I was two when I started calling automobiles “bombs”. I first drove a car at twelve and, by sixteen, had pretty much tried anything I’d ever seen done on television (thank you, rural roads and Dukes of Hazzard). Cars were the first love of my many combustion-engined loves, and it’s only grown over the years. The one foray I ever made into taking pictures was taking automobile photos of every car I bought. Those have been lost over the years, but the spirit of celebrating automobiles has not.
Photographing automobiles is not dissimilar to photographing people. They all have a best side, are interesting focused on the whole but have wonderful details, and love a little soft light to highlight their features. Whether it’s the muscular haunches of a ’69 Chevelle or the sleek, silky look of the F12 Berlinetta, I believe every car has something attractive about it (save the mid-90’s Skylark).
I look for car photo opportunities wherever I go, but I also shoot car shows and car portrait sessions. If you, or someone you know, has an automobile that is almost like a family member, let’s talk about doing a photo session to make memories that will last for generations.