for brand reps for the Spring season! We had a total of twenty five entries, before we opened up the applications we decided on only accepting four to five women. Those twenty five entries were so amazing, it really made things difficult to narrow it down to only five, but we were able to.
We can’t wait to work with this great group of ladies, and see what they can teach us! They all bring different qualities, experiences and goals to the Diesel Doll Brand and we’re so grateful for them!
LEAVE SOME COMMENTS BELOW WELCOMING AND CONGRATULATING THESE GMBEAUTIFUL LADIES! 💖
We are pleased to announce, that the 2018 Spring Brand Reps have been contacted and officially invited to be a part of our small family! Be sure to watch social medias to see who has joined our team!
If you were not contacted, please keep in touch with us, as it was a very difficult decision to make. With that being said, just because your weren't chosen, does not mean there won't be other opportunities available! We are working on something that we hope will be pretty big for Diesel Doll! Can anyone guess what it might be?
We announced our winner for Truck of the Month for the Month of September last weekend! Kaitlyn Krajewski was our winner, and she won a great swag pack from September's sponsor, Wacko's Kustomz out of PA!
Also, we launched our store completely to the public on Wednesday the 20th! We still have several designs were working on finishing up to get out. We are excited for things to come for the rest of this year. Check out our store to order your favorite Diesel Doll shirt (or two) TODAY!
Let us know which design is your favorite! We LOVE them all- but my personal favorite is the Bonfires, dirtroads and Diessel Trucks design! :)