Emily Shafer Photography | Who ya gonna call?

Who ya gonna call?

October 29, 2016  •  1 Comment

You may be asking yourself, "Where has Emily been all summer?!" . . . well this girl has been working! These last few months have been busy with traveling and photo shoots putting my blogging on the back burner, but I'm back and ready to share a few experiences with you! 

This story begins with a phone call. They were in the process of updating their website, and needed photos of their trucks. We started talking about what they were looking for and wanting their pictures to say. As we kept meeting, I realized this was an awesome opportunity! I love photographing trucks and heavy equipment and Charleston Auto was allowing me to do one of my favorite things! One of the first things needed for this project was a great location. Scouting for locations is usually pretty easy, but to find an area with the capacity to place not one but FOUR heavy duty trucks proved to be quite the challenge. Charleston is a city nestled in the hills, and it was hard to find the wide open areas we were both searching for. We would find a place, ask, and get denied. This happened several times and quickly became a routine. 

While all of this was happening in the background, I had a Saturday off and decided to photograph a Jeep Grand Cherokee, just to practice and have some fun! I enjoy thinking of concepts and then creating a way of making that concept a reality. I wanted an "Industrial" feel to them, but also wanted the images to look clean and polished. This was all last minute, and I decided to use Jimco as my experimental backdrop. They manufacture the John Henry Rock Drill (If you don't know what that is browse around my website, and you'll find it:) and they work on machines all day. Of course dirt, collects in the shop. This made me apprehensive to what the results would be. It wasn't the cleanest place, but it was worth a try.   

After I finished up these images, I was surprised at how the shop made such a perfect location! It's amazing what throwing some light around can do. Then it hit me, "Why don't I photograph the towing trucks inside Charleston Auto's shop?" It took care of all our location problems, and sped up the entire process. I ran my idea through the man in charge. He gave me creative freedom, and put his trust in what I can do. 

A few Saturday's later I found myself  staring at the garage doors of Charleston Auto. It was a chilly morning, but I was greeted with smiles from Charleston Auto's crew. They were ready to work with me, and make things happen! My kind assistant of the day, Donald, cleared out the garage opening the room up with four different areas to shoot the trucks in. Within a few hours, the photo shoot was finished, and my busy Saturday was completed! 

Then last but not least, I must mention the truck below is the LARGEST truck I have ever photographed. Charleston Auto refers to this as their 75 Ton (that's right TON), rotator. When this guy rolls out of the shop it means business.  Long story short, you never know how things are going to work out until you try! Charleston Auto is a great company full of hard workers. They take their jobs very seriously, and are focused on raising the bar for the Wrecker and Towing Industry. You can see evidence of that in their trucks, and I am glad for the opportunity of working with them. If you ever need help these guys are the people to call! 


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jim brown(non-registered)
i proudly named the last truck the "BEAST"
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