So you decide it's time to get some quality photos of your ride. Great! But what is the process? How does it work? What do you need to do? Well, let's go through it!
Step 1: Check out my available Packages. The detail page show what's included in each available package. NOTE: The detail page talks a lot about the Las Vegas area. If you are not in Vegas, that's fine! Just know that if you're somewhere that involves traveling, that changes the cost. Most out of town folks try to schedule around a time I'll already be in their area for an event, or they get a few friends to also book shoots, so that helps keep the extra costs down.
Step 2: Contact me. It's easy...just send me an email at EricArnoldPhotography@gmail.com and let me know you're ready to book! Tell me where you're located, what kind of vehicle you have, and which package you're interested in.
Step 3: Pick the date. We will do this together, since we need a day/time that works for both of us. If you have an idea of when you would like to shoot before you email me in Step 2, please include it with your info.
Step 4: Pay your deposit. All personal vehicle shoots require a deposit to secure the date/time. This protects us both. Details will be included in our email correspondence.
Step 5: Pick a location. For a lot of folks, this is the hardest part. Don't worry though, I can assist! Here are a few guidelines which might help you pick the right spot. You can always send me your ideas and I can weigh in on if I think it would be a good fit for your car.
- Somewhere meaningful to you. Do you have a location that means something special to you? Maybe where you had a special occasion, or the first place you drove your significant other after you bought the car, or the shop who helped you with the car, you get the idea.
- Some place interesting. Are there buildings with awesome architecture in your area which could make a great backdrop for your car? Maybe there's a lake, or a scenic overlook that would be cool.
- A spot where there aren't a lot of people. Do you want a bunch of random folks in the background? Probably not.
- Light. Think about the time of day we'll be shooting, and where the sun will be at that time. If your car looks its best in the sun, we'll want that sun exposure.
- Interesting, but not distracting. Your car is the star. Location is important, but you likely don't want the location to be dominating.
Step 6: Get ready. If you have any final details to get done on your ride, now is the time! Unless dirt is your thing, tidy up your car for shoot day. Outside and inside.
The interior of your car is going to photograph better if it's not cluttered with your registration paperwork, random water bottles, parking stubs, etc. If you have a theme, theme it up!
For the exterior, if you have a shiny paint job, you might want to wax & polish it. If you roll patina, at least knock the dust off. Either way, clean the glass so it's as streak free as possible. Stickers are awesome, streaks are bad.
Step 7: Shoot Day. Be early. I recommend showing up at the shoot location 10-15 minutes early so you can dial in any last minute details. Bring glass cleaner, your favorite detail spray, and some rags. You never know what you're going to drive through to get to the shoot spot, and you want to be able to clean up if needed.
Also be ready to have YOUR photo taken with the car. Wear something you would want in the pics. In a club? Wear your club shirt. Are flip-flops your go-to? Bring 'em. Jacket covered in patches? Love it. You get the idea.
One more thing, bring a camp chair or something to sit on while the shoot is going on, just in case you get tired of standing around.
Step 8: Be involved with the shoot. It's cool to ask questions, point out special features, and request specific shots be taken. Or, you can just hang out and let me do my thing. I'm totally cool either way. I want you to be comfortable and happy. It's all good.
Step 9: After the shoot, all you have to do is give me time to edit your photos and select the best of the best to be part of your package. Digital photo delivery generally happens pretty quickly, if there's anything that could cause a delay I will certainly let you know up front.
Each package includes a photo print, so you will pick one of the shots to have printed. Any additional prints you order will be at a discounted price. Those details are on the package page.
That's about it! Seems like a lot, but I wanted to be thorough so you really know what to expect when you decide it's time to book a shot. If you have any questions at all, just contact me or leave a comment below and I'll answer as quickly as I can.
Are you ready? I'm ready.