Behind the Scenes with the SuperVeloce
I honestly can’t remember the last time I was this nervous to do a car shoot. It almost felt as if I were shooting my first ‘really sick’ car (a turbo honda). As you can see, I’ve progressed quite a bit since then and this shoot was be the pinnacle of my automotive photography career thus far.
Location, Location, Location.
I’m a firm believer that my pictures are as good as its weakest element. In fact, I put my locations on the same level of importance as the car itself. For this shoot I’d need a pretty epic place to snap some pics however, this time around it was going to be quite tricky…
I’m a photographer on a budget and the majority of my photoshoots are accomplished using ‘guerrilla photography’.
For those non-photographer folks out there, ‘guerrilla photoshoots’ are exactly what they sound like: no permits, no permission, just shoot until they threaten to kick you out/call the cops.
I’d hate to have ^this^ happen AGAIN. And I’m sure that would be a story the General Manger at Lamborghini would not be all to happy to hear about.
This along with the prospects of shooting a half million dollar car, inspired me to change my ways…
I stumbled upon the perfect location for the SV shoot. It was an abandoned rocket fuel plant in Henderson, NV. And with a lot of teeth pulling I was granted full permission by the security at Black Mountain Industrial Park to shoot there.
Day of the Shoot
While working at JTuned an extremely talented photographer by the name of Steve Demmitt taught me the importance of having a shot list. Being thorough and complete would help to ensure that I’d have more than enough pictures to choose from when it came time to start to processing.
However, the inner-nerd in me took this to the next level and I now bring along a checklist with all the shots I need to fulfill. I’ll also include important times, dates, names, and simple things to remind myself of that are easy to forget in all the excitement of a big shoot.
Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be more than happy to send you the excel template.
After driving through some mud, dirt, and gravel the SV needed a bit of refreshing when we got back to the show room.
10. Seth Wright the head of Marketing drove it back into the showroom.
12. I needed to get a shot in the car too
13. And of course I couldn’t leave my little green 4-door integra out of the fun too :p
All in all it was an amazing experience and I feel extremely fortunate to have been given such an opportunity. And be sure to keep an eye out. They’re planning on using a number of the finished pictures as ads in magazines or posters.