Excellence Cover Shoot: Porsche Turbo RSR

This Champion Motorsports Porsche Turbo RSR is going to be hard to beat for the title of best car that I’ve shot. It is arguably the fastest all-around AND most beautifully crafted street-legal car in the world. Beauty is subjective, but being the fastest is objective… and I can attest to the fact that this car is FAST! I like to call myself a speed freak, but even I had to check my manly regions to see if they were still there after a few hot laps in the passenger seat. Riding shotgun with Jared Cullop in a 600hp car that goes 0-60 in 2.6 seconds and corners like it has velcro for tires is a life-changing experience. It’s not all about the power; the suspension, aerodynamics, transmission, and power must all work in unison… and the team at Champion pieced this car together so well Captain Planet would be jealous.

Vellano Wheels shoot

Talk about a challenge. Dreamworks Motorsports had built 8 cars, all with beautiful Vellano wheels on each of them. My task was to shoot all 8 in the tiny town of Roxboro, NC in ~24hrs, all at different locations… For a town where the Golden Corral has the highest Yelp review, I had to really stretch my location-finding skills! Good thing owner Adam Wolfe at Dreamworks makes clean beautiful cars, so half of the job was complete. Once all was said and done I was very happy with the results..

GMP Performance BMW M3 & X6

Next out of my camera is a super fresh and clean BMW M3 (E92) and X6 tuned by the guys at GMP Performance from Charlotte, NC. We got up in the wee hours of the morning to capture a nice rig shot smack in the middle of downtown Charlotte for the M3 (or uptown, as the locals call it). The 5am wake-up call was worth it, especially to see the looks we got from taking up 2 lanes of traffic with a long pole attached to a beautiful car… at 3mph… in the middle of downtown. From there we moved a few blocks down to take some static shots. I used a few new techniques on this set, enjoy!

Featured: Excellence Magazine – 924 GTR

Not too often I get a legend in front of my camera. I’ve had the pleasure of shooting Rahsaan Bahati (The most accomplished black cyclist), Coach Dean Jones (Personal baseball coach and local hero), and Derrick Rose (NBA MVP). This time I got to shoot a legend made of metal, glass, rubber, mixed with a lot of blood sweat and tears.

Featured: Excellence Magazine 935

Through a series of fortunate events, I have now climbed to a position of contributing to Excellence magazine, the most widely read independent Porsche magazine in the world. Very excited to say the least. There’s something that makes me tingle when I see my pictures printed in a nice magazine in a well designed layout (thanks John). Let’s also not forget Paul Krasusky who provided the words, very entertaining read… I suddenly have the urge to wear a fancy pinstrip suit with Piloti shoes and Cartier sunglasses.

Simple product photography setup – D2 Racing

1 floor
1 camera (and a lens helps)
2 alienbees
2 softboxes
2 pieces of white board
= results you see below

Growing up in my high school and college days, I was HUGE (massive) into cars. So much that I started a car club when I was 15. The legal age for a driver’s license in SC used to be 15 (insurance companies get confused about that). During that time I made a very good friend who is the North American distributor of D2 Racing, which is primarily a performance suspension parts manufacturer.

Volvo C30: Same tunnel, same old tricks

Photographing cars was the reason I got my first camera. I’ve always been a big car guy, but you wouldn’t be able to tell by my current ride; a Scion xB. Maturing sucks. My brief 10 year driving history includes having my name under an 87 300ZX, 96 300ZX, 94 RX-7, 99 Subaru 2.5 RS, and now…. the box. Unfortunately a fire-spitting RX-7 can’t haul all of my photography gear.

Urban Racer Formula D Official Fan Guide

Shortly after finishing up a shoot in the Malibu canyons I get a call from Jackie Ling, Director of Urban Racer. He wanted me to throw together this year’s Official Formula Drift fan guide. Heck ya! I love drifting, and my previous experience working within the magazine industry made me an obvious fit. The deadline was super tight, but after a hurricane of emails, pdfs, and corrections, this spot-uv’d, sleek looking fan guide was approved and ready in less than 5 days.

Turbo Magazine: Twisted Sixx

I’m in LOVE with this old ’71 Datsun 240Z. College kid Austin Hoke from NC built this beauty from the ground up, cutting no corners. I squeaked it into a feature of the June ’07 issue of Turbo Magazine. It’s turned into one of my favorite motion shots… so much that I framed it on my bedroom wall to stare at it everyday. It’s a reminder that I’ll probably never BUILD a badass car like that, only buy.