Photographer Blog>> Scott Chu

As you can tell from the “About” section of my website, I clearly am not an enthusiastic writer. Honestly, I probably spent about half an hour silently sitting in front of my keyboard trying to figure out how to put together a short paragraph about myself for my visitors. Yet, I ended up with three sentences. Two if you only count the actual bio portion.

So when Speedhunters hit me up for a blog article about my photography, I figured I would spend a good amount of time going through past features to try and see how others had done it. While reading, I noticed a recurring theme among most of the photographers. Our love of cars is what piqued our interest in photography.

Being raised in a traditional Asian household, I had never considered becoming the least bit artistic, let alone choosing photography as my main profession. My father is an engineer, and I figured I would be heading down the same path. Despite this, I’ve always loved cars. My walls were always covered in car posters: the McLaren F1, a Ferrari F40, that “Justification for a Higher Education” poster I’m sure a lot of you had, and eventually a bunch of riced out (by today’s standards at least… Veilside FTW?) Hondas and Acuras.

When I came across my first car forums, I always enjoyed looking through threads with excellent car photographs. Like most automotive photographers I know, my original two sources of inspiration were Wynn Ruji (I still have two of his posters on my wall) and Easton Chang (who didn’t get any bedroom-wall-love since he was too cool to sell his prints at high school student prices). Through following Easton, I discovered the website and forum, and pretty much began stalking my favorite car photographers and their work. With nothing to share and being too shy to say anything, I was a hardcore lurker for the longest time. Thus, was my introduction to the world of car photography.

My “career” as an automotive photographer began a little backwards. I learned how to use Photoshop before I even picked up my first camera.  I spent a good amount of my free time in high school playing around in Photoshop by lowering cars, adding rims, and throwing on body kits – which you can actually still see at:  Eventually, I started learning how to adjust colors and contrast in Photoshop as well. I would spend hours playing around in Photoshop modifying cars to how I wanted them to look; trying different sets of wheels until I found something I liked. Even though the source photos I used were never mine, I loved being able to tweak photographs to my liking and play around with how things looked. This was my way to modify the imaginary cars in my dream garage.

One bored summer day, my friend Jason hit me up to tag along as he took some shots of his newly modded 323i. He wanted some photos to post online. My dad had recently purchased a 3.2MP Sony point-and-shoot which I brought along with me. So we went out to a recently abandoned Home Depot’s loading bay – loading bays are where all car photographers are born – to snap some shots. He ended up posting the pictures on E46Fanatics, and we got some pretty good feedback.

From there, I began to shoot more of my friend’s cars to share online as well. The more I photographed cars, the more I realized I enjoyed photography.

Eventually, some local people began to contact me to see if I would take pictures of their cars as well.

Photographing cars became my ticket to escape the suburban life, meet some interesting people, and see some of my dream cars. It was during this time that I began considering pursuing photography as something more than a hobby.

Although I’d always been a fairly quick learner in school, I never found the motivation to actually try harder than my constantly declining personal standards. Despite how hard my parents tried to push me, I only got straight A's once in my life. This was during my first quarter of 6th grade.

Literally every report card after that, my GPA would steadily become lower and lower. By the time I graduated high school, I was borderline passing classes and even failed a couple classes due to my laziness. Even though I would enjoy a class here or there, not one subject was able to capture my interest. 

After I graduated high school, I was under the impression that the only thing that could hold my interest was photography. Although I had gone the route my parents expected and applied to a bunch of UCs, I wanted to pursue photography as a career since it was something I was actually able to enjoy learning.

I ended up going to Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, CA – three years of standing in a dark room, standing in a dark studio, photographing shiny balls, color charts, or playing with mannequins. Even though I loved learning about lighting and photography, it was during this time that I realized photography wasn’t my passion. My passion is, and has always been, cars. 

Cars are what make me want to create photographic images.

Cars are what inspire me to wake up at 4am to drive 100 miles so I can get some hopefully epic sunrise photos.

Cars are what make me drive around aimlessly for hours looking for locations to shoot at.

Cars are what probably bring you to this website.

As cliché and cheesy as it sounds, the car community really has become a second family for me.

A lot of my closest friendships are a direct result of a mutual passion for cars.

Some photographers photograph cars as their own form of art.

I simply love being around cars in beautiful locations.

I don’t care how fast a car is or how well it handles. I just love how cars look in their surroundings.

My inspiration for being an automotive photographer has always been to photograph cars I like looking at so that I can share them with other people who love looking at cars too.

As of now, I’m not even sure what my goals in life are. I honestly don’t even know if photography is my life calling.

With the rise of CGI and videos in the automotive world, I may even move on to a different medium for capturing my love for cars. However, as long as I’m able to continually be around the awesome community of car enthusiasts and share our passion for cars, I know I will be happy.

Thank you for letting me share my passion with you.

- Scott Chu

Scott Chu Photography



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scott, amazing work. that last shot is a great one to end it on. you just reminded me why i studied electrical engineering when i went in to school. my goal in life was to make a radar detector better than mike valentine. for the love of the drive.


the best blog story ive read on speedhunters and amazing pictures


Great shots, very motivating for me to get out there and do the same. Keep up the good work, you definitely have an eye for it.


that yellow 996 is gorgeous! thanks for sharing


down. nice rant about life.


What a boss! One of the sickest car photographers out there!


The photo of the yellow 911 (4th last) is pure genius.... The way you use the fence to lead the eye into the picture... very well done !


there are some GREAT photographers on this site.. and this just steps up the game. as over-used this word is.. it applies best here: AWESOME sir.


Awesome and artistic.


Awesome stuff!!


Absolutely stunning work!


Automotive Rig


Awesome writie-up and pictures!


Thanks for sharing your passion. I truly enjoyed the photos. The car culture has brought many new friends into my life over the years.


Story of my seriously your life has been led exactly like mine. Are we brothers or something?


These are some sick pictures. What equipment and editing software do you use? Awesome work


Beautiful shots!


nice article man, i hope to pursue a career simliar to yours.


Amazing work. As an interested and budding photographer, I am curious how much post-processing/Photoshop work is done? Like that RS4 -- it seems like 3 images might have been stitched together.

Anyway, however it was done, the results are fabulous. Thanks for feeding my inspiration!


Awesome word man, I wish I had courage to leave my professional life to work as a car photographer like you, but things here in Brazil aren't easy. Congrats!


Love the pictures and your path to becoming a great photographer props


I'm really surprised with this magnificent work. Love the pictures and text about you photoman!

From the City of Panama Canal, I hope you can come here soon to take these great pictures. Every day I see new super sports cars in my country that I never though too see in person.



Veilside FTW! and very nice photos there... VERY beautiful.


AMEN! congrats cousin.


I am not a photography expert but this guy is on another level!


Love your photos, but its what you have written that made me smile. For me it was honest and, in some part, my own story. True. Keep up with photoshooting and writing!


Holy s***, amazing pictures. Thanks for the article.




Great stuff!! Whats the story behind the burned 355 in the glass case?????


Awesome article!


there is some fantastic work here - kudos


Amazing shots




Scott, amazing images. Thank you for sharing them. I too love cars and love photography, if I could capture images with half the appeal of yours I'd be over the moon. Looking forward to seeing more from you in the future.


Great write up.. It's funny.. my love for photography made me start modding my car so I would have a nice car to shoot.. Exactly the opposite, but now I'm completely hooked on cars.. Great read man.. and EXCELLENT photography..


so this is the photographer for HEAVY HITTERS magazine. stunning.


It's scary how I can relate to you.

1. I learned how to use Photoshop before picking up a camera.

2. I didn't live up to my parents expectations(straight A's).

3. I applied to many different schools that I didn't want to go to.

4. I have no idea if photography will become what I do for the rest of my life.

5. I love cars, especially JDM and BMWs.

6. I'm Asian, the max.

The only difference is that I'm 18(turning 19) and I'm assuming you are around 22-25.


speechless... TEACH ME!


The pic with the red Porsche and the train....completely blew my mind. Thank you for sharing with us.


nice read! you have a really nice portfolio of work...i would love to take photography up as a hobby!

and blogs like this only further my interest!!


wow. mind = blown. some of the best photography i've ever seen. <3


You are the man, Scott. Seriously. Sick post.


Straight up bedazzling. Pro work.


You remind me so much of myself it's not even funny. Seriously, my parents have pushed me all my life and my grades just went down the drain slowly but steadily as I grew lazier due to lack of motivation. The only thing motivating me is cars. It is the reason I'm goin tu University next year, not because I've always dreamed of being an accountant or whatever but because I don't care what I do as long as I can afford the cars I like). My happiness is 80% related to the cars I own. The only thing I've ever actually wanted to be is a Racing Driver, because I love driving that much, I love the speed, the adrenaline, the G-forces, the feeling of complete control... Basically everything about it. The sad thing is that I was born in the wrong country, at the wrong time and since I don't have this amazing hidden talent that racing teams are looking for nor the funding to start myself, I'll just sit back and do whatever it takes so I can enjoy the cars I want later in life.

PS Amazing pictures, some of the best car pics I've seen in my life, seriously :)


Fantastic in every way.


wow man awesome


I love the collection of cars you got here. More power to you!


Damn these photo's are so beautifull. Great work


Great article Scott :)


Awesome article!


wow amazing article makes me wana go and grab my camera rite now and if we could get all of these in desktop size would be heaven !!!!!PLEASE!!!! CAN WE GET THESE IN DESKTOP FORM!!!! =D


amazing work


Ive been wanting to get a decent used dslr for a while and this makes me want to so bad. I can think of a million places ide like to try and take a picture of a car.



Amazing article, Scott! I could list out a couple things that we have in common with..keep up the great work!



Scott great work!


Mec, fais du 4x3 et tu les vendras plus chères qu'un Picasso !

Ott, from France.


epic shots.... porsche with the gap in the freight train allowing a sneak peek at downtown LA in the back :)

as well as the rest.... :)


All are wallpaper worthy!


if you dont think photography is ur calling u need to fucking be beaten untill u realize it is i mean i never heard of u till now n holy shit ur by far my favorite photographer, ur pics and locations are so original and amazing..i would pick any of those pics on those post to put as my background every one of them is that good


Great photos Scott. Love your work and creativity.




simply amazing


Ever consider Art Center?


Excellent pictures and article. You're very good with car photography.


This is better than juicy peaches in the summertime.


Can't help but relate. It has been the same for me. Keep up the good work Scott! It is dank as hell dude!


Thanks for the great feedback guys! I honestly had no idea I would have such an impact with this post. Id love to respond to the comments one by one, but this is just completely overwhelming!

If you have any specific questions, wallpaper or print requests, feel free to email me at and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.