Whats up ya'll. My name is Aedan Petty. Born and raised in Texas. I began this photography journey my junior year of high school. I was gifted a Canon Rebel T7i and a kit lens by my grandma for our Europe trip. She told me to take some good photos, and so I learned how to do just that.
In a week, I watched tons of YouTube videos and taught myself how to shoot manual with the camera before I left for the trip. I learned what the exposure triangle was, and some tips on composure and lighting. I didn't want to fly all the way across the Atlantic Ocean and arrive in Europe, just to take some crappy, blurry pictures of random buildings and what not.
After the trip, I didn't use the camera too frequently. However, I began to shoot my Genesis Coupe more and more over time. I took pictures of my car, my friend's cars, and random cars at Cars and Coffee. I found a new passion for taking photos of cars. I combined two things that I loved into one action, and I haven't stopped since.
One day at Cars and Coffee in San Antonio, I approached a gentleman with a Shelby Widebody Super Snake 50th Anniversary Edition. I had seen the car on Instagram and was following his page. I recognized it and went to talk with him about the car. At that point I had left my camera in my car, and I am actually glad I did. We talked about his car, and he mentioned his collection that consisted of a 1967 Restomod Mustang, the Shelby Super Snake, and a Shelby F-150, all in the color blue, among some other cars.
I made no mention of taking photos, because at that point, I was simply a hobbyist who took pictures of cars for my friends for free. But, at the next event I went to, that all changed. At Cars and Coffee in Austin, I met him again. This time he had brought out his 67 Mustang. I had my camera this time, and I took a few pictures for him. He loved them, and he told me he wanted me to shoot his three cars together. This was my first paid photoshoot.
Before I went on that shoot, I forced myself to learn. A lot. I watched countless hours of car photography videos, and took my car out a few times to shoot it before I went to the location. It all paid off. I took some pretty decent photos, and the business was off and running.
Since then, I've shot dozens of cars, worked with several businesses small and large, and dabbled in senior portraits, business, and real estate photography. But through that all, my main focus and specialization will always be automotive photography.