Event Photographer Arizona Was The Beginning For Barrett Jackson

I went to the very first Barrett Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale in 1971 when I was just a little kid. Now, as an event photographer Arizona is home to both my business and still theirs. And, a life long love and appreciation of cars has come of it. That weekend was and is probably the reason I have spent my life as a fairly avid car loving guy. I rode my bike up to the hotel parking lot where the auction was held and walked around asking people for work until one guy handed me some wax and a towel. He told me to to start at nose end of his Corvette and wax my way to the rear bumper. And, then when I asked him what I could do next he said now wax from the rear to the front. And, that is what I did all day long and I think I waxed that car probably five times that day. When the day was coming to an end and the car was getting ready to get rolled on to the auction block he handed me a $20 bill which I excitedly pocketed.

I have been going back to Barrett Jackson auctions on and off for pretty much my whole life. Eight years ago back in 2005 I got to photograph my first auction for Barrett Jackson directly as one of my clients. We both have grown a lot since then. Now Barrett Jackson event are filled with a range of nice clean affordable clean cars to ultra high end one of a kind rare gems. They are also populated with celebrities like Bret Michaels and Jay Leno and filled with charity cars that raise millions of dollars from each and every auction.

It has been great to watch them grow and to be able to be a part of that. Darrell Gwynn is a hero to many for raising money for wheel chairs for kids and families who can not afford them. He is also one of the many people I have been lucky enough to become friends with through my doing photography at Barrett Jackson Collector Car Auctions. There are many of us and you know what they say... Once a car guy always a car guy.

Barrett Jackson Collector Car Auctions

The Darrell Gwynn Foundation

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Phoenix Event Photographers At Barrett Jackson Las Vegas 2011

As one of the leading Phoenix event photographers I was out in Las Vegas shooting the Barrett Jackson Collector Car Auction in the fall. We do a lot of work in Las Vegas where there are more events than anywhere in the world. This event was at Mandalay Bay Resort which was really nice being able to stay, work, and play all in the same destination without ever having to leave. Whether shooting myself or with a team we always use only the ultimate and most up to date top of the line Nikon and Cannon equipment. Though photography is all I have ever done my entire life it never gets old because of the ever changing technology whether it be at my end being the user of the cameras and software or because of the clients ever changing technologies. It all supports a unique ever changing ever evolving challenge and ability to continually  re invent and create new and different for my clients.

The Las Vegas auction is always packed with celebrities and this time I photographed Criss Angel, The Old Man from Pawn Stars, Rick from American Restoration, Josh Duhamel, and many others. Of all the Barrett Jackson Car Auctions the Las Vegas show has the most super cars and the most rest mods which are my two favorite types of cars. And, in addition to all these good things it is a nice relaxing half days drive across the desert so no planes, no security, no rental cars, and we just travel at our own pace and stop along the way to collect odds and ends out of the middle of nowhere desert.

It's almost impossible to be a Phoenix event photographer and not be also regularly shooting high end events in beautiful close by Las Vegas, Nevada.

Barrett Jackson

Mandalay Bay

Cris Angel

Pawn Stars

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Arizona Event Photographer at Barrett Jackson Orange County 2011

As an Arizona event photographer I travel anywhere for my clients and went to Orange County, California for the Barrett Jackson 2011 auction. It was literally cool and Costa Mesa, California cool. They had $14m in sales, $850k was raised for charities, and 60,000 people walked through the gates. 60{04376f0484412bd48343ece1a3e3868b55ebaad017cd0762f25929f2022e4fa0} of the bidders where new to Barrett Jackson and they purchased half of the cars. I got to photograph all the cars, the people, the auctioneers, the charities, the celebrities, and the action. It was a great event and very, very cool.  Barrett Jackson

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Barrett Jackson Scottsdale 2011

The Barrett Jackson 40th Anniversary Collector Car Auction was a huge success. Seemed pretty recession proof. $70m in sales. $4m raised for charities. 250k attended the almost ten day event at West World in Scottsdale, Arizona. Celebrities included Bret Michaels, Randy Johnson, Tim Allen, Parnelli Jones, Alice Cooper, Valerie Bertinelli, Bill Goldberg, Pat Burrell, Richard Petty, Arie Luyendyk, Tom Sneva, Rick Hendrick, Reggie Jackson, and more.

This year the auction week was blessed with great weather which is kind of  rare to the recent history of the auctions. All and all one of the coolest events in the world with every single car selling at one of the only no reserve auctions in the world including super cars, crazy cool vendors, fashion shows, cute kids, good food, great people watching, and more.  They even had mariachis there this year. 

Barrett Jackson

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Joyride Studio Shoot

Automotive studio photography with models and cool cars is probably why a lot of us became photographers. The shoots are few are far between but always a fun production. The shoot was done for Joyride which is a friend of mine's company that is just starting and getting going. If things go as planned it should get pretty big. Keep your eyes open. We do a fair amount of automotive location photography and automotive studio photography all around the state and especially in Scottsdale, Tempe, and Phoenix.                                      www.joyride.com                            www.alstrinphotography.com/advertising [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent="yes" overflow="visible"][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type="1_1" background_position="left top" background_color="" border_size="" border_color="" border_style="solid" spacing="yes" background_image="" background_repeat="no-repeat" padding="" margin_top="0px" margin_bottom="0px" class="" id="" animation_type="" animation_speed="0.3" animation_direction="left" hide_on_mobile="no" center_content="no" min_height="none"]

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