This is another video in my series aimed at helping beginner car photographers. In this video I cover how to find cars to shoot to build your automotive photography portfolio. It can be hard when your starting out as an automotive photographer to find cars to shoot for both practice and to build your automotive portfolio. I cover 7 ways to find cars to shoot that actually work.
As an automotive photographer, having access to cool cars is essential for building a diverse and impressive portfolio. However, it can be challenging to get access to these vehicles, especially if you're just starting. Here are some tips to help you get access to cool cars to build your automotive photography portfolio.
1. Tell Everyone
Tell everyone what you are doing and that you looking for cars to shoot. You will be amazed at how many people have cool cars within your family and network.
2. Attend Car Shows and Events
One of the easiest ways to get access to cool cars is by attending car shows and events. Most car shows and events have hundreds of cars on display, and the owners are often more than willing to let you take pictures of their vehicles. By attending these events, you'll have the opportunity to capture some fantastic shots of a wide variety of cars.
3. Join Car Clubs and Online Communities
Another great way to get access to cool cars is by joining car clubs and online communities. Car enthusiasts love to show off their vehicles, and they're often more than happy to let you take pictures of them. By joining a car club or online community, you'll have the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals who share your passion for cars and photography.
4. Reach out to Dealerships and Car Rental Companies
If you're looking to photograph newer or high-end cars, consider reaching out to local dealerships and car rental companies. Many dealerships have showrooms full of brand new cars, and they may be willing to let you photograph them. Car rental companies also often have a fleet of high-end vehicles that you may be able to rent for a day or two to photograph.
5. Network with Car Owners
Networking with car owners is another great way to get access to cool cars. Attend local car shows and events and strike up a conversation with the owners. Let them know that you're a photographer and would love to take pictures of their vehicle. If they're interested, exchange contact information and arrange a photoshoot.
6. Offer Your Services for Free
Finally, consider offering your services for free to car owners. Many car enthusiasts love having professional photos of their vehicles, but they may not have the budget to hire a professional photographer. By offering your services for free, you'll not only get access to cool cars, but you'll also be building your portfolio and establishing relationships with potential clients.
7. Get some business cards made up with your details so you are always prepared to connect with people when you are out and about.
In conclusion, getting access to cool cars to build your automotive photography portfolio takes time, effort, and persistence. By attending car shows and events, joining car clubs and online communities, reaching out to dealerships and car rental companies, networking with car owners, and offering your services for free, you'll be well on your way to building an impressive portfolio that will help you attract new clients and grow your business.